Fire.

Ruseth drew a breath, and let it out. The tree in front of her started to burn. She drew another breath, and let it out again. The tree in front of her started to burn fiercer. Satisfied, she turned around, and faced… her angry mother. ‘Ruseth!’ She yelled. How many times do I have to tell you to stop burning things in the house? If you want to practice your aim, you have your rock over there!’

She cringed. But just spitting fire at a rock that won’t burn whatever you do wasn’t fun. She wanted to see something burn. Something that would give her heat and energy. She could burn the paper waste, but for some reason, she was attracted to burning the trees on her lawn. She knew it was a bad thing to do, especially since trees took forever to grow. ‘Sorry.’ She said. ‘I’ll try not to make it happen again.’

‘You said that last time!’ Her mom yelled. ‘Just stop! You’re old enough to know that it’s a bad thing!’

‘Sorry…’ She said, quietly, looking at the ground. Now she was regretting her acts. Maybe she should’ve just practiced her aim on that rock instead, however it was boring to do. Fuming, her mother stormed back into the house. Ruseth just stood there, looking at the ground and regretting her acts. Then her father came out. ‘Have you burnt another tree again?’ He asked, flatly. Ruseth cringed inside even more. She’d disappointed her father as well. Great. ‘Good job, Ruseth.’ She told herself. ‘You know that’s a bad thing, Ruseth.’ Her dad said, in a bit less flat tone. ‘Don’t do it again, ok?’

‘Yes…’ Ruseth said quietly, still looking at the ground.

‘Ok. Now go apologize to your mother. That tree you’ve burnt was one of your mom’s favorites.’ Dad said softly, but in a way that meant that he won’t accept no. ‘Yes, father…’ Ruseth said, and hanging her head, went inside the house and looked for her mother. She was sitting on the sofa, still fuming. Carefully, Ruseth approached her mother, and sat down in front of her. ‘I’m sorry, mother.’ She said, looking at the ground. Her mother huffed, and looked at her. ‘Don’t do that ok? I’ll pass yet again, as you’re still on the stage of growing up, but if you do that again, it won’t be easy like today, got it?’

‘Yes, mother…’ She said, and turned around, went into the lawn again. Her fire bladder was still wanting to spew out more fire, and this time, she wasn’t going to just spew out fire at the trees. She didn’t want to disappoint her parents a second time today. When she got out, she saw her father burning off the remainder of the tree to plant a new one in the place.

‘Apologized to your mother?’ Asked her father, turning around and looking at her.

‘Yes.’ Ruseth said, still looking at the ground.

‘Good. Cheer up, daughter. Your mother won’t be mad for long. We can’t be for long at you. We understand. You’re growing up and you want to spew fire every few minutes. Although we can’t understand why you are so attached to burning trees. Come over here and help me burn the rest of the tree? I’m sure your fire bladder is wanting to spew out fire, and this time you have my permission.’

At that, Ruseth instantly cheered up and bounded towards her father. Together, they burnt up the rest of the tree, and planted a new one in the place. Then her father turned towards her. ‘Come. I’ll show you something fun.’

Kind of confused and excited for what waited, Ruseth followed her father into the sky. Her father headed for the local shooting range. ‘Pass for two, please.’ he said into the ticket booth. He got the pass, and went into the shooting range. Ruseth followed him into the range, and saw dragons shooting a variety of guns. She jumped at the sound of exploding gunpowder and shrank away from them. Jay laughed at the sight of her daughter trying to get away from the sounds of exploding gunpowder and waved her over to a corner. ‘Here. Step on this.’ He said when Ruseth hurried over, pulling over a chair for her. Ruseth stepped on the chair unsurely, and her father stood beside her. ‘Now, fire at that board.’ Jay said to his daughter. Confused, Ruseth looked at her father. ‘What? Fire.’ he said, again to his daughter. After a moment, he got that his daughter was confused, so he decided to take action and show her an example. He shot a fireball at the shooting board. The fire marked where it was hit on the board. Then Jay looked at his daughter. ‘See?’ He said. ‘Just like that.’ Understanding what to do, Ruseth shot a fireball at the shooting board. She got it near dead center. Jay, shocked, looked at her, then at the shooting board, then at her again. Confused, Ruseth looked at her father. ‘Had I done something wrong?’ She asked. Jay just shook his head. Then he spoke. ‘No…Not at all… It’s just that your aim’s much better than what I expected it to be. Come on. Keep going. Shoot another one. Maybe you’ll get it in the center next time?’

