Why am I born? I asked this question so many times. Is it because I do not know my purpose in this world? Wait, just what kind of world am I in now? What is a name? Why do I not remember...
Travel back in time to the world of flying lizards and warring states and there was a legend of the First Dragon Hunter. Along with her mysteriously chosen partner, she rides the wind and death follows her every movement. The girl with only one goal which could lead the world to destruction if she still can't find an answer to her question - "Just who am I?"
Judgement Day close in for this world as the dragons and humans are close to clashing teeth and swords while the other beasts wait patiently to strike their own war. But someone is standing in the world and they want her dragged down to below the Earth. Who can she trust when even her own partner is scheming? And why doesn't she feel at home in this world? Read on to find out!
The huge traveller sneered at the cowering old woman. "Get up", he hissed. "You can't lie to me. A great sword like that one cannot be broken so easily."
"I..it'...s tttrr.rru..ue. I..rr.eal...ly d..o...do.n...'t haa..have it nnn...no..w. It wwa..was ss...soold ttt..too sssome traveller with a hoo..hood," she stammered.
The traveller screamed in rage and the old woman cringed up. With a swing of his blade, the old woman fell limp among her selfish collection of valuable antiques. Dissatisfied, he stormed out of the pitiful house and burn it down to the ground with a flick of his fingers. Calling out to his small mode of transport, he climbed up onto his saddle and the wyern took off before the King's army moved in. From the way the witch described, that traveller seemed rather knowledgeable and strong. Even the broken pieces of the sword can still be powerful and its magic can only be seen by a powerful magic user. I will hunt you down...
Run! Go NOW! A voice screamed with fright. She was running. But why? No, she must learn that person's identity. She stopped in her tracks and turned back. Something was wrong, she felt she should not have turned back but at the same time, she must know because that girl was...who is she again? Frustration, panic and anger. Emotions she had never experienced before came rushing into her mind. Suddenly, she felt she could do anything. Pushing the huge oak door open, a burst of light engulfed her. And then...
"SHUT THE HELL UP!!" a booming, deep-throat voice roared, trembling the grounds and poor trees as he spoke.
With a painful whack on her head, the girl could see little firbirds dancing happily in circles above head.
"WHAT WAS THAT FOR??" The girl screamed at a huge dragon.
The half-grown dragon would not be pretty one if you like Earth animals like kittens and deers. But to a person from this world, you would call his beauty as a mysteriously alluring one of great power and hint of cool evilness. His voice was like a foghorn which trembled the grounds and silent even the most fiercest lions. This dragon is almost skeleton-like and it hid how powerful he can be. Covered with dark shiny scales which had painful edges, It really isn't comfortable for a dragon rider to travel with him. Speed, agility and power are the three elements to a great dark dragon. Or so he says.
His name is Ryuu.
"Don't you FREAKING KNOW THAT A GREAT DARK DRAGON SLEEPS IN THE DAY??!!"
The girl shook her head. there goes his ego and weird claims...
Sedna was just as mysterious as her dragon. Slim yet strong, She sported a short dirty blond hair and her fringe sometimes casts a shadow over her heterochromic eyes. Her eyes were so full of depth that you could feel yourself falling deep into the abyss if you stare too long into the strange blue and red eyes. She was beautiful in a way that you can't stop staring at her. On the other hand, it may be because of the aura she carried around - one full of confidence and strength. Unlike the typical Earthland girls, she was never interested in beauty or worrying about her boyish shaped body. Clad in a plain brown medieval tunic with short sleeves and dark green ankle-length pants, she wore steel boots and her dressing would draw criticism from noble ladies. Instead, she just wanted more power. Power drawn from knowledge and experience.
"In other words, only I can control a great dragon's sleeping time. Wake up, we gotta move on," Sedna ordered.
"YOU WANNA FIGHT?!"
But the girl was already making her way down to the nearby stream. Shouting back, she told him to use the lake on the other side.
"AND NO PEEKING!"
"WHO THE HELL WANNA PEEK AT YA PUNY BODY!" and the dragon took off after the girl shot a threatening look back.
