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Unread Apr 4th, 2017, 01:16 PM   #51
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While the others were discussing games and rivalries, the little crème dragoness had made her way to the other side of the table where her Attilu sat with a cup of coffee and a clean plate in front of him. "How are you enjoying it here so far sir?" Alyia asked him quietly.
James finished his mug of coffee before responding, "Best bacon sarnie I've ‘ad in a while Lass, I intend to stock up," James replied. She smiled, happy that he had a taste of home after missing it for so long.
"I've already placed an order, with a few additions you've mentioned before. We have the space to bring it back so why not?" She said, hoping he'd be pleased with what she'd done.
James seemed to approve, "Wise thinkin’ Lass, I knew yooou were useful… apart from a cannae send ya away, coos ya know… this" James said pointing to his mark.
Alyia resisted giving the mark a poke with her snout, knowing he wouldn’t appreciate the affection, especially in the midst of the group.
“Yeah, stuck with me for good,” beamed the dragoness, “At least I know how you like your coffee.”
She cleared away his plate and mug before sitting beside him, quietly letting him know that she had responded to a few of his emails for him so he wouldn’t have to while they were here. She looked up as the other dragons had gotten to their feet to go get into some other mischief.
"Lass, Shoo, ya not my personal assistant, goo be a dragon, with the fire and the flyin," James said.
“Only if you’re sure…” said Alyia but his look was enough to spur her to go.
The dragons headed off again after a quick meal, chattering all the while.
“They seem to be getting along well,” smiled Amanda as they watched them leave. It was good to see the group of them together, being able to hang out with dragons their own age.


A short while later the torchwood vehicle that had been sent out to pick up the Stonewell family had returned. Jack had met them down in the garage to lead them up to the facility.
"Hello ladies, welcome to Torchwood 5, thanks for visiting, it's great to see you again".
Brianne smiled and nodded, “Thank you, Commander. We’re happy to be able to visit. Aren’t we, girls?”
“Yes, thanks for having us,” said Michelle and Tara echoed her.
“How has Icarus been while he’s been here?” inquired Brianne as they walked after their driver said he would send up their luggage so they wouldn’t have to worry about it.

"Icarus is doing well, your quarters are near where the dark dragon is staying, free for the girls to pop in and out as they please to see him" Jack said.
“Oh thank you!” beamed Tara, “It’s only been a short while but we’ve missed him.”
Once they got up to the main floor the girls looked around in awe at the central hub, walking quickly ahead leaving Brianne to speak with Jack while they explored the facility.
"I really do think you might have a potential employee in your midst Mr. Harkness," said Brianne during the tour, "She's really become passionate with the dragon information Dr. Charles gave her during your visit. She's been volunteering at our veterinary office and is planning on applying to university pretty quick. At the vert clinic she’s been working with exotic animals and the like, helping out where she’s allowed. I don’t know how well that would transfer over but she’s set on it like nothing I’ve ever seen. She asked for a microscope for her birthday!” she laughed and shook her head, “A 17 year old would normally ask for makeup or money for the mall and she wants lab equipment. David would have had a laugh at that…”
"He would of been a proud father I am sure" Jack said kindly.
"Yes, if he could only see them now. I think he would be thrilled that tara has taken an interest in dragons."
Jack smiled and replied.
"Perhaps, we may have an opportunity for her, I could have a word with Melina see what she can do" he offered.
"She'd be over the moon," smiled the woman. "I would appreciate it immensely. I thought farm life was all they would be stuck with. I’ve always wanted them to be able to spread their wings and Icarus seems to be the catalyst for giving them that chance. Thank you for hosting us. The girls have never gotten a chance to travel before."
"Well, we hope you like the UK, use to be part of a big family in Europe before it went its own way all the way back in 2011," Jack replied with a smile.
They spoke about Icarus as they made their way down the halls with the girls leading the way. Suddenly from around the corner appeared the night striker, eyes bright as he spotted his family.
"Girls," he murmured happily, lowering his head down to them as Tara and Michelle ran up, hugging his muzzle. “Did you enjoy London?”
“Yes! It was fantastic, we got to see all sorts of things,” Michelle told him before both the girls set out to explain all the things they had done. The black dragon listened with great interest, obviously giving them his full attention and hung onto every word.
"He has really missed them, you can clearly see that" Jack said to Brianne.
She nodded, “Yes, he’s got a big heart, or two I should say, if what Tara read is correct,” she said with a wry smile before walking up to say hello as well.
He greeted her with the same gentle kindness, asking Brianne if she was well.
“I have some new acquaintances for you to meet,” he said with a smile. “I am sure they would be delighted to meet you.”
“More dragons?” asked Tara excitedly.
Icarus chuckled, “Yes, more dragons. Come, I was just speaking with them, Lord Forge and Vonriir should still be in the canteen…”



The younger dragons had gathered by the creek for what quickly dissolved into some tom foolery.
The boys were showing off their prowess in fire. Tarok’s flame was thin and hot, tinted white. Korrin and Ardon were having a show of the biggest fireball one could muster, their displays eliciting cheers from the others. Ardon was sure to encourage everyone, giving Hitteki a rumble of approval as she threw in her pyrotechnic submission.
“One more,” said Ardon, taking in a deep breath and tilting his chin skyward. He let out a tremendous bout of flame that roared upward with crackling fervor. Zyra squinted in the light and heat before it disappeared as quickly as it had come.
“That’s the winner there,” grinned Comox. Korrin had been close but Ardon was larger and had greater lung capacity for more grand displays though the gold had to admit the eastern mountain dragon had him beat when it came to the heat intensity.
Alyia had only given a little spark of flame, not really wanting to participate and having rarely ever used her own fire.
“Imagine how much fire lord Forge or Vonriir could manage,” hummed Alyia.
“That would be something to see,” agreed Korrin.
“I’ve seen Forge breath fire before. It’s pretty incredible,” nodded Zyra. “You’d be charcoal toast if you were on the receiving end.”
“Can we see you melt something?” Tarok asked the Boldwings with a hopefully sparkle in his eyes.
“N-“ Zyra started but she was interrupted by Comox.
“Sure,” He grinned, wanting to be part of it. He got to his feet and shook off the grass from his scales
“There, that stump over there,” Ardon pointed out where it stood far away from the others.
There was no recoil, no drawing in of breath, just a simple twitch of his sail before he opened his jaws and sent the dual jets of acid flying, striking the stump in the dead center of its rings.
“Woah!” marveled Korrin as the Canadian dragons watched in awe as the acid rapidly ate away at the decaying wood until the stump was left hollow down to the roots.
“That’s scary,” said Alyia quietly and Tarok turned to pat his paw on her shoulder.
“It comes in handy though, don’t worry I- we wouldn’t ever direct it at you,” Comox said cheerily.
“Have… have you ever used your acid on anyone before, Comox?” asked Hitteki.
Comox and Zyra exchanged an awkward look. It was a bit of a taboo subject for boldwings.
“Um, yes… defensive measures,” he said quietly.
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Jack followed Brianne and the girls as Icarus led the girls to the older dragons who were talking amongst themselves as Icarus approached, all 3 dragons looking proud and proper having rested well and eaten.
Icarus approached with the girls closely followed as Brianne walked behind them, Jack kept close but knew the David’s family would get a warm welcome.
"Ladies, may I introduce you to Draco, dragon of Wales, Lord Forge, Ardon’s uncle and Vonriir,"
"Oh hello," said Tara with a smile and a little bow.
"A pleasure to make your acquaintance," smiled Vonriir with a big smile.
Draco greeted politely and bowed his head respectfully as Jack is pleased they are all doing well.
"This is Mrs Brianne Stonewell, and her Daughters, miss Tara and miss Michelle," Icarus proudly introduced them.
"We're so excited to meet you all," said Brianne on behalf of all of them.
"Yes. I was so looking forward to meeting all of you," Beamed Tara.
Draco smiled lightly.
“It is a pleasure to meet young ones who share a passion for our kind, it makes an old soul like me happy” Draco said.
"How could I not? You all are so neat," smiled Tara. "I love hearing Icarus talk about kilara and the other dragons he knows."
"She has dragged a story or two out of me since I came to their farm," said Icarus, pretending it had been a chore.
"You intend to join the guardian project?" Forge asked the girl.
"Oh, it would be a dream of mine to help in some way," replied Tara.
"Sneak Young Ardon some toast and he'll hire you on the spot!" Chuckled Vonriir making Michelle and her mother smile.
Jack chuckled lightly.
“Ahh yes all that extensive vetting goes out the window for some buttered toast, speaking of toast have you all eaten, the breakfast buffet is still open if you want to grab some food, perhaps introduce you to the team here” Jack offered.
"We had breakfast at the hotel while we waited for our car to arrive but thank you. I'm sure the girls will be interested in seeing what's for dinner later tonight," replied Brianne.
Jack nodded lightly.
“We can find out, perhaps you like to come meet the team if that is ok with Icarus, I am sure you like to see where we hide all the dragons” Jack joked lightly.
"Yes please," said Tara, eyes lighting up as Icarus nodded, not wanting to hold them back.
"We would love to, Commander," nodded Brianne.
Jack gestured to them and led them to the other side of the canteen as the whole team were talking and discussing a number of issues.
“You have a very loving family Icarus, you must be very proud to be part of it” Draco said to the shadow dragon.
"I am," nodded the striker. "I couldn't be more grateful with Jack allowing me to come back and find them."
Draco nodded his head lightly.
“Yes, Jack has been an excellent ambassador for my children and welcoming dragons on Kilara who seek a new life and want to join this noble cause” Draco said.
"It's .... inspiring how much it's changed our worlds. I would have never expected anything like this when I first encountered humans." Said forge.
"Rocky and turbulent beginnings certainly, but look where we are now," replied Icarus.
“I agree, I must admit I am spoilt by my children in my home, a large castle with a large cave with hot pools and food on demand without hunting, I fear I may become lazy, I do try and fly and keep my fire lung active” Draco said to the other dragons.
"You've earned it after being ... hm patron dragon of your country for so long. A hero's respite," replied forge.
“Your words flatter an old scale such as myself warlord Forge, such praise from a dragon of your standing is very much appreciated” Draco said, the dragon was always polite and respectful to the warlord.




Jack guided the girls to the humans who were sat on a large table, each of them had a coffee and a few biscuits on a plate as conversation was abundant with the group, Jack was pleased how the Torchwood 7 team were integrating with the others, he could also see Veyron getting another coffee.
The dragons had also come back from their little adventures and were chatting amongst themselves with the humans as Jack brought the girls over.
“Hey gang, like to welcome Icarus gang, they been round London so arrived this morning” Jack said as everyone greeted them.
The dragons looked up from their conversation and smiled, saying hello. Ardon rose to his feet and walked over.
"Hello again,"
"Hi Ardon," said Tara and Michelle in unison. He lowered his nose for them to pat.
"You've been enjoying it here so far?" He asked them.
"Tremendously." Replied Brianne.
"Do you-oh!" Said Tara as Veyron jumped onto her shoulder.
"Hey my names Veyron, yadda, yadda. Any chance you're headed towards the hangar?"
"Um-" started Tara.
"She's a guest not a taxi," chided Zyra.
Michelle reached up to pet the dragon and to her surprise he pushes her hand away.
"Ardon may roll over and play dead and all that but I'm not that kind of dragon. No pets." He clicked his teeth at her, making Michelle snatch her hand away in embarrassment.
Jack was a little concerned with Veyron’s behaviour but the wraith was short and to the point, he was not a dragon who would enjoy pets or anything else the others did.
“You must forgive Veyron, he is a very unique dragon here, sort of as wild as you can get but fully domesticated in human life, he is good once you get to know him but he doesn’t do pets or anything” Jack advised the girls.
Michelle mumbled an apology, embarrassed
"You talk about me as if I'm not standing right here, Jack." Said Veyron, jumping to the commander’s shoulder.
Jack tried not to roll his eyes, he noticed Hitteki staring at Veyron with ill will towards the wraith, he did not want Veyron to spoil the girls time here.
“Come on Veyron, I give you lift back to your quarters” Jack said as he gave the others a wave as the man headed towards the dragon’s quarters.
"Like Jack said, don't worry about Veyron. He likes to get under everyone's skin." Said Zyra kindly.
The other dragons came up to greet them to make up for Veyron’s less than satisfactory welcome.
Once they were out of earshot of the others Jack spoke to the dragon on his shoulder.
“You could have been a bit more tact Veyron, the girls were not to know you aren’t a fan of pets and you could show a bit more respect considering what I told you about them” Jack said to the wraith.
"Oh there was no harm done. They're fine." Said Veyron, not taking what Jack said seriously.
Jack gave Veyron a look.
“Veyron, come on now, we do give you allowances and you are treated more favourably due to your past achievements, do not spoil the girls time here with your usual attitude, considering what they all been through a bit of respect from you is all that is needed” Jack replied back, his voice had gone a little sterner with the wraith.
"Fine, fine. Your wish is my command," Veyron replied, hopping down to the floor. He unlocked his door and slipped inside with a quick thanks, closing it hastily behind him.
Jack seemed to frown, wondering what the wraith was up to, they had made sure he had privacy but the way he just acted made Jack suspicious.
“I hope your not doing anything silly Veyron..we discussed this2 Jack mumbled to himself as he left, heading back to the others.



While the dragons spoke to the girls Melina had been told about Tara and the girl’s fascination with dragons, as well as Dr Charles giving her the information she had on the dragons they had so far.
She approached kindly with a smile.
“Hello Tara, I’m professor Melina, I’m the one who gave Dr Charles the info on the USB stick we trusted with you to care for, I am glad to finally meet you” the woman said.
Tara offered her hand for Melina to shake. "Hi, thank you, professor. I have kept the notes safe and haven't showed anyone." She promised.
Melina smiled kindly at the young girl.
“That I am pleased, I hear you got a keen eye for studying the dragons, mainly Icarus and making notes for us to look at, since your dragon is a little unknown to us” Melina said to the young girl.
"Yes he let me write down a bunch of things, I would love to be able to share them for your records," smiled Tara.
Melina gestured to Zyra to join them.
“Perhaps we should discuss your findings in the labs, perhaps give you a tour, see what I get up to, if you like to of course Tara” Melina offered.
Tara looked over to her mother for permission and the woman nodded.
"I'd love to," smiled Tara, following the professor and her dragon.
Melina led the way as the girl followed excitedly as Zyra followed alongside as they were heading towards the labs.
“I hear your very keen to study, Dr Charles told me you asked some interesting questions to him, perhaps after your school days are all done, Dr Charles thinks he could have an opening for you to be an apprentice there” Melina said with a smile.
"What? I mean pardon? Are you serious?" Asked Tara, stunned.
Zyra laughed lightly. "We're serious."
"I was planning on working through the summer so I could afford my first year of schooling. I don't have much saved up yet. Especially for a program like yours." Said Tara, thinking that it wouldn't work.
“Who says you be paying?, our organization needs young minds of the future, I would love someone to continue the work I have started, as well as Dr Charles, money will not be an issue Tara, only thing we ask for is dedication and lots of questions” Melina chuckled.
Tara looked like she was fighting back tears of joy.
"You've got it! I promise I will be the best student I possibly can."
Melina smiled back as she opened the laboratory and authorised Tara to come in under guest, Melina opened the doors and the labs were there for Tara to see.
“Take a look round, just be careful around some of the more sensitive equipment, there is nothing being run for the next few days, bit of quiet time” Melina said.
"Woah, this is so much more high tech than Dr. Russell's vet office...." she marvelled.
Zyra cast a happy glance at Melina, pleased to see someone so excited about what they did.
Melina chuckled lightly as she looked back at Zyra who looked happy Tara was excited about this place as they were.
“Well, this is very advanced technology, I am spoiled here, I have a great team and a new Doctor of science to watch over” Melina gestured to Zyra to Tara.
"Icarus said you had become a doctor. Congratulations," smiled Tara.
"Thank you. Soon enough maybe we'll have another," Zyra replied kindly.
Melina nodded lightly.
“I think so too, so perhaps you can show us some of your notes on Icarus and I can show you the main database and computer” Melina said as she got her tablet and powered on the main screen where the computer booted up the database for the dragons.
Tara took off the backpack she had slung over her shoulder and took out her laptop.
"I have a bunch of Notes and video even."
"I was looking at how his scales compare to owl feathers and what makes him fly silently."
Melina smiled as she looked at the notes.
“Interesting, please continue, I’d love to know what you found out” Melina said, encouraging the girl to lead the way and tell her about what she discovered, indeed Tara’s information would be entered into the main database.
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Tara was excited but hesitant to show Melina and Zyra her findings, knowing that her research was vastly simply compared to what they did here in the labs. Opening her laptop the girl opened the files she had saved.
“Dr. Russell deals with a lot of owls where we live, he showed me how their feathers have these special ridges on the leading edges that help break up air currents and absorb sound, making the owls fly silently and without that—woosh sound you get from other large birds.”
Zyra and Melina nodded, prompting her to continue. Tara brought up a picture of an owl’s feather and another photo of some shimmering white material.
“Is that one of Icarus’s scales?” asked Zyra.
“Yes, this is from um, where the radius bone is in the wing. Right on the edge. I took a picture of it under my school microscope and you can see similar ridges,” explained Tara before opening another picture, “And this is a photo of the membrane on his wing. No scales but its super soft when you touch it, almost like suede. When you zoom in you can see the similar sound catching fibers.”
"That is very interesting findings Tara, you clearly have a keen eye for detail, I can clearly see what you mean," Melina said encouraging Tara to continue with her findings.
The girl smiled, pleased that she had gotten such praise from her. She went on to give a quick overview of other things she had written down. Icarus had been very encouraging in her interest, telling her as much as he knew, breed related diseases and ailments to cultural notes and traditions. They were all typed up in organized fashion.
"This is fascinating work, I think we can enter your findings into the main computer Tara and expand our knowledge on Icarus’s breed," Melina said showing Tara the dragon database and how to use the virtual keypad to type her entry in.
“I can send it all to you if you want,” offered Tara, marveling at the large screen and all the data that it contained as she typed in the heading for her new breed documents.
“We would love to have it in our systems. Everything helps,” smiled Zyra. “Dragons do not have a written history so we are the ones making the first steps to really getting this down in a permanent fashion. Besides, we didn’t get a whole lot from Icarus. We didn’t want to hold him back from meeting you guys when he came to earth.”
The dragoness handed her a USB so that she could transfer everything over. It was exciting to be part of this, even though it wasn’t official yet. She was buzzing with excitement at the opportunity that had been laid out for her. Tara couldn’t wait to tell her mother that they didn’t need to worry about tuition or that, it would be a great relief off of all their shoulders.





In the afternoon, almost the whole team found themselves outside to watch a game of sky-ball, as the dragons called it.
Vonriir and Draco lay in the warm sun, chatting amongst each other and the human counterparts that set up lawn chairs around them to watch the game. Alyia sat between them, not wanting to participate the in game but happy to watch and talk with Alyia while James was off somewhere in the facility.
Forge and Veyron were the only dragons missing from the action, evidently having had enough socializing for the afternoon.

Ardon, Zyra and Hitteki made up one team while Korrin, Tarok and Comox made up the other, ensuring that there was one boldwing on each team to make it fair. Their speed and maneuverability were assets in the game.
Ardon’s team was already head by a few points but Korrin was charging along with fervor, directing his team with great skill even though he had never played the game before.
The dragons raced around, calling out to one another with the ball transferred from player to player.
"This game is really fast paced," Kris said watching eagerly as the dragons played.
Jack nodded.
"Yes a good game for them all to play, got Ardy and Zyra to thank for that" the man said as the team watched.
“Clever, for them to think up something that that uses their ability to fly,” said Amanda, shading her eyes and looking up as her dragon.
Ardon got control of the ball, balancing it on his nose as he raced towards their goal line as Zyra flanked him, warding off the coastal dragon, Hitteki blocking Korrin by flaring her wings in front of him.
The gold dragon zipped passed the goal line, flipping in the air and striking the ball upwards with his tail. Zyra caught it with a laugh as they brought it back to the middle to restart.
"Woo, you show them Ardy!" Jack said with a laugh as Jack felt the rush Ardon was getting playing the game as James walked up and looked at Alyia.
"Ey Lass, they might need a supa sub" he said drinking the latte he had in his hand.
Alyia looked up and smiled, “Oh you came out to join us!” she said, pleased. “I wouldn’t be any good at a game like this. I prefer just to watch from the sidelines.”
"Ack, coome on Lass, you cannae say that if ya haven’t tried it, how aboot that Amaretto drink I made ya, you wouldn’t of liked it if ya didn’t try it Lass" James said.
“That’s different,” said Alyia as Korrin and Ardon nearly collided above them, trying to beat the other to the ball. She winced as they gave showy growls, racing away after Comox who had gotten the ball. “It’s the competitiveness I’m not keen on.”
"Hrmm....ya bonded to a scot Lass, that’s a bit of trouble," James said as he gave a shout up in support of the T7 dragons along with Kris.
Up above Korrin won the toss and was maneuvering away from the center, Comox and Tarok whirled after him. Ardon came charging in and cut off the green dragon who snarled but Korrin had managed to throw the ball to Tarok who suddenly raced over the goal line, garnering them a point.
“Go blue!” cheered Amana, jumping up from her seat. Alyia gave a happy thrum for her team as the coastal ripped across the sky above them.
The points were stacking up on either side, Ardon’s team though remained one step ahead as the Syrian dragon got a point. Hitteki did not show off like the others, she merely licked her talon and made a 1 marking in the sky.
“Well done, Hitteki!” shouted Ardon.
The game went on and the gold was one point away from winning with Korrin’s team three points behind. Things were getting heated and more aggressive as they battled to not let Ardon’s team win.
The gold was just as determined not to let the others score points to gain on them. Tarok had possession of the ball and was trying to turn back towards the goal. Zyra had come racing in, whirling around him to fowl up his wings. While Hitteki tried to block Comox. The male boldwing was too fast and grabbed the ball, continuing the race towards the goal. Ardon went zipping after him but Zyra had gotten there first, relieving the male of the ball in an elegant maneuver that had left him braking in surprise.
“To me!” Zyra called as Hitteku and Ardon came racing to guard her.
Korrin hovered in her path, knowing she had to get passed him to get to the goal. He lunged left as he saw her try to out maneuver him, sending her wings in a rush to get away from him. Suddenly Ardon roared in, putting himself between Korrin and Zyra, only a hairsbreadth between him and the green dragon. Korrin had to brake hard to not collide into the gold. He growled as the cheers went up from the Facility 5 team as Zyra crossed the line, winning the game for their team.
“Well done!” Vonriir gave a booming cheer right over the heads of the human audience, thumping his tail so hard that Alyia had to lunge forward to ensure Jame’s latte he had placed on the ground did not spill.
Ardon flashed him a sly grin, looping around the eastern mountain dragon. The male snorted and shook his crest at him, his eyes issuing a challenge.
"Interesting, what's going on" Kris said as Jack looked up to see the guys all in close proximity to one another.
Ardon’s showboating attitude was suddenly lost, replaced by the fire of the challenge. The other dragons in the air could sense it and backed away as the two circled each other in the air.
"Seems these two will going to bump heads" Kris said to Jack as he nodded in response.
"Seems so. Go Ardy!" Jack shouted.
"Show him what you got Kor, show ‘em what our tank can do!" Kris said as James added his voice.
Alyia tutted, “Oh- I knew this would happen…”
"I hope this doesn't get out of hand," said Zyra panting lightly, as she landed beside Jack and the others. Hitteki, Comox and Tarok landed as well to watch.
"They’re both big boys, they can handle themselves," Jack said watched as Kris shouted more encouragement to his dragon.
The had suddenly stopped their circling, hackle scales raised but Ardon had a wry smile on his face. This wasn’t a battle of anger or hostility, but simply one that sized each other up and would see who was top dragon on earth.
Ardon suddenly lunged. Korrin squared his shoulders and crouched as they collided. The gold dragon was surprised as he charged into the other dragon. He knew Korrin had grown but it had been like hitting a brick wall. The Eastern mountain dragon was solid and unmoving as a boulder even though Ardon had height over him.
Korrin growled and shoved back. Ardon sidestepped and lowered his horns. The dragons came at each others and their crests clattered together as they each reared up and grappled.
"Come on Korrin, you got this one" Kris said encouraging.
"Keep your head Ardon, keep focused and look for opportunities" Jack said, his tone a bit calmer than Kris’.
The dragons battled, already out of breath because of the game of sky-ball. Comox wondered how much energy they had left for a bout like this.
Korrin let out a rumbling growl as he shoved Ardon a few steps back and attempted to twist and push the gold to the ground. Ardon was stubborn and still taller than the green dragon and resisted.
They broke apart for a fraction of a second before they charged back. This time Ardon managed to use Korrin’s weight against him, side stepping so that the green dragon overshot. Jumping, Ardon grabbed the back of Korrins hackle scales and yanked him to his side as he used his momentum for the maneuver.
The eastern mountain dragon tried to scramble to his feet before Ardon could pin him to the ground.
He used his powerful tail to ward the gold off while he jumped to his feet and then tackled the gold with full force which elicited a pained sound from the audience. Ardon recovered but it looked like the tackle had winded him.
"This is a very physical and intense encounter" Hitteki said to Zyra.
"Idiotic and testosterone fuelled, more like," said Zyra dryly. She was never a fan of these kinds of ‘better than you’ battles. The growling and grunting nonsense made her want to roll her eyes.
"You must admit guardian Zyra, it is fascinating to watch, it far more exciting than the males back home for me," Hitteki said to the bold wing.
“Hmm,” replied Zyra, looking across the grass at the gold who took Korrin to the ground with a swipe of his tail.
It was indeed a show of power though she hated to admit it.
Korrin got back up every time, it took more than a few hits to take down the tank of a dragon.
“Grrhh,” rumbled Ardon, having to rethink this strategy.
The dragons reared up again to grapple once more, shoving each other back whenever they got the chance. They were breathing hard, exhausted from their flight game and now this.
Their battle slowed but neither seemed to want to give in. ARdon was fuelled by his need to win and maintain his status, coming out the winner as the creator of the guardian program. Korrin, on the other hand, wanted to test his mettle against the dragon his age he viewed to be his top competitor.
They could feel the other tiring as they tried to wrestle for superiority but no matter what they did, they had ground to a halt on either side. A stalemate had been set.
A moment later, the shoving stopped and the dragons seemed to sink down on their haunches before suddenly laughing between panting breaths, too tired to go on and too evenly matched to show a clear winner today. It was almost ridiculous.
“Stars,” puffed ardon, clicking his horns against Korrin’s in respect. “Well done. I didn’t think it would be that difficult.” He admitted.
Korrin looked proud, “You don’t tackle a mountain that easily,” he grinned, the extra-large canine teeth made his expression rather fearsome.
Ardon laughed and nodded, “Good job, Korrin. You impressed me.”
The green dragon looked immensely pleased by the compliment from the dragon he looked up to.

