Hatchlings: Chapter 6

Aidey shrank into her seat a bit, and hoped nothing bad would happen. The male kept walking towards their table, and when he caught Aidey looking at him fearfully, eyed her throughly. Aidey shuddered, and sank even deeper into her seat. She looked at Dehious, but for some reason, he didn’t seem to be fazed by the bigger male, and was looking at him directly. The big male finally arrived at their table and stopped in front of them. He looked at Dehious and opened his mouth.

‘It’s been quite some time since I last saw you, Dehious!’ he said in a friendly way, surprising Aidey. ‘This your new lady friend? She seems frightened.’

Dehious turned looked at her, and saw Aidey sunk deep into her seat, looking frightened. He covered his mouth to stop himself from laughing, but failed. The bigger bronze male who approached them laughed as well, angering her a bit. ‘So you’re his friend, huh?’ Aidey said, in an angry matter. ‘Very nice of you, Dehious. I was actually afraid, if you didn’t notice, asshole.’ Aidey said hotly. Dehious stopped laughing, and looked at Aidey. ‘I’m sorry, Aidey.’ he said. Then he started laughing again. ‘But your face was so funny!’

Aidey glared at her boyfriend, who was in an uncontrolled laughter, and looked at the new guy who was also laughing. The whole bar was noisy once again, as dragons have gone back to their own businesses. The new dragon was bronze, and had a bigger and bulkier build than Dehious. But there were signs of muscles here and there, and Aidey knew that this dragon was not to be messed with. Finally, after a good five minutes, the two stopped laughing and the larger dragon looked at Aidey. ‘My Apologies.’ he said, and held out a talon. ‘I’m Sidney, one of Dehious’s friends. Sorry for scaring you.’

‘Aidey. And thank you for apologizing. You really did scare me.’ Aidey said, taking his talons and shaking it in a friendly fashion.

‘Again, I’m sorry.’ the big dragon called Sidney said. ‘I’m the owner of this bar. As this is the first time you came here and I did scare you, I’ll give you a drink for free. What do you want?’

‘Oh.’ Aidey said, surprised. She didn’t expect this much kindness from this dragon. ‘Guess I’ll have to stop judging dragon by their looks…’ she thought, and said ‘I’ll have beer, thank you.’

The dragon called Sidney turned to Dehious. ‘What about you? Beer as well?’

‘I can’t get a free drink too, can’t I?’ Dehious asked hopefully, earning a ‘seriously?’ look from Sidney. Aidey saw the look Sidney cast to Dehious, and laughed softly. The other two saw her laughing, and Sidney turned to Dehious again. ‘Ok. But just today. Just because you brought a lady friend.’

‘Oh thanks! I’ll give you a discount when you buy a car, I promise!’ Dehious said happily.

‘You ought to buy me a car with all the free drinks you drank…’ Sidney grumbled, and looked over to the counter, where a bartender was standing. ‘Yo, Umber!’ he shouted. ‘Two beer over here! And don’t record it! It’s my gift to these pair!’

The white dragon nodded, and walked over to the beer machine and began to prepare to glasses of beer. Aidey turned back to Dehious and Sidney, who were looking at the bartender and waiting for the drinks to arrive. ‘So, I guess you’re a frequent visitor here?’ she asked to Dehious. Sidney and Dehious turned around to her voice, and Dehious started to speak, but Sidney got him and talked to her first.

‘He’s not just a frequent visitor. He comes here as if he owns this place!’ Sidney exclaimed, glaring at Dehious.

‘Well, you make good beer, that’s why! Besides, I’m not causing any harm to your bar, am I?’ Dehious said, laughing slightly, trying to shake off the awkwardness of getting exposed of his drinking habits.

‘You wouldn’t if you didn’t ask for so much free beer.’ Sidney said, frowning a bit.

‘At least I pay you more than I caused you harm!’ Dehious said, slightly punching Sidney. Sidney just snorted, and turned back to Aidey. ‘Don’t learn from this guy.’ he said. ‘He has a very bad habit of getting what he wants for free.’ Dehious punched Sidney playfully again, and Sidney snorted, and locked his head between his front legs and chest, head locking him. ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry!’ Dehious yelled, and punched at Sidney’s chest. ‘You’re still punching me, Dehious.’ Sidney said, and when Dehious finally stopped punching him, did he let him go.

Aidey laughed from the scene in front of her, and the other two looked at her. Sidney with his front legs crossed, and Dehious rubbing his head where it had been stuck. Then the drinks came out, and Sidney took the tray with beer on it and gave one of the glasses to her. ‘Here. Drink up.’ he said to Aidey. ‘I brewed this beer myself. It won’t taste bad. Probably.’

Looking at the brownish yellow liquid in front of her, Aidey put the glass to her lips and drank a sip from it. She was surprised by the taste, which was better than what she expected. In fact, it was better than anything she had drunk! And even the aftertaste was clean with nothing that stuck to her mouth. Beside her, between her and Dehious, Sidney looked at her expectantly. ‘Wow, this is great!’ Aidey said, happily. ‘It’s better than any beer that I drank in the past!’

‘Thank you for your compliment.’ Sidney said, smiling a bit. Aidey got a bit surprised when Sidney smiled, as she didn’t expect him to smile. Sidney saw this, and asked her what was wrong. ‘Anything wrong?’ he asked her.

‘No, no.’ Aidey said. ‘It’s just that I didn’t expect you to smile.’

‘Did I look that stiff?’ Sidney asked, cocking his head a bit. ‘I didn’t consider myself stiff, but maybe I am stiff..?’

‘Well, considering that I was scared of you the at first, I don’t think my judgment will be accurate. But smiling does make your face lighten up a bit.’ Aidey answered, and offered him a little smile. Sidney saw it, and smiled a little as well, and nodded a bit. ‘And on the matter,’ Aidey continued, looking at Dehious, who was greedily drinking his beer. ‘You should smile more as well, Dehious.’

Dehious got surprised at the sudden mention of him, and stopped drinking his beer. ‘What about me?’ He asked, wiping his mouth clean of foam.

‘You don’t smile a lot, Dehious. And you look stiff pretty much all the time. But smiling makes you seem less stiff, and it does feel a lot less stiff as well.’ Aidey said.

Dehious said ‘Hmph.’ and looked away, and it made Aidey a bit upset. But Sidney saw right through him, and poked Dehious. ‘Are you upset again, Dehious? Or are you pretending again?’

‘I am upset!’ Dehious said, and tried to maintain a straight face, but failed, as Sidney continued poking him. He laughed, and looked at Sidney. ‘You always look right through me, Sidney.’ he said, and expected Sidney to laugh with him. But Sidney had already looked over to Aidey, who was still kind of upset, and motioned Dehious over to Aidey. ‘Wha…?’ Dehious said as he looked over to Aidey, and saw that he had upset her. He quickly tried to undo what he’s done. ‘Hey, Aidey.’ he called, and Aidey turned and looked at him. Dehious saw that Aidey was unhappy, and mentally hit himself. ‘Hey, I was just joking around. Forgive me for upsetting you? I’m sorry.’ he said, hopefully. Aidey looked at Dehious straight in the eye, and said ‘So you weren’t upset?’ she asked, still a bit upset.

