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Keane (Tano'rath)
Artist | Hobbyist | Literature
Singapore
Eh, yeah typical Singaporean here... mostly

I'm currently serving my time in the army, as dictated by the law. Will be done around December 2014. Long way more haha.

As for my vocation, I'm a combat engineer.


Service ended. Move along. hahaha

As for me, I generally like meeting people, and talking. I talk ALOT. However, I'm usually only online on skype, etc on weekends, due to the nature of my training and vocation. I also have a tendency to be extremely random at times, so do pardon me~

My hobbies include writing (obviously), reading and fiddling with hardware.

My main character defaults to a black dragon/drakonian (I've given up on correcting people over this so yeah), name being Tano'rath. The ref sheet is in the gallery somewhere... He means quite a bit to me, going deeper than just being a character. Enough said.

oh yeah, I have skype. Ask, and i will note you my username.

Twitter: Tanorath_Drgn follow me for nonsense~

Icon/profile pic by Tod Willis

Tano'rath out.


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Journal Entry: Tue Apr 7, 2015, 6:58 AM


Eh, wanted to get that sad stuff off the front page.

Anyway, I've settled in more or less, having work piled on. Coping fine, but I don't write much anymore. Kinda expected. 

At least this time I can really say that I'm doing something that I want to do. It's interesting stuff and interesting times. 

One thing though, I really need to cook a larger variety of things... Omelettes only go so far haha. I'll figure it out.

Oh, I also fixed up some old ass sound system, so I have bass that shakes my table now xP

Eh, other than that, nothing much. Move along~

Tano'rath out.

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Resistance
Chapter 54: Arguments

The way back was mostly uneventful, and I ended up chatting with Fenek most of the time.

I nearly crashed into Faelius as a result. He was sitting smack on the border, eyeing the patrols with interest. By then, I was already half asleep, and since there was nothing exciting on the way, save for a toilet break, it had pretty much been me driving in a straight line.

At the sound of my cursing and the squealing of the brakes as I swerved, Faelius’ head snapped round. Upon seeing the two of us, he smiled. “Ah, it is you.”

“Who asked you to let yourself fall asleep? You could have crashed!” Fenek nearly shouted, glaring at me as I swore a few more times.

I paused to wave at Faelius, then glared at Fenek. “Diam la! You let me sleep just now, then wait until people going to crash then make noise!”

Fenek returned my glare, but Faelius cut in, “Your sentries refuse to allow me passage.”

“Well, no surprise there. The border is supposed to be closed.” I replied with a shrug.

“So, am I to return to Council lands, even after speaking up?”

“No. You just wait here, while I go back and argue with people. I’ll get you in.” I replied, gesticulating for effect, “But you’d damned well had better not be a bloody spy. I’ll shoot you myself if you are.”

Faelius gave me a slightly confused look as I drove off, and across the border, pausing to have my identity verified.

After a relatively short drive, I found myself rolling into the city once again. Although nothing much had changed, I could tell that cogs were in motion. The walls were being shored up, and in some places extended, while at the vehicle maintenance area, I glimpsed power lines and solar panels. I was quite sure I saw a few other power lines being run all over the place. Near the north gate, which was the one I had driven through, a complex was being built to facilitate our training…

Still, it was quite a lot to be done in a week. Perhaps the civilian side had finally gotten round to coordinating with us…

I entered the house to find the children missing. Fenek helpfully pointed out that while Atheros was at training, the rest of them were at school. Apparently, the new school had opened around a day ago, and Silvera had gone down to enrol the whole group of them. It would have been good to enrol Atheros in the school too, but he had decided to go for the army training instead.

In fact, Agenor wanted me to push him to go to school instead. As much as I wanted to let him do what he wanted, I tended to agree.

Half remembering that I was supposed to get Faelius into the town, I strolled over to Victor’s place. As usual, he was sitting around with a book. I recounted to him the general idea of what happened, though I added that I would write about what else happened in a report later.

“So, he wants to defect?”

I nodded. “A bit fishy, but he seems legit. I think we let him in, then keep an eye out. Might open the door to more of them, maybe even link us up to their own network.”

He shook his head. “Still quite risky.”

“Eh, I know, but it’s a start I guess?”

“Point taken. How was lizard land?” He replied, putting his book away. “I’ll get the paperwork for the dragon, but he becomes your problem, yeah?”

“Lizard land? Wish it was as fun as what you called it. It was a propaganda fiesta. Boring as hell.” I shrugged, “Eh, aren’t all the dragons here my problem?”

“No surprise, and yup, the dragons are all your problem, speaking of which, I think you’re rostered to conduct range for them tomorrow. You might want to get a copy of the timetable.” He replied, grabbing a piece of paper and a stamp. He scribbled some orders stating that Faelius was to be allowed in as a defector, stamped it with what turned out to be a random unit’s stamp, signed it then passed it to me. “There. Pass it to the guards. You’ll need to sign too, though.”

“Eh, thanks. Where do I get the roster?” I replied, scrawling my signature on the paper with the offered pen.

Victor huffed and passed me his copy instead. “Ah, nevermind. Take mine. I have a second copy somewhere.”

I nodded and went off, going home to pin up the roster, and scribbled down a few lines for my report. While I did so, Fenek looked through the orders from Victor.

“Shall we fly to meet him?” He quipped, as I got up.

I yawned. “Lazy.”

“I don’t think you have a choice. Fuel is being rationed, you know.” He retorted, folding his arms.

I huffed. “No surprise. Fine.”

I received a triumphant look from Fenek as we strolled to the gate, still having to let the guardhouse know that we were flying there. On the way, we bumped into Sythes, who seemed to be undergoing some training as he ran past, pausing to wave and to flash a smile. We hurried past, seeing a huge group of dragons charging behind him, obviously engaged in some sort of war games and such, or possibly playing a sport. I had no idea.


After signing out at the guardhouse, we proceeded out the gates and took flight, with me fumbling with the paper, trying to stuff it into one of my magazine pouches.

“Perhaps you should have put it away while we were walking.” Fenek remarked as he glided beside me.

I gave him a very pointed look, as I folded the paper and stuffed it into one of the pouches. “No shit.”

Eventually, we got to the border, and landed in between, Faelius and one of the guards, who seemed to have been engaged in a rather heated argument, and although I couldn’t quite make out what the shouting was on about while flying, it could be heard from quite some distance away.

“Calm down, what’s going on here?”

Faelius snapped round the moment he heard me talking, “Your guards threatened me!”

“Huh, what?!” I turned to look at the guard himself, one of Sythes’ soldiers, a blue dragon, like Faelius, but with mottled black markings on his back. “Report.”

“He’s been standing there for a long time, commander, and has been giving us sour looks. I feared that he was up to no good, so I warned him.” He replied, not sounding too happy.

Subsequently, the two of them ended up staring each other down and growling while I mulled things over. Fenek sat off to one side, twiddling his thumbs. Eventually, I stepped in between the two of them again. “My guard was within his power to warn you, since you were glaring at them, and it’s also my fault for not telling them about you. Anyway, you’ve been approved.” I added, passing the paper to the guard and sending him along to the guardhouse, while the three of us followed.

The orders were brought to the duty commander, who looked through it and nodded, giving me the go ahead to bring Faelius in. However, I had to go and dig up the can of yellow paint that they kept, and painted a set of markings of Faelius so that the others would know not to arrest him.

Eventually, I ended up bringing him into the town, and having him report to Sythes, who would see to his accommodation and such. Subsequently, I had to settle administrative matters such as collecting the keys for the rest of the block, as my request had gone through. It was an understatement to say that Sythes and gang were thrilled with the expanded accommodations.

Of course, I had to have a word with Flayme about having Faelius followed discretely.

After a quick lunch, I went about writing my report, though it took a while for me to figure out how I was going to explain my getting kidnapped out of the blue and the arrival of a new faction. Frankly, I ended up hoping that they wouldn’t dismiss me as mad or something. It was a really tall tale.

Either way, it took me quite a while to get the whole thing done, as I would randomly remember a detail here and there that I had left out, and would have to backtrack to add it in. If anything, the whole thing looked like an essay from a primary school kid, with cancellations everywhere, and bits of information inserted all over the places.

However, I ended up redoing it several times as the phrasing didn’t sound quite right, and in some bits, there didn’t seem to be a way to get it across without it sounding completely ridiculous.

Either way, I had to submit it to the rest of the defence ministry (we’re being called that now apparently), and then explain the whole thing. As much as I would have liked to just bring the whole lot of them to see the third faction, I had no way to do so. Hence, all I could do was to tell the tale.

I actually wanted to go and sleep once I was done with that, but instead, I was summoned to speak with Drak’rrth. Honestly, it would have been well within my rights to say no, but I doubted if that would have been taken well at all.

I ended up dragging myself all the way to his embassy, already half asleep. When I arrived, I found that he was already waiting outside in his large form, tail lashing impatiently. As I walked over, his head snapped round to stare.

“I see that your manners have not improved.” He sneered, eyeballing me.

I scoffed, “And to what do I owe the honour of being insulted?”

The large dragon shoved his snout in front of me, teeth barred. “You have breached the terms of the treaty, and broken your word. Explain yourself!”

“I neither breeched nor broke anything.” I snapped, folding my arms. At the back of my mind, I felt Fenek start. He was dropping everything to come over.

“Then, why did you bring that traitor into your lands?”

“Faelius? He asked. I didn’t do anything, so I breeched none of the terms. Don’t overreact.” I snapped, annoyed.

I received a needlessly loud growl in response. “Do not deceive me!”

Out of nowhere, Fenek came barging in, being more overprotective than usual, and basically making it even more difficult for me. I had to grab him by his shoulders to get him to stop skittering around in a panic. “Calm the fuck down. Both of you.” I folded my arms. “First things first, Fenek, I’m in one piece, so stop fussing. Drak’rrth, do not jump to conclusions. Faelius was the one who broached the topic with me. I didn’t mention anything. If you don’t believe me, ask him.”

Fenek actually calmed down, surprisingly, while Drak’rrth paused. I went in for the kill. It was actually a shame that there was no table for me to slam for effect, but putting daggers into my tone sufficed. “There’s no point in having you in my city if you go on jumping to conclusions all the time. Anyone can do that. If you find something weird, ask. No need for confrontations like this, and arguments all day long. It gets you nowhere, and generally spoils everyone’s day. He sought asylum, and I saw fit to grant it. That is all. I did not explicitly ask him to defect or whatever.”

