Note: Been a while, sorry for the wait. I'm not sure if this chapter is great, but I think I did alright with it. This was a bit rushed though but I like fast faced stories so hopefully this is. REMEMBER, Mystery Side are the thieves from chapter 3, just reminding people.
Disclaimer: American Dragon; Jake Long, does NOT belong to me. All rights go to their owners. Thax.
Chapter VI: The Nostalgia
Lady Valor stepped into the train station where the hideout for the extinct HuntsClan had been located, and where the current base for her team was located.
"Do you have the items?" Lady Valor asked hoping her apprentices had the item she desired.
"Yes milady," the male masked apprentice, codenamed Saber said, holding out hunts-spears and chains.
The female masked apprentice, codenamed Silver, also held out a spear but in her other hand was a beautiful, transparent orb, and inside of it laid an hour glass with blue sand.
Lady Valor smiled as she took the orb from Silver's hands," Good job. These are exactly what we need to carry out our plan." She examined the orb closely. "You two may go now and take the weapons to the storage area." Lady Valor instructed, but before they left, Silver had something to say.
"Lady Valor, I think there is something you should know," Silver said.
"And what is that," Lady Valor questioned.
"The orb, it felt disturbed. I could feel a very powerful negative energy radiating from it." Silver said.
Lady Valor gave her a questionable look, "What do you mean? I feel no such negative energy radiating from it. What exactly did you feel?"
Silver let out a deep breath, "The orb, it signaled a Paradox as we were passing through New York City." Lady Valor's eyes widened and so did Saber's.
"You're kidding, right?" Saber asked but Silver gave him a glare.
"Silver, you know a paradox only happens when time and space are both disturbed." Lady Valor explained.
"I know," Silver said," And I'm pretty sure the paradox had something to do with the American Dragon destroying the Aztec Skulls."
"But the Aztec Skulls couldn't have disturbed time and space if they were broken. They were created to grant wishes, not disturb the balance. "Saber pointed out, "there's no possible way." Silver rolled her eyes at him.
"Maybe the destruction of them didn't disturb the balance, but a wish from them could have," Silver stated.
Lady Valor face was grim, "if that's the case then we must destroy the disturbance or else our plan will fail."
Silver and Saber exchanged worried looks, they knew this wasn't going to be good. Silver looked at Lady Valor, now the real mission had begun.
Jake, Spud, and Trixie had arrived at the Smoothie Bar about ten minutes after Jake had gotten the text message from Danica.
He was anxious to see her; it felt like he hadn't seen Danica all summer, even though it had just been a couple of weeks.
As Jake and his friends walked through the door, Jake scanned the room to see if he could find Danica, until he heard her voice calling his name.
"Jake!" He turned and he could feel a huge smile form on his face. With no time wasted, he made his way towards her, and kissed her.
"Just what I needed," Jake thought, "I've missed you Danica." He told her.
She smiled, "I missed you too, Jakey," She pulled one of his cheeks playfully, which embarrassed him a little, but he didn't mind, he actually liked it.
"Hey, don't forget about us," Spud greeted.
"Hey Spud," Danica chuckled, "Trixie."
"Hey," Trixie said in not-a-very enthusiastic way, but Danica didn't mind, and neither did Jake, as Danica wrapped her arms around Jake's.
"Come on, I want you guys to meet some of my friends," And the group followed after Danica, not anticipating what was going to happen next. "Jake, I want you to meet my friends."
Jake looked up and then all of a sudden he felt his heart drop, there in front of him was Rose-or a girl who looked like Rose, once again. Was it really her? Or was she the duplicate? A million thoughts raced through his mind as he exchanged a quick look with his friends, who were just as equally confused.
"Hi," Janice greeted with a wave. "I'm Janice," Jake, Spud, and Trixie just nodded, barely acknowledging her presence as they looked at the Rose look-a-like.
