“What is that?” The soldiers on the floor yelled in fear.
“Is it a dragon?” People ran for cover.
I wondered why Phil had not taken cover and instead stare up into the sky.
A heavy sound of engine flew overhead. I instantly knew what it was: an small plane. Wait? An aircraft here and now of all places? Wasn’t this a world where there wasn’t any technological advancement at all? How was this even possible. Staring up, the small plane scorched through the sky in high speed. Everyone froze in fear at the unknown creature that gave off a high piercing cry.
This is not good. That plane should not even be here. Then does it mean I’m not the only one here. The thought excited but at the same time worried me. If that was the case, then the person in the jet was a being from Earth. How did the person cross over?
“How is it possible for something so fast to be flying like that?” Phil glanced up in complete all awe. For someone so young he had quite the courage to be stand there without any fear. That is truly a demon lord quality. “It’s definitely not a dragon, its too small.”
Though for me, I stared dumbfounded at the predicament. This was my one chance to get to know how the resident of Earth came through this world. My guess is that the jet would not be able to stay flying in the sky forever. Before something happens to it, I needed to follow it, but right now the situation wasn’t too good. Without thinking, I bolted out of the mansion.
“Berry?” Phil called out behind me. He was startled at my sudden run.
I needed to know, what was going on. I knew there weren’t going to be another chance coming up. With my curiosity fueled, I ran into the forest. Jumping over logs, I ran through thick branches to the point of gaining cuts on my arms and body. With one fluid shift, I could feel my body change. My arms became stronger, my neck grew longer into a dragon snout, horns sprouted out of the head. Powerful wings burst forth from the back, but I did not change completely into the usual size. For some reason my growth stopped at the size of a school bus.
“Berry?!” Phil exclaimed, he jumped up and latched down onto my tail.
Damn it. This is the wrong time for him to find out what I was. It didn’t matter, I can silence him later somehow. Wow, I actually thought like a dragon for once. The only problem was the airplane that was getting further and further away from me. Each pump of my wings, I felt myself rise upwards. Strong wind blew past my wings as the magic that surrounds my body picked up speed.
Phil grabbed onto the back of the spikes, and slowly pulled himself up. They were hundreds of feet into the air. He couldn’t help but gulp in fear and instead worked to continually pull himself into a better position. Letting go meant death, and climbing was the only option for his safety.
“Berry! Slow down!” Phil cried out. He was already half way up the back getting closer to the neck. “Berry!”
I had no time to answer a ridiculous order. My goal was to catch up to the plane and with each pump of my wings we flew faster and faster. The joy of flying was truly an exhilarating feeling, but right now I could not enjoy it completely. Finally, I was able to catch up the the plane and glided next to it in curiosity.
A young man was driving the airplane. His jet black hair and face was covered in a fox mask. Through the holes in the mask I could tell that he was shocked. I could already imagine what he was thinking on the line of what the hell is that or it’s a dragon. I know I’m not a telepath, but I assumed that I would said the same thing if I saw a white dragon flying next to the plane.
The plane did a sharp dive downwards towards the ground. I too followed closely and folded my wings into a dive. Phil was holding tightly to my neck, with a rope tied around my spine. I don’t know when his skillful hands had strapped himself onto my back without falling.
At the last moment the plane pulled and shot straight up. Opening up my wings, I glided sharply forward. It was becoming a test of speed, flight, and manuerability between the plane and I. From doing loops, sharp turns, nose dives, and even strange patterns that I never thought was possible. I could not keep doing this acrobatic pattern in the air. I needed to direct him towards a location and push him down out of the sky.
With an idea in my, I inhaled and blew a jet of thin stream of fire. Like a bullet the fire ball shot forward towards the right, causing the plane to twirl. Each time the plane started to move towards the directions that I did not want it to go, I shot a fireball till finally we saw the Solitary Mountain not too far away.
My domain. That was were the real battle will begin. Flying with vigor, I continually fired small fire balls so the person who flew the plane would not deviate of course. They were a couple of times, when the plane slipped through me, but with a twist of my head or a acrobatic flight I somehow made the plane go back on track.
With the goal in sight, this time I blew a blast of ice onto the plane. The engine slowly stuttered till finally it was gliding into the air. It was taking a fatal dive downwards into its destruction.