Drak’rrth nodded. I was actually quite surprised that he didn’t try to argue, but I wasn’t about to question that. “I shall relay your words to the Council, but they are currently debating the border matter. I will take my leave.”

With that, he trod off, while I was left with Fenek.

“You should rest.” Was the first thing the brown dragon said to me.

“No argument there.” I replied with a shrug, and walked home with him.

Fenek opened the door for me to reveal the family having dinner. I made a beeline for the sofa, intending to sleep, only to have Fenek drag me to the dinner table and shove a plate of food in front of me. “I will not have you skipping meals.”

From his tone, it was obvious that he was not going to take no for an answer, so I obliged, after exchanging pleasantries with the others, of course. I recounted to them what transpired while I was in the Academy, though I neglected to mention the wolves. I even remembered to pass along the message for Atheros.

Before crashing onto the sofa, I passed my report to Fenek and asked him to pass it to Victor. I told him that he could read it if he wanted. Didn’t matter, though, as I knew that he was going to read it anyway.
Resistance
Chapter 53: Training

I woke to the sound of knocking on the door. Groaning, I rolled around in bed and tried to ignore it, muttering to myself about it still being quite dark out. However, the knocking did not let up, and I ended up getting out of bed to open the door, which slid open to reveal the same dragon from the day before.

“Good morning!” He quipped, obviously full of energy.

I tried to reply but only succeeded in grunting. I needed my caffeine.

I did, however, invite him in as I went to the kitchen and started looking for tea. I was unsuccessful and ended up with water along with a piece of bread. It didn’t smell bad and wasn’t fuzzy, so I figured that it must be safe.

“Perhaps you should wake earlier next time to prepare your breakfast, as we actually have to go now.” He interjected, and motioned to the door. “It’s quite a long walk, but a short flight.”

I put on my belt, slung the rifle and retrieved my pistol. “And an even shorter drive.” I added on, grabbing my keys as the both of us walked out.

“Perhaps you should fly instead? Your…machine will draw much attention.” He remarked, climbing in anyway.

“This is faster. Besides, the whole turning into a dragon package didn’t include flight lessons. I don’t know how to fly, well not properly anyway.” I replied, starting the engine and driving off. It occurred to me to check my cap, only to find that I hadn’t taken it off the day before anyway.

The dragon stared at me for a moment in some really poorly concealed astonishment. His mouth worked for a short while, but nothing came out. I chuckled. “I was a human not too long ago. Humans can’t fly, so yeah. Besides, I’ve been…busy.”

A nod. “I see.”

As we drove down the street, the vehicle turned heads as usual. If I wasn’t so busy trying not to run people over, I would have made funny faces at them. The dragons I could forgive, since they had no idea what the car even was. On the other hand, the humans would also wander all over the place, with no regard for the fact that there was an oncoming vehicle. Yes, it had been some years, but wasn’t the sound of the engine not enough to trigger the old habits?

Of course, as I drove past, some would stop and talk amongst themselves, pointing and then whispering. My reputation obviously preceded me.

Eventually, I was taken to the central building again, and brought to some random room on the fourth floor. Again, I was told to wait, while my chaperone went off. I somewhat regretted not taking some more food along with me, but it was already way too late for that. I toyed with the idea of going back to get some, but thought better of it.

Eventually, humans and dragons began to stream in, all sitting on the floor like me. More or less all of them gave me a wide berth. No surprise, really, since they were most probably subject to some form of propaganda here.

However, out of nowhere popped this rather large-sized human guy, who plonked himself next to me. His black hair was a bird’s nest, along with his eyebrows which were no better. His brown eyes snapped round almost at once and made contact with me. Next to him sat a blue dragon, which looked to be disapproving of his companion’s choice of seat.

“AH! You’re the one!” He wasted no time in trying to start a conversation. Frankly, with that huge voice of his, I found myself becoming extremely self-conscious as everyone snapped round to stare.

Obviously, I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. All I really wanted to do was to clock my time and vanish… “Er, guess so?”

“Hi! My name’s Dany! I’ve heard a lot about you!” He added, completely oblivious to the fact that the entire room was staring at him, “Are the stories about you true?”

I was feeling more and more awkward by the minute. I wondered if this was a ploy to embarrass me or something, but he really didn’t look like the sort. Hence, I decided to entertain him a little. There was nothing to do anyway, and it was not as if I had very much dignity left, considering that everyone was staring at me too.

“Stories? I didn’t even know there were stories.” I replied with a half-smile. Maybe this would even help to get the rest to open up a little, and soften the stares directed at me.

“Oh…OH, I almost forgot, this is Fovahlok!” He added, pointing at the blue dragon, who looked to be none too pleased with being the centre of attention all of a sudden. Dany, however, was still unfazed as he continued, “Oh, everyone’s heard them, about how you took on an entire army and won, and how you steamrolled a city in a day!”

‘Well, the rumour mill must have been working overtime on those…’ I mused, as I nodded to Fovahlok as a way of greeting, while I replied, “Entire army huh. I didn’t know that inflation is so bad these days. It was just a detachment, actually. Plus, I do have help. As for the city thing….eh, I cheated, so it doesn’t really count.”

Fovahlok shot me a withering look for actually entertaining the question, but kept quiet as Dany burst out laughing. “Ah, but you won! That’s what counts, right?”

Well, that got awkward quickly. “Well, yes,” I could practically smell the amount of disapproval swirling around in the room, “But I suggest we talk about things like that another time…in private preferably. Things are getting a wee bit awkward in here.”

The man paused and finally realised what was going on. “OH. Sorry! Perhaps we’ll have dinner at my place instead?”

Well, it was not as if I could refuse. There was no food at my hostel or whatever I was supposed to call it. I ended up nodding and shaking his proffered hand.

We subsequently ended up talking about more banal topics (The weather is terrible! Yes, it has been so hot!), up until this lanky green dragon strolled in. He had the airs of a teacher, and introduced himself as Althos.

“Alright, all of you runts, I’ll be testing your fighting skills today, so that we can sort you according to your skills and talents. We shall begin now.” Well, this guy seemed to be in a hurry.

He randomly pointed at someone and told them to spar with him. Within a count to three, the stunned human was on the floor, rubbing his head. He was followed by his dragon, the next pair and so on.

Since he was so good at it, I wondered why he bothered to be in such a hurry. I was quite sure no one lasted for longer than half a minute, even those that looked to be martial arts trained, judging from their starting stances and such.

It went on and on, up to the point that it was just plain ridiculous. This guy had people charge him with swords, axes and daggers, but almost without fail, the attacker would end up on the floor. Every time someone fell, I would wince.

Of course, there would be the handful that could floor him, but people of that calibre were few and far between…

Eventually, I was the only one not nursing some bruise, or twisted ankle or some other form of injury.

Althos smirked as he beckoned me over. “Ah, you! The soldier! Let’s see what you can do!” He didn’t seem to care about the fact that I was from the other side of the border. I hoped that that was a good thing.

I nodded and walked up. All I really did was to cock and raise the rifle, without the magazine of course. I depressed the trigger, and as the gun let out a loud metallic click, I added, “Dead.”

“Hah! That doesn’t count! Think fast!” The next thing I knew, he was trying to pull the rifle out of my grasp.

I smirked, and did the exact same thing to him that I had done to Atheros. I allowed him to pull the gun forward, added a little force of my own and jabbed him in the gut. However, his grip tightened and he wretched the rifle out of my grasp. The gun was tossed aside as I dodged a blow. As I ducked, I drew my pistol and slammed the butt onto his exposed shoulder. Althos grunted, and parried, nearly breaking through my guard. As he swung, his flank was exposed. Seeing my opening, I pulled one of his legs out from under him, causing him to lose balance and fall. A lapse of concentration on his end. I was lucky.

Before he could recover, I jabbed him in the snout with the pistol. “At this range, I think it counts.”

Althos broke out laughing. “Yes, I agree. You have a most interesting style.”

“Nah. I was lucky.” I replied with a smirk as I helped him up.

The dragon snorted. “More like I’m getting old, hatchling. Well met. You live up to your reputation as a warrior.”

“I’ll take that as a complement.” I muttered, before retrieving my rifle.

Subsequently, we were broken into three groups, those that couldn’t fight at all, those that could fight a little and those that could fight. I was actually surprised that they elected to teach me this, since I could bring the knowledge back and look for weaknesses, but I wasn’t complaining.

Either way, another three instructors came in and took over the other while Althos himself supervised. The instructor that took my group was this burly orange dragon, who even walked with attitude.

“Alright, all of you good-for-nothings, let’s get started. You there, come forward. I shall demonstrate with you! Come on, charge me!” He was all bravado, trying to be mean and fierce, yet trying not to be? It was a bit annoying, but actually quite funny.

He would scream and shout and put people down, then pick them up seconds later. He would shoot a string of insults at you, then try to complement you a second later. I ended up snickering at the back, while cycling through the stances that were being taught. He seemed so confused, undecided on whether to be the villain or not, and if anything, he made a clown out of himself. It took a phenomenal amount of control to not have myself burst out laughing.

The worst part was that he was still trying to pick on certain people, and didn’t bother to hide it at all. Seeing it as not really my place, I kept quiet.

However, that made him target me. “You! Hat dragon! What’s so funny, eh? I like your hat, though. And your clubs too.”

Well, this guy had obviously not been briefed. Still shaking from my suppressed laughter, I shook my head. “Nothing.”

“Says the one who giggles like an idiot! Tell me, what is your name, runt? Not that you’re very small, or stupid.” He attempted to retort.

I ended up rolling on the floor laughing, unable to reply at all.

While rolling, my pistol must have popped out of its holster, and somehow made its way into the grip of the instructor. I was too busy laughing to notice that, nor did I realise that I was being stared at by everyone. Again.

It was not until I saw the Instructor staring down the barrel of the pistol that I stopped. Not only that, he had his finger on the trigger too. If it was cocked…

I snatched the gun out of his hands and holstered it, fuming at his obvious lack of regard for safety. “Eh, fuck you, understand!? You cock or you cock?! You don’t take a bloody weapon and stare down the barrel! Nevermind barrel, you don’t do that with a sword either! Chibai!”

