(Title is a Work In Progress)
In space we are reduced to a style of war which is, at best, close to earths colonial times.
“Captain, why do we even fight if it is this unproductive?” I ask the head of the ship; “let alone the fact that fighting is a foolish loose-loose way to do things.” I added in a bitter whisper. “because, Embla, These people, no, barbarians will understand nothing else!” The captain said haughtily and disdainfully. I sneered, saying nothing more as i walked away, but whispering, “Those ‘barbarians’ are likely better company” In my native toung. There was a, thankfully stifled, gasp from one of the crew members who originated from my home planet. I left without paying them any mind.
Later,unfortunately, they found me as I left the cafeteria. “Embla, you can’t say things like that!” she whispered.
No one who had heard seemed to care, I was well known for my ‘wild behavior’ as they called it. Coming from such an ‘uncivalized’ planet, one which encouraged free thinkers and a peaceful existence. I wasn't born there, I was born on a more ‘typical’ planet in the same solar system. I moved to Giaiia at the age of 15 for my own reasons, I don't regret it.
I sighed, why was she so worried about my behavior anyway? “No one understood what I was saying anyway since only you and I speak Genglish” I said tiredly, she was getting exasperating. She shook her head wildly and I glanced at her with mild curiosity, what was she so worried about? I found out soon enough as she said, “You would be exiled if they did.” I sneered, “So be it, I’m not here for them.” I snapped, not looking at her anymore, but also not looking at anything specific. “I came to observe this organization for my people” I continued, not missing the way she flinched at my purposeful exclusion of herself from our kind, “And I will speak as I see fit.” I finished without room for argument. They could burn me for being a witch for all I cared, They could never tie my toung. I would die before I would allow my words to be controlled by another.
“They are attacking!” someone shouted, ending our conversation, she ran to her station and I just continued to the record room/library to examine their collection, which I had come to learn was incredibly biased and falsified. Any of us could die at any given moment so why let an attack stop me from doing my job for my people? I didn’t let myself stress over it and soon forgot it was even happening as i immersed myself in the research. Finding most of the records to be blatantly fictitious and increasingly certain my people would never have a partnership with them.
Some planets and/or cultures liked invasive technology, ours had what we liked to call ‘reasonable boundaries’. I mean, who wants to be taken captive just to have all their data usage available from one mind chip scan? Also I like being able to ignore my mail however long I feel like it.
So anyway, I was sitting there, taking notes on the errors I could find in their data books, which were hardly records and more accurately to be considered glorified propaganda. I had my sound beads In and on, listening to an eclectic collection of music, when I was suddenly rudely interrupted. A stranger yanked me out of my place seated in an unusual position in one of the room’s chairs, I really hated regular chairs. I turned around, glaring and ready to snap at a crew member, when I froze, The most intimidating and deceptively distant looking forest green eyes me my own. I didn't know this person, and while I wasn't very social it was odd not to recognize someone on a ship you have lived on for several months.
Those intense eyes looked me over with a calculating and clear sense of appraisal. They pressed a button and my tech turned off, I hadn't even remembered it was on until this point. “You are not a crew member.” they stated with an air of deceptively casual authority. I smirked, “What gave it away?” I asked, knowing full well that I looked out of place, but so did they, and I had pieced together a decent idea as to who they were. They apparently didn’t appreciate my display of my vast sarcastic talents, though I swore I saw the hint of a smirk on their nearly unchanging face.
“You are Giaiian, an still a loyal citizen, what is a ‘delicate flower’ like you doing in a dump like this?” They asked. I was shocked and more than a little irritated by their humor, I huffed and adjusted my glasses (yes, real glasses, i have gotten dirt in my contacts far to many times and surgery unnerves me) “I am a representative of my people sent to observe this organization and to then report my findings to my people so they can judge the organization so as to make educated diplomatic decisions relating to them.” I said with a little (a lot of) indignation.
