Epilogue: A Reunion
/Author's Note. Well, I know I'm gonna get kicked in maybe the crotch for taking so long. But, all things considered, I have many things to say.
First is that I will be changing my hatred for Titanfall into Titanfall on the Xbox 360. I got Titanfall on next-gen and it worked perfectly, just like what it should have been. I played it for one day and I MANAGED TO CRUSH TWO PEOPLE WHILE STANDING BY FOR TITANFALL! I wasn't even trying! I recorded it as well on my game dvr, and its on Xbox Live, so anyone who wants to see it can see it on Xbox live. Another thing is that I am supporting a comic on Deviantart called Pure Light. It. Is. AWESOME!1 I won't spoil it, so you can find it on Smackjeeves. (Xannador's profile is deactivated, I think, so chapter one you could only find it on Smackjeeves, unless you get lucky) Currently RusCSI is making the chapters.
Another thing to say. If you want to use my OC's, (since I did promise usage of my OC's earlier in the story) just pm me and you can use them. Just don't do any sexual or other adult things to them just yet… (hint, hint)
Well, if I remember anything else, I will mention them in other stories, but for now, enjoy the final chapter of A Red Dragon's Tale.
(Three months later)
It had been three months since I told Winter about my feelings to her. Many things had happened, mostly things like the Guardians forcing me into training, learning how to fight effectively in melee combat. ((Took inspiration from Spyro:Bridge Across Worlds)) And now, my life will change even more than it has already.
Ignitus came to me and told me what was happening; I was going with him to the White Isles to learn how to control my element, which I had somehow demonstrated strong control over it while fighting Malefor. Winter didn't want me to go, but I told her I would be back with her as soon as I learnt how to control my element. So when I was ready, we set off for the White Isles.
When we arrived, I got some time to rest from the flight to the place. But I knew that I needed to start soon, and I insisted that I started early. And that I did. I managed to hold a steady stream of fire for a seemingly incredible amount of time without taking a breath, ((a couple of minutes, or 5 minutes, would be the exact number)) managed to cause fire to surround me to form a Comet Dash without having to concentrate on controlling the fire for too long, but my final challenge was something that I had done before, but I had not managed to stay conscious afterwards; the Fire Fury.
"Clear you mind, Drago. Feel the fire that burns within you. Let it's heat consume you, and when you can't contain it any longer… unleash it!"
I felt my body lift up from the ground, felt the fire build up inside of me. I couldn't contain it at this moment, but it wasn't enough. I needed to hold it in for just a few more seconds. I couldn't afford to lose control now.
"Yes, yes, that's it! Keep going! You're almost there." Ignitus said.
I could barely hear him. I kept it up. I couldn't afford any weakness right now. Not now.
I felt fire surround me. I was almost done. 'Just a little longer.'
As I thought I couldn't do it, I thought of my parents. With a pang of realisation, I knew that they would be proud if they could see me now. I felt a surge of energy form inside me. I can do it. I know I can! The fire was a part of me. The fire was with me, and it would never falter.
It was ready. I unleashed the fury with courage, and I felt the blast rush outwards from me. I did it. I finally did it.
As I lowered to the ground, I felt myself lose consciousness. Before I did, Ignitus caught me before I hit the ground.
"Well done, young Drago. You finally managed to do it." He said.
I looked up at him, as my strength finally came back to me. "Thank you, Ignitus. I don't think I would've managed to do it without your help." I said to Ignitus.
Ignitus nodded. "Get some rest, young Drago. You deserve it." He said.
Ignitus carried me to some pillows, ((something like that)) and placed me down. He placed his wing over me to warm me up. I snuggled into his hold, overjoyed at my latest achievement.
'If only my family could see me now!' I thought happily, then I became sad. 'I don't know how I can get home. I don't think I even CAN get home. I just want to see them again.'
"Something bothering you, Drago?" Ignitus asked.
I looked up at Ignitus, and knew I had to tell him. "I was thinking about my family. My human family. I wish I could see them again. I miss them so much." I said, while starting to cry.
Ignitus' expression softened even more, as he thought about it. 'He has done more than enough to deserve it.'
"Drago…" Ignitus said, getting my attention. "I can allow you to see your family again."
"Really?" I asked.
"Yes. While you won't see them in the physical world, I can let you see them in a dream." Ignitus answered.
"Like what the last Chronicler did with Spyro before the Night of Eternal Darkness? Like what you did with me three months ago?" I asked.
I knew what he was talking about. I would never forget what he had done three months ago.
"Ok." I said.
Ignitus smiled. "Alright. Get some rest. You will need it for the journey back to Warfang." He said.