The dragon growled. “Show some respect, Runt!”

Respect?! You’re talking to me about respect?! If you don’t respect others, why the hell should I respect you!?”

Snarling, the dragon threw a clumsy punch, and I dodged it with ease. “You call that a punch?! My grandmother can do better than that, and she’s dead!” I snapped, growling involuntarily.

At this point, Althos stepped in and pulled the two of us apart. “ENOUGH!” He roared, staring the both of us down.

The both of us fell silent, together with the rest, who had gathered to watch.

“Get out, the both of you, and do not return until you’ve settled your dispute.” He snapped, pushing the two of us to the door.

We ended up standing outside in the corridor, looking awkwardly at each other. Knowing that I had been in the wrong for shouting at him in the first place, I decided to break the silence once he looked to have cooled off. “Sorry about shouting at you back there.”

The instructor huffed. “It was just a club. Why did you make such a fuss over it?”

“They didn’t brief you, did they? Were you supposed to take the class today?”

“No, they did not tell me that this class would be any different, and no, I’m standing in as the original teacher is unwell.” He replied, “How is this relevant?”

No wonder. I pulled the magazine out of the pistol and showed him the rounds. “Relevant because you almost painted the wall with your brains just now.”

“This is a-“

“Gun, yes,” I filled in the blank for him. “I guess you know who I am now?”

“They didn’t tell me that you would be here today. I thought you would only be here seven days for now.” He replied, his tone substantially different. Was that fear I smelt? “Perhaps I over reacted just now.”

I shrugged. “Perhaps.”

“But why do you think that I give others no respect?”

“Well, you pick on people, be it conscious or not. It shows a lack of respect. I saw it, as did the rest of the class. You might want to work on that.” I replied flatly, bracing myself for another outburst.

Surprisingly, the dragon nodded. “Ah, that. It has been pointed out more than once. I’m trying to address the problem, and to soften my words. Perhaps the effect is uneven in the class.”

That explained the bipolar statements. “Don’t try too hard. If you want to be fierce, just be fierce to everyone. You’re a fighting instructor. No one is going to fault you for that.”

“Perhaps, but there have been many complaints.”

“Doesn’t matter. Aggression is part and parcel of fighting. Besides, some people really can’t take that kind of thing. That’s normal.” I replied, scratching my head.

“You speak like an instructor yourself, but I hear that you’re a leader.” He replied, sounding confused.

“My role in the army was an instructor for my men, and it continues to be up till now. I don’t lead. The whole thing is run by a committee.” I replied with another shrug, “What is it with you people? Why do you guys all think that I singlehandedly lead an army and two cities?”

“That is what the council tells us,” Came the reply, “and I must say that they painted a very different picture of you. My name is Aurak, Tano’rath, and it has been a surprising honour to meet you. Perhaps one day we shall meet in battle.”

I smirked, “Preferably on the same side of the battle.”

“Hah! Perhaps! The future is unpredictable! But for now, let us resume our training.” He replied with a laugh, before leading me back into the room. He stopped to explain it all to Althos, before resuming sparring with me.

He was actually quite good, pointing out here and there the errors in my stance and form, how I over depended on my weapons, and of course, how to use my extra appendages. Perhaps I would come out of this with something useful after all, as I ended up being taught the dragon equivalent of kung fu.

Once the class was done, I thanked Aurak before going off with the chaperone, who brought me to another room. This one was filled with chairs and tables, all obviously designed with dragons in mind. There was even a hole at the bottom of the back rest for my tail, and indentations on the backrest itself for my wings.

I was asked to sit at one of the tables and was given a stack of papers. “You are to be tested.”

I looked at the rather thick sheets of paper, and the spidery handwriting with which the questions were written down in. “Tested on what?”

“Everything.” He replied, as he passed me a quill, “Don’t worry, the test is rather simple, and this quill will not run out of ink.”

I shot him a withering look as I flipped through the test paper. Other than some really basic math, the rest of the questions were about magic, or the dragons’ history. I left all of them blank, and handed in the paper after ten minutes.

“I think it’s safe to say that I’m going to fail this.” I remarked, leaning back as he flipped through the paper.

“No. This will determine what class you will have to go for from now on. It seems that your mathematics is passable, but your studies and magical knowledge are moot. Are you sure?”

“Yup.” I replied, giving him the biggest smile that I could. “I’m one dragon who cannot fly, doesn’t know how to use magic, and knows nothing about history.”

The awkward response was, “…then perhaps you’re not a very good dragon?”

“That’s probably why Drak’rrth sent me here.” I replied with a sigh.

“You address the High Mage by his name?!”

“He told me that he was Drak’rrth, and not that he was your high mage.” I replied bluntly. “So, that’s all for today?”

“Did you not hear me? You have classes to attend!” The dragon protested, thrashing his tail a little for emphasis.

“Don’t you have to plan a timetable or something?”

“It is already done. Your next class begins soon. We should go.” He replied, gesturing to the door for emphasis.

“What?!...oh right, magic. Fine.” I grumbled, and followed him.

“The lesson we’re going for is specially catered for you.” He remarked, bringing me up so many flights of stairs that I lost count, “Today, you’ll learn to do what all of us learn when we’re hatchlings.”

“How to walk and fly?”

“More or less. Many have already noticed that the way you walk is strange, and it isn’t good for your legs if you keep walking like that.” He added, still bringing me up what could have been the millionth flight of stairs for all I knew.

“Point taken. One thing I don’t understand, though.” I replied, yawning.

He seemed confused by my random question. “What is there not to understand?”

“Why are you people going out of your way to help anyway? I’m technically an enemy of the state, you know.”

He paused to regard me. “Ah, that. You’re one of us. That is a good enough reason.”

One of you?” I replied, confused.

“You forget that you are a dragon both in body and spirit now, not to mention the fact that you’re the companion of another. We care for our own. They actually discussed sending a teacher to you, but we feared that our intentions would be misunderstood.” He replied, finally bringing me off the stairs and into a rather large room, which had a ridiculously high ceiling.

“So you got me to come here. Makes sense. Convey my gratitude to the relevant people I guess.” I added, half-smiling. I actually hoped that this was actually the truth, but knowing the Council, there was probably some ulterior motive in play…

He nodded before going off. I ended up fiddling with my pistol again, until a shadow fell over me.

“Ah, so you’re the one the Director has been going on and on about.” A voice floated down from above.

I looked up at the large blue dragon that loomed over me. As usual, the dragon in his quad form made me feel tiny. “Seems like the whole world has been going on and on about me.”

He snorted, “Perhaps. You’re quite famous, given what the Council has been saying about you. I just find it amusing that you’re a dragon who doesn’t know how to use his own wings.”

I shrugged. “Didn’t come with the package I guess, and I’ve been more than a bit busy, mind you. To whom am I speaking?”

The blue smirked. “You lack manners and have attitude. I like you already. I am Faelius, and I’ve been tasked with making a dragon out of you.”

I couldn’t help but laugh. “As long as I don’t end up going home in a cardboard box. When do we start?”

“Ha! Finally, a student with a sense of humour!” He added as he pointed to a random table, “You’ll have to put your things there first, though. Flying without weight is easier.”

I glanced pointedly at my rifle, then my pistol. “Er, these are weapons. I don’t want to come back and find them missing; or worse, to find that someone blew their brains out while fiddling with one…”

Faelius scoffed. “The others know better than to touch the belongings of a fellow student. Theft carries a very heavy punishment here. Fear not for your items, Tano’rath.”

Unloading the pistol anyway, I dumped everything on the table, and walked over to the huge blue dragon, who gave me an amused look.

“Aren’t you forgetting something, young one?”

I had already dumped everything onto the table, including my cap. “I don’t think so?”

“Look at me, then look at yourself, then think again.” He replied, laughing to himself.

“I don’t-… Oh, right.”

Faelius sat himself on his haunches and regarded me, his blue eyes twinkling. “To change your form, focus on your desired configuration. To revert to your true size, simply focus on changing.”

I found myself scratching my head absentmindedly. “So, I just focus on changing back?”

“Yes, and don’t take all day about it!”

I did as instructed and focused on going back to the natural form. At first, I didn’t notice anything, but a moment later, I found myself standing on all fours, slightly disorientated. On top of that, everything in the room looked tiny. I guessed that I was larger than a house at this size…

Faelius padded over beside me. He still seemed to be bigger. “Very good!”

I tried to shrug, but given my now quadruped stance and the sheer size of my shoulders, it looked ridiculous. “Er, thanks?”

“Do you know how to launch yourself?” He added, glancing at the far side of the otherwise empty room.

“Well, I can…run? Like ten steps, I think?” I replied rather sheepishly, realising that I hadn’t spent any time trying to figure anything out.

“Well, I could use magic to pass you the knowledge, young one, but that would be no fun, and way too easy for someone like you. Come, we shall run till you can outrun me!” With that, Faelius bolted towards the other end of the room.

I managed to get maybe five steps in before faceplanting. Meanwhile, Faelius zoomed past, already on his second lap. “Your technique is there. Just watch your balance!”

I tried again, and managed to get off to a shaky start, while Faelius zoomed past me again. This was starting to look like some looney tunes cartoon, and I was feeling well and truly embarrassed.

However, for what felt like hours, I ran after the blue dragon, with him egging me on, while giving me tips on how to use my tail, and how to throw myself forward.

The moment I caught up with him, his wings snapped open. With a mighty leap, he sailed upwards, and started wheeling around lazily, circling me as I ran. “Now, you launch yourself. Open your wings, flap and jump!”

I tried and rammed head first into a wall. Shaking my head amidst the laughing from the dragon, I muttered, “Easier said than done.”

“No one manages to fly on their first try, friend. Go, run and try again!” His voice echoed up from above as he wheeled around.

Muttering to myself about preferring to drive, I sprinted again. At least, this time, I managed to get it mostly right, and with a fell flaps, I was off the ground, wobbling in the air.

“Keep moving! Follow me and go in circles.”

I complied, and although I had the appropriate instincts there to guide me, I couldn’t wheel properly. I would wobble all over the place, turn too much then turn too little.

“You’re too tense. Relax! Don’t overthink!” The blue shouted down as he kept pace beside me.