So Ruseth kept shooting fireballs at the shooting board. Multiple times, she hit the center of the shooting board. Jay looked at her with wide eyes. Never have he seen any dragon hit the center of the board as many times as he did now! The sound of gunshots stopped as well. Everyone in the range was looking at Ruseth shooting at the board with surprised expressions. Not hearing any gunshot sounds, the manager came in and saw Ruseth shooting fireballs as well. When Ruseth finally stopped, there was a smoking hole in the middle of the metal board. Then Ruseth turned to her father and saw that everyone was looking at her. ‘Why? Have I done something wrong? Was I not supposed to shoot at the middle?’ she said, confused.

‘No, no. You didn’t do anything wrong, dear. It’s just that your shooting… that’s quite something. Are you always that accurate?’ Jay asked his daughter.

‘I don’t know… I always shot at the rocks and they seemed to get hit well, but I don’t know.’

‘Want to try again?’

‘Yes!’ Ruseth replied excitedly.

‘Can we have another board, please?’ Jay asked the manager. The manager nodded, and went to the counter to get another board. Other dragons returned to their booths but not until they each congratulated Ruseth on how good her aim was. Then just before the manager changed the metal shooting board, one of the other dragons called her. ‘Hey. Wanna shoot a gun? See how much you’re good at it?’

Jay thinking that his daughter might be nervous, was about to ask his daughter about it when Ruseth just bounded towards the said dragon. Smiling, Jay followed his daughter, thanked the dragon, and asked him to teach Ruseth how to use a gun. After a few experimental shots and a few surprised squeals from the recoil of the gun, Ruseth got the hang of shooting and shot in a semi-rapid pace. Almost all of the bullets hit the center of the board, which shocked other dragons again. Jay thanked the dragon who let Ruseth shoot his gun, and led Ruseth back to their booth. ‘See?’ He said. You can shoot your fire here all you want, and no one’s going to say anything to you. This place here’s for shooting. Whether you shoot your fire, a gun, or something else, it’s your choice. Next time you want to burn something, let’s come here, ok?’

Ruseth thought. She had fun today. Actually, it felt even better than setting fire on trees. She was more than happy to come here again. ‘Yes!’ she said, enthusiastically.

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‘I’m here!’ Ruseth yelled into her parents’ house. The world class shooting tornermant was finished, and she took first place easily. Now she could easily shoot dead in the center, and she was an unmatchable opponent to anyone else. She was the nation’s player in any kind of shooting tornermant. And she was proud of it. So were her parents. Her mom ran out and hugged Ruseth, and moments later, Jay joined in the hug as well. When the hug was finished, Ruseth nuzzled both of her parents. They nuzzled her back.

‘So, how did it go? Although we already watched it on TV.’

‘As you’ve seen, quite well. How did I do?’

‘Very well. We’re proud of you.’

Ruseth smiled, and went to the door when it ringed. She had something to show her parents.

‘Mom, Dad, I want you to meet my daughter, Yuri. I adopted her a week ago, just before I went on the tour. Yuri, say hi to your grandparents.’

Her parents both smiled and greeted Yuri. Yuri was shy at first, but was soon playing with both dragons. Ruseth, smiling, watched the scene, and took a picture. It was going to be her phone’s background. The dragons she loved the most in the world.

Memories: Ch18 -End

A few months later, summer break started and ended, and it was time for the second semester. Aster and I each got our own schedules. I looked at mine. I had korean for first class. I groaned. Seems like I was going to sleep it away again.

‘Yours?’ I asked Aster. ‘What’ya got for first class? I got Korean.’

‘Me as well. Hey, give me yours. Maybe we’ve got the same schedule?’

I gave her my schedule. After comparing the two, Aster announced that we’ve got the same schedule. I brightened up a bit, and with Aster, headed towards the Korean class.

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It was now History class. Aster and I sat next to each other, as usual, and I wrote. A little while after, class was done, and I headed for lunch with aster. We didn’t have that old competition for lunch anymore, so we flew there side by side together, slowly. But not too slowly as to not being able to eat. I grabbed some cereal with milk, as I didn’t feel like eating anything much, while Aster got some fruits for the both of us. We settled down under the usual tree, and started to eat. Aster also started on her fruits as well while I ate the bowl of cereal. Soon, I finished the cereal, and grabbed an apple from the bowl Aster held out for me. I bit into it. It was as always, delicious.

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School was finished for the day. Like a habit, Aster and I headed towards the abandoned factory. We sparred there almost everyday for fun. We checked if anyone was looking or following, and entered the factory. Once we were inside the building, we stood away from each other, and summoned our powers. I summoned water while Aster called for fire. Then suddenly, Aster threw a fireball at me. I let the waterwall take the hit, and responded by throwing water towards her. And so, the sparring started.

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After a few hours or so, we stopped sparring and panted for breath.

‘Man! I never sparred like this before!’ Aster exclaimed, still panting.