‘What? No! I wasn’t! I was just joking around. Again, I’m sorry.’ Dehious said, trying to suppress a laugh. Aidey saw Dehious laughing, and got a bit angry. So she got up from her seat, walked over to Dehious, and punched him hard on his front leg. ‘Ow! That hurt!’ Dehious yelled, while still trying to stifle his laugh. But then he saw Aidey, and instantly stopped laughing. ‘I guess I deserved it..?’ He said uncertainly, looking at Aidey’s angry face.

‘Damn right you deserved it!’ Aidey said, angrily. ‘I give you an advise and you joke around with it? Thanks, asshole!’

Dehious gulped. He had never seen Aidey so angry like that, as well as touchy. Maybe he shouldn’t have messed with her this way. ‘I’m seriously sorry, Aidey.’ Dehious said. ‘I didn’t know that you’ll take offence in that.’

Aidey snorted, turned around, and walked back to her seat. Dehious cringed inwards, as Aidey turned around again, expecting to see a angry face. But Aidey turned around with a smiley face, which confused Dehious. ‘Wha… Why are you happy all of a sudden? What? Why?’ Dehious asked, confused. Aidey laughed soundly, catching the attention of a few other dragons at other tables. ‘Got you, Dehious! Payback!’ she said, still laughing. While Dehious was confused for a second, Sidney got the meaning straight forwards, and laughed with Aidey. Dehious got the idea that Aidey tricked him a second later, and laughed with them as well. When they finally stopped laughing, Aidey held her glass of beer up. ‘Better not try to trick me, Dehious. I can see right through you.’ she said. ‘Anyways, Cheers.’

Dehious responded by clinking his glass of beer against Aidey’s and they both drank up. Sidney, deciding that it was time for him to get out of the way, told his friend and Aidey to have a good time and went back to his table where he was originally at. Aidey and Dehious didn’t try to fool each other anymore, and continued talking to each other, occasionally laughing and smiling at each other. Finally, after a few hours of laughing and talking and a lot of beer, the two got up from their seat.

‘Had a good time?’ Sidney asked when they went to pay for their drinks.

‘Yup.’ said Dehious, and ‘Yeah. Your beer’s great!’ said Aidey, smiling lightly at him. Sidney nodded his head lightly in thanks, and gave them a discount. The couple happily walked out of the bar, and Dehious walked over to his car, and unlocked it.

‘Wait!’ yelled Aidey, slightly shocked. ‘You’re not going to drive, aren’t you?’

‘Why?’ asked Dehious, a bit drunk. He had drunk a few glasses of beer, and was lightly drunk.

‘You’re drunk!’ said Aidey.

‘I’m not that drunk.’ replied Dehious. ‘I’m pretty sure I can still drive fine.’

‘What?!’ Exclaimed Aidey. Then she put on a stern face. ‘No, you’re not driving. I’m not letting you.’ she said sternly.

‘Oh, c’mon, Aidey.’ Dehious said, slurring a bit. ‘I’m not that drunk. Besides, I want to take you home.’

‘You’re not taking me home in that state.’ Aidey said, still sternly. ‘You could kill someone! Besides, I’m not riding in there if you drive. And if you do drive,’ Aidey added, ‘I’m breaking up with you. I don’t want a drunk driver as my boyfriend.’

Dehious slumped, and locked his car again. ‘Ok.’ he said defeated. ‘I’m not driving. Sorry.’

‘That’s not enough. Will you ever drink and drive?’ Aidey asked, still sternly.

‘Really?’ Dehious said, but when he saw Aidey in the face and saw that she was getting angry, for real this time, he quickly said ‘Ok, ok! I will never drink and drive.’

‘Swear it.’ Aidey said, still not happy.

‘Ok. I, Dehious, swear that I will never, ever drink and drive. That good?’

‘Yes. Now you won’t ever drink and drive, will you?’ Aidey asked, in a just little bit lighter tone.

‘No.’ Dehious said, looking at the ground. Then he added ‘Just a second.’ and walked back towards the bar.

‘Where are you going?’ Aidey asked, but Dehious didn’t reply, and walked into the bar. Through the window, Aidey could see Dehious handing Sidney something and talking for a while, then saw Dehious walk back out of the bar again. ‘What did you give him?’ Aidey asked.

‘My keys to the car.’ Dehious replied, looking at her. ‘Now I won’t drink and drive today, will I? I also asked to look after my car. This part of the city isn’t the nicest, you know.’

‘Oh. Ok.’ Aidey said. ‘Should I call a cab or an Uber?’

‘Umm… Why don’t we just fly?’ Dehious asked.

‘You sure you can fly?’ Aidey asked, to which Dehious nodded. ‘Then let’s go!’ Aidey said, and took off into the sky, and waited for Dehious to follow her. Dehious led the rest of the way, as Aidey didn’t know where to go, and a little while later, they were at Aidey’s house.

‘So, goodbye for today.’ Dehious said, in front of Aidey’s house.

‘Yeah. Have a good night.’ Aidey replied, and turned to open her door.

‘Aidey.’ Dehious called, and Aidey turned around to face him, but was instantly met with a kiss.

Dehious looked lovingly at Aidey after the short kiss, and said ‘Thanks for not letting me drive today, Aidey. Thanks a lot. That was kind of a test that I planned on you. Thanks for proving your worthiness to me.’

That shocked Aidey, which made her frozen for a second. She finally managed to say ‘That was a test?’ in a unbelieving way.

‘Yes, it was. I was really hoping you’ll pass it. I really liked you, and would’ve hated to lose you that way. Sorry for testing you without permission. But I had to know, Aidey. I had to know if my lover was a reliable and responsible dragon.’

‘I…I forgive you.’ Aidey finally said, after hearing all what Dehious said. She kind of felt betrayed, but considering what Dehious said, Aidey knew she had to forgive him.

The two stood in front of her house for a while, one processing what her lover had just said, and one hoping that he wouldn’t break their relationship, and finally, Aidey looked at Dehious in the eye. ‘I really do forgive you, Dehious.’ she said, then smiled a bit. ‘Can we kiss again?’

Dehious let out a breath that even he didn’t know he was holding. ‘Sure can do, my dear.

‘My dear?’

‘Yes, my dear. Now, shall we kiss?’

Aidey didn’t reply. Instead, she pulled Dehious into a tight hug and kissed him lovingly.


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Hatchlings: Chapter 5

‘What?’ Aidey asked, a bit stunned.

Dehious looked straight at her. ‘I said, do you like me?’

‘So does it mean you like me?’ Aidey asked back. Then she mentally slapped herself for not having a better reply.