The girl placed her sword against a small tree near the riverbed. It was encased in a mud cover to hide its true beauty. Nicknamed Palladium, the sword had two blades - one platinum long blade and an zinc-plated iron shorter one. The hilt was made out of aluminium alloy, making it strong yet light. A suitable sword for a young female traveller, she thought when she first saw it. And at a rather good price too. What drew the girl to the sword was the engravings on the hilt - Onyx engravings which seemed to glitter eerily when splattered with blood. And strangely, the engravings were of characters that seemed so foreign yet familiar to her. An oxymoron, she would say.
However, that was not her only treasured possession. There was something else she would protect at all cost - a larger-than-normal crystal key which was attached to a string around her neck. her first and most valuable possession. No one could steal that from her, not even her dragon.
Glancing around for any unwanted guests, she took off her clothes slowly and folded them neatly at the side of the river. Her head was still spinning from the blow.
Or maybe it was because of that nightmare again.
She sighed quietly as she sat down on a rock in the river. Peace in the morning.
Far away, a dragon growl could be heard, frightening several poor four-winged small birds into the air.
The dragon and his rider soared through the air. The bath was refreshing, he thought. I can fly nonstop today. Even the weather is celebrating.
"Don't count on it," the female rider muttered. "I need to get some supplies. We are stopping over the first village we see. oh, speak of the Sirens, it's over there! Fly low and stay hidden in the trees."
What the hell is a 'psi-rains'? Ryuu wondered. But he followed her instructions anyways.
The female rider jump off the dragon before he even landed. Feather-light, she only touched ground without much disturbance to the fallen leaves below. Quick as a lightning, she disappeared among the towering trees into the clearing. After much talk with some soldiers at the gate, she disappeared behind the big wooden gates.
Ryuu know he could only wait patiently. Any impatience on his end would incur her wrath and he would be outnumbered if those villagers hear a dragon roar. He knew from his keen eyesight that it was no normal village. It was the village of mages and hunters. He could feel that magical aura leaking from his position deep in the woods. Stupid humans. Don't they know what is conservation of energy?
Bored, he took a walk to the nearby lake deeper inside the wounds. He lazily put his tail into the water and began to play with the fish. The fish swam frantically around to avoid the sharp edges of the bony tail. Then, the dragon slumped down.
Fall is coming, he thought as he watched the yellow-orange leaves fall from the tall sticks in the ground. Soon, the gound would be barren again, waiting for the Goddess of Nature and Beauty to once again bless the lands with seeds and good weather next spring. He dozed off thinking of the celetial beings without noticing the tiny movement from a nearby bush. A yellow eye peered through a gap in the busy overgrowth. Ryuu was fast asleep.
The yellow eyed creature crept suspiciously towards the enormous winged lizard, hiding out quickly behind some shrubs whenever the the lizard breathed deeply. Closing in on the wings of the dragon, it stretched out to touch the strange paper-thin yet glowing texture. However, that pitiful creature could not even get that experience of a lifetime cause the next thing it knew, it was pinned down hard on the ground by a dragonleather boot. Its opponent was so strong that it could not escape with its usual tricks. It squirmed and finally screamed so earsplittingly that the hunter almost lost her grip. She quickly put her foot in its mouth and leaned towards it. Casting an ugly look at the goblin, the hunter emptied its pockets of golden trinkets before freeing him. The magpie-like goblin sprinted away as fast as its stout fat legs could go, making strange angry noises.
"So....touching my wings are only worth a few crowns?" Ryuu sniffed in a dissatisfied manner as he watch her count the bounty.
Disconcerned with his comment, she stuffed the small dirty bag of gold into her pocket.
"It didn't even touch you. Besides, you could have had a good meal of fatty meat if you pretended that I would not be there to 'save' you," she replied. "Let's go. I heard that the villagers hunt in these woods in the day."
And they are off again. Dragons aren't welcomed in this world, especially those that had been attacked by some not-very-wise dragons.
They don't understand. Wasting years of their short lifespan ignoring the truth and living in fear. Too few of them open their eyes to the natural flow of life in living here. The food chain, mainly.
Ryuu shook his great head and spotted a large three-headed bird. Licking his scaly lips, he swooped down for his first meal of the day. Meanwhile, the rider took out a book as she ammazingly balanced herself with all the sudden movements.