I tried relaxing, noting an absence of a fear of heights. Being a dragon did have its privileges. I found my path stabilise into a nice circle, and I wheeled with Faelius, who nodded in approval.

I was subsequently taught how to stop, how to make sudden turns, and how to hunt, though I doubted if I would have to do the latter. I even had time to note that the paint on my arm had been scaled up together with the rest of me. The quadruped form did have its elegance, and I began to understand why the dragons favoured this form.

Eventually, after going through a few more advanced techniques, and some more practice that left me pretty flat out, we stopped for lunch… Even that, became a lesson, since Lunch was raw meat, intended to be cooked with one’s own flame breath, or with magic, neither of which I knew how to use.

Flame breath seemed to be easy enough, but all I managed to do was to burp, much to Faelius’ amusement. It took a while, but I managed to get it after a few tries. I plopped myself down and started chewing on the slightly singed meat. I actually almost asked for utensils, but stopped myself.

Faelius pointed at the chevrons on my foreleg. “Why have you been painted on?”

I glanced at it, “Oh, that? It’s my rank.”

Faelius nodded, “And what would your rank be, young one?”

“Second sergeant. Basically middle management.” I replied, still chewing on the meat. My appetite was really voracious.  It must have been all the physical activity, coupled with the fact that the food actually wasn’t half bad.

Of course, I was subsequently drawn into the ‘don’t you command the whole resistance’ conversation again, and ended up explaining again that I did not. However, at least Faelius seemed to be quite sensible about it, pointing out that the Council tended to exaggerate sometimes.

“Sometimes is an understatement, I’d think.” I replied with a huff.

The dragon chuckled. “Perhaps, but they have their reasons.”

I smirked. “Don’t we all.”

“True. Some might even agree with yours instead of theirs.” He interjected, his tone changing completely.

I paused, narrowing my eyes. ”You know, if this is a trick, you’re going to have to do much better than that. Besides, I’m not supposed to go around recruiting people.”

“Perhaps, but what if people approach you, hmm?”

“Then it becomes your problem.” I replied flatly, “I can’t stop you if you want to follow me back, but Drak’rrth will have my head for it, probably.”

“…have your head?”

“Metaphorically. He’ll probably kick up a huge fuss about it or something.” I replied with a sigh.

“It is surprising that you don’t fear the High Mage. You’ll do well to fear his power.” Faelius replied with a slight cringe.

“Yeah, I know. My side has heard a little.” I replied with a sigh, “Eh, but we have our own tricks up our sleeves.”

“Ah! Your machines, no doubt! But I’ve heard little about them. The Council is not very generous with information about your…faction.”

I smirked. “Rightly so, since we proved to them that some of the things that they say are complete bullshit.”

“An example is in order, I believe.”

I gave him my best salesman’s smile. “Join us and find out!”

I spent the next few minutes rolling around laughing at the dragon’s confused expression. I simply couldn’t resist putting that in.

However, when I stopped, I found that Faelius had actually seriously considered what I had said, as he replied, “Perhaps I will. This remains between the both of us, yes?”

I glanced over, stomach aching a little from laughing too much. “Yup.”

“I want your word and your honour. Dragons do not lie.” He pressed on, staring me in the eye.

“Fine, though the Council…”

“They believe themselves above the code. That is a different matter. You are a most intriguing individual.” He replied, flicking his tail.

“No, I meant they might come after you for saying that.” I added, slightly annoyed at being interrupted.

“I doubt it. I am but a commoner, and I have chosen not to join in the sea of minds. I chose not to start a clan either, so I believe that I shall not be missed.” He replied with a chuckle, “Besides, I don’t want to be locked away here teaching the same thing over and over again when I could be on the battlefield, fighting against the deceivers!”

He obviously didn’t like the council very much, and I wondered if there was actually a movement out there by the dragons themselves to overthrow the Council. However, I still found this highly suspect. If he did choose to defect, I would have to put him under watch for a long time.

“Ach, time has been wasted!” He bellowed, “We must resume training! You will be a master flier by sundown, and tomorrow, I will show you how to speak like a dragon! You will be a dragon yet!”

Despite what he said about teaching, I found that the role actually quite suited him. He was obviously enjoying himself as he got me to practice, then taught me more techniques. Of course, he seemed to get a kick out of poking fun at my being ‘not a very good dragon’, as he put it. Couldn’t fault him for that. In a crowd of dragons, I would probably stick out like a sore thumb, though he did get round to getting me to walk and run properly.

By the end of the day, I could walk around both as a biped and as a quad without looking like I had severe psychomotor problems. I was even able to keep up with the blue dragon as he ran or flew. He pronounced me fit to walk and fly as a dragon by the time we were done.

“Ah, tomorrow will be harder, friend. I will be teaching you for the whole day. Don’t be late, lest I have to appropriate your dinner time to finish my lesson!” He added, as I went off with the chaperone. I almost forgot to take my stuff as I left.

Of course, I thought that I was done with it all for the day, only to have him turn up at the exit, looking at my vehicle. The chaperone himself went off, after confirming that I knew the way back. He mentioned something about my building having been stocked with food for the week.

“I see why you don’t fly, Tano’rath. You’re lazy!” He burst out laughing, “Why fly, when you can sit, no?”

I couldn’t help but to smirk. “Yup. Want a ride?”

“I will sit with you till you reach your dwelling, it is on the way.” He replied and clambered in. Already, he was inspecting the interior, even tapping the glass that covered the speedometer.

I showed him how to put the seatbelt on, before starting the vehicle. There was a whole lot of noise as the engine just flat out refused to start. I had to get off and open the bonnet, to find a rock jammed into the engine block, along with a few others scattered around. How they got there eluded me, but when out of the corner of my eye, I saw two snickering dragons skitter off, I got my suspects.

Faelius laughed. “Hatchlings! They can be so mischievous sometimes! They replaced my scale polish with oil on one occasion. Don’t mind them!”

I nodded, before shutting the bonnet. “Eh, no harm done.”

Instead of staring at the speedometer as the dragons I knew tended to do, Faelius was more engrossed in watching the tachometer, and he almost immediately picked up on why I changed the gears. “You can’t let the needle point to a number that is too big, yes?”

“Yeah, something like that. It’s the RPM of the engine. It’s not supposed to exceed a certain amount. Besides, if you keep within a certain range, you get better fuel efficiency.” I replied, giving the vehicle a little more gas to emphasise my point.

Faelius cocked his head. “RPM? What is a RPM? Perhaps you forget who you’re talking to, Tano’rath.”

“…yeah, I tend to go heavy on the technical words. RPM is rotations per minute. The engine has an axle that rotates, and when you give it more fuel, it rotates faster, but there is a design maximum, so to combat that, we play with the gears to get more speed, or more power.” I replied, “However, I am not supposed to be talking about this. It’s against your laws….so yeah. Spinning things that can’t spin too fast, so we cheat.”

The blue dragon snorted, “Ah, yes, the ban on the disciplines. It is a shame, really, but who am I to question the Council, yes?”

I shrugged as I parked outside the house. “Eh. Governments, and bureaucrats. Not like human politics was much better anyway. On some days it was arguably worse.”

Faelius shot me an amused look. “Perhaps. I’ve wanted to speak to people about the old days, but most of the time, when I enter a town, the humans either grovel, flee or try to kill me. It is difficult to make friends. I shan’t comment on the Riders here, though. I think you’ve seen for yourself what they’re like.”

I shrugged as I helped him to undo the seatbelt, “Hard to say, no one has been talking to me, save for this one loud guy.”

“Well, it gets tiresome to hear people blowing the Council’s horn all the time, suffice to say. I will consider my options. Expect words from me soon about the matter.” He replied.

“Let me know, I guess.”

“Of course I will! I suppose I should inform you that the news of your arrival has spread to…other groups as well, including people like me. Don’t be surprised if others approach you as well.” He remarked, shooting me a huge smile as he took off. Was that hope I saw in his eyes?

That was something worth investigating. I made a mental note to send a message to the skinwalkers to validate the presence of such groups. Only problem was that it would have to wait till the end of the week.

I strolled into my house and dumped everything onto the table, half remembering a dinner appointment, but the problem was that the other party hadn’t given me an address or anything, and it was not like I could google it…

As if on cue, five minutes later, as I was looking through the cupboard to find some meat, a bit of rice and bread, there was a knock on the door. I opened it to reveal Dany together with Fovahlok.

Dany flashed a huge smile, holding up a plate that was covered with another plate. “AH! There you are! I realised that I forgot to tell you where I was staying, so I decided to come and look for you! Very easy, since you have a car!”

“Yeah, I know. Come in, then.” I replied, stepping aside.

Fovahlok looked me over for a moment and nodded in greeting. He seemed to want to say something, but kept quiet in the end.

Dany paused to glare at the dragon as he put the plate down. “Folly! That’s not nice!”

“Eh, what’d he say?”

“I said that he shouldn’t be mixing with you, considering where your allegiance lies.” The dragon replied flatly.

“Pft. No one should be mixing with me at all, in that case. They shouldn’t have sent me here either, but what the hell, right, here I am.” I replied with a smirk, and gave him the finger. “Suck on it bitch.”

Dany came and prodded me in the chest. “That’s not very nice either! Give it a rest, guys, and let’s have dinner.”

As he sat, Fovahlok sighed. “I have no argument with you, Tano’rath. I fear for the safety of my companion. Should he be seen mixing around with you, I worry that the powers that be will be unkind.”

I went about giving everyone cutlery and plates before sitting down. “Understandable. If these powers that be give you any trouble, let me know. I’ll shoot them, and they’ll not give you any more trouble.” I got another withering look, but raised my hand as I continued, “On a serious note, I’m here on request from someone who is apparently the High Mage, so I wouldn’t worry about mixing with people. It’s understood that by sending someone somewhere, that person is going to end up socialising, like it or not. If they give you trouble over it, I’ll take it up with that mage myself.”

The dragon’s eyes went as wide as dinner plates. “The High Mage? You have his ear?”

“I guess you could say that. The whole peace thing was his idea, and he’s the ambassador to my town.” I added, cutting into the meat that Dany had brought. “And is probably up to no good since I’m away.”

Dany seemed too busy demolishing his food to eat, while Fovahlok paused to mull over what I said. “So, the rumours are true.”

