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The Dragon Chronicles Part 1: The Surrogate Cavalry Chapter 6: Could This Be Love?
After retrieving their belongings at the front desk of the academy, the seven students made their way to their dorm rooms. At that point in time, it was about four o’clock, so they had about two hours until dinner, followed by their meeting with Lao Shi at seven. Until then, they figured that they would be able to rest for a bit in their rooms. Some were tired– even if it had not exactly been a trying day up to that point.
Upon reaching their rooms, each student went into their respective rooms, so as to drop off their personal belongings. Some were also planning on changing out of the clothes they were in at that point, as some had been in the same clothes for a good while.
Although their initial intent was to relax in their own rooms, without outside interruption, they were disrupted a few moments later by an exclamation of excitement from the direction of Raffi’s room. And, while no one could be sure what, exactly, she had yelled, some swore they had heard Ash’s name included in it.
All six of them attempted to enter Raffi’s room at the same time (which was actually quite humorous to watch), and soon realized why Raffi had cried out.
“Ash! Welcome back!” grinned James.
Ash’s head raised from her pillow on her bed, and smiled as well. “Hah, hey, James... you’re looking hopeless as ever...”
“Well, I’m not the one on bed rest with my arm in a cast...,” James shot back.
“Cut it out, you two,” said Shade. “Ash, is everything gonna be okay?”
“Well, I’m here, aren’t I?” Ash laughed. “The nurse said that I should be just fine in a few days... I’ll be able to take off the bandage on my arm then. Note that I said bandage, not CAST, James!” She shot a bold look at him.
“It looks like a cast to me... I mean, that’s a pretty big bandage if it isn’t a cast, then...”
“Guys, enough!” exclaimed Shade. “What did Lao Shi say about you being able to train with us, Ash?”
“He said that I’ll be able to join you guys as soon as the nurses clear me to... which will probably be in about a week, according to them.”
“Great... now we’ll be down a member for training,” sighed Laura. “I hope that this doesn’t push back the day we leave any more...”
“If that’s what we must do, though, we have to go with their decision,” Shade said. “Master Shi and the doctors are just trying to do what’s best for Ash. We gotta remember that...”
“Yeah, I guess...”
After these words, there was a prolonged silence. After a few moments, Ash finally broke the silence. “Well... I was about to watch this movie... you guys can stay if you want...”
“Well, we have nothing to do for two hours, so why not?...,” agreed Kate.
“What movie is it?” asked Jay.
“Uh... The Notebook...”
All the girls in the room gasped in delight. On the other hand, the guys in the room moaned in despair.
“There has GOT to be something better on...,” insisted James.
“Aw, c’mon, James... it’s time to get in touch with your feminine side!” Ash laughed.
“Actually, I quite prefer my masculinity, thank you very much.”
“Your what?” asked Kay.
“Oh, just his poor excuse for not wanting to watch The Notebook, that’s all...,” grinned Laura.
“Is too! I’ll bet ALL of you guys are trying to think up some excuse to not watch it!” Laura said.
“That’s not fair, Laura! You’ve made me watch it at LEAST ten times already!” protested Jay.
“Jay, you know that you can never watch The Notebook too much! Now, everyone, sit your butts down and watch the damn movie,” commanded Laura.
For fear that Laura might do something extreme, the three boys took their places on the floor of the room, so that only Kay was left standing.
“Um... do you guys mind if I go find Will so he can watch it, too?” she asked, with a slight blush on her face.
“Sure, I don’t mind,” said Ash.
“Are you guys, like, dating or something?” asked Kate curiously.
“Oh, no! We’re just... good friends, that’s all,” Kay defended herself.
“Wow, ‘cause I was gonna say... we’ve only been here for a day...”
With this, Kay exited the room, calling, “You guys can go ahead and start it without me!”
“Good, because that’s what I was planning on doing anyway,” Ash said as she flipped on the TV in their room. “The movie’s on HBO anyway...”
And so, the group sat there, as the movie was beginning. The room, being rather spacious, was not too crowded with the seven that were in there at that moment. Ash laid in her bed, with Laura and Jay sitting on the floor at the foot of the bed, Laura’s head resting on Jay’s shoulder. Nearby, James sat on the floor, his head in his hands as if he was disgraced. Kate laid on her stomach a few feet away, her head socked up as she strained herself to watch the television. Raffi sat upright to the left of her, and Shade was near her, up against the wall.
About ten minutes into the movie, Kay and Will entered the room. Ash nodded to the two of them in recognition of their entrance, and they took a seat up against the foot of Raffi’s unoccupied bed. And with this, the room went quiet– save for the sound that the television was emitting. It stayed like this for a good while into the movie, too.
Raffi had been trying to watch the movie, but she, unlike many of the other girls, was not as interested in it. Yawning, she stared around at her fellow students. Kate and Laura sat there with tears in their eyes, while Jay held Laura close, seemingly acting as if he was into the movie, when it was likely that he was not, considering that he had claimed to seeing it a few times before. Ash laid in her bed, kind of half-awake, still eying the TV every once in a while. James appeared to be asleep in his position, his head still buried in his hands. Every once in a while, he would stir– his eyes would snap open and would stare around at the others for a few moments, and then he would relapse into his sleep-like state once more.
Perhaps the most surprising and interesting occurrence to Raffi was Kay and Will. Although Kay had insisted that the two of them were mere friends and were not “dating,” there they were now– up against the foot of Raffi’s bed, Kay’s head resting against Will’s, a content smirk painted onto her face. Will’s arm was bent around her as well, and he, too, exhibited the same grin. Interesting!– perhaps, when Kay had ventured to find Will, and as they were making their way back to the room, a certain question was imposed by one of them. It sure seemed so.
And then there was Shade, who sat behind Raffi. She had only turned to glance at him for a sporadic moment– as lingering in this stare would likely come off as slightly odd to Shade, should he see her. But what Raffi did see of Shade was his head rested firmly against the side wall, eying the television in a rather apathetic manner.
It was then that Raffi decided to move back a few feet– in order to sit with Shade. She, of course, still did have feelings for him– but up to that point, all attempts to communicate this to Shade had been futile. And, at that time, her intentions were not to try and tell him again– It was merely to have someone to talk to. Shade did look bored enough... perhaps she was doing him a favor, so that he would stay awake.
“Hi,” she whispered as she slid back next to him, resting her back against the wall. “How are you liking the movie?”
Her intrusion had surprised Shade slightly. But soon, he answered, “Well, I was pretty much about to fall asleep before you came over. How about you?”