“A draw?” asked Comox as they watched the two dragons.
“Looks like it, weirdos,” said Zyra, shaking her head, “At least one won’t be a sore loser now.”
“what?” asked Ardon as he walked back to the others with Korrin, “I don’t know any poor losers.”
“Hm, I see,” smiled Zyra, giving him a wry smile even though she really didn’t want to support the behaviour the boys engaged in.
Ardon grinned back, tired yet happy at the outcome. He then turned to Jack, hoping that the draw hadn't disappointed him.
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Tara was excited but hesitant to show Melina and Zyra her findings, knowing that her research was vastly simply compared to what they did here in the labs. Opening her laptop the girl opened the files she had saved.
“Dr. Russell deals with a lot of owls where we live, he showed me how their feathers have these special ridges on the leading edges that help break up air currents and absorb sound, making the owls fly silently and without that—woosh sound you get from other large birds.”
Zyra and Melina nodded, prompting her to continue. Tara brought up a picture of an owl’s feather and another photo of some shimmering white material.
“Is that one of Icarus’s scales?” asked Zyra.
“Yes, this is from um, where the radius bone is in the wing. Right on the edge. I took a picture of it under my school microscope and you can see similar ridges,” explained Tara before opening another picture, “And this is a photo of the membrane on his wing. No scales but its super soft when you touch it, almost like suede. When you zoom in you can see the similar sound catching fibers.”
"That is very interesting findings Tara, you clearly have a keen eye for detail, I can clearly see what you mean," Melina said encouraging Tara to continue with her findings.
The girl smiled, pleased that she had gotten such praise from her. She went on to give a quick overview of other things she had written down. Icarus had been very encouraging in her interest, telling her as much as he knew, breed related diseases and ailments to cultural notes and traditions. They were all typed up in organized fashion.
"This is fascinating work, I think we can enter your findings into the main computer Tara and expand our knowledge on Icarus’s breed," Melina said showing Tara the dragon database and how to use the virtual keypad to type her entry in.
“I can send it all to you if you want,” offered Tara, marveling at the large screen and all the data that it contained as she typed in the heading for her new breed documents.
“We would love to have it in our systems. Everything helps,” smiled Zyra. “Dragons do not have a written history so we are the ones making the first steps to really getting this down in a permanent fashion. Besides, we didn’t get a whole lot from Icarus. We didn’t want to hold him back from meeting you guys when he came to earth.”
The dragoness handed her a USB so that she could transfer everything over. It was exciting to be part of this, even though it wasn’t official yet. She was buzzing with excitement at the opportunity that had been laid out for her. Tara couldn’t wait to tell her mother that they didn’t need to worry about tuition or that, it would be a great relief off of all their shoulders.





In the afternoon, almost the whole team found themselves outside to watch a game of sky-ball, as the dragons called it.
Vonriir and Draco lay in the warm sun, chatting amongst each other and the human counterparts that set up lawn chairs around them to watch the game. Alyia sat between them, not wanting to participate the in game but happy to watch and talk with Alyia while James was off somewhere in the facility.
Forge and Veyron were the only dragons missing from the action, evidently having had enough socializing for the afternoon.

Ardon, Zyra and Hitteki made up one team while Korrin, Tarok and Comox made up the other, ensuring that there was one boldwing on each team to make it fair. Their speed and maneuverability were assets in the game.
Ardon’s team was already head by a few points but Korrin was charging along with fervor, directing his team with great skill even though he had never played the game before.
The dragons raced around, calling out to one another with the ball transferred from player to player.
"This game is really fast paced," Kris said watching eagerly as the dragons played.
Jack nodded.
"Yes a good game for them all to play, got Ardy and Zyra to thank for that" the man said as the team watched.
“Clever, for them to think up something that that uses their ability to fly,” said Amanda, shading her eyes and looking up as her dragon.
Ardon got control of the ball, balancing it on his nose as he raced towards their goal line as Zyra flanked him, warding off the coastal dragon, Hitteki blocking Korrin by flaring her wings in front of him.
The gold dragon zipped passed the goal line, flipping in the air and striking the ball upwards with his tail. Zyra caught it with a laugh as they brought it back to the middle to restart.
"Woo, you show them Ardy!" Jack said with a laugh as Jack felt the rush Ardon was getting playing the game as James walked up and looked at Alyia.
"Ey Lass, they might need a supa sub" he said drinking the latte he had in his hand.
Alyia looked up and smiled, “Oh you came out to join us!” she said, pleased. “I wouldn’t be any good at a game like this. I prefer just to watch from the sidelines.”
"Ack, coome on Lass, you cannae say that if ya haven’t tried it, how aboot that Amaretto drink I made ya, you wouldn’t of liked it if ya didn’t try it Lass" James said.
“That’s different,” said Alyia as Korrin and Ardon nearly collided above them, trying to beat the other to the ball. She winced as they gave showy growls, racing away after Comox who had gotten the ball. “It’s the competitiveness I’m not keen on.”
"Hrmm....ya bonded to a scot Lass, that’s a bit of trouble," James said as he gave a shout up in support of the T7 dragons along with Kris.
Up above Korrin won the toss and was maneuvering away from the center, Comox and Tarok whirled after him. Ardon came charging in and cut off the green dragon who snarled but Korrin had managed to throw the ball to Tarok who suddenly raced over the goal line, garnering them a point.
“Go blue!” cheered Amana, jumping up from her seat. Alyia gave a happy thrum for her team as the coastal ripped across the sky above them.
The points were stacking up on either side, Ardon’s team though remained one step ahead as the Syrian dragon got a point. Hitteki did not show off like the others, she merely licked her talon and made a 1 marking in the sky.
“Well done, Hitteki!” shouted Ardon.
The game went on and the gold was one point away from winning with Korrin’s team three points behind. Things were getting heated and more aggressive as they battled to not let Ardon’s team win.
The gold was just as determined not to let the others score points to gain on them. Tarok had possession of the ball and was trying to turn back towards the goal. Zyra had come racing in, whirling around him to fowl up his wings. While Hitteki tried to block Comox. The male boldwing was too fast and grabbed the ball, continuing the race towards the goal. Ardon went zipping after him but Zyra had gotten there first, relieving the male of the ball in an elegant maneuver that had left him braking in surprise.
“To me!” Zyra called as Hitteku and Ardon came racing to guard her.
Korrin hovered in her path, knowing she had to get passed him to get to the goal. He lunged left as he saw her try to out maneuver him, sending her wings in a rush to get away from him. Suddenly Ardon roared in, putting himself between Korrin and Zyra, only a hairsbreadth between him and the green dragon. Korrin had to brake hard to not collide into the gold. He growled as the cheers went up from the Facility 5 team as Zyra crossed the line, winning the game for their team.
“Well done!” Vonriir gave a booming cheer right over the heads of the human audience, thumping his tail so hard that Alyia had to lunge forward to ensure Jame’s latte he had placed on the ground did not spill.
Ardon flashed him a sly grin, looping around the eastern mountain dragon. The male snorted and shook his crest at him, his eyes issuing a challenge.
"Interesting, what's going on" Kris said as Jack looked up to see the guys all in close proximity to one another.
Ardon’s showboating attitude was suddenly lost, replaced by the fire of the challenge. The other dragons in the air could sense it and backed away as the two circled each other in the air.
"Seems these two will going to bump heads" Kris said to Jack as he nodded in response.
"Seems so. Go Ardy!" Jack shouted.
"Show him what you got Kor, show ‘em what our tank can do!" Kris said as James added his voice.
Alyia tutted, “Oh- I knew this would happen…”
"I hope this doesn't get out of hand," said Zyra panting lightly, as she landed beside Jack and the others. Hitteki, Comox and Tarok landed as well to watch.
"They’re both big boys, they can handle themselves," Jack said watched as Kris shouted more encouragement to his dragon.
The had suddenly stopped their circling, hackle scales raised but Ardon had a wry smile on his face. This wasn’t a battle of anger or hostility, but simply one that sized each other up and would see who was top dragon on earth.
Ardon suddenly lunged. Korrin squared his shoulders and crouched as they collided. The gold dragon was surprised as he charged into the other dragon. He knew Korrin had grown but it had been like hitting a brick wall. The Eastern mountain dragon was solid and unmoving as a boulder even though Ardon had height over him.
Korrin growled and shoved back. Ardon sidestepped and lowered his horns. The dragons came at each others and their crests clattered together as they each reared up and grappled.
"Come on Korrin, you got this one" Kris said encouraging.
"Keep your head Ardon, keep focused and look for opportunities" Jack said, his tone a bit calmer than Kris’.
The dragons battled, already out of breath because of the game of sky-ball. Comox wondered how much energy they had left for a bout like this.
Korrin let out a rumbling growl as he shoved Ardon a few steps back and attempted to twist and push the gold to the ground. Ardon was stubborn and still taller than the green dragon and resisted.
They broke apart for a fraction of a second before they charged back. This time Ardon managed to use Korrin’s weight against him, side stepping so that the green dragon overshot. Jumping, Ardon grabbed the back of Korrins hackle scales and yanked him to his side as he used his momentum for the maneuver.
The eastern mountain dragon tried to scramble to his feet before Ardon could pin him to the ground.
He used his powerful tail to ward the gold off while he jumped to his feet and then tackled the gold with full force which elicited a pained sound from the audience. Ardon recovered but it looked like the tackle had winded him.
"This is a very physical and intense encounter" Hitteki said to Zyra.
"Idiotic and testosterone fuelled, more like," said Zyra dryly. She was never a fan of these kinds of ‘better than you’ battles. The growling and grunting nonsense made her want to roll her eyes.
"You must admit guardian Zyra, it is fascinating to watch, it far more exciting than the males back home for me," Hitteki said to the bold wing.
“Hmm,” replied Zyra, looking across the grass at the gold who took Korrin to the ground with a swipe of his tail.
It was indeed a show of power though she hated to admit it.
Korrin got back up every time, it took more than a few hits to take down the tank of a dragon.
“Grrhh,” rumbled Ardon, having to rethink this strategy.
The dragons reared up again to grapple once more, shoving each other back whenever they got the chance. They were breathing hard, exhausted from their flight game and now this.
Their battle slowed but neither seemed to want to give in. ARdon was fuelled by his need to win and maintain his status, coming out the winner as the creator of the guardian program. Korrin, on the other hand, wanted to test his mettle against the dragon his age he viewed to be his top competitor.
They could feel the other tiring as they tried to wrestle for superiority but no matter what they did, they had ground to a halt on either side. A stalemate had been set.
A moment later, the shoving stopped and the dragons seemed to sink down on their haunches before suddenly laughing between panting breaths, too tired to go on and too evenly matched to show a clear winner today. It was almost ridiculous.
“Stars,” puffed ardon, clicking his horns against Korrin’s in respect. “Well done. I didn’t think it would be that difficult.” He admitted.
Korrin looked proud, “You don’t tackle a mountain that easily,” he grinned, the extra-large canine teeth made his expression rather fearsome.
Ardon laughed and nodded, “Good job, Korrin. You impressed me.”
The green dragon looked immensely pleased by the compliment from the dragon he looked up to.

“A draw?” asked Comox as they watched the two dragons.
“Looks like it, weirdos,” said Zyra, shaking her head, “At least one won’t be a sore loser now.”
“what?” asked Ardon as he walked back to the others with Korrin, “I don’t know any poor losers.”
“Hm, I see,” smiled Zyra, giving him a wry smile even though she really didn’t want to support the behaviour the boys engaged in.
Ardon grinned back, tired yet happy at the outcome. He then turned to Jack, hoping that the draw hadn't disappointed him.
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Kris had been impressed, while the little argy bargy game with Ardon, despite this the dragon showed excellent character and continued that at the end, he saw Jack was also pleased and impressed with the manner of the ending as well.
The green dragon walked up to Kris with a small smile, still panting, "sorry, I didn't quite win."
Kris smiled and put his hand on the green dragon’s shoulder, looking at him.
“You got nothing to be sorry for Korrin, you performed admirably and you ended it in a dignified manner and I am proud of you, show real character” Kris said.
"Thanks," replied Korrin, happy as he gave the man a quick nudge on the shoulder with his muzzle.
“You showed T7 wont be pushed around easily” Kris said as James spoke.
“Aye Lad, ya cannae say we did not hold our oown” the man said.
"Well done, Tank. You did well," said Alex, patting his shoulder. "You've done us proud."
"Thanks, James." Replied Korrin, pleased he had the team’s approval.
"Putting T7 on the map."
Kris chuckled as the T7 team praised Korrin’s efforts and there was no ill feeling among the dragons.

Ardon approached as Jack had witnessed the T7 team praising Korrin, Jack was not mad or disappointed, knew knew Boys would be boys and that Korrin was looking how he stacked up against their dragons.
Jack was amused how impressed Hitteki was and noticed the bold wing looking impressed at how Ardon performed, Ardon approached with a smile on his face.
Jack smiled back as Ardon approached, “You did well, seems Korrin had some fire in his belly so to speak, I thought things might kick off but you were mature and grown up about it” Jack said.
"Thanks, he's done really well. He's learning fast too. T7 really have an asset with him." Replied Ardon.
Jack nodded lightly.
“He gave you a heavy hit on your side, you alright?, I was told Eastern mountain dragons hit hard but Korrin is a stocky built dragon” Jack said inspecting the golden dragon’s side for a bruise.
"Yeah he's solid and the hit was just insane but I'm fine." He said, though he knew he would feel it tomorrow.
“Hrmm, Zy can you give Ardon a once over please Doctor, make sure he not going to have a massive bruise or purple scales, his uncle might eat me” Jack chuckled lightly.
"I'm fine," insisted Ardon. Zyra came over and gave him a quick look.
"Possible brain damage I think," she said with a wink and Ardon clicked his teeth at her with a smile.
Jack chuckled.
“Well lost cause then but yes very good show, impressed, more impressed how you ended it as well” Jack said as Hitteki came forward.
“You were very impressive Ardon, you and Korrin had a mighty tussle I was impressed to watch it” Hitteki said.
"Glad we could be some entertainment," laughed Ardon.
"Just don't go picking actual fights now," said Zyra with a smile. "You don't want to be at odds with your own program members."
He knew she was joking so he stuck out his tongue. "It's my program..."
“To me it looked like a typical male tussle, seemed a friendly encounter to me guardian Zyra, was very intense” Hitteki replied.
"Yeah," nodded the bold wing in agreement.
Jack smiled, “I think someone might be challenging the queen of speed soon enough Tarok looked a little surprised how you sped past him” Jack commented.
Zyra flicked her tail and raised her chin, queen of speed, she liked that.
"We will see. I won't race him today. That would be a little unfair." She said, ruffling her wings.
"Oh who is full of themselves now?" teased Ardon.
“No dragon would come close to you guardian Zyra, I have seen the speed you guys travel” Hitteki said politely as Jack smiled.
“Yes but coastal dragons like Tarok are fast as well, I do find it interesting because in the wild, you guys would never have met, so it is a unique experience” Jack added.
"Yeah, Talkiir has coastals and Iban'tu has us. It will be a competition for more than just the facility prowess." Said Comox.
Jack had to agree with that comment, bold wings were known to be fast flyers of the sky there, with the coastals fast in their area, indeed a contest of speed and wills.
“Why don’t you race Co, I mean Zyra would probably prefer to watch with the professor” Jack said, poking thee female for a reaction unconsciously.
"She's proven to be a bit faster than me," said the male, smiling at Zyra. "I think she would do is all proud."
"Thank you, Co. you're sweet to say that," said the dragoness with a light laugh.
Soon professor Melina came up as Tara re-joined Brianne and her sister who were down below with Icarus.
“Hello gang, what we all chatting about here, gathered in our branch huddles it seems” Melina said with a chuckle.
"Zyras win tomorrow," said Ardon, pushing his muzzle against the professor's hands for pats.
"I am racing Tarok it seems," added the dragoness.
Melina petted Ardon on the muzzle as she sensed that Zyra was being put forward for a race she wasn’t entirely comfortable with, however Melina’s competitive side was coming out as gave a small smile.
“I don’t normally like competition but….it would be an interesting face off in speed between bold wing and coastal” Melina said.
"We will see how it goes tomorrow," smiled Zyra, fidgeting with her wings.
Melina chuckled lightly.
“Well, wondering if I can have my dragon back please now you put the good doctor in a race, I’d like to get Zyra to look over some notes” Melina asked knowing that the dragoness would probably appreciate being saved from the boys.
Zyra gave the woman a thankful smile.
"I suppose so," said Ardon as Zyra went to go walk away with the professor.
Melina led Zyra back down to the hanger and smiled at the bold wing, “Thought you might need saving, I heard Ardon went in for some physical bout with Korrin, good match from what the loud scot was telling me” Melina laughed lightly.
Zyra smiled, "yeah. After the game they boys got their egos in a twist. I do admit it was a show of skill though."
Melina gave a small smile, “Did it please you to watch Ardon battle, I must admit he is impressive to watch, I am a little disappointed I missed it, mainly because they are mountain dragons, Dr Charles said Korrin is a heavy hitter” Melina said as they walked towards their quarters.
Zyra was a little confused what Melina meant by it pleasing her to watch the bouts but she shrugged it off.
"It was just two guys clashing crests, really. I do think Ardon was a bit surprised, korrin is no lightweight."
Melina had to agree.
“No he is not, they are at that age where males usually want to know where they are in a group, since your all of similar age, must be only natural to happen, as much as I am not keen on these things, both wanted to do their Atillu’s proud” Melina said to Zyra.
"Yeah, and with how Ardon grew up, I suppose he didn't get that rough and tumble outlet of tussling with yearlings his own age, which is typical for every breed," replied Zyra.
Melina nodded in agreement.
“True, Jack and Kris would of stopped it if it got nasty, that I am sure” Melina said as they entered the woman’s quarters sat on Zyra’s desk at the corner of the room was a wrapped present in beautiful wrapping paper with Zyra’s name on a cute diploma shaped label.
"What's this?" Asked Zyra, looking at the gift. "You have a secret admirer?"
Melina laughed shaking her head.
“It’s for you Doctor, from your human” Melina grinned.
"From my human," laughed Zyra. "What is it? Do I have to wait to open it?"
Melina shook her head.
“Nope, open it please, today is the day you and me bonded, I made a note in my diary, and we been bonded for 5 years, thought worth getting you something” she said.
"Oh, I feel terrible now, I didn't get you anything," she leaned over to give Melina a quick hug with one forearm before lifting up the parcel lid to look inside.
Melina smiled as Zyra looked inside the box, in there was a custom made gold necklace that had a a shape of Zyra on it with 5 years engraved on the back with love from Mel added in smaller engraved writing.
"Oh Mel," Zyra said in surprise "that's too pretty."
The dragoness held it up to admire the delicate design. "Oh I love it."
Melina grinned.
“I do not spoil you often, so I thought I would, I buy you books and other things but I thought to treat you, something to show how much you mean to me and what a big part of my life you are, I could not ask for a better guardian dragoness” she said.
Zyra thrummed happily, nosing the woman's shoulder affectionately. "And you're the best Attilu a dragoness could ever hope to have. I am so glad that we bonded. We've made the most spectacular team." She said with a genuine smile.
Melina tried to put out of her mind that what Zyra said about her being the best Atillu, she did not want to spoil this moment, she tried to not feel guilty about how she felt with regards Forge and her.
“I am glad we are bonded too, took its time but perhaps Brathille needed more time to think about it, making sure we were right for each other” Melina said.
"I thought it was obvious," smiled Zyra. "No idea what took so long ... could you help me put this on?"
Melina snapped out of her brief day dream.
“Of course Zyra” Melina said helping the bold wing put it round her neck and adjusting the chain, she took a step back and smiled.
“Great fit as well, can wear it tonight for the evening meal” Melina smiled as she felt her palm get warm and Zyra was lightly glowing as a happiness Aura came over them both.
The dragoness smiled, turning her paw over and looking at the light glow. "This would be terrible to deal with if we had to ever hide in the dark." She joked.
“Be something wrong with us if we were happy hiding from danger, I need to take my tablets for my leg and get into more comfy shoes for tonight” Melina said rubbing her leg lightly.
"It's bothering you a lot today?" Asked Zyra.
Melina did not want to make a fuss.
“Its not that bad, just wore the wrong shoes today, I be fine I promise you, do not worry about me, especially on today of all days” Melina said.
"I will worry about you whenever I feel like it, professor. It's my job," she replied with mock snootiness.
The dragoness used her nose to bring over a chair, "Sit and rest that leg." She instructed before fetching her medication.
Melina did as she was told, knowing not to argue with Zyra when she went into one of these moods, the bold wing got quite stubborn and her emotions peaked, so she tried ot remain calm.
“I do feel ok Zy, honestly just need to just bare it and all, you think with the training, healthy eating and yoga I would of got it all back to full strength” Melina said.
The dragoness made a noise of discontent, agreeing. "I will heal it, one day" she mumbled.
"I was thinking, maybe we could take a few weeks off in a while, go visit your family like you mentioned. It would be good for you." Suggested Zyra.
Melina seemed to go coy on the subject, not really wanting to head down under.
“Perhaps, have to see what our workload is like, keep things ticking over here” Melina said.
"They could survive without us for a few weeks. Anyway. Think about it. I think it would be fun." Hummed Zyra.
Melina seemed to go quietly but nodded, the talk of seeing her parents down under was a sore subject, she was realising why Jack felt the way he did, having to say she was bonded to a bold wing dragon would be hard to explain, she did email and speak to them but usually went quiet when Zyra suggested it.
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The third day of Ardon’s dragon gathering was mostly reserved for the business side of the program. All the dragons, save for Draco who was having a relaxing day were accounted for in the hangar that had been converted into their meeting room.
Ardon had been practicing this spiel for weeks, wanting to impress Amelia for she held their future in her hands. She had already been in the meeting with the gold and Jack but now she got to hear from the collective Project, all dragons and their human counter parts included.
Alex pitched his own speech, talking highly of his team and how the dragon’s presence had done incredible things for his province and the security of its people as well.
Ardon was impressed. Alex, while relaxed and laidback most of the time was passionate about the project, believing in it fully and it was plain to see so in the way he spoke of it and his team.
Forge also added his voice to the meeting, he had been silent for a time and Ardon never thought the silver would vouch so highly for the project but his uncle seemed to have great things to say. The warlord believed the unification and cooperation between the species could lead to considerable benefits. He highlighted this fact by detailing the dark days of the beginning of their species introduction in contrast the grand things they had achieved in loyal collaboration. Vonriir thumped his tail at this and everyone nodded in agreement.
Zyra and Melina also were given time to speak about their Drakine medical database. It was still small but growing with every dragon that crossed through the portal. They had also received substantial data during the Drakine Influenza outbreak on Kilara. With every bit of information collected, the two of them, as well as Melina’s team, were laying down the foundation to a better future of health and medicine for dragons.
The meeting lasted well through the morning till almost noon when it began to wind down. Ardon was happy with what had been said but Amelia still hadn’t given her final say yet. She had asked a number of questions throughout the talk but he was waiting on edge to find out how she would conclude the meeting.
Everyone turned their eyes on her as the woman stood to address them all.
"Well, from all of what I seen today clearly shows how important you dragons are to earth and to this project, the facilities here have been second to none and I been impressed with the procedures here," Amelia said as the humans clapped at her speech.
“We hope you’ll be able to give us the green-light to continue on with the project,” Said Ardon, braving the suggestion, “We’re just starting to flourish but need a little room to grow.”
Amelia nodded lightly.
"I can see you all have earth's best interests at heart and no matter what people might say, I believe in that too, I am therefore allowing you to expand your project and I will allow a total 15 dragons, which means this place needs to be bigger, with more funding and more sophisticated tech" Amelia said as cheers rang out.
Ardon flashed a grin at Jack, ecstatic at the news. This was more than he could have hoped for.
"We are honoured and grateful of your continued trust in our facility, we continue to use the funds wisely and efficiently, to ensure our dragons are at peak fitness and wellbeing, plus invest in our advanced technology," Jack said as the team clapped again.
The meeting was ended shortly after, on that high note. Everyone seemed immensely pleased and announced it was time for lunch to celebrate. They all filed out, chatting away and what this expansion might mean.

