Author’s Note: Looking for Proofreaders who are interested.
I woke up in a bolt and look around me. I was in a modern day hospital room . How did I get here? I wasn’t so sure. The last thing I remembered was fighting head-to-head with the Black Gryphon, buying some time for everyone to get back to the town. A sharp pain could be felt on the side and I pulled up my shirt. A thin white line with stitches could be seen. I was still in my child-like body. It made me sad to know that I was not back in my usual form.
Wait, the question is was there such a place in Torren? I mean I thought there wasn’t such technology here. Everything just look that much familiar.
The door opens and both Don and Phil steps in the doorway. They were both in modern looking clothes, especially Phil who look even more stunning than before. I couldn’t help but stare.
“Berry?” Don was the first one to speak. “Are you okay?” He was really worried as he came over.
“How did we get here? What happened?” I was completely lost on where we were. Is this modern technology? Did I just dream everything and I’m finally back on Earth?
“Phil carried you back heavily injured. The red potion that we had was not strong enough to heal everything. We had to make a drastic decision on the spot and bring you over to the modern world to get you stitched up. You really scared us.”
“Yes. We’re back on Earth.”
“Earth?” It finally hit me. So everything that had happened was not a dream at all.
“Are you out of your mind, pipsqueak!” Phil roared and pulled on my ears sharply.
I couldn’t help but yelp out in pain. “Ow. Ow. Ow! I was only trying to help!”
“Your help almost got you killed!”
“But everyone is safe now. Azazel is trapped in a crystal!”
“Azazel? Who are you talking about?” Phil let go confused. Then it hit him. “Are you talking about the Black Gryphon?”
I rubbed my ears from the ringing pain. “Yea. Did you pick up him up?”
“No.” Phil slowly stated. “All we found was you bleeding out on the ground.”
“What?” Bolting up, I let out a cry of pain. The spot where Azazel had left a gaping hole was still throbbing.
“How? It was just a few feet away from me.” Tears almost escaped from my eyes.
“There was no one there. Though we did find some black feathers. They would make a fine materials for weapons. Also your scales were gathered up too. I did not think it was wise to leave your scales behind.”
“You’re already thinking about using them as materials?” I stare with open jaws. Why didn’t I think of that? Wait, this is not the time to think such thoughts.
Don voice was soft. “You’ve been out for a week.”
“A week?” I exclaimed. “Wait, wait, wait. Weren’t we only allowed to stay here for three days?”
“Don’t worry about that. It seems the Goddess of Light is using her power to allow us to stay longer. The power in the past has not diminished yet.”
“Oh,” I let out a sigh of relief.
“Here take another Red potion.” Don threw me a Red Potion.
I open the cap and drank it. A flash of burning sensation could be felt throughout my body, but it was not as painful. I couldn’t help but wonder why this was the case.
“It doesn’t hurt as much.” I curiously peered at the half empty bottle.
“Your world don’t have very strong magical energy in the air.” Phil finally spoke. I couldn’t tell if his poker face was angry, upset or even worried. “It seems from my understanding the pollution that Don spoke of caused by your people had drown out the energy.”
“I see.” That explained quite a bit, but what was more surprising was that the Red Potion actually worked here. This would cause quite a sensation if we sold this on the market. Such thought crossed my mind, even now I was still thinking about how to earn income.
“Where have both of you guys been staying?”
“At a hotel,” said Don. “We had to go to the bank and trade in gold for some currencies. I did not expected to be treated like a V.I.P when I brought in the gold. Did you know that the regular one Draconian coins cost over a ten thousand dollars, while the one Ancient Draconis coin cost one hundred thousand dollars. I set up a personal account for us so we can pay off the medical bill. Your surgery was quite expensive.”
“Wait, we’re in America?”
“What? No. I never said that.”
“But you just said it in dollar bills.”
“I did not, I told you it was in Japanese Currency.”
I was completely confused. What did he mean Japanese Currency when I’m for sure hearing it in American Currency. Then it hit me the language skill that I had was translating everything into words that I could understand. This language cheat skill truly was an awesome skill that I never thought possible could even work in this world too.
“So where are we?”
It felt like I was hit by a bolt of lighting from complete shock. I never understood how we were able to come to Japan of all places. “How?”
“That would be me.” Don raised his hands. “If I understood correctly, whoever has the strongest desire of where they want to go they would be taken there.”
“Oh.” I thought over what he said. It made sense, Don was thinking about his hometown, while I was unconscious so I had no say whatsoever. While Phil did not know where to even go. “Did you get to contact your parents?”
“Well, yes. They were happy to hear my voice.”
“Did you also go visit them?”
