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New Dragon’s World                            
Chapter 12: Those Who Follow Saulstrance

Unfurling his wings, Drake took to flight, hovering four feet above his father and Girido.       Titus ran straight for Girido, Girido doing the same which caused the two dragons to headbutt each other. They both stood in place,    heads locked as both struggled to overcome the other.  Drake watched from the air as his father was pushed back and began to lose his footing. Girido was gaining the upper hand on Titus. Realizing this, Drake swooped down to the battlefield,   propelling himself towards Girido, his fists clenched as he raised his right arm and punched Girido in the eye. The dragon roared in pain as blood started to ooze from the eye that Drake had attacked. Drake didn’t understand. Why was Girido’s eye bleeding if all he did was punch him? Then as soon as he looked at his hands, he noticed that they had…CLAWS!

“Wh-what…the?!” Drake stuttered, confused and scared.
From his fingers grew ten claws, five for each hand. They had not completely overtaken the tips of his fingers but rather looked like longer, thicker, white fingernails. Drake’s attention turned from the battle to his hands. He wondered how he had suddenly grew claws.  His train of thought was quickly disrupted   however as he witnessed his father toss Girido back, crashing into a store behind him. Rubble and debris fell on top of Girido, covering him from head to tail.
Drake rushed over to his father .

“Are you okay, dad?” Drake asked, concerned.

“I’ll be okay.” Titus said, panting.

“Is he…dead?” Asked Drake.

“Doubt it. Huh?” Replied Titus as he turned to his son, noticing the claws that were growing from his fingertips.

“Drake, what happened to your fingers?!”

Unfortunately, Drake did not have an answer. He himself wasn’t even sure what was happening to him.

“Grandma and Grandpa might know what’s happening to you, Drake. We’ll ask them when we get back home. But right now, let’s get out of here.” Said Titus as he reverted back to his human form.

As Titus and Drake headed for the exit, they heard something moving from amongst the debris.  They turned their attention to the area where Titus had sent Girido crashing in to. They watched as slowly, Girido got back on his feet, the debris and wreckage falling off of his body as he rose to his feet.  He shook his head then turned his attention to the father and son duo.

“To think that some half-dragon filth like you would so much as THINK of touching my face! No less stabbing me in the eye! I’ll pay you back for that, you brat!” Shouted Girido angrily as he swun his tail, sending it crashing with full force into the ground.

Titus stepped in front of Drake and turned back into a dragon. He flew into the sky and shot a fireball at Girido. Likewise, Girido took to flight and shot a fireball of his own straight at Titus. Titus swooped down below Girido, then, as soon as he was directly under him, flew straight up and headbutted  Girido in the chest, causing the dragon  even more pain.  With Girido stunned, Titus flew above him then whacked Girido with his tail, sending him back down to earth.  Titus flew back down and landed right in front of Girido, who was now struggling to his feet, angrier than ever.

“All because of that little brat. If it weren’t for him, you’d be dead!!!” Shouted Girido.

Girido let out a roar of anger and got back to his feet. He rushed towards Titus again who, just like last time, headbutted Girido  and sent him flying into another store.  Titus walked over to the dragon. Girido lay in the wreckage, too weak to move.

“Beaten by a traitor dragon.  That makes me sick…” Girido said weakly.
Titus stared at the beaten dragon. Drake walked over to his father, his wings and tail retreating back into his body while his finned ears became normal human ears.

“I wanted to ask you something. What do you mean by ‘traitor dragon’?” Asked Titus.

Girido chuckled mockingly at Titus’ question.

“I’ve told you before…it’s what we who follow Saulstrance call you. Not just for nearly killing him but also for living among humans for your whole life.”

“I live with these humans because they’re my friends and family.  Not every dragon is like you or Saulstrance. Some happen to like humans. My friend, Angela never hated humans.  She even lived as a human while she was taking care of me!” Titus said.

Girido gave no response.

“I have one more question: What is Saulstrance planning this time? Why would he wait for me at Death Valley? I doubt he just wants to fight me.” Asked Titus.
Before any answer could be given, Titus and Drake heard the sounds of flapping wings overhead. Their attention turned to the sky as they saw two more dragons flying straight over them and landing right before the exit to the mall. Two kids hopped off the dragon’s  backs.  Drake looked in shock as he realized who one of the kids was.

“Jake!” Drake exclaimed.