“Hey Zy,” said Ardon, hanging back while everyone left the room to head down to the canteen for lunch. The dragoness was clearing up some papers and disconnecting her tablet from the projector that had been used to show a few documents.
“Yeah Ardy?” said the Boldwing, not looking up from her work as she packed things away.
“I was wondering….. well, hoping-“ he started, hesitating, rubbing the back of his neck with awkward nervousness. He couldn’t stop his brain from thinking about how pretty she was in that moment and he struggled to keep his cool and hold back his nervousness.
“Hm?”
He rustled his wings against his sides and cleared his throat, straightening up a little more, “Will you go to the dinner with me tomorrow?” he blurted.
“Sure,” replied Zyra, sliding her tablet into its protective case.
The answer had come so quickly it had taken Ardon by surprise. He hadn’t known what really to expect but this somehow shocked him, “What? Really?”
Zyra laughed lightly, giving him an odd look. “Yeah, of course I’ll go.” She smiled, standing up and walking past him casually. “Anyway, Tarok and I are racing after lunch it seems. I have to go get ready. I expect you to be there to cheer me on.” She smiled before exiting the hanger.

Ardon stood there with huge grin on his face, unbelieving that it had gone over that easy. She said yes!
The gold dragon let out a woop of joy, jumping in the air and kicking out his legs, landing back on the ground, strutting around in his excitement.
“Hey, Dorkface, come on, you’re going to miss lunch dancing around like that,” came Comox’s voice, he and Veyron had popped back to see what had taken the gold so long and caught him in his celebratory moment.
“Oh,” laughed Ardon, trotting over. “Sorry, I’m coming.”
“What was that for?” asked Veyron, sitting between the Boldwing’s horns.
“No reason,” said Ardon but he couldn’t keep the smile off his face.
Comox laughed, shaking his head, causing Veyron to hiss and hold onto his crest, “This is great, I am so glad Amelia expanded the project’s allowance.
“Huh? Yeah, me too!” said Ardon.


Zyra had gone back to the labs to put her things away before fetching a cup of tea and found Melina in their room. They spoke for a while about how the meeting went. Zyra was so pleased that Amelia had given them the allowance for not only more dragons, but an expansion of the base. This was exciting and would possibly give them a chance to expand their Drakine medical database even more. It was looking good for earth and Kilara with these additions. Every bit of progress found here within the labs would benefit the dragons back on the other world. It was something far greater than they could have ever imagined. Zyra eventually looked over the clock. It was just about two.
“Well, it’s just about two. I guess we should get going.” She said, getting to her feet and stretching.
"You sure you want to do this Zy? I mean just cos the boys go rough doesn’t mean you have to get involved" Melina said.
"I will put them in their place," smiled the dragoness as she rolled her shoulders and her wing joints, "Then no one can say anything."
"Boldwings and Coastals have never actually met in the wild and Tarok is fast, it be a first in history of your species," Melina said.
“Yes,” said Zyra, turning to her, “One for the history books.”
With a grin, she scooped Melina up and flew her up through the ceiling doors and into the sunny day outside. She landed in the grass and put the woman back down on her feet. The others were already outside, waiting.
Amanda was on her tip toes, planting a kiss on Tarok’s snout while his team members wished him luck for the race. The blue dragon looked eager and excited, his wings rustling against his back.
“Wish me luck,” said Zyra, bending down and touching her nose to the woman’s forehead.
"Go kick some tail, queen of speed," Melina grinned.
Zyra trotted over to the dragons as they hollered her name, giving a flourished bow with her wings while Melina walked over to where the other humans stood.
Veyron climbed up her leg to her head and looked at her upside down. “I’ve bet 500 credits on you against that Kris guy. You better win, Angel-face, or else.”
“You flatter my, Veyron, betting that much,” Said Zyra, looking up at him.
“Nah, I just know how to make a buck or two. Go kick that blue scale’s tail,” he said, jumping off her head and onto Comox’s.
“Good Luck, Zyra, see you at the finish line,” Comox said with a nervous smile, his brain swarmed with a few thoughts.
“Go get him Zy!” grinned Ardon, looking at her and puffing up proudly.
Zyra walked up to the starting line where Tarok stood. The blue dragon gave a gentlemanly bow, fanning his wings out behind him.
Zyra did the same, smiling at him.

"Ok, the route will be out to the limits of our lands then past the radar station and back round. It’s a long course so be speed and endurance," Jack said.
“Got it, nodded Tarok.
“You’ll run up to the line there,” said Alex, pointed to a white banner that they had pinned to the ground a few dragon lengths away. “Then from there on out you’re flying.”
The dragons lined up, wings lifting off their back in anticipation. Jack counted them down and as soon as they yelled go, the dragons were off like rockets. Zyra ran to the line as fast as she could, her long wings stretching out and raising up. Launching themselves into the air, the dragons raced into action.
“Go Blue!” shouted Amanda, Korrin roared out a cheer for his team mate. “You got this!”
"Go Zyra!" Yelled Ardon.
"Go for it!" Came the shouts from Hitteki and Jack as the teams clapped and cheered as they took off.
Tarok took the lead right at the beginning, eliciting hoots and hollers from the Canadian division. The dragons raced away from the audience with tremendous speed, wings almost a blur.
It was going to be a long and difficult race. The dragons were built for top speed, rather than endurance so it would push both their limits to the maximum.
Tarok was maintaining the lead for now, but he knew that he would not keep it easily. He cast a quick look over his shoulder, seeing her roar up behind him. Drawing in quick breaths he pounded his wings to keep ahead.
Zyra sped up, a determined look on her face and soon enough the dragons where neck and neck. Tarok kicked up the pace as he tried to keep the lead but Zyra was slowly pulling ahead now.
"Come on girl, go for it!" Melina said as she kept her fingers crossed, knowing Tarok would be a challenge.
The dragons rocketed towards the radar station, breathing hard and wings flapping as fast as they could spur them to.
Tarok gave a growl and banked his wings hard, flaring out his tail fans, turning on a dime to spin around the radar station. Zyra’s shadow came over him as she did the same surging ahead. Her turn wasn’t as tight, but she caught up quickly.
“GO!” hollered Veyron, having jumped to Vonriir’s curled horns for the best view.
Wings pounding, Zyra maintained the lead by a few dragon lengths. Sweat was collecting on her scales as she fought to maintain in first place. Even with the wing roaring in her ears she could hear the sound of his wings just behind her.
“Go Tarok! You almost have her!” roared Korrin.
Breathing laboured, Tarok put everything he had into his wings, trying to eat up the distance between them ever so slowly. He could almost reach her tail if he tried, so close to first he was.
Their breathing was coming out in hard bursts and their hearts raced along with their wings as they rocketed across the sky. Tarok had sweat collecting on his scales between his shoulders and down his throat, the wing of their speed making him almost chilled despite the heat of their exertion.
"Go for it Zy!" Melina shouted, getting caught up in the excitement.
The shouting was reaching a peak as the dragon hurtled towards the finish line at top speed. This wings were a blur as they beat them as quickly as they could, racing with absolute determination.
Tarok could see that Zyra was pulling ahead now the closer they got to the finish line. Spurred on by some surplus of energy the Boldwing was tapping into some unknown reserve.
Two wing lengths behind her, the Coastal was still so close. The cheering could be heard again as they rocketed towards the line. He grit his teeth, sail pinned to his spine for the least resistance he flew as fast as he could.
The two of them sprinted to the finish, this wings pounding at tremendous speeds. He slowly gained on her but it was not enough. The cheer went up as she zipped across the finish line, Tarok only one and a half wing lengths behind.
"YES!, ZYRA!" Melina shouted as she ran to her dragoness to give her a hug, not caring she was sweating through her scales and looking tired, she had prevailed in an intense and fast race as Jack clapped and grinned.
Zyra flew in and scooped Melina up in a hug, spiraling around in the air before landing and putting her down, still panting too heavily to speak. Her wings sagged slightly at her sides, the muscles too tired to hold them against her back.
Melina laughed and grinned, "That's my girl, I knew you had it in you, well flown" Melina said as Jack and the others clapped, Jack looked over to see Ardy's reaction.
“Well done, Zyra!” grinned the gold.

On the other side James and the others seemed to still praise Tarok for his efforts. Amanda made him lean down so she could hug his muzzle tightly, praising him endlessly.
"Hard luck lad, those bold wings are fast ones" James said.
"Yes, sadly but you still flew our banner well Tarok" Kris said.
“You were so close!” grinned Alex, patting his shoulder. “Thoroughly impressive, Tarok. You did superb.”
“T-hanks,” panted Tarok. The coastal wasn’t sore that he lost; in fact he had greatly impressed himself. He had not thought the race would be that close and he was proud of his accomplishment.
Everyone turned back towards the facility to enjoy the afternoon and so that Tarok and Zyra could clean up. Vonriir taxied Veyron towards the facility but the little wraith caught Kris’s eye and with a smug grin made a pay up gesture with his talons. He was going to get his credits at some point today, and wouldn’t let that slide.
Just as everyone was almost back in the hangar, Zyra remembered the banner on the ground. Too tired to fly she turned and walked over to fetch it.
Comox trotted up to her as she walked across the field
“Hey Zyra. Again, great job in the race today….. I um, I had something to ask you…” said Comox as he looked at the dragoness. She still had a slight shine across her nose from the sweat.
“What is it, Co?” she asked, looking over to him.
“Um,” he took a breath, this was it; he was doing this. His hearts thundered in his chest as he rallied himself. “I was wondering if you would like to go to the dinner tomorrow with m-“
“Stars, yes I’m going,” laughed Zyra, making Comox stop in his tacks, confused. “Ardy Asked me the same thing.”
The male’s heart sunk. Ardon finally did it, he asked her first. Just as Comox had finally gathered his courage…. He beat him to it. But to his surprise, Zyra kept talking.
“What makes you boys think I’m not going? Did you just assume I was going to sit in my room and eat dinner alone? We have all these guests here. I am not going to miss it. I’ll see you both there,” she smiled, thinking this was all so odd. Shaking her head she jumped down into the hangar, leaving Comox standing up on the grass field as he made sense of what happened.
“Ardon asked her out, actually asked her and she doesn’t realize,” he said to himself. Zyra had been oblivious to both their attempts. All was not lost… but now he had to speak with Ardon. That was going to be trouble.

Ardon and Jack walked down the corridor. The gold was elated, the win with the meeting this morning, Zyra’s acceptance of his inquiry to attend the dinner with him and T5’s achievement in the race. He still hadn’t told Jack about asking Zyra, he wanted it to be a surprise but knew that all the other good things would help hide is excitement.
"Zyra was very impressive wasn't she" Jack said to the gold.
“Yeah… very,” Ardon agreed. “She did very well, thought I never anticipated how close the race would be. That was rather exciting.
Ardon paused, looking down and cocking his head to the side, “Is that a cat?”
Before them, in front of Veyron’s quarters stood an orange tabby. It let out a little meow and rubbed itself against Ardon’s foreleg, absolutely not concerned about the dragon.
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Jack looked at the cat a bit confused, the HR team usually had a cat around there but sadly the poor cat passed away a year or two ago and they had not mentioned anything to Jack about getting another.
“What is a cat doing here? HR has not said anything about getting a new cat since the last one passed away, how did it get in the base?” Jack said to the gold dragon, scratching his head.
"It had a collar on, it," said Ardon, looking down at the cat who seemed to have no fear of the dragon.
Veyron cleared his throats behind them and walked up not looking concerned at all.
"I see you've met Harvey."
Jack looked behind him to see Veyron casually strolling by and introducing the Cat to them as if it was no big deal.
“Harvey? you bought this cat?” Jack asked Veyron in a questioning tone of voice.
"Yes he's been living here for months or had you not noticed?" Said Veyron as the cat sat next to him.
Ardon snorted. "Where did he come from?"
"We were roommates when you guys exiled me from the facility." Said the wraith.
Jack smiled as he realised what Veyron had done, but then another question popped into his head, but it had to be asked.
“So Harvey, been living here under our noses for a few months, did you acquire your friend here legally or otherwise?” Jack asked the wraith.
"His owners were never home. I figured this was a better alternative," he said, avoiding answering the question properly.
"You stole the cat," huffed Ardon and Veyron shrugged.
Jack folded his arms and looked at Veyron with a disappointed look upon his face, he had tried to be reasonable and allow Veyron to turn a new leaf, or at least curb his devious ways but this was not a good start.
“Veyron, we had talked about this, about how you were to be honest and open with us, not go about stealing credit cards, running up tabs on other people’s accounts and taking things that don’t belong to you” Jack said sternly.
"Two out of three ain't bad... right?" Said Veyron climbing up to jack’s shoulder. "Making me quit cold turkey was a little harsh. Just let the cat stay. He's happy here plus we could use a mascot."
Jack gave him a suspicious look as the wraith said about the cat staying.
“I cant say I am not disappointed Veyron, I said you could have what you liked as long as you asked and all, then you do this? It is a little unacceptable really…but considering the cat has been here and there doesn’t seem to be interest finding him, you can keep him but he is your responsibility Veyron” Jack said.
"Yes sir," said Veyron, pleased that once again he escaped punishment. He jumped down to the floor. "Come on, Harvey, let's go."
The wraith opened the door to his quarters and disappeared inside.
"You let him get away with everything," said Ardon, raising an eyebrow.
Jack sighed lightly.
“Well this is as far as I will go with him, I will have Baxter monitor his activity online covertly, make sure he isn’t stealing funds or committing fraud, he disappoints me, he is using the I saved your life card to justify things” Jack replied shaking his head lightly.
Ardon knew Forge would call him
Soft if he found out.
"Oh well, it's just a cat I guess. There could be worse things."
Jack nodded lightly.
“True but still I will speak to Veyron again and say he risks losing his freedoms again so he has to curb his activities” Jack said to the golden dragon.


Inside the professor’s quarters Zyra had washed herself off and Melina was now giving Zyra a massage on her sore wing muscles and made the dragoness lie down and to relax as she carried out the massage on the bold wings back.
Melina took pride in her work and had learnt the dragoness physiology in detail.
Zyra let out a content thrum, eyes closed, "I need to hire someone to do this around the clock."
Melina smiled.
“I thought it would help those tired muscles, after all it was a very close race, I have been learning these techniques and I think it shows faster recovery time” Melina said as she continued with her work.
"Thanks, Mel. It was a close race. He had me worried there when we turned around to come back; those tail fans of his really help with manoeuvrability," said Zyra.
Melina nodded lightly.
“Yes very quick turns those coastal dragons, designed to turn very quickly on a dime, surprisingly more efficiently than bold wings, but in the end you had the speed on him, though I never seen a dragon close his eyes and grit his teeth in determination to chase you” Melina commented, remembering the look on Taroks face.
"He wanted the win just as much as I did," said Zyra, stretching her paws and splaying her talons.
Melina agreed with the bold wing.
“Yes it did get feisty out there, I must say those young dragons are determined and focussed dragons, a real asset to their branch, as you’re an asset to me and this facility, now how you feeling, I am nearly done” Melina asked.
"Good, like I could nap the rest of the day away," sighed Zyra happily.
Melina laughed lightly.
“Well its4pm now, so you could nap, I perhaps should see if Tarok needs a massage as well, but a bit of me is thinking, trade secrets” she winked.
Zyra laughed lightly, shifting over and curling into a comfortable position for a short catnap. "Don't let me sleep too long."
Melina nodded, “I wont, plus I will not mention or say your knackered as well, I say your reading, cant have people thinking it took a lot out of you” Melina chuckled lightly allowing her bold wing to sleep.

Hitteki was on her way to see Comox, the female was impressed with all the dragons but there was something about the male that caught her eye, she could use this opportunity to mingle and see how he was.
Soon she pressed the buzzer on Comox quarters and waited for a response.
"Hello?" Asked Comox, opening th door.
Hitteki looked at Comox and gave a respectful nod.
“Guardian Comox, I thought I should ask as tomorrow evening is an important feast celebration if I may ask for you to accompany me for such an event” Hitteki said to the male bold wing with confidence unlike most females.
"Uhh," stammered Comox, he had just been stewing over the issue with Zyra when confronted with this question. "Like you want me to escort you there....?"
“Well, escort and sit with me, if that would not be too much out of your way guardian Comox, it would honour me for you to be by my side2 the Syrian female said confidently.
"Um, could I get back to you on that? Later?" Asked Comox, hesitantly.
The Syrian seemed a little surprised but nodded lightly.
“Of course, I shall speak to you soon” Hitteki said leaving the male bold wing to his thoughts, perhaps not use to a confident and head strong female.
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Jack had left their quarters to send off some files before tonight’s casual dinner, leaving Ardy to this thoughts.
Ardon had considered telling Jack about his exciting news regarding Zyra but he thought it would be fun to keep it a surprise, letting him find out at the dinner. He couldn’t stop thinking about it. After Kala, he thought this whole girl thing was a dangerous game but the dragon had slowly come to realize his feelings over the Boldwing dragoness. They had been through thick and thin together, saving each other more than once over the years they had known one another.
She had always been there for him during times of great distress, had never failed to fight alongside him when Jack was in danger. They had been each other’s support when Jack and Melina had gone missing through the gliched portal. These were things he hadn’t stopped to appreciate at the time but now that he was maturing and growing older, he looked back on those times with a grateful flutter in his heart.
Asking her to dinner was just a small step, testing the waters to see if she was even interested back. Being submerged in human culture mixed things up in regards to the traditional Drakine ways of courting.
It was a daunting thing, asking her, but he had leapt over that hurtle with ease, or so he thought.