“And your conclusion?” they asked simply. “Tell me who I am answering to first.” I said with a slight warning edge. They grinned, well, grinned for what their face was capable of that is. “I am, Ash. Adress me as female if you so choose, though I am truly non-binary to some extent. (usually identifies as a girl but barely) I am the captain of the (ship) and I expect an answer or I will assume you are aligned with this crew and you will be taken with as a prisoner like the rest of this ship’s crew.” they responded more seriously, now this was just unfair, they knew I wasn’t! They were threatening me for answers! “A simple no in response to their offers of and alliance.” I snapped, more than a little pissed at their tactics.
“What is Your name Fae?” they then demanded. “Excuse me?!” I gasped in shock.
“You heard me, what is your name?” they repeated regardless of their knowledge that I had indeed heard them. How did she know my Family tribe? Did she know my Specific folk? And didn't they know how insanely rude it was to ask a fae their name like that?! Oh, wait, they probably only meant my public name. I sighed, the panic residing as i exhaled. I then turned to face them, a hint of a warning in my eyes, they should know they were only getting so much out of me and I wasn't about to let myself be at the whim of a stranger. “Embla.” I answered and they smiled. “I meant your fae name.” They said slyly. I flinched almost invisibly, “How do you know I didn't give it, and while we’re at it, how do you know my tribe?” I snapped. They frowned a little, eyes harder again, “You have a tattoo on the back of your neck, if you know the tribal tattoos it is simple to deduce, and You clearly aren’t the type to willingly tell a stranger your mystic name, aside from your clearly purposeful body language, You would never have been chased for such a compromising mission by your council if you were so naive and trusting as to give everyone such power over yourself.” They explained darkly.
I didn’t know how to respond, But then I noticed something, I was able to read them unusually well, meaning, “Your a mage.” I whispered. They flinched. “So answer me fae!” they snapped. “I am the only thing stopping my crew from assuming you are hostile as of right now. After all, there already is a Giaiian on staff here.” They threatened.
I was livid but kind of stuck, “I am Laufey.” I said in a toung only the two of us could understand, a magic thing. They smiled then, “clever little trickster” I heard them whisper as they turned around. I stood there for a moment before they turned around to face me, “Are you coming Lauf?” they asked, and I saw what they did there. I pouted but followed, I had nothing better to do and nothing to loose at this point.
It had been a few days since I had joined the crew here, sort of joined them at least. Ash wasn't even that bad, actually they were one of the people I got along best with on this ship of Legal-pirates. The Asiaamerian (as i had learned she was) Wasn't that bad to be honest, but there was still something suspiciously off about their magic. That day I found out why.
I was walking down the hall minding my own business (okay, maybe i was in the restricted area, but still) when suddenly I was restrained by a disorientating-ly strong force of magic.
I struggled against the unrelenting hold the mystery assailant had on me, my display patches on my skin and hair shifting to a purple signifying my discomfort. They laughed and I froze, I knew that voice.
“Don’t get your tunic wrinkled Lauf.” they said condescendingly(?) before absentmindedly commenting on my current state, “You know, I'm impressed Lauf, Most people, even mages, will have been subdued by now while in the hold of a dragon.”. I froze, A dragon? She was dragon-kin? It had never occurred to me but it made perfect sense. The only other dragons I had met and tamed had all been killed by the people where I was born. This was the final straw before I gave in to the call home and I traveled to Giaiia. She hadn't noticed my reaction though and she commented on my halted attack invisible to non-mages. “Soul vines? or were you the people who called them psy-tentacles, no you called them soul vines.” they said unaware, “I haven't seen those in a while”, they said with approval.
“You’re a dragon-kin” I whispered. (I’m changing pronouns here for reasons) Then she noticed me “Yes I am.” she said boredly. “I haven’t met a dragon since they died.” I whispered. She now looked at me, intrigued, “You met a dragon?” she asked, leaning closer now, I hadn't even noticed her approach. “I was sort of half adopted by a dragon at one point in my life. I ‘tamed’ dragons, I lived alongside a pack of dragons, they were some of my only friends, and they killed them.” I whispered. “We were name bound and my village killed them.” I mumbled, she had dropped me at some point and i was rocking myself back and forth. I didn't notice the change in her until too late.