Titus got one look at the kids and the dragons. He noticed that one of the kids bared similarities to Saulstrance in his human form.  His hair was reddish with bangs that nearly covered his eyes. The other boy appeared slightly older than Jake.  His hair was relatively longer than Jake’s as it barely covered his ears.  

“That’s Jake?” Asked Titus.

“Jake! Where’ve you been?!  What’s going on?!” Drake asked.

Jake did not respond. He turned away from Drake and stared at the ground. Even at only eleven years old, Drake knew something was wrong with Jake.

“Jake, are you mad because I pushed you?” Drake asked once again.

Jake still gave no answer, his attention still to the ground.

“I’m sorry, Jake. I am. I didn’t mean to push you! I--”

But before Drake could finish his sentence, one of the dragons interrupted.

“This is a sight. Girido lost to the traitor dragon.  Good job, Doulstraz, on defeating Girido, even though he is the weakest of us dragons.”  The dragoness said smugly. Her silver scales shimmered in the sunlight.
Girido  growled angrily.

“Shut up, Eig’nia! If it wasn’t for his kid, I woulda won! Besides, why are all of you here anyway?”

“We’re here to make sure you were able to obtain some humans for Lord Saulstrance.  As it appears, not only were you unsuccessful in obtaining even a single human, but you were also defeated at the hands of none other than Doulstraz and his son. “

“We-Well I was able to kill about 20 humans.”  Girido stated.

“Those humans were to be a gift for Lord Saulstrance.  You’re very lucky I’m so nice. I won’t inform Lord Saulstrance of your failure. You’re also lucky that he didn’t require us to gather any humans just yet. If he had decided to set his plans into motion, you would be dead.”

Eig’nia turned her attention to Drake and noticed his fingers which still had claws growing out of them.

“So, you’re a half-dragon. Just like Lord Jakol and Alex.”

Just like Drake, Alex closed his eyes as two wings and a tail grew from his back. It was just as Eig’nia said: This boy was a half-dragon as well, just like Jakol and Drake!

“I guess we should introduce ourselves.” Said Eig’nia.

“You already know Girido. My name is Eig’nia.”

“I am Theian.” Said the blue dragon standing behind Eig’nia.

“I’m Alex.” The half-dragon boy said.

“And this is Jakol. The only child of Lord Saulstrance.”

Eig’nia turned her attention from Titus to Girido. “You know, Girido.” She began to say. “We won’t inform Lord Saulstrance of your defeat by Doulstraz.  But it looks like we’ll have to finish your fight  for you.” She said, angrily.

Eig’nia’s attention changed back to Titus and Drake. But before she could raise a single claw, she was halted by Theian.

“Eig’nia, if it’s alright, I’d prefer to finish this.” Said Theian.

“Go ahead.”

Theian opened his wings and took to the sky, Titus doing the same. In what seemed like a blur, Theian flew straight at Titus, swiping Titus with his claws across his face. Titus roared in pain as  Theian rose higher into the sky and zoomed back down, smacking Titus with his tail which sent Titus plummeting back down to Earth. Theian, likewise, flew back down and landed. Titus struggled back to his feet, only to be smacked once more by Theian’s tail and sent hurtling into another store.

“Dad!” Drake exclaimed as he ran over to his father, giving him a nudge.
Titus moved from amongst the remains of the destroyed store.  He stood back up as Drake wrapped his arms around his father’s neck, giving him a big hug. Drake noticed as Theian walked closer to the two of them, his eyes filled with anger.  Something about Theian scared Drake even more than Girido.  He seemed…different than Girido and the others. Whereas Girido almost seemed to enjoy fighting Titus and Drake, Theian was completely ruthless, not allowing Titus to get a single hit in.

Theian dashed towards Titus. Titus shot a wave of fire from his throat which spread from where Eig’nia, Jake and Alex were standing, to a nearby clothing store. Smoke and ashes began to rise from the flames and cover both Drake and Titus like a shield. Soon it was too hard to see the father and son duo as the smoke and ash became too heavy and thick to see. From the fire the sound of flapping wings could be heard. Theian turned his attention to where the sound came from as he noticed something shoot up into the sky, expecting it to be Titus. Instead it turned out to be Drake! Before Theian could turn his attention back to the fire, Titus ran through the flames, bashing into Theian and knocking him off his feet.

“Awesome! Ya got him, dad!” Drake cheered.

“It’s thanks to you, Drake!”  Shouted Titus.

