Jake Long III (Season Three)
Chapter/Episode Twenty: I Love Regan
That night, on the Island of Draco, Councilor Dingane sat inside the cafeteria, Lucile, Gussie, Rodney and Sadie all sitting across from him. As Dingane exhaled, showing his impatience, Lucile tried to smile. "He'll be here soon, sir." She said. "Lloyd said he was going to come straight here after picking up Jake."
"I just hope they get here soon." Dingane said. "I'd like to leave sooner rather than later."
"He'll be here soon." Lucile assured him.
"Who'll be here soon?" Suddenly came the familiar sound of McClellan's voice, making a smile appear on Lucile's face before everyone at the table turned their heads to the side to see McClellan standing at the end of the table with Jake III at his side. McClellan smiled. "Hope we didn't keep you waiting for too long."
"The important thing is that you are both here." Dingane said before he turned his head back to normal and slowly stood up from the table. "We should get going." He continued. "We have a long night of flying ahead of us."
Eventually, Councilor Dingane and his group, all but Jake III in their dragon forms, reached the edge of the Island of Draco. As he stopped, Councilor Dingane took a deep breath before he turned around to face them.
"It's not too late to back down." Dingane told them. "If you really don't want to, you don't have to come."
"We want to." Lucile said softly. "Dikeledi is a good student. I want to help her."
"Well..." Dingane put his clawed hands on his hips. "...There really is no guarantee that we're going to find them in South Africa. It could be nothing more than a waste of time."
"But if they are there, the risk is worth it." McClellan pointed out.
"Exactly." Dingane said. "So, no one is going to back out?"
"It doesn't look that way, Councilor." Sadie said with a smile.
"Then we should go." Dingane said before he turned so that his back was to them. "We have a long night of flying ahead of us."
"Um, we will stop to get rest, right?" Gussie asked.
"Of course we will." Dingane turned his head to the side. "Are you all ready?"
"Not quite." McClellan said before he got down on all fours. "Get on, Jake." Doing as he was told, Jake III moved over to him and carefully climbed onto his Dragon Master's back.
"Ready now?" Dingane asked.
"I think so." McClellan replied.
"Then let's go." Dingane said as he turned his head back to normal. Flapping his wings, Dingane flew into the air, with McClellan and Jake, Lucile, Sadie, Gussie and Rodney all flapping their wings and following him up into the air.
As the moon shone high above them, the six dragons (plus one passenger) started to travel through the night.
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Later that night, Regan swooped down from the sky and landed right in front of her house. A bright light engulfing her, she reverted to her human form. Turning, she started to walk up to her porch, yawning as she did so.
Once she finally reached the porch, she opened the front door and stepped inside, turning to close the front door.
A short time later, she turned and stepped into her room, only to freeze when she saw that her bedroom window was wide open. "Strange..." Regan muttered with a confused look on her face. "...I could have sworn I closed that."
Chalking it up to just being forgetful, Regan mentally shrugged before she started to walk over to the window, and as soon as she reached it, she closed it. Unbeknownst to her, as she stood by her window, the door to her room closed. It wasn't magic, though, that made the door closed. It was the Dragon Council Agent that had been standing behind it: Andy Olander. He smiled. "Hey, Regan!" He said cheerfully.
Gasping, Regan spun around, only making Andy's smile widen. "Wh...What are you doing here?" Regan asked, only to have her eyes widen as she realized that he was the reason the window had been open. "It was you?"
"Sorry about that?" Andy said as he started to walk over to her. "Did I scare you?" He asked as he reached her.
"Not the term I would use." Regan replied nervously. "The term I'd use is 'freak me out'."
"You don't need to be freaked out." Andy smiled as he reached out and put a hand on her cheek. "You're my girl. It would be rude of me not to come and visit you."
"I'm your girl?" Regan asked uneasily.
"We sealed the deal after that dance." Andy told her.
"Yeah, about that..." Regan reached up and pulled his hand away from her face. "...That was just in the heat of the moment. I was excited."