‘But it’s fun, right? We got to use our powers all we want, and in a good way as well.’ I replied.

‘Yeah.’

We sat in silence till I caught up to my breath, then walked out of the factory and to our home. Yes, our home. We lived together now. My parents were kind enough to get us a trailer in our lawn under the term of no silly business. Once we were home, I told my parents I was back, and headed for the trailer. Aster was already there, and was unpacking her bag. I threw my bag on my bed, (there are two beds. We didn’t sleep together) and went out of the trailer again, and into the house once more. I headed for the kitchen, got two cups of milk, and passed one to Aster, who followed me inside the house. After I finished my cup of milk, I went to my room, and took out a few clothes. My room was now used as the storage room for both of us. I came out quickly as Aster also needed to gather up her stuff. We each had a shower, then dinner. Then we headed out back to our trailer.

‘So, any ideas?’ I asked, when I was inside the trailer.

‘Nope, you?’ Aster replied, looking at me.

‘Me neither.’ I said, and crashed onto the sofa in our trailer. Aster followed the suit.

I turned, and looked at Aster. She turned, and looked at me as well. We looked at each other in the eyes. Something sparkled between us, and embarrassed of staring at Aster, I turned away, flustered. Aster snickered, and covered me with her wing.

‘You’re cute.’ She said. ‘Especially when you do that.’ Flustered I still looked away from her. Still snickering, Aster nuzzled me. Unable to hold back, I nuzzled her as well. ‘I love you.’ Aster said, still nuzzled. ‘Me too.’ I said, nuzzling her. Then I stopped. Aster stopped as well, and looked at me questioningly. ‘I think that’s enough nuzzling for today. We can take further steps when we’re adults.’ I said, carefully. I didn’t want to break the loving atmosphere. Aster cocked her head, and said slily ‘Take further steps to where? And by the way, we’ll be adults in a few days anyway. So why not now?’

‘I…You…Argh!’ I said, not able to decide whether to laugh or shout. Aster howled with laughter, and nuzzled me again.

‘Don’t be angry, my love. It was just a joke. Just laugh along with me.

I laughed awkwardly, and unsurely, which turned into a real laughter soon enough. Aster looked at me and smiled. I intertwined y tail with hers, and we cuddled and nuzzled.

The night went like that.

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‘East? E-ast. Wake up.’

‘Why? It’s sunday.’ I said, and curled back under the covers.

‘You promised your hatchlings that you would play with them, you know.’ Aster said, pulling my covers again. I just groaned, and pulled the covers back up.

‘Fine. You leave me no choice, then.’ Aster said, hardly, but for some reason, I thought I could hear a smidge mischief in her voice. I ignored the thought, and tried to go back to sleep. And in seconds, I was asleep, again. But not for long.

I was covered with four masses of scales in a few minutes. One pulled on the covers while the other three each pulled on my tail, belly, and neck. I woke up, surprised. When the hatchlings found out that I was awake, the instantly jumped on me and demanded that I play with them. Chuckling and yawning, I agreed, and went in search for Aster. I found her at the living room, watching TV, and trying to look innocent. I walked over to her, and sat next to her.

‘You set them up, didn’t you?’ I said, in a false accusing voice. Aster looked at me, and saw right through my false anger. ‘You know me too well, dear.’ She said, smiling, then nuzzled me. I summoned some water, and drank it. When the hatchlings looked at the water curiously, I chuckled, and sprayed them with small droplets of water. Aster and I didn’t know what kind of powers the hatchlings had, but they wouldn’t find it out soon anyways, so we didn’t think too hard about it. The hatchlings squealed when they met the water, and I joined with them, laughing with delight.

While playing with them, my eyes darted to the picture of me and Aster on our highschool graduation day. We got married soon after that. Those were some good memories. All the trainings, all the school work, all the happiness and sadness… I turned and saw Aster taking a picture of me and the hatchlings. Yup. This was going to be a good memory as well.

Memories: Ch17

It was a few days after. I had managed to summon a puddle of water. Each day, after the training, I fell face first into my sleeping bag, exhausted. Each day, my skills continued to improve. I was getting the hold of handling my power, and it required less and less energy to do the same kind of trick each day.

‘Ok. That’s enough.’ Aster said, stopping me. ‘Let’s resume tomorrow.’

‘Sounds good to me’ I said as I panted. ‘I’m out of energy anyways.’

We got out of the abandoned factory, and flew towards my home. Once we were there, I instantly grabbed my clothes, and got a shower, then plopped onto my sleeping bag.

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‘Hey, Focaly.’ I called my friend. It was the day after and I was at school. I had just finished Korean, and it was now a day before summer break. ‘What are you gonna do on summer break?’