Dehious cocked his head. ‘Yes..?’ he replied uncertainly. ‘But if you want us to be just friends, that’s ok.’ he quickly added. Dehious tried to maintain his poker face, but Aidey saw through it, and saw that Dehious was hurt. She mentally slapped herself again for causing Dehious pain.

‘No, no.’ Aidey said, quickly. ‘Don’t get me wrong. I like you as well.’

Dehious’s face lit up. ‘Really?’ he asked, happily. ‘Do you mean it?’

Aidey smiled. ‘Yeah, I mean it.’ she said. ‘What else would I mean, dummy?’ she added playfully.

‘Great!’ Dehious said, face lighting up considerably. ‘So… Lovers?’

‘Lovers.’ Aidey said, looking at Dehious, smiling. ‘I’ve liked you for quite some time now, Dehious. Thank you for bringing this along.’

‘Oh? Well, me as well. Glad that we both like each other!’ Dehious said. He looked more enthusiastic and happy than Aidey had ever seen him be. Aidey smiled, and looking at her, Dehious smiled as well. Then Dehious got out of the car, and walked towards her. He hugged her, and looked at her in the eyes. ‘Love you.’ he said, softly. Aidey laughed, and pulled Dehious into another hug. ‘Love you as well.’ she said, hugging him. Then they parted, and Dehious walked back to his car. He climbed into his Camaro, and looked through the opened passenger side window. ‘Goodbye for now.’ he said. ‘I’ll look forward to meeting you again next week! You’re available then, right?’

‘Sure am.’ Aidey said, smiling widely at him. ‘Goodbye! Safe driving!’

Dehious smiled, started the car, and his car soon rumbled away from her home. Aidey looked at the now her boyfriend’s car, and only when she couldn’t see it anymore, did she head towards her home.

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Aidey opened the door to her office. ‘Hello.’ she said to her Jamie, her co-worker, nodding her head politely. Jamie looked up, and nodded their heads politely as well. Jamie wasn’t the best co-worker in the world, but he wasn’t the worst either. He was just an average dragon you could normally see on the streets. Aidey walked over to her desk, and sat down. There was already a stack of papers on her desk, waiting to be sorted out and organized. She picked up the one on the very top and looked at it, starting her work.

But Aidey’s mind was wandering elsewhere today. Even though she was looking at the paper gripped in her talons, her mind constantly went to Dehious. Now they were officially dates. And she was happy about that.

After flirting with each other for about a month, they were finally dates. Aidey hoped that everything would go well now. She quite liked Dehious, and from what she understood, Dehious liked her as well. She thought of his shiny black hide and how his face lit up when he laughed. She thought of his handsome face and his thin yet muscly body.

Finally, Aidey shook her head to get herself out of the train of thoughts, and once more looked at the piece of paper gripped in her talons. Time to work.

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The ringing of her phone distracted Aidey from her work. She was almost done now, and was finishing up. She picked up her phone, and looked at the caller. It was Dehious. She quickly answered the call, ‘Hey.’ Dehious said through the phone.

‘Hey, I need to finish my work, and I’m almost finished. Sorry, but I’ll call you in a minute, ok?’ she said quickly, glancing at Jamie, who was shaking his head and going back to his work. ‘Umm…ok.’ Dehious said, and Aidey quickly ended the call. ‘Sorry.’ she said to Jamie, who was looking at her again questioningly. ‘It’s my date. Apparently he’s got something to say.’

‘Ooh. Congratulations! You got a date? Since when?’ said Jamie, putting down his work and looking at her.

‘Since the day before yesturday. But it’s been a while since I’ve known him.’ she said, picking up her work again. ‘So I’ve got to finish my work fast. And I’m almost done. You?’

‘Me as well. Hey. Hey, wanna check out together? I’m almost done as well.’

Aidey thought for a minute, then nodded, and the two went back to their work. Soon, the two were done, and checked out. Aidey phoned Dehious while Jamie walked beside her, heading for the exit. The phone rang a few times, then Dehious answered. ‘Hey.’ he said. ‘You done?’

‘Yup.’ she replied. ‘Why’d you call me?’

‘Can you go out tonight?’

‘Yeah. But why?’ Aidey asked, a bit confused. ‘We’ve met the day before last night. Anything up?’

‘No… nothing’s new. But I just want to see you, Aidey. It’s not wrong wanting to see my date, right?’

Aidey laughed softly into the phone, thinking he was being cute. ‘Ok. Where are you?’

‘At the moment? I’m right outside your work place.’

‘What? What if I said no to your request?’

‘Then the least I can do is to give you a ride home. I like driving anyways.’ Dehious said. ‘Anyways, come on out. I’ll be waiting outside the building.’

Aidey said yes, and quickened her pace a bit. Beside her, Jamie quickened his pace a bit as well. ‘Your boyfriend is here?’ he asked, looking at her.

‘Yup. He’s outside, with his car again. Care to say hello?’

‘Nah. I’m good. I’ll just wave him a talon. I’m sure he’ll understand.’

‘Well, your choice!’ she said, and looked in front of her. They were almost out of the building now. Soon, they were at the doors, and Aidey saw Dehious leaning against his car and waving at her. Jamie saw him, and said a quick goodbye to Aidey, and waved his talons at Dehious in a friendly way, who was looking at him in a weird way. Then he took off and heading to wherever he was headed to.

Aidey approached Dehious, and said hello. Dehious greeted her as well, and opened the passenger door for her. Then he entered his car as well.

‘Who was that?’ Dehious asked her as they pulled out from the parking space in front of the building.

‘That guy just now? He’s my co-worker.’ Aidey said, lightly. ‘Why?’

‘Oh. Seemed like a nice guy. That’s all.’ Dehious said, looking forward. But there was something edgy in his voice. Aidey noticed it, and decided to joke around a bit.

‘You’re not jealous are you?’ Aidey said, in a playful tone and poking Dehious a bit.

‘No. Why would I?’ Dehious asked, still looking at the road. But Aidey could tell that the edge that had been there had been smoothened a bit.

‘Yes you are! I can feel it!’ Aidey said, still in a playful tone and poking Dehious. Dehious smiled a bit, although he was trying to hide it, and Aidey knew she had gone through him. So she changed her tone a bit. ‘He and I are just co-workers, you know.’ she said. ‘There’s nothing between us except for friendliness, so don’t worry. He and I ain’t anything like you and me.’

‘Yeah. Sorry.’ Dehious said, glancing at Aidey for a second. ‘You know us males are possessive. But I shouldn’t have been unhappy from you just being with another male. He was just your friend. Anyways, I was thinking of going to a bar. I want to drink a bit. You up?’

‘But… tomorrow’s wednesday. Won’t gettng drunk affect tomorrow?’

‘Not if we don’t get too drunk.’ replied Dehious, smiling a bit and glancing at Aidey for a second. ‘Besides, it’s been some time since I last drank. And you said you liked drinking, so this seemed like a perfect opportunity. So, you up or not?’

