||"You don't need to sneak inside... Mom and dad are
already gone off to work." said a young man of 28 years old with spiky,
brown hair and grey eyes behind large glasses.
"You haven't told them have you?" Still one leg sticking outside
the window, a girl of 24 years old asked the guy standing there. Her wavy
blond hair was wet of the rain outside.
"You know me dear sister.. I never tell."
"That's why I'm worried brother."
"Don't you trust me, Ashley?" The boy asked sarcastically.
"Of course not Greg." The girl said with her deep, soft voice.
"I don't know why I always tell you that I'm going out.'
"Because you're stupid."
"At least I have a life!" Ashley said when she pulled her leg
inside. She lost her balance and fell on the ground.
"Right." Greg said irritated and turned away. He hated his
sister so much. She was so irresponsible for her own actions.. Always
acting before she would even think about what she was doing. Like now, she
was grounded for god knows what reason, and still she snuck out and went
to party, together with her no good friends. He hated her really for not
being considerate about others then just herself.
Ashley looked at the back of her brother. He never had any fun. He always
sat there, inside the house, reading a book. What good ever happened in
his life? He never really did anything. He only got mad at her for
everything that she did. She really disliked him. He was always so serious
and never had any fun. She got up and looked at her clothes. Her pretty
green dress was covered in mud and was completely soaked. She went to her
room and picked out her new clothes and then had a shower.
Greg was sitting on the porch, the cold rain had stopped and a soft sun
was shining on the world, enjoying a nice book that he had found on the attic.
He looked over his book for a second and saw his sister. She was mopping
up the floor and when she looked outside, he quickly went on with reading.
Probably covering up her tracks. He thought.
Bother with the fact that he was still thinking of his sister and not
paying attention to his book, he stretched his stiff legs and got up from
his comfy chair.
Ashley had washed her dress, and now was cleaning up the house. She had
promised that to her mother. Sighing and reliving yesterday, she smiled
and hummed happily her favourite song.
"What are you doing? Covering up your tracks?"
"No. I promised mother that I would clean the house. Don't look that
way. I do keep my promises."
"Weren't you grounded? And didn't you sneak out of the house?"
"Why is that different?"
"I didn't promise to stay at home."
"I just can't have a normal conversation with you right?" He
walked to the other side of the room and banged the door shut.
"Why don't you listen to my reasons first? You always think that
you're right, but..." Ashley sighed and went on cleaning. No point in
explaining anything to him when he was like this.
That evening, Ashley was making herself ready to sneak out again.
"What? Are you going out again?" Greg asked her when he saw what
she was doing.
"Of course. You can come too if you want. But you probably won't do
"Just give me a minute, and I'll be ready."
Ashley dropped her jacked and looked at her brother. He had never come
with her. Why this time?
"Don't look so shocked. I want to know what is so good about this
"You're not going like that are you?" She looked at her brother,
the uncool type with the glasses and everything.
"What's wrong with it?"
"Can I help you with your outfit?"
"I'll take that as a yes!" Ashley giggled.
"I look like a monkey." Greg said after about half an hour
"You do not. Silly." Ashley grinned. "Why have you been
hiding this look? You're pretty cute."
"I am not. Now lets go."
Both Ashley and Greg were leaving the domestic house, and ran towards
"Ashley! How are you?" A young man asked her. Greg found that
he was too close to his sister, and he couldn't help but glare at him.
"is this your boyfriend?" the man asked looking at Greg.
"Not at all silly. This is Greg, my brother. Be a bit nicer to
everybody." Ashley looked at her older brother.
"Why? You know, he'll probably take advantage of you."
"I'm smarter than that Greg." She said seriously. He had never
heard his sister talk like that. She almost seemed to have been grown up.
Almost that is, because afterwards she screamed and giggled a lot with
other girls, and then the liquor.. To much..
But at some point, Greg got interested in the conversation his sister and
her friends were having.
"And is everything going as planned?" one of the girls asked her
"I think so. He doesn't know.." Ashley whispered back at
"Watch out.. Your brother is listening." a third girl interfered.
