Hey guys sorry for the lack of updates! I've been fighting a crippling depression and I am pulling myself out. I haven't written anything until yesterday, and this popped out. It helped a lot with my depression and I hope you find it entertaining.
It was night in the city of Leviana. Crystalline towers reached for the star filled sky, glowing ever so slightly in through the electricity running through them and from the reflection of the twin moons. Dance music played in the distance, erupting from a nightclub a block away.
A figure flew across the sky with great golden wings, covered in gray leather armor. Glowing amber eyes searched his surroundings before he landed on a stone sphere-like roof. Sticking his golden talons against the walls, he slowly climbed up to the roof, where an entrance awaited him. Sticking his muzzle, he slowly began to squeeze his way down, making as minimal noise as possible.
The vent was metallic and quite cramped, especially for his large size. Every now and then he would be able to see out of the ducts below, granting vision to priceless artifacts and statues. His greedy gaze made him half tempted to drop down and steal any valuable in sight.
However, doing so would be an amateur move. Who knew what kind of alarms could go off if he carelessly stole whatever looked nice? No, he had his eyes set on something that would put the rest of the objects to shame in terms of price. It was just a matter of getting to it that was annoying him.
Eventually he reached the end of the vent and he found it bound tight by a series of bars that were screwed in. Kicking it in would caused a lot of noise and there could be guards around. Instead, he unhinged his jaw and let out a small stream of flame to melt the metal. Once it was soft enough, he tore it open and flipped to the marble floor below him, the few lights revealing him to be an exceptionally large dragon.
Laid out before him was a room that looked completely unguarded. The only thing menacing were the paintings on the wall; one depicting a cruel looking red dragon fighting against an almost angelic dragon. However, what really drew his eyes was the crystal in a glass case in front of him. It was oval in shape and glittered a ruby color. It was surrounded by a golden container, which alone could fetch a hefty price.
Yet, he knew that there was more than meets the eye; especially with valuables such as these. Clamping his mouth shut, he created fire in his mouth, the smoke emerging from his nostrils and mouth. As he walked closer, he could see bright blue lasers that were previously invisible. It was like a maze in how they were constructed, and there was no possible way for him to get past them with his size.
Instead, he reached into a black pouch that rested against his armored chest, pulling out a small dark blue orb.
"Hey Zy, is this thing working? Never had to use these often..." the dragon whispered, backing up just in case the beams moved. One could never be too caution about these things.
"Yes I can hear you, Serthal." a happy voice came through the orb. "What's up?"
"Turns out that I am going to need you to turn off the beams after all. It's almost as if they were specifically made for me." Serthal chuckled as he breathed more smoke onto the beams.
"Alright! Gimmie one second and they'll be off..." Zy said as there was the sound of furious tapping coming from the other side. "The Pharaoh's Jewel is the one you're in, right?"
"Yup." Serthal looked up to see the sign hanging from above them.
There was a sound of something powering down before the beams flickered and vanished. Waving his claw where a beam was, Serthal let out a small sigh at the fac tthat there was no loud blaring alarm going off. Although it made it far more entertaining to evade the guards, tonight he just wasn't in the mood.
Approaching the glass, Serthal extended the golden blade at the base of his tail and began to cut a hole in the glass. After the hole was cut, he let it fall into a gloved claw before gently setting to down. Anticipation coursed through his blood as his heart pounded at the sight before him. Reaching in, he grabbed the crystal and the base, placing it gently within his satchel.
It was at that time that electricity nearly struck him in one of his six golden horns.
Whirling around, he looked up to the ceiling, where another dragon hovered above him. Although covered in dark green armor, there was some sort of familiarity coming from this dragon that Serthal couldn't quite place his claw on.
"Hey...do I know you?" Serthal asked, placing a claw under his chin. "You look very familiar." he started to pace, eying both the exits. The dragon, whom he just identified as female due to the scent coming from the armor, narrowed her jade eyes at him.
"Enough Serthal." she spoke in an emotionally dead tone. The fact that she knew his name was flattering in a way. "Put the gem back and your sentence will be reduced."
"Very temping dear, but I'm afraid if you want me to put it back, you are going to have to offer a lot more." Serthal gave a smirk. He could feel the hatred eminating from the dragon. "Oh come on, just because you are a Guardian doesn't mean you can't have some fun." Serthal indicated to the orange symbol on the dragon's chest.
The dragon formed a frown before charging electricity in her jade crystals. Taking another look at them, Serthal began to identify who this dragon was. He still couldn't figure it out, but the electricity, smell, and crystals were all very big clues.