Drake flew back down and ran over to his father.  He glanced over at Eig’nia and Alex, noticing that Jake was missing. He looked up and saw Jake, flying overhead as he swooped down, landing right in front of Drake and Titus. Drake jumped back as Jake landed.

“Drake…” Jake began to say.

“Y-yeah?” Drake asked nervously.

“You hate me, don’t you?” Jake asked, his sad, sorrowful eyes meeting with Drake’s.

“What! No! I don’t hate you!” Drake exclaimed.

“Dad said you pushed me because you hate me! Because I’m his son!” Jake exclaimed as tears started to flow from his eyes.

“Jake! I’m sorry! I didn’t mean—“

“Shut up!” Jake shouted as he punched Drake in the face, knocking him to the ground.

“All I wanted was to be your friend!” Jake exclaimed, still shouting as he continued to punch Drake.

Drake made no effort to fight back. Titus watched in shock as his son just lay there, taking punch after punch. Soon he noticed as tears began to trickle down Drake’s face as well. Soon after, Jake stopped punching Drake as he tried to catch his breath.  He stood back up and wiped the tears from his eyes. Drake still made no movement whatsoever as tears flowed endlessly from his eyes.  His face was badly bruised as some blood even dripped from his nose. Jake stood there, silently as he watched Drake cry. Then he turned around and walked back to join Eig’nia and Alex.

“Jakol?” Alex asked.

Jake gave no response. Instead he simply walked past them, his head held low as his bangs covered his eyes. Everyone’s attention was turned to Jake, even Titus’.  Jake just stood there, motionless, his head still to the ground. Titus turned his attention from Jake over to Drake, who was still lying on the ground. He lowered his head and nuzzled up against Drake. Drake slowly raised his arms and  put them around his father’s snout, hugging him tightly as he continued to cry. Both Titus and Drake were sent flying as Titus was once more stuck by Theian. When Titus had realized what had just happened, he looked over to Drake, who was now laying by his side, unconscious. Slowly and weakly, Titus struggled to stand up. He took two steps towards Theian and collapsed to the ground, body too weak, unable to fight.  At that moment, Titus began to remember all the fun times he had spent with his family and friends. The time he spent in the human realm, the time he spent with his parents in the dragon realm as he learned how to shift between being a human and a dragon,  the time he spent with Drake as they both bonded, and even the time he spent with Angela…

With Theian walking closer towards Titus, he struggled to raise his head.

“Theian, wait…” Titus said weakly.

“What?” Answered Theian.

“If you’re gonna kill me, all I want is that you at least let Drake live...please…he’s just a little kid…” Titus said as a tear ran down his face.

“Why should I listen to the one responsible for Angela’s death?!” Theian exclaimed.

“What!” Titus thought to himself.

Just as Theian prepared himself to deliver the final blow, he was stopped by none other than Jake.

“Wait, Theian! Don’t forget, my dad wants to fight Doulstraz himself.”

Theian growled but pulled back and walked over to Eig’nia and the others.  

“Wait! What did you mean, Theian?! That I was responsible for Angela’s death?!” Titus called out.

Theian said nothing and continued to walk towards the other dragons. Titus kept calling out for Theian to wait.  Unable to keep his head up for much longer, Titus’ head dropped to the ground. Eventually the pain got the better of him and he passed out. Everything went black…and silent…

TO BE CONTINUED
As a little end of the year gift, here's New Dragon's World Chapter 12!

Chapter 12 basically introduces the rest of Saulstrance's followers as well as the return of Jake.

Hope you'll like it. And please comment.
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mERMAIDofDEATh Nov 24, 2009  Student General Artist
It's so GOOD!!! :cries:
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:iconred-dragon1201:
Yay, another chapter! :)

This is an AWESOME chapter! I liked the whole "Angela is thought to have been killed by Titus" idea. Plus, more action! :)

Question: Drake growing claws, does that mean he's becoming less half dragon and more full dragon?
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:iconbahns:
Awesome chapter. Things are setting up nicely for the big battle. Can't wait till the next chapter.
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:iconanimeboye:
Thanks ^^
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AuraGuardianHadou Jan 1, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Not bad :)
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:iconcarbondragon1093:
u ain't gonna believe this but this sucker got to me a little....ya know, on an emotional level
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:iconanimeboye:
Which parts?
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:iconcarbondragon1093:
to be completely honest i can't remember...
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:iconanimeboye:
Jake beating up Drake? Or Titus pleading to Theian to let Drake live?
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:iconcarbondragon1093:
seriously, i can't remember...
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