Reign Of Fire Fanfiction: Reign of the Dragons: Original Story - 5. Chapter 5
pedaling, trying to outrun our instinctive fear. Something was
stalking us. Of course, being the intelligent person I was, it didn’t
take much to realize it was a dragon. The dragon, however, was
keeping his distance, which was an oddity. Finally, I couldn’t take
anymore and braked. Julie followed suit and Saphir slid to a stop.
wrong with you? We need to go, NOW!”
already too late, Julie.” I scanned the skies until I saw the faint
speck I was looking for.
killer is right. We are being hunted.” Julie and I both dismounted
our bikes and threw off our hiking packs, leaving ourselves more
mobile for the upcoming fight. The speck in the sky suddenly dove
into a steep dive, spiraling towards us. Julie simply walked over to
my side and watched as the dragon approached. She rested her hands on
the guns on her hips while I held my battle rifle loosely by my side.
The dragon finally pulled up from the dive and landed, nearly hitting
the ground in the process.
luck,” it growled out, its words more garbled than Saphir’s. “I
have two humans and a dragon to eat. I need your flesh,” it said,
trying to instill fear.
“And why would
you need flesh?” Julie asked sarcastically. I kept my stoic face
and kept silent, ready to fight within a moment’s notice.
need to kill them. They killed my clan and I will have my revenge.”
“Oh, well, in
that case, no. I’ll keep my flesh.”
“It is not
your choice to make, human.” It reared its head back and I brought
my rifle to arms.
move and I will kill you,” I threatened.
asked before opening its mouth. I shot a few rounds and it pierced
the roof of the dragon’s mouth. It cried out in pain and anguish
before turning its angry eyes on me. “You will pay for that,
human!” It began to lumber toward me and Julie and I sprang into
action. I dove right and she dove left, pulling her handguns out in
the process. We unloaded into the dragon’s soft underbelly as it
breathed flame Julie’s way. It singed part of her hair and she
glared, obviously pissed.
With that, she spun a weapon from her back and rested it on her
shoulder. My eyes widened and I began to haul ass away from her. As I
passed Saphir, I grabbed his wrist and continued running. She finally
shot the rocket launcher and nailed the dragon in the gut. The
shockwave knocked all three of us off of our feet.
coughed out, trying to drag valuable oxygen back into my lungs. “I’m
kicking your ass.” Saphir, almost undaunted by the explosion,
simply got to his feet, dusted himself off, and sent a look full of
pure disdain my way.
dragon killer.” I forked him the bird before letting my arm drop
down to my side, letting me recover.
the hell do you have a rocket launcher?” I asked, quite angrily.
“I saw it in
one of the homes I went in.”
slowly sat up, wheezing the question out.
she answered nonchalantly. “I can’t believe it actually worked.
This thing is ancient! It’s the T-14 series!” I shot her a dirty
“You mean you
just shot a weapon that was probably defective without properly
inspecting it?” Julie remained silent and cautiously looked away.
humans, dragon killer.” Both Julie and I sobered at Saphir’s
voice and looked around cautiously. I rose to my feet, coughing a
bit, and raised my hands preemptively.
“We come in
peace!” Julie cried, lifting her hands in mock surrender. I slapped
my forehead and groaned.
only a few smartasses in the world that would taunt us at gunpoint,”
a disembodied voice said. “And fire an out of date weapon without
inspection.” To my surprise, the man stepped out from the treeline
and gave us a once over. “Who are you?” Before Julie could dig a
deeper hole, I stepped in.
said, bringing his attention back to me. “Ignore her.”
well,” he murmured, coming over to me. “What’s your name?” I
gave him a weird look while Julie laughed.
Gator. That means a lot to me.”
“I thought you
said he knew you,” Julie said through her laughter. “So you
lie,” I growled out. “It was a while ago, you ass.” A light
blush tinted my cheeks. “I was younger back then.” Gator’s eyes
“See? I wasn’t
bullshitting you! He knows me!” Julie sobered, still wearing her
“Fine. You may
know him after all. Happy?”
I commented dryly.
