Reign Of Fire Fanfiction: Kessie VanZan - 5. Chapter 5
felt the breath slide up his chest, and hit his face. But the person
still said nothing. He reached over, and struck a match, then lit the
lamp beside him. Kes’ face glowed in the light of the flame. She
was smiling, with two marks coming up from her chin (on both sides of
her face), and stopping at the center of her bottom eyelids. He
pulled back, looking down at her.
he asked. She smiled.
thought you…I mean, didn’t you say…?” She sat up, and touched
Leaning over, she kissed him. He pulled back, and looked at her.
said that turning into a dragon meant that you can never become human
again. What happened?” he asked. She looked down, smiling.
don’t know, Quinn. I was sitting, outside of London, tending to my
burns from that fire. One minute, I’m covering a burn on my stomach
from the wind with my wing, and the next, I’m holding my shirt over
it. I’m still not entirely sure. All I know, Quinn, is I’m here,
and I’m alive.” She reached out, and took his hand. He smiled at
glad you’re here.”
glad I’m here too.” She giggled, and leaned over him. Taking a
breath, she put out the light, and laid down. “I’m tired. Can we
go to sleep now?” Quinn nodded, and closed his eyes. Kes closed
hers, too, and rested her head on the pillow.
came, and Quinn opened his eyes to find himself alone. He sat up
quickly, and looked around the room. Kes was nowhere in sight. Afraid
it was a dream, he hopped off his bed, slid his shoes on, and ran out
into the hall, then down the steps. As he ran outside, he saw the
kids running around, laughing, and, in front of them all, leading
them in circles, was Kes. She wore a long sleeved black shirt, and a
pair of blue jeans, and her eyes were closed to slits. Lifting her
head, she saw Quinn, and smiled at him. He smiled back, and she
walked over. Ricky, who had been standing off to the side, walked up
behind the kids, Jared following him closely. She stepped up in front
of Quinn, put her arms around his shoulders, and kissed him. He put
his hands on her waist and kissed her back, pulling her close.
Kes and Quinn sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G!” She pulled away,
and turned around.
up, Ricky!” Turning her head back, she kissed him again, and pulled
him into a hug. Ricky and Jared jogged over, and pushed Quinn back.
hogging my sister…” Ricky laughed, and threw his arms around her,
picking her up. She laughed. Jared hugged her, too, and the door
opened. They all paused, turning around.
Zene asked. She smiled. “You came back!” He ran to her, and she
picked him up, spinning around. He pulled away, and dropped the tooth
around her neck.
told you I would, didn’t I?” she asked, laughing. He smiled, and
turned his head to see his little dragon come waddling out of the
Castle. She glanced over, and looked to Quinn.
you tell him he could have a pet?” she asked, setting Zene down. He
found her way back here, and I thought, Zene needed someone,” he
said, watching the little boy pick up the dragon and dance about,
giggling. She put her arm around Quinn’s waist, and smiled.
was nighttime again, sooner than Kes had wanted it to come. Quinn
headed up to his room, after making his rounds to check on the
children. She started down, heading outside, when she bumped
shoulders with him.
you headin’ up?” he asked, pointing. She shook her head.
doing the double check tonight. I’ll be up in a bit.” Nodding, he
continued up, and she continued down, peeking into the rooms, taking
a count, and when she reached the main bedrooms, filled with bunks,
she stretched up to see the kids on the top bunk, and bowed to see
those on the bottom. Zene lay on his side, slightly snoring, with
Jess under his arm. She, too, was lightly snoring. Giggling to
herself, Kes did some quick math in her head, and nodded, walking
towards the door.
wandered outside, and looked around, seeing a single tank that the
Americans had brought, slightly scorched, against the gate. Glancing
up, she saw the watchman, and waved. He waved back, and walked away,
to sit. Kes turned, and headed down a slight hill, and pulled up the
broom that leaned against the side of the garage. She walked around
to the back, and paused. Two stainless steel doors were glinting
slightly in the moonlight, the lock that held them shut laying
carefully in the dirt. She lifted the broom, placing the handle on
her shoulder, and opened the doors, dropping down onto the steps.