“You’ll have to be more specific than that.” I added, chewing on the meat. “Hey, this actually isn’t half bad! Who cooked?”

“My companion, whose stomach is a bottomless pit.” Fovahlok replied, smiling, as Dany waved. “It has been said that the High Mage left his post to handle some matters personally.”

“Well, I guess him moving in is as personal as it gets.” I replied with a shrug. “Then the first thing he goes and does is to threaten to start a war, till I shoved it in his face that the whole thing was his idea.”

Both paused to stare at me over my latter comment, while I cut myself another piece. “Well, that’s politics for you.”

“AH! Politics! Makes no sense to me!” Dany boomed, laughing.

I shrugged. “Not to me either. I usually try to stay out of it, but as testified by my being here, I haven’t been very successful.”

Eventually, dinner went the way it did, with Fovahlok opening up to me a bit more, while Dany was just being…best described as himself. It was hard to say whether I had made a friend or not, but I was quite sure I did.

Either way, the fatigue from all the flying and whatnot began to hit as I felt my energy begin to wither away and die. I ended up on the bed within relatively short order, musing that I had been sleeping on a sofa for the past goodness knows how long.

Sleep came quick.
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I was woken the next morning by Fenek, of all people. He woke me way before sunrise, and as I rolled around in bed, the brown dragon sat at the foot of the bed looking pleased with himself. He was in his small quad form, with his tail coiled around himself.

“You’re…not supposed to be here.” I remarked, stretching my stiff muscles.

Fenek gave me a huge smile. “I argued with Drak’rrth till he let me join you. It was most lonely with you gone.”

I rubbed him on the head and he purred, leaning in. “Well, I can’t say that this place is exactly very interesting.”

“At least you’re here. You know how the Bond is, yes?” he replied, taking his biped form as he strolled out of the sleeping room. “Oh, and I made breakfast.”

Not a small kid anymore, huh. I chuckled and followed him out to find the table already laid out. He had fried some of the meat and already portioned it out. “Yeah, I know how it is, and thanks.”

He nodded and we started eating.

“Please don’t tell me that you flew overnight or something. I’ll slap you.” I remarked, chewing on the meat, which was quite good, but the sauce could use a little work.

Almost at once, Fenek’s face fell. “You are not happy to have me here?”

I shot him a pointed look. “You can read my mind. You already know that’s not the case, but there’s no point in rushing here and falling asleep later, you know?”

Fenek scoffed. “Of course not! I had Drak’rrth teleport me here! I made him do it after I convinced him that not letting me go with you was causing me distress.”

“So you threw a tantrum?” I replied, amused.

“No. I argued with him the entire evening yesterday.”

I nodded and patted him on the shoulder. “Nice. You’ve grown up, Fenek.”

He beamed at my remark. “I did say that I would mature to match your level. What have they done thus far?”

I summarised the events of the previous day, and lowering my voice accordingly when I was talking about Faelius. I also made it a point to run around a little to show that I actually looked a bit more legitimate now. Fenek found it immensely amusing that Aurak nearly shot himself, for some strange reason.

Eventually, I had to go for my lesson, with Fenek in tow. Carrying everything, it was extremely tempting to drive, but Fenek insisted that I flew with him instead.

As we sailed through the air, bound for the centre building, I couldn’t deny that flying actually felt quite nice, with the wind on my snout, and cutting through the wind with my own two wings. A far cry from the cramped aeroplanes that I used to fly in. There was no claustrophobia here, only me and the endless expanse of the sky. The space was all mine.

“You’re going to hit the wall soon.” Fenek remarked, pointing ahead.

Snapping out of my thoughts, I hurriedly banked, and landed at the entrance with the brown dragon. We subsequently went up to the same room that I had been to the previous day, to find Faelius already there.

He was lying sprawled lazily on the floor, and looked up when I strolled in. “Ah, Tano’rath. Good morning. Who is the brown one?”

“Fenek, my companion.” I replied, nudging Fenek. <Smile!>

Fenek glanced at me. <No! That’s not how one greets a teacher!>  He subsequently made eye contact with Faelius and bowed. “It is an honor.”

Faelius bowed and as he straightened, he smiled.

Feeling awkward, I waved to Faelius. “Hi.”

<And that’s how I do it.> I retorted, making a face at Fenek.

“And it is rude to use mind-speak when in the company of others.” He snapped, as the three of us walked to the centre of the room. Faelius didn’t comment, but looked extremely amused.

I made another face.

Ultimately, the rest of the day was used to teach me etiquette, how to carry myself properly in company, the dos and don’ts and so on. It was very dry to say the least, and I fought to stay awake. Fenek did help, though, by occasionally tapping me on the shoulder. However, by the end of the day, I found myself able to pass off somewhat as a generic dragon.

The rest of the week was actually quite slow. It was mostly history lessons, history being their version of it, which translated into thinly veiled propaganda. I honestly wondered how they actually managed to brainwash people so effectively with such a horrible system. They also attempted to teach me maths, but suffice to say that that particular lesson was a joke.

Of course, I spent a good amount of time practicing flying and such too… It was tiring, albeit fun, especially with Fenek around, who would give me pointers here and there.

By the end of the week, I was more than happy to clamber back into the rover and drive back with Fenek in tow. He actually tried to convince me to fly back while carrying the rover, but I would have none of it. Besides, why the blazes would I create more work for myself?

I did note, however, that Faelius never did get back to me…
Resistance C53: Training
And the next (overdue) chapter! Might actually catch up with the backlog for this! The teacher is weird...

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Chapter 52: Academy
At least the last two hours of the drive were uneventful, and I rolled up to the gates of the Academy early. How did I know that I was in the right place? Simple. It was a sprawling complex next to the city, with the words, ‘Riders’ Academy’ painted to the left of the gate in big block letters.
The little I actually saw of it actually consisted of nothing more than a bunch of wide and low building, probably housing, arranged in a radial pattern around what was most probably the main building. The building in question was best described as a rather tall cylinder, with what looked like large balconies on which dragons and presumably their riders would come and go from.  Everything looked to be constructed from the same pale tan stone, even the walls, which were actually quite high.
I ended up waiting at the gate, with the engine in neutral.
After what felt like an eternity of staring at the black metal gates, I realised that it would

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Chapter 54: Arguments
The way back was mostly uneventful, and I ended up chatting with Fenek most of the time.
I nearly crashed into Faelius as a result. He was sitting smack on the border, eyeing the patrols with interest. By then, I was already half asleep, and since there was nothing exciting on the way, save for a toilet break, it had pretty much been me driving in a straight line.
At the sound of my cursing and the squealing of the brakes as I swerved, Faelius’ head snapped round. Upon seeing the two of us, he smiled. “Ah, it is you.”
“Who asked you to let yourself fall asleep? You could have crashed!” Fenek nearly shouted, glaring at me as I swore a few more times.
I paused to wave at Faelius, then glared at Fenek. “Diam la! You let me sleep just now, then wait until people going to crash then make noise!”
Fenek returned my glare, but Faelius cut in, “Your sentries refuse to allow me passage.”
“Well, no
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Resistance
Chapter 52: Academy

At least the last two hours of the drive were uneventful, and I rolled up to the gates of the Academy early. How did I know that I was in the right place? Simple. It was a sprawling complex next to the city, with the words, ‘Riders’ Academy’ painted to the left of the gate in big block letters.

The little I actually saw of it actually consisted of nothing more than a bunch of wide and low building, probably housing, arranged in a radial pattern around what was most probably the main building. The building in question was best described as a rather tall cylinder, with what looked like large balconies on which dragons and presumably their riders would come and go from.  Everything looked to be constructed from the same pale tan stone, even the walls, which were actually quite high.

I ended up waiting at the gate, with the engine in neutral.

After what felt like an eternity of staring at the black metal gates, I realised that it would be prudent to actually try knocking. Once I made sure that my handbrake was engaged, I went up to the gate and realised that I was an idiot. You don’t knock on a gate.

I stood there for a while, long enough to watch some humans and presumably their dragon companions walk past. Some of them shot me strange looks, but no one bothered to offer any advice. Fed up, I went and shut the vehicle’s engine off before sitting at the back and chewing on what was left of the snacks that I had brought along. It was getting dark anyway. Perhaps they would open the gates at sunset.

As I mused and chewed on my food, I didn’t quite notice that a dragon, in his quadruped form, had plonked himself next to me. I only actually realised that I had company when his snout blotted out the sky.

I nearly jumped out of my skin, or scales whatever. “What?! Where’d you pop out from?”

The dragon grinned, his bronze scales glinting in the sun, his green eyes twinkling with laughter. “Took you long enough, o queer one.”

I huffed. “Point taken, and just for the record, I’m not queer.”

His grin widened. “You’re a dragon that uses wheels and does not fly, smells of humans and wears clothing. You even lack the common sense to shout to the gatekeeper to have the gate opened for you.”

I made a face. “Well, in my own defence, no one told me that there was even a gatekeeper. Besides, what’s wrong with wheels?”

He prodded one of my wings with a brown claw. “You have wings. You’d do well to use them, young one. Now, do you want me to open the gate, or not, hmm?”

“Considering that I’ve been sitting here like an idiot for hours, yes please.” I replied, slightly miffed about having the dragon poke fun at me. In the meantime, I clambered back into the drivers seat and started the engine.

The dragon invited himself in and sat in the passenger seat. “I expected you to be taller. Proceed.”

I gazed up at the huge gate pointedly. “It’s still not open.”

“Once we approach, it shall open.” The dragon replied, “Or do you wish to sit here all day?”

An autogate, albeit with magic. Not bad, actually. I put the brake down and put the vehicle into gear. “If you say so, but if I smash into the door, you’re repairing this thing.” I remarked, smirking at the still grinning dragon. He was beginning to remind me more and more of a fairy tale character.

“I have walked and flown through these gates countless times, friend, but never have I gone through while moving nigh a muscle…” He added as I revved the engine and we moved towards the gate.

True to his word, the gate actually did open on its own accord. I simply shot him a smile. “That’s technology for you. Do you need a ride anywhere?”

The dragon chuckled and pointed to a field right next to the wall, with a good view of the gate. How could I have not noticed that earlier?!