“Same here,” said Raffi. “The only difference is, I really might fall asleep... especially considering how long I was up last night. If Ash wasn’t already hurt, I’d probably kill her myself.”
“Don’t you think that’s a little extreme?” laughed Shade.
“Oh, no. She had it coming, believe me.”
Shade smiled. “Well, sleep if you want– I don’t think anyone else is gonna notice...,” he said, glancing around at the other preoccupied tenants of the room.
“Sounds good, then,” Raffi said contently. She leaned her head against the wall, her gaze returning to the movie.
It had been mere minutes since this exchange when, as she felt herself nearing the congenially welcome sense of sleep, Raffi did something quite audacious– she rested her head on Shade’s shoulder, closing her eyes, with a nervous-yet-triumphant grin across her face. She did not know what exactly had possessed her to be so audacious– perhaps it had been seeing the absolute felicity in the eyes of Kay as she laid her head against Will. From Kay radiated a certain sense of security and fulfillment– and this was, apparently, appealing to Raffi. And why not? Raffi had never been truly close to anyone other than her family, yet she had heard many stories from her friends about the boys they were infatuated with. Occasionally, a few of these infatuations came to fruition and developed into a relationship– something that near-all teenagers long for in their early lives. That seemed to be the main driving force behind Raffi’s actions– it seemed as if she wanted to get the point across to Shade, and this was the best way she saw fit.
To be truthful, most of the kids in the room did not pay much mind to this occurrence. After all, was it not possible that Raffi was simply tired, and found the hard wall a bit unappealing? It was possible– it just was not, in actuality, the true culprit.
At any rate, amidst this, Shade had been quite civil about all this, and had not, instead, pulled away. He was, in a sense, surprised at this– in many cases, a girl would rest her head on a guy’s shoulder because she entrusted in him this sense of security, and it often was symbolic of the girl either liking him, or already in love with him. Still, despite all this, Shade actually welcomed it– for, in truth, he did kind of like her. He had not at first– he had merely viewed her as a schoolmate, and nothing more. But as his time at the academy (short as it had been) had gone on, he had begun to notice her– especially with their encounters more recently. And furthermore, it always seemed that, whenever Raffi was around him, she was trying to tell him something... and now, Shade was wondering if she had been attempting to tell him that she was falling in love with him– even if it was so soon.
Soon, Shade felt Raffi’s breathing slow– it was apparent that she had, as she averred she would, fallen asleep. It was fine with Shade. In fact, the idea of sleep had actually crossed his mind at one point– for whatever reason, he just did not seem able to get into this movie.
This went on for another hour, approximately. It was then that the movie had concluded, and it was nearly time for dinner. The students stretched and yawned as they began to arise from their seats on the floor. It was at this point that many of them finally noticed Raffi and Shade, up against the wall, with Raffi asleep against Shade’s side. Shade looked up at them helplessly– he wasn’t sure how to get up, because it was likely that Raffi would slide off and smack her head on the ground, should he move now– which would wake her up... she just wouldn’t be too happy about awaking in that manner.
“Aw... someone was tired...,” laughed James. Meanwhile, Ash looked on from her bed, a sly, triumphant grin forming across her face.
“Yeah, real cute,” Kate said. “Someone needs to wake her up, though...”
“That can be arranged...,” said Ash. Rising from her bed, she walked over to Raffi and Shade, and bent over so that she was mere inches from Raffi’s left ear. “Raffi! Come quick! The chickens are loose again!”
Although this seemed like a slightly odd thing to say, it did wake Raffi up– quite suddenly, actually. Startled, her head rose quickly from Shade’s shoulder, her eyes snapping open. For a few moments, she stared around, attempting to catch a glimpse of her surroundings, as if she did not recall where she was. When she had finally regained all of her senses, she turned to Ash. “Ash, what the hell was that all about?”
“Well, we had to wake you up somehow... and that seemed like the easiest way.”
“Yeah, but... chickens?”
Ash laughed. “I dunno. I guess I’ve always wanted to say that.”
“Well, given the extent to which she was startled,” James observed, “I’d say she’s gonna have some crazy recurring farm nightmare for the rest of her life.”
“Great. Thanks, Ash.”
As this was taking place, Shade had stood up, and now appeared to be staring at the left sleeve of his shirt in a rather annoyed way.
“Oh, no reason,” sighed Shade, who, after looking down at his sleeve once more, turned towards the doorway. “I’m gonna go get changed before dinner. I’ll see you guys down there.”
“Alright,” Laura said. “Don’t forget, we also have that meeting with Master Shi tonight at seven.”
“Yes, I know. I did tell you guys about the meeting in the first place, after all.”
And with this, Shade exited the room, heading off to his dorm. James and Jay followed soon after, and Will and Kay exchanged a tight hug and a few whispered words before he left for his wing of the academy.
As soon as all of the boys had left the room, the first words spoken came from Ash. “Raffi... did you really fall asleep on Shade?”
“Well... not ON him... but leaned up against him, yeah...”
“And... you drooled on him?”
“Unfortunately, it looks that way, yeah,” said Raffi, her face turning a bright shade of red.
“Well, he didn’t seem TOO upset...,” Kate said. “I mean, he didn’t go crazy about it or anything...”
“I know...,” sighed Raffi, “but it still doesn’t make me feel any better...”
“Ah, well... don’t worry about it,” Laura reassured her. “It could have been much worse...”
“Oh, really? How so?”
“Uh... just trust me on this one. I kinda know from experience...”
“Yeah... you could’ve fallen asleep on his lap and then drooled...,” exclaimed Kay.
“Kay, you’re not really helping...”
“Oh... yeah, sorry, guys. I’m just really happy right now, that’s all...”
“Good for you,” sighed Raffi.
“Yes, I was wondering about that,” said Ash, referring to Kay and Will’s minor PDA in the back of the room. “I thought you said that you and Will were just friends...”
“Well... yeah, we were when you asked me,” Kay explained. “But, you see, I found him down in the lobby with some of his friends, and I think he was telling them about me...”
“So then, when we were coming back to the room, he asked me what I would say if he said that he liked me and that he’d like to ask me out. Well, I didn’t exactly hesitate when I said that I liked him too and would say yes to his proposal. So without missing a beat, he asked me– for real. And that was it.”
“Wow. Congrats, then,” said Kate.
“Thanks,” smiled Kay. “I do hope everything goes well... he IS my first boyfriend and all, and... well, I probably should be getting back to my room. We’ve got dinner in about an hour...”
“I agree with you there,” Laura said. “C’mon, Kate.”