The gold stretched and left the quarters to go meet the others in the canteen for dinner, his stomach rumbling already.
“Ardon,” called Comox.
Ardon turned to see his friend standing at the end of the hall.
“Hey! I’ve been meaning to tell you something!” quipped the gold, trotting over happily. He had been holding in his little secret for a day now and needed to tell someone. He thought his best friend would be able to appreciate it. But as he approached, Comox didn’t look happy, there was a confused look to his expression, masked by something else.
Ardon slowed, “It’s nothing bad, I swear!” he said with a grin, thinking that Comox might have thought he had bad news. “I,” he said, arching his neck proudly, “Asked Zyra to tomorrow night’s dinner. She said yes!”
The Boldwing blinked, “Yeah, I know. I asked her too.”
This put a halt to Ardon’s excited prancing, “What?” he asked, frowning. This had come right out of the blue. Comox seemed a little hurt and wouldn’t look at him in the eyes.
“I didn’t know you had asked her, so I asked her after the race, when we were both still on the field. She said you had already asked but-“
“But what?”
“I don’t think she realized you asked her out. She said yes to me too, like she thought we had both just asked to make sure she was going.”
Ardon pulled back his head, confused, “There’s no way…” he said, going back to think about yesterday and how she had answered. It slowly dawned on him about how casually she had replied, more focused on packing away her items and the way she had sounded so casual, and not surprised at the question. Maybe Comox was right…. Maybe she didn’t know.
“Oh…”
“Yeah, ‘oh’ is right,” Replied Comox, his tail fidgeting behind him.
“What do we do?” asked Ardon. He felt a little guilty that he hadn’t noticed that his best friend had liked her; they rarely talked about such subjects together. He tried to push back a bit of territorial jealousy that was trying to rear its head, that wasn’t fair to think, especially when Zyra hadn’t really said yes to either of them in the capacity in which they had asked.
“I don’t know. Maybe we have to talk to her and see if she actually wants to go with either of us. I don’t want to knock horns over this but not having an answer doesn’t help,” said Comox.
Ardon shifted his weight from paw to paw, thinking. He didn’t want this to come between them either but without an answer this game would become bitter between them, he thought.
“We ask her after dinner tonight?” Ardon asked, looking at Comox.
“Yeah, I guess sooner is better than later,” replied the Boldwing, also thinking about how to deal with Hitteki.
“Still friends?” inquired Ardon, tilting his head.
Comox tapped his crest against Ardon’s horns in the friendly gesture before they bumped fists, “Yeah…. males before scales?”
Ardon snorted, shaking his head and laughing. “Stars, Comox. That’s good.”
They walked down to the canteen together and it was strange seeing Zyra there, now that each other knew.
She was talking to Icarus and Tara, a smile on her face.
“The program there is quite good and would give her an excellent start,” the dragoness explained, giving a quick wave to the boys as they passed to get food.
“I could begin right after summer, when the semester starts,” said Tara, looking up at the shadow dragon who was listening closely.
“Very good, what about accommodations in Vancouver?” asked Icarus, he was proud of Tara and excited for her opportunity but now he had to face the fact that she would be leaving, granted not terribly far away at first. Still, he had his hesitations over it.
“We can set that up. The University up there is great, plus she will be able to work with Dr. Charles after her first semester in a program that we will set up,” Explained Zyra.
“You sure you’ll be alright, a long way from home,” asked Icarus, looking down at Tara.
“Yes. I’ll miss you and Mom, and Michelle I guess but I would be the youngest person to work for the dragon academy if I did this. How cool is that!” grinned Tara, petting the large dragon’s nose. “Besides, I can video call all the time and maybe you could fly up to see me.”
“I’d like that,” nodded Icarus.
“We’ll make it work, if this is what Tara wants,” smiled Zyra.
“Oh I do. I’ve been talking about it with mom and Michelle since you mentioned it,” beamed the girl.
Zyra smiled, it was heartening to have someone so interested in their field, especially with it being so new.
Dinner came and went, with an awkward undertone between Ardon and Comox. Everyone else was rather cheery, still throwing some banter from the games that they had. The Canadian team seemed in high spirits and even Tarok was sending some silly banter Zyra’s way which was met with a cheeky smile.
The group was looking forward to their fancier dinner tomorrow, their last night in the facility as they would be leaving for home the day after. Korrin and the others would be sad to go, as much fun they had here, it would be hard to leave the company of friends, though they vowed to get together more often and visit.
Forge seemed to even enjoy himself. It was good to see the grand silver talking to dragons of his own age and stature. He seemed to have made a friend of Draco and Icarus, the three of them and Vonriir often spoke of their younger years, comparing their lives and histories.
Ardon seemed to be less engaged with the chatter than he normally was, his mind occupied with something else.
It wasn’t until much later when everyone parted ways, headed for bed. Zyra stayed behind to talk a little more with those who remained, telling Melina she would catch up with her later. Once it was just her Ardon and Comox the boys walked over and sat across from her.
She looked up from her tea with a confused expression. “You guys have been quiet all night, what’s up?”
“You, Zyra,” said Ardon.
The dragoness pulled back her head, perplexed. “Excuse me?”
“I asked you to the dinner tomorrow, you said yes. Then you said yes to Comox…”
The Boldwing blinked in confusion, looking at each of them in turn as the gears turned. Suddenly it clicked and her sail drew down against her neck and color rose across her nose.
“What? I just thought you were making sure I was going…”
“Not quite,” said Comox.
“So you actually meant…. Both of you…?”
“Yeah- we didn’t know either if that makes you feel any better,” said Ardon, “So…”
The dragoness seemed flustered like they had never seen before, “…So what?”
“Well, now that you know what we actually meant when he asked who did you want to go with?” asked Ardon as Comox looked at him, surprised.
Zyra didn’t say anything, looking between them with an unreadable expression before getting to her feet. She made to grab her tea but thought better of it and left it there, shaking her head in bewilderment, “I-no, …no,” she mumbled before exiting the room quickly.
“What’d you go and do that for!” Snapped Comox once she was out of earshot.
“What!?” quipped Ardon, “We wanted an answer didn’t we? You said that we should ask her!”
“You can’t spring it on her like that! It’s not what I meant. I thought you would have let her at least say something back before questioning her like that.” Huffed Comox. "She had no idea and then you...argh-"
The boys bickered slightly, not getting terribly heated though the frustration was there between them when Hitteki came in, head held high and walked towards the boys.
"Guardian Ardon, Guardian Comox, good to see you, hope all is well, have you an answer for me Guardian Comox?" Hitteki said, interrupting their conversation.
Ardon tilted his head, not knowing what answer she was after. Comox seemed like he would much rather be anywhere else than here.
"I, not yet, I'll- I'll talk to you tomorrow," that the dragon hastily before quickly leaving the canteen.
Hitteki watch Comox leave oddly as she seemed to shake her head.
“Guardian Comox is awfully skittish at the moment, what has got into him?" Hitteki asked Ardon.
“He’s always like that,” then he had a thought, you should go see what’s wrong,” he said, sending the dragoness after him so that he could have time to think. He watched her leave the canteen to follow the path that Comox had set before looking up at the ceiling and thinking about what a mess they had gotten themselves into.


Comox went to go think things over in his quarters when he heard Hitteki’s paws from down the hall. “Stars no, leave me alone,” he muttered, turning left instead of right and walked down the hall to the offices. He ducked inside Baxter’s office and turned to close the door behind him when he heard typing. Turning he realized Baxter was sitting at his desk. The Boldwing would have thought the man would have retired to bed by now.
"Oh, Bax, sorry. Is it okay if I hang out in here for a while?" Asked the Boldwing.
Baxter nodded his head.
"Sure, I thought you were celebrating with everyone in the hanger or part of the dragon community,” Dr. Baxter said.
"That's tomorrow, I just need a bit of a break... from everyone." He said, laying down on the floor in front of the man’s desk, his mind a whirlwind.
"Oh, is there something wrong Co? I feel your taking shelter from life it seems," Baxter said.
"Girls, plural believe it or not. But I rather now talk about it," said Comox.
Dr. Baxter nodded lightly. They seemed to be kindred spirits when it came to that topic, though they never spoke of it.
"Ok Co, I got some reports to file if you want to help" the doctor offered.
“That’d be great,” nodded the dragon with a sigh.


Zyra had made it to her quarters and slipped inside, shutting the door behind her. He hearts were going faster than expected as she let out a breath, trying to wrap her brain around what happened. This had come right out of the blue and was the last thing she was expecting. What had gotten into them? She wondered, and how was she going to get out of this?
“Mel?” she called into their quarters, hoping the woman was about.
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Melina had gone back to her quarters and had been reading for a little while before grabbing a shower, she was just finishing up in the bathroom when she heard Zyra’s voice call her.
She entered the main quarters with a smile but felt and noticed Zyra’s behaviour.
“Are you ok Zy?, you look like you just been hit by a ton of bricks, rabbit in the headlights” Melina said approaching her bold wing.
"Um, had the most bizarre thing happened..." said the dragoness. "I don't know how to react really. Um, both Comox and Ardon asked me to the dinner tomorrow."
Melina looked at her oddly.
“So what is up with that, you are going anyways” Melina said not fully knowing the context of the situation.
"No, Mel. That's exactly what I thought at first. They ASKED me to go, like... courting or a date," said the dragoness, paws on her face.
Melina looked at Zyra a bit surprised at this, she had a feeling Ardon had an eye for the dragoness but not Comox as well, it was indeed a situation that Zyra never paid any attention to.
“Wow, seriously, both of them? That is very awkward, especially asking you directly with both of them there, blimey” Melina said, seeing the bold wing put her paws on her face.
"I don't know what they were thinking, or even if they were thinking at all. What do I do?" She hoped for an answer from the professor.
Melina sat down on her chair thinking of a way to help the dragoness but the situation was messy, especially if there was 2 of them after Zyra to court.
“This is not an easy thing Zyra, both of them are asking to court you, do you, have any feelings for either of them?” Melina asked.
"I don't have time for guys. I have my studies to focus on. Oh Stars. Are you sure you don't want to go to visit your family? We could leave and wait for this to blow over."
Melina looked a little uneasy at that comment.
“My family are in Australia Zy, this situation is not easy, you sure you got no feelings towards either Co or Ardy?, I am not going to say anything just asking” Melina asked.
"I don't know, Mel. I've never thought about it really..." sighed the dragoness.
Melina nodded lightly.
“Couldn’t you say to both how you feel, like you feel honoured but you see them as friends and nothing more?, wouldn’t that be easier?” Melina suggested.
"Maybe. Ugh it's just so awkward," grumbled Zyra, rubbing her face. "I don't know how to even look at them now that I know. I had no idea."
Melina understood the bold wings concerns, she could not hide in here but then again the boys would be waiting for an answer.
“I can understand why, you’re a very pretty and elegant dragoness Zyra, it is nice that you have attracted attention from them just bad timing, however this thing is going to be a tricky situation, perhaps tell the boys that you don’t wish to discuss it and you need time to mull it over” Melina offered her advice.
"Yeah, thanks Melina. I'll figure it out," she said, laying down.
Melina approached the dragoness and petted her on the muzzle, she knew the dragoness felt uneasy.
“I guess it be far simpler in the wild, I guess human culture has mingled with the males here” the professor said.
"Yeah, I guess it makes things a little different. I'll sort it out. Just had to dive into a freak out first. I was just blindsided by it." Replied Zyra.
“I am not surprised how you feel Zy, it is really odd with no signs whatsoever but you have to tell them to say just give you time, as they are your friends they should respect your decision, also tell them as well not to fight over you, I hate to see that” Melina said.
"I.... I don't think they would, at least I can't see Comox doing such a thing," Zyra thought aloud. "We just need to get through dinner tomorrow. I don't want to spoil it or anything. Then I'll talk to them I guess."
Melina nodded in agreement.
“I think that is best to be honest Zy, just relax or try to, would you like something from the canteen?” Melina asked the bold wing.
"No, is rather stay in for the rest of the night I think," admitted the dragoness.
“I mean I go for you, stay here and gather your thoughts, I can get it for you” Melina offered.
"Oh, no thanks. I'm alright," said the dragoness.
Melina smiled as she smoothed her pearly scales, feeling the confusion emanating from the link, the poor dragoness did not know what to do.
“Well, take it easy, we see what happens in the morning” Melina said with a small, reassuring smile.
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Ardon had been quiet the rest of the night, pretending to be asleep when Jack came into their quarters at the end of the day. He needed time to mull things over before he told Jack his attempt had failed again. He really didn’t want to admit the mess up to Jack but knew it would happen at some point.

The next morning the dragon woke early and Ardon made his way to the dragon hangar to begin setting up for the final dinner . They had rented a bunch of tables that needed setting up, plus bringing in all the chairs for the humans to sit. Ardon carried out the tables from storage and began the big job of setting up. As part of Jack’s agreement to this gathering, Ardon was to be in charge of set up and take down to help keep costs low.
He begun early, so that he wouldn’t miss out on any valuable time to hang out with the others, also to have some quiet time to think about what Jack had said.
The solitude didn’t last long. He heard the doors open and turned to see Comox walk into the hangar. He had forgotten that the boldwing had told him he would help.
“Hey,” said Ardon,, turning his back to him to grab another table.
Comox gave a low hello and the two worked in silence for a while, arranging tables and chairs to best accommodate the large variety of attendees they would have.
“We messed up,” said Comox quietly after some time.
“Yeah, it really didn’t go as I planned,” replied Ardon gruffly.
“Have you seen her since yesterday?”
“No, but I don’t think she’d miss tonight,” said the gold.
“Hm,” hummed Comox, thinking that even if she did attend, she would rather not speak to either of them, considering how awkward their last conversation went.
Once they were done the dragons stepped back to look over the room. It looked nice, inviting and fit for a final party. They left the hangar and met up with the others in the canteen as everyone had now woken up.
Zyra was nowhere to be seen during the day, having taken refuge in teaching Tara about the facility and answering the endless question the girl had.
A few more less intense games were had, the dragons played on the modified controllers, playing a video game on the screen, yelling and laughing loudly amongst themselves while the other dragons tried to carry out a conversation despite the noise.
It was a good last day; though bitter sweet in more ways than one.

Comox finally came out of hiding to go find Hitteki, thinking he best get it over with and not leave her hanging. He caught her in the hall headed to the canteen.
“Hitteki,” called Comox, preparing himself to speak to her as she approached.

“I- um, your request about dinner tonight-“ started the Boldwing, hesitating as her eyes were on him, “I can escort your to dinner but I ask we go just as friends.”
Hitteki smiled, “That would be nice, being escorted by you is an honour" the dragoness replied, head held high.
Comox looked relieved, he thought she might have not taken no for an answer, “Alright. I’ll come round before dinner so we can go. I’ll see you in a few.”


Later that night, Ardon scrubbed and polished his scales to a glossy sheen, fussing over them needlessly for lack of something more constructive to do while he waited for Jack to get ready. It wasn’t a black tie affair but the man was dressed nicely for the last meal with the whole gang.
Ardon looked over as Jack was buttoning up his cuffs.
"I usually don’t get dressed up in a posh shirt and tie, or a jacket but got to make an effort right?" Jack said with a smile.
“You look good though,” Ardon smiled back. “Let’s head down.”
"Looking sharp yourself, the tie and cuff links, plus half a ton of scale polish," Jack grinned.
His dragon smiled and shifted side to side slightly, “Heh, yeah thanks. I think I’ll need something new soon. I’m quickly outgrowing these.”
"I get it all sorted, until now, just enjoy it ok?" Jack said to the gold. Ardon nodded, understanding.
The gold dragon strode next to Jack as they made their way through the corridors to the dragon hangar. Music was playing as they entered, greeted by the smiles of the others already there.
It was fun to see everyone dressed up, though only a few of the dragons sported adornments. Alyia sat next to James with a pink bow tied to her crest and a necklace around her crème scales.
Ardon realized Zyra wasn’t yet there and wondered if she would be coming at all now, with yesterday’s fiasco. He felt guilty but tried to brush it aside for now.
Forge and Draco walked in shortly after, chatting about humans as they entered the room. Their large presence was great contrast to the smaller guests in the room.
“Ardon! Sit with us!” called Tarok, and the dragon trotted over to join them, leaving Jack to head to the human side of the table.
“I hope you’re excited for dinner,” smiled the gold, sitting down across from Korrin and Tarok.
“So excited, whatever your chef has been cooking had made me want to drool all day,” grinned Korrin. “But hey, look at you all dressed up.”
“I told Amanda I should have worn something,” muttered Tarok.
“Nah it’s fine. Any excuse for us is enough to get dressed up.” Replied Ardon as Comox sat down next to him with Hitteki in tow.
“Hey, sorry we’re late,” said the Boldwing.
“The party’s just got started, don’t worry,” said Tarok, “Hitteki, you look nice.”
"Thank you, I was helped by one of Melina's team with a polish to brighten your scales, I usually not a vain dragoness," She smiled, the warrior dragoness letting her softer side come out.
“Nothing wrong with a little glitz every once in a while,” replied Comox as the group of younger dragons dove into conversation.

Comox and Ardon turned to look as Zyra walked in with Melina. The dragoness had polished scales, her bold colours shimmering brightly. Around her neck was a golden necklace. She had reserved its reveal for the dinner tonight. The delicate gold wings reached across her neck, crafted into a Celtic knot through the middle.
The dragoness passed the spot that Ardon hoped she would sit, not even looking at him or Comox, choosing the place between Forge and Icarus.
Ardon took a breath and told himself to forget it. This was the last night with all his guests and there was no use making a bore of it by being sullen.
“Look at you, Ardon, looking nice,” said Amanda as she passed by to return to her seat after speaking with Tarok briefly. She patted his shoulder before sitting down, “Thanks again for having us. It’s been a blast and so good to get the entire dragon squad together. I think they get a little tired of each other, as much as they do get along.”
“We’re glad to have had you. It’s been fun,” replied Ardon.

Dinner kicked off with a bang, laughter and chatter bouncing across the table as appetizers where brought out. Everything looked delicious and was quickly devoured amongst conversation.
Even Forge was in the mood for talking, telling stories from his younger years which surprised most of those who knew him.
“One time, during a territory dispute, Vonriir got his horns tangled with a Nalki, a Stag Crest, they have intricate horns, almost like antlers. She was furious little thing and poor Vonriir had his horns locked with hers for almost an entire afternoon before we managed to get them untangled. She made him rue coming out to battle with me that day, having clawed up his snout with vehemence.”
"Oh Forge, poor Vonriir, he is a giant dragon with a big heart, bless him" Melina said in defence of the crag back.
Vonriir shook his head with a laugh, “Yeah… that was a day for sure. I was just glad she wasn’t a fire breathing breed or I would have had to deal with a lot worse than a clawed nose.”
The group chuckled at this as he rubbed his muzzle with a paw, remembering.
Down the table, Korrin was telling the embarrassing tale of how Tarok got caught in the fisherman’s net after being goaded into taking salmon.
“Alex was so mad!” said Alyia. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen him that unhappy with us since.”
“He has to deal with our antics and stars above he’s the most patient man on earth,” laughed Tarok. “But, way to tell about my misadventure, what about yours?” he said, pointing at Korrin.
The green dragon looked confused. “Um, I have none, thank you.”
“Ah, yes you do. How about that time you thought you were drowning?” snickered Tarok as Korrin suddenly looked unimpressed that the coastal was sharing this story.
“Tarok help! You shouted before he realized he could stand on the rocks below.”
The younger dragons laughed, Ardon patting Korrin on the back good-naturedly.
“I am built like a boulder, I don’t float as well as bird brain here.” He sniffed.
“Oh no one’s faulting you, Kor. We’re only teasing.” Grinned Ardon. “I’ve had my fair share of misadventures.”
Dinner was brought out to an excited murmur from the group. As the lids were lifted and the meal revealed, there was a great noise of approval. Toby had really gone all out with his staff and the smell alone was enough to prove it. Everyone dug in with great enthusiasm, the conversation only returning after most of the meal had been cleared away.

"What ya drinking?" Veyron asked James, walking across the table to inspect his glass with interest. His keen nose had smelt something alluring from where he had been sat.
"Ahh, the best sort of whiskey, oak aged scotch, single malt, aged for 15 years lad, the best kind" James said.
"Huh, and where'd you get that? I've only been offered soda," huffed the wraith, looking to see if it had been left somewhere on the table.
“Ere, don’t tell ya bosses, I brought it with me,” James said pouring Veyron a small glass. The wraiths eyes lit up.
"Ah, now there's the secret. Cheers." Said the dragon with a devilish grin and taking a sip. He tilted his head back and savoured the flavour. "I hear you're the one with the teeth on the Canadian team. How'd you come to be bonded to a little dragoness like Alyia? She seems more tame than a cotton ball." Said Veyron though in a good natured way.
"Ahh the Lass? I got noo idea, I was drunk at the time apparently, but she was following me round, dooing all ma work, I cannae say I complained, she gets ma coffee right," James said.
Veyron got a wry smile, bonded while intoxicated, now there’s something, he thought.
"Veyron, is that whiskey I see in your paws, what did I say" Melina said noticing the glass in the Wraith hands. The dragon pulled back his ruff, hearing her voice pointed at him. He turned, curling around the glass.
"Would you believe me if I said it wasn't? It's not like it's going to stunt my growth." Replied the wraith, getting a laugh out of Korrin and Comox. "Maybe it'll even set me back to normal seeing as Jack felt the need to add a foot to my height."
Melina gave him a look, "I allow it this time but I will be watching and making sure your consumption is lowered, to get you back to code, plus you gained no height I fixed you up," Melina said with a smile.
"Yes, yes. I said thank you and all that," Veyron replied and turned back around to James and rolled his eyes, draining the last bit of his drink. "See? Fun police. I’m not allowed to get away with anything here."
James laughed lightly, "Ahh she’s got her hawk eyes on ya lad, ere, have another before she coomes and bans you from drinking," James said.
“Good man, I like you,” grinned Veyron in approval as James slipped him more whiskey, “You picked a good one, Alyia.”
The crème dragoness turned at her name, confused as she had been listening to Draco’s story but Veyron offered her no answers, already taking another sip of his drink.

“I’m still rather pleased Korrin could stump your dragon, Commander Harkness,” Grinned Alex, a few spots down the table.
Jack chuckled lightly, "Maybe stopped him from winning, but did not beat him, that is the key Alex," Jack said taking a drink from his glass.
"Ah next time," replied Alex, leaving back in his chair, "Let the young ones grow a bit then we'll have a rematch."
Jack nodded in agreement, "Perhaps we can do that, I must say Korrin was very impressive, I think he had a point to prove here," Jack said.
"A bit, eh?" said Amanda, looking down the table at the boys. They were engaged in their own conversation and wouldn’t hear, "I think your Ardon is someone Korrin looks up to so showing him what he can do is important."
"I think so too, I must say Tarok did push Zyra to win, he was very fast, considering their breeds would never meet in the wild it was one for the history books," Jack replied.
Amanda nodded in agreement, “Yeah, it was a really close race. I’m so glad he did well and I think he enjoyed the challenge. “
After dessert was cleared off the table and the evening was winding down, Jack stood up to address the group. "I hope you enjoyed all the celebrations here, plus the amazing food Toby and his team have produced for me, to feed this many dragons needs a medal or two, I will be ensuring everyone in the cooking team and servers will get a 20% bonus for today. As for our everything else I think we have all had a good time and that’s thanks to Ardon" Jack said as the humans clapped.
Ardon smiled and bowed his head, “Thank you all for coming. It was a real pleasure to have all of you here and see, collectively, how well the guardian project has taken off. My deepest gratitude to you all for coming and being part of my vision. If Jack doesn’t throttle me if I ask to host you all again sometime soon, I would love to have you all back again.“
The group cheered, making Ardon’s mouth twist into a bittersweet smile. He would be sad to see them all go tomorrow but he knew it wouldn’t be the last time they all got together. Eventually everyone filed out. It would be a long trip for half the branch tomorrow and they still had to get organized to go. Ardon hung back saying goodnight to everyone as they departed the decorated dragon hangar.

