Once in their home went to Alice and Ryu once to her parents, where they took Rieder also. There, they told what they had experienced in recent months and why they are here now. And although Alice's parents were strictly against it, only that their fifteen year old daughter goes to war, they read not swayed in their decision.
"I will not let my friends fight alone while I'm hiding here and zusehe," she said firmly. Her mother remained largely silent while her father was still trying to change her mind. "Will you die, Alice? Will you do this to me and your mother? "He asked, desperately. Ryu and suddenly presented himself next to Alice Rieder, saying: "You do not fight alone, we fight on their side."
He saw the two young men, who shrank from the impending disaster also do not face. "The top priority of a clan is that all stick together: one for all and all for one," said Rieder decided. His face, that he was no longer disguised long been emitted a courage that Alice's father calmed down somewhat.
He sat down beside his wife, a moment long looked out the window into the city and then said, "Well, you can go. . But promise me one's Alice "?" What Dad " Come home when it's over "Alice clenched a fist and then promised:".! Do not worry, I will "
Ryu was at home talking to their parents about the issue that Ryu goes to war a little more relaxed than at Alice. Both his mother and his father were of the opinion that Ryu will go out. "As long as you are coming home in one piece, everything is fine." His father just said, laughing. "Is it because they do not care what happens Ryu?" Alice asked his father.
"By no means, of course we're worried about our little Ryu." Replied the mother. "But if we make too many worries, he gets scared and can not concentrate properly." "I know that they are worried. But if you take turns to show that off on me and I'm beginning to lose sight of the overall situation. "Added Ryu.
Rieder said nothing but nodded. "And that's why I am so confident that we will succeed. Because then I need me to not worry about their concerns. ", Ryu said, smiling. "He's not alone out there, right?" Asked his father, Alice and Rieder, which fell as the startled look on her.
"Do not worry, we will fight at his side." Alice said as she calmed down again. Rieder also promised that. "In addition, because I myself will also join in the fight." Said Ryu's father, grinning. "What?", Ryu said, startled. "But, of course. Finally, you should indeed learn something right? "Replied his father. "And get what?", Ryu said again.
"How do you control your dragon shalt thou learn that." Replied his father and looked at his right arm. The silence, which then was in the room Alice ended so that they would now like to go with the other two in the city to see how all preparing for it. They left the house and went to town. Ryu put his hand to his right arm and gritted his teeth a bit.
"What have you got?" Alice asked him gently. "It is .... oh, I do not know really. It's just ... he's right, I really need more training with this dragon. "He replied, slightly sad. "After all, he can call six to one and only one I" He sighed briefly, Rieder patted him on the shoulder and encouraged him: "Do not worry about it. You're a good fighter, even without the dragon. "Ryu laughed and thanked him for those words.
In the normally bustling downtown Biyoris who otherwise always full of traders, shoppers, travelers, officials and other residents and visitors to the city was filled there was a certain calm, like impending before a storm. Ryu, Alice Rieder and walked through the streets and saw a few shops open. Except for a few grocery stores all the other shops were closed.
"It seems that open only the most necessary." Alice concluded in thought. Everywhere soldiers went by, the people on the streets were still some good humor, but it was not as solemn as if there was no war. "This war will begin to frighten the people slowly, and although he has not even really begun!" Ryu said angrily.
"The fear of war is usually faster than the actual war." Said Rieder caught. "Prudence, determination and a smile usually sufficient to make soft that fear." They went further than them suddenly a group of students with the same uniforms as Ryu and Alice walked by wearing them. "Hey, since you outside?" Asked one student suddenly. Ryu looked at him.
He was a deer with a still small antlers on his head. "Sometimes yes, sometimes no." Said Ryu, which Alice then explained in more detail. The deer's eyes widened when he heard that the two belong to a clan. "Is so cool! Must be determined to make a lot of fun, so to live in 'NEM clan with other people. "He said cheerfully. When he saw the smile on the face of the deer Ryu also began to smile.
He was glad that at least this group of smiling students and although they may soon have to fight for their lives. With this idea he was suddenly very different. He knew that the soldiers and many adults would defend the city, but what about the students? In the schools, but they learn how to use spells, fighting techniques with all sorts of weapons but at the thought of these things that they would against a horde of bloodthirsty Sergalen and whatever else might come from the north to use him in some bad.
The deer looked at him and asked what was wrong with him. "Oh nothing, ate well this morning did something wrong." Said Ryu, with Alice and Rieder realized immediately that he had lied. "Well then, I have to again. See you! ", Adopted by the deer themselves. "Oh by the way: my name is Allen, as her name?" The three to be introduced, Allen nodded his thanks and went with his friends around the corner away from the square.