‘Umm… study? Read fiction? Play video games? Whatever that comes to mind, I guess.’ He replied.

‘Oh. Why study, though? You know the part that counts when you go to university is done.’ I said, curiously.

‘Well, we still got that big test that could change the name of the college, you know. Gotta study for that.’ Focaly replied, casually.

‘Oh.’ I said, and went away.

I went back to my locker and pulled out English. Time to write. I headed towards Mrs.Han’s class, and laid out my books and papers. I put the book on the desk, and piled up my pencil case, phone, and wallet on top of it. I wasn’t going to concentrate on English this class anyways.

I pulled some paper towards me, and started writing. Soon, class started, and Mrs.Han started to teach the class. Of course, I didn’t give a damn about the class as I already knew what she would teach.

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‘Ahm!’

Mrs.Han was looking at me. Aster snickered beside me. ‘East.’ Mrs.Han started. ‘I know you’re good at English, but maybe not even opening your book is going too far.’ She said.

‘Sorry, Mrs. Han.’ I said. I cursed my luck underneath my breath. I had to get caught, didn’t I? I opened my book, and pretended to look at the page. My mind was still wandering around writing. Mrs.Han gave me a warning look, and went away. I put my papers under the book, and continued to write. Aster looked at me, and snickered again.

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It was now lunch time. I got a plate of fruits as I wasn’t feeling that hungry, and Aster got some beef. We sat down under the ususal tree, and ate.

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‘Again!’

I growled. This was the 8th time today. Apparently, Aster wasn’t happy with the results. I focused on my powers, and called for water again. I felt a drop of water, then a puddle of water. Then a little more. Then a little more. I didn’t close my eyes anymore, so I saw the whole process. Water was appearing out of this air. I looked at Aster. She shook her head. It wasn’t enough.

‘Urgh!’ I yelled. I was tired. I was exhausted. I was trying hard. Yet, Aster didn’t seem to be planning to stop me anytime soon. I evaporated the water back into the air, and started again. This time, this time, I would do it.

I watched a drop of water become a puddle, and the puddle became a larger puddle, qnd the large puddle became the size of a… car?! Suddenly, water was gathering faster and faster, and suddenly, I knew how to control my power at full potential. I looked at Aster in shock, as if felt like nothing I’ve ever felt before, and she… nodded? And smiled? Although I was confused, I still concentrated on the water. It soon became the size of a small pond, then a large pond. Then it became a floating lake, filling up the whole factory. I looked around. Water was getting pulled out of the air, from the soil, from everywhere! I saw drops of water heading for the mass of water. I saw them unite and become one. I saw… what I could do.

Aster signaled me. I stopped gathering water, and ordered it to return where it came from. It did, and shortly after, there was no mass of water floating in the air. It was as if nothing had happened.

‘Good.’ Aster said. ‘Very good. What you did just now was break your own limit of power. Now you can control your power at full potential. Nice job.’

I was going to reply, then I realized something. I wasn’t panting for breath! Nor was I feeling tired or exhausted! Looking at my surprised pose, Aster laughed. ‘Once you unlock your limits, it doesn’t exhaust you. At least, not by a short shot. I never tested it out on a long shot, but I expect it to be the same.’ She said.

‘Wow.’ I said. ‘That was… incredible.’

‘It was.’ Aster replied. ‘Now you can protect yourself or attack your offender. The style is chosen by you.’

I got confused. ‘What do you mean?’

‘That there’s no regulated style of offence or defense. It’s chosen by you. I guess you can make a water wall to block bullets.’ Aster replied.

‘Oh. I said, then remained silent.

After a moment of rest, Aster finally said ‘Shall we go home?’

Memories: Ch16

‘Waky waky’ someone said.

‘5 more minutes, mom.’ I mumbled.

That someone laughed. That someone was a she. She laughed heartily and loudly. Confused, I opened my eyes to see… Aster laughing. I got embarrassed and got up. ‘You could’ve just shook me up, you know.’ I said, getting up from my sleeping bag. ‘That wouldn’t have been fun.’ Aster replied, smirking. I sighed, and went to the bathroom to wash. ‘You can have the other bathroom. It’s unused, so think of it as a bathroom for guests.’ I said, as I went out of my room. Aster nodded, and gathered up her clothes, and went to the other bathroom.

After washing my scales and hair, I went back to my room, and picked up my bag. Aster soon joined me and picked up her bag as well. I said my departures to my parents, and headed over to school with Aster. Another day, another day at school.

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It was now lunch time. I went to the cafeteria, and got a piece of bread with jam. That got me thinking. How did Aster get food on that day the cafeteria was closed? Just as I was about to think more about it, Aster came with a bowl of fruits. She sat down next to me, and offered me an apple.