Curse of the Dragon has been lifted when entering into your territory and the Blessing of the Dragon has gone into effect.
Swooping down with claws outstretched, I reached downwards to grab onto the plane. My body was rapidly growing and the powerful beat of the wings kept me steady in midair. Snatching it out of the air, I flew downwards towards the outstretched large balcony of the castle. Grabbing the plane caused me to lose balance in midair, and all of us tumbled onto the ground with a thud.
Skreeeeeeecchhh. The metal scrapped against the hard stone and both Phil and I skidded a good feet away. Luckily for me, I was able to land without to much of a tumble and instead was able to get back on my feet.
Swiftly changing, I returned the original young woman body. Without realizing that the sudden change made me stumble, I quickly went over towards the steaming plane. Upon climbing over the broken metal wings, I glanced down and noticed large spider cracks on the window.
Balling up my fist, I punched through the glass. Inside, the young man with black hair was slouched over bleeding.
Damn, I was a bit too rough on the landing and possibly caused a serious injury. Right now all I could do was gently open up a small red potion that I had kept in my pocket. Pouring it over his mouth, the effect was already in effect.
“Berry? Is that you?” Phil pushed himself up and got up. He staggered as he made his way over. “How are you older?”
“I told you didn’t I? I’m not a kid.”
“But? You? What?”
“Look, I lied. I am very sorry that I lied on what I am. I didn’t know what other way to go about this. So now you know, please help me get him out of the plane.”
“Plane?” Phil was finally able to get his bearings and saw what I was doing. “Is that a God’s Blood?” He asked startled at Red potion.
“You don’t know? How do you not know what you are using?”
“What are you talking about. It’s a low grade Health Potion. I also have a Magic Potion as well.”
“The blue colored potion.”
“Hah?” I was getting confused at what Phil was even talking about.
“God’s Blood is a rare elixir that can heal any physical wounds. God’s Magic heals one fatigue when they use magic. How is it that you don’t know this, but you know how to use it?” Phil was having a difficult time comprehending everything. “Do you know him? No wait. You are a dragon?”
“No. I don’t know him. Yes I am a dragon. Plus, this is a red potion, not God’s blood, I have quite a lot of these. It’s not hard to make them.” I stare at him strangely. The ingredients to making them was still the same from this world to the game that I remembered playing: Infinite Loop. Bits and pieces of my previous life and the game was coming back to me in steady streams. The recipes in the game, the worlds, the same legendary stories, species, and races. Though what did not make sense was this foreign elements and man that came flying through the sky. They were nothing about airplanes invading this world.
“He could be a monster, this metal contraption could be dangerous!” Phil replied, trying to pull me back. I pushed away his hands and continued to do what I was doing.
“Your worried about a plane and not a dragon?” I stared at him awed at his oddity. “It’s fine. Its just a civilian plane. Quit getting your panties in a bunch.”
“Never mind.” There was no use talking to him right now. “Just help me out on moving him will you?”
Phil finally moved, but this time very carefully. I was relieved that he did not bombard me with questions. The pirority right now was to pull this man out. With great strain and careful movements, we finally took the man out from the plane. Laying him down on the floor. Compared to Phil who was like the blazing sun, the man on the floor was like the moon. Mysterious, fit, and tal, though I had to wonder why he had on a mask and clothes that look like one would wear in a new year Japanese festival. He truly look like he was out of time and plce.
“Ugh.” The man groaned.
I reached up towards the mask to peel it away. The man snatched my hands from prying it off. Tch, I was so close to wondering what this guy even look like.
Phil jumped backwards and pulled out his knife. I wondered where he stashed that, but it was not my concern. I held up my arm to stop him.
“My name is Berry. I’m very sorry about that crash landing. I was just trying to get you to land.”
“I had to freeze up your engine so you would land, though it seems it was a bit to much.”
“Where am I?”
“Your on the Solitary Mountain in the Kingdom of Dragons. Your plane crashed into the balcony of my home.”
I sighed. I don’t know if he was still dazed or he was just slow.
“Your home! I’m so sorry.” The man bolted up and bowed. “I can pay for the damage…..” He looked around confused, wondering where he was.
“I think that force landing rattled his mind.” Phil spoke, “Though I believe this could turn bad if he goes crazy.”