Don shook his head. “I wasn’t able too, though Phil and I did enjoy our sight seeing. You wouldn’t believe how excited Phil got when he saw so many new things.” He was laughing. “Phil’s like a child that just saw a new toy, every direction he saw.”
“I was not.” Phil flatly denied.
“I was just experiencing the unique culture your city has to offer.”
“If you say so.” Don shrugged it off. “Now that you are awake we need to make sure that you can travel back.” He rummaged through his pants and pulled out a bracelet and handed it to me.
“This is our ticket back. Each stone represents how many days we can stay here on Earth, and the soft glow that its radiating on one of the stones means only three more day by sun down.”
Don nodded. “At first it was another week, but when you woke up the number of stones being lit up decreased by a lot. That’s how we knew that you were awake.”
“Oh.” I couldn’t help but feel like it was my fault that their stay on Earth was cut short.
“Don’t worry about it. Just being back here makes me very happy. All good things do come to an end.”
“Then let’s check out. I don’t think I can stay here any longer.” I replied. Pulling away the blanket, I got up. My legs felt wobbly and I almost collapsed. If it wasn’t for Phil I would’ve fell down.
“Yea, it just feels like it’s been a long time since I walked on my own two legs.”
We headed towards the front desk. A lot of females were whispering out loud as they stared at Phil. Each one seem to blush or excitedly point out a foreigner were present. We finally made it to the front desk and Don pulled out his card to pay.
“Look. Look. It’s that hot looking guy. He came to pick up his younger sister.”
“Did you get his number?”
“No. He didn’t even seem to want to talk with me.”
“Maybe it’s because he doesn’t understand our language.”
“I wish I had a boyfriend like him.”
I couldn’t help but look up at Phil and then shook my head in disapproval. His looks will can make any females fall for him in seconds. The trait of an elf does not compare to the normal humans that are out there. Even models and actors would pale in comparison.
“What is it?” Phil asked. He could feel the intensity of my stare.
“The girls are talking about you.”
“I assume as much.”
“They say that you look amazing and wish you were their boyfriend.”
“I’m going to have to decline.”
“What do you mean why? I already have enough on my plate as it is. I must go back home and make sure my grandfather and mother is doing well.”
Sometimes the things that come out of Phil’s mouth surprises even me to this day. He had no interest in female as of right now.
“Wait, does that mean you swing the other way?”
Phil gave me a scowl. “I do not. I enjoy a woman’s presence.”
“Why, do you want to be in my strike zone?”
“Hardly.” I let out a indifferent answer with a slight hiccup. What the hell? Why did I even hiccup in the first place. I quickly covered it up with an answer to his question.“You’re too beautiful for a guy, so it grates on my nerves.”
Phil barked out laughing. “Don’t worry chibi. I don’t swing that way either.”
“No you didn’t.” I glared at him. Did he just call me small? I turned towards Don and kicked him.
“Owwww!” Don was hopping on his leg in pain. “Why did you do that for?”
“You taught him an unnecessary word. Now he’ll be calling me that for the rest of my life!”
“I didn’t teach him anything. He just picked it up with the locals!”
I growled. Lies! People don’t just suddenly spout out words like that without a reason. He must of watched some kind of drama, anime, or something to even heard such words. Don was the one who probably taught him the meaning.
A flock of girls and nurses came running over towards Phil, blocking our way. I swear these females are scary when they see someone handsome and beautiful at the same time. It reminded me of celebrities being swarm when they arrived in the locals.
“What’s your name?”
“Do you have a number you want to exchange?”
“How old are you?”
“Which country did you come from?”
“Would you be my boyfriend?”
I was roughly pushed out from Phil and I landed on my butt. Why these ingrates! My temper was sky rocketing through the roof. I’m the patient here and this is how they treat me? Slowly getting up, I wipe the dirt of myself. My anger was simmering to the point of it tipping. I breathed in deeply and let out my breathe.
With the most adorable voice I could muster, I called out to Phil. “Brother! Brother!” I pushed through the squealing girls.
Phil gaze down at me confused wondering who I was talking to and he look at Don. Don shrugged it off as if he did not know what was going on.
“Brother! I’m hungry!” I wail like a little girl. I started to tear up. “Brother, did you forget all about me again?”
All the girls stopped and gaze downwards. They all finally noticed me. Slowly, they parted ways to let me through.
“Big brother, you’re so horrible. You promised!” I bawled out crying and tried my best to make the most adorable face as possible.
The girls swoon and even tried to pat my head. Some trying to quell me from crying.
“Is she your sister? She must be hungry.”
“She’s so cute.”
“Ah~ I wish I had a cute sister. All I have are annoying brothers.”
“Big brother!” My voice wail out and out spread out my arms towards Phil to pick me up.