She lunged for me. “You people always take advantage of me!” She hissed, not really paying attention to me, She wasn't seeing me, I knew that much, but I was too broken to do anything other than sob a little. It wasn’t just me anymore, I don’t think either of us knew what we were doing as we gained access to each other’s memories. Well, She didn’t know she was showing me them, that much I was sure of.
She shouted incoherent words but i wasn't listening to them and she didn’t expect me to. She was busy panicking and deciding weather or not to attack me. The things that those people had done to her horrified me as I absorbed them, she was abducted, abused, and made to work against her will by people who took advantage of their abilities over her kind. I screamed and then I was screaming about my own past with people again.
“They killed my best friend! They killed my dragon family, They killed them and I couldn't stop it!” I was crying and both of us were kind of out of it, how had this even happened? We were joking just a few minutes ago. “I almost killed them. I stopped myself, but I still fucked them up pretty bad. I wasn’t even sure why I stopped at the time, all I knew was that I would never forgive myself if I actually went through with it. I mauled those hunters and royally fucked my village over, anyone involved directly was screwed. I left everyone else alone and fled, i never went back.” I whispered, hugging myself again. I had shown her my memories too because I didn’t want her to feel like I had something to use against her without her having something herself. I would never betray her but she didn’t know that.
She stared at me for a while. “I would destroy that monster who used you, But you already handled him.” I said, My threat genuine and my eyes dark. I’m sure I would terrify myself if i weren't in this state. She scrutinized me and then roared, a clawed hand reaching for my head, I didn’t move, I didn't really want to. The hand hit the wall behind me as she growled, “I forget how powerful Giaiians are. you don’t kill, you avoid fighting, it’s easy to pass you off as non-threatening” she then stared right at me, and I felt a little betrayed by the hatred I saw there, but I wasn’t surprised, “I won’t make that mistake again. Go to your room Laufey and don’t let me find you here again.” she growled. I couldn’t resist a command in this state so I just walked away, trying not to cry in front of her. I made it to my room just to start crying. Damn them all. She hated me now. I don’t know how to live with that. She was my first friend in years and I was now seen as nothing more than a threat now. She had stared at me for a moment as I left and I had held my breath but all she said was, “You look sweet but you are always a dragon-tamer, and If I think you use me i will kill us both.” after that I just ran. I couldn’t handle all this.
She didn’t talk to me for days afterwords. I just kind of drifted in and out of the library and had inescapable conversations with a few concerned crew members, the rest hated me though. Some even made a point of ruining my day when they had the chance, not that hey could make it much worse, I wasn't even sure why she kept me on the ship at this point, but i suppose trade was more important than me.
today was a bit of a shift in that. The signal for an attack went off and I walked down to see what was happening. Why would anyone think it was a good idea to attack us at close range? I wondered. It had to be close range or we would have fled already.
Of course I had the bad luck with people to have a red-headed stranger stop me in the hall and point a gun at me. I wasn’t even aware people would be willing to invade this ship, I didn’t even think it was reasonably plausible. I wasn’t overly fond of guns, not that i couldn’t do anything about them, but i was also curious as to what was happening and this was the easiest way to find out. “Move faster minty!” he snapped. I turned on my heels, apparently shocking him enough to stop. “Why the toxic waste would you call me minty?!” I snapped, I had had a bad temper lately. He gestured to myself with the gun and I looked down, My skin had its usual chlorophyll colored bands and I sighed.
Soon enough we reached the control room and I was shocked by what I saw.
All of our crew was packed onto the main control floor. “I found someone!” my ‘captor’ shouted, everyone turned to look at me. Our crew was surrounded by the enemy and Ash actually looked uneasy. Then she saw me and Her whole demeanor changed. She wasn't angry or suspicious, she looked genuinely terrified. I was so confused by this, why was she scared? She was a dragon, was she scared because she thought I was going to betray her? I paled, as much as my already pale skin would, and I felt sick, was she scared of me? But then someone spoke, drawing our attention, “Interesting, I didn’t know there was a Giaiian on this ship.” they appeared to be the enemy leader, or captain i supposed. “What a cute little fae you have there Ash” They said, Ash growled an I wilted, she really hated me, she didn't even want to be associated with me. AN
actually (name) is protective). Then they manifested their aura magic.