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"Rwat R chu wredding?" Ryuu spoke through a mouthfull of fresh meat.
Sedna looked at him with disgust. For some strange reason, she could think like royalty at times.
"Don't speak when you eat." And she returned to being engrossed with her book.
Irritated, the dragon went into a burst of speed and suddenly flomped on his back in midair. Poor Sedna who had been holding on to the reins for her dear life could no longer read and dropped the book. Ryuu flew down to take a look at the falling book.
"What?!! A fashion journal? What's this? Trendiest Hairstyle of the Medieval Century??!! What's got into you? Sedna the trendsetter now?" Ryuu asked in amazement.
Flushing furiously, Sedna let go of the reins and followed the falling book. Pulling out the sword from its sheath, she plunged it into the trunk of the nearest tall tree and she was suspended in midair. Ryuu choked hard as he tried to stifle his laughter - Sedna looked pathetic covered in leaves and twigs while trying to catch the book. Then, he flew down to the ground.
An ominous line appeared in the sword. Wide-eyed Sedna could only screamed for her dragon. Chortling, he walked below her and with a shatter, Sedna dropped back down on to the rider's seat.
"I told you that my magic cannot fully mend this sword. We need to -"
Sedna screamed in rage. "WHOSE FAULT WAS IT THAT I HAD TO DO A STUNT LIKE THIS?! WHY CAN'T YOU LEAVE ME ALONE TO READ?!" And a string of violent curses flew out of the once ladylike rider.
"Well, you were the one who was all weird. Tsk, fashion is soo not for you," the dragon smirked.
Sedna took a glance at the shattered pieces of the sword let out a dragon's roar which caused the ground below to rumble. Ryuu stared at her in shock.
"Where - no, when did you learn that?"
Ignoring her despicable mode of transport, she stormed away in the direction of the rushing water. Ryuu followed her, unsatisfied with her silence. He continued to post her questions about her strange behaviour.
"Wait up, you have not explained about your fashion thing! and that roar is-"
"SHUT UP AND LEAVE ME ALONE!"
Sedna didn't understand. What are these emotions? Why am I so angry over a book? She was frustrated. There are a lot of unanswered questions even about herself.
As she ran, a strong gust of wind blew against her face. She couldn't tell where she was going anymore but it didn't matter. It feels as if she has to keep running. I can't take it anymore!
Then a strange sarcastic laughter filled her head. Loser.
With a burst of light, she came to a clearing. She found herself at the edge of the woods, facing a huge field of flowers where a river cut through the mass of colours. So familiar. and she keeled over.
There was a burst of light. Where am I again?
A high-pitched voice was calling out. "Hurry up! The place is not too far away. Hurry up -"
She could tell that girl was shouting her name. But she coldn't hear it clearly - everytime her name was called, it was always blocked by some other noises. Sedna followed the voice anyways and she found herself running across a meadow. A girl was skipping in fron tof her happily. She didn't look a lot bigger than Sedna was but she was a little taller with shiny blond hair. Much unlike mine, Sedna thought.
This setting was so nostalgic. It was as if she grew up on this land of winds and greens. She looked down at her hands - they were smaller than usual. She wore a frilly dress which she quietly sweared to herself that she had never seen that in the backpack she carried awhile ago. Even her hair was longer with curls. Taking a look around, she finally understood - she was dreaming. Yet again, she could not understand why but she has to follow the older girl's voice.
"Come closer, oh please hurry," that girl shouted happily as she stopped in front of a lake.
Sedna ran to her side. The view was breathtaking. The lake sparkled invitingly in the sunlight and beond the lake stood snowy mountains which seemed to cut off their world from another. Tall and snow-capped, the mountains spells mysteries as half of them are covered by puffy clouds. The wind gently brush across her face. Sedna let out a sigh. Peace.
"Let's go for a swim!" Sedna's companion exclaimed suddenly.
She hurriedly slipped out of the blue sleeveless dress and wearing only her undergarments, she jumped happily into the lake. Sedna could not help but feel a mixture of admiration and envy. Her companion fitted right into the beautiful picture before her. Sedna could imagine a painter illustrating a carefree girl with perfect curves frolicking in the lake with mountains standing proudly behind. Then, she felt sick with herself. How could I feel such disturbing emotions? Who is she?