"Sorry Serthal, but demeaning myself with you doesn't suit me. Plus, we can have all the time in the world for fun once you are locked up tight." the Guardian responded with a bit more emotion. It was as if she was playing along with his banters. This may prove fun after all!
"Will you be in there with me?" Serthal replied without missing a beat.
"Hmm...well, we'll see once I catch you." the dragon dove at him, electricity sparking from her claws.
"Nah, if I was gonna get captured, I'd want it to be confirmed." Serthal dove under her, fleeing for the door directly in front of him.
The thrill of being the prey enveloped Serthal. Although one may assume it was crazy, Serthal loved being caught and cased. It was good exercise and he loved being able to outwit even the 'smartest' of guards and Guardians. Plus the look of fury on their faces once he escaped made it completely worth it.
Flying through the fossils of ancestors and other creatures, he glanced behind him to see that his pursuer was directly behind him and in the angle she was following him, she had a clear shot. Rolling through the air, he dived down and passed through the legs of a large fossilized reptile. The dragon's shot missed, but she never let up. It was as if she had an automatized locking system built in.
Stopping short, he watched as she flew past him a bit as he went in the opposite direction, flying towards the world section. The only way he was able to identify it was the giant rotating world in the center, and he suddenly had a dastardly idea before he realized that he would need to be twice as strong to lift it. Caught in his thoughts he was zapped slightly at the base of his tail.
"That's not nice!" Serthal shouted, landing on the world, the dragon landing before him.
"I was told I could use any means necessary to bring you in." she shrugged. "I will give you one chance to surrender yourself, or else I'll really be unkind to you."
"Oooh, I like females with attitude..." Serthal laughed as he dodged a swipe of her crystalline tail spikes.
Shooting a ball of fire, Serthal dove off the side, watching as the dragon dove after him. However, unknown to her, Serthal had clung to the bottom of the model and was slowly coming back around. He had a perfect opportunity to knock her down, but he decided to use this chance to escape.
Just as he was flying towards the main lobby, a bolt of electricity narrowly missed his head and instead hit an iron rod ahead of him. It came swinging down and hit him square in the chest, knockign him backwards onto the ground, where he struggled to get back up. Coughing, he heard the dragon land behind him and he turned to face her.
"That was cheating." he coughed once more, searching for an exit. The only one he could find was the front door, but it was locked unless he felt like bursting through an inch of diamond.
"Sometimes to catch a thief, you have to cheat." was all she said as she stood over him. "As you can see, I am not like the other ones you encountered."
"Yeah I noticed." Serthal felt his strength returning slightly. It wasn't enough for him to pull off some sort of stupid Deus ex Machina, but it did allow him to think. Inwardly he smiled.
"So ready to give up yet? Or do I have to restrain you more than I planned to?" the dragon asked as she pulled out some sort of electrical wire from her armor.
"Nah, I got a few more tricks up my scales." Serthal gave her a wink before taking out a black container and throwing it down. Black smoke filled the air, obscuring all vision.
Dashing to the left, Serthal hid behind a nearby wall, using the reflection of a mirror to watch the dragon. She was in the air, searching for him. So long as he didn't make a sound, he was in the clear. Quietly clicking his claws against the ground, he approached the biological part of the exhibit. Dummies that showed the internal organs of dragons and a few other species filled the bottom floor with arrows indicating to the various organs and bones.
Serthal knew that it was for learning, but he still couldn't quite look past the macabre way they did it. It was like going to an autopsy, thankfully without the blood. After passing a Tiral canine skeleton, Serthal decided he had had enough of this area and flew up to the second floor.
Here, he was able to get a respite from the imagery and was able to focus more on plotting his escape. This wasn't part of his path, but there had to be an exit around here somewhere. Even if he had to improvise one. Looking around, he found absolutely no windows that he could attempt to burst from. To make matters worse, the dragon had followed him to this area. It would only be a matter of time before she discovered him unless he came up with something quick.
Analyzing her movements in the shadows, Serthal decided to call on his lifeline again to set off a distraction.
"Zy," he whispered into the orb again, "I need you to set off some sort of distraction. I'm in the Biology area."
"Let's see what I can turn on..." Zy said as there was another set of typing before something that Serthal would forever see in his nightmares happened.
It was some sort of feline that had was half normal and the other half showed all of the organs and bones. To make matters worse, it started to speak in the most bizzare voice and moved like some sort of robot.