"I was too, Regan!"
"I wasn't thinking." Regan continued.
"We were thinking the same thing." Andy assured her. "That we love each other."
Regan was trying to stay calm, she was trying not to panic. "Andy..." She said firmly. "...It's late. I'm tired. Can we talk about this tomorrow?"
"You don't want to spend time with me tonight?" Andy sounded disappointed.
"I'm tired." Regan used this as her excuse. "I just want to sleep."
"Sleep?" Andy smiled goofily. It was then that Regan realized she had said the wrong thing.
"Andy..." Regan said bluntly, not wanting to continue on with this conversation. "...Please. Just...get out of my house."
The next morning, on the Island of Draco, Regan looked tired as she entered the cafeteria. She spotted Haley and Sillian sitting across from one another at an empty table; sighing, she started to walk over to them.
"I'm here." Regan declared tiredly as she reached the side of the table Sillian was sitting at, making Sillian turn his head to the side to watch her turn and sit down next to him. As soon as she was sitting, she groaned and put her head down.
"Are you okay?" Haley asked.
"I didn't sleep well last night." Regan said, lifting her head up as Sillian turned his head back to normal. "It was just an uneasy night for me."
"Any particular reason?" Haley asked.
"The Agent you went to the dance with?" Haley asked.
"That's the one."
"Why would he make it difficult for you to sleep?" Haley asked.
"I came home last night..." Regan explained. "...And he was there. He came in through my bedroom window while I wasn't home. He stayed in my room and waited for me."
"He does know that that is considered breaking and entering, right?" Sillian asked.
"Well, it is a little more complicated than that..." Regan said uneasily as she turned her head to the side to look at Sillian. "...I think he thinks that I'm his girlfriend."
"He'd think that because of one dance?" Sillian asked, turning his head so that he was looking Regan in the eye.
"It was more than just a dance." Regan explained, sounding more and more uneasy with each word that came out of her mouth. "We...kind of...spent some time together after the dance..."
"Time together?" Sillian asked.
"...In bed..." Regan finished.
"In bed?" Sillian asked, his eyes widening in shock. "You...You slept with him? I-Wh-Why? Why would you do something like that? You're a little too young for that!"
"Don't hold it against me, sir!" Regan practically begged. "I know it was a mistake, and I tried to tell Andy that last night. I was on an excited high from the night and I just didn't think. I know it was a mistake."
"We're not going to hold that against you." Haley said. "Right?" She added, directing it at Sillian.
"Of course not." Sillian agreed with Haley.
"Really?" Regan asked.
"I think it was a poor choice..." Sillian said. "...But we all make mistakes. Agent Olander is the one who is out of line."
"I don't think he's going to stop." Regan said softly. "He really thinks that I love him and want to be with him. I'll probably find him in my room when I get home tonight, as well."
"I'll talk to him." Sillian told her.
"What are you going to say to him?" Regan asked. "And...is that really a good idea? Do you really think he'll listen to you?"
"I think he will." Sillian smiled. "After all, I can make it so that there are serious repercussions if he continues to bother you."
"What are you going to tell him?" Regan asked, sounding nervous.
"I think I'll let him off with a warning." Sillian continued to smile. "Tell him not to bother you."
"What if he doesn't listen?"
"I think he will." Sillian said.
"But if he doesn't?" Regan pressed.
Sillian sighed. "Okay." He said. "I can see that you're on edge after having someone sneak into your home. I have faith that he will take my warning to heart. In the slight case that he doesn't, I will ask Agent Clark to spend time with you for today. After all, you get along well. I will also ask Agent Horrocks to help me with Dragon Harris today. You can have some time off. Just know that these are precautions. I'm quite certain that Agent Olander will listen to me."
Sillian found Andy sitting alone near the target practice area. "Agent Olander." Sillian said as he reached the younger Agent, making Andy look up to see Sillian stop in front of him. "Do you mind if I have a word with you?"
"Sure." Andy replied. "Here?"
