Greetings, everybody! Chapter three has just been added to the story!

Disclaimer: I don't own Speckles the Tarbosaurus aka The Dino King, nor any of its characters. I only own the OCs.


The next morning, the three Tarbosauruses had wandered to a riverbank for their family hunt. They gazed at the clear fresh water with interest where they saw their reflections looking back at them.

"Now Junior, this is going to be very important to remember," Speckles explained. "Should you ever get lost, find a river or a stream. That way when you follow it, you'll always be able to find your way back home.

Junior enthusiastically listened to his father's instructions and nodded his head. "Follow a river or stream to home if I get lost," he repeated. "Got it." He then turned to face both of his parents. "Don't worry mom and dad, I won't fail you. I'll be the best hunter ever in this land!"

"That's our boy," Blue-Eyes said fondly and nuzzled the side of his face. Speckles chuckled at his son's determination. It reminded him so much when he was Junior's age: full of confidence, eager to please his family, and ready to take on anything that came his way.

A few loud grunts and snorts made the Tarbosauruses turn their heads to the other side of the riverbank where they saw a small herd of Protoceratops coming to have a morning drink at the water's edge.

"Confidence is one of the most important things about hunting," Blue-Eyes stated. "We're Tarbosaurus. We're born hunters and born fighters; large, strong, and ruthless when we have to be." She turned around to look at her son. "Never forget who you are, Junior. You're a Tarbosaurus like us, just trust in yourself and be confident, and you'll be able to achieve anything."

'Trust in myself and be confident', Junior thought as he looked at the Protoceratops in front of him. They looked a little smaller than the Tsintaosaurus he was being chased by yesterday, but they were still a little bigger than Junior in terms of height. Still, they were probably more easier to take down due to them not having any horns on their faces, like the Torosaurus that he usually sees roaming around the area. Taking a deep breath, he closed his eyes and allowed himself to relax. After a moment, he reopened his eyes and looked at both Speckles and Blue-Eyes.

"Okay, I'm ready," he said confidently to his parents, making them smile.

"At a boy, Junior," Speckles praised his son. "Now, let's go."

With that, the two adult Tarbosauruses stalked toward the herd while their son went through the vegetation to avoid being spotted moving to the other end. The Protoceratops were so preoccupied with having their drink that they were unaware of the two larger theropods approaching closer. When they looked up from the water and glanced to see the Tarbosauruses on their left, they panicked and began to run, with Speckles and Blue-Eyes giving chase. Little did the Protoceratops realize that they were being herded towards Junior, looking ready as he could be.

"Get ready, son!" Speckles warned.

Junior stood his ground, waiting for his parents' signal and preparing to attack.

"They're almost close to you!" Blue-Eyes yelled.

The Protoceratops were getting closer to Junior, who was beginning to tense up due to how fast the dinosaurs were moving. However, he shook off the anxiety and steeled his nerves, not wishing to screw up his big chance.

"NOW JUNIOR!"

Baring his teeth and narrowing his eyes, Junior charged forward and let out his most fearsome roar to intimidate the small ceratopsians before leaping at one. However, the Protoceratops in front head-butted him mid-leap and sent him careening into the river.

"HELP! MOM! DAD! HELP ME!" Junior wailed as he splashed in the water helplessly.

"Junior!" Speckles and Blue-Eyes both cried out and rushed into the river, abandoning the hunt to help their son. However, when they entered the water, they find out that the river was shallow enough for them to stand in. They sighed in relief when they realized Junior was not in any real danger, it was just his aquaphobia acting up. The two Tarbosauruses discovered that Junior gained his fear of water just some day after the final confrontation with One-Eye; anytime he saw water or even got near it, he would automatically suffer a panic attack until his parents had calmed him down. They were trying to help him move past his aquaphobia since then and even though he was managing to improve, there were still times where it would spark up again, especially if Junior was in a full body of water.

"It's okay, Junior," Speckles said. "We've got you, you're safe now."

He picked his son up with his mouth before walking back to shore. Once they returned to dry land, Speckles lowered Junior and allowed his feet to touch the ground.

"There you go, Junior," Blue-Eyes gently encouraged. "Just breathe."

Once he had calmed down enough, the young Tarbosaurus turned to look up at his parents, self-loathing in his eyes.

"I did it again, didn't I?" Junior asked, looking downcast at first before he started to get frustrated. "I don't know why this keeps happening to me! No matter how much I try, I always get scared of just one tiny drop of water!"

"Hey, don't beat yourself up, Junior," Speckles said. "None of us realized that this would happen, nor did we know that the river would be shallow. Mistakes like that always happen, it's how we learn."

"But I should've known that the river was shallow!" Junior insisted. "If I did, I wouldn't have been squealing like a helpless hatchling!"

Junior lowered his head to look at the gravel beneath him.

"Sometimes I wonder if I really am your son."

Those words caught Speckles and Blue-Eyes off-guard. Why would their own son say something like that? The very thought of him not being their child was ludicrous!