I curiously peered towards Phil. How come he was not even startled that I could change into a dragon, but was more weary about the man in front of us. Was his mind more whacked out than the man in front of us? I quickly brandished away such thoughts and instead felt relieved that he did not run away screaming. The thought of seeing Phil run away screaming was actually a funny thought. His serious expression usually stay in two forms: expressionless and weary.
“How? What? Where?” The man examined the world around him.
I was like that when I first came here but not to such point where I stood there completely dazed.
“My plane!” The man ran up in bewilderment. He checked every angle around it to see the partially destroyed plane. “Noooooo, how am I supposed to go to the Sakura Festival now?” He was groaning loudly.
“…..he doesn’t listen does he?” Phil whispered.
I couldn’t agree with him more. “Hello?” I waved towards him to catch his attention. “I got a couple of questions for you. I can’t keep calling you hey or you. So what is your name?”
“Don.” Looking back towards me, his demeanor changed.
“How did you travel to this world? Did you pass some kind of dimensional barrier to come to Torren. Is Earth still the same?”
“Torren? Isn’t this still Earth?”
I shook my head. “No, the world you are in now is called Torren. I use to live in Earth till a year ago.”
“You’re kidding me right?”
“No, why would I lie? Where do you think the dragon that was chasing you came from? This is not Earth you know.”
“Dragon? Dragon!” Don searched around him nervously. “The dragon is not here is it? It destroyed my precious plane.” He angrily stated.
“Well, I’m sorry!” It was all my fault for being rough with his plane and destroying it.”
“Why are you sorry?”
“Because I’m the dragon.”
“Like I said, I was trying to make you land because I saw a familiar sight of plane flying in this world. I knew you were a inhabitant of Earth.”
“You’re the dragon?” Confused, he gaze at me strangely. “You’re a human.”
“I’m…..both?” I changed in front of him there and then. Looming over him with hetrocolored eyes, I spoke. “I’ve been changed.”
“Wah!” Don fell down and scuttled backwards like a roach. He back hit the cold metal plane. “Are you going to eat me?”
“How barbaric. I’m a genuine lady. Eating people is like cannibalism.” I huffed cold breath in disdain. The ground underneath me quickly frosted over. “See Phil. That’s the reaction that you should be having. Why aren’t you like that too?”
Phil was frozen on the spot, but he did not seem to be terrified. “After you eating gold, and doing creating and making strange things I assumed you were something else. An elf does not create mechanical contraptions like you and instead likes to lounge around in the forest enjoying life. Though to be considered a legendary creature to be born now of all times when the dragon reign’s cycle to be over is very odd.”
“I haven’t destroyed a city.” I balantly replied.
“That too nor do you show any signs of rampage. You even have God’s Blood and God’s Magic with you. Plus, you haven’t killed me.”
Maybe I was over thinking things but this future demon king was a lot more cool headed than I gave him credit for. Calculating, yes. Scheming? I think so. No, I’m sure so.
Once again, I reverted back into my human form. Yep, being in human form was a lot more comfortable then moving around a large body. Though I had to wonder, where my clothes went to when I shifted forms.
“You’re an actual dragon!” Don cried out startled and his curiosity piqued by the strange event that was happening before him.
“I hoped you would catch on a bit sooner.” I sighed. This wasn’t getting anywhere at the rate I wanted to go. “So can you answer my question. How did you get through to this world? And why are you wearing a mask?”
“I don’t know. I woke up in my plane flying through a thick cloud of fog that came out of nowhere. I also remembered bits and pieces of going to the Sakura festival. I couldn’t land nor see anything in front of me. It was truly a nerve-wrecking experience. I thought I would’ve died from an unexpected crash.”
“Somehow I ended out of the fog and came to open land with bright sky. This was the first time in my life since I saw such natural beauty, it doesn’t even compare to Earth.”
“I’m not so sure about that, there are places on Earth that are beautiful.”
“Where are you from? You sound like your speaking in Japanese.”
“Really? To me you sound like your speaking in English.” Stumped I was amazed at the language barrier that was gone an in its place was a universal translator that made it easy to understand one another. How was this was possible, I did not know but it seem that the only answer was magic.
“Are you Japanese?” I couldn’t help but wonder why his name was not even Japanese.