‘Thanks.’ I said, as I accepted the apple. ‘Umm… Avil. I have a question. How’d you get that food when the cafeteria was closed? You said you got that sandwich again. Are you really living on the streets?’ I asked, carefully. Aster looked at me, then sighed. ‘Fine. I guess there’s no keeping this away from you. I might have ‘persuaded’ a few dragons to help me with my powers. They’re a group of gang who tried to mug me at the start, but after a few examples, they were convinced to stay out of my bad sides. And a few of them run shops, so… that’s how I got my lunch.’

‘Is that where you get the money from as well?’ I asked.

‘Yeah.’ Aster replied. I was dumbstruck. When she said she could live in the middle of bandits, I didn’t think she meant it literally. But she was! And she was ruling over them! ‘Wow.’ I managed to say.

‘That reminds me.’ Aster said, biting into aj apple. ‘We should train.’

‘Train what?’ I asked.

‘Train your powers.’ Aster replied.

‘What?’

‘You heard me.’ Aster said. ‘You should train. I’m pretty sure your powers can come handy as well. Just…think if it as preparing for bad times.’

I thought for a second. Then Aster spoke again. ‘What happened to me… can happen to you. Don’t tell anyone about your powers, but protect your family. Don’t end up like me.’

I looked at her. She kept a straight face, but I knew she was thinking about her family. I shuffled over to her, and hugged her. I felt her tense a bit, then relax. ‘Don’t worry.’ I said. ‘And thanks. Thank you for your help. I’ll train. So when do we start?’

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We ate dinner, packed our bags, and left school. Aster, living on the streets, knew the streets better than I did, and knew an abandoned building where we could practice. When we arrived, I saw that it was an abandoned factory.’

‘Ok. Try to summon water.’ Aster said, when we were inside the factory. I pulled out my water bottle, opened it, and set it down on the floor to order the water to float. But Aster stopped me and closed the cap. ‘I said, summon water, not use water that you already have.’ And she handed me the water bottle back. I got confused.

‘You mean make water out of thin air?’ I asked, confused. ‘How do you do that?’

‘Just call for water. And as for making it, you’re not exactly making it. It’s more like you’re gathering up the moisture from the air. Here. Take my claws. I’ll show you.’

I took her claws, and soon, her claws started to get burning hot. I had to removed my claws before it got burnt. ‘Because there’s nothing available to burn, I can’t make a flame. But, I can make my claws hot as so to burn whatever if something touches my claws. You can do it as well. Concentrate on your power, and call for water.’

I closed my eyes, and concentrated. I held my claws out, and called for water. Then something touched my claws, and I opened my eyes in surprise. It was Aster, holding one of my claws. ‘Don’t look at me! Concentrate!’ she said. ‘I’m checking if you’re working hard. Concentrate!’

I focused on my powers once again. I called for water, and called for my powers.

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I was home. Exhausted, I threw my bag in the floor, and fell onto the sleeping bag. Man, did that training take a lot out of you! I succeeded in summoning water, or gathering water, as Aster called it, but it was after numerous attempts and numerous failures. When I finally was able to summon a drop of water, I nearly fainted with exhaustion. Aster congratulated me, and announced that we would resume training tomorrow. Then we headed home, and now I was here, lying on the sleeping bag.

‘East, you know you have to wash up, right?’ Aster said, standing over me. ‘C’mon. Wash up, and you can sleep, ok?’

I mumbled sleepily, gathered up my clothes, and went to the bathroom to wash. After having a shower, I went back to my room, and fell head first into my sleeping bag. Damn, was I tired. Aster snickered, but I didn’t reply or do anything. I was too tired.

Before I knew it, I was fast asleep.

Memories: Ch15

It was a few days after. I continued to hang out with Aster. I learned that she had found her powers when she was still a hatchling, and her parents proudly announced this to their family and friends. Then, one day, a group if governors arrived at their home followed by a truck load of army guys. Her parents were captured, and she escaped by a sheer miracle, while her guards were not focusing on her. She then escaped to the streets, where she lived and still lives. She severed all the connections with her relatives as not to affect them, and still has no one. She cried a few times while saying this, and told me over and over not to tell anyone about these powers. I promised her not to, and now, I’m waiting for Avil-Aster to come after dinner. I had something that I had in mind.

‘Hey, Avil.’ I said. We agreed to call her Avil as to let Aster remain incognito. She smiled when she saw me.

‘Hey, East. Had a good day?’ she asked, while landing beside me.

‘Nah. Was way too hot.’ I replied.

‘Yeah. It’s kind of hot now as well. So, what are we going to do today, East? You said you had something in mind.’