Looking around at the brightly lit room, she smiled. Little brass
plates were screwed into the wall, with names and years scribbled on
them. They were placed beneath a picture, and she walked across to
one, that had a picture of Denton on it. The little brass plate had
his name on it, then the year he was born to the year he died. She
smiled sadly, and shook her head, walking away, down the tunnel. Kes
could hear a clinking sound, and peeked around the corner. All she
could see was the ruffled brown hair of a man in a black turtleneck
you doin?” she asked, placing her hands on her hips. He jumped, and
me, Kes…” Quinn said. She cocked her head at an angle, and
thought you went to bed…”
saw this picture, and came down here to put it up with his name.”
She placed her hand against his back, and looked at the picture. It
was of their friend, Creedy, who’d died not too long before Denton.
She raised her hand, placing it against her lips, and took a deep
I miss him…” Quinn nodded.
are you doing out here?” he asked, turning back to finish fixing
the brass plate.
out for a little walk, and thought I’d come down here, when I saw
the doors uncovered.” He smiled. She set the broom against the
wall, forgetting she’d been holding it for a while, and walked
around the room. Pictures of Ajay, and Barlow were there, plus
pictures of others who’d died because of a dragon. “They
shouldn’t have died. None of them should have died.” She looked
away, and lifted her eyes to Quinn’s.
know, Kes…Come on,” he said, waving his hand. She walked over,
picking up the broom. “Let’s go inside…” He placed his arm
around her shoulder, and they headed towards the steps, him pulling
down the switch, shutting off the lights.
moon shone down directly into Kes’ eyes, and she squeezed them
together, tighter, trying to keep it out. Rolling onto her side, she
let out a small gasp as she fell to the cold floor. With a groan, she
pushed herself onto her back, and stared up at the ceiling, her
blanket wrapped around her waist and covering one leg. Quinn yawned,
and rolled over, but didn’t wake up. She sighed, and sat up,
pulling herself off the ground, and ripping her blanket from her
body. She felt a drop of sweat fall down her cheek as she pushed open
the door, and walk out. She was tired, but she couldn’t sleep, so
she just wandered down the hallway, and up the steps, to the
watchtower. The man who was sitting there turned around in his chair,
nodded to her, and went back to watching the window.
don’t you take a bit off?” she asked. “I can watch this for a
little while…Go get some coffee or somethin’,” she said,
smiling. He nodded.
be back in fifteen, Kes.”
Jack.” Jack stood, walking out the door, patting her shoulder. She
walked to the edge, and leaned against it, watching the dark sky as
the moon rose higher. She sighed.
I know you can hear me…” she whispered, closing her eyes. She
pictured his smiling face in her mind, and smiled, herself. “I know
you can hear me, because I know that you’ll never be gone from us.
So I just want you to listen. You never had to die. It was a
split-second decision you made. You shouldn’t be dead. You should
still be here, with us, glad that the second known male is dead,
praying that there aren’t anymore. Praying that any eggs the
females have laid, and were fertilized, are females, as well. Praying
that all we have left to do in our lifetimes is rebuild. You were
always there, Creedy…” she said, and smiled again. “You and
Jared were there if I needed to talk. You were the first person I
ever told that I cared for Quinn. And I’m glad I told you. I
believe it made me better. It let me get up, and start to move about
again, because I knew I could talk to you…even if you couldn’t
talk back…” She sighed sadly, feeling the tear on her lips. Her
head lowered, and she began to cry. She covered her face in her
hands, shaking her shoulders as she cried. After a couple minutes,
she wiped her eyes, and lifted her head. Turning around, she leaned
backwards, closing her eyes, letting the moonlight fall onto her
face. She stood up a bit straighter, considering going to sit, when
she felt the lips land against hers. Her eyes opened, and she saw
Quinn, standing there, his hands on her waist, kissing her. She
pushed him back, and wiped her eye again.
are you doing here?” she asked. “I thought you were asleep…”
I thought you were sleepin’ too,” he said, smiling. She nodded.
was…but I woke up, and couldn’t fall back asleep, so I just came
up here to think…”
Quinn nodded, not needing her to say anything more.
on…let’s go back down. Let Jack know to come back up here,” he
said, smiling. She nodded, hooking her arm thru his, and walked out
the door, and down the steps, passing Jack on the way.
rolled over, throwing her arm over Quinn’s shoulder. He slid his
hand over her bare stomach, kissing her forehead. She sighed,
content, in her sleep, and moved her head a bit closer. He leaned
closer, pushing his lips against hers, and she opened her eyes.
what are you doing? It’s five AM…” she mumbled, yawning a
little. He smiled.
know…and we don’t have to be up for another three hours,” he
said softly, reaching up and running a finger over her cheek. She
smiled, but shook her head.
again…its five…AM…I need to sleep…” she whispered, and
closed her eyes. He slid his fingers down over her arm, across her
stomach, and brushed them against her bare hips, and smiled.