“You grew up,”
Gator said, giving me a full once over. I looked away, unused to the
male attention. This sent Julie into peals of laughter once more. My
eyes finally met Saphir’s icy golden gaze and I sobered.
to you for help.”
“I have marks
I’m going after. I need any recon you have on them and maybe some
men?” I asked. He remained silent and thought about it.
talk out here. It’s dangerous, especially with the dragon’s blood
everywhere.” He made a few signs and numerous soldiers slid out
from their hiding places. Gator pointed toward the dragon and they
all gathered around the corpse. To my surprise, they began slicing
the meat into strips. “And we can’t let it go to waste.”
be able to smell it?” I asked him.
“Not in a
waterfall,” he answered, an amused grin on his face. “We’ll
hike through the river first, so I’m afraid it will be a bit on the
“I like him,”
Julie said suddenly.
“And I like
you,” he replied smoothly. Her grin showed her appreciation of his
wit and personality. “I’m sure you have already heard rules?”
Julie nodded and he laughed slightly.
changed in that sense, Jessi,” he said, wrapping an arm around my
shoulders. “You’re still my little protégé.” I ducked, trying
to get away from him, and he caught my neck in a headlock and ruffled
whined. “I’m not little anymore!”
“I know. You
have a chest now, which is quite an eyeful, might I add.”
“No, you might
not,” I retorted. Julie burst out laughing once more and I knew she
had a source of amusement for a few days.
“But now, I’m
afraid we must leave,” Gator said, noticing his soldier’s wave to
signal their completion of their task. “We have to get a head
start.” Instantly the calm, teasing atmosphere disappeared as we
all went into “soldier mode”. Julie and I grabbed our gear and
bikes and walked into the forest. “Leave the bikes here,” Gator
said, dropping a tracker to the ground. “They’ll only get in the
way.” Julie, Saphir, and I didn’t argue, but simply followed his
I was amazed at
Saphir’s self control at the moment. He was completely holding up
to his end of the deal.We were hiking the god forsaken freezing
river for thirty minutes. I had to admire the tenacity of the
soldiers around me. They had to do this daily. I looked toward Julie
and saw that she was shivering. I made my way over to her and wrapped
an arm around her waist, giving her what little support I could.
Uncharacteristically, she clung to me and it was then I knew that she
was in deep trouble. Julie never clings. I took off my bag and swung
it to rest over my chest. I grabbed Julie and arranged her in a
piggyback position. She burrowed her head in my neck and I grunted at
the extra weight. Instead of stopping completely, I began sloshing
through the knee deep river. With Julie, my load was twice as heavy,
but she kept me warmer.
almost there,” Gator said, noting Julie’s condition. “I’ve
radioed ahead and the doctors are on standby.” I nodded once, not
trusting my voice to waver and kept up the sloshing. As we rounded
the bend, I spotted the waterfall and I nearly sunk to my knees in
relief. Instead, I felt a renewed sense of urgency. Julie was
probably dropping into hypothermia, though she wouldn’t admit it
later. We made it to the waterfall where a handful of men swarmed out
and grabbed Julie. They took her back inside but a few men stayed
One threw an arm
around me and I gratefully leaned my weight against him. He took my
pack and slung it over one shoulder and led me through the waterfall
and inside the base. Saphir followed me as I was led through natural
and man-made tunnels. They deposited me in a bed, where I saw dry
clothes laid out on the bed. The man left me then to dress. Ignoring
Saphir, I stripped immediately, throwing my wet pants and shirt to
I ordered. I didn’t even look to see if he complied, I simply took
off my wet underwear and dressed into the warm, clean ones. I jumped
into the bed, finally allowing the shivers to rock my body. My teeth
began chattering and I rubbed my upper arms to try to warm back up.
To my complete surprise, I felt the bed sag and two warm, welcome
arms drag me into a delightfully warm body.
dragon killer. Tomorrow, you will hunt.” For once, my name didn’t
seem quite to accusatory. It seemed almost affectionate, which was
true. I was now officially his weapon to be used at his disposal.