I was waiting for this. ‘Better talk this over a flight.’ I said. ‘Come.’

Aster followed me, in a bit of confusion. Soon, I slowed down a bit, letting Aster catch up. ‘So what is it, East?’ Aster asked me. ‘Is it something important?’

‘Yeah.’ I replied. ‘So you said you lived in the streets, right?’

‘Yeah?’ Avil replied.

‘Well… I would like it if you’d stay with me.’ I said, trying to look as if it ‘s no big deal, which it wasn’t.

‘Huh? Why?’

‘You said you live in the streets. That isn’t safe, you know.’

‘But you know I have my powers, right? I can literally live in the middle of a group of bandits, and they won’t dare touch me.’ Avil said, looking at me. ‘It’s no big deal.’

‘It’s a big deal to me.’ I said, looking straight in her eyes. ‘You know, you cant exactly sleep well knowing that your girlfriend could be mugged, robbed, or killed at any time.’

‘You’re talking about things that wont happen.’ Avil said, with an amused face. ‘But thanks for worrying for me. I really appreciate it.’

I frowned. This wasn’t how I wanted this to go out. ‘Avil, please. You said you don’t want to lose me. I don’t want to lose you as well. So please, stay with me?’ I asked, pleadingly.

Avil sighed. ‘Fine. I guess a few days wont hurt.’

I yelled ‘Yes!’ and that got a few other dragons looking at our way. Aster looked at me with a ‘Really?’ look, and I laughed awkwardly.

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It was 6 in the afternoon. We decided to skip study time, as I would have quite a bit to explain to my parents. We packed our bags, and headed out of school.

‘So, you got anything to gather up?’ I asked to Aster, who was flying beside me.

‘Umm…no. I got all my stuff always with me.’ She said, nodding to her pack.

‘All good then, right? Let’s go!’ I said, and shot forwards. I loved the rush of wind on my scales. I heard Aster laugh and beat her wings to catch up. I smiled, and headed to my home.

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‘What are you talking about, East?’ my mom, Liya asked.

‘Like I said, mom, she doesn’t have a home. Cant she stay at ours?’ I asked, hopefully.

‘Why? Why doesn’t she have a home?’ mom asked again. ‘She’s not kicked out, is she?’

I sighed. ‘No, mom. It’s a long story. Although I cant tell you the details, as I promised to Avil, I assure you she’s not a criminal nor kicked out.’

My mom and dad sighed. Finally, my dad, Getli, spoke. ‘Ok. But we don’t have any spate rooms, so she’ll have to stay in your room. And no funny business!’

‘Thank you so much, mom and dad!’ I yelled, hugging my parents. ‘You wont regret it, I promise that!’

‘Hopefully we wont.’ Mom said. ‘So why don’t you introduce us to your friend?’

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After introducing Aster to my parents, we headed up to my room. All had gone better than I had imagined. My parents nor Aster freaked out, and my parents didn’t suspect a thing. I landed in front of my door, and put the key into the keyhole.

‘You look your door?’ Aster asked, laughing.

‘Uh…yeah. Don’t worry. I always leave the window open, so it wont stink or anything.’ I said, as I unlocked the door and opened it. ‘Ladies first.’ I said, smiling.

‘Haha.’ Aster said, and headed inside. ‘Well, it’s cleaner than I thought.’ Aster said, after looking around my room. ‘You got quite a collection of books as well. All yours?’

‘Yeah. That was before I started to write. Feel free to look around. Although… there’s not much of interest here.’ I said, then threw my bag on the floor, and sat on the bed.

Aster looked at my collection of books, and pulled one out. ‘You don’t mind, do you?’ she asked, and opened it, started reading.

After looking at her for a moment, I started unpacking my bag. Once I was done, I started to type on my phone. Time to upload ADL again.

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It was now night. I told my parents and pulled out a sleeping bag from the closet. Aster looked at me with curious eyes.

‘Is that where I’m gonna sleep in?’ she asked.

‘No.’ I replied. ‘You’re taking the bed. You know, guests first ‘

‘Oh.’ Aster said, looking a bit dumb folded. ‘Thanks.’

‘No problem.’ I said, and unrolled the sleeping bag. I shut the light off after checking Aster, and crawled into the sleeping bag.

‘Night.’ Aster said, looking at me.

‘Night.’

Memories: Ch14

‘Hey, East!’ Avil yelled. I turned around, and was met with a crushing hug. I looked at her with bewildered eyes, while she looked at my expression and giggled. Finally breaking off the hug, she stepped back and looked at me. ‘You good? You look a bit shaken.’ She said, stiffling a laugh.

‘Yeah. I’m good.’ I replied. ‘But why did you hug me?’ I asked, still a bit bewildered.