"Hard to believe. Soon we attacked the town and they act as if nothing," Ryu said plaintively. "You do the right thing: do not think about the future but enjoy the time before it happens." Said Rieder him. Annoyed Ryu turned around to Rieder and said, "Stop trying to say something! Do you realize, that they might die? "
Rieder not face contorted as he shall have by Ryu can shout. Alice looked at the two and was out of sheer fear to say anything bad remained silent. "Ryu, think of your friends?" Rieder asked him suddenly. Alarmed Ryu answered this question with a yes, "It's good to know. Until recently I had no faith in other people, let alone in what you call "friends". Bertram was the only one with which I set up some kind of friendship that existed only from the fact that we pulled together through the country.
Only when we joined your clan and I "was melted out I realized what friendship and love for power." In some way from my old world, said Rieder lengthy. "I'm sorry, Rieder. It is only just ... "Ryu then stammered to himself, as Rieder and Alice slapped him on the shoulder. "As long as you have friends you will always win." Alice encouraged him. "Thank you both.", Thanking Ryu, and then they went on through the city.
In the evening, Alice went to her home, while Rieder went on with Ryu. In his room, she sat for a while just because. "Rieder." Ryu started a conversation with the person sitting on the floor Rieder. "Yes what?" He asked. "As it was actually with Natsu ..... now ...." he stuttered slightly reddening. "All by yourself to be?" This question startled Rieder internally.
Why he asked such a question? Unsure of what to say Rieder told it just the way he felt. He told of an incredibly pleasant, sometimes painful beginning, then becoming more loving flame that touched his body, as if he were to jump directly into a fire and it would not hurt him. "At first I felt this was so foreign to me as the cold of winter was close, but then, at the moment where I realized what was happening to me began to change from the ground up." Said he.
"You mean the time you were in the tower, right?" Ryu asked him what Rieder replied with a nod. "You have to imagine this: all my life consisted of no other person, no matter how much she likes me or even love to build a relationship, because this results in a concern for the welfare of that person.
But when Natsu, I get this way I approached them and showed his hand ... strong feelings for me, I realized that I can not go on living as I did in the past few years. "He said, then asked, Ryu asked him why this is. "Just out of curiosity, nothing else." Ryu replied immediately and scratched it on the back of the head. On the face, that he then made a short laugh Rieder knew why he asked him that. "My turn: what is between you and Shadow," he said in the same quiet tone as he answered questions Ryu.
"Between me and Shadow? What do you mean? "Asked him Ryu. "Every time you two together for or if you come back from a mission I get such a strange feeling." Said Rieder. "That must be because Shadow and I are best friends. In addition, each carrying one half of a dragon's heart, that we both found a chain around his neck.
In addition, Shadow is always looking out for me if anything should happen to something. "Said Ryu. "I see." Said Rieder, nodding. "But sometimes it is meet that I sleep when I shadow in my dreams. Sounds weird right? We are such good friends that I see him in my dreams. Sometimes the same happens Shadow: In his dreams he met me and even as he watches over me and protecting me, "Ryu told yet..
"And it's still a strange feeling because every time I'm in the shadows near I feel a strange sense of connectedness, starting from the heart of the dragon." Curious Rieder looked at Ryu. For the first time I heard of such a union of two persons. "You see him in your dreams?" He asked. "It was not until recently. And not only him, sometimes I meet Natsu what me even more confused when I wake up and see him the next day.
I feel very excited, my heart beats wildly and then, then Shadow comes around the corner and I fall into a kind of madness, caused by the two. But that's only been a few weeks like that. ", Ryu said, grabbing it in his chest, as if his heart beat like crazy again. And even though everyone else in what Ryu was saying about Natsu, as he seems enthused for him and remained well for a long time Rieder calm and relaxed, because he had confidence in Natsu.
Subsequently, the two down on their beds and slept then quite quickly.
Alice sat on her bed, put on his pajamas already. She was glad to finally be back home in her own bed, but somehow that joy faded as she had to think about the future. Suddenly she shook her head and said, "I'm old enough to know that nothing bad happened to me while I have my friends!"
She rose from her bed, went to a small bookshelf in the corner and took out one of the books. The interesting fact was, however, that this was not a book to read, but it was a coloring book! In memories of her childhood and a sigh she turned slightly to each side of the book. She had painted all the pictures full, no place left out, not painted over the edge and always use the appropriate colors.
When she was finished with the book, put it back on the shelf and put herself back in her bed. She wrapped herself in the blanket, took a relaxed and fell asleep, and then calmly one.
The next day dawned with the window open and woke Ryu, who was looking forward to the morning sun as he looked on in a heavy rain showers. He let his head drop, noticed the crackle of the loud rain Rieder was awakened and remained still for a moment.
He ran out to look Rieder, "Why does it rain? Yesterday was still so good weather. "He asked, horrified. Ryu still remained silent, for he knew what that meant in such weather Biyori. "Here in Biyori such weather usually means that a disaster is coming." Said he. Would normally be dismissed as a myth the Rieder, but he knew just as Ryu and Alice, what was meant by this disaster, he felt the weather and closed the window.
To be continued .....