Meanwhile, Ryuu had lost sight of his partner. I shouldn't have given her a clue to how to use Kallfeet, he thought in frustration. She gets better at mastering techniques day by day. With a great flap of his enormous wings, he took flight and searched for her in this dense woods. Then, he saw her.
"NOOO!" he roared and swooped down towards her.
The mysterious girl turned around to face Sedna. That was the first time Sedna had a good look at the girl. And she looked familiar. Sedna felt that she saw this face one too many times. It took awhile to register that this girl has the same face as her! Sedna saw the same pair of penetrating eyes staring back at her. That pair eyes weren't heterochromatic though but they are of the same shades of blue. They share the same small heart-shaped face with identical beestung lips. Even her smile was identical. Come closer, the older girl called.
Sedna felt her legs listening to that request. She was almost at the age of the lake when she felt a strange desire to look down at the waters.
Something was wrong. Very wrong. Sedna expected to see her image against a clear blue blue sky but all she saw was the other her, staring back just as shocked. The reflection was of another girl sharing the same face but dirtier. That reflection seemed to have a run-in with the hair stylist for her hair was short and unevenly cut. Stranger still, that girl was kneeling down with a background full of licking flames. Sedna was standing by the lake and she knew that there was no forest fire going on. Suddenly, Sedna saw something which made her insides curl - an ominous shadow was approaching her reflection. Sedna screamed and felt a sharp pain in her head. Someone else was screaming too.
"SEDNA! WAKE UP! GET OUT OF THERE! SEDNA! SEDNA!"
Sedna found herself in the middle of charred grounds. She was surrounded by a wall of blue flames. There can't be right, I remember there was a field of rainbow flowers. Sedna looked around wildly and saw her dragon circling above.
"SEDNA, I'M GOING TO SWOOPED DOWN TO GET YOU. WE ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE. THE FIRE IS GOING OUT OF CONTROL AND I CAN'T GET CLOSER. I NEED YOU TO HOLD UP THE SHEATH HIGH ENOUGH FOR ME TO GRAB IT. READY?"
Sedna bent down to pick up and jumped backwards with a start. The sword was mended and in its sheath. How did it -, no there was no time. Sedna swung the large sword upwards and within an instance, she was being pulled out of the fire. Ryuu had grabbed the sword with his hind legs. She pulled herself higher up and holding the sword, she climbed back into the rider's seat. Ryuu begin to picked up speed and flew out of the area before unwanted beings started swarming in.
"What happened? One second, you were gone and the next, you were sleeping in the middle of a forest fire. DO YOU KNOW HOW DANGEROUS IT WAS FOR BOTH OF US? IF YOU WANNA DIE, DON'T PULL ME IN!"
Sedna felt the dragon's rage. But she was more confused than frightened.
"I don't know, Ryuu. I don't know."
Unbeknowst to them, someone was tailing them far behind to hide its presence.
High up a volcano crater sat the strangest combination of fighters in this world - a dragon and a swordsgirl. Stranger still, the dragon was not her pet but her partner. Ryuu refused to be ordered by anyone but himself. They get along pretty good though due to their matching strengths. Sedna could easily hit him in the core now if he disturbs her thinking process now. Seeing that she is just as clueless as he is in this situation, he took a brave step forward.
"So...you are saying that you fell asleep in the middle of a pretty field and the next moment, you found yourself in the middle of a forest fire," the dragon tentatively probed. "And you have no idea who did it?"
The girl nodded her head fervently. Ryuu breathed, keeping his temper in check. His patience was not to be tested anytime but he is not dealing with a weakling.
"I caught a whiff of what the field should smell like before it got charred. Those rainbow flowers you saw were Pilitsinaqtuqs, they send unwary travellers into dreamworld and depending on the mood, the dreams can be scary or comforting. I have not heard of any mortal who could wake up from it alone. You need something to distract your sleep."
"So you are syaing someone came to help me?" The girl finally asked.