‘Cause I like you, dummy! So no smoking, ok?’ She said, grinning.

‘Ok. I’ll try.’ I said, and went over to Avil. ‘You really like me?’ I asked, hoping for a yes. She looked a bit flustered, but looked at me in the eye and said ‘Yes’. I couldn’t hide the grin, and smiled broadly. She looked at me, then smiled as well. I slowly walked up to her, and hugged her. She hugged me back. Then we separated, and looked at eachother.

‘So…’ I began.

‘So…’ she began as well, trailing off like me.

‘We friends?’ I asked, hopefully.

‘Umm… I was thinking of something more than that. How about couples?’ she suggested, making me happy.

‘Great!’ I said, happily. ‘Though… I have to ask. Since when did you have interest in me?’

She got flustered again, but still said ‘Not for long. Probably since I ate with you. At first, I thought you might be a good friend. But I guess the more I knew you, the more I liked you. I that’s that’s how came to like you.’

I looked at her. I just stared at her. Then I walked up to her, and took her claws into mine. She squeezed mine slightly. I decided something. ‘Come.’ I said. ‘I have something to show you.’

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I went to the school courtyard, with a bottle of water in my claws. I decided to show her my powers, against my better judgement. I just wanted to share my secret with someone I trusted before I told things to the wrong dragon. She looked kind of confused about my actions, but I assured her that it’ll cause no harm. Finally, I stopped under a tree and set the bottle down. Then I opened the cap and sat back.

‘What?’ Avil asked, confused.

‘Just watch.’ I replied, and ordered the water to come out of the bottle. It did, and Avil looked kind of shocked. Then I ordered the water to float in the air. It did. Avil looked at it with wide eyes, and I chuckled. I ordered the water to get back into the bottle, and Avil looked at me.

‘Was that magic?’ she asked me, still wide-eyed.

Still chuckling, I said ‘No’.

‘Then what was that?’ Avil practically exclaimed.

‘Powers.’ I replied.

‘What powers?’

‘You know the old lost powers? I think I might have it.’

Avil went speechless for a moment. After a moment, she finally said ‘Really? You’re not joking?’

‘Yeah.’ I replied, now fearing what her reactions would be.

‘O..k…’ Avil said, as if she was uncertain about something. ‘Can you shoe me more? Like… move that puddle over there?’ she asked, carefully.

‘Umm…ok.’ I replied, and concentrated on the said puddle of water. I moved it up, and moved it sideways. Then finally, I evaporated the puddle into the air.

She looked stunned, and slowly turned and looked at me. I was hoping that she wouldn’t freak out. But something unexpected happened.

We were holding claws, and her claws suddenly got hot. Her claws got so hot that I had to pull out my claws to not get burned. Then she put her claws on the grass, and the grass instantly turned to ashes. I looked at her with wide eyes. Did she..? Did she have powers as well?

‘East…’ Avil said, looking at me. ‘This… this has to remain a secret. Don’t tell anyone, not even your parents about what happened today. And hide your powers. It’s a curse. The government will be after you. The military will be after you. The whole world will be after you.’

‘Wha…what?’ I stammered. Avil had those powers as well. The powers of an ancient western dragon. The long lost powers of the westerners.

‘Don’t tell anyone. You’ll be like me if you do. Just…just don’t. I don’t want to lose you as well.’ Avil said, tears starting to form on her eyes.

‘What are you talking about? I’ll be like you? What happened?’ I asked, trying to calm her down.

She took a few deep breaths, and calmed down a bit. ‘Avil…Avil isn’t my real name. It’s Aster. I’m currently being hunted. So I had to change my name, and abandon my family. I don’t know where my parents are now. For all I know, they could be dead right now!’ she said, tears starting to form again. ‘So please… please don’t tell anyone about what happened today. Don’t be like me. I made the wrong choice, and if you do as well, you’ll be hunted as well, and I don’t want to lose another loved one. Two is enough. Please…please promise me, East. Don’t tell anyone. About both you and me.’ She said, at the verge of crying.

I was kind of shocked. Many questions arose, but I knew better than to question them now. I just said ‘I will promise you, Aster. I wont tell anyone.’ And walked up to her, and hugged her, trying to comfort her.

She cried in my arms to sleep. Then the bell rang, indicating the start of 5th class. I decided to skip class, and laid Aster down on my laps. She was sleeping peacefully, with tear stains on her face. I wiped them off, and thought of what Avil-now Aster just said.

Memories: Ch13

It had been a few days since that incident. Avil avoided me since, whenever I tried to talk to her. So I gave her room. No good to push someone when the said dragon was trying to avoid me.

I went back to my old routine. Sleep whenever I wanted to ignore class, write stories, and eat alone and fly.