‘I guess I’m in. But if I get too drunk, I’m blaming it on you!’ Aidey joked.

Dehious laughed soundly, and continued driving. Then he opened his mouth again. ‘If you don’t have any bar in mind, can we go to the bar I go?’

Aidey thought for a minute, and decided that it actually might not be a bad idea. She could use some change after all. ‘Alright.’ she said. ‘Drive us there.’

‘Thanks.’ Dehious said, and continued driving.

They eventually pulled up somewhere in the rural area of the city, in front of a bar she’s never seen before. The streets were a bit littered with trash and papers, and there were no street lamps nearby. It really looked like the back roads of the city. Aidey looked at Dehious uncertainly, who was unbuckling his seat belt and was getting ready to climb out of the car. Dehious noticed Aidey looking at him, and smiled slightly. ‘Don’t worry.’ he said. ‘It might look bad on the outside, but this is one of the best places I know.’ and climbed out of the car. Aidey unbuckled her seat belt as well and climbed out after him. Dehious climbed the stairs to the bar, and opened the door and Aidey followed him uncertainly. She had never been to this part of the city, and she didn’t like it here. It was way too dark and shady for her. Nevertheless, Aidey followed Dehious and entered the bar. The bar was full of dragons, and all of them were males. Dehious, unaware of Aidey’s discomfort, just walked into the crowd and sat down at an unclaimed table. Aidey quickly followed him, and sat down with him. Other dragons had stopped talking when they saw a female enter the bar, and was all staring at her. She shivered at the sudden silence and hoped nothing bad would happen. Then one of them got up and walked towards them.


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Hatchlings: Chapter 4

‘Ding!’

Aidey looked up from her computer and looked at her phone. It was a message from Dehious. After since they exchanged numbers, they contacted frequently. ‘Sup?’ the message said. Aidey smiled, and typed on her phone. ‘Nothing new. Why?’

The reply came shortly after she sent her message. ‘I’ve got a day off this friday. Wanna go somewhere?’

‘Where?’

‘Wanna go to the beach?’

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It was now friday. Aidey was working. Her boss had given her a stack of files to organize and sort through. She was listening to music through her earbuds while working. She loved music, and music helped her focus on her work. Now she was almost done.

‘Let’s see…’ she murmured as she looked at one of the last of the papers she had to sort. ‘So… this goes here… that goes in there…’ she continued murmuring as she typed on her computer, organizing all the files. Only a few sheets of paper needed sorting now, and she was trying as fast as she could to get through all the files. Today was the day she had agreed to meet up with Dehious and go to the beach. It had been a few weeks since she had met her friends because she always met up with Dehious each week, but she didn’t regret it. She quite liked Dehious, more than she had initially did. And it was worth spending her time with him. Dehious didn’t say that he liked her straight back, but now she was quite certain that he liked her back as well. Else why would her text her and ask her to go out?

Aidey hummed along to the song she was listening to, and looked at the last piece of paper she had to work on. It was quite a simple one to organize. A few moments later, she was done. ‘Phew! Finally!’ she said, shutdown her computer, said her goodbyes to her boss, and checked out. At that moment, her phone dinged, indicating that a message had arrived. Aidey pulled out her phone, and looked at it. It was Dehious again. ‘Where you at? I’m waiting outside your workplace.’ the message read. She smiled, and replied ‘Going out right now. Just a sec!’, and hurried outside.

Dehious was leaning against what was assumed to be his car, and when he saw her, waved at her. Aidey waved as well, and hurried over to him. He opened the car door for her. She thanked him, and climed into the passenger seat. Dehious walked around the car, and climbed into the driver’s seat, and started the car. Then he drove the car away from the curb, and merged into the road.

‘Nice car.’ Aidey said, looking around the interior of the car. His car was a Chevy Camaro, and by the sounds of it, she guessed it was a V8.

‘Thanks.’ Dehious replied, looking at the road. ‘She’s my baby.’

‘So.’ Aidey started. ‘I guess we’re not going to fly much today, huh?’

‘Guess not.’ Dehious replied.

‘Why did you bring your car today?’ Aidey asked. ‘The beach isn’t far away, you know.’

‘Umm… Just wanted to. Besides, I wanted you to have a ride in it. Oh, by the way, do you have a car?’ he asked, looking at her for just a second.

‘No. Never had a reason to get one. But I still have a driver’s license.’ she said. ‘Why?’

‘Wanna drive?’ Dehious said, looking at her again.

‘You’re gonna let me? You said this car was your baby.’ Aidey said, astonished, as it was something that she didn’t expect.

‘I always let my friends drive as long as they’re careful.’ Dehious said, now looking at the road again. ‘So, you up for it?’

‘You sure you want to do this?’ Aidey asked carefully. ‘I might not be a good driver as you are, you know. Haven’t drove in a few months.’

‘Oh, I’m sure. Don’t worry about it. Long as you’re not crashing or breaking her, I’m happy.’

‘Then thank you. I would love to drive!’ Aidey said, happily.

‘Good! I’ll stop right there. Let’s change positions there.’

So Aidey and Dehious changed positions, Aidey as the driver and Dehious as the passenger. Aidey started the car, and heard an angry roar from the engine, which kind of surprised her, although she had already heard it once. Dehious chuckled beside her, and Aidey slowly pressed on the accelerator. The car rumbled, and slowly moved forwards. Excited, Aidey pressed on the accelerator a bit more, and the car moved faster. ‘Can I floor it?’ Aidey asked, looking at Dehious. Dehious thought for a second, then nodded his head. Then he smiled evily. ‘Go for it.’ he said.

After making sure the coast was clear, smiling, Aidey floored it. The engine roared angrily, and the tire squealed behind them. The car shot forwards, instantly accelerating. Aidey gripped the steering wheel tight, and focused on driving. The speeometer climbed up and up. It said 40mph…60mph…100mph… it kept climbing. At 120mph, Aidey finally got afraid and eventually let down on the accelerator. The speedometer slowly crept down, and only when it was 40mph did Aidey step on the accelerator again.

‘Damn! You know how to drive!’ exclaimed Dehious, when Aidey had finally gotten down to 40mph. ‘I was afraid you’ll crash and we’ll both die, but we didn’t! You scared me, dragoness!’

Aidey giggled. The burst of speed had gotten adrenaline in her system and gotten her happy. It was actually quite fun to speed. ‘Can I do it again?’ she asked, looking at Dehious hopefully.

‘Umm… Maybe next time. We’re near the beach anyways.’ Dehious said, looking out the window.

They drove to the beach, and Dehious parked. Then they walked along the shore, occasionally stepping in the water. The sun was setting now, and the sunset was extremely beautiful. Dehious pulled out his phone, and took a picture of the sunset. Then he turned towards Aidey. ‘Wanna take a picture?’ he asked.

Aidey nodded, and to her surprise, Dehious put a wing over her, holding his phone on selfie mode. Aidey jumped a bit, making Dehious realize his mistake. ‘My apologies. I should’ve asked first.’ he said, sincerely.