I was feeling sick now. I clung to the railing as I was overwhelmed by the scent. “Aw, the cutie can smell me, look” She said and extended what appeared to be a carnivorous plant aura thing closer to me. I fell back, letting go of the railing in my unease and falling back.
“Don’t touch her!” Ash roared, this surprised me, was she scared for me and not of me? That didn’t make sense, she hated me.
I was sick, she smelled like blood, she was a blood-driven and I was overwhelmed. I leaned back against the railing, still on my knees. “What did you do to her?!” Ash snapped. “Me? nothing. This is just how the softies react to our kind, can’t handle someone who actually likes getting their hands dirty. They make us leave Giaiia because they can’t handle the sight of blood, little weaklings.” She laughed. “Venus.” Ash growled. My green skin patches turned purple in a display of discomfort and I growled. Someone grabbed me and I just managed to push them off, I may have also used my venom on them, apparently I did but I don’t remember. I didn't notice someone else apparently since Lesleigh shouted my name, I didn’t hear them though. I knew someone said Embla but it didn’t seem anywhere near urgent enough.
“Laufey!” Ash shouted. I turned to see Venus grinning wildly, she had a gun aimed at me. “Laufey.” she said manickly. I flinched when she said it. I realized what it was she was planning to do, even in my current state, and I turned to Ash(?) This plan was a stretch but I asked, mentally, if she would become name-locked with me, some part of her accepted and my plan actually worked. Venus spoke then, “Laufey here.” she commanded and I just stared defiantly. I actually lifted myself up onto the railing to stand defiantly.
“Laufey!” She snapped. I almost smirked, my color was changing to a normal blue-green. I was benefiting from The name-lock as well, since the other person wasn’t affected by venus. Her eyes turned red where they had been white and mine responded to show my position. I couldn’t control it, cornea color was a tell among Giaiians of name independence, among other things. My own turned their own magenta color. What I Hadn’t anticipated was a change in Ash’s eye color, her own corneas turned black and he pupils slit as she growled. I didn’t actually know that was even possible, but apparently Venus did since she screamed in frustration, but then her expression changed in the most terrifying of ways, she ginned and I knew she had a plan, but I wasn’t fast enough to react before her venus fly trap ‘vines’ had me incapacitated.
Only a few individuals in the room seemed to have expected something like this, and all of them were apparently strategists, well i could only guess at one but it would follow a pattern if they were one as well. I screamed.
I fully aware of the possible adverse effects my voice could have on people in this state. far skills vary of course, but I still had a slightly unusual combination of said abilities, though not inherently rare, it still seemed to surprise venus.
Ash chose then to attack and full blown chaos erupted as the two ships crews battled it out around me, not that I could keep track of most of what was happening at that moment anyway. Ash had managed to distract venus enough to force her to drop me.
I gasped as I lay on the ground, suddenly able to breath again. My whole body stung, my existence was one of a burning pain entirely. I whimpered and curled into myself. I don’t know how long that lasted before someone approached me, it couldn’t have been two long since I was still conscious at the time. The individual whom had approached myself knelt next to my quivering form. They sniffed at me, and I whined, why wont they leave me alone, everything hurt, i didn’t want to hurt more. Then they growled and pulled me into their arms. I recognized that smell and relaxed a little, that was enough for me to loose consciousness.
“Why did I accept you?!” A voice shouted at me as I was startled into a semi-concious state of awareness. Ash’s voice. After a moment I used to process all the stimuli I responded, “I have no idea. That was your decision, I’m sorry for being useless.” Ash now looked like she was deciding weather to strangle me or slap me in the face and hug me. She sighed, “I assumed you would know since you were the one to start the whole name bond-y thing we have going on.” She explained, running her hands through her hair in exasperation and anxiety.