“Well, I”m half french and half Japanese. My last name Dupont was taken in by my father’s side. I used to live in England temporarily till my family move to Japan when I was twelve.”
“Ah, wait. That’s like a whole different country. Though you do have that slight English accent.”
“This just gets stranger and stranger.”
“What is strange is that you are wearing a mask.” Phil cut in. He was wearily staring at Don as if he was a criminal.
“I’m sorry. This maks mask is sentimental. I’ll take it off.” Don pushed the mask up on his head. His black hair and stunning greenish gray eyes stared back. I couldn’t help but stare. It was rare to see such a colored eyes in an Asian descent. It matched perfectly with his baby face. “Did you by any chance see a lady in white clothes before you arrived here?”
“Lady in white?” Don thought it over. “I vaguely remember a woman in white clothes.”
“Did she say anything to you?”
“I….don’t quite remember completely.” Don scratched his head. “I do remember her saying something about going somewhere and something about world merging?”
“You too, huh. Wow.” I asked excited. So Earth and Torren was slowly merging together. The lady in white was some kind of being that brought us here.
“There was one more thing she said. It went something like…….”Don was thinking hard, “Beware of the Black Moon…..something something…fight for your existence.”
“It seems you hit your head a little to hard upon the crash.” Phil spoke. He crossed his arms.
“I think so too.”
“Black Moon? Fight for our existence?”
“This does not make sense.”
“We need more clues on the white lady.”
“Though, I have to ask. Have you got this strange information coming though your head? It has my name, title, and abilities.”
“Yes, I got that too when I came here. What does your say?”
“Flying Demonic Maniac.”
“Pfbt.” Phil held back his laugh.
“That’s better than me. Mine is Gaming Greedy Dragon.”
“That fits you so perfectly, especially the greedy part.” Phil retorted and burst out laughing. Walking over nonchantly, I gave him a quick kick to the knee.
“Ow! What was that for?” Phil hissed and he hopped around on one leg.
“Anything else?” I turned over towards Don and smiled.
“I got engineer and Earth magic.”
“Interesting, so both of you are blessed by the God and are Adventurers. Outside the nobles, the only people or being able to have magic are Adventurers.”
“Are you one as well?” Don asked Phil.
“You can say something like that.”
“Though we need to do something with your plane. I don’t think its a good idea to leave it out and letting it smoke like this. We might bring trouble.”
“Trouble? Do you know how strange that sounds coming from your mouth? You’re a dragon for crying out loud. You’re the trouble that scares away all the monsters in the vincity. I haven’t seen a single one near by, since we have arrived here.”
I couldn’t say anything. It was true. This damnable curse Double Trouble was always reeling its ugly head in some shape or form. The only thing was that this curse seemed to not activate in my domain. The way he said made me realize that oddity of the whole situation.
“If you don’t mind. I would like a new change of clothes. Being in this bloodied up clothes makes it a bit uncomfortable and cold.” Don shivered.
“Ah-” I couldn’t help but noticed that he was right. Blood was spilled in large blotches all over his body. He needed new clothes and I believed they were many back inside. If only I knew where half the things were in the large castle.
“Young mistress,” A young human maid with red hair appeared right on cue.
We all turned around startled that someone was actually here.
“Who?” I asked in disbelief. How was it now that someone was actually here now, but the whole time that I was living here not a single being was ever seen.
“Young mistress. I am sorry I could not come out, till now. Without any guest, there was no purpose of assembling maids and butlers.”
“No purpose? You make it sound like the castle is alive.”
“Yes it is. It is transformed by your magic young mistress. We were created from the monster on this land. Thank you for giving us another chance to live.”
I was stupified. I know I did not have magic that would animate the dead, but to magically create a castle? Was that even possible? Then it hit me. The chest back at Phil’s mansion. Using the metal manipulator I had changed the whole property of the chest into a magical chest. Now that I think about it, this entire castle was made almost completely of metal.
“We are the will of this castle that serves you young mistress. Please leave the plane to us and instead please go in and take a bath. We have everything set up for you.”
“What is your name?”
“I,” The maid could not think of an name and instead stared off into space trying to remember something she could not. “I do not have one.”
“Well then, your name will be Coco.”