‘No, no. It’s ok.’ Aidey said, waving her talons. ‘You just got me by surprise. But next time, please do tell me.’

‘I’m sorry.’ Dehious said. ‘Can I put my wing on you? For the picture, of course.’

‘You may.’ Aidey said, smiling a bit. To be fair, it felt good for a second before she jumped out from under his wing. Even if they weren’t official couples yet, it felt like she was loved. And she liked it.

‘Smile!’ Dehious said, and snapped a picture. They reviewed the picture, and decided that they were happy with it. Dehious sent the picture to Aidey, and Aidey save it. Then they continued on walking along the shores, looking at the setting sun and talking to eachother about this and that.

Eventually they stopped walking, having walked from one end of the beach to another. ‘…so I told him to piss off, and he was never seen again in front of me.’ Aidey said, to Dehious who was barely not laughing. The experience Aidey had was hilarious. After a few deep breaths to calm himself down, Dehious started to walk back towards his car. ‘I guess it’s my turn to talk now.’ he said, as he unlocked the door of his camaro and climbed in. He started the car, and reversed his car out of the parking space. ‘Well, it all started when me and my friends were drinking. One of my friend got convinced that he was in love with the dragoness who served us. Of course, it was not real love, it was cause he was drunk. Seriously, to now, I could remember the scene like it was just yesturday. My friend trying to act sexy and cool in front of the dragoness, and the dragoness looking at him like he was one of the craziest dragons she’d ever met. Of course, we were all drunk, but what my friend did was just hilarious. First he tried to look sexy, then he tried to look cool. Then he tried to buy her with money, and when the dragoness asked him why, he literally slurred that he loved her! I mean literally! That made the dragoness look at him in a even weirder way, and in the end, she couldn’t bare with him so she went and got the manager! So we got kicked out, but even when getting dragged out, he continued to say that he loved her. He passed out shortly after that, and to this day, doesn’t remember what he did that day. Ane everytime me and my friends tell him, he just asks us to shut up. Apparently it’s not something that he wants to remember.’

By now, they were halfway home. Aidey giggled in the passenger seat, and Dehious laughed along as well.

After about 20 minutes of talking about random things that came into mind, they were at Aidey’s home. ‘Thanks for the ride!’ Aidey said as she climbed out of the car and closed the door behind her. ‘I’ll contact you later!’ She was in a good mood, and it had been a good day today.

‘Hey Aidey!’ Dehious called, behind her. She turned around, facing him. ‘Yeah?’ she said questioningly.

‘Do you like me?’


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Hatchlings: Chapter 3

Aidey was getting ready. Today was the day she had promised with Dehious to meet up. She had cleaned her scales until they shone, made sure her claws were sharp, and kept her teeth white. Basically making sure she was presentable and looked nice.

When she was finally ready, Aidey walked out of her house, made sure she locked the door, and took off into the sky. After flying for about 10 minutes, Aidey landed, and waited for Dehious to come. He came soon after, and the two greeted each other, and took off into the skies again.

‘So, where do you want to go?’ asked Dehious, polite as ever.

Aidey thought for a bit, then replied. ‘Why don’t we go to the park? We can walk around.’ Dehious nodded, and they flew together towards the park. While they were flying, Aidey looked at Dehious, who was flying beside her. She quite liked him, actually. He had good manners, felt mature, and looked good. She didn’t like one thing, though. He didn’t seem to smile a lot. He looked like the type of dragon who was always serious. ‘If only he smiled a bit more…’ she thought.

The two landed in front of the park entrance. They walked in silence, just enjoying each other’s company. But eventually the silence got too much, and Aidey tried to start a conversation. ‘So, how was your day?’ she asked, looking at him.

‘Not bad.’ he replied, turning his head and looking at Aidey. Then he looked forward again. ‘It’s just like usual. A few assy customers, who won’t even buy a car, and just some normal customers who came to check out some cars. Didn’t sell any, though.’

‘Oh… too bad…’ Aidey said.

‘Don’t be. It’s just a normal day for me. What about you? Had a nice day?’ Dehious said, looking at her.

Aidey looked at Dehious. ‘Wasn’t bad.’ she said. ‘My boss still lets out all her stress on me, but it’s bearable. Except for that, Nothing’s really that bad.’

‘I feel sorry for you. You get through that a lot?’ asked Dehious, now passing a chair.

‘I think you’re going through more than me. Hey, let’s sit here.’ Aidey said, sitting down on the chair Dehious almost passed. Dehious stopped, turned around, and sat down as well.

Aidey looked at Dehious. Something kept intriguing her to him. Noticing Aidey looking at him, Dehious looked at her as well. Truth be told, he quite liked Aidey as well. She seemed like a fun dragon to be around, and she met up well with his normal serious mood. The first time they met, she was drunk, and Dehious didn’t like that so much. But now that she had her mind, she looked like a decent dragon. She wasn’t a drunk, and had a life. Plus, she kept trying to make conversation with him to get close to him.

And truth be told, he didn’t dislike it. Not at all.

It was surprisingly comfortable and easy to make conversations with Aidey. It was as if she was a friend he knew from a while ago. And, she didn’t look half bad, either. It was clear that she had cared about her looks today, as she had shiny scales and sharp claws, but beneath that, he could see the natural beauty. Looks weren’t everything, but if she kept on like this, he knew he would eventually like her. Or did he already like her?

Shaking his head from the thoughts, he decided to start a conversation. He had to try as well, didn’t he?

‘So… do you live alone?’ he asked, carefully. ‘Or do you have any family members living with you?’

Dehious mentally hit himself for not getting a better topic to talk on. Aidey looked at him, surprised. Then she looked forwards. ‘I live alone. Why so suddenly?’ she asked, not looking at him.

‘Just… curious.’ he said. ‘Sorry if you felt uncomfortable.’

‘Apology accepted.’ Aidey said. ‘So, you live alone as well?’

‘Pretty much. My parents come by from time to time, but normally, I live alone.’

‘You don’t talk much, do you?’ asked Aidey.

Dehious was kind of surprised. How did she know? ‘Yeah.’ he said. ‘How did you know?’

‘I can tell.’ Aidey said, and looked at him and smiling. ‘You make a terrible attempt at making a conversation. But it’s ok. I forgive you?’

Dehious laughed, and looked away. ‘And I thank you for that.’ he said, still laughing. ‘Guess you’ll have to start the conversation then, right?’

‘Yeah. Just let my start the conversation. Anyways, you got any siblings?’

‘Yeah. Got 2 sisters. I’m the only male of the clutch.’

‘Well, I got 2 brothers and 1 sister. I’m second, next to my brother.’

‘Oh. I wonder how it feels to have an older brother. I’m the first. Is he good to you?’

‘Well… Except that he’s at times bossy, which totally pisses me off, he’s alright.’ replied Aidey. Then she got up. ‘I’ve rested enough. Shall we continue on the walk?’