“We won?” I asked, remembering why I was in a hospital bed in the first place. “Kind of, they fled, we fled, now we wait and see how everything goes, like every other day ever.” Ash explained, sitting in a chair near my cot-thing. “I didn’t think you would accept, it was a last ditch attempt to save us all so venus didn’t use me as a weapon or whatever she had planned.” I said, looking at my hands, I didn’t notice the hurt look on her face because I was looking at my hands then. “I see, it was a good plan.” ash said, her voice was a lot less emotional now so I looked up at her with concern and fear, but before I could even finish moving my head there was a shape pain in my arm and I yelped, Turning to face the needle now in my arm.
I hate needles, you need to know that. So I didn’t handle this well, but I was used to resisting attacking doctors enough that I didn’t lash out, but instead shrunk back.
“Did you have to use a traditional needle!?” Ash snapped at the doctor, who it turned out was not the ship physician, But was instead Lesleigh.
“Why are you my doctor?” I asked Lesleigh. They rolled their eyes and responded, “Ash was more than a little angry with the ships doctor’s past treatment of you. Apparently I’m more trusted anyway, But never mind that.
And to answer your question Ash, her body wouldn’t accept the treatment unless it was injected directly. Fae are very resistant to external foreign stimulus.” Lesliegh said, exhasperated. One of my vines sought out a source of comfort, no one really know if they are entirely a part of us or if they are just a symbiotic life form we kind of share existence with, regardless I didn’t notice the little one wrap itself around Ash’s arm until Lesliegh glanced at it so I followed their gaze. Ash noticed the attention and yanked her arm our of its grasp. I wilted a little with them, they really must hate me, I thought.
Lesleigh glared at Ash, and even though I tried to tell them it was fine, Ash gave in and put her arm back for my typically invisible limb to wrap itself around. I was a little dejected, forcing her to tolerate me wouldn’t do anything but make her hate me more, I figured. I sat there, sadly, as They worked around me, checking on my health and Ash kind of just stood there. I drifted off without noticing it then.
I woke up suddenly to a very loud and cheerful voice Saying something next to me. I may have then lashed out at random things around thee room in a panic before I calmed down a little. I looked around to see Lesleigh glaring at a crew member I had seen but didn’t really know. “I told you not to startle the patient Nada!” Lesleigh snapped. The new person, apparently named Nada, made a childishly rude face at Lesleigh and turned to face me. “So, Embla, that was some display earlier, are you and Ash together or something?” Nada asked far too blatantly. I almost fell out of bed and Lesleigh was giving Nada a death glare.
“Wh-Who are you?!” I shrieked. “I’m Nada, I’m Leslegh’s assistant, and i want you to answer my question.” she said cheerfully, but with a hint of something else underneath. ‘No, I’m fairly certain she hates me.” I said, a little more bitter and sad than I had meant. I didn’t think she was trying to hurt me on purpose, but still. She actually gawked at me, “Really?! After all that? If anything she Likes you more than normal. I mean, She wouldn’t let anyone touch you after you passed out, and I mean anyone. It was a real pain getting you in here let me tell you, No one wanted to mess with that. All black corneas and growling and claws, I think she almost mauled an idiot who thought he could attack you during the battle. Like whoa.” Nada said and I paled a little, looking at Lesliegh. “Well, she’s not wrong.” Lesliegh replied and I paled, my stripes turning a weird color.
“She can’t like me.” I said defensively, more scared to get my hopes up than anything. “She slept in your room until you woke up.” Nada said casually and i turned to Lesleigh, “wh-where is Ash?” I whispered. Lesleigh sighed, “She has a job on the planet we are stopped at, the planet Welow. She won’t be back for a while.” They explained in a voice that said they didn’t want to deal with any of this. I was up and running before anyone could stop me, and since I was fae and could run really fast, and no one knew to do so, no one stopped me, as I changed clothes and left the ship.
After I was outside I realized I had no idea where I was. I began to wander, no far from the ship, and always remembering where I was relative to it. As I wandered for close to twenty minutes I was increasingly disturbed by what I saw. They were selling androids as slaves, There were so many mistreated species that shouldn’t even be sold, and so much else.