“Coco. Thank you young mistress,” Coco replied with enthuasism.
“Was Coco the best thing that you can think of?” Phil elbow me and asked in a low voice.
“What? I’m bad with names. It was the first thing that popped in my head.”
“It sound like a dog’s name.”
“How did you know?”
Phil sighed. “Never mind.”
This demon lord was good. I don’t know how he knew, but he read me like a book.
We followed Coco and came to a Men and Women bath division. I swear I saw this somewhere. The time that I stay here in this castle, they were nothing like this before.
“Ah, yes. We have rennovated the bathroom to more of a bath house style. I thought you would like it. I remember you talking about how you wanted to try this so called hot springs.”
“That was just a whim while I was reading a book.”
“Then is it not to your liking?”
“No. No. No. I love it.” I couldn’t contain my excitement. “Let’s go!” I dragged Coco by the arm with me.
“Young m-m-mis-s-t-tress.” Coco stuttered. “I sh-h-houldn’t”
“Don’t worry. Don’t worry. It’ll be fun having one more join me.” I merrily replied while I was stripping down and grabbing a white towel to wrap around me. “Come on. You can use it too as well as whoever help you make this. I’m not heartless to say no.”
“Thank you young mistress!” Coco bowed. Her red hair flopped forward.
This was once in a life time experience that I wanted to try. Coco and whoever the other members were made it for me. I was so estatic that I completely forgot about being nervous. Taking a quick shower to rinse off the dirt on my skin, I took myself over towards the open air hot spring. Looking up, I noticed that the hot spring was facing the edge of the cliff of the mountain. I could see quite a view overlooking the mountain. Dipping my toe in the hot steaming water, I let out an exhale of relief. Wow. The temperature was just right.
Putting one feet into the other, I slipped in to enjoy the hot steaming spring water.
“A hot spring? Here?” Don spoke confused. I looked over and saw a large wooden divider that kept us apart.”
“This is a hot spring?” Phil voice stated amazed. “I have never seen such bathhouse before. We usually bathe in a large tub warmed by the maids and even then its is a luxury to bathe in hot water.”
I nodded in agreement. What Phil said was completely true. I experienced it. This was like heaven compared to the tub bath.
“Mistress, I’ll be coming in.” The young maid shakily walked over nervously. She was covering herself as best as she could but her large breasts were making it difficult.
I stared in disbelief at her large chest and then look down on mine. Sighing in defeat, I sunk deeper into the water. I have to make do with what I have.
Both of us were enjoying the hotwater. All my stress faded away and instead I enjoyed the moment.
“Young Mistress, I am glad that you are back home. It was getting quite lonely without you.”
Looking over, her cute face was smiling happily. “How many are you guys here?”
“Three including myself.”
“A cook and the head butler.”
“Do they know their names?”
Coco shook her head.
Damn. That mean I have to give them a name. “Their gender?”
“The cook is named Tart and the head butler is….Moca.”
“I will tell them immediately.” Coco bolted up ready to get out, but instead I stopped her. She really was dedicated to her job.
“Later, just enjoy the moment.”
“Yes, young mistress.” Coco blushed red from embarrassment. She slipped back into the water.
“Gahahahah! Young mistress is here? Younnnnnngggg Mistreeessss!” A child voice spoke out loud with glee, startling me. With a loud splash a small body jumped into the hot spring.
“Wha-a-a?” I stuttered confused.
A cute girly face popped out of the water grinning. “Young mistress, your back!”
“Tart!” Coco yelled. Tart froze up and slowly turned around. I swear I thought I saw black demonic looking aura coming out of Coco’s back. It even scared me.
“Coco, I-” Tart stuttered.
How was it that Tart knew Coco’s name? I tilted my head stumped.
“You’re a boy! What are you doing on this side.” Coco evily glared.
I swear Tart was getting smaller and smaller, even though Tart was small in the beginning. Wait, didn’t she say Tart was the cook? Him?
“I wanted to see young mistress.” Tart wailed. He turned towards me with the most adorable puppy dog eyes he could give. Like an arrow, I swooned at the cuteness.
“No! You’re disrespecting young mistress. You should be on the other side.”
“But I don’t want to be with those old geezers, especially Moca. He’s too strict. Plus young mistress gave us a new name, we both heard it and came to thank-” Tart went silent.