Phil look so confused that he was having a hard time to comprehend what was going on. If anyone saw his face now, they would laugh their head off. It was just priceless. Without a second thought, he gently picked me up.
“Big brother, I’m hungry. You promised to feed me when I get out today. Did you forget your promise?”
“I-” Phil couldn’t say anything but instead stare flabbergasted.
“Phil, come on. We should go out and eat. You don’t want your little sister to be hungry do you?” Don was chuckling so much that it made me wonder if he was going to fall over laughing.
Phil slowly nodded his head.
“Thank you!” I cried in joy Wrapping my hands around his neck, I rub my face against his.
Damn you, Demon Lord! You make me resort to such a corny act. You’re going to pay for all the hardship I went through today. You want me to get trampled by your horde of fangirls? Instead, you’re going to carry me out the rest of the way. I’m not going to die from being stepped on! My eyes dangerously gleamed hoping that he would get the message across.
Let’s go you fool of a Demon Lord. I don’t want to get mobbed by your fangirls again. I wanted to throttle him then and there, but instead gave me a cute smile. “I want Tempura!” I pointed towards the exit. I hope this damn fool get what I was implying.
Phil push his way past the girls not even giving them a second thought. Don followed chuckling behind till we finally left the hospital.
“Finally!” The breath I was holding was released. That was such a long and awful task just to leave there that it was suffocating. “Stupid Demon Lord!” I shouted and head butted him on his head.
Gah, the pain. I held up my hands on the bruise that was forming on my head. I shouldn’t have done that, but my anger towards him was high. Just the thought of being trampled alive by his fan girls made me peeved all over again.
“Bwhahahhaha!” Don burst out laughing so hard that he almost fell over. “You guys are a riot!” He was holding onto his stomach.
“It’s not funny.” I spoke peeved. I rubbed my hands against my head hoping the bump would go away.
Phil was deathly quiet. I felt a sudden shiver run down my back. Looking up, he gave me the most enchanting smile that I have ever seen in my life. Already, any females’ who saw the smile was around us were trapped by his smile. Even I couldn’t help but gulp in fear. The infamous Demon Lord’s smile of doom.
“So, this is how we are going to play huh? I’m a demon lord huh?” Phil voice was low and chilly. His face was getting closer to me as he raised me up to his level. “Brother and sister, is it? Okay. Your big brother will take good care of you today.”
I gulped. What the hell did I brought myself into again. Take good care of me? Crap. Was this my death sign today? I couldn’t help but tremble in fear.
“Don, where is this so called Tempera?” Phil asked.
“I know a place we can go eat. Come on.”
Phil did not drop me back on the ground and instead continued to carry me in his arms. I couldn’t run nor hide, and instead stay still without saying a single word. We arrived to a small shop where we took a seat.
Still Phil did not let me go and instead kept me on his lap. I squirmed trying to get away, but his hand pushed down on my shoulder. “Are you trying to run away from your brother?” He softly spoke. I could feel a tense air when he spoke such words that I nodded my head no. “Good girl.”
Looking down the menu, I couldn’t help but stare with hunger. All the picture I saw made me wanted to eat everything on the menu.
“I’ll pick for you guys. This place has the best noodles.” Don happily replied. A young waiter came over.
“Hello, how may I take your order?”
“Zaru soba for me, Udon for my friend over there, and Shrimp Tempura for the little lady.” Don spoke.
The waiter look towards Phil and she swoon. I already could tell that Phil’s appearance hit a bullseye mark on this lady as well. Poor fool, to be drawn in by just his looks. If he became the true Demon Lord, you all will probably die from his wrath if you are not careful. Such thought made me shudder as I stare at him.
Poking his face a couple of times, I wonder how he was just naturally able to draw girls to his side. Even if he look amazing doesn’t mean everyone will like him, but he is a whole different case in itself. Everyone both male and female are drawn to his charisma like a moth to a flame.
“What are you doing?” Phil stared down at me and squinted. He was not liking how I keep poking him on the cheek.
“I want to sit down by myself.” I quickly came up with an answer. Sitting here on his lap was making me very uncomfortable.
“What! Why?” I bleated like a sheep.
“Because your big brother needs to take care of someone like you. Do you not understand how it hurts me to know that you do not want to sit on your brother’s lap.” Like a doting older brother, Phil continued to give a heartfelt sadness. The waiter was unable to move from and she gave me a disappointed and jealous look.
What the hell? Why am I being being stare like that? I did nothing wrong, this damnable Demon Lord is twisting every word that I say. I gritted my teeth and let out a sad sound. “B-b-but I’m a big girl now. I can take care of myself.”