Greg looked at the 3 girl. They were smiling sweetly to him. It was hard
to say anything in this crammed space with to much loud music and to many
people trying to dance.
Irritated, Greg sipped from his drink. What did his sister like about this
He looked back at his baby sister, and he couldn't find her. Where had she
He ran towards her friends and asked them where Ashley had gone.
"Outside... With a guy.. Don't know his name." A really drunk
Greg cursed, and then ran outside.
Outside he looked around and found his sister going inside some bushes.
Greg ran after them and cached up. he jumped towards the guy and surprised
they both fell on the ground.
"Leave my sister alone."
"Greg! What are you doing?" Ashley screamed to let him go.
"He's going to take you into the bushes... He's going to.." He
hadn't seen that the guy beneath him pushed him away and hit him. Greg
(being a wimp) fell on the ground and couldn't stand up anymore.
"Sorry! I didn't want to hit you that hard.. Sorry Ashley.. It really
wasn't that hard."
"You dared to hit my brother?" Ashley ran towards the guy and
hit him straight in the face. Then she turned to her brother and kneeled
"You can forget everything Ashley!" The guy, with a nosebleed
yelled at her, running away.
"Are you ok Greg?" Ashley asked him. He was still lying on
the ground, seeing nothing but black spots and little stars. He moaned out
of pain. He tried to sit straight, but then he felt everything turning
"I told you not to follow some guy."
"And I told you I know what I'm doing." Ashley said.
"Who was he?"
"Mark. He was going to be the DJ on your surprise birthday party. I
already planned everything, except that."
"You do know that I hate these things?"
"of course I do know. But it would have been a calm night.. But
yeah.. Not any more."
"I'm sorry Ashley.. I didn't know."
"It's ok.. It's only 2 months of planning that all have been ruined
for my honour."
Greg grinned and felt that his head was splitting open.
"Are you able to stand up?" Ashley helped her brother up, and
together, they went home.
"I have 3 more months of house arrest.." Ashley looked at her
"I have a week for going out without asking, and then 2 months for
picking a fight with some guy." Greg said.
"I know it already.. My social status will be ruined..." Ashley
looked at her brother and then started laughing. Greg looked at her and
tried to smile back. His cheek was broken and he had a black eye.
"It's no fair.. I protected you... And still you get less."
Ashley said between her tears of laughing.
"Poor you." He said sarcastically.
Ashley looked at her brother, then grinned and said: "Perhaps you're
right. I'm better of.."
3 months later, when Ashley could finally go out again, she didn't go.
She stayed home and had fun with her brother. They were playing a game
when Ashley saw something.
"What was that?" She asked her brother.
"I haven't seen anything. Want me to take a look?"
"I'll go with you.. To protect you."
"Funny..." Greg said sighing.
Outside they both walked slowly with a flashlight in their hands.
"Look, over there!" Ashley screamed. "That's big.."
she whispered afterwards.
"Lets go closer."
"You're not going to faint are you?"
"Oh shut up Ashley." Greg whispered back.
"Could you have been any louder?" Greg asked his sister when
they were sitting around the campfire.
"You have no idea how it is to walk around with a skirt." Ashley
"Hey you guys.. Calm down will you."
"How can I calm down Dranal?" Greg responded.
"Perhaps you could try Zen?" Ashley suggested giggling
"Who can go Zen if they see you in the morning without any make up
"I'll hit you!" Ashley jumped up and attacked her brother.
"What do you think Delsayat? Would they be capable to become
"I do think ssso.. But not in the ssssame
Casstle.. They'll bring everything down.."
Both Ashley and Greg became quiet when the forth member of the group
spoke. The forth member, a fire drak from Drockh-Tallahn castle, had
wings, fur and looked like a dragon.
"Do you want to come with us?" Dranal asked them.
"Of course we will!" Ashley jumped away from her brother and
asked them when they were going to leave.
"And you Greg?" Dranal asked
"What about our parents?"