Coco walked over with such ferocity, I couldn’t help but scoot back. Even Tart was cowardly moving quickly away from her and bee lined towards me. He glomped onto my arm, begging me to save him. Like a tiger, Coco grabbed Tart and threw him across the other side of the fence
“Gah!” Phil yelled.
“What the hell was that?!” Don spoke flabbergasted.
“It’s alright. Please calm down. It’s only Tart.” A gentleman’s voice spoke out calming the panic.
“Who?” Phil asked.
“My name is Moca. Young mistress gave me this name a moment ago. Do not worry, we are quite sturdy. Tart will be alright.” Moca replied. He called out from the other end of fence. “Thank you young mistress for giving us a name. It is my honor to serve you.”
“N-n-no problem.” I stuttered.
“Excuse my rudeness. Young mistress, please do not treat such a fool with kindness next time or he will not grow up to become a gentleman.”
“I-” No words came out. Whatever, nothing made sense. It was just better to go with the flow.
“Young mistress,” a sobbing wail could be heard on the other side. Tart sounded like a lost puppy who lost his master.
“Please ignore him.”
I swear I could hear a hint of coldness in Coco’s voice. Furiously nodded, I couldn’t help but be a bit afraid of this girl.
With the relaxation over, I headed out with new clothes.
Rare Monster Black Wolf Clothes Set
Made from the pelt of the strongest monster Black Wolf. It is a living, breathing item of cloth that changes back into its original form when called upon. It has the power to protect its master from physical attacks. A magical item that does not get stinky or dirty.
Another extraordinary set of clothes. I just don’t understand how such crazy set of equipment and clothes were even brought here of all places. I was wearing a quite an extravagant clothes that was a mix between a skirt and winter clothes in black and red.
“Yes, young mistress?”
“How many mythical items do I have?”
“What about legendary items?”
Now I remember, The Legendary Gala Sword was one of them.
“Um….” Coco thought it over for a moment. “A room full. Though they are just all female clothes and a couple of men clothes. Most of the treasure room is filled with your snacks.”
Hyuck. I could feel sweat coming down my face. I literally had the most expensive taste and I did not know it. I was sure that I was not born in a rich family, but more of a middle class.
“We can not have low quality fabric touch your body young mistress. It would give me a heart attack.”
So it was all her doing. I sighed. This maid had quite a taste in high quality items.
“I always wanted to dress you up in wonderful clothes.” Coco squealed like a girl.
I was now her dress up doll.
Both Phil and Don came out in new clothes.
Oh wow, both of them are like eye candy. Their wet hair made them look so dreamy. Wait, I need to stop thinking such disgraceful thought. Come back to reality Berry!
Phil spoke out in disbelief. “This is made from the Fire Lizard. I’ve never wore such high quality clothes before. Not even my grandfather would be able to even afford one of these.”
“Is it that expensive?” Don asked curious.
“Yes. Fire Lizards are only found in volcanic areas, they are highly dangerous and slippery to kill. Even though they’re not rare, the problem with them is that they like to sleep in molten lava and don’t tend to come out. Their skin is considered fire proof. Creating such clothes like these are difficult.”
“I see.” Don peered over curiously at the red, black, and orange clothes that Phil was wearing. “Then what material would mine be?”
“It would be Ice rabbit’s fur.” Moca spoke.
An elderly gentleman wearing a high quality butler suit appeared behind both Don and Phil.
“Ice Rabbit’s fur?”
“There considered the swiftest species of rabbits. Catching one is quite an frustrating, anyone who attempts to catch one usually give up within minutes. They live around the Solitary Mountain, though not many are seen these days,” said Phil.
“I was wondering why I feel so light on my feet.” Don hopped around a bit, and noticed that in seconds he shifted from one spot to another in a blink of an eye. “I like.”
“Young mistress!” Tart shouted in delight. He ran over and hugged me. His cute smile and eyes sparkled with delight. Tart was wearing very adorable clothes that made him even more cuter. I wanted to squeeze the life out of him, but was suddenly stopped when both Tart and I felt a shiver down our back.
“Did you forget all the etiquette that I taught you so soon?”
“I’m sorry, young mistress.” Tart pulled away and bowed. “Thank you for giving me a name.”