I nodded. As I laid down and closed my eyes, I knew that I wouldn't have to worry about my family after they see me again. Before I lost consciousness, I thought about how my family would react to me being a dragon.
Gabriel and I went to sleep after another unsuccessful day of trying to find David. Even though three months have passed, he's still missing. It all started when one day, I woke up and made him breakfast, and called him to get out of bed and eat his breakfast. When he didn't come out. I went to his room and opened his door to find him missing. Ever since then, it's like he never existed.
I never could sleep before. Not with David missing. But for some reason sleep came faster than it took for me to think of why it was. To my surprise, it felt like I was floating in air.
I opened my eyes to see that I wasn't floating at all. More rather, I was laying on a FLOATING PLATFORM! I got up faster than I ever have in my life when I realised that, and looked around. Purple streams of some unknown energy flowed to the middle of the platform in the middle of an empty void, where it gathered. Weird planets floated in the open space, while weird creatures flew around. ((It's the Realm of Convexity. It's supposed to be weird!)) Wherever I was, it was nowhere close to Earth or wherever Earth is. I saw Gabriel, Sam; David's older brother, and Caitlin; David's younger sister, lying nearby. As they woke up, I told them that I knew just as much as them about where we were.
"How do we get back home, Mama?" Asked Caitlin.
"I don't know." I answered. "I think this is a dream, but why are we all here if it is one?"
"That's because you were brought here for a reason."
We all turned around at the sudden voice, all of us thinking that it was… familiar. And we all gasped at who we saw.
Standing in front of us, with a smile on its face, was a red and gold dragon with light blue eyes. It was probably in its teen years, judging from its size.
"Wh-who are you?" I asked.
"Don't you recognise me?" It questioned. We all gave it a confused look. "It's me, mom. David."
We all gasped. I couldn't believe my eyes. 'Is this just a dream?' I thought.
"…what? But… how?" I asked.
David chuckled. "It's a long story… but I've missed you guys so much." David said.
"All this time, ever since you disappeared… you were a dragon?" I asked.
I couldn't believe it. He was standing right in front of me. My son.
"David." I walked up and hugged him, holding him in a long overdue embrace. He hugged back, wrapping his wings around me. It felt so weird to feel dragon wings around me, but I didn't care. My son was here. I couldn't be any more happy.
"Mom, you won't believe what I have seen." David said.
"Don't worry, we can go home." I said.
"Mom, I've made friends in this world. I wanted to see you again because I missed you." David said.
"What do you mean?" I asked.
"I saw dragons in this world, mom. They had finally finished a war three years ago. They almost became extinct." David answered.
"And they did this to you?" I asked.
"What? No! To be honest, I don't even know how this happened." David answered.
"Then why have you been in this other world? What was the reason?" Gabriel asked.
"I wish I had a better answer, dad, but I just somehow ended up in the Dragon Realms." David answered.
"Wait, what? The Dragon Realms? What are you talking about? What are these Dragon Realms?" I asked.
"It's where I've been for all this time. It's wonderful, with flourishing grasslands, large mountains, massive oceans, and dense forests, with many civilisations all over the realms." David answered.
'Seems like a nice place.' I thought.
"Mom, dad… do you want to come live with me in the Dragon Realms?" David asked.
"What? Why?" I asked.
"I've lived there long enough to know most of the dragons, and much more. They found out that I wasn't a dragon, but they don't mind that I'm living with them. I managed to save them as well." David said.
"What do you mean?" Gabriel asked.
"It's part of my long story." David replied.
"Is anything about you NOT a long story, bro?" Asked Sam.
"I don't know. Is there?" David said sarcastically.
"How do you know that the dragons will just let us live amongst them?" I asked.
"With my good word, of course. Also, I know a few dragons that you guys would like to know." David said.
"Hmm…" I started thinking about it. 'Maybe he's right. He's been with these dragons for a few months. I think we should.'
I looked up at David. "When do we come to the Dragon Realms?"
David chuckled. "Right now."
Light suddenly flooded in from nowhere and surrounded us. And then, I felt nothing.
I was floating. I didn't know where I was, but something told me that I was floating. Then, my body felt like it was being covered by the earth itself. Next thing I knew, I started falling. Then I abruptly stopped. Pain surged through my body, for a second, and then I felt my body start changing, before I passed out from exhaustion.
For a moment, I kept my eyes closed. But curiosity got the better of me and I opened my eyes. The first thing I saw was red scales, but as I looked around, I found that I was in some kind of library.
"You're awake." I heard a familiar voice say. I looked up to see David looking at me. "You were out for quite some time. Way longer than the others." David said.
"How long…" I asked, somehow a bit sore.
"Two hours, maybe longer. I've been here for almost all the time you were asleep. You needed that rest before we fly to Warfang." David said.
