Reign Of Fire Fanfiction: Reign of the Dragons: Original Story - 4. Chapter 4
I woke up the
next morning, surprisingly awake and refreshed. However, Saphir was
nowhere in sight. I lifted my awning cautiously and scanned the skies
and ground before opening my encampment fully. I saw Julie already by
the bikes, fastening her pack to her back.
finally up. You ready to go?” I shrugged.
seen the bastard since he slept with you last night.” I held up my
hands in surrender.
Nothing happened, I swear. I fell asleep pretty quickly. I think I
woke up once, but I can’t remember it very well, so I must have
just rolled over and went back to sleep.” Julie chuckled.
like a rock, you know that?” I shrugged again.
we do about Saphir?” I asked, bringing up the inevitable question.
should move on. He has our scent by now and he can follow us.”
about our marks?” I asked quietly.
“A good sniper
can figure it out.”
“Not that. I’m
sure I can find and kill Sanglant, but it was the other two marks.”
Julie swore. “You’re right. Well, the only thing we can do is go
forward. It’s going to take a while getting to Raleigh and we need
all the time we can get for recon.” I nodded in agreement. She
gestured to the bikes and we hopped on simultaneously. I began the
trek, knowing where I was going.
We stopped for
lunch after we finally exited the mountains. Fortunately, we had
found a small highway which led us out fairly quickly. And on top of
that, we had the endurance of soldiers.
“Pass me the
ravioli.” I tossed her the can and she opened it with her knife,
tossing the top to the side. I was eating Spaghetti O’s. I know,
not healthy for you, but with all the exercise we got, we could get
away with the carbs and such.
him?” I asked through my food.
been looking for him or for any tracks, but that’s impossible at
our speed and he’s pretty good in the wilderness, or so I figure.
He’ll show up eventually. What made him leave in the first place?
Did you do something?”
don’t remember. I don’t remember anything in my sleep.”
pissed him off.”
“And you did
too. Which reminds me, if you piss him off while he’s got a hold of
me, so help me god, I WILL kill you.”
Julie conceded. “I just wanted him off of you.”
“I know.” I
sighed. “Which is why I haven’t killed you yet. But seriously,
stop antagonizing the dragon.”
“No can do,”
she said, eating her last ravioli. I groaned. “But ignoring this
trivial conversation, what are we going to do now? We lived in the
mountains so long I forgot how to operate out here. And Raleigh is
nothing but demolished buildings and flat ground. Plus, with so many
dragons, they’ll smell the scent of the gunpowder right away.”
“I know. It’s
a suicide mission. But we can’t tell that to Saphir. We have to
remain valuable to him.” I brought out my trusty maps. “However,
that’s not the bad part. We have to cross the freaking state to get
to Raleigh. There’s not much forest in between us and it. There’s
a lot of house complexes along the way and many of the towns are on
surveillance. That means no big stores along the way. On top of that,
we have to ditch our packs. They’re too conspicuous and we can’t
build shelters to hide ourselves.”
“We can keep
the packs,” Julie said. “And just spend the night in houses.”
at best Julie. Most are wired with security systems. If they even go
off once, we’re dead on arrival. Plus, there’s not many houses
between here and there.”
“That means no
fancy houses. We go for the shabbier ones, the ones still standing,
at least. And we can check the power lines. If they aren’t on, the
town isn’t wired.”
“That could be
a trap, though.”
the dragons aren’t that smart yet. Come on.” I sighed and
finished the last part of my Spaghetti O’s and threw the can aside.
“Where to next?” she asked. I pointed to a back road.
follow this. There’s a forest here and we can go through there.
It’s the safest but it’ll take a while to go through. I’ll have
to use my machete for the briars.”
We’ll have to do this quickly. Next way.”
“We can ride
the highways. It’s the quickest but also the most dangerous.”
“We can ride
the back roads. There’s not as much chance that they’ll be
patrolling them and we can actually ride. However, some lead out of
the way and will take more time than the highways, but it won’t
take as long as the forest route.”
“I think we
have a winner. I vote for the back roads.”
“Fine by me.”
“How far do we
need to go by nightfall?”
wanna know.” We mounted our bikes and Julie laughed.
“I love a
you do. Start pedaling.” I began to pedal, but my bike suddenly
stopped, throwing my chest straight into the handle bars. “Son of a
bitch, you stupid piece of-“
Julie said sharply. I stopped the swearing and turned around. I was
met with a very angry Saphir. I laughed nervously.
