Sorry about the long wait. I promise not to make you guys wait near as long for the next chapter. Also, the poem in this chapter belongs to a friend of mine. And I did get her permission to use it in this story. Without further ado I proudly present…

Chapter 4: Making Plans

"Principal Derceto?!"

"I'm not your principal anymore Jake, just call me Delores"

"Ok" Jake said still confused.

"How are things going underwater?"

"Good ever since we captured the Kelpie"

"Good times" Spud sighed causing Trixie to roll her eyes.

"What are you doing here?" Jake suddenly blurted.

"Jake! Don't be rude"

"It's ok Lao; I have some time off so I thought I'd get reacquainted with my two favorite dragons"

"Did you know Rotwood's the new principal?"

"That moron!"

"Delores!" Lao Shi said surprised.

"Sorry, I never did see eye to eye with him"

"I know what you mean" Jake muttered.

"What?"

"Nothing. Hey Fu can I see you a moment" They went to the back.

"Sure kid, what's up?"

"Rotwood knows my secret"

"You mean…"

"I'm afraid so"

"How could you let this happen?"

"He tricked me. Anyway, can you make that amnesia potion I was supposed to use on Trixie and Spud?"

"Say what?!" They turned to see Trixie and Spud standing there.

"How long have you been standing there?"

"Long enough!" Trixie snapped.

"Guys listen, I can explain"

"We're listening"

"You see after you found out I was a dragon I was supposed to erase your memory with a potion, but I couldn't do it because you're my best friends and I know I can trust you"

"We forgive you"

"Thanks guys, anyway, while Fu makes the potion we've got to figure out a way to get the necklace"

"Maybe Rose could help" suggested Trixie.

"Good idea, I'll ask her later"

"What do we do until then?"

"Maybe we should see if Gramps has any ideas"

"You ok?" Jake asked.

"Yeah, why do you ask?"

"You've been very quiet"

"I've just been thinking"

"About what?"

"Nothing"

"You can tell me"

"I was just thinking, what if the Huntsman succeeds. He'll make me destroy everyone and everything I care about"

"I won't let that happen" Jake said determinedly. Jasmine stared at him for a moment before leaning in and kissing him on the cheek.

"What the?"

"Thanks for everything you've done"

"It's my pleasure"

"Hey guys, Gramps is gone!"

"What!" they cried in unison.

"Yeah, I went out front and he was gone"

"Are you sure he didn't just leave?"

"Didn't think of that"

"I'd expect that kind of behavior from Spud"

"Expect what from me?" asked Spud as he reentered the backroom.

"Trixie overreacted about Gramps leaving"

"That reminds me, Gramps told me to tell you he and Delores went for a walk around the city"

"Spud!" everyone yelled.

"What? I was daydreaming about mermaids"

"Did any of them look like Stacie?" Trixie mumbled angrily.

"Nope"

"Anyway, it's getting late, why don't we head home?"

"What about the Moon Amulet?"

"I'll talk to Rose tonight and debrief you tomorrow"

"Thank you General Long" Trixie said sarcastically.

"That's General Long, sir!"

"Whatever. I gotta bounce outta here. My grandma's probably wondering where I am"

"I've got to go too. Later Jake"

"Bye Trix, bye Spud"

"Don't you have to head home too?"

"Yeah, why don't you come with me? Gramps could be gone awhile and it's not safe for you to be alone right now"

"What about Fu?"

"He's in the magical village getting the ingredients for the amnesia potion I asked him to make for me"

"Ok, let's go"

"Just let me write a note telling Gramps where we are"

"Alright, I'll wait for you out front" A minute later Jake was heading out front with the note in hand when he spotted a folded piece of paper on the floor.

"What's this?" he asked as he picked it up and saw his name on it. He looked at it for a moment as if debating whether or not to open it. Finally curiosity got the better of him and he opened it to reveal a poem which read:

Where do I even begin?

How do you tell a love story

That never got a chance to form?

I wish you could see

What's inside of me

So I wouldn't feel so torn

What else can I say?

What else can I do?

How many times must I say I love you

Before you believe it's true?

I don't need you to breathe

I don't need you to live

All I have is a chance

All I have is one choice

Why does my heart crave

To hear your voice?

It will change my life

This one decision

Cam I risk it all

For this happy vision?

Those that find true love are few

I love you

Do you love me too?

Jake finished reading with a smile on his face and had a tear in his eye.

'That was beautiful. I wonder who wrote it. It doesn't look like Trixie's handwriting. Maybe it was Rose, but then how did it get here?'

"You coming?" Jasmine called snapping Jake out of his thoughts.

"Yeah" Jake called back. 'I'll figure it out later'

Meanwhile Lao Shi and Delores were walking through central park.

"It's great to see you again. I've missed you so much"

"Me too. It's not easy being a mercop. Especially when you have to leave people you really care about behind"

"We're together now so we should enjoy it while it lasts"

"You're right" And without another word Delores closed her eyes and leaned in to kiss Lao Shi who started moving in himself when out of nowhere a net fell on the couple.

"I hope I'm not interrupting anything" said a familiar voice. Lao Shi turned to see the Huntsman standing there with a few huntsclan members and Huntsgirl.

"Looks like we've got a bonus hostage" Said the Huntsman letting out and evil laugh before transporting everyone back to the huntslair.

Once again sorry for the long wait. I hope this chapter made up for it. Also, incase anyone's interested, I'm going to write a Jake Long Christmas story and should get it up next week. R and R please.