"And put your life in danger? I don't think so," Ryuu said as he took a glance at the eerily orange-red sunset. "The sky is darkening. I think it's best you head out now for food and return here safely. I am not familiar with this part of the world and there probably mortals now searching for the cause of the fire. No doubt they might start serching further towards our hideout. A dragon's fire is rare even in this area."
Sedna nodded and picked up her sword. "Where's my ride?"
The dragon looked away and busied humself with something. Sedna stared at him before grudgingly using her sword's sheath as a board to slide down the steep side of the volcano. Then, she disappeared in the woods below in the direction of a nearby village. Ryuu made sure she was out of his sight before shouting into the air.
"I KNOW YOU ARE THERE. COME OUT!"
A heavyset man appeared grinning wickedly. "Keherher. How long have you known?"
Narrowing his dark ruby eyes, the dragon paused and then replied, "ever since I flew out of the Pilitsinaqtuq Field. The only reason I let you live a little longer is because you don't seem to aiming for my life. Your killing intent was directed towards my rider."
The man laughed loudly. It was not a pleasant sound either.
"Your rider? Didn't you dragons long proclaimed they bow to no one? Or is she more than that?" the man probed.
The dragon roared and let out a stream of fire. Surprisingly, that large man could jump aside swiftly. This mortal seem to be combat-trained, Ryuu thought as he observed the suspicious man's movement.
"Now, now, Ryuu. Let's not be hasty. I don't wish to be your enemy. On the contrary, I think we have something in common regarding that partner of yours," the man said with that suspicious smile.
"What do you know about me?" The dragon asked angrily. "I have never met you before either!"
"Oh I know a lot of things. Including your birthplace and that you are the heir to the Dragon King's throne. And I know more...like how you got banished and who that girl really is to you. I've seen that mark on her arm, it's a dragon's life crest mark, right? "
Ryuu stared at this man incredulously. How much does he know?
"I know your past and we both know that I have something else to offer. I won't risk my life here for just small talk. Once I start the conversation seriously, you and I are sworn partners. What do you say?" The man continued.
"I know nothing about you. In what way would that make us good partners?" Ryuu asked, wanting to know more.
The man sat down and begin the introduction. "My name is Pokga. I have a plan that can change our lives."
Sedna approached the village cautiously. It was unexpectantly quiet. She managed to pass through the main gates after having her papers checked. The guards seemed on guard too and looked through all the papers more stringently then ever. Eyes followed her back as she entered through the bamboo gates. Something felt wrong.
Tagiuk Village is a fishing port and all houses and shops stood on stilts. People navigate around this village in small wooden boats or walk along the platforms made from wooden planks. The rotten planks creaked ominously under her feet as she walked to the nearest bar which seemed to be the only lively shop around. Clanking of metal jugs and rough chatters could be heard through the wooden walls. Sedna stepped into the fireflies lit bar.
As she walked towards the bar counter, she realised despite the noise, it was less of drunken talks and raucous laughters. They were serious talks and she didn't like what she heard...
"Have you heard about the fire?" a scawny sailor asked a senior weather-bitten man.
"Don't ask stupid question, boy. Who hasn't? About time too. I mean, who knows how long this tense peace can last? I'm telling you, it's the dragon's works, they -"
At a nearby table, a bearded old man begin to talk loudly, "Dragons or not, I will kill them all! Just like in the old days, I killed hundreds of wyerns and dra-"
"Quit sleeptalking, you old man! Get back to work! You are just a dishwasher!" an old barmaid shouted over the noise.
The old man grumbled and walked away. The table was quickly taken over by a group of gossipmongers.
"I saw it alright. Large flaming fire surrounding the woods. I saw many bodies too!" "oh shut up! No one died! I heard that there was an imprint of human feet! Can a human do that?" "Nah! Godtwa be da dra-gorns! Hwe dunno fwor swere iff there were more." "It's a human and a dragon, i swear! Listen, I overheard some woodcutters saying they saw one flying earlier today! And some object on it! Can you believe it? Someone is riding the dragon!"
