Reign Of Fire Fanfiction: Reign of the Dragons: Original Story - 6. Chapter 6
your people, dragon killer?” Saphir asked, watching the skies
carefully for any of his kind. Dawn was giving way to morning, and it
was dangerous for any vehicles to be outside once dawn broke. The
dragons would be looking for revenge of their leader, and any human
would suffice for their rage.
what’s your ETA?”
minute and closing. We have a lock on your gps.”
picked up. We’ll be there momentarily.”
Jessi out.” I turned to Saphir and sent a smirk his way.
“They’re that far away,” I answered, knowing he had heard
humans must hurry. My sight is getting better already.”
that’s not a good thing,” I quipped, rubbing my shivering arms,
trying to get warmth back into my body.
“I hear the
humans. Get up.” Even as he dictated the command, he yanked me
to my feet and literally carried me out of our cover. With only one
arm snaked around my waist, he began to run for the truck only he
could hear, making me close my eyes and wish he would go slower.
Soon, I could hear the truck as well, and a few seconds later, Saphir
leapt and landed in the tuck. Gator, who was driving, already began
to turn and as soon as Saphir landed, Gator slammed on the gas.
right?” Gator asked, weaving in and out of the trees.
dandy!” I called back over the wind. I huddled into the top
corner of the truck bed and tried to curl myself up into a ball,
preserving the little of my body heat I had left.
“Just a few
minutes and we’ll make it to base. Hold on.”
that you say that Gator, I’ll be sure to try. Not that I was trying
to preserve heat before, but thanks for that.”
“If I could
hit a woman, it would be you.”
romance me with small talk,” I shot back, my teeth starting to
chatter. Luckily for me, Saphir knelt and gathered me into his arms,
sharing his own body heat. I didn’t know what put him in such a good
mood to help me, but I sure as hell wasn’t going to complain.
the wall, boys!” Gator called out.
Gator, don’t-” He gassed the truck even more and we shot
forward. My heart leapt and I clung to Saphir, knowing what was
I called back, closing my eyes and praying for safety. I felt the
moment we hit the ramp and I felt my stomach drop to my toes as we
sailed through the air. The few seconds we were airborne seemed like
an eternity and I clutched Saphir in fright. I was never okay with
flying and I hated heights, but if I got through this, I was going to
kill Gator. Finally, the tires hit the ground and I breathed a sigh
Gator asked, narrowly missing a tree. Before I could answer, I heard
Saphir hiss and I looked up at him, then flinched. All of his eyes
were red and the pupil was a startling contrast of green, which gave
him a slight cat eye effect. He dumped me to the ground in a heap and
before I could complain, he leapt from the truck and into the sky. I
saw his skin and bone begin to reform, and as Gator drove away, I saw
him completely change into a dragon. The sight made my mouth dry as I
remembered the rage he exhibited when I killed his friends, but he
collided with another dragon.
covering us!” I managed to yell, my eyes glued to the fight
behind us. Gator, however, kept on driving and my view of Saphir was
spotted?” Gator asked.
Saphir’s got us!”
that dragon with our lives?” he asked. Without hesitation, I
“He gave us
his word!” I could tell that Gator wasn’t convinced and I
continued. “But if that doesn’t help, I still owe him big time!
So he’s gonna keep me alive!” I heard him laugh from the front
seat and I crawled back into my corner.
“Now that I
believe!” With that, the truck skidded to a halt, and I peeked
my head out to look around. “Come on, we swim the rest of the
“Oh you son
of a bitch.” He tossed a flask to me and I caught it.
With an efficiancy that I even admired, Gator began to cover the
truck with various cover, most military issued. I opened the flask
and sniffed, now aware that it was hard liquor contained inside. With
a inward shrug, I drank a sip and coughed. The stuff was definately
strong. After the coughs subsided, I drank another sip, now prepared
for the bite, and I was rewarded with a warmth in my stomach. Gator,
who finally finished the truck’s cover, held out his hand. I tossed
the flask to him and then walked into the water. The cold was seeping
into my very bones, but the liquor was combating the cold, keeping me
I asked as Gator waded in beside me.
underwater as much as possible, but don’t strain your breath. If you
get caught in hydrolics, you have to have enough air to survive.