"I guess so, but wh… WAIT, FLYING!?" I exclaimed.
"But… how?" I asked.
David pointed one of his claws to something behind me, and I looked behind me with my suddenly flexible neck to see that I had wings! And now I realised I had a tail!
"What the?!" I exclaimed.
"You must feel sore after all of that. Your transformation looked painful. You were lucky that you were asleep. I can't imagine how much you would have screamed in agony." David said.
"Was it that bad?" I asked. David only replied with a nod.
"Well, I guess I better tell the others that you're awake. Come out when you want to, mom." David said, before turning around to proceed to the door.
"David?" I said.
He turned his head back to me. "Yes?"
"Thank you. For being a part of my life." I said.
David smiled and continued out of the room.
I walked out of the room and saw Sam and Caitlin already trying to try and fly, with Ignitus and Gabriel watching. "I see you're already trying." I said.
They stopped and looked towards me. "David! Let me guess, Mum's awake now?" Sam asked.
"Yes." I answered.
"Well, once she gets up and decides she wants to get going, we can leave for Warfang." Ignitus said.
"There's just one problem; she doesn't think she can do it. I told her we were going to have to fly there and she reacted pretty badly." I explained.
"She'll get over it. Besides, from what Ignitus has told us, Warfang should be an awesome place to see!" Sam replied.
"I guess you're right." I said.
After a while, Michelle came out of the room, stumbling as she wasn't used to walking on all fours.
"You ok?" I asked. She nodded, then glanced nervously at her wings.
"It'll be ok, mom. Don't worry about the flight. It's very instinctual, actually!" I told her.
"I hope you're right…" She said.
"Well, are you ready to go now?" Ignitus asked.
"Yes, I think." She replied.
"Then let's get going." Ignitus said.
The six of them walked outside, most of them ready to fly for the trip. Michelle was still nervous, and I saw that.
"I'm fine. I can do this." Michelle said. I was still sceptic. "Are you sure?" I asked. Before she could reply, I took off, showing how easy it was.
"Like I said, its instinctual." I said.
"But you've had practice for months! How would I be able to-"
"Don't worry." I said, landing gently on the ground. After months of training, flying was trivial. "Michelle, just listen to me. Ok?" I said.
Michelle gulped nervously. "O-ok…"
"Ok. Just close your eyes, spread your wings, and begin to flap them gently. Don't overdo it. Just let your instincts take over." I said.
I watched as she slowly started to flap her wings. A smile came onto my face as she started to fly. I saw her open her eyes and she couldn't believe it!
"How… how did I do that?" She said as she landed softly.
"Like I said, its instinctual." I told her, while I placed my wing on her. "You're instincts were what allowed you to fly. Don't think you can't do it. If you have wings, you can fly."
Michelle was taken aback. "I…" I looked at her in the eyes. I knew she was strong. She was just scared.
A tear fell down her face as she looked up, determined. "Thank you." She replied, courage having returned to her.
I turned and faced the sky. No one would ever feel the same, but flying is the most amazing feeling that exists. A dragon experiences this naturally, as they are natural flyers, but it still amazes you how incredible it is to feel truly free. To truly feel like you don't have to worry about anything. Still, there are still dangers that exist, but for a moment, you feel like you can do anything. And nothing makes this feeling greater than flying without gravity weighing you down. That's what makes a dragon a legend.
I felt something pop into my mind. A memory, of something that I haven't felt in years. I looked over to Michelle, knowing just what to say to get her wanting to start the journey.
"Are you ready to fly… Millhaven Dragon?" I asked, holding in a chuckle.
"Millhaven dragon…" Michelle seemed confused. Then, a laugh came from her. "You sneaky, secretive-"
"Ready to go now?" I asked.
"Of course I'm ready." Michelle answered.
"Then let's go." Ignitus said.
The six of them spread their wings and took off from the ground. With Ignitus and Drago leading the way, they headed straight for the city of Warfang.
Ever since Drago left with Ignitus, I have been thinking about my current relationship with the former human. I've never really thought about it, but now I can see why it seems to be a weird thing.
'It doesn't matter. It was my choice, and one that I will never regret.' I thought.
As I looked out over the city, I spotted some specks on the eastern horizon. As I watched, the specks started to make shapes, and eventually my eyes widened. 'Drago's back!'
"Drago!" I shouted as I ran to embrace him as he landed.
"Winter." He said. I looked into his eyes as he looked into mine. "Kept you waiting, did I?" He asked.
"Yes. I missed you so much." I replied. I noticed the dragons that were with Drago and Ignitus.
"Winter, I want you to meet my family. My human family, that is." Drago said.