There were more gossips in every corner. Sedna felt sick. Dragon riders are unheard of in this world, much less of communication between both kinds. For some unknown reason, the last war between the dragons and humans ended centuries ago with a truce which seemed to have broken recently. Sedna couldn't comprehend the fact that she felt like she was just born a few weeks ago with no memory of what she know when she was younger. All she remembered was the time when a supposedly friend of hers screaming instructions as a great black dragon flew over a village, spitting flames at random houses. And then, there was that -
"Lady, you don't look too well. How about I help you to drink that cup of milk?" a male voice came floating into her world.
She jerked herself awake and came face-to-face with a nostalgic face of a boy not much older than her. He was smirking at her confused look.
"Surprised?" He asked. "Do you still remember my name?"
She shook her head, feeling stupid. She know him from somewhere but she couldn't put it in place. He looked more and more annoyed by the minute.
"Do you really not know or are you acting stupid? It's me! Hinrik! Rememeber? Tuqpuq!" He sweared. "it was only a few weeks!"
"oh! I remember now! That boy from Hallrbjörn's Team!" Sedna exclaimed.
"Yes yes. Now, keep it down, will you? Weren't you part of the team too? Anyways, I don't want to draw attention to us. Follow me. We need a quieter place to catch up," and Hinrik left the bar.
Sedna followed obediently. The bar had quietened down and she felt like she was being watched. As they walk out, Hinrik began the conversation.
"I haven't seen you after that incident. Where have you been? Ever since you ran away after Freya's outburst, I couldn't find you anywhere outside the village."
"Well, I am not sure myself," Sedna said after some thought. Something about the name Freya was bothering her. "I only remembered that I got lost after running, drank water from the stream and then blanked out. Sorry, I don't know much myself."
Hinrik looked at her incredously and then sighed. "You have a memory worse than a leaking bucket. You have changed, I see. You seemed wilder and more independent. You used to always in Hallrbjörn's shadow. Seems that getting lost did you some good. I'm, erm, quite happy to meet you like that. You seem to more carefree than worried."
Sedna stared at him questioningly. "Should I be?"
The boy suddenly pulled her into a side alley and put a hand over her mouth. Caught in a surprise, she did not resist. Then, some male voices were heard.
"The barmaid said she saw somone who like the girl in the poster," a young man spoke.
"And you believed her? There were many reports on that person but no one has ever really seen her in person. It could be another mistaken case. Let's give up," an older voice replied.
"I'm telling you! I saw the truth in her eyes! Even the doormen were suspicious of this new traveller!" And two armoured guards walked past their hiding place.
"Yeah yeah. Whatever. You are going to write the nightly report from tonight onwards if we don't find her. Deal?"
"But it's true! I'm telling you - "
The voices disappeared around the corner. Hinrik released his grip and Sedna pushed away, breathing hard.
"Are you trying to suffocate me?" she asked angrily.
"Didn't you hear what the guards say? They were talking about you!" Hinrik replied in an equally angry voice. Falling hard on the floor with his backside was not what he expected for helping her.
Looking at her stunned face, he shove a piece of parchment into her face. It was a Wanted Poster of her!
"Girl of a small stature. Suspected of murder of a fellow dragon hunter. Blond hair with eyes of two colours - red and blue. Extremely dangerous traitor of the Hildr Kingdom. If seen, do not attempt personal capture," she read. "What is this about?"
Massaging his back, he looked at her. "I should be asking you that question. Freya pulled some strings and she is now leading the secret army and manipulating the main force commando. This is exactly why I am glad to be the first person to recognised you. We need to find some place more secretive to talk. I think I have an idea..."
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"Where are you taking me?" Sedna asked anxiously. His grip did not loosen.
"We need to get out of here first. i know a place we can be safe from the Kingdom," he replied quietly.
Something felt wrong and Sedna could not shake off the feeling of doubt which began to develop towards her newly found friend. Ryuu, RYUU, she called out in her mind. There was no reply. The space between them had widened and before she knew it, Hinrik had took her in his arms and lept over the towering bamboo fence to the other side of the village. She could barely make out the mountain cave Ryuu was apparently waiting for her at. That was not important now.
"PUT ME DOWN! PLEASE STOP!" Sedna screamed as he lept even faster from tree to tree. She felt featherlight in his arms and could not struggled much. His grip was too tight.
"Stop fidgeting or you'll fall!" Hinrik said half-pleadingly.