Kate silently obeyed, making her way over to the doorway, along with Laura. Kay followed soon after, leaving Raffi and Ash alone in their room.
The moment Ash was certain that all of the other students were out of hearing range, she turned to Raffi and exclaimed, “Oh my God! You’re totally in love with Shade!”
“What?! Am not!”
“C’mon, Raffi, you know you are! I mean, you talk to him just about every chance you get! And, why else would you go back and sit with him?– and fall asleep on his shoulder, for God’s sake!”
“Ash, I talk to you just about every chance I get... and did you ever think that I was just tired?”
“It’s not the same!” Ash said bluntly.
Raffi sighed, staring at the floor. After a few moments, she said, “Is it really that obvious?”
“Oh, please... it’s so obvious, it’s almost laughable,” giggled Ash. “So... do you want me to talk to him for you...?”
“No!” cried Raffi. And, after she saw Ash’s look of alarm at her sudden outburst, she quickly followed it with, “I just... kinda want to tell him myself. And plus, he probably thinks I’m some weirdo after I drooled on him...”
“You’ll never know ‘til you ask,” Ash said, looking to Raffi with a caring smile. She then walked over to her nearby dresser, which was now full of the clothes her parents had delivered earlier in the day, and said, “I’m gonna go ahead and get ready for tonight. I’d say you probably should too...”
“Yeah... sounds good, I guess,” agreed Raffi, and she, too, prepared herself for the night’s activities, which consisted simply of dinner and their meeting with Lao Shi, followed by free time for the remainder of the night.
And this was met with great anticipation from many of the students– especially the meeting, for it would basically provide them with a glimpse into their future at the academy, as well as the predicted occurrences beyond their tenure.
Later, the eight met outside their dormitories, and made their way together to the cafeteria. Gone was the sense of wonderment and slight confusion that had been invoked in them exactly one night prior, when they had made the same trek through the eastern wing of the academy– and in its place now was an understanding of their surroundings, as well as a coherence of what was to occur later on that night.
However, along with this, there was still a small feeling of hostility and embarrassment between two of the students– this obviously being Raffi and Shade. They walked as far as possible from each other– Shade at the front of the group, as seemed customary as of late, and Raffi at the back, her gaze meeting the moving ground. She was unsure still if Shade was annoyed or upset with her over their encounter earlier on that day, but she did not want to find out– she figured that the best action would be to try and avoid Shade for the time being, at least for a little while.
The cafeteria was probably the most crowded it had been thus far. Many fellow students– a few of which the eight had not seen before– were already sitting among the spacious room’s many tables, and more were waiting in line near the front of the place.
After ordering and receiving their food, they made their way to a table that was somewhat near the one they had sat at before– because their normal table was already occupied by a couple of girls who could be considered as the more tomboyish of the other girls in the cafeteria.
They ate rather quickly– they had merely a half an hour before their meeting in the lobby. Will joined them a few minutes after they sat down, taking the empty seat that Kay had reserved for him.
As they ate, the group made tentative plans on what they would do for free time that night after the meeting. And, after mention of various possibilities, it was decided in the end that they would utilize the pool for that night. From this, a few of the students made claim to being ‘the most amazing swimmer ever,’ and offered to flaunt their skills later on. Whether or not they were speaking the truth, it could not be inferred at that point, for then Shade announced that it was time to head over to the lobby, to meet Lao Shi.
After exchanging good-byes with Will, the group walked briskly to the meeting spot– which luckily was not too far away. Upon reaching the grand staircase that stood adjacent to the lobby, they were able to see into the lobby from a distance– and saw Lao Shi already there, seated in his wheelchair at a circular table in the corner of the room, near the fireplace.
“Ah, welcome, children,” Lao Shi greeted them as they walked into the room and took seats around the nearby tables. “I trust that you all have had a relaxing few hours off today, and are ready to get down to business now?”
“That’s right,” James said.
“Very good. Now, you all may be wondering why we are meeting tonight, hm?”
The group nodded in agreement, and Lao Shi followed this with, “Well, first of all, let me begin by informing you all on Ashleigh’s status.”
“Because of her injuries sustained at our training session earlier this morning, Ashleigh will be unable to partake in our sessions in which physicality is required for a period of seven days– at which point, the medical staff at the academy will assess her and determine whether or not she is fit to rejoin the rest of you all in the field. If they deem her fit to train, then we will be able to begin full-force training.”
“Now, I would like to fill all of you in on what shall be occurring in the coming weeks of your stay at the academy,” continued Lao Shi. “In order to prepare you for the possibly vigorous and dangerous mission that lies ahead, we shall begin to test your true skills– now that I have an idea as to what I am working with. This shall continue for approximately three weeks, at which point you all will be sent out on your first mission together.”
“But... what will our mission be?” asked Kay, her voice quivering with uncertainty.
“Patience, Kay. I was just about to get to that,” said Lao Shi sternly. “Now... are you all familiar with my grandson, Jake Long– the current American Dragon?”
“Mr. Stevenson mentioned him,” Shade nodded. “Wasn’t he lost in the attacks on the Dragon Summit?”
“That he was,” replied the wise old man, his gaze dropping sadly to the table for a split second, before returning to the students, “...as were many other dragons, as I am sure you all have heard.”
“Here is something that you likely have not been informed of, however,” he continued. “The vast majority of the dragons that attended the Summit that fateful day are, obviously, deceased. A few more, like myself, were lucky enough to survive and are still on this earth today. But then,” his voice became uncharacteristically tense, “there are the other dragons– the ones whose bodies have not been found, nor have they been discovered among the living. They are the younger dragons registered within the Council, ranging from about thirteen to eighteen years of age. Many of them are the dragon representatives of their own country. My grandson, Jake, is included in this group.”
“This group was inside the main building of the Summit with their supervisor for that day, Elias Morillo– the former Colombian Dragon. When the explosion hit the Summit, the building was leveled. However, there were no remnants of any of the dragons– absolutely no signs of them ever being inside when the explosion occurred. Morillo was not found, either. Other dragons that were separate from this group but were in the building at the time were found still inside the building after the attacks, dead. But there was no sign of any of the dragon students/”
“There is currently an excavation commencing at the building site and around the Isle of Draco, in an attempt to try and find these missing dragons. Thus far, these excavations have been to no avail.”
“The depleted Dragon Council– which consists merely of Councillor Andam and Councillor Omina (after the others were killed in the attacks), hold a firm belief that these missing dragons, whom add up to about ninety dragons (equal to the amount of countries represented at the Summit), are still alive. And, after further discussion, it was mentioned that the Reich is likely behind their disappearance.”