Dehious got up as well, and followed her through the park. Midway through, they got thirsty, and they decided to go to a nearby store to buy some drinks.

‘I’m having Ice tea. What about you?’ Aidey asked, when they were in the store and were looking at the shelves of drinks.

‘I’m having some coke.’ Dehious said, and picked up one. ‘They’re on sale anyways. Want some?’

‘Nah. I’m good. Enjoy your drink!’ Aidey said, paid for the drink, opened her bottle and drank a bit of Ice tea. The sweet moisture felt good on her dry throat. Looking at Dehious, he probably felt the same as well. Aidey was just about to take another drink from her bottle when Dehious accidentally burped, stopping her right on her tracks. Aidey turned around and faced Dehious, who was now looking down, embarrassed. He said ‘Excuse me… sorry…’ in a small voice. ‘I didn’t mean it. I really didn’t. The soda made me. Sorry…’

Aidey looked at him, then laughed. Dehious looked at her, confused, but at the same time, relieved that she wasn’t angry. ‘It’s ok. Soda made you do it. Just don’t do it again, ok?’ Aidey said, after she was done with laughing. It was so funny to her that a serious dragon like Dehious accidentally burped. She didn’t know why it was that much funny, but it was funny to her, and so she laughed.

‘Won’t do it again.’ Dehious said, looking at her. ‘Again, I’m sorry.’

Aidey walked over to him and nudged him slightly. ‘Don’t be so sorry. Those things happen. Besides, you need to loosen up a bit. No need to get all stiff and official, you know? It’s just a friendly flight and walk between us.’

Dehious’s pose was still stiff, but Aidey could see him trying to loosen up a bit. Good. So he wasn’t just ignoring her.

Dehious and Aidey walked through the rest of the park, and in the end, was once again at the entrance of the park.

‘It’s late.’ Dehious said, pulling out his phone and looking at the clock.

‘Yeah, it is.’ Aidey said, also pulling out her phone and looking at the time. She knew it was time for her to go home. But she didn’t want to. Something kept pulling her to Dehious, and she didn’t want to separate with him.

The two just stood there in silence, wanting to enjoy each other’s presence more, and other dragons walked around them. After what seemed like hours, Dehious finally moved. ‘Come.’ he said. ‘It’s late. I’ll take you home.’

‘Isn’t it my turn to take you home?’ asked Aidey, wanting to offer to take him home.

‘Yes, it is, but you don’t want to come to my neighborhood. It’s kind of rough over there. And I don’t want to put you in risk.’ Dehious replied. ‘Besides, I want to take you to your home.’ he added quickly, looking away.

Aidey’s mind froze for a second. A lot of thoughts of hope like ‘Does he like me?’ or ‘Am I really getting a date?’ passed through her mind. Finally she regained her mind, and decided to ask something that was half a joke and half a sincere question. ‘Why? Do you like me?’ she asked, in a light tone, acting like she didn’t care about the answer. But no, she was really hoping that he’ll say yes. It would make her day.

‘I… I don’t know. I might? Is that a good enough answer?’ said Dehious uncertainly.

Aidey’s heart half fell apart, and half jumped with hope. So there was still hope! Although… he might have a change of hearts and decide that he doesn’t like her. She kept a straight face, and acted like she didn’t care. ‘Ooh. Well, tell me if you decide!’ she said lightly, and opened her wings. ‘What are you waiting for? Let’s go!’

Dehious looked thoughtful, but still opened his wings and followed her. Looking at his thoughtful expression, Aidey wondered if she made a mistake by acting that way, but shrugged it off and kept on flying towards here home, leading Dehious.

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‘So… Goodbye?’ said Dehious, standing outside her door.

‘Yeah. Goodbye. It was nice to have a walk with you! Can we meet again next week at that park entrance? I certainly had a good time today.’ Aidey said, happily.

‘Yeah. Sure.’ Dehious said, his face lighting up a bit. ‘See you, then!’ and he turned around, and opened his wings, preparing to fly to his home.

Aidey was just about to close the door when Dehious suddenly turned around and yelled ‘Wait!’

‘Huh?’ Aidey said, surprised. ‘Why?’

‘Can I have your number?’


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Hatchlings: Chapter 2

Aidey woke up with a headache. She looked outside the window, and saw the sun was already high up. She groaned, and sat up on the bed. ‘What happened?’ she thought, and was reminded of a piercing headache. Damn, she had drunk a lot yesterday. But how did she get home? The last thing she remembered was she and her friends going to the park and drinking. After that, everything was in a haze. She tried to think, but some kind of odor came up from somewhere. She sniffed around, and found out it was the smell of alcohol.

‘Damn, I smell.’ she thought. ‘I’ll need to get a bath.’

So she got into the shower, and bathed. After that, she felt hungry, so she grabbed some instant noodles from the cupboard and started to boil it. Then her phone rang. ‘Hello?’ she answered.

‘Aidey? It’s me, Hasin.’ the dragon on the other end said. ‘Just phoned to check if you’re ok. Ilina says she’s ok. But you drank a lot yesterday, you know.’

‘Yeah. I got in ok. I can remember us drinking in the park, but midway there, my memories get hazy. What happened?’ asked Aidey, opening the pot and seeing if the noodles were ready.

‘Well, you pretty much drank all the alcohol we bought, then you went home. Or didn’t you head home?’ asked Hasin, concerned.

Hearing it, Aidey remembered what her friend was talking about. ‘Well, now I remember that part. Yeah. I headed home. But now from there it’s a haze.’

‘Sorry I can’t help after that.’ Hasin said. ‘So you’re ok?’

‘Yeah, I’m ok. Apart from the slight aftermath of drinking, that is.’ Aidey replied.

‘Good. Well, hope you get over your hangover soon. Bye!’ Hasin said.

‘Thanks. Bye.’ Aidey replied, and ended the phone call. She looked at the screen of her phone and saw the battery was low, so she plugged her phone in to charge. Then she went into the kitchen again and checked to see if the noodles were ready. They were. Aidey turned the stove off, and put the pot down, and started to eat. The hot noodles felt like heaven to her after drinking so much last night. After finishing the pot of noodles, she put the pot in the sink and walked out of the kitchen. What happened after departing from her friends yesturday?

She decided that she would go for a flight to clear her mind. She walked to the door, opened it, and closed it behind her. Or she was about to. Just as she was about to close the door behind her, she saw something was stuck to her door.

An envelope.

Curiously, Aidey opened the envelope and pulled out the folded paper inside it. She opened it, and read what was inside it.

‘Hello.

I’m the dragon who took you home. Hope you didn’t go into any more trouble. I’m writing this to see if you’re safe. Please call me if you’ve seen this letter.’ and at the bottom was the dragon’s number and name. Aidey read the letter a few times, digging her mind. When she finally remembered everything that happened the day before, she sighed at her dumbness. Then she pulled out her phone and dialed the number to thank him.