One silkie, a strange species resembling silk scarves which float like (jellyfish) through the atmosphere, actually wasn’t that well restrained in it’s cage. it was smaller than the others and had snuck out only to hide near by. No one really knows how smart silkies are since they have such foreign anatomy and are rare and elusive. regardless this one was drawn to my ‘empath vibe’ and hid in my bag without me noticing.
I froze when I saw one man selling fae venom. I just kind of stood there, trying to blend in, forgetting why I was here, with the silkie coming out of my bag to cover me like the scarves many individuals in the desert trading center wore. A scorpio man bumped into me and I apologized only to have him slap me with one of his arachnid like limbs, Though he didn’t look like an arachnid or a man. I fell down, still weak from the other day, and several individuals of several species turned to look at me, the clearly human-type who had been so easily knocked on their ass in such a harsh place.
Then the man I was hiding from saw me, I started to panic but was almost totally frozen, it was a real pain how I did this whenever I was in serious trouble but if any one else was also at steak I was totally fine kicking ass. He grinned in a way that make my stomach do a really weird panic-y thing. But It turns out when I freak out I am a whole lot easier for Ash to find since the dragon-kin walked right over to me. helping me up, and most of the crowd decided they should go on like usual once the Pirate dragon was involved.
“What the hel Embla?” Ash hissed, using a curse I sometimes used. I winced, Not really having a good explanation for my actions, like usual. She sighed, running a hand over her face, “How am I supposed to handle someone like you?” she grumbled and I flinched. Suddenly I realized she was trading in this terrible market and that she probably hated me anyway, so, again impulsively, I ran.
I hadn't run very far when I felt this weird urge to turn in a certain direction, per usual, I followed said weird impulsive urge to do the thing. Then i figured out what it was I was after once i passed the third colorful booth to hear a familiar call. I jumped across a display table like an idiot to grab The familiar egg and then my actions caught up with me, like always. Because I am an idiot.
Ash reached me first, and facing off against two very scary individuals Ash, even with everything I knew, was a far more welcome sight than before. I held the egg to my chest and Ash knew what I was holding, I could see it in her eyes. She turned on our adversaries with renewed vigor only to freeze in place at the sight of the booth owner, and I knew why. That merchant was art of the poacher/slave trade ring who had kept Ash captive for years. We were really screwed now.
I hate fighting, I hate hate hate it, but I am also damn good at it if I can just get into the right mental state, problem is, I usually don’t, not since training so hard not to. Luckily, I was able to now. I shoved the egg, gently, into Ash’s arms and she held it on reflex. Silkie un wrapped itself and sat like a scarf instead, so I could see. I stepped in front of Ash and the egg and I growled warningly. They didn’t listen.
Ash had, without me noticing, incapacitated the venom dealer moments prior to going into shock so I only had that bastard to deal with. He seemed to be enjoying facing off against Ash as he smiled, I goring me, and said, “Ash, how good to see yo-” But I didn’t let him finish, “No.” I said simply. Out of energy and really cranky I just lash out at the idiot with my vines and he was down in seconds. the crowd we had gathered dispersed then and I turned to Ash. Ash, I need to see them.” I stated, more of a command than a question, She seemed shocked by not just my presence but also my shift in demeanor.I couldn’t help it, I had a natural air of authority in battle or conflicts when I reacted the way I did just now. I sighed, running a hand through my hair. I placed a hand on the shell and was satisfied enough with Their small response to my chirp.
I stepped back and lead us back to the ship. Lesliegh was not happy with our current state but we had bigger interpersonal issues to deal with.
After thorough separate interrogations of the two of us by Laufey and The doctor we were allowed to see each other again.
“Lauf, why did you run away?” She asked me, I was great full she didn’t ask why i was out there in the first place, that would have been super awkward and distracting. “Why were you trading in a place like that?” i asked, well, more of hissed, she glared at me but replied, “We deal in illegal goods, we have to find alternative markets, weither they be literal or otherwise.” Ash stated harshly, but I ignored it, I was mad, I knew I should have expected this from pirates, but still. “But WHAT do you trade?!” I snapped. She looked ready to snap but answered me still, “information, medication, some technology. Some of it could almost be considered humanitarian if we didn’t assist in revolutions so often.” She snapped. I froze, that was new, and kind of cool.