“If this is true, then the Council also believes that the unaccounted-for dragons are being held at a disclosed location somewhere in the world– likely in a Reich stronghold of some sort, if not their main headquarters. The problem, of course, is that the Council is not sure where this facility is– or if one even exists.”
“But the Council does not have the advanced technology that myself and my associates here at the academy possess,” came a voice from behind them. They turned to see that it was Atticus Stevenson.
“Why, yes, Atticus, I was just about to get to that part...,” Lao Shi said.
“I’m sure you were, old sport,” nodded Atticus. “Perhaps, though, I should explain it to the children... after all, I am the “mastermind” of this whole covert operation.”
“Very well,” sighed Lao Shi. “You probably would be able to explain it better anyway.”
“Thank you, Lao,” Atticus grinned. He then began to speak to the students, whose eyes followed him intently, as it was likely that, whatever the words were that would come from his mouth, they would be of the utmost importance to the group.”
“Using the academy’s renowned global tracking system, we were able to find what we believe to be the location of a certain Reich stronghold, located in the upper half of the state of New York. This facility has been operated in secret for quite some time now, and we have been watching its movements closely in the past, just to make sure that it was not, in any way, endangering the well-being of the magical world. You see, it’s quite rare nowadays for such a facility to be clothed in such secrecy that only a minuscule number of citizens in the area even know of its existence. The building sits in the middle of a deep woods, and is not too large– probably about a sixteenth of the size of our academy. It appears, on the outside, much like a warehouse of sorts, and is surrounded by a tall barbed-wire fence.”
“For a good while, the aforementioned facility was shrouded in idleness– no one left, and no one entered. However, we were watching via satellite only during the day. So, we decided to step up our surveillance, and operate nightly as well. It was then that we began to witness some truly strange occurrences– such as a great wind that might blow for mere moments, opening a side door to the building for a split second, before ceasing and closing the door. This would happen on entirely windless nights, and we’ve tried to debunk this, however one of our employees, a shapeshifter that was able to navigate over the fence and to the door as a hawk, was unable to, when he reverted back to human form, open the door to see inside, for it was locked. Nevertheless, the wind would always blow the door open. And one night, during our surveillance at around midnight, the door did open, and for a few moments, a white-hooded figure poked its head out of the door, seemed to glance around, and then ducked back inside the building. This is the only known sighting of anything tangible coming in or out of the building, yet I believe that the appearance of this figure in the doorway is clear evidence that the Reich is currently occupying the building, and that this place could quite possibly be a stronghold of theirs. Thus, I am extremely confident that, if it was the Reich that is behind the disappearance of the dragons, they are being held at this location– especially considering that we have been unable to detect the Reich anywhere else in the world, and it is likely that this building is also their headquarters.”
“So, let me guess,” Raffi said. “You want the eight of us to go on a rescue mission to this place, try and find the missing dragons, and get back here safely.”
“Precisely that, Raffi,” nodded Atticus. “In three weeks’ time, the eight of you shall venture out to this facility, and will attempt to find a way in. Once you have done this, you will utilize skills that will be learned in the next few weeks to not only evade the enemy, but also to stealthily search the grounds and gain valuable knowledge of the building’s layout, all the while attempting to discover the whereabouts of the dragons held captive, should they truly be there.”
“I’m kinda skeptical, though...,” James said with a narrowed stare. “Given what we know thus far about the Reich, what they’re capable of and destruction they’ve caused... don’t you think they would be using a larger facility for their headquarters? You mentioned that the building wasn’t too large... it just doesn’t seem believable...”
“Ah yes, very good argument there, James,” said Atticus. “You see, though, there is no real proof saying that the boundaries of the facility stretch only above ground. I am quite certain that there is an underground section of the headquarters– simply because, going along with what you mentioned, it’s actually quite common for more “advanced” facilities to have an underground area... this academy itself even has one, although the contents of which are top secret to all except academy personnel.”
“That’s true...,” James said in comprehension. “How would we get there, though?”
“We have arrangements made for your travel to New York; you need not worry about that,” responded Atticus. “Now... are there any further questions?”
There came no response from the eight students. It was likely that the combination of Lao Shi and Atticus had explained just about everything about their mission that needed to be covered. It seemed easy enough to remember– remain at the academy, training for three weeks, and then set off to New York on their rescue mission. What else could there be?
“All right, if there are no more questions, then I suppose that you all are dismissed,” nodded Atticus. He then turned to Lao Shi, “Is there anything I’m missing?”
“No... I’m quite certain that you touched upon everything,” Lao Shi replied. “Will we be requiring the students for any more activities tonight?”
“I don’t believe so,” said Atticus thoughtfully. “I think that free time for the remainder of the night shall do nicely. Now, if you’ll excuse me, Lao, I have some important business to attend to with my associates. It involves... well, the means by which we shall be sending the students to New York.”
“Ah... perhaps I should accompany you, then?”
“Sorry... some of my associates do not take too kindly to strangers... and this meeting could become a bit... heated. I’ll inform you of the tenets of the operation as soon as I find out more. Good night,” he bowed to Lao Shi and left hastily from the lobby.
After a few moments, Lao Shi left as well, murmuring a farewell to the seated students.
“So... what now?” Kate asked.
“Well, it sounds like tonight will probably be our last free night for a while,” Shade observed. “How about we make something of it?”
“Like what...?” asked Ash.
“Well... we haven’t tried the pool yet...”
This was apparently appealing to the other teens, as they nodded enthusiastically in agreement. “I’m gonna stop by the restroom first, though,” said Kate. I’ll meet you guys up in the dorms.”
“Yeah... come to think of it, I’ll do the same,” Jay said, and the two of them departed from the group in the opposite direction.
And so, the remaining students left together for their dorm rooms, which would be followed by a trip to the pool. They departed with the same sense of anticipation that they had felt upon their arrival– as now, they truly did know how their lives would play out over the next few weeks.
Their lives would involve a few hardships and some fortuitous happenings. Perhaps some previously furtive thoughts would no longer go unmentioned, or at least be implied. It could not be known at that very moment, as the students stepped up the grandiloquent staircase in the front of the academy. But they did know one thing– when the time came for them to oppose the machinations of the Reich, they would be ready.