Though he didn’t seem to happy about his clan, he was seeing to my
welfare. He needed me for now. As these last thoughts passed through
my head, my eyes closed and Saphir’s body heat eventually lulled me
“So if we come
in through the south,” I started as I drew my finger along the
route in discussion, “We’ll end up only a mile away from the nest
itself. Plus, we have the river about a quarter mile away from here.”
I jabbed at a spot on the map, a craggy spot with good cover.
make it?” Gator asked. I gave him an accusatory look.
Julie said. “That’s child’s play.” She proceeded to inspect
her nails, looking bored at the whole conversation. Gator laughed and
threw an arm around Julie.
have more balls than brains,” he stated. Julie threw a smirk her
way and I jolted. I knew that smirk. That smirk was used for man
hunting. I began to snicker, and Saphir looked at me questioningly. I
shook my head and looked down at the maps, trying to contain the
laughter bubbling inside of me.
“So is it a
plan?” Everyone nodded.
the bastards once and for all!” A recruit in the back yelled. Of
course, being mostly male, the room erupted into one big ‘hoo-rah!’,
Julie included. Everyone started filing out of the room, most going
to the mess…cave….for dinner. I followed the general flow of
people, not at all tailing Julie and the laughing Gator. I wouldn’t
know that they were heading back to Gator’s quarters. As they passed
his room and they walked inside, I kept walking, not that I was
watching the pair out of my peripheral vision.
Jessi!” I turned at Gator’s voice. Saphir, who was walking
beside me, stopped at well. “There’s room for three on my bed!”
not equipped to handle both me and Julie at the same time!” I
shot back. “Have fun, you two!” I waved and turned back
around, straight into Saphir’s chest. I stepped back and rubbed my
nose. “What was that for?”
“Why is she
with Gator?” Saphir asked. I stopped rubbing my nose and gaped
seriously asking that question?” He glared at me. “I
thought dragon’s could smell pheramones….hmm….maybe that’s an
individual thing…but Ewan could….” I was stopped from my
ramblings by someone linking arms with me. I turned to see Ian, a
soldier that had taught me basic karate maneuvers.
Julie get one before you?” I rolled my eyes.
because I’m not naked yet doesn’t mean that I can’t get a guy. It
just means I’ve got more self control than her.”
control is overrated,” Ian retorted. “I’ll be glad to show
you some stuff I learned over the years.” I broke apart from
Ian!” Ian began laughing, clearly amused at my embarassment. He
stopped laughing and I turned to see him pinned up on a wall,
Saphir’s hand on his throat. “Saphir! Put him down!” I
lunged at Saphir’s arm, pressing the pressure point on his elbow.
However, Saphir didn’t even flinch. “Saphir!”
not partake of any reverlry tonight.”
sake, Saphir! He was joking!” I put my hands on his arm. “You
promised me.” Saphir’s eyes bore into mine, but I held his gaze.
In reaction, he dropped Ian and I immediately knelt on the floor next
to my coughing friend. “Ian?” I asked, holding the back of
“If this is
what it takes for you to touch me, I’m sure I’ll have to buy more
I said, smaking his chest. “Now I know you’re fine.” Ian
began to slowly stand up, but I didn’t help him, knowing that would
be an insult to his masculinity. “I’ll see you tomorrow, right?”
I waved goodbye to him and walked away from the volatile situation. I
threaded my way through the people and made my way through the people
and walked into my own ‘room’, that was given to me and Julie. I
dropped the curtain and immediately fell onto my bed.
i said into the pillow. The one word summed up my feelings for all of
their species, which had deteriorated in the span of a minute.
“Stupid, stupid testosterone.” I shuffled around on my bed
and got comfortable, knowing that I’d have to fall asleep or the
worry and nerves wouldn’t let me sleep at all tonight. Fortunately
for me, I fell asleep almost instantly
that,” I said into my mic. I swung my sniper rifle from my back
to my hands and began the delicate operation of setting up my
sniper’s nest. I had made my guilly suit (a suit snipers make to
blend in with their surroundings) and managed to pull it on in ten
seconds flat. After that, I grabbed my cover and started to make the
trek toward my predistined sniper spot. True to their word, the
rangers had supplied us with virtually silent vehicles to trasnport
us to raleigh, cutting down the week’s journey to a few hours. Even
so, they stopped a few miles out, letting us hike during dawn to cut
down our chances of being seen.
