"Shut up!" The dragon swung his heavy tail towards his prisoner, barely missing her head. The girl fell silent at last. In the brief momen of quiet, the dragon scanned the sky and sighed."Come, the hole is sealing," he murmered.
"I do not wish to take orders from dragons with bad tempers," the girl threw back at him.
The dragon narrowed his silver eyes. "I don't care whether you wish to do it or not to do it. All that matters to me is when you do it," the dragon said calmly.
"Well, you'll be waiting for quite some time before you see me obeying a dragon," the girl said.
The dragon clenched his teeth to keep his temper under controll. "My master will be most displeased if you behave like this," the dragon said quietly.
"If your master wants something from me that badly, he will do me no harm," the girl replied.
"You're trying my patience, Aureen," the dragon said, his temper rising. The girl opened her mouth to say something, but she stopped. "Yes, I know your name is Aureen," the dragon said with a sly smile.
"I don't know how you know my name, or why you're looking at me like that, but it makes me very uneasy. I would greatly appreciate it if you went back to wherever you came from." Aureen saw the dragon make a move towards her, and she quickly added, "Without me."
The dragon looked away for a brief moment. He turned to face the girl, but she had disappeared. The dragon looked around frantically. He saw her just as the shadows of the forrest swollowed her. The dragon sighed and muttered to himself. "Delays, delays." He spread his wings and took off towards the forrest.
Aureen tore through the forrest, pushing past branches, leaping over upraised tree roots, and stumbling across tangled vines. She looked behind her to see if the dragon was following her. Not seeing anything, she sat up against an oak tree to catch her breath.
The sound of rustling leaves made Aureen jerk her head towards the sound. As she was looking in the direction of the noise, she felt something breathing down her neck. Aureen slowly turned her head and found herself staring straight into the gleaming silver eyes of the dragon. All Aureen could see was the dragon's shining eyes. The dragon's jet black body was hidden in the darkness of the ofrest. Aureen screamed in surprise. The dragon silenced her by curling his tail around her neck threateningly. "You don't want to draw the creatures of the forest to you," the dragon hissed.
"What could possibly be in this forest that a dragon can't scare off?" Aureen sighed after freeing herself from the dragon's tail.
A snarl made Aureen and the dragon turn around. The girl saw the yellow eyes of an animal. The dragon bared his teeth. "Brieken," the dragon growled. "How on Earth did you get down here?" Aureen looked from one pair of glowing eyes to the other.
"When you break through the spell, smaller creatures can come through," Brieken sneered.
"What makes you want to come here?" the dragon asked. "
I have a message from out master," Brieken answered.
"Go on," the dragon said impatiently.
"He is growing tired of waiting," Brieken laughed.
"Tell him I will be there shortly," the dragon replied.
"I think this is too big of a job for you, Zeren," Brieken said. "I'm sure our master will be much more satisfied with my timing than yours." The yellow eyes narrowed.
"Don't go there, Brieken," the dragon hissed.
"Just give the girl to me." Brieken tried to remain calm.
"I wouldn't do that if my life depended on it," Zeren growled.
"Oh, your life depends on it." With that, Brieken darted towards Zeren unexpectedly. The sun had risen not long ago, and Aureen could see the two figures clearly. Bricken looked almost like a seahorse. He had dull yellow wings that had curves at the top. Placed on the top of his head were two leather-like things,, the same dull yellow color of his wings. He had a long, olive green, rectangular snout that had five or six sharp points on it. His olive green tail looked like a whip with a sharp triangular piece on the end as it lashed left and right. His olive green body moved quickly and inaudibly.
"You don't want to get into a fight with me," Brieken snarled.
"We're already in a fight," Zeren growled.
Brieken dodged Zeren's heavy tail. Aureen watched in horror as Brieken curled his tail around the dragon's neck. The sharp triangular piece was against Zeren's neck, just waiting to slit the dragon's throat. Aureen didn't like the dragon, but she hated to see him die. Aureen ran to Brieken and put a hand on his back. She tried to say, "Don't," but a starge word came out. Bricken uncoiled his tail and fell to the ground shrieking and writhing. Aureen stepped away from the suffering creature. Brieken abruptly stopped thrashing around and lay on the ground, panting.
Aureen looked at the dragon in confusion. "What did you do?" she whispered.
"I didn't do anything, Aureen, you did." The dragon's eyes never left Brieken.
"I couldn't have, I've never done something like that," Aureen protested.
The dragon looked at the girl at last. "I'll explain later." The dragon turned to Brieken, but he had vanished. Zeren looked up and saw Brieken searing upward.
"Come," the dragon said. "We need to go." Something in the dragon's voice made Aureen want to go with him. Besides, she wanted to find out what Zeren was going to "explain later'. Aureen cautiously walked to the dragon and let him curl his tail around her waist. "Hold on to me," the dragon said. Aureen obeyed. Zeren closed his eyes and muttered, "The Island."
Aureen heard a sound like a gunshot and she found herself unable to breath. She gasped for air but couldn't find any. She opened her eyes, but all she could see was a blur of colors. She felt like she was falling. She tried to grab hold of the dragon, but couldn't feel him. She tried to scream, but no noise came. There was another gunshot sound and Aureen felt the dragon uncoil his tail. The girl fell to the ground. Her vision grew clear again and she could see that she wasn't in the forrest anymore.
~Dialogue separated. Happy Valentines! -Jacquie !~