"Here is fine." Sillian smiled before he sat down right in front of Andy.
"What do you want to talk about?" Andy asked.
"Oh." Andy smiled. "She's great. You saw us at the dance, right?"
"We hooked up afterwards." Andy continued. "She's my girl now. She's really special. She's the best."
"So, you go to visit her at her house?" Sillian asked, already knowing the answer. He just wanted to hear it from Andy's own mouth.
"Well, yeah." Andy continued to smile. "I saw her last night. I think she was happy to see me."
"I think she was a little too happy, to be honest." Andy said.
"How do you figure?" Sillian asked.
"Well, she seemed so excited that she didn't quite know what to do." Andy said. "See, she actually forced me out of the house. I don't blame her. I could tell that she was excited and probably didn't know how to react. You know? You understand women, right?"
"Well, about her reaction..." Sillian said. "...I wouldn't call that excitement. You freaked her out. You made her feel uncomfortable."
"How do you know that?" Andy asked, looking as though Sillian had just offended him. How in the world could he possibly know how his own girlfriend felt about him surprising her?
"Well, she told me." Sillian said. "She told me herself. She didn't sleep very well last night. You unnerved her. Agent Olander, you do realize that you broke into her house, do you not? That is a crime."
"She wasn't bothered." Andy insisted.
"She was." Sillian said. "You have all the proof you need. She forced you out of the house because you made her nervous. I'm giving you a warning this time, Agent Olander. Just leave her alone for now. If you do break into her house again, there will be more severe consequences. Do I make myself clear?"
"You're overreacting, I assure you." Andy said, a confused and disbelieving smile on his face. He couldn't believe that he was being talked down to by his superior.
"Do I make myself clear?" Sillian repeated, narrowing his eyes at the younger Agent.
"Yeah, sure." Andy wasn't taking Sillian seriously. "Whatever."
Giving Andy a hard look, Sillian knew that this was all he could say to the younger Agent. "Okay, then." He said. Grunting, Sillian slowly got up onto his feet, turned and walked away. As he left Andy, the younger Agent frowned.
"What does he know?" Andy muttered as he sat back. "He doesn't understand my relationship with Regan. He doesn't know what he's talking about. I'll show him. I'll go see Regan again tonight. She'll be more used to seeing me in her house. Yeah, I'll go see her tonight."
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A short time later, Regan was still sitting across from Haley. Her head down on the table, hidden by her arms, Regan's body went stiff when she felt a hand tapping her on her shoulder. After the second tap, Regan slowly lifted her head up and turned her head to the side, seeing Sillian take a step back, Junie Horrocks at his left and Lin-Lin at his right.
"Did you talk to him?"
"I did indeed." Sillian smiled. "Don't worry too much about it. He'd be absolutely foolish to not leave you alone. I'm sure that what transpired last night was nothing more than a misunderstanding."
Meanwhile, Councilor Dingane led the way as he, Lucile, Sadie, Gussie, Rodney, McClellan and Jake III flew through the air. As he continued to fly, Rodney opened his mouth and took a deep breath while he brought his scaly arm up and wiped the sweat off of his forehead.
Seeing this as she turned her head to the side to look at her brother, Gussie quickly turned her head back to normal. "Sir?" She spoke to Councilor Dingane.
"Yes?" Was the Councilor's response.
"Maybe now would be a good time for a rest." Gussie said. "Rodney looks like he's getting tired."
"I'm fine." Rodney claimed. "Really, I am!"
"Very well." Dingane said. "Let's rest." Then, without another word, he dove down, everyone but Rodney diving down and following him. Alone in the air, Rodney groaned in annoyance before he too dove down with the others.
Finally, Rodney landed in the middle of the grassy field that all of the others had landed on. Staring at them, Rodney could see that Jake had gotten off McClellan's back and that they were all turned to face him.
"Are you alright?" Lucile asked as she walked up to her son, trying to reach out and put a clawed hand on his shoulder, but Rodney quickly took a step back.
