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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.