“Might as well, since you’ll have to wait there anyway. Thank you, and good luck with your training. Someone will be along to pick you up.” He added, and I complied, parking the vehicle on the street as the dragon himself disembarked, resumed his quadruped form and laid down on the grass. “They should dispatch the person on schedule; which is at sundown. You still have a bit of time to finish your food.”

I nodded and reclined in my chair, while chewing on the last morsel of food. The dragon produced an appropriately sized book out of nowhere and began reading. He had obviously been told to expect me, that much I gathered.

Considering that I was a dragon sitting in a rover chewing on a sausage and playing with the steering wheel with my feet, it was safe to say that I received a number of stares, though no one actually approached me. The Gatekeeper noted my slight confusion and explained that no one was supposed to talk to the new people till they had been processed and such. I ended up lying in the back seat, watching the sky go dark for a lack of a better thing to do. I actually somewhat missed Fenek’s constant nagging a little, since there was no one to talk to, considering the fact that the Gatekeeper fell asleep, with his snout on the book no less. This was probably his retirement job or something.

Out of boredom, I started to fiddle with the cushioning on the back seat, knowing that below it was a storage compartment. I ended up unceremoniously dumped onto the floor of the rover as the entire thing came loose and slid off. I looked inside the compartment to find an AK complete with a sling, together with four loaded magazines which were already in pouches. Closer inspection revealed a note from Victor, which read ‘just in case’. I chuckled while extricating myself from the footwell and latched the cushioning back on.

By the time anyone actually turned up, the sun had just vanished beyond the horizon. Another dragon, this one orange with red highlights and a white underside and horns. His eyes matched the red of his scales. By then, I was lying in the back of the rover with my feet dangling out one end and fiddling with my pistol. I glanced over and saw him, so I holstered my weapon and got up.

“Are you by any chance here not to ignore my existence completely?” I remarked as I clambered back into the driver’s seat.

The dragon nodded, so I started the engine and motioned for him to take a seat. He simply walked over and gestured down one of the main avenues. “It is dark, Tano’rath. Perhaps it would be wiser to walk.”

Drak’rrth had been busy. They even knew my dragon name.

I made a face and flicked on the headlamps. “Not a problem. I brought my own lights. Where to?”

The dragon reluctantly got in and I showed him how to fasten the seat belt. “You are to report to the administrative centre, in the main building, the one in the centre. You should see the entrance once we reach the building. We should proceed down this road. Is this thing supposed to teleport us there?”

I snorted, holding back a laugh. “I wish, but what it can do is to get us there fast.”

“It looks heavy and makes so much noise. I doubt it. Nothing can go faster than us dragons.” Came the dismissive reply.

I put the vehicle into gear and gunned the engine, careening round the bend and onto the designated road. “Then allow me to give you a lesson in speed. Just straight down, eh?”

The dragon gave me an unimpressed look. “This is hardly very fast, and yes, the entrance should be at the end. Is there anything that can be done about the noise?”

“No.” I replied, changing the gears and gunning the engine even more. “But speed I can give you.”

That drive was fun, and I probably gave the dragon the ride of his life as I swerved all over the place to avoid random humans and dragons that would land out of nowhere. I was quite sure that I ended up on two wheels a few times too, but hey, you don’t usually get to play with the steering when you’re going at over a hundred.

By the time I stopped the vehicle in front of the entrance, the dragon had visibly paled under his scales. I took the chance to laugh my head off at him as I shut the engine off. “Well, I’m sure this lesson has taught you many things.”

The dragon stumbled off the vehicle, but gave me a mad grin. “Perhaps it has. What magic does this use? Wind?”

Twirling the key on my finger, I smirked, “Magic? No magic. All just precision engineering. Now, am I supposed to bring anything in?”

The dragon was too busy staring at the rover. “Impossible!”

“Trust me. I’m an engineer myself.” I replied flatly, “Can you answer my other question?”

“Bring all your weapons, and anything else of note.” He replied, prodding at the bonnet.

“Alright. You know, I can show you how it works if you want.” I replied as I fished out the rifle and added the magazines and their pouches to my belt.

Show me? No. It is outlawed to practice such blasphemy. I do not wish to invite trouble upon myself, but I thank you for your offer. Are you ready?” He replied, shaking his head.

I slung the rifle over an arm and adjusted my pistol a little. “Ready as I’ll ever be, I guess.”

As the dragon led me in, he prodded my rifle with a claw. “Is that what I think it is? I’ve heard rumours about weapons like these. They are…scary.”

This guy was obviously a civilian, probably clerical staff or something. I adjusted the weapon a little. “If you’re referring to it being a gun, which is old world technology, then yes.”

Of course, standing in front of the building proper allowed me to appreciate how huge it was. It would have been interesting to look at the blueprints of the thing, but knowing the dragons, they probably had no idea what a blueprint was.

I was led through a rather nondescript door into a rather spacious room. The room itself was full of tables and chairs, all arranged neatly into rows. I was brought to one and asked to sit down and wait, while the dragon himself went to get the paperwork for me to fill.

No matter how backwards they were, they still had paperwork. Impressive.

However, their idea of paperwork was just a bunch of blank sheets of paper. On one, I wrote my name, the town I came from, gender, etc. On another sheet, I had to write in Fenek’s details. On the last two sheets, the dragon had sketched rough diagrams of my equipment. I initialled on them to acknowledge that those were mine. They were supposedly to identify my equipment if anything got lost and such.

The only hitch was that I had forgotten to give my dragon name again, which was remedied rather quickly.

The dragon went off with the paperwork, asking me to wait again. He came back a moment later with a very badly abused sword, and an extremely smelly helmet. I took the former and declined the latter, much to his amusement. “You should have gotten your own helmet before coming over. Are you sure you won’t take this one? I know it smells bad, but it will provide protection.”

I stuck out my tongue in disgust at the smell. “I’ll pass. The smell will probably kill me first.”

He put the helmet away. “As you wish. I am to bring you to your housing. Do you wish to use your machine to go there?”

“Of course.” I replied, as we exited the building, “Anything else for me today?”

He clambered into the seat, fumbling with the seatbelt. “I will arrive at dawn tomorrow with more instructions. You will most probably join one of the classes with the other newcomers.”

I reached over and helped him out, once I had tossed the rifle to the back. “Alright. I’ll…probably still be asleep. Was on duty yesterday.”

As I cruised down the road, the dragon shot me a curious look. “Duty?”

“Glorified guard duty basically.” I replied, “We have to keep our own towns safe too, you know.”

Surprise. “I thought you led the insurgency?”

“It’s a group effort. Being a commander doesn’t make you immune to duty anyway.” I added, as he pointed me down a small road, and eventually came to a stop at one of the low buildings.

“You shall be staying here whenever you come for training,” He said, pointing to the building itself, “There is a bed for you and your companion, along with amenities such as a kitchen. You provide interesting company. I must say, I expected quite the opposite.”

“I get that a lot. Thanks, and see you in the morning.” I replied, smirking as I shut the engine off. “Oh, you forgot the keys…”

“The door will open on its own for you and your companion alone, unless you decide to allow guests. I shall see you in the morning.” With that, the dragon took a leap and was airborne. He was probably heading off for the day too.

Grabbing my rifle and car keys, I walked to the house. True to his word, the door slid open upon my approach. There was indeed a walled off partition for the bedroom, and presumably a toilet. I dumped my rifle on the table, tossed my belt with the pouches onto a chair, and went to bed. As an afterthought, I took my pistol and plonked it onto the bedside table.

Drained from the events of the day, along with the fatigue carried forward from the duty the previous day, I drifted off to sleep in relatively short order.
Resistance C52: Academy
And here's where he goes to the academy! Fun fun fun fun. hahaha enjoy~
Pervious chapter:  Resistance C51: UnexpectedResistance
Chapter 51: Unexpected
Luckily for me, the rest of my shift was mostly uneventful. Flayme did come in at some point to tell me that the skinwalkers were safely away, which was good. I sat and chatted with him for a while before he went off.
By noon the next day, I was more than happy to hand my duties over to the next person. Other than the saga during the previous day, it was actually quite boring. That, however, was a good thing in this case.
I was handed a map by Fenek when I reached the house, which had a route drawn out in red, leading to one of the nearby towns, Manila. I took one look at it and groaned.
Fenek shot me a concerned look. “Is there something wrong?”
“It’s so bloody far away.” I muttered as I grabbed a bottle and began filling it with water.
“Can you make it in time?” The dragon replied, still worried. He obviously wanted to go along, but that had already been forbidden.
“Can is can la, but I’ll have to

Next chapter:  Resistance C53: TrainingResistance
Chapter 53: Training
I woke to the sound of knocking on the door. Groaning, I rolled around in bed and tried to ignore it, muttering to myself about it still being quite dark out. However, the knocking did not let up, and I ended up getting out of bed to open the door, which slid open to reveal the same dragon from the day before.
“Good morning!” He quipped, obviously full of energy.
I tried to reply but only succeeded in grunting. I needed my caffeine.
I did, however, invite him in as I went to the kitchen and started looking for tea. I was unsuccessful and ended up with water along with a piece of bread. It didn’t smell bad and wasn’t fuzzy, so I figured that it must be safe.
“Perhaps you should wake earlier next time to prepare your breakfast, as we actually have to go now.” He interjected, and motioned to the door. “It’s quite a long walk, but a short flight.”
I put on my belt, slung the rifle and retrieved my pistol.
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Chapter 51: Unexpected

Luckily for me, the rest of my shift was mostly uneventful. Flayme did come in at some point to tell me that the skinwalkers were safely away, which was good. I sat and chatted with him for a while before he went off.

By noon the next day, I was more than happy to hand my duties over to the next person. Other than the saga during the previous day, it was actually quite boring. That, however, was a good thing in this case.

I was handed a map by Fenek when I reached the house, which had a route drawn out in red, leading to one of the nearby towns, Manila. I took one look at it and groaned.

Fenek shot me a concerned look. “Is there something wrong?”

“It’s so bloody far away.” I muttered as I grabbed a bottle and began filling it with water.

“Can you make it in time?” The dragon replied, still worried. He obviously wanted to go along, but that had already been forbidden.

“Can is can la, but I’ll have to rush.” I replied tartly, grabbing a box and tossing in some snacks, while shovelling down my lunch. So much for a nap.