“All I see is still a baby sister. Until you grow up, let this big brother take care of you. This is the last of little joy that I can enjoy till you are grown up.” A single tear fell down his face. Everyone who was watching couldn’t help but hold their breath from the mesmerizing scene before them.
Is he some kind of monster that attracts the sympathy of everyone around him? I couldn’t help but have a small squeeze of emotions from seeing him tear up. It even made me want to be a good sister just for him today. No. No. No. This is not the way it should be going. I’m supposed to make sure he the one that’s teaching him a lesson not the other way around. This is not becoming the way I wanted it to be.
Finally, the waiter brought us our food. I couldn’t help but feel ravished from the one week of sleep. Just the thought of looking at them made me salivate. Reaching over to get the tempura, Phil picks up the first piece.
Is he going to eat my food. I couldn’t help but sob in sadness. Is this how he means by repay me back?
“Say ahhhh~” Phil smirked as he dangled the Tempura in front of me. I shuddered when he smirk.
Without a second thought, like a newborn chick getting fed by the mother, I chomped down onto the food. Wow! The food is completely different from back at the castle. I definitely need to bring some recipes over so Tart can cook this delicious meal. I heard Phil and Don both chuckling.
Phil continued to feed me till I felt stuff. It didn’t hit me till now, that I was dancing in his palms. How could I fall for his tricks?! I couldn’t believe that food sway me so easily. It was like stumbling into the lion’s den and never coming out.
“Oh my, it seems my little sister has been really hungry.” Phil wickedly smiled. It was a smile that was enchanting where anyone who was watching would be fooled by it in seconds, but for me I knew what it meant. Death!
“Thank you older brother for taking care of me.” I nodded. This was my last resort! I can not think of anything else but this. I reach up and kissed him on the cheek. With the best of my ability I gave him the most beautiful smile. Eat that you damnable Demon Lord! I continued to curse in my head.
They were dead silence in the shop. I didn’t realize that both Phil and I both attracted everyone’s attention. When I say everyone, I meant it. Maybe it’s because Phil look so fantastical that he attracted the eyes of everyone around him. I don’t know, but it made me very uncomfortable.
Don burst out laughing so hard that he literally fell off the chair. I couldn’t help but stare at him funny. I’m not sure what he was laughing about. I swear any harder and he’s going to die from laughing.
“You guys are always like this?” Don pushed himself up and sat back up.
“No.” I quickly stated. If it was like this everyday, I’m going to have a heart attack one of these days. This gave me a chance to slip in my chopsticks and steal his food. Kuhhuhuhuh, I chuckled to myself. Now I’m going to eat all of your food!
Phil reached over and flicked me on the head before I could take anything. “If you eat too much your small belly is going to get chubby. If you’re not careful you’ll have an upset stomach.”
Hyuck. Phil hit a tender spot. I unconsciously look down upon my stomach and noticed that he was right. He just called me fat! Why I ought to-
“Little sister, you shouldn’t scowl so hard. Were you so hungry that you want to eat the rest? I can not let you do that. I must watch over my little sister’s health.”
This is foul! I screamed in my head. Don’t you see that i’m a growing girl? If you’re going to play sister and brother role feed me more! I disapprovingly place the chopsticks down. All I could do was quietly watch him eat the rest of his food.
Well no matter, my hands slipped into my pocket. Hoping to find a gold coin, my hand felt an empty space. This is not good. I don’t have a single gold in my pocket.
With lunch done, we went out into the streets. It was a busy day, where large crowds of people were walking. The loud honking of horns, the blaring noises, and chattering of people’s voice could be heard. I couldn’t help but look around with interest. I never been to Tokyo, Japan before.
“Come on. Let me show you the mall.” Don pointed towards a ten story building. “It’s one of the best there is.”
We entered into the store. Something glimmer in the corner of my eyes. It was a jewelry shop. I couldn’t help but stare through the window. Hundreds of different type of jewels, gold, and silver danced in front of me. My eyes were glued to the vast amount of treasures.
I couldn’t help it. My feet automatically brought me into the store.
“Hello, welcome to Blue Sea Jewelry store.” A young woman called out but stopped when she saw me. My face was glued the glass in front of me drooling at the gold necklace and rings.
“Berry.” Phil and Don came up behind me.
“Buy me this one.” I commanded pointing towards the gold coins there was.
“You’re kidding me right?” Phil stared at me.
“It just look so delicious.” I couldn’t help but pull back my drool from spilling over.
“Delicious?” The lady asked confused. “These are the purest quality gold coin that we have. It cost about $2058.”
Don held back in a gasp. Phil was turned towards Phil and understood right there on how expensive it was.
“I’ll cover for you when we get back.” I quickly stated. I really wanted to try out what the gold on earth would taste like. Did it have interesting flavors or did it taste bland, especially out of all the gold that I have seen in the room, the one I was looking at look the most delicious.