"Hey," The Rose look-a-like spoke up, "Nice to meet you," Jake looked at her hand and then it was confirmed, there on her hand was the birthmark, the dragon.
"Rose…"Jake thought aloud, and Rose looked at him, a surprised expression crossed her face. He looked into her eyes and a nostalgic feeling passed through him.
Jake felt as if his heart was about to explode. The girl he loved-no loves, was sitting right in front of him, completely safe and alive. All Jake wanted to do was embrace her and tell her how much he had missed her and how much he loved her.
However, Jake realized something. One massive thing that was keeping them apart, well actually two.
First, the girl looking back at him was definitely Rose, but not the Rose he knew. The Rose he knew was gone thanks to the wish he had made to save her life. She had lived a completely different life with the family she had always wanted. So the memories they had together were gone and no matter what Jake did, those memories, those feelings, they would never return, well not for her.
Second, the girl's arms that were wrapped around his belonged to another girl, a girl he cared deeply for, a girl he didn't want to hurt again, Danica. While Rose was living her normal life with her normal family, Jake had slowly been falling in love with Danica. He couldn't hurt her especially not for a girl who didn't even remember him, and never would.
"Uh…Jake…"Danica squeezed Jake's arm, he didn't look alright. "Are you okay?"
The sound of Danica's voice brought Jake back from his trance, "Uh…yeah, sorry about that." Jake ran his hand through his hair, "I guess I just spaced out."
"Are you sure?" Danica asked and Jake nodded.
"Y-yeah, I'm completely fine. Why wouldn't I be fine...?" Jake sweat dropped, in reality he wasn't fine. He was utterly confused, and Trixie could tell.
Danica looked at him questionably," Alright, if you say so."
"Uh…."Trixie jumped in, "Let me borrow Jake real quick, and we'll be right back." She practically dragged Jake out of the store with Spud following after. "Who in the hell was that, Jakey? Did my eyes deceive me or was that who I think it was?"
"Man…it sure looked like Rose to me, "Spud scratched his head," Or was it Stacey's friend? I'm so confused right now."
"No listen guys," Jake let out an exasperated sigh," that was definitely Rose. I saw her birthmark and felt her aura, no doubt about it."
"How's that even possible," Trixie asked, "I thought home girl was in Hong Kong, what's she doing in New York?"
Jake looked defeated, "I don't know Trix, but I'm going to find out. In the meantime act chill. Rose doesn't remember us and well we can't just act like she does, plus Danica well…ugh this is so complicated."
"You're telling me," Spud said.
"Listen Jacky," Trixie grabbed a hold of Jake's shoulders, "Calm down. I get it; it's a huge shock to you as it is to us. We'll just go in there and act like everything normal, got it?" Jake and Spud nodded, "Good, now you can't leave your girl alone for too long. You know how they be getting while waiting for their men, sheesh. Go in there," Trixie pushed Jake into the door, and followed after him while Spud was still in a bit of a shock.
"That was little weird," Janice said.
"Uh yeah," Rose agreed, still not forgetting how Jake had known her name without her telling him, or did she just imagine it? "Did you guys hear him say my name?"
"How could he say your name, you two just met? He probably doesn't even know what it is." Janice said.
"I know but I swear I heard him say my name," Rose said.
"Maybe you imagined it," Danica offered.
"Yeah you weren't looking so hot a little while ago, are you sure your alright?" Janice asked, concerned for her friend.
"Uh yeah…"Rose said, "just a slight headache, nothing major. I've been getting them a lot recently."
Now Danica looked worried, "You should get that checked. You could be sick."
"No I'm fine," Rose assured, "it's probably the change in weather or climate. I've always been sensitive to things like that."
Danica wasn't fully convinced but let it go," Alright but get some medicine just to be safe."
"I will," Rose gave her a smile as she noticed Jake and his friends walk back into the store. Her head seemed to ache a little bit more but all she thought about was how sure she was that Jake had said her name.