“Perhaps I should ask him to give you more time?” Fenek interjected, albeit with quite a bit of hesitation.

“Nah, especially given his mood. Didn’t you see how black his face was?”

Fenek rolled his eyes. “He is a black dragon.”

“…Nevermind. I meant, didn’t you see how angry he was?” I replied, shaking my head as I made my way to the door, grabbing what was probably a rover key. As an afterthought, I grabbed my phone too..  “This for my car?”

Fenek seemed to get the point, and nodded to my second question. “Yes. It’s parked behind. Take care of yourself.”

Skittering out the door, I managed to get the last word in. “Yes boss.”

I scrambled to the rover, tossed my water and snack into the glove compartment, and took out the three loaded magazines inside. Slotting one into my pistol, I put the remaining two into my belt. Time was not on my side, and I didn’t want the treaty to fail just because I was late.

I was in such a hurry that I almost forgot to ensure that my extra jerry can of fuel was secured. It would be a real bummer if it fell off halfway…

I roared down the street, gunning the engine and trying not to go too fast. Once I was out the city gate, I floored the pedal, eliciting a roar from the engine, pausing only to shift gears. Unluckily for me, I found that this vehicle had no radio for me to listen to.

As I pondered whether or not to play music from my phone, I absentmindedly glanced over to the passenger seat only to find that I was not alone…

…Next to me sat a wolf. Or more specifically, one that was bipedal, black furred, blue eyed and staring right at me.

As if nothing was wrong with him just materialising out of nowhere, he simply pointed in front nonchalantly, and spoke, his voice sounding quite deep and rich. “You’re going to hit the tree soon.”

My head snapped round, and saw it looming ahead. “…oh?….OH...FUCK!” Still swearing in a wide variety of languages, I threw the wheel all the way to the left, causing the vehicle to careen to the side, narrowly missing the tree.

I glared at the wolf next to me and fumbled for my gun, only to find that it was not there. The creature grinned and held up my pistol by the barrel. “Looking for this?”

I looked at the pistol, then at the wolf, then back at the pistol. “Fuck you, chibai.” I snapped, and slammed my foot onto the brake pedal.

The wolf was unfazed, and simply twirled my gun round, cocked it, and pointed it at me. “If you know what’s good for you, you’ll drive according to my directions. My colleagues and I want to have a little talk, dragon.”

At this range, even the worst shot couldn’t miss. I nodded slowly. “Fine, but note that I have a timing to keep.”

The wolf chuckled. “That I know. You won’t be late. Turn right onto the small forest road ahead.”

Being late was probably the least of my problems at the moment. As I drove onto the rocky road leading up to the forest, I heard my phone clatter out of my spare magazine pouch. Before I could reach over and pick it up, the wolf beat me to it. “Is this a….communications device?”

I glanced over. “It’s a phone, if that’s what you mean. Useless now, though, because all the infrastructure is gone. You know, it would be nice if I knew what to expect from those friends of yours.”

“You will not be harmed if you cooperate,” He replied, “If this thing is useless, why do you carry it? Oh, and turn right.”

I turned, while shrugging. “Well, at best I use the camera, or play music with it.”

“This is a human device. How would a dragon like you know how to use it?” The wolf retorted, growling. He obviously didn’t believe me.

There was no time for me to reply, however, as we rolled into a small campsite and I was told to shut the engine off and disembark. There were another two wolves, of similar colouration, who stood up the moment I got off the vehicle. One had green eyes, while the other had brown highlights.

They began talking amongst themselves, in their own language. I had no idea what was going on, only that there was a whole lot of barking. I ended up sitting in the back seat and waiting. I half-heartedly entertained the idea of escape, but decided that that would be stupid. I was outnumbered and unarmed.

Eventually, the same wolf walked over. “I’m impressed. You haven’t tried to escape yet.”

As the other two walked over, I huffed and pointed to my gun. “I’m not an idiot. Now, since it’s established that I’m a prisoner, what are your demands?”

The wolf seemed genuinely surprised at my reply, but took it in stride. The other two began discussing something in their own language. “We’re not out to take your money or resources. We want information.”

“You’ll have to be more specific than that.”

“Why is it that your city and yours alone, has a power plant, albeit it being very small, and since when did you lizards learn to use gunpowder? On top of that, I’ve never seen the occupied getting along so well with the occupiers before.” Well, he was generous with the details alright.

If he didn’t believe me about the phone, he was in for a really good ride. “My city? First off, it isn’t mine, just to set the record straight. That city and its neighbour is not under the rule of the dragon council, or whatever that bunch is supposed to be called. It’s run by the human resistance. We treat humans and dragons equally, so things tend to go smoother. Our weapons are human made.”

The wolf scoffed. “What a wonderful story. Pity that I don’t believe the vile lies from that snout of yours.”

“Case in point, ever seen a dragon driving before?” I shot back, offended that they hadn’t even bothered to consider my story, although it was probably too fantastic…

The wolf paused for a moment, then shook his head. “No, but that proves nothing. Ach, our time is being wasted! Open your mind, dragon! If you speak the truth, I will see it!”

I paused for a while, then sighed. “I would, but I don’t know how to.”

“Giving me permission will suffice.” The wolf snapped, giving me a disbelieving stare.

I nodded and leaned back. “Carry on.”

He gave no warning, nor did he give any quarter. If anything, he was trying to make things extremely difficult for me. I could have sworn that his eyes began to glow at some point. However, after that, I became more concerned about the intense feeling of my brain bouncing inside my head, and having the wolves stare me down, occasionally baring their fangs at me. How rude, I thought, as the other wolf went about whatever he was trying to do.

Once done, the wolf seemed to be stunned. While the three of them began discussing, and judging from how the tone and volume changed, they got into an argument.

Eventually, the wolf returned me my things, and introduced himself as Gareth. “Do you know why the dragons sought peace with you?”

I holstered my gun and put the phone away. “Not really. They just offered one fine day and we took. Well, considering that there was an army on the doorstep, we didn’t have much of a choice anyway.”

Gareth chuckled. “That is because, on the other side of this massive continent, they are fighting us. We’ve been here for almost a month. I daresay though, they aren’t doing well. Your little town isn’t too shabby either, considering that your technology is inferior to ours, and that humans have no magic.”

I didn’t know what technology they had, but I was not one to comment. I simply shrugged again. “We work with what we have.”

Laughing, Gareth clapped me on the back, “And you did quite well. Don’t be surprised if we pay you a visit soon.”

I nodded. “Curious, though, how’d your species get here? Magic, or technology?”

“Both. The dragons tried to do to us what they did to you a long time ago. We drove them out, and when we finally retaliated, their world was empty. We traced them here, and launched our offensive. Don’t worry, though, we don’t harm civilians.”

“Interesting. I’ll look forward to your visit, then. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a timing to meet.” I replied, as I got into the vehicle.

“Remember, this all never happened……friend.” One of the other wolves remarked, as Gareth snapped his furred fingers. The next thing I knew, I was back on the main road, considerably closer to my destination than I should have been.

“That was…unexpected…” I muttered to myself, as I drove down the road, chewing on my snack.

The vehicle turned heads, human and dragon alike. Some would outright avoid me, while others would smile and wave. Of course, the latter group would consist mostly of humans, but there would be the odd dragon that would give me a huge grin or two.

I stopped at a stall to get myself some fruit, only to realise too late that I had forgotten to bring something to barter with. Apologising to the stallholder, a bored looking gold dragon, I returned to the rover.

However, in the space of the two minutes that I had spent in the stall, my rover had caused a crowd to gather. Standing in front of the vehicle was a dragon, of similar colouration to me. He looked at me, then back at the rover, then back at me. He looked almost identical to me, upon closer inspection as I walked, just short of the horn on the tip of the snout.

“Do you, by any chance, have a son named Atheros?” He asked, looking me over as I sat down.

“Maybe.” I replied, starting the engine, “I’ll have to ask you to move, sir. I need to go.”

The other dragon smiled, but didn’t move. “Ah, tell him that Fekrok sends his regards. Perhaps I’ll be seeing you again soon.” With that, the dragon stepped aside, and I tipped my hat to him as I went past.

“Will do. See you around, then.” I then sped off, seeing the outline of Manila’s city walls on the horizon. Shouldn’t be more than two hours, I hope
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next chapter! Also, now im not that many chapters ahead anymore~ cos uni life haha.

MOVING ON, enjoy! :D
also, new faction...maybe.

Previous chapter:  Resistance C50: SagaResistance
Chapter 50: Saga
I woke to find myself slumped over the table, and the piece of paper not only covered in my drool, but also had a long line ending at where my right hand rested, still holding the pen. Must have fallen asleep halfway through writing up a lesson plan.
In front of me stood a very annoyed looking Fenek. "You're scheduled to be briefed now! Why have you not woken up? We must make haste!"
With that, I was unceremoniously hauled to my feet, and being still half asleep, I had one wing dragging on the floor together with my tail, while the other drooped off to one side, while I shook the sleep from my mind. "It that late already?"
"Obviously! Just because I slept early doesn't mean that you can work through the night!” Fenek glared at me in what was obviously not anger. “Just because I'm your Companion doesn't mean you can act as if you don't need to take care of yourself! It's hardly fair to me!"
I sighed and went to the toilet to wash up. "I get your p

Next chapter:  Resistance C52: AcademyResistance
Chapter 52: Academy
At least the last two hours of the drive were uneventful, and I rolled up to the gates of the Academy early. How did I know that I was in the right place? Simple. It was a sprawling complex next to the city, with the words, ‘Riders’ Academy’ painted to the left of the gate in big block letters.
The little I actually saw of it actually consisted of nothing more than a bunch of wide and low building, probably housing, arranged in a radial pattern around what was most probably the main building. The building in question was best described as a rather tall cylinder, with what looked like large balconies on which dragons and presumably their riders would come and go from.  Everything looked to be constructed from the same pale tan stone, even the walls, which were actually quite high.
I ended up waiting at the gate, with the engine in neutral.
After what felt like an eternity of staring at the black metal gates, I realised that it would
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Resistance
Chapter 50: Saga

I woke to find myself slumped over the table, and the piece of paper not only covered in my drool, but also had a long line ending at where my right hand rested, still holding the pen. Must have fallen asleep halfway through writing up a lesson plan.