"They are old enough to understand.." Ashley said, walking
towards the drak. "Come on brother dear!"
"We need to tell them first." Greg said hesitantly.
Sighing, Ashley turned around to her brother and said: "Well then
let's go tell them.. the sooner we're off to Icarus!"
"Bye Ashley!" Greg waved at his sister. They had first flown
home, told their parents, and then they had flown to Dun Keiba. Ashley had
jumped off the drak and waved at her brother. She ran inside the castle
and signed up for the next clutch.
Greg himself flew further, and subscribed himself at Drockh-Tallahn
Castle, the home of Dranal. Their they waited for the clutch to hatch and
pair a drak.
Greg looked silently to the female drak that pushed her children away
one by one. He was the last of the aspirants to bond. He didn't fear that
he would be alone, because he saw the most beautiful drak he had seen in
his short drak-knowing-life.
The male night was more withdrawn, unwilling to leave his
mother’s side at first, until, with an encouraging nudge from Kimechash,
he took a few tentative steps toward Greg. “Grrreg? Errr, my
name’ssss Vorshaw.” He purred contently as his new partner
stroke his furry head.
"Welcome to this world." Greg whispered in the soft ear of
"You do know that you are a night drak right?"
Greg asked his drak grinning
Vorshaw had just been hit by an other drak that hadn't seen the night drak
in the night sky of Icarus.
"That doesn't matter." The drak said a bit hurt.
"Ohh... It was just funny. You didn't even get hurt or anything..
It's a sign that I take good care of you."
"Really?" The drak twapped his tale and looked sheepishly to his
bond. "Didn't think of it that way."
"I know you didn't.. Doesn't matter though. Lets go inside now.. It's
It was true that Greg had learned to stay up later then before, just
because his drak loved the night so much. If Greg wouldn't tell him to
sleep, Vorshaw would never sleep.. or perhaps when the sun was shining
"Shall I fly you to our cave?"
"Yes, but shout when a drak is getting to close to you."
"Promised." The drak said very seriously.
had visited Ashley, but she hadn't impressed a drak yet. Though the eggs
were hard, nobody could just urge the eggs to hatch. But when the drak got
really snappy, everybody knew it wouldn't take long anymore.
There were four healthy draklings,
each different from one another and only one the color of their dam. It
was that one, a Day female, that sped up her pace when she spotted Ashley
standing near the edge of the room.
"You! You mean well I jussst know it, I want
you to be with me!" The Day drakling shouted, tumbling
over herself in her haste to arrive. Ashley reached out and grabbed
her, but they both went onto the soft ground - giggling madly. "I
am Nanphaw," the drak said.
Ashley didn't hear the rest. She and Nanphaw were a team now, and she
would be safe.
looked at the night sky. He loved it, perhaps because he was a night drak.
His knight had warned him so many times that flying at night, as a night
drak was a little bit dangerous, but the drak didn't want to hear
And as many nights, Vorshaw hovered through the cool air just above
Drockh-Tallahn Castle. And it happened again. A Ice Blue Blue-Silver
Dragon flew against him. Vorshaw looked at the female dragon and said: "Hello!
It'sssh alright you know, don't worry."
The female dragon flew past him and didn't even look at him. Vorshaws
looked at the female dragon. "the nerve" The drak
thought. He flew behind the dragon and tried to get her attention. Nothing
seemed to work, and when the dragon flew to her bond, Vorshaw followed and
landed right in front of her so she couldn't move.
"Now.. I don't need an apology or anything..
But it doesssh seem rather impolite to just fly away..."
Vorshaw started, and stopped when he looked in the pretty eyes of the
"My name is Vorshaw..." The
drak said and bowed. "Here's a flower." the drak picked a rather
small flower from the garden of some person and gave it to the dragon.
"Vorshaw? What are you doing?" Greg asked when he got up and saw
his drak with a little flower in his paw.
"Wooing.." The drak
whispered to his bond.
Ashley is an aspirant at Dun
Greg is an aspirant at Drockh-Tallahn
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