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.
‘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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