Post by ADJLFanatic on Mar 31, 2007 0:37:23 GMT -5
XD Shut up Ash. *slaps* Fup. Hah, but YOU LIED TO ME, KEVIN. You said Raffi was just going to fall asleep. Nothing more, nothing less. BUT NOOOO. You are SO dead for that drooling problem that you think I have! I SO DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM. Ask my friends who I've gone to sleepovers with. XD No really, go ahead, they'll tell you it's not factual in the least. But, despite that weirdness that I will attack you with when you return from your spring break cruise, I liked the little falling asleep and leaning on the shoulder montage part. Stuff. HAH. That was cute. Well. Yeah. AND I SO KNEW THAT KAY AND WILL WOULD GET TOGETHER. Hah. And good thing you actually didn't go any further through the chapter... cause... well... you know. XD BUT WOW. I can go on forever. I liked everything about this one! (And I'm trying to leave long reviews even if they are not productive ONE BIT hah!) And I so love The Notebook, Kevin! I would totally cry and be into the movie. Instead of falling asleep, I think I would actually do something a bit less drastic than sleeping through one of my favorite movies. HAHAHA. But yeah. All the boys that my friends and I force to watch the movie with us are like NOOO DON'T MAKE ME DO THIS I'LL PAY YOU FIFTY BUCKS. But then they're all PSYCHE and go upstairs to play video games. Dorky boys. XD
But yeah. I think I'm turning into this review into a... ramble... BUT YEAH. By the way, see Blades of Glory! That movie is so awesome and side-splitting funny. And filled with such crud humor too! I RECOMMEND IT. BUT UPDATE SOON KEVIN. This chapter was so worth the wait, even though!
Awwww.... Such a cute episode. XD Now I wish Raffi lived over here. EBIL. XD I like the slobery, very tricky funny. XD I liekd it a lot, and the romance quickly leads to the uprising of action, so YAY. XD And TOO many people used tenant today. on the test, three times on TV, once in real life, and once in this. Nice job for scaring me. XD So update soon, little crazy monkey! I really get hyped when you update this. Get back from your cruise, YA HEAR ME!? GET BACCKCKKKKK!!!!!!!
Time passed quickly at the Stevenson Academy over the next three weeks. The chosen students’ true training began– and proved to be quite rigorous. At first, there were merely seven, as Ash was unable to train for the first week with her injury. But once they all were finally united, everything became slightly easier. They were able to work and function as a team, just as Lao Shi had stressed at their first meeting.
It was actually quite interesting to see how the individuals in the group progressed. The six that had already known about their powers prior to coming to the academy– Shade, Raffi, Ash, Laura, Kay, and James– seemed to improve their combat skills immensely, and were definitely fit to engage in battle with what could be considered the “above-average” villains in the world. Before, a few of them could barely breathe a strong flame (or other elements in certain cases) or engage in even the slightest form of physical combat. And then there was the two extreme novices of the group– Jay and Kate. They had not even known of their possession of dragon powers prior to arriving at the academy, and now they had become just as skilled as the other six were– which was a good thing, as it would’ve been inconvenient if they had been less skillful, and thus were unable to match the output of the other six and would be considered as “in the way.”
Seemingly the most satisfied with the rescue cavalry’s progress and stature was Atticus Stevenson and Lao Shi. Lao had, at first, been a bit unconvinced with training the students. He had believed that three weeks would not provide the adequate training that the students would require for their mission and that, at the beginning, they were not making the best progress. Atticus was one to counter this, however. “It’s nothing more than a rescue mission, Lao,” he would say. “We do not need the students to possess the most sublime combative skills they world has ever witnessed. We shall leave that to the more experienced dragons and magical creatures...”
“If there is one thing I have learned in my opposition of malignant forces,” replied Lao Shi calmly, “it is to never underestimate anything. Suppose the Reich should send out their top forces to counter the rescue effort. The children would be sitting ducks with no means of defending themselves!”
And so, Lao Shi decided to provide the eight with enough training to help make them as formidable as possible. This took place twice a day, for approximately four hours each session. There were certain days wherein there would be special sessions held by Atticus and his associates, the black-suited men and women whom had brought the students to the academy initially. There were many, although the kids only knew the names of a few– there was, of course, Warburton– the large, muscular African-American man who had visited Jay and Kate. Others included LaGuardia, the red-haired woman that had appeared in Kate’s room, and then Kennel, Smith, and Green, whom had picked up Raffi, Shade, Ash, and James. A more mysterious associate was Falco, whom had been the shadowy figure Kay had seen in Philadelphia and had teleported her to the academy. He had been seen only once at the academy– and only briefly, giving him a rather seclusive persona. There were other lesser associates as well. The students had merely seen these sometimes imposing figures in the hallway of the academy– always looking as if they were in a hurry.
These special sessions, supervised and taught by Atticus himself, his associates, or a combination of the two, frequently detailed more of their mission. There were other times as well where Atticus would hold a small “Q+A” about the Reich, as well as provide a glimpse into what they knew about the Reich up to that point.
One night was particularly interesting, as much information about the Reich was revealed. It was a Friday afternoon, during the second week of training. Atticus had rounded up the exhausted students (Lao Shi had made them fly around the academy fifty times for conditioning that morning) and herded them to the now-familiar lobby, where six or seven of Atticus’s associates were already waiting.
“So we’ll open up the floor now,” said Atticus cheerfully. “Is there anything about the Reich that you all would like to know?”
“Alright, this has been bothering me for a while now,” James stood up and addressed Atticus. “We know that the Reich is opposing any and all magical creatures. But after hearing about some of the attacks the Reich has made, it sounds to me like they’re using magic themselves! Isn’t that kind of hypocritical?”
“Excellent question, James!” exclaimed Atticus, his eyes lighting up as if he had been waiting for someone to ask that question for ages. “You’re right; it does seem hypocritical. Here’s the catch, though– we believe that the Reich is only setting out to abolish those of pure magical blood... those who were born with their abilities, even if said abilities are not obvious at first. The Reich does appear to be using some sort of magic, but only for certain purposes, and furthermore, the Reich seems to be taking this power from some source unbeknownst to us. None of the Reich is of pure magical blood, that can be inferred. They are simply using this source of magical power to destroy all magical creatures– and once their task is complete, their need of this power will be no more, and thus they will likely destroy their source as well. In my opinion, the Reich can be compared to the Huntsclan– they both possess extreme oppositions to the magical community but in some cases are relying on certain magical forces or objects in order to carry out their bidding.”
“Wow... so if we were to find this source of power and destroy it,” spoke Kay, “would we be able to take out the Reich altogether?”