“It’s alright. You don’t have to be so formal. It feels so weird. Please stop all of you.”
“We dare not,” Moca stated with conviction. “It will dishonor us all.”
“Really?” Tart tone quickly change into 180. “Can I?”
Coco gave off a ice cold glare.
“I don’t mind. Really.”
“Yay!” Tart ran around in circles. Coco stopped tart by grabbing him by the ear. “Ow. Ow. Ow.”
“You’re quite popular,” said Don. “Are you a noble or something in this world?”
“No. I’m just me.” I flatly stated.
“If you say so.” Don shrugged it off.
“This way please.” Moca directed them towards the dinning room. “Tart go and get food ready.”
“Aye. Aye.” Tart saluted and bolted off towards the kitchen.
Opening both doors, Moca bowed allowing me to go in first. A large, oak table in a U shape that could fit sixteen people were present. Phil, Don, and I picked a spot to sit. Multiple trolleys hooked with chains with cooking equipment entered into the room pushed by Tart.
“Young Mistress! I’ll be cooking your food right now. Please wait.”
Four trolleys were separated around Tart. Tart tied his white aparon, and put on his chef hat. Sharpening his knives, he dove into work. Vegetables, fruits, and meat were flying left and right in quick succession. For a moment, I thought I saw four different Tarts working on different things at the same time. Tart grabbed a pan and flipped vegetables and cut up meat into the pan. A burst of fire erupted from Tart’s mouth as sizzled and heated up the food in it.
“What the hell?” Exclaimed Don. “Are they dragon’s too?”
“No. We are monsters that been gifted with transformation.” Coco spoke. She was waiting at the side of the table not to far away from me. “He would be a Black Fire Wolf.”
Don was still confused. “They’re monsters?” Gulped Don, he paled looking over towards Tart.
“Monsters? Him?” I asked.
“Yes, the one that you don’t want to come across.”
“Because they are considered the strongest type of Wolves in this world. Not only that one Black Fire Wolves are born.
I wondered what Coco and the Moca was.
Like a magic show, Tart continue to use different tricks to prepare the food in front of us. I couldn’t help but be delighted at the amazing skill that Tart showed. Even the presentation of the food that he made was spectacular.
“Please enjoy the food.” Tart replied happily. The food was distributed out evenly with the help of Moca and Coco.
“Aren’t you guys going to eat too?” I asked Coco.
“Until you are finished with your meal, we do not eat.”
“Oh come on. Your just going to stand there and watch. That’s like torture. All of you come over and sit down for crying out loud.”
“But young mistress, this is to mu-”
I cut her off. “I order you to eat with me from now on.”
“As you wish.” Coco bowed. Tart excitedly made more food and rushed over to sit next to me. Those adorable cheeks, how I waned to pinch them, but stopped myself. I took a bite out of the noodle that Tart had made. Delicious! Even though I have never had this cuisine before, it vaguely tasted like the food from Earth.
“We need to head back towards my grandfather’s territory. The goblins will be coming in five days. I can not leave my grandmother there.”
“We’ll leave at night. I’m a bit spent from the flight.”
“We need to be prepared when they attack, the number of goblins that’ll be coming will overwhelm the village.”
“Goblin?” Don asked.
“I’m sorry, I keep forgetting that you just arrived.” I said. “Phil’s grandfather land is going to be invaded by Goblins. So far we heard that over fifteen thousand are marching towards the direction of his estate. We have never seen such large numbers of goblins before. This is truly a rare occurence.”
“That’s not the only problem, we don’t have walls to keep the goblins at bay. The people will be over-ridden in seconds. Our forces only equate to a thousand, and the nearest reinforcements will take six days to arrive. Before then, the whole village will be destroyed.” Phil worriedly spoke. He was twirling around the meatball in circles. “The evacuation to move to another city has halted.”
“Why is that?” Don asked. He was munching on the steak in front of him greedily.
“The goblin had split up into three groups. This unforeseen event made it that much difficult to escape. Even with a thousand soldiers, it won’t be enough to fight of five thousand surrounding us on all sides.”
“Young Mistress could wipe them all out in one blow.” Puffed Tart with pride. I turned towards Tart stupefied. Silence filled the room.