"Proud of you Ardy, this was a big success for young and old dragons here, it has been really good, we have to make this more regular" Jack said with a smile.
“Really?” asked Ardon, thinking that making this a regular thing would put a strain on expenses but if the commander gave it the green light he wouldn’t ask any questions. “That would be awesome.”
As they turned to leave, Ardon saw Zyra standing by the doorway.
“Ardon, a word?” she asked.
The male cast a glance over to Jack before walking towards her nervously.
Jack looked at Ardon oddly as he saw the gold meet Zyra looking a little uneasy but he left them to it, to give privacy.
Ardon approached her, feeling a tightness in his throat. She wasn’t smiling, and was fussing with her wings, a nervous habit.
“Hey, what’s up?” said Ardon, trying to be casual but his voice came out a little funny.
“We need to talk about yesterday,” said Zyra, looking up at him with her canary yellow eyes after she ensured that Jack had left.
“Okay..”
“First, I think it was incredibly unfair how both you and Comox to come at me with a question like that, like I was supposed to choose between you both right there in that moment when I had no clue, NO clue, Ardon, as to what was going on,” said the dragoness, her sail pulled back in what Ardon couldn’t tell was anger or hurt, “Incredibly unfair, not to mention embarrassing. I am sorry I didn’t understand your request when you first asked, forgive me for being clueless but aren’t you and Comox best friends? Don’t you talk about this kind of thing? Or are you both blockheads and just went for it without talking to each other and then found out just as I did?”
“Um…”began Ardon, not knowing what to say. He realized what position that this all had put her in.
Zyra shook her head, “Stars above, this is not what I had expected at all,” she said, rubbing one of her forearms with her paw. She didn’t seem angry anymore, just confused now.
“Would you have said yes? If I had asked in a less confusing way the first time?” inquired Ardon, with a little hope. He wanted so desperately to tell her how he felt but he thought this would be the worst moment to admit such things.
Zyra looked at him with a tired expression, “I don’t know Ardon. I have my studies to focus on… Mel…. Everything…I don’t know how to feel right now and I don’t have an answer for you.”
The gold’s expression fell, “I’m sorry, Zyra.”
“Yeah, me too.” She sighed, “I’ve got to go find Comox, I’ll see you tomorrow.” Said the dragoness. Turning to leave. Ardon watched her go before slinking back off to his own quarters.
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Melina knew that Zyra was going to confront the boys, it was not going to be an easy conversation with both Ardon or Comox, Melina knew the bold wing would keep things to herself but want to share it with her.
Zyra stepped into the room a while later, after speaking with Comox. Seeing Melina hold up a glass to offer her a drink she forced a smile. "Thanks," she said, taking it in her paws and letting out a sigh.
“Cant of been easy for you Zy, did you want to talk about it or leave the topic alone” Melina asked kindly getting up and sitting near the boldwing.
Zyra shifted her weight uncomfortably. "I don't know. I just wished they hadn't... things were going so well before they went and complicated things. I just want to get away from here for a while ..."
Melina seemed to grip her glass a little tighter knowing what she meant, the bold wing had been asking and hinting for a little while now.
“Where would you want to go” Melina asked quietly.
Zyra gave a look that suggested that Melina would know where the dragoness would want to go. "...it would be good to go. Don't pull a Jack and wait till something bad happens to go see them, please?"
Melina looked back at her dragoness, knowing what she was after.
“We do have work to do here, I’d like us to get ahead before the busy period, we could always go again another time” Melina suggested.
"Mel, you've been saying for two years now. We have never really fallen behind. Now’s the perfect excuse to go," said the dragoness, rubbing her forehead with a paw.
Melina sighed lightly.
“They are all the in-Australia Zyra, the logistics of getting us there is quite a demand Zy, plus I have not spoken to them to see when is the best time for them” Melina said.
"Then ask them," said Zyra. "We can send them an email and see."
Melina gave Zyra nod lightly of her head.
“Alright, I see what I can do, I email them tomorrow” Melina said.
"Alright," said the dragoness nodding.
Melina smiled lightly.
“Come on, I think a night film will do well, you ok for me to drag the blankets over to you?” Melina asked the bold wing.
"Yeah, sure," said Zyra quietly, still juggling with her emotions as she helped pull the blankets over.
Melina was pleased, grabbing the blanket as they picked a film that they usually enjoyed together and easy watching for both of them.
Melina however 20 minutes into the film had now fallen asleep, the professor resting peacefully on her dragoness scales, the woman was tired from all of today’s activities.
Zyra turned her head to look at Melina, noticing she looked rather peaceful as she slept.
"Night, Mel," she murmured, pulling a blanket over the woman to keep her warm.
"Computer, lights out and screen off please." She said before laying her head down and sighing.





Melina all of a sudden woke up startled, remembering the dream she had, she turned quickly looking around oddly at her new surroundings, only to discover she was still in the large cave quarters of the facility on Kilara.
She must of fallen asleep on Forge and dreamt about being on Earth with Zyra as her guardian, really strange and felt wrong as saw the silver scales of Forge.
“Get it together Mel” the woman said to herself heading to the bathroom to wash her face with water.
Forge suddenly woke, the feeling through the link having startled him.
"Melina? Melina where are you?" He called out into the dim room
Melina came out and walked towards Forge, “Hey Forge, I’m here, sorry had a very strange dream, was a little startling that is all, sorry for waking you” Melina said looking up at the silver dragon before her.
Forge blinked, "Are you alright?" He asked her, "what was the dream about."
Melina nodded her head lightly, still a little bit flustered from the strange dream she had, it felt so real.
“I am feeling ok now, it was just a dream, nothing bad or real, just not what I am use to” she replied.
"Dreams can be odd. I usually cannot make much sense of my own either," admitted the dragon.
Melina settled back down next to Forge who seemed more relaxed now that her Atillu was more relaxed, the link they had made him aware of a lot of things.
“What do you dream of or your odd dreams Forge, mine have been weird, like this one, I dreamt we were all on Earth in a bunker or facility, but I wasn’t bonded to you” Melina explained her dream.
"Oh..." replied the dragon, suddenly thinking about what he had known all this time without telling her. "My dreams... they're just odd. I wouldn't know how to begin to explain them..."
Melina nodded lightly.
“Yes,. It was only a dream, sorry I woke you up, I know Brathille sort of jolts you awake, I did not mean to big guy” Melina said looking up with a kind smile.
"It's fine. I'm glad it wakes me. I would rather be awake if you ever needed anything." Replied the dragon.
Melina smiled.
“Well, let us try and get back off to sleep, should be an easy day so a bit of a lie in, well by our standards” Melina chuckled lightly.
"Alright," said Forge, though he knew he wouldn't get back to sleep now that he had been startled awake. Still, he shifted over and offered the place on the crook of his forearm to sleep.
Melina settled in next to her dragon, she was always happy to be allowed to sleep with the dragon, resting on his scales and allowing his fire lung to warm her, not that the quarters were cold.
“Thanks for allowing me to sleep with you Forge, always nice to be warmed by your fire lung” Melina said with a kind smile.
"Any time, professor, it is my duty as your guardian anyhow." Replied Forge, outing his head down
Melina smiled to herself.
“I doubt using you as a thermal pillow is part of the guardian contract” Melina teased lightly.
Forge gave a soft laugh, closing his eyes, "consider it a bonus because you make an old dragon happy."
“You forgot to add a fit as a fiddle old dragon Forge” Melina said with a light laugh.
"Yes, yes." Smiled the silver, "Couldn't have it any other way If I hope to keep up to you."
Melina laughed and shook her head as she settled in to sleep, soon enough the woman did sleep, protected by the silver as he curled around his human.




The next morning was a typical day in the facility of Comhaltas, the canteen was open for the morning bout of human staff and dragons, although it was a little quieter than normal as they did not have many dragons staying over, as the height of summer was upon them, the facility was not called upon as a refuge or watering hole, though they had a few dragons staying.
David was up as the room was darker than the others to accommodate the night striker, David felt a little sad for Xerrus as the days were a lot longer he was forced to stay inside most of the day, much to the girls delight as he heard them giggling away.
Opening the door he could see the young girls trying to play doctors and nurses and seemed to be wrapping bandages round the night striker.
“Hey come off it girls, if you keep wrapping Xerrus up in bandages, we think he turned into a mummy” David said.
The shadow dragon laughed, "it's fine, they're practicing to be doctors. I don't mind, really."
David shook his head lightly at the night striker’s attitude, he was a massive softie, especially when it came to the girls.
“You are a big push over with these girls Xerrus, you battle fierce dragons, you stand up to sins of this world but turn to dough when the girls are practicing ancient Egyptian mummy rituals on you” David laughed lightly.
"Who is saying that is a bad thing?" Smiled Xerrus. "I can't be fearsome all the time, right girls?"
"Yeah!" Agreed Tara and Michelle though they weren't completely listening to the conversation, too wrapped up in their playing with the bandages.
David laughed.
“Oh you’re a big push over Xerrus, I think girls you need to stop wrapping bandages round him now, or wasting anymore, you should be getting some breakfast and then some learning, rather than wrapping my dragon up, Xerrus needs to sleep” David said.
The girls whined, much rather continuing on their game but after some gentle words from the dragon they begrudgingly agreed and went off to go get breakfast. "My Attilu is setting my bed time?" Smiled Xerrus, "you do know I am 211 years older than you."
Davis shook his head and laughed lightly at Xerrus comment about his age.
“That maybe true, but I had advice from professor Melina that in the summer night strikers usually sleep a lot more in the summer due to the extended sunlight, since were trying to be natural here, I’d like to follow her counsel, rather than let my girls wrap you up like a present” David said.
"Alright, fine if you want to ruin my fun," Xerrus said good naturedly.
"I'll go off to sleep. Times like this I rue being nocturnal."
“Melina did not say night strikers have to stay up and watch their Atillu’s children, you do let them get away with a lot mr” David said mockingly telling him off.
Xerrus got up and stretched, shoving David lightly with his nose in a playful manner, "I can't help it," he said before yawning mightily.
David laughed as he grinned looking up at his dragon proudly.
“Your stuck with me and my family Xerrus, you might not say that if I leave you on babysitting duties” David teased as Brianne entered the room to sort out the kids.
"You know I never mind watching them. They are good girls." He replied. " I am not only your guardian but your families so naturally it is my responsibility."
David smiled lightly at this comment.
“You know you do not need to weigh yourself with these responsibilities Xerrus, I told you not to burden yourself too much, me and Brianne are happy for what you do but don’t want you to take on more than you can handle” David said, his tone getting a bit serious.
"Do I seem unhappy, David?" Asked the shadow dragon with a small smile. "Goodnight," he then said, turning off to sleep.
David watched as Xerrus walked towards his area as the doors closed behind him, “Goodnight my dragon” David said as he went to help Brianne out with the girls.
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“Was the chapter on the central dessert edited and proofread yet?” asked Ucluelet, looking through the files on her computer.
“No, not yet,” replied a brilliant orange dragon with dark brown markings.
“Oh that should get done soon before we move onto the other chapters,” said Ucluelet, trying to find the documents.
“It will get done, don’t worry about it. You have all the time in the word,”
“Yeah, Neekoh, but I wanted to present it by the end of the month, I’m behind schedule,” fretted the pale teal dragoness.
“You’ll get it done,” repeated Neekoh, giving her a lick on her cheek. She smiled at him and waved him away, a distraction as always. The two of them had officially been courting for almost two years now, since they met at the ceremony of Comhaltas’ anniversary. Ucluelet had taken on her role at the facility though she was often away from the building, flying far and wide with the sunchaser collecting stories, histories, and details about the world around them to compile together. This work suited her as well as her mate, whose breed was known for their tendency to travel and roam the lands.
Every other month or so they would return to log all their data and write comprehensive reports before turning them written accounts, documenting their world. As part of their excursions, Melina had requested that they collect samples and log where they came from seeing as most of their work kept them within the base itself. It was an interesting job and the young dragoness was happy to be part of Kilara’s new chapter. It was exciting to see all the changes happening in the world. The arrival of the humans had been a strange experience but had led to nothing but good things in most dragon’s eyes.



Zyra, the boldwing dragoness, had done well in her role with her Attilu, Amanda. They were conservation officers that maintained the wellbeing of surrounding lands and ensured no human interference was negatively impacting the environment. The two worked well together and did love each other dearly but there was something amiss to their bond that the dragoness could feel from time to time.
She was drawn to the sciences and study that Melina conducted, as well as to the professor. They got on well and when the dragoness wasn’t out on her missions with Amanda, she was often found studying in the labs and acting as an assistant where she could.
Amanda couldn’t help but to be a little disappointed and at times whispers of jealousy rose up. She wished that her own career field had inspired the boldwing the way Melina’s did but in the end could not fault her. She was proud of her dragoness and how intelligent she was and would not dare rein that in. Amanda did her best to keep up and ensure that the boldwing was happy and would not take that away from her.





Ardon flew back from his solo patrol later that morning with the bright sun glinting off his scales. The young dragon had taken to making his rounds through neighbouring clans to ensure all was well, taking a page out of his Uncles book as a role in Kilara as peacekeeper. It kept a unifying front and established Comhaltas as a central community for western Talkiir.
Flying up to the grand entryway the gold dragon flared his wings, braking before lightly dropping to the earth. His dark talons clicked on the stonework pathway that had been built leading to the entrance of the facility as he walked up.
He passed a few of the staff, nodding his head as they greeted him. The dragon was indeed fine looking, his gold scales standing out against all others in the base. He was also mightily proud of his crest, as all male dragons where. It decorated his head like a prestigious crown.
He trotted through the common area and passed through towards the canteen, hoping Jack was in the area so he could get a bite to eat while he relayed the information from his rounds.
To his luck, the dragon spotted the man close by, “Jack!” he called, walking over as he reshuffled his wings against his back.
"Ahh Golden boy, never going to miss breakfast after morning patrol," Jack lightly teased.
“You fly around for hours and not work up an apatite,” the dragon retorted with a smile.
"I don't think an hour counts Ardy, anyways anything on the Kilara grapevine,” he asked.
“Well,” said the gold, taking his tray of food and sitting down at a table. “The Stag Crests have just celebrated their second cluch this year. The coastals have reported that the sea run catches have done very well this year, boring stuff mostly. Not that I wish for anything bad to happen, I do hope for an exciting patrol from time to time. Hm what else.. ah, there was some rumor that there is some squabbling going on with the Syrian Dragons but nothing substantial or anything I could pinpoint as truth. Just gossip.”
"Hrmm, Syrians? They the smaller feisty dragons right?" Jack replied.
“Yeah, their territory begins around about a few days flight from here but as I said it was just gossip with no real leads to make me think its anything.”
"Well we keep an eye on it just in case but normally we do not intervene unless requested but even then" Jack explained to the gold.
“Yeah, yeah, I know,” nodded the dragon, tucking into his food now that the information had been passed to the facility leader. “I’ll let Forge know too. Just in case. He can keep an ear to the wind in case he hears anything else.”
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Jack and Ardon continued the conversation with regards the Syrian dragons, Jack knew there were many clans and different dragon types within the family of Syrians but did not know the full details of these clan disputes.
Soon Vonriir came into the canteen, the large dragon seemed in good spirits as Jack and Ardon continued their conversation about the Syrian dragon situation.
"Syrian dragons?" Asked Vonriir as he lumbered up to them overhearing the conversation. "They're close friends of crag backs. We've worked closely for ages."
Jack looked up at the behemoth of a dragon as he mentioned their species worked well with the Syrians, it made Jack curious but he thought he explain the situation to Vonriir first.
"Ardon was saying there could be some squabbles between the clans, do you know much about the clans?, its only rumour at current" Jack explained to the giant dragon, who listened intently to the base director.
"Ah there have been disputes in the past, but nothing that wasn't worked out eventually." Replied Vonriir.
"Any breeds that are bigger than your average Syrian or work dragons" Jack asked the crag back.
"The mountain breed is a little more... assertive I would say. The largest of the Syrian breeds as well," replied Vonriir.
Jack nodded lightly at the dragon’s words, it was useful to know more about the clans.
"Ahh, they the work horse Syrians then I am guessing, any dragon with Mountain in the title are big guys, right Von" Jack grinned.
"Yeah, they are built larger, tougher but have the attitude to match," said the big dragon.
“Hrmm” Jack said scratching under his chin as he thought about the situation at hand it could be all rumour but if Vonriir had knowledge, he would be a big asset if these rumours were true.
"We may need all you know on the Syrians, just in case, for now it’s a rumours but we will keep an eye, but as rule of code we will not interfere in the affairs of dragons on Kilara" Jack said, the last bit was important and was one of the core principles agreed in the Kilara treaty.
The KEA would not interfere in other dragon’s affairs or do anything to upset the balance of the lands, however they could come to give medical aid and discuss disputes but only if they were officially requested.
"You can count on me should you have need of me. I can tell you all I know of their breed." Nodded Vonriir.
Jack nodded with approval, glad of the giant dragon’s support.
"Good, I will let Forge and Melina know as well, until we get any news we continue as normal, summer seems a quiet time for us" Jack commented looking around the usually bustling canteen area, it was quiet and there were not many dragons staying with them in the facility.
The large dragon dipped his head, "Yes. I hope we will have a calm season ahead."
Jack nodded as he spoke again to the Crag back.
"You still happy to be part of our crew then Von?, Robert has said you been very helpful and been also assisting the guys down in the cargo holds moving bits about while the forklift been out of action" Jack said with a kind smile.
"Yes, yes. I have enjoyed my residency and employment with comhaltas immensely." Replied Vonriir, "it is good to be a minor piece in the future of this world."
Jack smiled.
“Excellent, now I must attend boring human meetings so I let you two dragons eat and relax, you Ardy I see you later for some stunt flying, see if we cant match that Amanda’s bold wing” he chuckled lightly.
"Alright. I'll be waiting. Maybe I'll see if they'll join us," Ardon said with a grin. "See you later"
Jack petted the dragon’s golden muzzle as he made his way up to the human section which was embedded into the rock, it was only for the humans and would not fit any dragons.
No sooner had jack gone Melina came in with Forge following close behind, the woman in her usual white lab coat and glasses as her shoes clicked on the floor as she made her way to the canteen to get food.
“What you be fancying Forge for breakfast, Omelette?” she asked the silver dragon.
"Anything heartier than that?" Asked forge, after something more filling.
Toby came out and was wiping down tables and seats and overheard the silver dragon’s comments.
“If your dragon is hungry, we got Vonriir big breakfast, basically a giant scaled up version of Earth’s English breakfast, see if he can munch that” Toby said as Melina smiled.
“What say you Silver?” Melina said.
"I could do with that," he agreed with a nod.
Toby smiled, rubbing his hands together in accepting the challenge.
“Coming right up, we are all set here” Toby said heading off to the canteen to cook the large silver dragon his big meal.
Melina greeted Ardon with a pet and Vonriir as she sat down with the dragons as the Silver dragon got comfortable.
“Guess who has decided to try the Vonriir breakfast” Melina smiled as she told the crag back and the gold who seemed to look at the silver and smile.
"That hungry there Forge?" Laughed Vonriir.
"I think I am allowed to indulge every now and then," sniffed the silver.
"Can I have some of your toast?" Asked Ardon.
"You've eaten already," replied forge.
Melina chuckled lightly at Ardon’s comment.
“You been told, you maybe family but Forge is hungry, really we should make you all go hunt for your food” Melina lightly teased.
"No thanks," laughed Ardon, spoiled by the facility.
"Yeah I thought not," hummed forge as he ate.
“Challenge now is to eat it all, since its meant for Vonriir’s stomach and size, your not as big as our resident giant here my Silver, so test is on” Melina lightly teased as she tucked into her healthier alternative.
Forge only replied with a small flick of his tail and a hum, not to be bothered by anything else disturbing his meal.
Melina laughed lightly as she finished her food, now drinking her herbal tea.
Over breakfast Ardon mentioned the rumours that he heard on patrol, bringing it up to forge if he had anything to say on the matter.
"They can be quarrelsome. We will keep an ear to the wind to ensure nothing gets out of hand." Replied the silver
“Hrmm, it is a tricky one, we cannot interfere unless requested to but even then we can only come in on a diplomatic and provide medical support for the dragons” Melina said, raising one of the core rules agreed for the KEA.
" I know Melina. I just mean to ensure that what could be solved with mediation and diplomacy won't possibly involve bloodshed." Replied the silver.
Melina nodded lightly.
“We have dragons who would fight as peacekeepers but Jack will not want that, we prefer not to get involved, I think we have to see how it pans out, I have the medical bays on standby just in case and wait for Jack to decide, how’s the breakfast going” Melina asked the silver.
Forge wanted to say he wasn't planning on fighting but she already passed the subject.
"It's good, Ardon, you may have my toast after all."
"Ha, knew it," said the gold, grabbing the bread.
"I am not a glutton; I'll only eat till I'm full. I won't be weighted down if I am called upon," replied forge. Ardon shrugged as he chewed a mouthful of toast and jam.
“Well, least there was not much left, I am sure the resident dust bin can finish it off, while me and Forge get the medical bays ready, I have Sam help with that and perhaps Zyra as well, once shes back from conservation work” Melina said getting up and taking her tray back.
Once she done that, the professor was ready to start her day along with Forge, who would help out but if needs be could speak to Vonriir more about the Syrians and perhaps put in a diplomatic response.
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After breakfast, Vonriir left the canteen to go catch some sun while on his time off. He trotted through the building, nodding at the people as he passed, saying hello merrily before he walked through the wide doors.
It was a beautiful day, though he could smell rain on the horizon, maybe a day or two away so he thought it best to take advantage of the sunlight while he could. He jumped aloft and got himself airborne, winging up towards the top of the facility where there were ledges to sun upon.
He landed, turning around with a bit of difficulty in the space not quite big enough for a dragon his size before flopping down with a sigh. The rocks were warm, just as he liked them. The dragon sprawled out, spreading his wings against the stone so that they could capture the sun, looking like the laziest gargoyle in the world.

The dragon’s carefree demeanor made him a good choice for Comhaltas. Patience and kindess were his greatest virtues, acting as a giant yet gentle force for the community. Dragons passed overhead, familiar voices chatting away as the large dragon took a break from his duties and enjoyed the day in the sun.


In Xerrus’ room, the dragon heard his door creak ajar. Peeking open an eye the dragon looked towards the ray of bright light before the door was shut almost all the way.
“Tara, what are you doing?” asked the shadow dragon.
“I brought Scales to help you sleep,” said the girl, walking with her hand stretch out front to help her make her way in the dark. The night striker could see just fine but human’s eyes in the dark did not do very well.
“But Scales sleeps in your bed,” replied Xerrus as her left hand met his nose to steady herself.
“I’m letting you borrow him,” said the girl, reaching up and tucking the stuffed toy dragon in his crest of horns.
“That is very kind of you, Miss Tara but you should really go before your mom gets upset.”
“Okay,” said the girl reluctantly, petting his nose before dashing off. “Night Xerry,”
“Good night Tara,” replied the dragon, curling up with the stuffed toy in his horns. He heard the door open and close once more, signaling the girl’s exit. The dragon let out a contented sigh and closed his eyes. David may tease him about how he acted around his daughters but the dragon would put up with any amount of grief for the Stonewell family. He took his guardianship role seriously but also committed himself to being a great role model for Tara and Michelle. He loved them dearly and in a way like his own offspring. This version of the great shadow dragon was content, happy and lived fully with his Attilu in this life.