“Presumably, yes,” Atticus answered. “While not all of the Reich’s plan seems to be based on magic, it is likely that the Reich would be dealt a critical blow, and thus would be quite vulnerable to attacks. But I would not worry about that right now– your job is to find and rescue the captive dragons, not to single-handedly attempt to take out the Reich completely...”
“Oh... I didn’t mean us... just like... people in general, you know?” answered Kay, although it was clear that she had mentioned it with the sole intent of finding the sources– she believed that their group could do it... as did the rest of the group, although they decided to stay quiet.
“I have a question,” Shade said after a few moments of silence. “Do we have any idea as to the identities of the members of the Reich? Or if there’s a leader?”
Atticus nodded. “We do have a few leads. Kenneth Harrelson, a shape shifter who was in prison for life for murder but escaped about three years ago is said to have a part. There is also Marcus Feisley, a wizard and former member of the WOPW. He slowly went insane and became a rogue a few years back. But perhaps the most intriguing of our leads is that of Adam Sharp.”
“Adam Sharp is a former leader of the WOPW,” continued Atticus. “He had acquired a reputation of being, at times, reckless in his decisions, as well as extremely persuasive– some say that this was because he used mind-control spells on other organization members in order to get them to support his policies. Whatever the case, he was acquitted of his duties at the age of forty, merely two years after coming to power. That was twenty years ago... so by now, Sharp would look older and would be a bit hard to recognize– which would not be good for the purpose of randomly spotting him somewhere in the world. But we do know this– after his firing as the WOPW’s leader, he went underground, vowing to soon have his revenge on those who had “wronged” him– no matter how long it took. And now, it appears that he has finally resurfaced– as the leader of the Reich.”
“Okay, now I’m lost,” Ash sighed. “All those guys you just mentioned are wizards and shape shifters. But didn’t you say that the Reich was not of magical blood?”
“Pure magical blood, Ashleigh. See, here is what many do not know– Adam Sharp was not born with his abilities, nor was Kenneth Harrelson and Marcus Feisley. Harrelson and Sharp both claimed to have developed their powers through freak accidents– you know, the usual suspects like radiation or toxic chemicals. Feisley, however, maintains a different story of his power’s origin– a mystical fountain that he discovered while vacationing in Europe. At first, he believed to have found a certain Fountain of Youth– although, instead, it granted to him magical powers,” explained Atticus. “Now, talk of this fountain reiterates something I mentioned before. What would that be?”
“Well, you said that the Reich probably got their power from some sort of source...,” answered James. “So whatever it is that Feisley found is probably the same thing.”
“Precisely,” nodded Atticus. “And so, here’s my thought– find this fountain, and you basically defeat the Reich! But in order to do this, we need a strong assault force– and if the eight of you are able to free the captive dragons, we may be able to carry out this plan!”
And thus, after that night, the eight students were a bit more informed on the situation– which was a good thing, especially considering that, sans this knowledge, their mission could end in disaster.
An interesting aspect of the next three weeks was the relations among the students of the academy. There was still only one actual relationship that had been initiated at the academy– Kay and Will, who seemed to be getting closer and closer to each other with every day– to such an extent that, as time progressed, there seemed to be a direct correlation with the amount of time Kay would stay out each night. There still were, however, other good relations between the students. For instance, Jay and Kate had begun to bond a bit– what with their being novices with their dragon powers; both could relate easily with one another. Of course, there wasn’t any chance of a relationship between the two at that point, as Jay and Laura were still dating– and it could be inferred that both of them were fine with a good friendship anyway.
But not all of the students communicated well with each other. In fact, there were two that seemed to avoid one another– and surprisingly enough, this happened to be Shade and Raffi. It seemed ludicrous to even consider their evasion of each other– after all, hadn’t there been something forming between them in the initial days at the academy? It had been evident that Raffi had liked him– but what had happened since? Now they avoided each other as much as they could, rarely speaking to one another.
Nevertheless, with these new relations forming and some dying, the group forged on, growing extremely tight with one another by the end of the three weeks. And thus it came to Saturday night, three weeks to the night on which the students had first been briefed on their mission. It was the eve of their departure to the Reich base in New York, and once again Atticus had called for a special meeting. He claimed, however, that the meeting would be short and to the point– after all, the students did need good rest for their mission.
It was seven o’clock that night and the eight teens, upon returning from dinner, had stepped inside their rooms for hoodies, sweat pants, and other warm clothes. The meeting was to be held outside, after all, and it being about fifty degrees outside, it was not exactly shorts-and-shirt weather. They then congregated outside their dorms, waiting patiently for Jay, who had somehow forgotten shoes (it was not required of students to wear shoes around their dorms, although it was encouraged when in the presence of a teacher) and was still inside his room.
“Eh... you guys go on ahead,” said Laura decisively. “I’ll wait for him... I have something that I wanted to ask him anyway.”
They left, and about three minutes after this, out came Jay with two different shoes on. “I couldn’t find my other one... I’m guessing that Shade hid it in the shower again, since he’s done that numerous times lately, but frankly, I’m too lazy to check right now.”
Laura laughed softly. “Well, it sounds like you’ve been having fun here, then,” she said as the two of them began on their way towards the meeting spot, attempting to catch up with the rest of their group as they did so.
“Yeah! Finding out that I am a dragon has probably been the best thing that has ever happened to me!” replied Jay cheerfully, and put his left arm around Laura as they walked down the hall.
“That’s good... I did have a question about that, though...,” Laura said thoughtfully.
“A question about what?”
“Well, you know– you being a dragon. How did you not ever know about it before coming here? I mean, surely your parents or grandparents would’ve told you...”
Jay paused. “See... that’s the thing, Laura. They couldn’t have told me... because no one else in my family is a dragon.”
“Wait... then how–?”
“Eh... life’s full of rarities, Laura. Do you remember our lesson from LaGuardia last Thursday about the cases in which a person who was not born a dragon can become one?”
“I remember going. I think I fell asleep, though. That was the day after everyone stayed up really late and played Monopoly, wasn’t it?”
“Sure you did. But yeah... I definitely fell asleep during that lesson.”
“Okay,” said Jay. “Basically, we learned that in extremely rare cases, a non-magical being can become a magical being.”
“Well... falling in a vat of toxic waste, for one...”
“Oh! So you fell in a vat of toxic waste?!” exclaimed Laura.
“Um... no, not exactly. There’s a lot of other prerequisites... and I think I know what it was. Do you remember the night of the meteor shower at the community picnic?”
“How could I forget?” said Laura dreamily. “It was the first night we kissed...”
“Yes, it was. And, although neither of us knew it at the time, a kiss between a non-magical and magical being during a meteor shower can grant that non-magical person the same magical powers as that of the one he/she kissed... and that’s how I think got my powers.”