As they watched their son dry himself off, Speckles turned his gaze over to Blue-Eyes, who apparently shared the same worry and concern for Junior.

"I'm not sure if Junior can overcome this one, Blue-Eyes," Speckles grimly said. "Ever since One-Eye nearly drowned him, he hasn't been the same around water." Sighing sadly, he lowered his head and closed his eyes. "I'm scared for him."

Speckles felt something nudge his side and opened his eyes to see his lovely mate rub herself against him.

"Just give him more time," Blue-Eyes advised him. "I'm sure he'll grow out of it soon. We just have to be patient and keep trying."

Speckles hummed. "If you believe so." He then started to head away from the river. "I think we've done enough hunting for today. Let's go back home."

Unbeknownst to the family, they were being watched by sinister eyes from the brush on the opposite side of the river.


Later that evening, Junior climbed into the hollowed-out tree trunk and positioned himself into a comfortable near the entrance. As he rested his head on the edge of the hole, his mind wandered back to his sisters Brownie and Ashly.


Flashback starts:

He watched as Brownie and Ashly play some sort of game that involved kicking a small rock to each other before kicking it high enough into the air before one of them either catches it or misses. Brownie was still kicking the rock while Ashly was in front of her.

"Yo Ash, go long!" she said as she kicked the rock high into the air to her sister. Ashly ran faster in order to catch it, but the rock missed her and instead flew straight into Junior, knocking him off of the small hill that he was sitting on and making him fall backwards.

The two sisters stopped their game when they heard their younger brother yelp.

"Junior!" Brownie and Ashly yelled out in concern as they headed over to the other side of the hill. Greeting them was the sight of a dazed Junior on his back, the rock a few feet from his head.

"Are you okay?" Ashly asked, checking him to make sure he did not have a concussion, ignoring the rock completely.

Junior shook his head to rid himself of the pain before looking up at his sister.

"Yeah, I'm fine," he said in a slightly-monotone type of voice.

Brownie and Ashly had spent long enough to know that something was wrong with their brother.

"Junior, are you really sure that you're okay?" Ashly asked again. "Because it sounds like there's more stuff bothering you than a rock hitting your head."

Junior knew that they would not buy it and decided to get whatever was bothering him off his chest. "Promise me you guys won't laugh?"

Brownie and Ashly nodded their heads assuredly.

"Okay, the thing is..." Junior paused for a minute before revealing what was on his mind. "The thing is I feel like I'm only here because you guys always need a supporter from the sidelines."

Brownie and Ashly's eyes widened with disbelief, neither of them unsure on how to react. Eventually, it was Ashly who spoke first.

"Junior, why do you think that way?" she asked.

"You guys always do everything together every day, but I always feel left out, like what's the point of me existing if I can't join?"

Brownie gaped, unable to comprehend how her brother before she found her voice again.

"Why didn't you just tell us earlier, bro?" she questioned. "Siblings should always share their feelings and thoughts to each other."

Junior simply shrugged. "I just thought you guys wouldn't take it seriously and brushed it off."

He felt his body press up against another and looked up to see Brownie embracing him.

"Well guess what?" she said. "We DO take it seriously and we're certainly NOT brushing this off. Just because we like to play together doesn't mean we think less of you. We look out for you and you look out for us. We'll always be there for you when you need us, and we know that you'd do the same."

"Do you mean that?" he asked.

Brownie nodded. "Every word of it."

Junior smiled and leaned his head against his sister's. "I love you guys."

Brownie nuzzled her head against Junior's while Ashly cuddled him from behind. "We love you too, bro."

The three Tarbosaurus hatchlings separated from their embrace before Brownie thought up of an idea.

"Hey Junior," she said, "why don't we do something together, all three of us."

Hearing those words made Junior perk up a little. "Really?"

"Yeah, any game you want, we'll play along with you."

Junior thought about this for a moment. "Okay, what about tag?"

Brownie pretended to think about it. "Hmm, well I guess we could play-tag! You're it!"

She uses her tail to 'tag' her sister's snout before cheerfully running off. Ashly immediately recovered from the unexpected action and began chasing after her.

"Hey, no fair!" she said with a smile.

"I'm gonna win this game for sure!" Brownie declared.

"Not if I catch you first!"

"Hey! Wait for me!" Junior giggled as he ran after his sisters.

The three siblings happily chased each other as their parents watched on with pride and love.

Flashback ends:


Junior felt his eyes water with tears as he remembered all those good times he had with his sisters. He missed them a lot. He missed playing with them, how they helped him when he needed it, and how they always showed support of him when times got tough.

"I miss you Brownie, Ashly," he whispered. "I miss you guys so much."


Meanwhile, Speckles had wandered off on his own and was currently looking at his reflection in a nearby stream. But a few ripples transformed his reflection into somebody different. It was a Tarbosaurus who looked a little like Speckles, but had a different arrangement of small spots on his face, sharper teeth exposed from his upper jaw, and dark, prominent stripes across his body. This was Speckles' father Patch, who had died before he was even born, having given his life to protect his family from a rival who sought to take away everything he had.