On the other side of the facility, Ardon caught up with his sister and Neekoh as they left to take a break from their work. They were just walking towards the common areas when Ardon trotted up, catching their attention.
“Hey Ardy,” smiled Ucluelet.
“Hey, Uke, Neekoh, do you know anything about the Syrian dragons?” asked the gold.
“Why do you ask?” inquired Ucluelet, stopping to talk to her brother while people passed around them, going about their day.
“I was just wondering. I had been out on patrol earlier this morning and got wind of some rumour that they might be squabbling over territory or something but I know nothing about their breed. I don’t think I have ever met one either. We haven’t had one here at Comhaltas before.”
The pale teal dragoness tilted her head thinking, “Hm, no I think you’re right. We haven’t had any accept our invitations to the celebrations or whatnot. Their breeds are one I haven’t quite gotten to yet. I do know there are – I think – three or four subspecies of their breed and there have been squabbles in the past, leadership roles, resources territories ….. the typical stuff on Talkiir. I haven’t got much more than that, sorry Ardon.” Replied his sister.
“No, that’s okay. Just trying to figure out as much as possible in case it turns into something. I don’t want to go in blind,” said Ardon.
“Understandable. If We think of anything else we will be sure to let you know. Have you already asked Forge?” suggested Neekoh.
“Yes, both him and Vonriir. They had a bit of information but didn’t seem overly concerned so I think I shouldn’t be either. Forge has been around for ages so he knows best… usually,” smiled Ardon.
Ukcluelet laughed, “Yeah, he does. He’s a good ally to have that’s for sure. I don’t know if Comhaltas would exist without him.”
Ardon had to agree. It was Forge’s influence during the arrival of the humans that had been the catalyst for all of this. There had been other dragons had would have been much more fearful of strange being arriving out of the sky but the stories said that the great silver had a knowing calmness about it all and had been the one to broker peace between the species initially. From there it had gone off without a hitch, all thanks to Ardon’s uncle.
“Alright, well thanks. I’ll let you guys get back to it,” nodded Ardon.
“Catch you later!” said Neekoh, turning and suggesting lunch to his mate who agreed with a smile as they turned towards the canteen.
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Melina had spent the morning in her very large laboratories conducting a variety of experiments with the help of her lab manager Sam and a few of the head technicians there, they were conducting a number of experiments to enhance dragons well being and seeing what foods and vitamins improved different dragon species.
Melina was happy to contribute to looking for natural preventive medicine for dragons as well as helping discover new medicines for humans as well.
Walking together, Amanda and Zyra entered the labs, talking quietly to one another before they approached Melina. "Hello Professor," greeted the dragoness.
"We're done our rounds for this weeks and have a few days off so my bold wing here is itching for something productive," said Amanda.
Melina smiled, " Were doing some research on natural ingredients for anti viral medicines for dragons, if you can help Sam Zy and I like to have a chat with Amanda" Melina said.
"Alright," nodded the dragoness, smiling over to her Attilu before walking off to help Sam.
Melina waited until Zyra was out of ear shot, when she was Melina turned to Amanda and spoke to the woman.
"I wanted to have a chat with you Amanda, I know Zyra been keen on the work I been doing and showing alot of enthusiasm for it, but I fear I am sort of taking her away from the area of your expertise". Melina said.
The woman looked like she forced a smile as she folded her arms and nodded, "I know she loves sciences and revels in studying them. She's intelligent as all hell and I do not want for a second to rein that in. It's just a bit difficult doing my, our job while I think she would much rather prefer to be in a place like this," said Amanda, gesturing to the labs. "Our job out there isn't exactly one that requires a lot of brain power and I honestly think she gets bored with it quickly. She too smart for what her role is."
Melina nodded in understanding but felt guilty Zyra was drawn to her and the work she was doing rather than Amanda’s work, at times she did feel she had more in common with Zyra than Forge.
“I know, she is a clever girl but I know it is not easy for you, to see her wandering away from the work your very passionate about and do so well, so I want to sort of help you and Zyra, well and us really finding a solution, something for you both to get your teeth into, while satisfying her hunger for knowledge” Melina suggested, trying to be diplomatic with Amanda.
"Did you have any ideas, professor?" asked Amanda, interested. "Keeping her happy is all I'm after."
Melina nodded.
“You need to be happy as well Amanda, your passionate about your work and I want you and Zyra to be involved in this and I think I have a project that can help, I do feel guilty she is drawn to this work and she is your dragon.” Melina said with verbal honesty.
"I know, I have to admit its sometimes a struggle knowing she's not an interested in my line of work as I am but please don't feel guilty. It's no fault of your own, or anyone's really. It's simply what sparks her, and I can't fault her for that. If you can think of a way to incorporate the two, I would be more than willing to hear," replied Amanda.
Melina gestured to Amanda to follow her to the professor’s desk as she presented on the main computer screen, a project idea.
“I come up with this project that forms part of your conservation work but can use science and statistical data to actively monitor our footprint on Kilara, while doing conservation, Zyra and yourself can collect water samples from around the facility, plant life and other indicators and test them on a 3 month cycle, using the facilities here” Melina explained, showing Amanda her idea of a compromise.
The woman listened and nodded, "that sounds like something that would catch her interest but allow us not to neglect our original duty" smiled Amanda.
Melina grinned, happy Amanda seemed on board with the idea.
“I am glad you approve, It also can help you too, introduce you to simple lab collection procedures to prevent contamination, allow Zyra to do in depth analysis and collect the data, then present it to you and myself and you can give recommendations on how for use to improve reducing our resource usage and other things, I think it will spur Zyra on and you as well, keeps her close to the labs but still do outdoor collections and patrols too” Melina said.
"You're a genius professor. Thank you so much for taking the time to pull this idea together. I don't see it interfering with our current schedule so it just might work." Smiled the woman.
Melina was glad with this, she had thought long and hard how to keep the two working together and not drift apart, though Brathille had them bonded but she sensed they had different ambitions.
“Any ideas to improve it let me know, it will be a continual improvement program so we can tweak and modify things, but overall we can keep Zyra interested and even more in conservation showing there is science in it, maybe ignite her passion on that side of science” Melina said to the woman with a kind smile.
Amanda looked thankful for what Melina had thought up. It has been a struggle to keep the dragoness engaged in the mundane work but this would certainly help.
"Of course. We can let you know what's working or what doesn't. I guess we would need to clear this with Harkness first"
Melina shook her head.
“Already taken care of Amanda, your still in charge of all conservation and can have a team if you wish, I will be liaising with you with the lab results and data, I have some reading for you, nothing hard or anything but some easy guidance steps for lab collections, I think it would make Zyra happy to see you reading these” Melina said handing Amanda 3 tablets with the documents downloaded on them.
Amanda took the tablets and smiled, looking them over. She felt like this would be the perfect step to getting her dragoness involved and happy with the project.
"Thanks again, professor Goodwin. I appreciate all the work you've put into this. I'll get started reading in these right away seeing as we have the time off."
Just then Zyra returned, looking at what Amanda had in her hands.
"Looks like we're working together with Professor Goodwin and her team for the next while, girl." She grinned, explaining what Melina had planned.
"Oh how exciting as that?" Smiled the boldwing, thrilled about the idea.
Melina smiled, feeling the happiness emanate from both Zyra and Amanda.
“I thought we needed more statistical data from our conservation department and I felt your interest in Science and the labs here will accomplish on making our facility so much better integrated into Kilara, I explained to Amanda what we be doing, plus given your Atillu some homework” Melina laughed lightly.
Amanda held up the tablet and Zyra laughed.
"Yes I have some reading to do to catch up to you, brainiac but I think this will be fun."
Melina smiled.
“I am sure Zyra can help you with some advice on it and all, you know some of the lab collection procedures but now Amanda will know, any issues please call me, I will catch up with you guys in a few months time to discuss the initial data collected” Melina said, pleased the project was going to be a blast for both of them.
"Alright. Thank you, professor. We hope to prove to be an asset." Said Zyra.
"Oh I know we will be. Come on, I'm going to get started reading up on this." Amanda said turning to mouth the works thank you to Melina before walking off with her dragon, looking much happier than before.
Melina gave a thumbs up approval as she watched the two of them talking excitedly and they seemed to be getting a little closer, it pleased Melina greatly and she was happy for them, to finally put Amanda’s passion and Zyra’s intelligence into a project they could both sink their teeth into.
Soon enough Forge made his way into the labs noticing the woman’s smile and sensing her happiness.
"You seem awfully pleased with yourself, what have you gone and done now while I was away for a minute?" Teased the silver, returning to the labs to see Melina.
Melina looked up and grinned.
“Oh Forge, I been worrying about Zyra, hanging out in the labs and not being into the work Amanda was into, I could see it was making her sad, so I came up with a conservation project, utilising her expertise in this field and fuelling Zyra’s scientific knowledge and lab work, put them together so now they can work together” Melina said proudly.
"Ah,"
was all the silver dragon said at first as he thought about how in a different time Zyra wouldn't have had Amanda as her Attilu. A frown crossed his face as he thought but then realized his brief response wasn't quite what the professor had been looking for.
"Ahem, well done. You go above and beyond for the people here, Melina, ensuring that everyone is happy. I couldn't be more proud of you."
Melina smiled.
“Thank you Forge, I wanted them to get closer and be happy, I think this project will make them more in tune, it will feed Zyra’s lab ambitions as well as Amanda passion for conservation, I wanted it to work for them” Melina said to the old silver.
"You have everyone's best interests at heart. That's one of the many things that I admire about you, Melina," said the dragon proudly. "You are selfless beyond reason."
Melina smiled as she put her hand on his scales, she felt her palm get a little warmer as she noticed Forge’s pristine silver scales lightly glowed.
“Seems your feeling my happiness, your lightly glowing, the Brathille Aura, when were both happy” Melina said affectionately to the silver.
The dragon lowered his muzzle to her. "A strange thing, Brathille..."
Melina smiled.
“It is, but I am glad I am with you my Silver, I love you to bits my seasoned dragon” Melina said.
The silver let out a small thrum, happy to hear those words, "and I, you. Now, professor. What do you need of me today?"
Melina chuckled lightly.
“Well, a fly would be nice around the block, the scenic route please, we haven’t been in a few days Forge” Melina said looking up at the silver with enthusiasm.
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"Are you alright up there?" Asked Forge, turning his head to see the woman sitting in the hollow between his wing joints. He had taken her suggestion for a flight around the territory and together they flew in a cloud speckled sky, the sun bright above them as the two moons hung faded by the horizon. It was the perfect time to be out to stretch his wing, the wind was calm and the skies were quiet. They passed over a dozing Vonriir upon their exit of the facility and ventures out into the grounds.
"Of course, always love flying with you" Melina said honestly.
"Funny, for creatures born without wings," replied the dragon, turning back around to watch where they were going. He had always thought highly of those who were brave enough to fly dragonback when they were at the skies mercy, unable to fly themselves. He tried not to pity humans, for a dragon’s place was in the sky and where they were often the happiest. Forge was just glad he could share the experience.
"Well, that's why Brathille bonded us," Melina teased back to the silver.
"Because you were unafraid to fly? Or something else?" He inquired with a smile.
"I always wanted to fly on a dragon, heck always wanted a dragon, then Brathille picked us to be together, and decision I was delighted with," Melina grinned. Forge couldn’t help but to allow the smile that pulled at the corners of his own mouth at hearing the joy in her voice.
"Wanted a dragon?" Chuckled forge as they flew over a river, a few dragons lounging by the rocks looked up at them as they passed, "For a pet?"
He had heard of others talk about canines and felines as pets and had always thought that idea was rather amusing if not absurd.
"No.... a friend and companion," Melina countered,” though Ardon will roll over for bacon" she laughed.
Forge rolled his eyes at the mention of Ardon. "Stars above… that drake, I don't know where to begin with him.... at times he shows remarkable promise but when food or other trouble is about..." he shook his crest. He was a remarkable young drake but he certainly had his moments were the silver was embarrassed to be of blood relation.
"I blame Jack really, bad influence on him but Ardon adores Jack to bits, you can see it" Melina said happily.
"Yes, it's as obvious as the Stars or sun in the sky. They do well for each other," said the dragon, agreeing. They made a good team and that was undeniable.
"And the big softy, well we got two but the one who prowls the night with Scales the cuddly toy," Melina laughed lightly. "Oh you kill me if I did that to you."
“Or perhaps leave you in a tall tree and let you figure yourself out,” chuckled Forge, surging forward in the air with an almost playful burst of speed, simply to hear Melina laugh with surprise.


“Okay, clever missy, what is this mean here?” asked Amanda, pointing to a phrase she highlighted with her tablet.
“Am I studying or you?” asked the dragoness. Reclining like a sphinx as she woman leaned against her side. They had retired to their quarters to go over the things that Melina had explained.
“We both are,” grinned Amanda.
Zyra smiled and turned to look at what Amanda was pointing at, “That is the chemical breakdown chart for a few common organic compounds, if you read the organic structures chapter first you’ll have an easier time understanding those. I suggest chapter 6 first, then start back at chapter one. It’s not in order but it was easier for me to understand when I read it that way.”
“Ah, alright teacher,” said the woman, searching through the appropriate chapter.
“You sure you want to do this, Amanda, it is extra work… I don’t want to overload-“
Amanda waved the rest of her dragon’s words away, “Nah, it’s about time we got more involved other than patrols and reports. I’ve always wanted to continue my education but I thought I bypassed that opportunity to have a better one on the mission here to Kilara.”
“Now you can have both,” thrummed Zyra happily.
“Exactly, and with you being such a smart cookie, I can’t go wrong,” said the woman, leaning back and propping the tablet on her knees to read. Zyra very gently rested her head upon the woman’s shoulder and read with her. One hand steadying the tablet, Amanda lifted the other to stroke the dragoness’ muzzle as they studied, a new hope rising in her. Melina had been so wonderful to help merge their two interests to ensure that the two of them were happy. It had been a great worry of Amanda’s, her dragoness unable to seek out her passions. Now they could combine them happily and with great benefits of Comhaltas and Kilara itself.
“I would have foregone every opportunity handed to me if it meant I still got to meet you, my dragoness. You are simply a wonder and I am undeservedly lucky,” smiled Amanda, looking up from the glossary terms to the Boldwing.
The dragoness gave her a gentle lick on the forehead, “Don’t say that. I am just as lucky.”
Amanda gave Zyra’s snout a one armed hug before turning back to the tablet to read, knowing she had a long way to go to even begin to catch up to her dragon but she knew she would go to great lengths to make Melina’s idea work.
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"Hey Jack, meetings done?" Asked the gold dragon, looking up
Jack looked down the steps as Ardon approaching, waiting for him to come down from the human areas that were used for administration and communications, a lot of the human staff quarters were based here and the idea was to utilise the space for the dragons and giving the humans a place to go away from the hustle and bustle of dragons.
“Yes Ardon, all done speaking to my bosses on Earth, giving them an update and report, food shipments, cargo stuff nothing entertaining…well apart from the food cargo ship” Jack grinned looking up at the golden dragon.
"That's always one to anticipate," smiled Ardon. "So are you free now? Did you want to go for a fly around the grounds or did you have work to put me to?"
Jack shook his head.
“I think some fancy flying is in order, I saw Forge having a little go with Melina flying all fancy, I think we have to show them gold rules” Jack chuckled lightly.
"Alright!" Grinned the dragon. He always loved stunt flying and jack was not one to be afraid of the high speed flights.
Jack led Ardon to the main dragon departure hanger and got the riding harness, Ardon had 3 harnesses made for him, a battle harness which accompanied his armour, this was rarely used, a normal long distance harness and a riding harness, used to give Ardon greatest flexibility in flying in the skies.
“Riding harness today I think Ardy, free’s you up for stunt flying, very little weight to hold you back” Jack said as he took it off the hooks.
"Sounds good to me. Make sure you are clipped in good. We're flying upside down today," he grinned.
Jack laughed lightly as he fitted the riding harness to Ardon, clipping it all in and ensuring it was secure with everything secured, Jack grabbed his riding coat and zipped up as he jumped on board the gold.
“Ok Ardon I’m ready, let’s ride!” Jack exclaimed as he tapped his golden scaled shoulder.
The dragon burst into action, flaring his wings and rocking skyward with a woop.
“Wooooo!” Jack said as they shot into the clear, sunny skies of Kilara, Jack and Ardon shot away from the facility as Ardon did twists and turns in the air fluidly.
Jack loved these adrenaline pumping flights, Ardon would fly and do stunts, something the golden dragon was pleased Jack liked doing, the man knew how to tuck himself in on tight turns and corkscrews as Ardon flew around.
In the distance Forge was coming back towards the facility as Melina spotted the golden dragon with Jack doing stunts in the air.
“Seems your nephew has energy for stunt flying, he dancing around in the sky over there with Jack on board” Melina said to the old silver who was closing in on their location.
"Yes, boundless energy, Ardon. And an appetite for showing off." Replied forge.
“Flies well though” Melina commented as they watched the golden dragon dance and shoot off in the sky like some golden scaled rocket.
Jack saw the large figure of Forge approaching and he shouted over to Ardon.
“Your uncle is coming in, reckon you can twist and cork screw round him Ardy?” Jack challenged.
"Of course," replied Ardon, surging forward and rolling upside down to corkscrew up and over the silver. He winked at Melina as he did so, narrowly avoiding forge raising his wing to foul up his manoeuvre.
Jack laughter could be heard as Melina chuckled as Ardon shot away from them at speed, Melina shook her head with a smile.
“You show offs!” Melina said still laughing lightly, “Shame we can’t match those moves Forge, be funny to shock that gold, show the old man still got it” Melina said.
"If this is your attempt to goad me into keeping up with him it's not going to work. I’m not wearing a harness anyway." Replied the dragon.
Melina nodded lightly slightly disappointed with Forge’s reaction, “I understand Forge, but I can hold onto the spike here and all I got a good grip” Melina said, looking back at the golden dragon flinging himself around in the sky.
"I can almost HEAR you pout, Melina." Replied the silver.
Melina gave Forge a funny look, not too happy being called out for her disappointment.
"Charming, come on let's land and see what's for dinner" Melina said to the silver dragon as Ardon danced and shot about in the sky nearby with Jack.
"Oh don't be like that," tutted the silver, "hang on."
With that the old dragon put forth a small burst of speed spiralling upwards and gaining speed before diving down and arcing back up again.
Melina clung to one of his spikes as he did these little tricks, Melina laughed happily, he may not be fast and nimble like the golden dragon but he still had the moves.
Jack noticed and laughed, pointing out even the silver dragon seemed up for some Ariel aerobatics today.
"Not bad, ol' silver," teased Ardon, sailing over them in a corkscrew loop again.
"I still have it, drake." Replied Forge.
Melina laughed, shaking her head.
“Cant beat experience Ardon and Jack, Forge has been there and done that” she teased sticking out her tongue.
Jack chuckled lightly as the golden dragon flew alongside the large dragon.
“Ok, we best head on in, it is approaching mid sun, lunch time” Jack said as they entered the facility together.
Melina gave Forge a pat on the shoulder, “Thank you Silver, you were great” she said complimenting the dragon on his little stunts.
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A few days later a young dragoness was flying quickly from the east, headed straight for Comhaltas. Alveria, of the Opalcrown breed, was employed by the facility as a scout of the far eastern territories of the Viridian Vale. Her wings carried her quickly across the sky as she headed towards the building, bringing with her urgent news.
It was a cooler day today, with colder northern breeze picking up across the land.
Out on the grassy lawn that surrounded Comhaltas, Ardon’s eldest sister was returning from stretching her wings.
Ucluelet looked up to see the dragoness, thin framed and covered in light, delicate scales of chocolate brown. Teal blue scales of Opal-like luminance flecked with rose and lavender decorated her head and down her spine, her horns reflecting the same beautiful shimmer. She spotted the western mountain dragoness and quickly landed beside her.
“Ucluelet, I come with news for the Director, where will I find him?” asked Alveria. “It must be delivered in haste.”
“He will likely be making his rounds in the building.” Replied Ucluelet, pointing.
“Thank you,” replied Alveria before sprinting towards Comhaltas and dashing through the doors.
Once inside she trotted through, inquiring if anyone had seen the man. She was directed down the hallways before she spotted him further up towards the common area.
Jack could see their trusty scout looking for him as he approached with a kind smile, "Alveria, what news from the skies" Jack said greeting the scout.
The dragoness gave a low, respectful bow before standing up again quickly.
"Sir, in have come from Viridian vale with urgent news. Queen Hitteki from the forest clan is making her way here on foot with injured dragons in tow." Said the dragoness. “She is headed here, to Comhaltas in search of you.”
Jack smile soon left his face as a concerned look replaced it.
"That is serious, how many dragons are coming here and did you make out the injuries" Jack asked as Melina approached with Forge and she quickened her pace sensing something was wrong with the silver dragon right behind her.
"I counted 12 dragons. Half of which were injured, how badly I do not know. Enough to walk or at least be supported by others. Queen Hitteki urged me to fly ahead and alert you to her arrival and the dire state in which they come to you," said Alveria.
"Seems we have Syrian dragon convoy making their way here, 6 dragons injured, I would advise your medical teams to be ready to receive injured" Jack said to Melina who nodded as Jack spoke to the scout once more.
"How far are they from our location?" he asked
"Nearly two hours by hurried wing. Longer by foot." Replied the scout.
"Vonriir and I will fly out to them with you," forge said to Jack. "The forest breed is small. We could carry the injured back."
"That would be most helpful, thank you Forge" Jack said as the silver dragon turned to go find the cragback.
"I get the medical bay ready," Melina said as she rushed off.
Just then Ardon came trotting down the corridor, having heard the urgent tone of their voices.
"You need to get your harness back on Ardy, we have injured incoming, the Syrian Forest clan are coming with wounded, Forge and Vonriir will offer to help transport them here" Jack said to the golden dragon. Ardon nodded and hurried off to the hangar, fetching his harness. He slipped into it and buckled it together before hurrying out to the grand foyer to meet the others.
Alveria was waiting by the entryway, eager to get the wind under her wings again and lead them to where she had last spotted them.
Once Jack was in the saddle the group lifted off into the sky.
“They had just passed the fields below the Jade Hills,” explained the dragoness.
“So they should be getting close to Elavon river.” Replied Forge as they flew. “How did they think they would manage to cross it if they aren’t flying?”
The river was wide and rushing, swift currents would easily sweep away a dragon of Forest Syrian size.
“I am uncertain though I am glad I came across them on my route. They did not look to be in very good shape, I fear something awful has happened if it’s spurred the queen to be on the move.”
Forge nodded in agreement. It wasn’t like the forest clan to have their leader out of their territory. Something certainly was amiss.
“I wonder if its to do with the rumours I heard, clan disputes?” asked Ardon.
“Perhaps. We will have to see what had happened.” Said Vonriir, puffing to keep up.
A few hours later they finally spotted the clan of dragons, slowly making their way towards the river. Many of them looked in terrible shape from what they could see up above.
Alveria called out to them, signaling their friendly approach so they would not spook the troubled group, though the familiar sights of the grand silver and the gold with the man on his back would not cause alarm. They were well known in the area and throughout the clans. There were few palces in Kilara that did not know of the human’s arrival anymore.
Forge and Vonriir landed, flanking Ardon as he dropped to the ground in the middle, a handful of winglengths away from the group.
“Queen Hitekki?” asked Ardon with a quick bow of his head as Jack dismounted, “We’ve come to help.”
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The Forest Syrians were a group of 12 dragons, they were smaller than Ardon but not by much, with Hitteki being the largest of the forest Syrians, their scales a beautiful emerald green with bold red running down their chest, a clean white belly scales and decorated markings making them blend in with the forests and trees.
Their wings were slightly smaller than other breeds, bred for small distance flying and gliding than endurance flight and fur sprouting on top of their heads and their tails.
Jack looked to see some of the Syrians helping their fellow dragons who were limping, with nasty slashes across their scales, dried blood on the scales of some of the worst injured, Jack noticed not one Syrian was unscathed, even Queen Hitteki who approached them with her right hand dragon did not seem to of escaped.
Jack bowed as Hitteki approached, “Honour to meet you your majesty, I am Director Jack Harkness, we were told by our scout you needed assistance, we are here to offer that help to you”.
Hitteki looked at her advisor who nodded lightly as Hitteki spoke.
“I appreciate the assistance, we have had to call for it, not by choice, we have diverted our route here, some of the dragons can’t fly from their injuries so we have had to walk to you” Hitteki said as Jack listened in.
"We will gladly assist in flying the injured back to Comhaltas," said Ardon, "but what happened?"
"We can discuss that later, we have the injured to tend to," quipped a dragon, Koriko, the queen’s advisor.
Hitteki nodded in agreement.
“I assume we are safe and secure in your facility” Hitteki said to jack who nodded.
“Of course, you be safe there, please allow our dragons to help carry your wounded back to Comhaltas” Jack said gesturing to Vonriir and Forge who were the big dragons here.
“Very well, you may proceed” Hitteki said as Jack gave the nod to the big dragons.
Jack gave Forge and Vonriir the go ahead to begin airborne flights to the facility and to get the most injured to get treatment.
Gently as they could, the two larger dragons helped the injured into their backs, aided by Ardon and the other forest clan.
When it was time to take off Forge looked at Vonriir with a concerned expression.
The cragback unfurled his wings but the first couple of attempts to get off the ground without his passengers spilling off were unsuccessful.
"Vonriir, we can make two trips and take the most injured first." Said Forge.
Vonriir shook his head, "nonsense. I have this. Taking off is just awkward." Replied the cragback. The dragon weighed him down quite a bit in addition to his already heavy armoured scale but he was determined to get them back.
He tried again, jumping to aid his departure from the ground and after some mad flapping, was airborne.
Once the large dragons were airborne Jack asked Hitteki if there were any other’s that needed transport, but the queen shook her head.
“They were the most injured, we can carry on” she said, there was determination in her voice which spurred the forest Syrians to follow their queen.
“Ok, me and Ardon will provide air support while you guys walk, we might be joined by other members of our team to help escort you back” Jack said.
“That will be fine” Hitteki said as the group continued to walk on towards the facility.
The silver and dun coloured dragons flew slowly back towards comhaltas. Forge looked over to see Vonriir was flying just over the tree tops.
"You should go higher," he suggested.
Vonriir gave his wings a few powerful flaps but could not get any more altitude.
"I'll be fine here." Vonriir replied.
The facility was soon in sight as the main doors were open for the dragons to land, waiting for them were Amanda, Zyra and other humans from the medical team wanting to help.
Zyra stood next to Amanda as the dragons came flying in.
"They look badly hurt," said the bold wing as forge and Vonriir landed. Ardons sister with help from Neekoh, moved the injured dragons to the medical transport beds.
Melina watched as she looked back at Forge and Vonriir.
“Are there any more that need to be airlifted back here?” she asked the two large dragons.
"We got the worst of them. The rest are still on foot with Jack and Ardon flying escort." Replied Forge.
Panting, Vonriir spoke up, "I can go back and fetch the rest,"
"You need the rest yourself." Said Forge, unfurling his wings to go catch up.
"I can make it. It will be fine," he huffed, following suit.
Melina shook her head lightly at Vonriir’s stubbornness, yet his incredible loyalty to Forge, being one of the loyal followers of the silver’s team, he wanted to prove useful, not just another big mouth for the facility to feed.
Melina watched the boys leave as Melina then left to treat the dragons who needed urgent care.