“Wow...,” said Laura with awe, “so... I’m the one responsible for you being a dragon?”
Jay nodded, a sanguine smile painted on his face. Both were laconic until they finally reached their peers outside, but judging by their affable grins, they needn’t say anything.
Their meeting place was one that the group had met at only once prior to that night. It was in the back of the academy, on a patio near where the students had congregated and played a game of tag the second night. Tonight, it was merely Lao Shi and Atticus that met them– none of Atticus’s associates.
Everyone sat down in the chairs and benches that dotted the patio, facing so that they were looking at their teachers; it was the respectful thing to do.
Atticus spoke first. “Good evening, students. Welcome to what may be your last night here at the academy– the eve of your departure for New York. We shall not keep you long tonight, as we find it necessary for the eight of you to be well-rested before tomorrow. So thus, tonight shall act as a final briefing on your mission. Is everyone present? Yes? Good then.”
And so Atticus began to speak, his eyes squinted, for the imminent sunset had lowered directly into his viewpoint, thus creating adverse sight conditions for the old man. Still he was able to maintain eye contact with the group– he always did seem to.
“You shall depart for New York at approximately nine tomorrow morning. Please be sure to lock your dormitories at about eight, before you head down to breakfast. There is no need to gather your belongings in your rooms; you shall retrieve them when you return from your mission. Meet by the front door of the academy at quarter til nine, where Lao Shi and I shall be waiting.”
“This is what will occur from there. You all shall transform into your dragon forms, and then you will gather at the front lawn. Waiting there will be a few of my associates, and what will appear to be a large glass bubble. This ‘bubble’ is actually a high-tech transportation device– and is the means by which you will be getting to New York. You see, it was developed by a few of our top scientists at the academy. It has the distinction of being able to become both invisible and intangible, so it cannot be seen nor be attacked when these powers are activated. You will enter the bubble, and then you shall depart for New York. Your route has already been programmed into the bubble’s computers, so you need not worry about anything during your travel.”
“The bubble will take flight, traveling at around 400 feet above the ground. This should keep it out of contact with most other objects, although its intangibility will keep it out of contact with anything in its way. Once you arrive in the vicinity of the base, you will touch down in the forest outside the base. From there, you will find a way inside the base, and your mission will commence. Unfortunately, due to concerns with the Reich interrupting our transmission signals, you all will be on your own from there; we will be unable to assist you.”
This came as a bit of a shock to the group. They had figured that Atticus, Lao Shi, or someone else at the academy would assist them while inside the base. But it did make sense– they could not afford to be caught inside, nor could they always rely on their teachers. This was their time to shine– and they needed to go at it alone.
“After you free the captives, proceed outside and back to your transportation as quickly as possible. You will need not transport the captives, as they will likely retreat to downtown New York, where there is a portal to the Isle of Draco. From there, you will return to the academy, where you shall be congratulated on a job well done and given a reception of some sort, I’d imagine. And from there, who knows? Perhaps you shall stay at the academy further. Perhaps you all will head home, back to a normal life. We cannot know that now, but I can tell you this– in order for any of that to occur, you will need to rest a great deal tonight. So, unless if Lao has anything to add, I suppose you are all dismissed.”
“I do have a few things I wish to say,” said Lao Shi, “but in the interest of time, I’ll save my talk for tomorrow morning.”
“In that case, I bid you all good night,” Atticus said with a yawn. He bowed to the students, and then to Lao Shi, motioning for the old man to follow him soon after. They departed through the closest doors, and the students could see Atticus speaking feverishly with Lao Shi through one of the windows as they walked off in the direction of the east wing.
For a few moments, the eight kids remained static, no one making any attempts to move, nor to begin conversation– that is, until Ash spoke, “Am I the only one that is totally freezing out here?! Can we please go inside now?”
“Yeah, I’m agreein’ with Ash here,” added Kay. “And even though we did, like, nothing today, I am kinda tired... we should just go relax for a while.”
Everyone agreed on this, and together they ventured indoors, embarking on a trek through the academy, which would eventually end with their arrival at their dormitories, thus ending their night and possibly their tenure at the academy for the remainder of their lives.
They paused at an atrium-esque clearing along the way, a few yards from the cafeteria. James slumped down in one of the many padded couches that were lined about the clearing. “Yeah... I vote we crash here for a while. I don’t really feel like going back to the dorms just yet...”
This must’ve sounded appealing to the rest of them, as they took seats around where James had set up camp. “Wow... I really can’t believe this!” exclaimed Kate. “We’re finally gonna get a chance to fight against the Reich tomorrow!”
“It’s just a rescue mission, guys,” Shade said. “We won’t need to do much fighting– if any.”
“Aw, c’mon, Shade,” Laura replied, “you can’t tell me that we’re not gonna have to fight! What, do you think that the Reich is just gonna sit back and let us free the captives?!”
“Well... that’s what I’m hoping for, yeah.”
“Something tells me that it isn’t gonna be that easy,” said Laura. “Quite frankly, we’re gonna have to fight them– I don’t see any alternatives. But I DO know that we’re ready for just about anything they’ll throw at us.”
“Yeah...,” Raffi chimed in. “I’ve seen all of us progress so well as a team and as individuals the past three weeks. We’ve become so tight-knit that I think that we could probably accomplish just about anything! Plus, it’s our job... we can’t screw this up!”
“Exactly! And you know what would help us the most?” asked James.
“...James, didn’t you just say that you wanted to stay down here for a while before going back up to our dorms?” asked Kay.
“I did say that. But you know what effect these couches have on me... I’ll probably fall asleep if I sit here anymore! And judging by the looks of you guys, I think you’ll do the same.”
“You know, he does have a point...,” Jay added. “Remind me when we get back from our mission to come down here. Maybe I can get Atticus to sell me one...”
Everyone laughed lightly, standing up from the sleep-inducing couches. They were about to leave, but before they could, they were stopped by a voice from behind them.
“Shouldn’t you children be in bed right now?”
It was Falco, the associate of Atticus who had become quite elusive and mysterious since he first made his presence known to the students. His long, messy, brown hair hung low over his eyes, which were still covered by a pair of black sunglasses– even though it was nighttime and he was inside. He stood there, his arms crossed, waiting for an answer.
“Um... sorry, Mr. Falco... we were just heading in that direction,” Shade said.