"I'm okay!" Rodney insisted. "Really. I just got a little hot. That's all."
"Are you sure?" Lucile asked.
"Well..." Dingane spoke up. "...Now that we're down here, we might as well get some rest. Are any of you hungry?"
"Maybe a little bit." Gussie said.
"Mr. Long..." Dingane said, turning, which prompted Gussie, Sadie and McClellan to step back so that Jake III could turn to face the Councilor. "...Do you mind doing us a favor?"
"Sure." Jake replied.
"Why don't you go out and look around?" Dingane asked. "See if you can find some kind of diner or some other restaurant."
"Gussie can go with you." McClellan volunteered his daughter, Gussie smiling in response.
"Yes, perhaps it would be best if he went with her." Dingane agreed, nodding once. "That way, they have a better chance at not getting lost."
Meanwhile, Lucile and Rodney were sitting down together, Rodney reverting to his human form once he was sitting down on his knees. "Are you sure you're okay?" Lucile asked.
"I'm fine, Mom." Rodney replied, sounding slightly annoyed, as Dingane, McClellan and Sadie all walked up from behind Lucile. Passing by her, Dingane sat down at Lucile's left, while Sadie and McClellan sat down at her right.
"Where are Gussie and Jake, Lloyd?" Lucile asked after she turned her head to look at her husband.
"They went to see if they could find someplace where we could get something to eat." McClellan replied. "Hopefully, they'll be back soon."
Later that night, Regan and Lin-Lin, both in their human forms, were walking down the sidewalk, walking towards Regan's house. Lin-Lin had a big smile on her face; glancing to the side, Regan frowned as she saw Lin-Lin's smile. Lin-Lin had been smiling ever since Sillian and Junie had left Lin-Lin with her.
"What?" She asked. "Why are you smiling?"
"What, I can't smile?"
"You've been smiling all day." Regan mumbled, glancing down at the pavement that she was walking on. "To top it off, you haven't said a word."
"It's me, isn't it?" Regan asked as she turned her head to the side to look at her friend.
"What is it?" Regan asked. "Why are my personal troubles amusing you?"
"I was right." Was all Lin-Lin said.
"Right about what?"
"I was right about Andy." Lin-Lin finally turned her head to look Regan right in the eyes. "I told you he's nothing but a douchebag. Now you know." She turned her head back to normal. "After you get in bed with him, of course."
"You're never going to let me live that down, are you?"
"Should I?" Lin-Lin smirked as Regan sighed and turned her head back to normal.
Eventually, the two arrived at Regan's house. Lin-Lin allowed Regan to go up the stairs first, following her to the front door.
Regan opened the door and stepped inside, Lin-Lin following her in. As Regan used her foot to close the door, Lin-Lin smiled, catching the attention of Regan. "What?" Regan asked.
"Hey!" Lin-Lin suddenly called out at the top of her lungs. "Andy? You in here?"
"Lin-Lin!" Regan's reaction was immediate, swinging the back of her hand to the side and hitting the older girl in the shoulder. "He could really be here." Regan whispered, turning her head to the side.
"So, what do you want me to do?" Lin-Lin asked, turning her head to the side as well. "Search the house?"
"Do you think you could?" Regan asked hopefully.
"Are you going to come with me?"
"I'm going to go to my room and change."
Sighing, Lin-Lin turned her head back to normal. "Fine." She gave in, sounding annoyed at what she was being asked to do. "After that, can I go home?" Lin-Lin asked as she started to search the house, leaving Regan's side.
"Um, sure..." Regan replied. "...I...I guess."
A few moments later, Regan arrived at her room, finding her door wide open. Stepping inside, she stopped and stared at the window, seeing that it was closed. Sighing with relief, Regan took a few steps forward.
"Lin-Lin?" She called out, just seconds before the door to her room closed, revealing Andy hiding behind the door yet again. Smiling, he spoke:
Yelping, Regan spun around to see Andy walking up to her, stopping in front of her. "This time I closed the window." He said, still smiling at her. "Happy to see me?"