Stick away from the center of the river but don’t get too close to
shore. Got it?” I nodded and we both dove into the water, the
swift current carrying us far downstream. Every couple of strokes, I
swam to the surface of the water for breath. Finally, Gator pulled me
to shore and I followed him, gratefully climbing out of the river.
I asked, now spotting the waterfall in the distance.
“God I wish
Saphir was here,” I muttered. “He could carry my ass down.”
one lazy soldier, you know that?” Gator asked, walking away from
the waterfall and deeper into the forest. “I thought I taught
teach me not to be lazy,” I answered, jumping down a small drop
in our path. “You taught me to be sneaky so I could be lazy.”
bullshit and you know it,” he muttered, coming to the hard part
in our journey. The trail now sloped downwards, the path now lined
with mere tree roots to stop us if we fell. The dirt wasn’t packed
either, so a fall was likely to occur if we weren’t careful. “Step
careful here and grab the roots. If you fall, I’m not catching you.”
drowning in love,” i muttered as Gator turned and began to climb
down. He didn’t deign my retort with his own and I began to
concentrate on climbing. Fortunately for us, we made it down with
litle diffuculty…if you call dirt in Gator’s eye not difficult.
“What about Saphir?” I asked as Gator began to walk in the
waterfall. He stopped and turned to me, his face unreadable.
you’d be happy to rid yourself of the dragon. What are you so worried
not, he saved both of our lives back there. If he hadn’t fought that
one dragon, we could have been killed or seriously wounded.”
Gator began to speak, but the flap of dragon wings ruined our
conversation. I jumped into the water and Gator pulled me into the
cave behind the enormous waterfall. After I had crawled inside, I
heard a giant splash and pulled the small pistol from my boot. It was
puny defense for a dragon, but it was something.
shoot me dragon killer, I’ll be forced to kill you.”
I asked, hope lined in my voice. The dragon poked his head through
the waterfall and began to morph into the human I knew. “How did
you find us?”
your scent,” he said simply as he followed us into the cave.
Gator sent me a glance and our eyes locked as I tried to gauge what
he was trying to tell me. Yet, his face was unreadable and he turned
away from me, leaving me to follow. Somehow, I felt as if I failed
some sort of test but I followed my friend regardless. Once we
entered the base, I saw that only a few soldiers were inside and
noticed the cave was signifigantly smaller than the other base we had
Gator called. I saw a head pop up from a blanket and she sent a smile
she said simply. As I saw Julie in the blanket, I realized how cold
was and dashed over to Julie, tucking myself into the covers. Even
though I was wet, Julie was as well, and we held each other close for
“I want to
congratulate everyone on a job well done,” Gator stated to the
people around the cave. A few cheers broke out, but it was quieter
than when the job first began. “We have enough food for a while,
but we’ll stay here for a few days. Jessi, Julie-“
Julie interruped cheekily.
ways here. It was a pleasure working with both of you.” I felt
Julie’s confusion and I felt a pang of sadness, but I knew it was a
sensible idea. It was time we got back to the mountains, back to the
dense forests where we knew our way.
here,” I said, my voice muffled by the blanket. “Thanks for
helping us, Gator.” I heard him walk over to us, and he tousled
my wet hair.
for you. Now we have some dry clothes, but there’s nowhere to
change.” At that, my head popped out and I glared at Gator,
ignoring the fact that he was right.
serious,” I stated, not wanting to believe him.
“Oh, but I
am. Do you see anywhere where you two could change?”
Where’s our clothes?” Julie asked, a fire in her eyes. Her
temper was easy to ignite, and Gator’s smirk was enough to set it
off. Gator dropped two bundles on top of the blanket and a lecherous
smile crept onto his face. Every man in the vicinity was staring at
us, even though some were trying to act inconspicuous about it. We
both stood and I grabbed the blanket and wrapped it around Julie, my
arms reaching the wall, blocking the view of her changing.