Don sighed and pulled out his card. He slipped the card towards the lady. The lady stare at me with wide eyes and back at Don in disbelief. She quickly wrung up the bill and pulled out the six gold coins in the case. Gently she wrapped it in a case and handed it towards me.
“Thank you for your business.” The lady bowed.
I snatched the gold off the counter. Already I could taste them in my mouth. The best treat that the world has to offer is in my hands. Turning around hunched over like a scourge, I picked one up in my hand. I walked out of the store and was already heading towards the exit. The gold was quickly heading directly into my mouth, until Phil snatched it out of my hands.
“Noooooooooo!” I cried out in complete despair. “My candy!” I was jumping up trying to grab it out of Phil’s hands.
“Calm down brat.” Phil hissed under his breath. “This is not the time and place for this!”
“What are you talking about?” I growled. My hands were scaling up his body and bee-lining towards the gold coins.
Phil was viciously pushing me back from trying to get to my goal.
I really wanted to taste the gold in my mouth, not only that I was compelled to eat it now. It has been seven days since I have tasted the sweet nectar of gold in my mouth. My mind was frazzled and the only thing I could see was the gold in his hand.
What’s wrong with me? Such thought crossed my mind. Why is this urge so strong? I couldn’t stop myself. In that moment, I blew a fierce fire across Phil’s face. “Give me back what is mine!” I hissed. My skin was turning into white scales with gold markings and claws were quickly forming.
“Berry!” Don called out he ran towards Phil to grab a hold of me.
In that moment, I all could see was red. How dare he? How dare he take my gold! Everything around turned red, my body shifted and formed into my original dragon form. With a snap of my tail, the store’s glass broke into a million pieces. My claws digged in deeply into the ground and my white wings unfurled.
Screams could be heard from the people as they ran out in fear. People were pushing past each other, others almost stumbling upon one another trying to get away.
“Phil!” Don ran towards Phil who was covered in smoldering flames. He tried his best to take out the flames.
A gust of power burst forth from Phil’s body, and black energy erupted around him. The flames disappeared in seconds and his body was unscathed. Only his clothes were burnt.
“What the hell is going on?” Don called out with worry. “What happened to Berry?”
“I don’t know, but it seems the curse of gold is true.” Phil jumped back as my tail whipped towards him. A thundering like sound continued to echo all around the store.
“Give me what is mine.” Red eyes glowed dangerously towards Phil. My tongue flickered out tasting the air. I couldn’t tell who was foe or friend anymore. Everything swirled blending in different colors. No more did I see Phil before me, but a different person in front of me. A young lady with black hair and pale skin. She wore completely in black. Her eyes gleamed wickedly with a hint of mischief.
“I see you are still hung up on gold.” The lady in black spoke. “You still choose gold over me. Then so be it.” She cackled with laughter.
With a deadly blow of fire, I spat towards her face. The fire cut perfectly in half unharming her. It made me more furious than before. It was her, I knew it was her that cursed me in this state. This was the only sanity that was keeping my mind intact. My anger boiled in range and the strong urge of gold made me more fierce than before.
“You did this.” My tongue flickered out stressing out the s. “You cursed me to have this unquenchable hunger.” I lunged forward with my claws out stretch. With a swipe, the side of buildings was crushed. The lady perfectly dodged my attack and threw her own black arrows at me.
Each one I blew out fireballs that explode on impact. “Give me back what is mine!” I roared. Jet of flames spread outwards making the whole area around me blaze in flame.
“Kahahahaha. You think that your hunger will be quelled? You should have not betrayed me!”
A huge blast of energy punched me in the guts, causing me to fling out of the building itself. I flew backwards and hit the nearest building. Cars crash into one another, people screamed as they ran, and buildings crumpled.
Blood escaped my mouth and I stare with an evil glint. They were hundreds more of the lady in black swarming around me. Majority of them running away and only one who caused me this harm. I ignored the lady in black that was running away and instead focused on the one that was in front of me.
“Give me what is mine. Give me back what is mine!” Like a chant that was sung over and over again. I pushed up with great difficulties, I could tell my body was not fully recovered but the urge of eating gold was hundred times worse. With a cold tingle of my stomach, a strong gust of ice blew out of my mouth and all around me.
Everything that the ice touched froze everything in seconds. People screamed and ran from cover for the fear of being iced.
With a flick of my tail, the cars were thrown aside, my wings unfurled. With heavy beating, a gust of storm picked up around me. The lady in black walked towards me casually as if they were nothing wrong, and instead she cackled with laughter.
How dare she. How dare she! Mad with rage, I bulldozed forward. Red energy formed around my claws and created a sharp talon. It reached outwards and swiped the lady in black in one fluid movement pinning her perfectly into the ground.