Panic on her face and sweat forming on her forehead, Regan took a step back. "Lin-Lin!" She shouted at the top of her lungs.
"Aw, so Lin-Lin is here." Andy's smile faded away. "I thought I heard her voice. Why is she here?"
At that moment, the door to the bedroom swung open and Lin-Lin stepped in. "What?" She asked, until she saw Andy standing in front of Regan. "Oh, you got to be kidding me..."
Smiling again, Andy turned around to face Lin-Lin. "Hey, what are you doing here?" He asked. "Regan invited you?"
"Yes." Lin-Lin crossed her arms. "I actually have a reason to be here, unlike you."
"I have a reason to be here." Andy put his hands on his hips.
"Do you?" Lin-Lin raised an eyebrow. "See, the reason I'm here is because Regan was so unnerved by you coming here last night that she went to Sillian for help."
"Yeah, he talked to me." Andy shrugged before he smiled again. "He doesn't know what he's talking about. You don't understand either, Lin-Lin. Regan loves me. She really does."
"Um, actually-" Regan tried to point out, but Andy cut her off.
"We shared a connection." Andy said. "After the dance, we bonded."
"No kidding." Lin-Lin mumbled.
"Why don't you go home, Lin-Lin?" Andy suggested. "Regan is fine. She has no reason to worry." He smirked. "That's why I'm here, even. I can understand, I guess, how she would be shocked to see me in her house, but I was hoping that, after a second time, she would grow used to it."
"I think your plan backfired there." Lin-Lin observed.
"Regan is fine." Andy repeated. "I would never dream about hurting her. I love her, and she loves me. Go home." He said before he turned around to face Regan, getting up as close as he could to the unnerved Dragon Council Agent. "You don't have a purpose here anymore." He finished before he grabbed hold of each of Regan's thighs.
Frozen with fear, Regan could do nothing as Andy started to move his hands over to her rear end. Lin-Lin was watching in confusion. She couldn't see Regan from behind Andy, and she couldn't really tell what Andy was doing, due to the room being dark because of no lights being on.
Finally, she could see Regan trying to jerk to the side, trying to get free from Andy. She could see Andy's arms go up as he reached for her shoulders, quickly pulling her back. "Lin-Lin, help!" Regan cried out.
"Regan, what's your problem?" Andy asked, exasperated, just before Lin-Lin quickly transformed into her dragon form in a bright light and rushed forward. "Why are you acting weird? You didn't act like this befo-"
However, before Andy could finish, Lin-Lin grabbed him from behind and made him grunt as she pulled him away from the terrified Regan, turning him around.
"Lin-Lin, wh-?" Andy started, but he was cut off as Lin-Lin punched him right in the gut, making him grunt and hunch over.
"LEAVE HER ALONE, YOU CREEP!" Lin-Lin shouted before she punched Andy in the stomach, throwing him to the side. Andy grunted as he landed on his side, only to cry out in pain and roll onto his back after Lin-Lin kicked him in the stomach as hard as she could.
Trembling, Regan watched as Lin-Lin breathed heavily, reverting to her human form. As soon as the bright light faded, Lin-Lin looked down to see that Andy had tears in his eyes as he slowly reached up and put his hands down on his stomach, several (if not all) ribs broken.
"Hope you're in agony, creep." Lin-Lin spat before she looked up at Regan, who was frozen in place, trembling. "Are you okay?" She asked.
Regan opened her mouth, but no words came out. Finally, after a few seconds of neither her nor Lin-Lin making a move, Regan rushed forward, reaching Lin-Lin and grabbing her in a hug, pinning Lin-Lin's arms to her sides. Trembling, Regan held herself close.
"Are you okay?" Lin-Lin repeated softly.
"I will be, I think." Regan managed to say before she opened her eyes, revealing that tears were starting to form. "I made a huge mistake, Lin-Lin. I shouldn't have slept with him."
"It's over now." Lin-Lin promised. "I don't think he's going to bother you anymore."