The phone rang a few times, then a dragon picked up. ‘Hello?’ he said.

‘Is this Dehious?’ Aidey asked carefully.

‘Yes. Who is this?’

‘I’m that dragoness you helped yesturday. I was calling about the letter you gave me?’

‘Ah, yes. Yes I did stick that letter on your front door. So, you safe? Didn’t get into any more troubles?’

Aidey blushed a bit at the word ‘trouble’, and said ‘Yes. Thank you so much for yesturday. I don’t know what I would’ve gotten into if it wasn’t for you.’

She heard chuckling from the other end, and the dragon named Dehious said ‘My pleasure. Good thing that you didn’t get into any more trouble. I guess my work’s done here now. Have a good day!’ the dragon said, and was about to end the call when Aidey yelled ‘Wait!’ frantically.

‘Huh?’ Dehious said. ‘Anything you want to say?’

‘Yeah. Umm… I would like to invite you to a dinner.’ she said. Then she quickly added ‘For thank you purposes, of course.’ feeling a blush surfacing again.

Dehious chuckled, and talked into the phone.’Ok, Lady. When and where do I get to have the pleasure of meeting you?’

Aidey quickly told this ‘Dehious’ one of the best restaurants she knew and her available time. Dehious agreed, and picked one of the told time that suited him. They agreed to meet at the restaurant, said their goodbyes, and ended the call.

‘Phew.’ Aidey said, putting her phone back in her bag. ‘That was harder than I ever imagined it to be.’

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It was almost a week after. To be exact,it was the next friday. Aidey had canceled her usual meeting with her friends, and was waiting for this ‘Dehious’ guy, who helped her, to appear. It was still 10 minutes early, so Aidey waited patiently. If he remembered and had the intention to keep his promise, he would probably appear in the next 10 minutes.

It was 5 minutes before the promised time when a dragon entered the restaurant and asked for her. The waitress led him to her table, and he seated himself in front of her.

‘Hello. Hopefully you’re not drunk today.’ he said lightly, with a light smile on his face.

‘Hello. So you’re the one who helped me last week. Please, let me express my gratitude to you.’ she said, and bowed low. In return, Dehious bowed as well, though it was clear that it was to be polite. Once Aidey bowed, she looked at the black dragon in front of her, and passed the menu she was holding. ‘Go on.’ she said. ‘This is my thank you gift. Pick whatever you like. It’s on me.’

Dehious looked at her, and bowed lightly to express his thanks. Then he started to look through the menu and pick what he liked. ‘I’ll pay for the drinks.’ he said. ‘It’ll be rude not to.’ he added, when she started to object. So Aidey just nodded politely, and looked at her own menu. After looking through it a couple of times, she decided that she wanted raw steak, as always. Dehious, on the other hand, ordered cooked steak. Both were large sizes, which meant they took a minute to cook, and they decided that they would have wine during that time.

After sipping on her wine, Aidey looked at the black dragon in front of her. He didn’t look half bad, actually. He was kind of handsome, and from last week’s events, he had a kind heart as well. And his attitudes had shown her that he was mature in his mind and knew his manners.

First glance, she liked him.

But she would have to get to know him more. After all, she had invited this dragon to thank him, not to look for a mate!

Steak was served, and Aidey washed her claws, and started to eat. Dehious waited for her to start eating, and started on his as well. Aidey ate slowly, sipping on her wine from time to time. Eventually she finished her steak, and waited for Dehious to finish his.

‘So, what do you do for a living?’ she asked, when Dehious had finished his dinner.

‘I work as a car dealer. I’m a Chevrolet car dealer. You?’ He asked, politely sipping on his wine.

‘I work as a secretary. For one of Samsung’s leaders.’ she said, earning an awe from the dragon sitting opposite to her.

‘Oh, so you’re a secretary!’ Dehious said. ‘So what’s work like?’

‘It kind of depends on each day. When my boss is angry, she gets all assy and stuff. When she’s feeling good, she’s real nice to me. So what about yours? How’s your work like?’

‘Not that great, but it’s bearable. You know, the part of dealing with customers. Some are really nice, but some think they’re the king and we have to do whatever they ask! Except for that, I say I’ve got a decent job.’ he replied, and picked up the wine glass.

While Dehious drank his wine, Aidey took a good look at him. He wasn’t a muscled guy, but he wasn’t fat by any means either. He had a lean build, and he looked kind of handsome. Till now, he had good manners, and he seemed to know what he’s doing. Something Aidey found out that she actually liked.

Dehious saw her looking at him closely, and cleared his throat. ‘Umm… You’re staring at me.’ he said, quietly.

Aidey blushed. ‘Sorry.’ she said, and picked up her wine and sipped on it.

Dehious changed the subject. ‘It’s all good. Anyways, you get drunk a lot?’

Aidey blushed again. ‘Not that much.’ she said. ‘It’s just that… I had a craving for alcohol for some reason last week. I don’t know what’s gotten into me.’

Dehious laughed softly. ‘You’re a free spirited dragon, aren’t you?’

‘I guess I am.’ Aidey said, softly and politely laughing as well. ‘What about you? Do you consider yourself free spirited?’

‘Yeah. I do. I like drinking as well as other stuff that is considered devitation.’

Aidey decided to take a leap. She quite liked this guy. ‘You have a girlfriend?’ she asked, looking at Dehious.

‘No. Why?’

‘Can we meet again?’

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Aidey came home happily. The two had agreed to meet again, and had exchanged numbers. She put her bag in front of her mirror, and washed up, Then she crashed down into her bed.

Dehious.

He looked like a nice guy. Maybe… Maybe she would get a date!


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Cigarette.

Evelyn looked up from her laptop. Time for a cigarette. She got up from her seat, got her pack of cigarettes, and walked outside.

She breathed a small flame on the cigarette, lighting it, and breathed in the odor. She started smoking because of her mental therapy. There was that one time when she got so stressed out after the therapy that she asked her friend for a cigarette.

‘Ironic.’ she thought. ‘I went to get mental therapy for my mental issues,and now I’m here, smoking thanks to it.’

She breathed in another drag from the cigarette, and puffed the odor out. She did try to stop smoking, but even though it only had been 5 months since she started to smoke, she found it hard to stop. Nicotine was some strong chemical.

Evelyn looked around. Dragons were either flying by or walking down the streets. Some were young, some were old. A normal day. She drew another breath and puffed it out again. Her cigarette was halfway done. She looked at it, and without thinking, drew another breath from it. Now it was two-thirds of the way done. Evelyn looked around again. Cars passed by, and dragons were crossing crosswalks.

Evelyn smoked the rest of the cigarette, and threw it, stepped on it to put of the fire. Then she turned and went back into her apartment. It was a normal day.