“I’m sorry, I was just upset with some of what was available in that market.” I said honestly, and her face softened a little. Then I looked up at the egg in her arms, “How are they?” I asked, and she knew what I meant. “Better.” She replied and I believed her. We just kind of stood there for a while before I spoke up, “I was an idiot and I ran to go find you because someone thought you liked me.” I said flatly, not sure what emotions I could display without making a huge mess of things. She gasped and looked so scared and I would have assumed she would be embarrassed, and then I figured it out. Even the ever socially clueless me could tell she was scared I wouldn’t like her. That was a shock, but I then decided to ask, because I didn’t know what subtlety was when not used in a trick, “Can I kiss you?”.
She looked shocked off her ass and I was afraid I had royally fucked up, But then she responded, “It’s not a no if you like me.” and it was my turn to be shocked off my ass. I stood there dumbly for a moment before pulling her ridiculously high up face down to a reasonable level and then awkwardly kissing an actual person on the lips for the first time in my life.
Then after that she stood up again to her tree-like hight (okay, it was 7 inches taller than me) and we stood there awkwardly again, then she asked me, “You meant that right?” and it hurt but I knew why she did.
“I swear on my name you know and out broken selves I didn’t fake it.” I said and she looked hesitant for a moment before looking more relived than I had ever seen her let herself feel. Then she seemed to have trouble standing so I helped her over to my room since I had no idea where her’s was. She flopped on my bed-thing (I liked weird nest like sleeping areas) and just cried silently.
I sat down next to her, my silkie laying on my desk to take a nap or something, whatever chilling silkies did. I, in all my short glory, lay down next to her. She seemed anxious at first before just giving up on trying to protect herself, too tired of it all and in too deep already, with everything.
“Why are you crying Fuego?” I whispered, using her ‘secret name’ as her people called them. “I saw him, He was going to get me and I froze up, he had this” she showed the dragon egg, “And i couldn’t even get angry because of that, I was so useless. He could take me again I know it.” she said, more vulnerable than ever, and I was ready to destroy that man I had defeated because of that.
“Never, you both will never go back, and no one blames you. They traumatized you, I reacted similarly to the venom dealer remember?” I soothed and she turned to face me, searching, and finding the results satisfactory, she sighed, and leaned closer to me. I held them and whispered, “And if they tried to, I would tear them all apart.” I hissed menacingly, this made her flinch away from me. I was confused and hurt.
“don’t do that, you are not that type of person.” she whispered and I winced. “I won’t, but they will regret if they hurt you regardless.” I reassured, “No death toll ever of course.” I said honestly, unless something drastic happened that would remain true.
But then I started to get uncomfortable, the last time I had gotten this close to dragons they had died, and I had never met a dragon-kin. “You will be okay right?” I whispered. Her eyes widened before her expression, her face unusually expressive here, softened and she ran a hand through the shorter side of my hair. “Of course, worry about yourself stupid genius.” she said affectionately. I curled into her, no one had ever acknowledged my stupid actions at the same time as my intelligence before, “I will!” I replied enthusiastically.
We talked to the dragon egg for a while. “This feels weird, yesterday they were being sold by that guy, you were distant, and I thought you hated me.” I said, thinking out loud. “You thought I hated you?” she asked, and I knew I had fucked up again.
“Well… yeah. but not anymore! I lo-like you a lot lot lot!” I responded quickly, anxious about possibly hurting her. “I do too Lauf.” She said seriously. I blushed a little at the nickname, But then the dragon egg caught me attention again, “can we be like a family?” I asked but regretted it immediately, I was so impulsive I was such an idiot! I reprimanded myself, but she only looked surprised for a moment before responding, “Yeah. that would be nice, just don’t kill anyone because of us okay?” she said and I smiled, “Yeah! that’s super okay!” I said and then hugged her with more energy than I would use in public.
She smiled and I cooed to the egg again. We didn’t leave for a while, but she had a meeting to go to later so she left us for that. I kind of may have gotten bored and so silkie, the egg, and I, amy have gone exploring, maybe. Okay we did.