"Ryuu! RYUU!" Sedna called out aloud. What am I doing? Why am I the one calling for help?
"Who's Ryuu?" Hinrik asked, his eyes narrowing with suspicions.
A thundering roar was heard and a blast of flames burnt the trees behind them. The next thing they knew, a dragon stood in their path.
"Ryuu," Sedna breathed while taking in his majestic presence against a clear sky reserved for a full moon.
The dragon roared and Hinrik took a few steps back. He looked both scared and worried. Changing directions, he tried to sidestep the dragon but Ryuu was quicker than that.
"Stay here," Hinrik ordered in a slightly shaken voice. "I will protect you."
"HUH?!" Sedna wanted to say she didn't need any protection but he had already withdrew his bow and arrows, poised to shoot.
"NOOO!" Sedna screamed and rushed forward but it was too late, he had released the first and subsequent hits became faster and faster. The dragon roared in pain as small sticks of wood managed to pierce through the first layer of his skin.
Help please, someone, anyone, she thought wildly as she stood in her position, unable to think clearly. This feeling, this situation...why- no...where have I felt it before? I feel so- so weak...
I want to protect...
As if someone was directing her, she placed her hands in front of her, right over the left. Closing her eyes, she shut out all other presence and felt for something, a sharp object ever so dear to her. Then, she felt its presence. She ran her hands over an imaginary handle and grip tightly. It was hard despite doing the act in open air. Pull, a voice in her head told her. The ground begin shaking and she could see in her mind that a dark hole opened up. Her eyes snapped open and she found herself holding her double-blade sword. What was going on?
Knowing that there was no time, she swung her sword in front of her and stepped in Hinrik's line of vision. Within seconds, all his arrows were sliced into half. He fell back onto the ground with a sword pointing at his throat.
"Wha- What is this?! What ar you doing?" He shouted back barely recovering from shock. "Do you plan to protect that ugly bloodthirsty creature?"
Sedna's eyes narrowed. "No one, I repeat, no one calls my friend a monster. Stand down. We both know who is at an advantage."
"DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING? YOU ARE SIDING WITH THE DRAGONS! THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE FRAMED FOR! WAKE UP!"
Sedna ignored him and climbed onto her partner's back.
"Wait! Where are you going? Are you serious? Have you been confunded?? Get away from that dangerous monster -" and Hinrik tasted blood. His own blood. He touched his face and felt a small cut just above his lips. He looked up just in time to see the girl riding her dragon away.
"Was that really alright? He looked like he wanted to protect you," Ryuu asked tentatively.
"It doesn't matter. No one hurts my partner for some stupid prejudice," Sedna replied in quiet voice.
Ryuu's stomach did an uncomfortable churn. What was that for? Ignoring the discomfort, he continued, "I finally got the coordinates to our first destination. It's not far from here. Take a nap if you want."
Sedna raised an eyebrow but said nothing. He clearly did not want her to ask how he finally remembered where it was but all the same, he was hiding something from her. I can ask him tomorrow...so sleepy...
As he flew above the clouds, his mind did a playback of all the recent events. Things were moving faster than he thought and he can conflicting feelings about all the different issues. Also, how did she get the sword back when he clearly hid it away? Dear brother, help me close my mind and heart while still keeping me alive...
Far away, the Head of Undercover Spies was throwing her usual tantrum. They had finally caught that little prick in her skin and yet again, she slipped away. Breathing down the neck of her informant, she asked coldly, "Tell me again, what was she riding on?"
"A dragon, Mistress. A half-grown one, in fact," Hinrik replied in a small voice.
"And both of them managed to escape your arrows?"
"She secretly equip herself. I swear in the King's name that she wasn't carrying one while we met. Somehow-"
"Somehow you managed another blunder and we are all back to square one," she finished the sentence. "The whole world already thinks that she is a traitor and now she prove it (although it was a total lie in the first place). She rides on a dragon. That should be rather noticeable. Gather all informants at once. I need them to track. Yes, get those trackers too. Dragons are fast but now there's only one we are against...no doubt a traitor to his own kingdom too..."
And she let out a high-pitched laughter. Things seemed to be in her favour...
Hue Assessment: Marine Blue