Kes…” he said, kissing her shoulder. Her eyes opened again, and
she looked up at him.
she muttered, rolling onto her back and holding the sheet against her
body. He moved her hand, placed his hands on her waist, and lifted
her up, pulling over her over and sitting her on his lap. She gasped
a little, looking down at him. “Oh, Quinn…” she said softly,
and he slid down, laying on his back, and clasped his hands on her
give it another go…” he said, smirking, pulling her down and
kissing her. He squeezed his hands harder into her hips, lifting her
up a bit and dropping her back down. She moaned, and began to move
herself. After a minute, he rolled over, so he was on her, and began
to move himself, his lips still pressed against hers. She was moaning
and groaning under his body and his movements, and slid her hands up
onto his shoulders, and down his back, tugging at the sheet so that
it was up, covering his waist.
finally arched her back, crying out, and he dropped into her arms.
She took in a deep breath, as he rolled off her, slipping his arms
he said, brushing his lips over her neck. She smiled, sliding against
are…you…Quinn…” she said softly, kissing him. He slid his
hand over her waist, and she rested her head on his chest, running
her fingers across his stomach. He smiled, kissing the top of her
head, and she looked up as someone knocked on the door. Groaning, she
wrapped the sheet around her as Quinn pulled his jeans on. He walked
over, opening the door, and looked out.
What’s up?” he asked. Behind him, Kes pulled her clothes back on,
and ran her fingers thru her hair, pushing it back off her shoulders.
screams…and I woke up…and got scared…” he said quietly. Kes
blushed, and rolled over rubbing her fingers against her cheeks.
Quinn smiled, and stepped back.
in, Zene…” He ran in, and paused when he saw Kes, but jumped up
on the bed next to her.
Kes!” he cried. She put her arms around him, and he curled up
beside her. Quinn closed the door, and turned around, winking. She
smiled, and Zene quickly fell asleep in Quinn’s spot. She looked up
at him, and reached over, taking Quinn’s hand as he walked up.
took your place,” she whispered.
know…But I can lay over here…It’ll prevent any more urges I get
tonight…er…this morning…” he whispered, smiling. She nodded,
and rolled onto her side, arm over Zene’s waist, and closed her
eyes. Quinn leaned down, kissing her quickly, before laying down on
the other bed.
rolled over, and threw his arm over someone, and opened his eyes,
slightly surprised. Kes was curled up beside him, her shirt hung up
on the bedpost, and he glanced across the room. The door was closed,
and Zene was gone, and she had the sheet wrapped around her, but he
could tell she was still wearing her jeans. He smiled, and kissed the
back of her shoulder, causing her to twitch, and roll towards him.
Kes,” he mumbled, stifling a yawn. She smiled, lifting her head at
the sound of his voice.
He moved a little, and glanced down at himself. He was still in his
jeans, but they were no longer buttoned, and, moving his eyes, he
noticed hers weren’t, either.
we…” he asked, motioning, “again, this morning?” She glanced
down, and shrugged, sliding closer.
we did…I was sleeping…” she said, smiling, burying her head in
too…But then why is your shirt off?”
warm,” she said softly, brushing her lips over his shoulder, and
sliding her arms around him. He put his arms around her shoulders,
and held her near him.
glad you’re here…” he muttered.
too…” She sighed again, rubbing her hand against his back, and
lifted her head, looking at him. “What time is it?” she asked.
Quinn moved his head, looking at the clock he had on the wall.
we should be getting up?” she asked, slipping back a little. He
you want them to begin to think they know what we did last night…and
this morning, perhaps we should…” He bent his head, kissing her,
and nodded, pulling the sheet back. She rolled away, dropping her
feet to the floor, and slid her shirt on over her head. As she stood,
Quinn walked up to her, and ran his hands around her waist, pulling
her close, and kissed her again. She smiled into the kiss, and
wrapped her arms around his shoulders.