“Give me what is mine!” I hissed. Hot blazing energy started to bubble from my stomach and into my throat. Already, I could feel fire ready to burst.
A large blast of dark energy shot underneath me, the ground cave causing me to lose temporary balance. My hand that were supporting me was kicked and I started to fall forward. My wings beated furiously trying my best to not fall down. The lady jumped towards me with her hands above her, something black like a knife came thundering down towards my heart.
I will not allow it! I thundered in my head. My jaws snaked towards her in a rapid motion. With a vicious chomp downwards, I bite down but a black force field like magic cocooned her. Only a slight taste of blood entered into my mouth and another sweet nostalgic taste of gold mixed in with the blood. It reminded me of the taste of honey and metal.
A single piece of white and gold scale fell of onto the ground. Her hand was inches away from her heart with the black knife already nicking the surface of my skin. Red drop of blood slide down the knife and onto her hand.
My vision cleared and I noticed in my mouth was Phil bleeding heavily. What’s going on? Where is the lady in black? I glanced around confused. No more did I feel the horrible pull of wanting to eat gold but instead clarity came into my mind.
All around me was in total chaos. Cars were overturned, large chunks of the buildings were missing, people were injured left and right, and police surrounded us.
“Berry?” Phil spoke with difficulty. “Did that work?” He look at me with pain eyes.
I”Whby bre ou in ma moub?” I couldn’t form the words because Phil was still stuck in between my jaws ready to be crushed in any second. I gently place him back onto the ground, letting him get out.
“This is not good.” Phil coughed. He staggered to get back into balance. “We need to leave, now.”
Swarms of police and swat came surrounding around us. Their guns loaded and aimed towards me.
I couldn’t help but be even more confused at what was going on, but noticed that we were in deep trouble.
“Do not shoot yet! There is a human hostage near the monster!” A group of unknown people came out behind the police.
“Are you out of your damn mind! That’s a monster for crying out loud!”
“Every life is a priority, we don’t want to enrage it!”
“You imbecile! More than a million people’s live are in jeopardy right now and you are worried for just one?”
“It’s a dragon! This is more than just a monster!”
“A dragon? So what? It’s still a monster!”
The bickering between the new people and the police man were raging on.
I examined all around us trying to look for a way to escape. If we did not leave anytime soon, who knows what could happen. I did not wanted to be killed or captured.
“Back me up.” Phil spoke, he huddled near me. “I only have enough energy to do this once. When I say now blow fire around us giving us cover, and change back into your regular form. We only got this one chance.”
I slowly nodded in understanding.
Phil closed his eyes, and black energy formed around him. “Now!”
I blew fire till my throat was hoarse, everywhere I turned the fire blaze all around me giving us a blanket of curtain. I shifted and changed back into my small human form.
With a blast of energy, Phil sent a shockwave of energy that blew outwards. All the cars and people were pushed roughly back. Even the helicopter that was hovering around us went out of control.
I took this chance to change back into my human form. It was all in one fluid movement that I did not feel a single pain. Phil roughly grabbed my hand and pulled me towards the back of the building. We weaved through the tight buildings, jumped over fences, and even hide behind a crate of box.
With a wave of his finger, Phil motion his hands around himself and around me. He slumped on the wall exhausted.
“A-are you okay?” I asked. I could see blood dripping down his side.
“I’m fine.” Phil raised his hands.
I felt horrible looking down at his state. This was all my fault and this obsessive compulsion to eat gold. Was this how I would become every time if I don’t eat gold for a week? The thought horrified me.
“I’m not going to do that again.” Phil chuckled.
Wait, was this the time to laugh right now? We are in trouble and possibly even hunted down.
“Who would’ve thought you would’ve gone crazy over one piece of gold.”
“I didn’t mean too. It was a strange obsession that I couldn’t break free from. I was never like this before.” I couldn’t help but be flustered at the whole ordeal. Everything was happening too fast, especially because this was on the first day of waking up on Earth. The Double Trouble skill truly was taking its effect.
No. No. I need to steel myself. I can not let emotions run all over me. With a straight clear voice, I spoke. “I am sorry. I know my words are not enough, but I will do my best to curb my obsession as best as I can.”
“Heh, quite formidable of you for your emotions to swing towards a balanced state of mind. I thought you would be crying or bawling from everything that had happened.”
“I am barely holding back.”
“That’s good to hear.” Phil weakly got up. “We need to meet back up with Don. We can’t stay here to long.”
“I agree with you.”
We both walked out and into the busy streets. I searched around for any nearby safe place where we could take a rest. Not too far from us, I saw what we were looking for.