Julie smiled in
appreciation before stripping her outisde clothes and changing into
the new ones. Once she was done, she took the blanket, smirking at
the dissapointed faces around the cave, and draped it around me. I
quickly took off my shirt and threw it at Gator, who was also
watching without shame, and he caught it just before it hit his face.
I took off my pants and finally donned my new clothes, feeling warmer
already. Once I was done, Julie dropped the blanket and we both mock
waste,” he sighed, dissapointed. “We’ll part ways in the
morning.” Both Julie and I nodded, grateful for his help. We
both understood where he was coming from; you wouldn’t want to
shelter a group of wanted criminals for long. Both of us settled back
into the blanket and I laid my head on Julie’s shoulder, glad for the
“Why do we
have to go in the morning…why?” Gator, who was currently
driving the truck, grinned at Julie, who was riding shotgun.
sweetheart, it’s the best time to move.” He flicked her nose and
I snickered as she sent him a glare. Gator, who was never ruffled,
simply threw his arm over her shoulder.
you going to drop us off?” I yelled out. I was stuck in the back
of the truck with a few of the soldiers, and of course, Saphir. He
had stuck beside me most of last night and I had seen the extensive
injuries he suffered. I knew better than to treat him in front of all
the “humans” as he disdainfully called them, but once we
split up, I was going to treat him.
miles away from where we picked you up. You might want to lay low for
planned on it, Gator.”
sarcastic with me, I was just giving you advice.”
advice,” Julie interjected, exasperated with the man beside of
her. Gator’s somber expression turned back into a grin and I realized
that he didn’t just like Julie. He liked Julie.
As Julie smiled
slightly at Gator, I saw the happiness she was trying so hard to hide
and I felt a pang inside of me. Why should I take her away from here?
She’d be safe with Gator and surrounded by men and women that would
protect her. I knew she missed people, even though she didn’t say
anything, and this would be a good place for her.
Yet, on the
other hand, I was selfish. I wanted her by my side, fighting,
laughing, and leading the group around us. She was a great asset and
a exceptional fighter, and most of all, she was my sister. I couldn’t
bear to lose her like I had Mom, Dad, or my brother. Most of all, I
wanted her safe, and she had been at my side. But now…I just didn’t
Saphir, who was
getting in tune with my moods, turned to me, his eyes trying to pry
into my thoughts. I turned away from him, sparing him my usual glare,
and tried to just stop thinking. Losing Julie was a huge shock to my
system, but…wasn’t I just blowing this out of proportion? It was
her choice, after all. She didn’t owe Saphir a debt, like I did. I
ran a hand through my hair and cursed when Gator hit a large pothole
n the ground.
watch where you’re driving!” I muttered, rubbing the sore spot
on the back of my head.
drive!” he called back, still focusing mostly on Julie.
wouldn’t trust me with your truck!” I called back, but I just
wasn’t into the byplay as I usually was.
straight!” I just sighed and didn’t respond. What was I going to
do? What would be best for Julie?
All too soon, we
stopped and all of us hopped out. We spotted our trusty bikes by two
soldiers, both armed. They both saluted Gator and he just grinned at
where we part,” he said, his eyes straying to Julie. As soon as
he saw her, he looked away and I saw him slip into soldier mode. It
was a protection against the pain and I felt my own sorrow for him.
come here.” She did as she was told and I leaned over to her
ear. “You don’t have to leave.”
stay with Gator…but only for a while. I still need to repay my debt
to Saphir, but you don’t owe him anything. I’ll get it done and come
back to get you.”
“I want to
go with you!”
Gator’s here.” She didn’t bother to deny the attraction, and for
that, I was grateful. It cut down on the argument time. “And I
want you to be happy. You’ll be safe with him and content, even if
just for a while. Most people don’t get that chance.” She was
silent and somber for once, debating her decision. She looked to
Gator, then back to me, and her chin lifted a notch.
my decision,” she stated, looking dead into my eyes.