“I meant the
bike…” I said weakly. He didn’t change his expression.
you two going?” he asked. I pointed left.
were going to-“
lie to me, dragon killer.”
lying,” Julie cut in. “We’re taking the back roads. It’s not
as conspicuous as the highway or slow as the forest route. Plus we
can keep most of our weapons this way.” He stared at me a moment
longer before releasing my bike and I sighed in relief. Julie to the
rescue. She began to pedal away from him and I pedaled beside of her.
Saphir was running to Julie’s right. “So where were you?” Julie
“None of your
business. Why did you leave me?”
“You gave us a
job to do and we’re doing it.” He laughed derisively.
don’t understand snipers, do you?” Julie said in the same tone as
Saphir. “When given a job, we don’t rest until it’s done. We’re
the heart of the military, you arrogant dragon, and that’s why we
were employed in every war since the Revolutionary War.” I looked
at her surprised. She’d actually listened to one of my lectures?
doesn’t know, Julie,” I said, placating her. She turned away from
Saphir. “And why are you so angry?”
ask if I were you, dragon killer.” I rolled my eyes. It was times
like this when the nickname got annoying.
before you run off again, what are the other two marks? What are
girl dragon?” Julie asked. I simply shook my head at her ignorance.
Saphir snarled. Before he could get started, I stepped in.
she’s a girl dragon doesn’t make her any less of a threat.
Females are notoriously protective of their family and young, which
probably is increased in a clan setting. If I had to guess, she’s a
high ranked dragon…probably the mate of Sanglant.” Saphir nodded
curtly, keeping pace with us. “And Genis is his right
hand…er…dragon?” Again, Saphir nodded.
“So we have to
kill the right hand dragons. How the hell do we get away? Our
gunpowder will be all over us.” I grinned at Julie and she braked
instantly. I followed suit and Saphir halted, looking at me
impassively. “I know you well enough to recognize you have a sadist
side. What are you thinking of?”
Julie stiffened instantly.
“Yeah. We call
in the Rangers. They’re always up for a good fight. Plus, ample
distraction and getaway time.”
even begin to convince them of this.”
asked, a smirk on my face. Julie leaned away slightly.
don’t like this side of you.”
some standing as a sniper and you have some as a soldier,” I
continued, ignoring her little comment. “Plus, I know Gator.”
Gator?” she asked incredulously. “How?”
always wonder what I did at night?”
That’s so wrong!” she began to claw out her eyes and I laughed.
that, you pervert. I was his protégé. He knows me fairly well and I
know some of his men as well. It’s been a long time, but I’m sure
“So we ask
“They can even
help us recon. They’ll have information we don’t and can tell us
more about our marks.” We ignored the look Saphir gave us. “What
do you think?”
“I think it’s
brilliant but where would we find said organization?” I drew a
small box from my pouch and opened it, revealing a small device. I
drew my knife and pricked my hand. As the blood welled, I pressed it
in a depression in the device. It beeped once, then emitted a
hologram. It showed the Earth for a moment before beeping again. It
zoomed into North America, then to North Carolina. I pumped my fist
at our luck. It zoomed in again to show the west side of the state.
It zoomed in again and again until it hit a county. With a final zoom
it showed a dense forest before flicking itself off. I put it back
and then pulled out the maps.
serious. Look! We follow this road until he hit exit 27. Then we take
Perry Road and then we branch off of the bikes and hike for one mile.
We’ll hit them then. Now, ground rules. One,” I looked at Saphir.
“This stays between us. You so much as even try to annihilate
I was taken aback at his sudden agreement. “They helped my clan in
a war a year ago. I do not forget the debt, even if it’s to
pathetic humans.” Julie quirked an eyebrow but I rounded on her
next. “Julie, no killing people, no harming them, no fights, no
cried in desperation.I rolled my eyes.
only. However, this is a good trading spot. They got a hell of a lot
of good weapons. We can trade in for high powered sniper rifles and
planning to be back about 600 to 800 feet.”
that cut back accuracy?”
“Yes but I
don’t feel like getting eaten. You wanna fight a clan of dragons
head on?” She shook her head. “Good. Then we’ll get the higher
rifles. Again, Julie, no drinking, no drugs, no wild parties, no
“That was only
stripping.” She rolled her eyes. “And just to include everything
else, no stupidity.” She glared but I ignored her. “Now, I
believe it’s a good time to get going. The sun’s going to set
soon and the dragons will be roaming tonight.” Julie and I locked
eyes for a moment. We both sensed a upcoming fight. We then started
pedaling furiously to reach the Rangers before nightfall.