It was another hour before the dragons all returned to Comhaltas, Vonriir and Forge landed along with Ardon, who was carrying Jack as the remaining team of dragons were led in.
“Welcome to our facility Queen Hitteki, we will get you and your dragons places to stay and your injured will be looked after, I notice you are all baring marks from a vicious attack, perhaps you like a trip to the medical bay to get treated” Jack suggested.
"Professor Goodwin is our head of drakine medicine here, you'd be in good hands," added Ardon.
Hitteki looked around the facility as she seemed to analyse if they were indeed safe.
“Your assistance is appreciated though it is reluctant, we like to keep ourselves away from the facility and live lives independently” Hitteki said to them.
Ardon looked confused, "Then why did you try to walk here if you don't want our help?"
Hitteki looked at Ardon not too impressed by the question as Jack spoke.
“We just like to know the nature of your visit to us” Jack said.
“Necessity Director, we were meeting with our other clans to gain allies for the fierce civil war that has erupted between our clans, but we got ambushed by the mountain Syrians” Hitteki said.
"Mountain clan?" Asked Ardon.
"They're a subspecies of the Syrian dragons. Tough dragons, larger and with a tendency to be more aggressive." Explained Vonriir.
The queen nodded.
“The large Crag back speaks the truth, the mountain dragons work in the mountains, knowing for being talented in extracting rare metals and forging them into shapes and useful tools to help them mine their vast tunnels in the mountains, where they adore precious minerals of Kilara” Hitteki explained.
“What has changed in this regard?” Jack asked.
“The mountain dragons have always claimed to be top of the Syrian clans due to their size, however the others resisted on the inter clan council, there has always been minor bickering but this is on a new level” the queen said.
"Is it a territorial dispute?" Asked Vonriir. "What prompted this new attack?"
“The Mountain dragon’s numbers have been growing and they challenged the dominant clan on the council which is us, they seem to have intimidated the water Syrian dragons to join them, we said no and the bickering commenced” Hitteki explained.
“We were en route to meet the other clans, the desert and Ice Syrians, agreed a suitable location to suit all and we were ambushed by the Mountain Syrians, who had followed us and picked an area to attack” Hitteki said as Jack shook his head.
"That is terrible," said Ardon, shaking his head.
"Did they attack to kill or to drive you off?" Inquired forge sternly.
The advisor who has stood by Hitteki’s side quiet spoke up for his queen, “It was an attempt on her majesty’s life, to take out the queen of the forest clan would put us in disarray, allowing the mountain clan to take full control of lands and the council, however her majesty is a proud and fearless warrior, like her parents so we were all trained to defend ourselves, but it came as a cost” the advisor said assertively.
"Did you suffer any losses?" Inquired Vonriir sombrely.
Hitteki shook her head lightly.
“No, we managed to be more than a match but at cost to my injured dragons in your care, I hope for their recovery, they were brave and selfless dragons willing to die to defend me” Hitteki said.
Jack nodded lightly.
“Such bravery and honour among your dragons your majesty, I can assure you we will take care of them for you, we are here to offer medical support and assistance you may need” Jack said.
Forge wanted to offer his personal support in the matter but knew jack did not want comhaltas to meddle in the affairs of other dragons so he would have to speak with him privately before anything was said to the queen.
"Melina will have your dragons fighting fit soon. "
Hitteki nodded lightly.
“I appreciate your support, I hope they do too, to return home and explain to our allies that we were attacked, try to at least keep our waning support” Hitteki said.
“I send our scout to inform your other clan members what has happened if you like, we have fast dragon messengers that work for us” Jack said.
Hitteki’s advisor seemed confused.
“Why not send your superior technology and metal birds to go” he asked.
"Those are ships or shuttles. We try to keep most of the technology the humans brought confined to comhaltas." Explained Ardon.
"You could use them to intimidate the mountain dragons for us" the advisor suggested but Jack shook his head, he was resolute that human technology would not be used unless needed for rescue or relocation missions, he would not use them to destabilise dragon territories.
Forge seemed to sense this.
"The humans don't want to interfere on a political sense or else clans would be closing for them to settle every dispute. Comhaltas is a unifier and aid, not a dispenser for justice." Replied Forge.
Jack nodded in full agreement much to the forest clan’s dislike.
“As you wish, I want to see my injured dragons if you don’t mind” Hitteki asked.
“Of course, follow me, your majesty, I show you them while the others prepare accommodation for you” Jack said leading the two Syrians, leaving Forge, Vonriir and Ardon to discuss perhaps a best plan of action, it seemed Forge diplomacy and negotiating skills would be needed here.
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Ardon, Forge and Vonriir remained in the common room, discussing the issue at hand.
“So the clans are being pitted against one another,” asked Ardon, watching the Syrian dragons walk off to the medical ward. It would be some time before they were healed enough to fly.
“Not exactly,” corrected Forge, sitting down. “The mountain clan seems to have gotten the idea that they should be in charge and the other clans are struggling to keep them back from that thought it seems.”
“The mountain dragons are a clever group, but as I mentioned before, they are prone to aggression. Their larger stature seems to have given them silence to take whatever they want. The water clan, as I remember them from my days as a fledgling near their lands, are a rather passive group. They dislike quarrelling so it’s not surprising that Queen Hitteki says that they have been bullied into joining their side,” said Vonriir.
“I wonder how long ago that was…” pondered Forge aloud.
“Must have been recent or else we would have heard about it. Kestral, our messenger from Eastwind flies over their territory weekly. He would have heard something and passed it along, especially if they were forced into joining.”
The silver nodded thinking. Ardon could see his uncle’s brow furrow in thought, gears turning.
“She said something about a council-“ started the gold.
“Yes, the inner council. It’s made up of leaders from every clan, representing their members and territory. There has always been bickering and minor disputes in the past. On my 121st year there was a big uproar about the water clan diverting a stream and the desert clan was left without a vital source. Luckily it was resolved without much backlash but it’s always been that way.”
“What happened the summer of a million stars?” asked Forge, thinking.
“That was between the Forest dragons and the mountain clan, I believe,” said Vonriir.
“What happened?” inquired Ardon, feeling left out. He did not have a lot of years under his scales and had missed out on these big events and did not like being unaware while the adults spoke.
“There was a great fire in the forest clan territory. At first it was thought to be due to natural causes but the leader at the time then accused the mountain clan of setting the fire, clearing out the land for their benefit.” Explained the silver.
“What happened in the end with that one?” asked Ardon.
“The arguments were a bitter game and one that was drawn out for months on end. Eventually the mountain dragons agreed to clear away the debris so that the forest clan could reclaim the land but things have never been the same. Tensions always were high and the clans have always hung in a delicate balance, the smallest argument could easily grow big enough to upset what they have worked at for years.”
“So what do we do?” asked Ardon, refolding his wings.
“Well, nothing yet, as much as it pains me,” huffed Forge. He did not like being forced to sit and wait while attacks like this were happening. Larger dragons picking on the smaller, weaker ones was something he distasted greatly, though he did often use his size to instigate diplomacy or negotiations during his peacekeeper days.
“We really should be gathering the clan leaders again under a truce and begin deliberations, get everything under control before things get worse,” said Vonriir, understanding the silver’s frustration. Other than Melina, there was nothing more that Forge lived to serve for other than peace and wellbeing. To know that these awful things were happening not far from his home while all he could do was sit and wait was painful.
Jack returned to the gang of dragons to update them on the situation, “Melina is touring Hitteki round seeing the injured. She seems grateful for our help but they have not asked for anything more,” he said.
“Are you sure we just can’t offer our help? I don’t want anyone else getting hurt…. Or worse,” interjected Ardon before anyone else could speak.
“Unless they officially ask for assistance in their dispute or ask for third party diplomacy, we cannot interfere, just patch them up and send them on their way,” Jack said.
Ardon let out a sigh, thinking about simply telling Queen Hitteki that, suggesting that she ask in an official capacity to get the ball rolling but he knew that would go against the official code of Comhaltas.
“I hate the idea of just sitting here hoping that they will ask when there is a chance that the mountain clan is bullying the others into following them. It is highly likely that they are up to no good as we speak,” said Forge.
Jack nodded in agreement, “I agree with you there but the KEA rules were drawn with the elders, it’s our very core principal not to interfere.”
The silver let out a sigh and got to his feet, displeased with the restrictions but understanding their necessity.
“Forge?” said Ardon as the dragon walked off. The silver didn’t answer as he headed down to the medical ward to find Melina.
“Don’t mind him. He’s just hating the fact he has to sit on the sidelines when he can so easily take off now and help. He’s done things his own way for ah, over 400 years now. While he is loyal to COmhaltas and understands what it stands for, it’s hard to sit and do nothing when things go awry.” Said Vonriir.
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Jack nodded watching the dragon leave to the medical centre, he understood the situation they were in but the core principle of the KEA prevented them from getting involved, it was all signed and agreed, the charter which was written and inked by the elder dragons with their paws was hung and framed proudly in the facility.
“I do get his point of view but we cannot interfere, just educate ourselves on the politics of the Syrians, seems we need to do more diplomatic relations with these guys” Jack said scratching his chin.
"Yeah," Ardon agreed, "maybe we can find out more from Queen Hitteki"
"That might be a good idea " nodded Vonriir.
“Yes it wo…hang on, I might have an idea!” Jack said eyes lighting up looking at the dragons.
"What is it, director?" Asked the large crag back as Ardon turned to look at the man.
Jack though about it, the rules were clear they could not join in without official help, they could not interfere however, they could do something else which is not mentioned in the core principles and was a grey area.
“We might have a way of getting involved, it says we can’t get involved unless we get officially asked, there nothing in there to say we can’t strongly hint the queen we can help, plus we could interfere for conservation of dragons if we feel there is an extraordinary threat to the stability of Kilara or its regions” Jack said.
"Good thinking, you may want to relay that to forge before he gets that idea himself and takes it into his own hands," Suggested Ardon.
“We best get down there before he gets any ideas” Jack said gesturing to the golden dragon to follow him down to the medical centre.
Ardon and Jack quickly made their way towards the medical bay just as Forge was arriving, calling him to the side to explain what Jack had suggested.
"You would be alright with that? That isn't straying too far from the code?" Asked the silver.
Jack shook his head.
Jack nodded his head lightly, confident in his answer.
“What it doesn’t say in the code is subject to interpretation, sort of gives you a free paw and if others protest you can read the KEA article agreed by the Kilara elders, we do have that right, you be our top peace keeper and diplomat in this” Jack said.
Forge nodded slowly, "as long as you will allow it."
“Clear it with your boss first, she’s sterner than I am” Jack smiled.
The silver gave a small smile, turning to go speak with Melina.
"Finding the loopholes to figure things out. Good work," grinned Ardon as he turned to Jack. "Maybe we'll get this figured out sooner rather than later now."
“We will see, Queen Hitteki might protest but will see” Jack said as he looked into the medical centre to see Melina with the Queen and her advisor touring round as her team treated the forest Syrians.
Forge arrived and Melina looked up at him with a smile, it soon changed to a questioning look as Forge seemed to put on some sort of act in front of the queen, he shook his head and seemed to act as if he was upset with the injuries caused to the Syrians.
"Seeing the pain inflicted on the forest clan is saddening. The uprising of the mountain clan has the potential to upset the whole region." Said the silver. "We have every right to help prevent that”, the Silver words were bold and true.
Hitteki looked up and seemed puzzled by his comments, the director had said they could not interfere due to their KEA code.
Hitteki’s advisor spoke as he looked up to the silver and frowned lightly
“isn’t that interference, what about your precious code?" Hitteki's advisor said.
"We have a responsibility not to stand idle when there are those in danger," said the silver, "we still abide to the core values of the code. If someone should ask the right questions it circumvents the issue."
Hitteki thought for a moment as she looked at her injured followers, they looked up to her and could see the loyalty in their eyes despite this brutal ambush from the mountain dragons.
Reluctantly, they needed outside help and Forge was well known as the primary peace keeper of the whole of Kilara.
“Perhaps, we do not support and assistance here, if we cannot ask your operation to fight, perhaps diplomacy and tact will solve this issue, I think I can formally request assistance in this for preserving peace among the Syrian clans” Hitteki said as Melina smiled.
“With that permission we can get involved, Forge is a well-trained and stern diplomat as well as a key peace keeper, you won’t be let down your majesty” Melina said.
Hitteki nodded lightly, knowing that having the KEA involved as a diplomatic third party to resolve the issues would be a great help to them, it would also help curb the physical and mental bullying of the mountain dragons here.
"We will help right the upset that has been caused." nodded the silver.
"Comhaltas will step in to bring together the leaders in a truce to talk about what has been done and what can be done to end this dispute."
Hitteki nodded her head lightly.
"We will need to hold a council meeting in our great hall, perhaps call for a matter of urgency, that will bring the mountain dragons down, despite this they still need control of the council if they are to control the Syrian clans" Hitteki said.
"Well this will be a meeting where all are on equal levels until we can sort this out," replied Forge. "In our call for the council we will make this clear."
Hitteki was a little concerned and her advisor spoke up for the queen.
“Will that essentially meaning you take over the council, we have not allowed that ever” he said as Melina tried to diffuse the situation.
“Not take over but Forge will be an independent negotiator, allowing others to speak and all voices be heard, to resolve the matters, our dragons will be there to ensure things are kept civil and our own teams are safe” Melina explained.
Forge's gaze fell on Melina as she spoke up. He could hear the confidence in him in her voice.
The silver nodded when she was done.
"We are only mediators and aides in negotiations, ensuring all remain civil. We will not override the clans decisions between yourselves."
Hitteki nodded and looked up at Forge.
“Then you may proceed and do what needs to be done to prevent a civil war among the Syrian clans” Hitteki said as Melina gave Forge a wink as he bowed and left the medical centre.
Forge walked into the dimly lit chamber that Xerrus resided in most of the daylight hours.
Vonriir was telling the shadow dragon and his attilu about the issue with the clans while they listened intently.
"Forge, any luck speaking with the queen?" Asked Ardon.
"Yes, she's asked for our help and we will be helping conduct council meetings to sort everything out."
"If only it will be as easy as saying so. I assume tensions will be high. We will have to be aware of those who might not like the results of such talks," replied Xerrus.
Jack agreed with Xerrus.
“Yes, but now its an official request we can do so much more, we can implement our procedures in these matters, Id like Vonriir to be with you Forge as a second in command as you be the lead peacekeeper and negotiator here, Melina will be the on call medical officer and me and Ardy can provide security” Jack said.
David seemed surprised that once again Xerrus and him were not mentioned for an important duty such as this.
"I would hazard a guess that these deliberations will not be completed in one day?" Xerrus asked.
"Highly unlikely," replied Forge.
"Then may I be bold to suggest that David and I be posted for a night watch by the council grounds to ensure no foul play?" The dragon asked Jack.
Jack turned and nodded lightly.
“I was about to say, you both proven yourselves and I think you guys will provide the additional security measures we need, so we got the place covered day and night” Jack said.
This made David nod and smile, he should not of thought ill of Jack and knew the man would call upon them.
“Were more than up for it, we won’t let the team down” David said assertively.
“I know you won’t, how is your shadow smoke Xerrus and its development, David did fill a report on using it on board the Cygnus” Jack asked.
"I seem to have a good handle on it. Protective concealment during daylight would only be suggested in emergencies however." Replied the dragon.
“We do you proud Jack, Xerrus has gotten stronger and gained valuable experience, as well as I have so were ready” David said, speaking highly of his dragon.
Jack nodded.
“Good, glad to hear it, we make preparations, in the meantime your night patrol, go along into the Syrian territories and report back on anything unusual” Jack said as David nodded.
The group soon left leaving Xerrus and David with one another.
"You make it difficult not to puff up like some vain creature. Your words are kind, especially in front of the director. I will ensure there is not a hint of a lie in what you said of me." Said Xerrus with a small smile. "You have my word as your dragon."
David looked to the night striker and smiled.
“I was being honest Xerrus, we proven ourselves, I just get a little defensive with you, when we are left out of things but Jack has us fully involved, I wanted to show what you can do” David said kindly.
"Well, in all honesty I hope I do not have to display my strengths this time for that would mean the talks have failed," said the shadow dragon. "But I do understand what you mean."
David nodded.
“Me too, however if I learnt anything is there is always underhand tactics and these Syrians sound like they will, I hope we don’t need to call upon anything but has your shadow smoke strengthened since undoing that lock on the Cygnus?2 David asked with curiosity.
"I have practiced, I do have a better grasp of how to use it." Nodded the dragon
“Good, you have to show me, I get a few challenges out for you so we can practice, you never know if we may need to call upon it, for now we need to head back as someone owes a girls a few dragon stories” David lightly chuckled.
The night striker chuckled lightly, uncoiling his long frame and getting to his feet. "Alright, if I must," he joked.
David laughed.
“Oh such effort my dragon, admit it you love reading them stories and hanging around with the mad 2” David said.
"You won't be saying that when they bounce all over you " David said as they both walked back to their family quarters.
The dragon simply gave a light laugh and shook out his glossy wings before refolding them, ready for the mayhem.
David chuckled lightly as they returned to their family quarters, already hearing the girls already playing.
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Xerrus walked into the room and the lights automatically lowered their brightness so that it would not hurt the dragon.
“Xerry!” the girls cheered, “You woke up.”
“Yes, I have been up for a while now. Your father and I have been talking with the others about a job we’re doing,” explained the striker, laying down on the floor.
“What do you have to do?” asked Michelle as she sat on his forearm.
“Well, there has been some fighting going on between a few clans east of us. We’re going to go in and make sure everyone is getting along, and help them talk out the issues so no one fights any more,” he explained gently in a manner they would understand.
“You’re not going to get hurt, are you?” asked Tara, worriedly.
“Stars no, your father and I will be just fine,” replied the dragon, dipping his long nose to her and giving the girl a lick.
“Promise?”
“I promise,” nodded the dragon happily. “So, little ladies, what kind of story do we want tonight.”
“What if we trade the story for a fly?” asked Michelle.
“Yeah, instead of a story. Let’s go flying!” Tara chimed in.
“Well, you’d have to ask your father first,” said the dragon and the girls looked a little crestfallen, thinking that this would be a roadblock they couldn’t get past. Still, they tried valiantly. Rushing over to their father they pulled at the man’s sleeves.
"Can we go out for a fly with Xer before bedtime?" asked Tara with a pleading look in her eyes.
"Yeah dad, pleeeaaaaase," added Michelle as Xerrus looked to the man for permission.
"Alright but a short flight, as its getting good late and you be good for Xerrus" David said feeling Xerrus eagerness.
“Yay!” cheered the girls, squealing in their delight.
“Come along, little fledglings, let’s go,” smiled Xerrus as the girls raced away to beat him to the dragon hanger.
“I will keep them safe and return shortly,” said Xerrus.