“This way.” I took Phil’s hands. I did not wanted to get lost in this world.
“I found a hotel.”
“Yea, just think about it like an inn. Do you have any money on you?”
“I do. Don gave me an extra card for you and me.”
“That’s wonderful.” I spoke with relief. I did not know where to go to exchange money around here, nor understood my way around. People stare towards us wondering what was wrong, but even still they did not approach us. Instead, they seem to shy away seeing the amount of blood on Phil.
We walked towards the hotel, and got a room. With a card key, we entered into a three star hotel. It was decent but not luxurious.
“Berry, catch.” Phil called out. He threw five sparkling gold coins up in the air. Instinctively I raised my hands and caught every single one of them. “I suggest you to eat them sparingly. Three days is a long time and you only have five gold coins.”
It was true. I did not have a single gold coin with me. After the fight with the Black Gryphon I was unconscious, so I did not bring a single gold coin with me.
“Thanks.” I ate three golds in one bite. The urge for eating gold was still strong that I couldn’t stop myself. With one remaining gold coin, I felt regret. This was the first time when I felt the value of the gold in hand. If I did not eat gold, I would go crazy, but the price of gold is high on earth. A piece of gold was balancing the faith of humanity. It made me shiver on how scary such thought were and it made me feel that more determined now to find a way to break this unholy curse.
“I suggest you not to eat gold outside. Try to curb that hungry as much as you can.” Phil was sitting on the bed ripping a towel. He was bandaging himself around his arms where blood seem to drip the most.
I walked over and sat on top of the bed. I pocketed the last piece of gold. “Here give it to me.” Grabbing the towel, I tied it tight to stop the bleeding.
“I’m not sure this is going to end well, but we need to get back home. Any longer you might cause a city wide chaos.” Phil chuckled.
“That’s not funny. I just did.” I frowned. It was true. I did something that couldn’t be taken back.
“It’s not that bad, is it? Not like Torren, right?” Phil turned towards me. Even though he was pretty beat up, he still look amazingly gorgeous.
“It’s very bad. There are no such things as dragon’s on earth. Not till today.” I spoke quietly. “Even elves, beast-kin, or legendary monsters are not something that lives in this world.”
“I never knew that. So your world is quite peaceful, isn’t it.”
“Not really. Countries still go to war with one another, our war at times could be seen as more chaotic and scary than the war back at Torren.”
“That’s quite fascinating. So do you fight with swords and magic?”
“No. With guns and tanks. We don’t have magic here, but it seems that Earth has an aptitude for it.”
“I never knew that.”
I reached over towards the remote and turned on the T.V.
“Oh, you turned on the black box. Your people have quite fascinating ways to do things. It’s like magic but not.”
“Well, we adapted and came up with new ways to improve our lives.”
“Don said the same thing. I’m quite glad that you brought me here. I never would’ve imagined that there was something like this in this world.”
“They are so many things that humans created you would be stunned.” I couldn’t help but chuckle. Phil was already giving off a look of awe and interest.
“Breaking News!” An young man spoke out loud. “Today in Tokyo, Japan at 4:54 pm an unidentified monster had appeared. Half of the building of Diamon Mall had been destroyed. The area around has become encrusted with what seems to be ice. A heavy total of 250 people have been injured in this chaos. So far no deaths have been confirmed.”
A screen of smoke arose around the mall and a black silhouette of a giant dragon appeared in the smoke. Fiery burst of fire erupted out from the smoke covering the whole area.
A smoldering white dragon with its wings unfurled stare down at the escaping people. Even from high up above, the picture zoom in on the dragon’s face. Its red unblinking eyes stare with such ferocity that even I shivered.
Was that me? I couldn’t help but feel that what happened was just like a dream. “Did I really do all that?”
I turned around surprised that I mumbled out words unconsciously.
“Holy cow! It’s a dragon!” The news anchor spoke in surprised. My head snapped back to the T.V watching everything that was happening. “This is truly outrageous. It’s not Computer Graphics, right?”
“No.” The other anchor man that was at the scene of the wreckage was brought live. “That just happened not to long ago. We are at the scene of the wreckage but not a single sign of this so called white dragon is seen anywhere.”
“Are you sure this is not a hoax? Could this be a new form of terrorism?”
“I’m not sure. This could possibly well be, but we got reports that they found large footprints at the scene of the crime. This could be a major break though that Dragons actually exist!” The man stated with excitement.
“Calm down. You know this could be a hoax. Possibly a bomb that has been planted and some how they used hologram to project it.”
“Highly unlikely. We were there when this all happened. The fire that the white dragon had cast is real. It already scorched dozens of cars and flames still continue to burn around us. Not only that this could open up the chapter of whole new species that never existed. Scientists are already flocking on the scene to look into this strange phenomena. Right now we are still searching for this dragon that disappeared out of thin air.”