Falco nodded. “As long as you’re heading that way, it is good.” He paused for a moment, before speaking again. “Listen to me, children, I want you to be extremely careful on your mission. Do NOT let your guards down. There are things about the Reich that you do not know... things you do not WANT to know about. You cannot underestimate them, even if your mission is simply a rescue mission. Remember that. Good luck, our saviors.” And with these words, he bowed slightly to them and left hastily, as if he had somewhere he desperately needed to be.
“Well... you heard the creepy man! Let’s go!” Ash exclaimed. Everyone murmured in agreement, and seven of them began on their way back to the dorms.
Shade was the one to notice that one of their group was missing. Turning back to where they had been sitting previously, he spotted none other than Raffi, staring absentmindedly out a nearby window.
“Hey Raffi... are you coming?” Shade asked.
“Oh! Um... yeah, I am. I was just... thinking about some stuff.”
“Right... is it about tomorrow?” he inferred, walking up so that he stood directly beside Raffi– to provide reassurance, should need be.
“Actually... no, I’m pretty fine with tomorrow,” Raffi said. “It’s... well...”
“What? You can tell me...”
Time stopped in Shade’s head. His mind seemed to be a mess of thoughts and hopes. Did she just say... me? He thought. “Me?”
“Yeah... you,” Raffi said sheepishly. “Maybe I hadn’t made it obvious the first few days we were here, but... I totally like you. I kept trying to tell you, but it seemed like every time I tried, I either chickened out or something interrupted me.”
Shade said nothing. Raffi continued.
“And then there was that whole episode when we were watching The Notebook... the drooling thing. I was so embarrassed after that happened... I didn’t want to talk to you because I thought that you felt I was a total loser because of that. I had never acted like this around anyone before... mainly because I’ve never felt this way about anyone. From the time we got sent here to the academy to when you rescued me during training... I knew that, to be truthful, I loved you. And I didn’t know if you felt the same way, so I never said anything... until now.”
She sighed. “I’m sorry, Shade. I shouldn’t have said anything... I guess I was just acting on impulse, and... yeah, I guess that’s about it.”
It was the first time Shade had spoken since Raffi had spilled her feelings for him. It was odd, his tone– a mix of confusion, of shock– but also a hint of relief.
“...forgive me, Raffi.”
“For not being a man and saying anything sooner. For keeping you in doubt and anticipation for all this time. For not saying how I felt about you, as well...”
“And what’s that...?” Raffi asked, her eyes wide with hopefulness as her gaze met Shade’s.
“Lean in closer, and I’ll tell you.”
Raffi did so, slowly. Shade drew in a breath, as if he was about to say something further. But apparently, he decided against it. He leaned in slowly, until his lips met Raffi’s. And they kissed– a bit reluctantly, as if neither had ever experienced anything like it before. But even with the novice aura, it nevertheless still looked and felt...right. It felt as if, perhaps, this was the way it was supposed to be all along.
Maybe it was.
It is amazing to see how, in times of dire need, sometimes the least likely suspects can become those who will one day right all the wrongs and set everything straight. This instance was no different. A new group of young adults, some novices in the mentioned field, were to be the saviors of many. Even if their mission was simply to free a few captives, it was apparent that, when Lao Shi trained them, he knew that this was not to be their only mission.
But what of this surrogate cavalry? Would it be successful? Or would they perish, not once being able to live out the best years of their lives, nor being able to carry out the one mission that they had been given?
Post by ADJLFanatic on May 8, 2007 22:23:16 GMT -5
DAAAAWWWWWWWWW!!! D: I loved that part with Shade and Raffi. *cough* Obviously. XD But anyway, WOWZAH long chapter. Looks like we know more about the Reich now. Which is a good, cause I was still a bit confuzzle on certain parts. But either way, it was something that I'll totally remember now. With the stuff... and the... parts... yeah. Good times. HAH you added humor. I was laughing so hard with the Shade hiding the shoe thing and the Jay not walking with shoes around the academy and the Monopoly game that Jay totally owned. And the fact that we found out how Jay got his powers... from a KISS. HAHAHA. Wait, that's not funny. It's actually somehow... poignant and... and... unexpected... and... romantic??? XD BUT WOW KEVIN. You so smartyyy. Coming up with all these surprises and plans and long written paragraphs and lots of stuff I could talk about for three days and still be not done mentioning about and and and and and. OMGSH I LOVE YOUUU. XDD And don't correct me if you think I'm wrong, but I think YOUUU are the bestest writer in the forum. Besides a few others I love as wells and would call the befferestestest toooo. ;u; Cause wow, you might take centuries to update and leave me hanging on the edge of a cliff without possibly knowing how things turn out for a month, but you still make it AAAAALLLLL worthwhileeee. Ahhhhh... *dreaming* I MEAN. XD Yeeaaah... wowww, I just love that chapter. Will is gonna miss Kay when she go byebye. At least, I think so. HAHAHHA. They better meet again. ONCE AGAIN. GGGGROARRRR. XD Um yeah, I'm sorry if I ramble. UPDATE SOON, KEVIN. I LOVED THIS FIRST PART SO MUCH THAT I THINK I'M GONNA READ IT AAAAAALLL OVER AGAINNN. You're the best! =]]] But I still don't drool. XD
WOW. Very gewd chapter. The filler (kinda) to lead to the action of going off into NYC! Going in a bubble would be fun, I assume. XD And the ShadexRaffi kisssy was like making me go, ABLAHHHH. I wish I could do that... *imaginary kiss with Raffi* XDD See, it no work well. Ah well. It was amazing, and I wish I could use more words to describe it, but I can't cause I have... COMMENTER'S BLOCK! But I digress. I WILL DESTROY YOU!!!!1!!1!!!!on!!11!! If you don't work and update it soon. :fup:
Odd reading a chapter that's split about 2 months apart (though, I shouldn't be talking about delays in updates, lol).
Good effort with trying to make the Reich seem more distinct from the Huntsclan. Really, it seems hard to make an evil human force for a fan-fiction for AmDrag without making it seem too much like the Huntsclan (or, well, Rotwood I guess, but he's not really evil), but I can't wait to see how the plot pans out with them.
And, to be honest, the whole awkward-love subplot with Shade and Raffi... It's not really doing it for me. I guess you can't really consider me a romantic (especially when it concerns younger people), but I'm not really going for a love-story that's somehow formed through drooling... Or something.
All in all, a solid chapter. Can't wait for the next part.
ICHTHYANDER: ADJL scored 635K likes on Disney plus in India, which is more likes than Kim Possible, because Kim Possible has 250K likes! Note that Disney plus has recently appeared in India, namely, on April 3!
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