Jake and his friends walked back into the store and sat down with Danica and her friends, formally introduced themselves, and started small talk.
Jake didn't feel quite as comfortable with Rose there and Rose didn't feel comfortable with Jake there either, both trying to avoid the other's gaze.
Luckily, Trixie and Spud's antics and jokes had kept Janice from noticing but not Danica. She had picked up something fishy between the two, and she'd be sure to question Jake about it later.
When everyone had finished their smoothies, Spud and Trixie were the first to leave, while Danica and Jake had agreed to hang out some more, while Rose and Janice had to get home. Before they left though, Danica remembered something.
"Oh hey Rose, do you have a cell?" She asked, Jake perked up at the mention of a phone.
"Uh…yeah I do but it's not working right now." Rose replied, "Right before I came to NYC, I accidently dropped it, and the screen broke. So no calls or texts for me,"
"Bummer," Danica pouted, "I was thinking we could all hang out again before school started. I mean we all barely know each other, right Jakey?"
Jake awkwardly nodded his head," Yeah…"
"I mean you could give them your home phone number, that's what I've been calling for the time being," Janice suggested.
"Well uh…yeah I guess…if you guys don't mind," Rose said.
"We don't mind," Danica smiled and Jake nodded, both pulling out their phones and handing it to Rose, who quickly typed in her number and handed them back.
"I should have my phone fixed before school starts, I'll give you guys my number then." Rose said, "Trixie and Spud too, if they want it too."
"Uh yeah…I'll tell or uh ask 'em," Jake said and Rose nodded.
"Well I guess I'll catch you guys later," Rose said as they all parted ways, Rose and Janice were heading home, and Jake and Danica spending a little more time together.
"So what did you think about Rose," Danica asked, resting her head on Jake's shoulders as they walked through the streets, arm in arm.
"Uh…what do you mean, what did I think of her?" Jake asked nervously.
"Like I asked, do you think she's nice, funny, or was she pretty?" Danica asked.
"Pretty…what? Nah!" Jake was a little frantic but he noticed Danica's suspicious look, "I mean no one is as pretty as you Danica. You're beautiful."
Danica blushed at the compliment, "You're not bad yourself, Jake Long." And she placed a kiss on his cheek. "Now come on, we have a lot to catch up on."
That day, Danica dragged Jake along everywhere, filling Jake up on her past few weeks. Jake didn't mind though, he was glad to have Danica back but there was still a part of him that thought about Rose. However, he shook those thoughts out of his head; Danica was his second chance at love….
Not Rose, she was just the nostalgia.
My heart is racing and I don't feel good, I feel a little dizzy. Images of Jake flash through my head, but I can't make sense of it.
He's awkwardness, shyness, those green eyes, there's something familiar about them, all of it, but what? I'm getting a headache just thinking about him.
"UGH!" I let out a sigh of frustration. I didn't like this feeling.
Also, something about Jake being with Danica didn't fit right with me, but what? Every time I think about them, I get even more frustrated.
"Gosh, am I jealous or something?" I asked myself, but I shake it out of my head.
I didn't know Jake, he doesn't know me. Why the heck would I be jealous? Maybe it's all this change, the stress; it was all getting to me.
I let out another sigh.
I drifted into my thoughts for a second as I looked at my birthmark; something about it didn't feel right either. I close my eyes for a few moments.
The sentence, "Let go, I'll be okay. I promise… I'll be okay-" Echoed through my brain, and I automatically opened by eyes and let out a deep breath. Those words had such a nostalgic feeling to them.
I cleared my head even thought it still hurt and walked home.
I hate feeling nostalgic.
Huh, what y'all think? Put some Danica and Rose friendship in there, hopefully it works out, if not Rose can always steal Jake...but I might have other plans. *smirks evilly* Oh, I'm excited to write this story again. I know just how to end it too, but that'll be a while. Next update within the next two weeks, lets hope (:
Hope you enjoyed!