"Are you ready to learn about your insides?" it asked to state as the Serthal's pursuer looked over with shock before heading over there. Serthal didn't even want to listen anymore, resisting the urge to vomit. To think that parents took their hatchlings here!
To his left was another vent, but it would no doubt alert her to his presence. Instead, he decided to drop down and go back the way he came and see if he could find another exit that way. Moving swiftly yet quietly, Serthal flew up to the ceiling and began to crawl upside down on it, keeping his wings as close to the ceiling as possible.
He really hoped that the dragon would not find him like this, as he was very vulnerable. Even though he could move as fast as he could move about normal speed on the ceiling, the slightest tremor would send him falling off and stun him for quite a bit.
"Zy, unlock the front door." Serthal whispered, landing in front of the door.
"You're just gonna walk out the door?" Zy asked. Serthal could see the confused look on his face even though he was nowhere in sight.
"No one will see it coming." Serthal chuckled.
"I guess...alright, it's unlocked."
Serthal placed the orb back and then sneakily strolled out the front door. However, just as he was about to make his escape, a light suddenly shone on him, blinding him entirely and forcing him to raise a wing to block his eyes, which felt like they were being dunked in acid. Looking around the best he could, Serthal could see that there were at least five guards ready to take him down if he so much as twitched.
"Place your wings and claws were we can see them, Pridewing!" a guard shouted as Serthal heard the clicking of the guardian's claws behind him.
"You dracidon's really aren't screwing around this time..." Serthal let out a nervous laugh, attempting to find an exit. He couldn't reach for his pouch without being tackled, but there had to be a way.
"Ready to just come quietly? Or do I have to hit you with another steel pole?" the guardian whispered behind him in a taunting manner.
Serthal didn't reply, his wit too busy planning an escape route. If he dove to the side, he would buy a few seconds, but after that, he was all but screwed. Leaping up would also get him caught. Maybe if he jumped to the side and then pulled out another smoke bomb he would be able to escape. Yes, that seemed like the best option.
Just as he was about to go through with that plan, the Guardian went to bind him in her electric bindings. His brain clicked right there and he jumped into the air, bouncing off of her head and latching onto a wall. In the state of confusion, Serthal flew off as fast as he could, but a light swiftly caught him.
This time he could at least see where he was going. Guards fired at him with fire, attempted to toss him out of the air with wind, and sought to freeze his wings by sending frigid air after him. To make matters worse, the Guardian was right on his tail, shooting bolts of electricity.
Despite all of the danger he was in, Serthal was loving every second of it. He roared in excitement as he dove down between two buildings, passing over a few homeless dracidons and leaving them in a state of bewilderment. His blood pumped faster and faster from his heart, and he smirked as he spun back up into the air.
Glancing back, he knew that he had to lose them, but what would be a fun way to do so? His last attempt involved him leaping off a balcony and onto a crowded boat, where he was able to blend in with the crowd. He did have to go under the city, so perhaps losing them in a sewer would work?
His thoughts were cut off as two armored guards jumped out in front of him. He recognized them both to be wolves, and the rumors of their speed and jumping abilities apparently had some truth to them. Not seeking to kill the guards, Serthal rolled through the air and hit them both with his wings, sending them backwards. He would have stopped to check if they had survived, but another bolt told him that he had no time.
This Guardian would likely be able to follow him down in the sewers, so he had to deal with her right now. Landing on a ruby building, he back-flipped to avoid a bolt and a swipe from her claws. Grabbing a pole that was loosely attached to the roof, Serthal smacked her right in the chest as payback from earlier. It didn't stun her as much as it did him, but it did allow him time to leap off the side of the building and cling to underside of the ledge.
Once more she bypassed him, allowing him to sneak in the opposite direction. He could see the guards below him and searching on the roof above, so he had to time his moves so that he didn't alert them. As he looked like he was home free, the ledge suddenly gave way and he plummeted to the ground below. He landed on a guard, who moaned in pain under him. Rolling off, he raced over to a sewer entrance on the concrete street.
Lifting up the metal covering, he threw it to the side with a loud 'clang'. Almost immediately he heard the flapping of wings, and he looked up to see the Guardian staring down at him with rage. That look...despite being armored, he knew it was very familiar. Then, his eyes widened in realization as a smile formed.
"That was a lot of fun!" He called as he jumped into the sewer. "I'll be sure to leave my card next time!" He blew a kiss to her before vanishing.
Flying as fast as he could through the rancid sewer, he could have sworn he heard her growl in frustration.