I honestly did not know how strong I was, plus war was something that I had never experienced in my life. I was a virgin in killing things.
“Tart!” Coco spoke out loud in fury. “Young Mistress, is not a vicious monster that goes out and slaughter things left and right. She is a lady.”
“B-but she’s a dragon. Our young mistress is powerful!”
“Well I wouldn’t say that.” I murmur underneath my breath. I was uncomfortably moving around from my seat from the stares that everyone was giving. Nervously reaching over a small pile of gold, I popped a coin into my mouth.
Crunch. Crunch. Crunch. Gulp. Whew that is delicious.
Don look at me funny when he saw me eating the gold coin. I couldn’t bare the silence and once again ate another gold.
“No.” Phil spoke out. “This is my family business. I cannot put you in harms way just to die for us. That is not the way of household of Zemrik.
I was silent at Phil answer. He was quite an honorable man or it might have been his pride that stopped him. Either way, I sighed with relief. The number of time to shift was already used up. I don’t think I could transform again on the day of invasion.
“Did she just eat gold?” Don asked in disbelief.
“Don’t ask.” Phil spoke raising his hands to stop him from saying anything anymore.
“Instead, why don’t you bring your people to the Solitary Mountains? Its much more safe.”
“It’s not much of a burden if they live at the foot of the mountain.” I suggested.
“You don’t mean for my people to move here?”
“Well not in the castle. It won’t fit everyone, but close to it. I do have spare rooms for you and your family in living here. Your grandma was kind enough in letting me stay in her house and tried to adopt me in without a clue of what I am.” I twiddled my fingers, “Honestly, it get pretty lonely living here by myself.”
“Are you sure about this? Your cover could be blown.” Phil frowned.
“I don’t mind.”
“Thank you,” Phil warmly replied. He gave me a gentle smile, which caused my heart to thump loud and hard for a split second. Wow. What a knock out.
For someone who was cold as he was since the first day, he just showed me an unexpected side.
“You can stay as well Don. Adjusting to this world is a bit difficult at first, but its not too bad once you get use to it. Whenever you feel like leaving, just tell me.”
“I appreciate it.” Don also smile making my heart do another somersault. These two would seriously give me a heart attack if I’m not careful.
“Young mistress, please let us come with you.” Coco spoke. Her voice was solemn from the thought of possibly being left behind again.
“I don’t mind. Do you mind Phil?”
Phil shook his head.
“I didn’t know you were a noble,” said Don.
“My grandfather looks over a small land with the population of about 5,000 people. We are not considered the wealthiest or the strongest force of the Dragon Kingdom.”
“That’s pretty cool.”
“Cool? For being a noble?”
Don shook his head. “I never seen a noble before. I always wonder what its like to be one.”
“It’s not all glory and riches. Corruption run rampant in the kingdom.”
“I’m not surprised.” Don finished his food and pushed it aside. “I’m stuffed.”
“Me too.” I happily leaned back and patted my belly. “That was a delicious meal Tart. Keep up the good work.”
“Thank you young mistress!” Tart exclaimed happily.
The conversation between Don and Phil continued for awhile. I on the other hand was slowly starting to get sleepy. Yawning, I stretched.
“I’m going to take a nap before we leave.” Getting up from the chair, Moca picked up the dishes.
“I’ll take you to your room, young mistress.” Coco stood up .
“Please. I’ll see you guys later.” Yawning, I followed after Coco. My brain was muddled and the only thing I could think of was sleep. Winding through the hallway we arrived in front of the door to my bedroom. Coco opened the door letting me in.
“Please rest well, Young Mistress.”
“Oh, before you go. Please wake me up when the moon is at its highest and get everyone outfitted for war.”
“Do you want me to take out the legendary and mythical items?”
“Well….no. I don’t think that would be a wise idea to bring out right now. They are not strong enough to wield it.” At the back of my mind, the energy that everyone was putting off did not compare to the legendary and mythical items. If they were not careful, I feared that they would be swallowed up by the items themselves.
“Then a rare?”
“Well, see if they can wield it first before you go handing it out. I’m a bit worried that it could be determential to them right now.”
Getting out of the clothes, I quickly slipped into the bed. This is what I’m talking about, comfortable bed and a full belly. The door clicked close, and sleep overcame me in matter of moments.