Hatchlings: Chapter 1

Aidey looked at the eggs in front of her. They looked beautiful. Beside her, Dehious, her mate, was nodding, tired from all his restless days of looking after the eggs. She smiled, and laid her mate down on their bed, and whispered ‘sleep’ into her mate’s ear. Her mate visibly relaxed, and soon, he was sleeping comfortably. Aidey smiled at the sight of her mate sleeping, and continued smiling when she turned her head and looked at the eggs. Never in a million years did ever think that she’d become a mother. But here she was, now the mother of four eggs. Smiling, Aidey turned the lights off and laid down beside her mate, and went to sleep.

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Aidey was flying. She had promised her friends that she would meet them this evening. It was their normal routine of Fridays. Aidey and her friends finished their work as fast as they could, checked out, and always met and hung out together. Today was no exception. As usual, Aidey had finished her work fast, and was now on her way to meet her friends. Soon, she arrived at the promised destination, and landed. Apparently she was the first one to arrive. A few minutes later, a mass of violet scales landed, and greeted her. ‘Hey, Aidey.’

Aidey replied back. ‘Hey, Hasin.’

‘Ilina not here yet?’ Hasin asked.

‘Not yet.’ replied Aidey. So they waited. About 10 minutes later, wing beats were heard. And another mass of red scales landed. ‘Sorry I’m late.’ she said, panting. ‘But work finished late.’

‘It’s ok, Ilina.’ said Aidey, and pulled out her phone and looked at the clock. ‘You’re not that late anyways.’

‘So, where are we going today?’ asked Hasin, changing the subject.

‘Dunno.’ Aidey replied. ‘I want to drink. Do you guys feel like drinking?’

‘Hell, yeah!’ Ilina replied, and Hasin agreed as well. So the trio started towards the bar they usually went. Soon, they reached the bar, and each ordered a glass of beer. The drinks were soon out, and they started found a seat, and started to talk.

‘So, how was your week?’ started Aidey, after taking a sip from her drink.

‘Not bad.’ Replied Ilina, also taking a sip from her drink. ‘Nothing new.’ said Hasin, beside her. Aidey nodded, and took another sip, and started to talk about her week. Her friends listened to her, and added their comments here and there.

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‘What next?’ asked Aidey, after getting pleasantly drunk and walking out of the bar.

‘Let’s go to a club! Party and dance!’ Ilina practically yelled, also a bit drunk as well. Hasin nodded in approval, and the three headed towards the club they usually went. They waited in line, chatting happily, and when it was their turn, stepped into the club.

The club was as always, excited and high-spirited. They got to a table, sat down, put down their belongings, chatted a bit more, then Aidey, the most drunk of them all, stood up and went up to the stage. The other dragons gave her room, and she joined them happily.

‘Are you ready!’ yelled the DJ, while spinning the turntable. The dragons on the stage yelled and the music once again began. Aidey danced to the beat, swinging her head wildly and side taking steps when she felt like it. Looking at her drunk form, her friends laughed and took pictures of her wildly dancing, but she didn’t care. Right now, there was only music and her. This was the time when she got rid of all the stress she got from her work. And damn, did she love music. Not only the electronic music that the DJ played right now, but also other kinds of music. Music was her love, her life.

Eventually her friends joined her, and they all danced to the beat, enjoying themselves. After dancing for a few hours, they got worn out and sitted themselves in front of the bar. ‘What can I get you?’ asked the bartender, looking at them.

‘What do you suggest?’ Aidey asked, smiling at him. He looked a bit cute. Not her style, but still, he looked cute.

‘I suggest our newest drink, rainbow cocktail.’ replied the bartender, shaking a drink.

‘Then I guess I’ll have that.’ Aidey said, and looked over to her friends. ‘What about you guys? Don’t you guys want a drink?’

‘Do you have any whisky?’ asked Hasin, to which the bartender nodded. ‘Good. I’ll have some of that. Ilina said that she’ll have the same drink as Aidey did, and the bartender smiled and told them to wait a second. While the three females waited, Aidey turned towards her friends.

‘Wasn’t he kind of cute?’ she asked.

‘Yeah. He was kind of.’ Hasin said, nodding. Ilina nodded in approval as well.

‘But he wasn’t exactly my type.’ Aidey said.

‘Why so?’ Ilina asked, leaning in.

‘Looked way too young for me. By that,I mean… umm… less mature.’ she replied. Then, their drinks came out. ‘Here you go, ladies! Two rainbow cocktails and one glass of whisky.’ the bartender said, giving out 3 glasses of alcohol. They thanked him, and sipped on their drinks. The cocktail was sweet and delicious. It felt refreshing to Aidey’s dry throat. Her friends drank their drinks, tipped the bartender, and got up first. Aidey drank her drink slower than her friends, but also finished it, got up and tipped the bartender. The trio danced to the beat a bit more, and when they were tired, paid and walked out of the club.

‘So, we went to the bar, and the club. What now?’ asked Ilina, slurring a bit.

‘I’m going to drink a bit more.’ Aidey said. ‘I have a strange craving for alcohol today. You guys in?’

The other two thought for a bit, then also agreed. So they went to a nearby store, and bought some more alcohol as well as some snacks. Then they went out to the park, and settled down on some tables and chairs in the corner. Aidey pulled out her phone, and played some music on it to match her mood. Then she opened a bottle of beer, drank some, opened a pack of snacks, and ate some. The other two did the same, and they all sat in the silence, simply listening to music and enjoying one another’s company. Eventually, Aidey started to sway a bit from the alcohol she consumed, but continued to drink more. Today was the end of the week! So it was time to enjoy herself! And she intended to enjoy as much as she could.

After a few bottles of empty beer and empty snackbags, Aidey and her friends got up. They trashed the empty bottles and snack bags, and got up. Aidey wobbled a bit, drunk. She said her departures to her friends, who were also quite drunk as well, and started to fly towards her home. She swayed to the wind, drunk as hell. It was a mystery how she didn’t lose her mind yet. Anyways, she flew and flew, to her home, but for some reason, she couldn’t find her home.

‘That’s strange…’ she thought. ‘My home used to be here…’ Aidey landed, and looked around. Suddenly, she didn’t recognize where she was. All her surroundings looked strange and unfamiliar. She looked around for directions, for a sign, but there was none. Aidey started to get worried. Maybe she was even more drunk than she thought she was. She began to frantically look around. She took off into the sky, to see if she could see any place she recognized. There was none.

After quite some time of searching, which led her nowhere, Aidey landed, and she began to ask passing dragons if they knew where she was. But she smelled of alcohol, and that made all the passing dragons ignore her.

Until one finally talked to her.

‘You’re drunk, aren’t you?’ he asked, looking at Aidey. Aidey didn’t reply, but instead looked at the ground. The dragon sighed, and looked at her. ‘Where do you live? I’ll take you to there.’

Aidey looked up in surprise. She didn’t this much care from a passing by dragon. She expressed her gratitude, and told him where she lived without a second thought. The stranger took her to her home, and she thanked him again, opened the door, and finally entered her home.

Finally, she was home. ‘Never, never drink until you don’t know where you’re at.’ she thought as she just crashed into her bed and slept straight away.


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