The voice of the man was excited at the finding.
I quickly turned off the T.V and flopped onto the bed. “What a mess.” I let out a sigh. They was absolutely no way to fix this. “I’m going to take a shower.”
Getting up, I went towards the bathroom. Turning on the water, I couldn’t help but sigh in frustration.
I felt so powerless to the urge of eating the gold coin. I knew that I needed some way to grasp this insanity before it becomes worse. Taking off my clothes, I hopped into the shower. Hot water pelted on my skin and the steam help me clear my head.
“I’m not going to let this happen again.” I clenched my fist. “I’m going to practice. I need to get stronger to hold back this urge.”
With resolution confirmed. I decided to slowly work on controlling my hunger for gold. I knew it was a long difficult road, but it was imperative that I work on this ticking time bomb. Getting out of the showers, I noticed that they were a pair of clothes laid out on top of the sink.
I couldn’t help but wonder if Phil had left the clothes in here for me. Picking it up, it was a large shirt and shorts. Slipping my hands in the shirt, I quickly put them on. The clothes that I was wearing was still clean.
I picked up my clothes and walked out of the room. Phil was standing with half of his shirt off walking around examining each little thing.
“You should take a shower. You look pretty beat up.”
Phil turned around with glass filled with alcohol. “This is pretty good.” He took a large gulp of it.
“Wait, is that alcohol?”
“This? I’m not sure. It reminds me of a wine, but I never tasted this one before. Want to try?”
I shook my head. I’m not an avid fan of alcohol nor was this the right time to drink.
Phil placed the drink by the bed and walked towards the bathroom.
Walking over towards the table, I placed the clothes on top. I then made my way towards the bed and flopped in the comfy bed. Fatigue washed over me, even though I did not use too much power the throbbing pain of the surgery was still slightly hurting. Pulling myself into the covers, I fell soundly asleep.
Loud noises chattered in the bar and music continued to play. A man in a blue and black suit with black gloves sat leaned against the wall. His curly hair covered half his baby face where a small star shaped birthmark decorated underneath his eye. Two females giggled as they lean against his chest. Each one of them pick up a drink and sipped on them.
“Did you hear what happened today?” The girl on his left spoke.
“Yea,” the other girl replied.
“They say that Tokyo had its first invasion of a white dragon.”
“Really? Sounds too far fetched if you ask me.”
“I wouldn’t say it’s that far off ladies. You do know they have been sightings of dragons all around the world since ancient times. It wouldn’t be strange at all if one so came up.” The man in red suit spoke with a smile.
“You believe in that Rei? I never thought you were a superstitious person before.”
“I’m not superstitions at all. I’m just saying it is a possibility.” He leaned over and kissed her on the cheeks. The girls giggled at his behavior.
Another man in black suit and sunglasses walks towards them and stop at Rei’s booth.
“Are you Rei?” The man in black suit spoke.
“Yes. What do you want?”
“Your service has been called upon”
“Who?” Rei pushed back the ladies that were in his arms and leaned forward.
“The rooster that crows during the night with legs that slithers like a snake.”
“Abraxas.” Rei whispered underneath his breath. He quickly got up and leaving the two girls behind and followed the man.
They left the bar and headed towards expensive luxury car. The man in black opened the door of the black car allowing Rei to step in. When he entered, he noticed an old man wearing a white suit and a cane inside the spacious car.
“Were you the one that summoned me?” Rei spoke with a low tone of voice.
The old man with a bald head reached over towards a glass and poured whiskey. He handed it to Rei and grinned. “It seems you knew who summoned you.”
“How could I not. With such a descriptive metaphor, who wouldn’t know of the organization.”
The old man chuckled. “Even still, not many know it would relate to us.”
“True, it is an old symbol. Either way what do you need me for?”
“I have a task for someone like you.”
“Do you have the money to back it up?” Rei rubbed his fingers in front of the man.
The old man rummaged through his pocket and pulled out a small leather purse. He threw it towards Rei and he caught it in midair.
“100 minted gold coins is just the down payment. We know your taste, you don’t like paper.”
Rei smirked. “Now that’s what I’m talking about.”
A second item was thrown towards Rei and he once again he caught it. Rei open his hands and noticed a shimmer of pure white light that reflected of the white scale.
“A scale? I never seen this before.”
“You heard what happened this afternoon correct?”
“You’re talking about the dragon that appeared in Tokyo?”
The old man lips curled up into a smile. “Yes. Find it for me.”
“My pleasure.” Rei chuckled. He pocketed the white scale and left out of the car. “Time to go to Tokyo.” With a laugh he walked away in the dark.