Regan pulled away so she could look Lin-Lin in the eyes before she asked: "How can you be so sure?"
"I just kicked the crap out of him." Lin-Lin smirked. "If you ever see his face again, all you have to do is tell him that I'll mess him up again if he tries anything."
Despite what has just happened to her, Regan managed a smile, her trembles slowly ceasing as she started to gain control of the situation mentally. "Yeah." She said. "I think I'll be doing that."
Later that night, somewhere in the woods, Councilor Dingane, Lucile and Lloyd McClellan, Jake III, Sadie, Rodney and Gussie had all stopped for the night. Now, all were in their human forms, and they were all sitting around a dying fire.
Poking at the wood with a stick, McClellan sighed as he pulled the stick out, the tip of the stick aflame. "I don't know how much longer the fire will last." He said.
"It's still got some life in it." His wife, who was sitting next to him, said. She then turned her head to the side to look at Councilor Dingane, who was staring intently at the dying fire. "Councilor?" She asked.
"Yes, Agent McClellan?" He replied before he turned his head to the side to look at her.
"Are we all going to go to sleep after this?" Lucile asked.
"Yes, I think that would be the best option." Dingane nodded. "We're going to have a long day of flying ahead of us."
Gussie, who was sitting next to Rodney and Sadie on the other side of the fire, finally spoke up: "How much longer is it going to take us to get to our destination?" She asked.
"Well..." Dingane said as he turned his head back to normal. "...I'm not quite sure how far we traveled today. I'm going to have to wait until tomorrow to find out how much land we've passed. It's far too dark to do it now. So, I would say...at least one more day, probably two, maybe even three."
"Oh, okay." Gussie smiled. "Thanks, sir."
With that out of the way, Dingane turned his attention back to Lucile. "You were saying?" He asked her.
"I was just wondering if we needed more fire wood." Lucile smiled. "But now that you said that once the fire is out, we're all going to go to sleep, you pretty much just answered my question."
"I didn't answer that." Dingane told her. "I do think that we're going to need more fire wood. That way, if any of us wake up during the night, we'll have some light. So, yes. Let's get some more fire wood."
Hearing this, McClellan turned his head to the side to look at Jake III, who was staring at the fire. "Jake, would you mind getting some more wood?" He asked.
"No." Jake said as he lifted his head up. He then got up and walked over to the pile of fire wood that was a foot away. Once he reached the pile, he crouched down. "How much?" He asked.
"As much as you can carry." McClellan told him.
A moment later, Jake dropped about seven pieces of fire wood into the dying fire, quickly bringing the fire back to full life. Then, Jake sat back down as Councilor Dingane stood up from the log he was sitting on.
"Alright." Dingane spoke to all those who were with him. "I think it's time to go to sleep. We have a long day ahead of us. I'll be waking you all up early so we can reach our destination sooner."
"It would be nice if we could sleep in." Gussie said.
"Just think about it this way: if Kefilwe and Dikeledi Okafor really are being held in South Africa, then the sooner we get there, the bigger chance we have at not only finding them, but finding them alive." Dingane said.
"I know." Gussie replied.
Nodding, Dingane finished: "Sleep well."
The next morning, at St. Melusine's, the doors opened and Mrs. Weaver stepped out onto the porch. She watched as male Blue Gray-colored dragon with Dark Scarlet-colored arms flew into view, descending upon the school. Eventually, the dragon reached the porch, making Weaver take a step back as the dragon landed.
"Good morning, Mr. Bay." Weaver said respectfully, bowing her head. "How was your flight?" She asked as she lifted her head back up.
"It was fine enough." The dragon, Archibald Bay, the father of Kylen, replied.
"I must say that it is a shame that you didn't get here sooner." Weaver replied, taking another step back.
"Yes, well..." Weaver took another step back. "...Well, why don't I let you talk to your brother about that."
"Why can't you talk to me about it, Tuesday?"
"Because it was your brother that got the call."
"Call?" Archibald Bay raised an eyebrow. "What call? Who called?"
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