Speckles remembered how much his mother would talk about his father and from what he heard, his father was a brave and selfless dinosaur who had done nothing but be loyal to his family. She always told him how he got most of his behavior from him; his bravery, selflessness, kindness, and good heart. As he reflected on those words while growing up, he felt like he had become closer with his father despite never getting to meet each other.

"Dad, I know that we haven't met each other yet, and I don't know much about you except of the stories mom told me about you," Speckles confessed, "but I need help. I don't know how you were able to maintain a territory and take care of a family at the same time. Blue-Eyes and I had lost two of our daughters before they even got the chance to grow up, and we fear that Junior might not live long enough to have a family of his own." Speckles sighed. "What should I do, dad? What can I do to help my son?"

The figment of Patch simply gave out a sympathetic smile to him before fading away, reverting his reflection back to its original form. Speckles sighed heavily. It seemed like every day, he was drifting away from his son, and that was scary all on its own. The sound of footsteps alerted him of Blue-Eyes' presence as she stopped to stand next to him.

"Who were you talking to, sweetie?" Blue-Eyes asked curiously as she leaned against her mate.

Speckles turned to look back at the mountains in front of him as he rested the side of his head on Blue-Eyes'. "I was just trying to talk to my dad. You know, to get some advice about how we can help our son."

Blue-Eyes let out an 'ah' as she started to understand what Speckles was saying. "And what did he say?"

"Nothing much," Speckles admitted. "Just as quiet as the stream itself."


As night fell, Junior began to fall asleep in the tree trunk. Some footsteps roused him from his light slumber as he opened his eyes and blinked away the sleep.

"You hiding yourself in there again?" Speckles' voice gently asked. "I used to do the same thing when I was still a hatchling. Whenever I made a mistake, no matter how small or big it was, I simply found a place to hide from my family until they came looking for me." Junior could almost see a small smirk forming on his father's face outside. "I soon learned that talking to others about your problems is much better than hiding somewhere out of shame."

Junior pushed himself up and stepped forward to the hole where he rested his chin on the bottom. From outside, Speckles and Blue-Eyes sat next to both sides of the tree trunk, glancing at Junior's face peeking out of the hole.

"It's okay, we're not mad," Blue-Eyes said softly. "We just wanted to talk to you."

A flash of light caught Junior's attention. Across the night sky, a large streak fell from above before hitting somewhere behind the mountains, far beyond the area. A loud BOOM echoed throughout the land as the Tarbosaurus family watched.

"Dad, what was that?" Junior asked.

"As stars fall and mountains explode, the world will change," Speckles simply replied.

"And what will happen to us?"

Speckles carefully considered his next words. "Well… we'll have to look for a new place to live.

"Can't we just stay here forever?" Junior questioned. "I don't wanna move again."

Speckles and Blue-Eyes glanced at each other before looking at Junior.

"Junior, this world is full of danger, but also wonderful and amazing things," Speckles said. "Things that we never thought were possible."

Blue-Eyes nodded. "When we were still your age, we traveled to so many places just to find somewhere to call home, but we managed to discover so much more beyond any Tarbosaurus territory." She turned to look at her son. "If we stayed here, you would be safe, but then you'd miss out on all the good things life has to offer."

Junior considered the words his parents told him as he exited out of the tree trunk and made his way near the ledge of the plateau before sitting down. Speckles and Blue-Eyes followed and sat next to him.

"I don't know if I can do it, dad," Junior said after a moment. "Everything I've done hasn't worked, and I'm scared that I won't be able to be the Tarbosaurus you and mom want me to grow up to be." Sighing, Junior shifted his head a little to the right. "I just want to make you guys proud of me."

Speckles thought for a moment before remembering something.

"Y'know, there's something that your uncle Quicks said to me once. He said 'sometimes, it takes a leap of faith to make it to the other side.' And he's right, we all have to make a jump if we wish to get to our future."

"But what if I can't make that jump, dad?" Junior questioned as he looked up towards Speckles. "What if I'm not able to do it like you and mom did?"

Speckles smiled.

"I know you'll be able to make it. We both believe that you can do it. But whatever happens Junior, we will always protect you," Speckles declared as he wrapped his tail protectively over his son.

Blue-Eyes also wrapped her tail across Junior. "And we will never stop loving you, ever. That's a promise."

Feeling more at ease, the hatchling sat in between the close proximity of his mother and father before they allowed sleep overtake them. As they rested, none of them were prepared for what would happen the next day.


And that was chapter three, everybody! In case you're wondering, Patch is a Tarbosaurus who appeared as the main protagonist in Tarbosaurus: The Mightiest Ever, a prequel of sorts to The Dino King. There is some controversy as to whether or not Patch is or isn't Speckles' father, so I decided to go with the former and change up his story a little bit. Don't think this is the only time we're going to see of Patch; he'll return much later in the story when everyone's spirits are down, along with some other familiar faces. As always, comment, follow, and favorite this story, and I'll see you next chapter!