With that he walked off, following the echoes of excited chatter down to the dragon hanger. He selected the riding harness off the many hooks that were set up on the walls. As he put it on the girls seemed to use him as a jungle gym, playing while he got ready.
“Umph, mind where you put your feet, Tara,” said Xerrus as she climbed up his muzzle to his horns to get away from her sister, nearly catching him in the eye. “I only have two of those and I need both to keep an eye on you two,”
“Sorry Xerry.” Apologized the girl, sitting between his horns.
“Get into the saddle and clip in, or else we don’t go anywhere. “
“But-“
“No buts,” replied the dragon, laying down for emphasis on his rule.
“Fiiiiine,” said the girl.
“You are a little lemur, Tara,” said Xerrus as she swung from his primary horn and climbed down his long neck to the harness.
“No, I am a dragon!”
“Ah, well, when you breath fire and fly around yourself I will believe you to be a daughter of fire, scale and claw.”
“Ready!” called Michelle, clipped in safely. Xerrus checked them over protectively to ensure that they wouldn’t fall out. His guardian tendencies over the girls was sweet. He loved them like nothing else, daughters of his own in a way, the fatherly way in which he acted.
“Alright,” said the dragon with a grin, “Let’s go!”
He pretended to suddenly jump aloft but remained rooted to the ground, sending the girls into a fit of shrieking laugher.
“Xer!”
“Okay, okay, let’s go,” he laughed, jumping into the air this time and taking off.
The sun was setting, painting lovely colours on the low clouds over the horizon. He kept level, flying silently around the grounds. He swooped up and down, listening to their fragmented directions. He dared not go upside down or stunt fly in any manner that might scare them or put them in danger, as much as they pleaded for him to fly upside down or do loops. That would have to wait when they were older, more experienced riders. For now, as Forge had put it, he was a glorified pony. Their flights would be safe until they were older.
He dove gently before rising quickly, completing fast circles to entertain them instead before eventually turning back for the hangar as the sun disappeared completely below the horizon.
“Aw, do we have to go back already?” asked Tara.
“Afraid so, little miss. It is bedtime for you and I have work to do,” replied Xerrus, landing back in the dragon hangar. He took off the harness and escorted them back to their quarters where Brianne was waiting.
“Have fun, girls?” she asked.
“Yup!” the kids quipped in unison.
“Thank you, Xerrus,” smiled the woman, petting the large dragon on the snout. She was so appreciative of his involvement and protection of the girls. She couldn’t think of a better partner to keep her husband safe too. It gave her great reassurance knowing the great dragon was out looking over David while they were out on missions across Kilara.
“Any time.” Replied the striker.
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Once the girls had been returned David gave them a kiss as they waved good night to their father a David and Xerrus began their night patrol, it was usual for them to scour large areas under the cover of darkness.
David and Xerrus were now up in the night sky patrolling the perimeter first before patrolling further afield, again another quiet night for them and usually they lightly talked about a number of things but today David sensed the dragon’s happiness more so than usual via the link.
"I thank the Stars that you are my Attilu, David. I am honoured to be a part of your family." Said the dragon.
David smiled lightly at Xerrus comment, the dragon loved his family and the girls immensely.
"Well, no refunds now Xerrus, stuck with me unless I died, then you be free, not that the girls would let you go free" David lightly chuckled but his joke did not go down well with his protector.
"Oh don't even joke about that. It hurts my hearts to think about," tutted the striker.
David shook his head lightly.
"Ease up big guy, I am not planning on dying, plus they have to get past you and 2 terrors, I am pleased your happy, but I do wonder if you missed out on being a wild dragon, young and free" David said to the night striker.



"The young portion passed many summers ago. I am no fledgling. It would have been a quiet existence. I am glad something pulled you to join he Kilara mission”.
David nodded, he sensed the dragon was pleased with their arrangement.
"Yeah and then we bonded very shortly after that and then I said oh by the way I got a family" David laughed remembering the look on Xerrus face at the news.
"All the more reasons to revel in the choice brathille made" replied the dragon, looking over his shoulder.
"Yes the girls captured your hearts and now your wrapped round their little fingers" David grinned.
The dragon chuckled and shook his crest. "I am glad you could convince your family to join you here."
David felt the dragon’s happiness and smiled, it was indeed interesting to feel one another’s emotions and he felt more together with Xerrus than ever before, even more so as he was part of their large family.
“Our family has always longed for adventure and its spurred us on, coming to Kilara was another adventure, welcoming a dragon into our family was another big step but the girls loved you and you love them in return, though I think you are a little soft with them” David teased lightly.
"Well I can't be a scary dragon. That wouldn't do." Smiled Xerrus.
“No, of course not only when needed” David said as they continued their patrols round.



“A quiet patrol for us, and back before it get’s too bright for you, whats the chance the girls are up with milk and cookies for you again, that’s your dragon food, not raw meat or elk, milk and cookies from the girls” David laughed.
"Cookies are a little sweet but a nice treat." Replied Xerrus, picking up a little speed and laughing. "Let's go find out if that is what's for breakfast."


Xerrus looked through the entrance to be cheerily greeted by David’s daughters.
They usually had some treat to offer him upon his return from patrols, He made exaggerated sniffing noises as he pretended to check their hands.
"What do you have for your dragon?"
"Chocolate chip cookies!" They shouted.
Brianne winced a bit at the volume, "where they get this energy from at all hours I'll never know."
David laughed as he entered seeing Xerrus ask and the girls responded with the usual answer.
“You know dragons have to eat meat and not just fill Xerrus up on milk and cookies, if you girls keeping doing that he going to lose his trim figure” David said to the girls.
"Oh a little sample won't hurt," replied Xerrus, taking a few bites.
"I'll have a proper breakfast after. You too, girls. Something healthier than chocolate,"
"Okay, Xer," the girls nodded.
David watched the girls go to their table as Brianne served them breakfast.
“I think we should just let Xerrus bring up the kids dear, they listen to him more than us, then again we got a creature that weighs tons upon tons who rolls in the snow to do snow dragon angels for them” David chuckled.
"Once," said the dragon, licking his lips free of crumbs. "Because I made a promise."
David chuckled lightly.
“Alright, we are going to head to bed, be good for your mother and I be up later in the afternoon, plus Xerrus ensure you rest up well, I be testing you later” David winked at him as he finished his tea.
"Hah, maybe I’ll have you run laps and test you," chuckled the dragon before he turned to walk to his quarters.
David was up early in the dark chamber in the later part of the afternoon, preparing the tests for Xerrus, he knew the dragon had grown in his use of shadow smoke and he wanted to test how far he come, plus it be handy to know for Melina’s records as he put the 3 locks on the large table, starting with an easy one, medium and complex one.
Soon Xerrus was up and had found his Atillu in the dark chamber.
"What trouble are you getting up to, David? " asked Xerrus as he walked up with a yawn. He stretched and shook out his wings before looking to see what the man was setting up.
David looked up and smiled.
“Morning Xerrus, I did say I would test you and report the results to Jack and Melina, I brought 3 locks, first is simple, second is bit more difficult and the last one is hard, was going to wait till you were more rested” David said.
"I can do them now," replied the dragon, "What do i have to do?"
David looked up at the night striker with a little surprise and a slightly concerned expression for the black dragon.
"You sure? you only just got up buddy" David replied.
"Yeah, I'll be fine. This way I have an excuse if I don't figure it out. I was lacking breakfast," he teased, shoving David lightly with his nose.
David was nudged lightly to one side by Xerrus but he grinned and laughed lightly is playfulness.
"Ok buddy, basically I'd like you to use your shadow smoke to either unlock or break the internals of the lock so I can gain access, start with the first lock" David explained to Xerrus, ensuring he understood the situation.
It would be the opportunity to see how far he had come in regards his shadow smoke.
The dragon sat down before the first lock and tilted his head, checking it out. Opening his jaws, Xerrus let out his smoke, making it travel towards the lock opening.
He heard a satisfying click only thirty seconds later. He clamped his mouth shut and the smoke dissipated.
"That one was easy. I have a feeling they won't all be like that."
David was impressed, while it was a simple lock to unpick, he knew the shadow magic was not really designed to be used for pushing or unpicking locks but still Xerrus had proven himself.
"Impressive my dragon, now second you should notice the difficulty go up but you show smoke is stronger" David said giving encouragement to the black dragon.
The night striker attempted the second lock box. His smoke trickled out from between his teeth and through the gaps of the cube, working its way through.
This one was definitely not as easy as the last. It took some time and a frown crossed the dragon's dark face as he tensed and manipulated the shadow smoke. After a few minutes his frown deepened, a stern look crossing his face as he felt like he nearly had it.
The lock suddenly then clicked and it was unlocked.
"There," he breathed, waving away the smoke.
David smiled, “well done excellent work now the last one, bigger and tough lock, when your ready Xerrus".
The dragon looked at the third lock with interest. Considering his strategy, the dragon let out a trickle of smoke that filtered throughout the lock.
The man watched with interest as Xerrus attempted the next lock which was the hardest one.
"Take your time there no time limit just give it a go" David said to Xerrus wanting not to put pressure on the dark dragon.
Brow furrowed in concentration the night striker worked the magic smoke, twisting it to try to figure out the lock mechanism.
"Take it easy Xerrus" David said in a calm voice, watching the night striker continue to work.
The dragon tilted his head, trying to figure out the lock with difficulty. A determined expression crossed his face as he worked.
"What you thinking" David said lightly as Xerrus continued.
"Thinking how to open the lock," replied the dragon quickly before letting out more smoke, a frown crossing his expression.
"Keep at it my dragon, I won't interrupt you" David replied.
The dragon flicked his tail slightly as he manoeuvred the smoke through the lock, feeling like he was getting closer to figuring out how to unlock the mechanism.
David remained quiet and observed as the dragon’s shadow smoke weaved and turned inside and around the lock entrance as Xerrus worked hard to open it.
The dragon was met without success, instead resistance on the lock. His brow furrowed into a deep frown, locked in concentration.
He unleashed more smoke, the shimmering black fog twisting and swirling around as he aimed it towards the mechanism.
Pushing the limits of what the smoke could do the dragon heard a click through the lock.
David seemed impressed as it seemed some of the lock had opened for him but this was short as David saw the expression on his dragon’s face.
The dragon bared his teeth, letting out a low growl as he tried to open the lock with mounting frustration.
David seemed surprised at this reaction as he just watched as Xerrus continued.
The dragon flexed his talons as he pressed on, trying to figure out the mechanics of the object.
"Xerrus, don't push yourself if it's too much" David replied sensing his increased effort.
"I have this," grumbled the dragon pressing on
David looked a little concerned.
"Xerrus....please don't push yourself" David said again.
The dragon was struggling greatly, unable to figure out how to work the dark smoke in a way were it would make the lock yield to him. He gave another quiet growl turning his long snout this way and that to try and figure it out.
The man watched curiously as the dragon worked hard, the night striker was indeed working hard and he could not fault his efforts.
Frustrated he unleashed more smoke in attempts to see if that would work.
Xerrus rumbled and then suddenly with a growl and barring his teeth, the smoke crystallized for a fraction of a second. The lock clicked and fell open.
David seemed stunned by this, "Woah, that I have never seen before your smoke went solid" David said looking surprised and impressed.
"I figured that out a few months ago and have been toying with it a bit." Replied the dragon, standing up to inspect his work now that the smoke had dissipated.
David nodded his head lightly.
"That is cool, I did not know it could go solid, no wonder you smashed the lock" David said proudly as he looked inside and grinned.
"The girls put a cookie in there for your reward" he laughed.
"Oh? I don't know if I want to eat it now that it has metal bits everywhere." Smirked the dragon.
"It's wrapped silly, you want it? Also, how you feel with these tests Xerrus" David asked with verbal honesty.
"Yes I'll have it," replied the dragon, nosing the man's shoulder for him to unwrap it. "I feel like I did well."
David laughed shaking his head.
"You softie, here, you did well Xerrus though I don't like having to put you under strain" David commented.
"Once in a while doesn't hurt," replied the dragon, taking the treat
"I guess got to test your mettle somehow buddy, but make sure you make a fuss with the girls" He chuckled lightly.
"Dramatics," laughed the dragon with a smile as he shook out his wings, "they always seem to like that."
"Yes especially if you had a hard time which you did but I think your shadow smoke has gotten stronger" David said, pride in his voice.
"Come on then, I owe you breakfast" David laughed.
"Well deserved," grinned Xerrus, happy that the man would join him for the meal.

Melina had retired to her quarters with Forge, the dragon wanted to see the report that his niece had done on the Syrains, she had done a report on what Vonriir knew and speaking to Queen Hitteki, with some help from Melina and professor Baxter, Forge was reading it.
Forge lay in their joined quarters, reading
He adjusted a pair of glasses that sat upon the ridge of his muzzle; crafted for him by Melina to help him read smaller lettering.
"Clan differences...... territory....... hm," he said under his breath as he read.
Melina came out of the shower room having taken a quick shower to freshen up and to relax after a long day in the medical centre treating the Syrians.
She smiled lightly seeing the glasses she made for him on his Muzzle.
"I like you wearing them, makes you look sophisticated, though I wouldn't want anyone to see you with them on, Atillu privilege" Melina said with a kind smile.
"Do I not look sophisticated at all times?" Teased the dragon in a serious voice.
Melina chuckled lightly and grinned up at the silver.
"Always, just adds depth to your looks Forge, anything I can help with?" She asked.
"No, I don't think so," replied the dragon. "I am just seeing if there is anything else to know about the Syrian clans before we begin the negotiations." Replied Forge.
"Do you expect trouble from the mountain dragons?, the injuries they dished out was nasty" Melina replied, concern in her voice.
"It is concerning. I do not hope for trouble but we must be prepared for it. It is my hope that with our help, they won't try anything," said the silver, turning to her. "So don't worry."
"I worry for you my Silver, want to make sure you’re not dragged into fisty cuffs" Melina said back
"I can handle myself, professor. Don't fret over me." He insisted.
"That is my job as your Atillu, you know I will but will keep a distance but I will defend you" She defiantly said.
"The mountain clan will never know what hit them," chuckled the dragon, proud of her fierceness. "But I'm sure it won't get to that."
Melina laughed lightly.
"Did you ever think of being one of those battle dragons...a warlord? You show at times attributes of one" Melina asked the silver.
The dragon grew silent for a moment. "It was a likely outcome should I have not chosen my life path as you see it now." He replied.
Melina sat on Forge forepaw, " I'm glad you chose the path to me, you done wonders and I'm honoured to be bonded to you" Melina grinned, unaware of Forge past.
"As I am with you, you are a remarkable force in my life and I am glad of you." Replied the dragon.
Melina smiled lightly.
"Don't get soppy, remember our rule" She teased lightly
"I wasn't. Just have to know you're appreciated once in a while," he said with a smile.
Melina reached up and gave Forge a scratch in the sweet spot he enjoyed, she only would do it briefly but knew he enjoyed the attention, just Forge and her.
The dragon leaned in slightly, content despite the issues ahead. He gave a relaxed sigh.
Melina smiled happily as Forge looked content.
"I Know you enjoy a scratch there, only a few minutes then I leave you to go back to it, until then relax my silver" Melina said softly.
The dragon gave a brief and quiet thrum in response, eyes closing
Melina grinned as she smoothed his muzzle as she ensured he have a relaxing few moments before letting him go back to work.
The silver straightened out his glasses as she moved away and returned back to reading feeling less troubled than before.
Melina smiled jumping off the Silver’s forepaw and grabbing a book to read in her cave alcove with the bed inside, she decided she read and dose off to sleep there, allowing the silver to do his research on Syrian history and traditions, he needed all the knowledge possible to come out on top of these diplomatic negotiations.
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The silver dragon had finished what little reading they had on the topic of the clans and dragon breeds. Ucluelet had not gotten around to diving into deeper detail with the Syrian dragons as of yet so there was limited information that he could call upon through written text.
He sought out additional information through the other dragons at the base. Of those he spoke with, Vonriir was the most knowledgeable; his breed having traditionally dealt with the clans in the past. He found the western cragback down in the hot spring baths the facility was built over. Forge walked up through the steaming room. Vonriir had managed to fit himself in the hottest of the pools, a feat considering it it was the smallest. Water had spilled over the edges, wetting the stone and turning it a dark ripple of rocky greys. The dragon’s two doral spikes that jutted out between his shoulder blades rose up like dual shark fins.
“Sorry to interrupt you, Vonriir, but I was hoping to ask you a few questions about the clans. We leave tomorrow and I want to be prepared.”
“Hm? Oh Forge, of course. I don’t mind at all,” said the dun dragon, standing up and getting out of the hot springs. Water poured off him and for a moment he was a living, breathing waterfall. He didn’t dare shake and get the silver soaked, instead he made due of fanning out his wings a bit before refolding them and sitting down on the damp stone as water trickled off his stony scales.
“What can I answer for ya?” he inquired.
“Anything I should keep an eye out for?” asked Forge, “While sitting in at the meeting.”
“Well, I feel like the mountain clan will try to win any negotiations. They haven’t picked this fight with Queen Hitteki just to stand down the moment a council is called for. Be prepared for some resistance on their front.” Replied the large dragon.
“Who is the dragon…. Their neutral member of the council?”
“Um, oh,” Vonrri furrowed his brow and thought, trying to recall the name, “He’s an older fellow. Part of the earth clan but sworn to neutrality to be on the council in his manner… Ah, Khan I think it is. He’s been the advisor for ages.”
“He’s earth clan though?” asked Forge.
“Yes, but he is unaffiliated, vowing unbiased council to all.”
“I might call upon his knowledge before the council meeting gets underway.” pondered Forge aloud.
“That would be a good idea. He can give you the rundown in greater detail and fill you in on the history of the tension between the clans. He will know the ins and outs of the whole relationships between clans and give you better insight. He would be a good one to win over at the begging.”
“Noted,” the silver replied with a nod.
“Sir?”
“Yes?”
“The director said I would be joining you tomorrow. I just worry that if too many dragons associated with Comhaltas descend upon the council, they will think that we mean to be heavy handed and control the flow of the meetings.”
Forge considered this for a moment. It had been something he had worried about himself but hadn’t had the time to think of a solution to the issue.
“I think that with your cragback lineage they will see you as a familiar. When the meeting begins we can ask permission for all of us to sit and attend the council and offer our neutral position as mediators. “
“Ah, that should do the trick, clever thinking, Forge.”
The silver nodded, “Plus it wouldn’t do to have you not attend. You know more than I about the clans. I will look to you for advice as well.”
Vonriir smiled proudly, “And in that I won’t let you down. You can count on me for that.”
“Thank you, Vonriir,” said Forge, clicking his horns with the cragback. “I have to ensure Jack and my nephew are ready. Tomorrow we leave at sun up, Xerrus will fly out that night .The queen wants to get this underway now that she and her advisor healed enough to fly. The injured are going to remain here until they are well enough to leave. “
“Alright. I will see you at first light.” Replied Vonriir.
Forge nodded and turned, headed out of the misty hot spring room and back up the winding stone stairs. He caught Ardon trotting through the halls heading towards the quarters.
“Ardon,” he called, making the gold stop in his tracks. He had his harness thrown over his shoulder as well as the KEA banner. It would be no secret that they were coming as members of Comhaltas. They did not want to be accused of otherwise.
“Hey Forge, what is it?” asked the dragon, turning to his uncle.
“Are you and Jack still setting on leaving tomorrow morning?”
“Yes,” nodded Ardon, “We were just speaking with Queen Hitteki. She’s eager to leave back to her lands and call the council meeting.”
“Alright. Forge will be ready to leave at daybreak. Xerrus will follow our route during the night. I will meet you and the others in the hangar.”
“Okay. I’ll let Jack know. See you later,” said Ardon, turning back to head down to his quarters while Forge angled left down the corridor to go see Melina and figure out of she needed help gathering medical supplied. He sorely hoped that they would not need them and this would all end peacefully but he knew it was foolish to go in unprepared.
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The silver dragon had finished what little reading they had on the topic of the clans and dragon breeds. Ucluelet had not gotten around to diving into deeper detail with the Syrian dragons as of yet so there was limited information that he could call upon through written text.
He sought out additional information through the other dragons at the base. Of those he spoke with, Vonriir was the most knowledgeable; his breed having traditionally dealt with the clans in the past. He found the western cragback down in the hot spring baths the facility was built over. Forge walked up through the steaming room. Vonriir had managed to fit himself in the hottest of the pools, a feat considering it it was the smallest. Water had spilled over the edges, wetting the stone and turning it a dark ripple of rocky greys. The dragon’s two doral spikes that jutted out between his shoulder blades rose up like dual shark fins.
“Sorry to interrupt you, Vonriir, but I was hoping to ask you a few questions about the clans. We leave tomorrow and I want to be prepared.”
“Hm? Oh Forge, of course. I don’t mind at all,” said the dun dragon, standing up and getting out of the hot springs. Water poured off him and for a moment he was a living, breathing waterfall. He didn’t dare shake and get the silver soaked, instead he made due of fanning out his wings a bit before refolding them and sitting down on the damp stone as water trickled off his stony scales.
“What can I answer for ya?” he inquired.
“Anything I should keep an eye out for?” asked Forge, “While sitting in at the meeting.”
“Well, I feel like the mountain clan will try to win any negotiations. They haven’t picked this fight with Queen Hitteki just to stand down the moment a council is called for. Be prepared for some resistance on their front.” Replied the large dragon.
“Who is the dragon…. Their neutral member of the council?”
“Um, oh,” Vonrri furrowed his brow and thought, trying to recall the name, “He’s an older fellow. Part of the earth clan but sworn to neutrality to be on the council in his manner… Ah, Khan I think it is. He’s been the advisor for ages.”
“He’s earth clan though?” asked Forge.
“Yes, but he is unaffiliated, vowing unbiased council to all.”
“I might call upon his knowledge before the council meeting gets underway.” pondered Forge aloud.
“That would be a good idea. He can give you the rundown in greater detail and fill you in on the history of the tension between the clans. He will know the ins and outs of the whole relationships between clans and give you better insight. He would be a good one to win over at the begging.”
“Noted,” the silver replied with a nod.
“Sir?”
“Yes?”
“The director said I would be joining you tomorrow. I just worry that if too many dragons associated with Comhaltas descend upon the council, they will think that we mean to be heavy handed and control the flow of the meetings.”
Forge considered this for a moment. It had been something he had worried about himself but hadn’t had the time to think of a solution to the issue.
“I think that with your cragback lineage they will see you as a familiar. When the meeting begins we can ask permission for all of us to sit and attend the council and offer our neutral position as mediators. “
“Ah, that should do the trick, clever thinking, Forge.”
The silver nodded, “Plus it wouldn’t do to have you not attend. You know more than I about the clans. I will look to you for advice as well.”
Vonriir smiled proudly, “And in that I won’t let you down. You can count on me for that.”
“Thank you, Vonriir,” said Forge, clicking his horns with the cragback. “I have to ensure Jack and my nephew are ready. Tomorrow we leave at sun up, Xerrus will fly out that night .The queen wants to get this underway now that she and her advisor healed enough to fly. The injured are going to remain here until they are well enough to leave. “
“Alright. I will see you at first light.” Replied Vonriir.
Forge nodded and turned, headed out of the misty hot spring room and back up the winding stone stairs. He caught Ardon trotting through the halls heading towards the quarters.
“Ardon,” he called, making the gold stop in his tracks. He had his harness thrown over his shoulder as well as the KEA banner. It would be no secret that they were coming as members of Comhaltas. They did not want to be accused of otherwise.
“Hey Forge, what is it?” asked the dragon, turning to his uncle.
“Are you and Jack still setting on leaving tomorrow morning?”
“Yes,” nodded Ardon, “We were just speaking with Queen Hitteki. She’s eager to leave back to her lands and call the council meeting.”
“Alright. Forge will be ready to leave at daybreak. Xerrus will follow our route during the night. I will meet you and the others in the hangar.”
“Okay. I’ll let Jack know. See you later,” said Ardon, turning back to head down to his quarters while Forge angled left down the corridor to go see Melina and figure out of she needed help gathering medical supplied. He sorely hoped that they would not need them and this would all end peacefully but he knew it was foolish to go in unprepared.
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