Soon, it was tome for the exam of the first semester. I didn’t study, but still took the test. I didn’t simply care. Not about the exam.

It literally took 5 days for the exam to finish. 3 subjects per day, and 5 subjects on the last day. By the end of day 5, I was exhausted. At least school finished early. I flew home tiredly. Normally, I would’ve played around with my powers, splashing the water around in my bottle, but I was too tired to even do that.

I arrived home, literally threw my bag on the bed, and went to the kitchen to get something to eat. Then I got my phone, and headed towards the computer. I had seen some dust on the CPU fan, and was going to clean it off. With a piece of bread in my mouth, I opened up the computer case abd disassembled the fan. Then I pulled it out of the case, and went out to clean it. On the way, I grabbed a can of compressed air to clean the fan off. I stepped out to the balcony, and cleaned the fan off. Then I assembled the fan again, and turned the computer on.

It didn’t work.

A panic rose in my mind, but I shoved it off. Maybe a piece of dust was stuck between the CPU and the motherboard. Or maybe it was just the ram not connected properly.

I disassembled the whole computer part by part, and assembled it again. Hoping it would work, I pressed the power button. I really wanted to play Assassin’s Creed, and I really didn’t want the computer to be broken! But it still displayed nothing on the screen. I swore, and disassembled the whole computer. Then I plugged it all in, hoping it would work this time. It didn’t.

Swearing, I pulled out my phone and searched on google for the possible cause of this problem. I found some answers, but none of them worked. Finally, after a few hours, u swore loudly and gave up. I reset the motherboard, cleaned up everything, and still it didn’t work!

‘Still broken?’ my mom asked, looking at me.

‘Yeah. I’m pretty sure the motherboard’s dead somehow.’ I replied, angrily. ‘It’s just great. I feel like I’ve broken that thing now! I should’ve just left it dusty.’

‘It’s not your fault, East. You didn’t break it on purpose. Those things happen. Don’t worry.’ My mother said, trying to soothe me.

‘But still, I feel like I broke it! How long has it been since we got this computer? Maybe we’ve still got warranty left.’ I said. I really didn’t want this computer to be broken. It made me feel guilty.

‘4-5 years? It’s been some time since we’ve got that computer.’ Mom said. I felt my hope crumble down.

‘Damnit!’ I said, and went back to the computer. For an hour’ I tried fixing it. It didn’t work. I swore, and gave up, feeling tired now. ‘Call the computer store.’ I said. ‘I’ve done all I can. I’m pretty sure it’s the motherboard, but they’ll have to take a look at it.’

My mom nodded, and turned back to her book. Without saying, I knew she would call the nearby store tomorrow. I sighed, pulled out my phone, and went to my room. I loaded up War Dragons, and started playing it. At least this game always went to plan.

After 30 minutes of playing, I closed the app and put the phone back in my pocket. I went to the kitchen, got a bowl of cereal and milk, started to eat. Then a message arrived on my phone. ‘Probably another advertisement.’ I thought, as I unlocked my flip phone and clicked on the messege.

It wasn’t another advertisement. It was Avil. ‘You still smoke?’ the message said.

‘No.’ I replied. I stopped smoking after a few days after that incident. Not only did I not want to lose my interest, but it also felt dull instead of refreshing now that I’ve smoked for long.

Her reply came immediately. ‘Good. Cause I was about to say goodbye to you if you still smoked, and I didn’t want to. So, why did you stop? Because of me? It’d better be more than that.’

I explained to her. Her reply didn’t come for a while, indicating that she was thinking. Then came her reply. ‘Ok. So I’ll pass this time. But you have to promise me. Don’t smoke again, ok?’

I thought for a second. Will I truly stop smoking? I had originally thought that I would only temporarily stop smoking. But then a thought came to me. Or rather, a feeling. The heaviness of the smoke, and the hardness of breathing in that smoke, thanks to my lengthy smoking period. So I decided. I would stop smoking. And I replied. ‘Yes.’

‘Ok. I believe in you. Please keep your word, ok? Not only am I against it, but it’s also baf for you.’ The reply message said.

‘Ok.’ I replied. I would’ve said more, but I decided to save it to tell her when I met her in person.

‘K. See u at school?’ she texted.

‘Yeah. And I’m sorry that you had to see me smoking.’ I texted back.

‘No worries. Long as you don’t smoke again, I’m happy to forget it.’ She replied back. ‘It’s late. Night?’

I looked at the clock. It was indeed late, being 10pm. ‘Night.’ I replied. ‘And thank you for giving me another chance.’

‘Think nothing of it. But don’t smoke!’ she replied, and I close the phone, smiling.

I might have another shot at being her boyfriend.