"Human… family?" I replied. Drago nodded, confirming what I was thinking. I looked over at the dragons, the surprise adding to my questions.
"Uh… hi." I said.
"Hi there. My name's Michelle. I'm guessing your name is Winter?" Michelle asked.
"Yes it is." I replied.
"Winter, do you know where the Guardians are?" Drago asked.
"They're probably where they usually are. You know, the central chamber." I answered.
"Why am I not surprised." Drago muttered and ran to talk to the Guardians.
"Do you mind if I show you around the temple?" I asked the newcomers.
"I don't see any reason not to." Michelle said. "Lead the way." I nodded, turned, and led the way through the temple.
I opened the doors leading to the temple's central chamber, immediately recognising the three dragons inside.
"Drago, you've returned. I presume your training was a success?" Terrador asked.
"Yes, master Terrador. I was successful, in more ways than one." I replied.
"Yes, your human family is here." Volteer said. "Ignitus told us about them before you travelled back here. I'm of the most impressed, astounded, amazed-"
"Yes, yes, of course, we're all glad that you brought them to our world. I could sense potential in them all." Cyril interrupted.
"Mind if I ask, but I'm sure that Ignitus didn't contact you three just to tell you about my family." I said. "What else did he tell you?"
"I'm glad you asked, young Drago." Terrador replied, motioning for me to come up to the vision pool.
"He has made his decision on who will become the next Guardian of Fire." Terrador told me.
"Who?" I asked.
"Why you, of course! Ignitus knew that you have the potential to become an amazing Fire Guardian three months ago." Cyril happily answered.
I couldn't believe it! "So… that was why Ignitus trained me?" I asked.
"Indeed. You're bravery is what made him come to the conclusion that you should be the one to take his place. But I sensed something else, like he was hiding something he found." Terrador said.
"I… I don't know if I could take his place. Ignitus was an incredible dragon. I-I don't think I could live up to his incredible reputation." I said.
"He believes you can become an amazing guardian. I trust him." Terrador said.
"So do I." Volteer replied.
"Even I believe you can take his place. You did stop Malefor, after all." Cyril replied.
I couldn't help but smile at this. I looked up, determination in my eyes; determined to become the greatest guardian that has ever lived. "I accept your offer." I said.
"Very well. Go get you're family settled into their new lives. We'll be waiting here." Terrador told me.
"Yes, Terrador." I replied, bowing before leaving the chamber.
Terrador looked to his fellow guardians with a smile. "He has changed quite a bit ever since he first arrived in Warfang." He stated.
"He will make a great guardian. I haven't seen such determination in a dragon's eyes since Spyro was just a youngling." Volteer replied.
"Indeed. He might turn out to be greater than Ignitus!" Cyril said.
"Time will tell, my fellow guardians. Time will tell." Terrador said.
(Three months later)
"Y-you've already… had an egg!?"
Drago, alongside his love Winter, was looking at the dark purple egg that Cynder had laid just yesterday.
"It's only a matter of time until it hatches." Spyro stated.
"I'm so happy for you two. Going from saving the world, to three and a half years later having an egg!" Winter said.
"Indeed." Drago said.
"What I'm glad about is that you will be protecting our egg until it hatches." Spyro stated.
"Yes. As the newest guardian of fire, it is my duty to watch over the eggs until they hatch. And I'm also glad that I'll be watching over Flame and Ember's egg." Drago replied.
"Oh yeah, that's right! Ember laid an egg a few days ago! I forgot to congratulate her about that." Cynder exclaimed.
"What about the egg you were carrying at the time?" Drago pointed out.
"Oh…" Cynder said, then gave an embarrassed chuckle.
"It's ok, my love. At least this time, the eggs will hatch normally." Spyro said.
"Yeah… and you will see the eggs hatch without any apes raiding the temple, Drago!" Cynder happily said.
"Yes, indeed. If only I could watch over my own egg as well." Drago dreamily said.
"Don't worry, Drago. One day, we will have a child, and when that day comes, we shall raise well." Winter said.
"You're right. I mustn't lose hope that one day, I will have a family to tend to." Drago said.
"Yes. When that day comes, we all know you won't be any more happier in your life." Spyro said.
"Only time will tell, Spyro." Drago replied. "Only time will tell…"
/Author's Note. And that wraps up my first story! F***ing finally! Took me, like, two or three months to do. (I'm distracted way too easily) When my next story is finished I will start A Red Dragon's Legacy, but until then, I will have time to myself to get schoolwork done, and do chapters for my other promising stories.
And until Spyro's egg hatches, and Drago finishes his training completely, I'm the Firesword Dragon, and I will see you guys next time! (Also, do you like what I did for that last scene in this chapter? Cause I'm gonna stick with it!)