I am in position.” That was Julie. She had the closer point and
I had to hike around for my own spot. Instead of Julie and I going
together as a sniper and spotter, Gator had made us both snipers and
sent a spotter with Julie. Saphir had forced his way with me as my
own spotter, but for some odd reason, no one argued with him. So that
left me with a moody dragon hiking behind me, though he was quiet
enough. I slipped through the rocky craigs, looking for a secluded
Finally, I found
one. It was a rock overhand, giving me a full view of the dragons in
front of me. It also had an easy esacpe route, for when I would have
to haul ass to the river to wash off the scent of gunpowder. It also
had a slight roof, covering me from any flying dragons, unless they
were looking closely. I dropped to the ground and began to set up my
gun stand, which would balance my sniper rifle for the long shot I
was going to take. Saphir stepped over me and took the rock wall
side, giving me a clear shot to the escape route. I set up my gun and
ammunition the way I always did, then adjusted my scope.
shame we gotta leave the guns behind,” I muttered.
waste,” Julie agreed.
chatter, you two,” Gator admonished. “Jessi?”
position, boss, and awaiting orders.”
nest is in the center of the playground. His mate is always with him.
Genis is the dragon with green markings on his head.”
target one and two in my sight. Acquiring target three,” I said,
searching for the dragon.
target three. He’s flying above the nest,” said Julie.
will take target three. Jessi, you have target one and two.”
delta,” we chorused. After that we turned down our radios and I
began to fixate on the two dragons.
hesitate the most if the mate died?” I asked Saphir quickly.
he replied with no hesitation.
mark,” Gator’s voice came through. “In
three….two….one….you have permission to fire.” As our
countdown was released, Julie’s and I’s shot rang out at nearly the
same time, causing two dragons to drop the the ground, dead. Just
like Saphir had said, Sanglant stared at his dead mate long enough
for me to zoom in on him. As he rose to go to flight, I shot him in
the head, causing him to roar with rage before he died.
and two down! Requesting permission to relocate!”
Julie,” Gator said, beating her to her question. Both of us
dropped our rifles, and basically ran like the demons of hell were
chasing us. I ran through the forest as quietly as possible and
Saphir ran beside me, effortlessly making no noise. I heard the roar
of dragons and the furious beating of wings and knew I wasn’t going
to make it in time. Saphir must have as well because he grabbed my
wrist and literally threw me onto his back, taking off beyond the
speed of normal humans.
breath, dragon killer!” I barely caught the words as they
whipped past me and I frowned.
It was then that I spotted the raging river up ahead. “Oh,
Saphir, don’t you dare, I can’t swim that well-“
breath.” Having no other choice, I gulped in a breath of fresh
air, squeezed my eyes closed, and clung to Saphir as if my life
depended on it. I felt the moment as he launched himself into the
air, then the bone chilling cold of the river as we plunged into it.
I felt my heart stop and I nearly let go of Saphir, but he grabbed
both of my arms with one hand and stroked with the other, bringing us
downriver and away from the dragons. I held my breath for as long as
I could, but I tapped his shoulder. He swum up and I gulped in more
air, then he plunged back into the river once again.
minutes later, we climbed out of the river…well, he carried my
shaking body out of the river, and we both collapsed between two
boulders. The slight overhang of rock covered us from ariel recon and
the gunfire scent was washed off in the river, leaving me cold and
shaky, but safe. I was breathing hard and shaking, but Saphir seemed
fine. Curse his dratted dragon blood and all of its benefits.
well, dragonkiller,” he said, wrapping an arm around me, giving
me his warmth.
watch it, Saphir. You’ll be complimenting me, soon.”
dream of it,” he said, nestling into the rock. The Rangers would
be here to pick us up eventually. Hopefully sooner than later.