In front of me stood a very annoyed looking Fenek. "You're scheduled to be briefed now! Why have you not woken up? We must make haste!"

With that, I was unceremoniously hauled to my feet, and being still half asleep, I had one wing dragging on the floor together with my tail, while the other drooped off to one side, while I shook the sleep from my mind. "It that late already?"

"Obviously! Just because I slept early doesn't mean that you can work through the night!” Fenek glared at me in what was obviously not anger. “Just because I'm your Companion doesn't mean you can act as if you don't need to take care of yourself! It's hardly fair to me!"

I sighed and went to the toilet to wash up. "I get your point mum. Calm down. I must have lost track of time."

I noted that the children at the table were snickering as I made my way to the loo. I flashed them a half smile before going in and freshening up.

Grabbing a piece of bread, I rushed past the table and out the door, with Fenek in tow, telling me to go with him to the guardhouse.

I barged into the modest guardhouse to find Victor sipping a cup of tea at the table. Save for him, the building was empty. He gestured at the seat next to him, in front of which a cup of tea sat, apparently for me. I sat and sipped the tea, apologising for being late.

Victor brushed it off, remarking that I was only five minutes late or so. He seemed to be more preoccupied to actually say more, and actually looked to be anxious to get the whole thing done and over with. Although sleepy, I shared his sentiments.

Basically, since I was the Duty Commander (DC), all I really had to do was my job. Up until they triggered the alarm (the specific time was not told to me) I was to carry on with my duties. When it went off, I was to respond accordingly. Nothing much, actually. Of course, there would have to be a crowd, and this had to be good…

At the end of the briefing, which probably took less than ten minutes, I couldn’t help but comment. “That’s it?”

Victor smirked. “More or less. Once they leave the gates, the issue will be handed to the exterior protection battalion.”

“…So you woke me up super early to tell me that I’m supposed to carry on?” I grumbled, making a face.

A chuckle was the response. “Yes, because we can’t have you waking up in the afternoon all the time, you lazy bum!”

I rolled my eyes. “Point taken. See you later, when my shift starts.”

With that, we went our separate ways. I would only be taking over around noon, which left me with quite a bit of time to have breakfast and such. Hence, I strolled back to the house, with Fenek still going on and on about how I should take better care of myself the entire way.

When we finally got to the door, I reached over and held his mouth shut, telling him that I well and truly got the point. He really worried way too much about these things. What was worse was that I couldn’t play the age card, despite the fact that I was supposedly more mature mentally. Hell, he could be over a hundred for all I knew.

Fenek glared at me. <I am not that old. I’ll have you know that I’m only thirty.>

I gave him a very pointed look as I opened the door, “But five mentally.”

Laughing to myself as Fenek fumed at my jibe, I went and fried myself an omelette. Meanwhile, the other occupants of the house went about their own business, with the children studying, Silvera and Agenor cleaning the house together, while Hector and the rest of his group attempted to clean their rifles. The latter was actually quite funny to watch. Even as a biped, Hector was still huge, and him fiddling around with the tiny brushes from the rifle cleaning kit looked almost comical, especially when he had to squint at things.

I joined the children at the table and had my breakfast, only stopping at one point to show the rifle cleaning bunch how to do it properly. The way they went about it would damage the gun.

Of course, that got oil all over my hands, and I had to wash up again. When I came back, Fenek and Atheros had joined the table, the latter simply moving to sit next to my seat. I sat with them and finished my food, only to find myself still hungry.

“…Is something happening later, Father?” Atheros asked, seeming to ponder even asking the question for a while.

I shrugged as I went and started frying some sausages and bacon. “Dunno.” As much as I wanted to tell him about the exciting thing about to happen, it was classified.

“Come now, I’m sure you know, Father! I’ve seen the guards talking in hushed tones all day, and no one wants to tell me anything!” He protested, his curiosity evident.

I shrugged again, as I took my plate and refilled it with the meat. “I’m cannot discuss this kind of thing. You know that.”

As I sat, he looked me in the eye, “You don’t trust your own son?”

“That’s not the issue. It’s the clearance level. I’m not allowed to tell anyone without approval from the committee, and that applies to everyone involved.” I replied, chewing on a sausage. “I trust you, believe me, but this is really out of my hands.” I made a mental note to let the butcher know that this batch was a bit saltier than usual.

On top of that, I had this nagging feeling that I was being watched. However, I found nothing. I asked Fenek through the bond to sweep the place with magic. His reply stated that there was nothing his ‘five year old mind can find’. He must have still been sour about my little joke.

I brushed the feeling off and continued eating. Atheros, meanwhile, must have noticed that I was preoccupied for a moment, and had waited for me to finish whatever I was doing first before nodding. “I understand. If everyone knows, then a secret is no longer a secret.”

“Precisely.” I replied, glancing out the window, guessing that I still had time to burn. “So, have you gone and reported for your training yet?”

Atheros huffed. “They turned me away, saying that the course isn’t starting till next week.”

“Which is what, tomorrow?” I replied, chuckling.

“I believe so.” Atheros replied, “You’ll be going off for lessons of some sort then, yes?”

I chuckled again. “Yup. Try not to blow the house up while I’m gone.”

Instead of shooting me a confused look, Atheros actually got the joke, much to my surprise. We laughed about it for a while as I polished off my food. As I began washing the dishes, I told Atheros a few stories about my time in the army, along with how life was generally like before the war. I even told him about the time when Fenek first turned up at the door. “You know, Atheros, you never really realise how tiny your house is, till a bloody dragon turns up, sits down and blocks the entire thing, including my vegetable patch, off from view.” I remarked with a laugh. At that point, more or less everyone was sitting around and getting entertained by my anecdotes. Ranging from the office politics in the army, to the ridiculous things we did when we were bored…

Sadly, I had to go off after a while, as I had to take over the duty till noon the next day. Fenek said that he would join me later on.

I went to the guardhouse, saluted Sythes who had been in charge the previous day, and took over the post, which was in a small room attached to the guardhouse. As he walked out, Sythes wished me an uneventful day and good luck. He also informed me that the walkie talkies were already in use. I thanked him with a smirk.

I hadn’t so much as sat down when the siren went off. They kept one of the siren equipped rovers outside permanently, to serve as an alarm. I couldn’t help but curse under my breath as I ran out. The runner on duty had just come in, all covered in sweat. Whoever was on duty in the guardroom was probably sounding the alarm. I grabbed the walkie talkie off the table as I approached the runner. “Report.”

The man nodded, while glancing out the door. “Two dragons, unmarked attempting to exit the city via the South Gate. When confronted, they ran to the Southeast quarter. Suspected espionage. Alarm sounded by the South Guard Post. Code 76, sir.”

I nodded and saluted as I rushed out the door, snatching my keys off the table as I went. It was the operation. “Understood. Dismissed.”

I bolted out the door and vaulted into my rover. I actually had the option of flying, but I still preferred to drive. I started the engine, noting the sound of sirens and engines in the distance. As I rolled out of the compound, I activated the walkie talkie. “Response force, what’s your status? Over.”

I heard a few bursts of static as the other end presumably fumbled with the device. I placed mine on the seat as I reached over to change the gear. “Identify please, over.”

I snatched up the thing again. “This is the DC, over.”

“Unable to locate both fugitives, sir.” Came the quick reply, “Search is spreading to other quadrants. Suspect destination to be East Gate.”

“Roger. I’ll head straight to the gate. Godspeed. Over and out.” I replied, as I gunned the engine, hitting the horn every few moments to get people to move out of the way. As the vehicle raced past the embassy, I noted that Drak’rrth was standing in front, watching the proceedings. I was sure enough that he didn’t realise that I was the one driving like a maniac.

As I screeched to a stop at the gate, I looked around, to find the guards already at the ready. My walkie talkie beeped, and as I clambered out of the vehicle, I picked it up.

Again, I received a burst of static before the message. The thing was probably faulty. “QRF to DC, message, over.”

As I walked to the guard post, already holding my pistol in the other hand, I replied, “Send.”

“Confirmed, targets moving towards the East Gate. What is your position?” The person on the other end seemed to be running, with footfalls combined with the clicking of claws on stone. Apparently, there were dragons on the chase too. In the background I heard shouting.

“I am at East Gate. Will update guards. Over and out.” I replied as I walked up to one of the dragons, Drake, the one I had run over some time back, “Where’s the commander?”

He nodded to me as I approached, then pointed to Victor, no less, who had just walked out of the small guardhouse. Victor nodded to me. “Sir. I hear that they’re headed here?”

I nodded. “Correct. Deploy your men accordingly.”

The walkie talkie buzzed again. “DC, message, over.”

“Send.”

More shouting in the background as the message came over. “Targets are taking flight. Request dragon pursuit clearance. Over.”

“Carry on.” I replied, then paused before activating the device again. “DC interior to DC exterior, message, over.”

A familiar voice came over. It was Ren Jie. “DCE to DCI, send, over.”

“Two targets, possibly airborne exiting city. Request support, over.”

A pause. “Weapons free?”

The two of us had to agree on this, but it was pretty obvious what had to be done. “Weapons free. Code 76. Godspeed. Over and out.”

As I put the walkie talkie town, I saw two shadows race past on the floor. I shouted to the guards, “Contact, above, fire. Code 76!”

True to the briefing, everyone began firing, me included, though the shots missed deliberately. As the two dragons left the city compound, I grabbed the walkie talkie again, “DCI to DCE, message, over.”

“Send.”

“Targets left city. Handoff. Code 76.” I snapped, putting my smoking pistol on the bonnet of the vehicle

“Have eyes on. Confirm code 76?”

“Confirm code 76, I repeat, code 76. Over and out.” I replied, before getting back into the rover. I paused, remembering that I had to tell everyone to stand down. “DC to all internal units, stand down and return to post. Over and out.”

With that, I slowly cruised back to my own post, only to find Drak’rrth standing outside my office with Fenek, the former looking considerably impatient. I brought them into the small office and put my keys along with the walkie talkie away. “Yes?”

Fenek seemed to be very flustered as he spoke, seeming to be somewhat irritated too. “He came stomping into the house demanding to see you.”

Subsequently, Drak’rrth cut in. “This is an outrage! Why do you hunt other dragons?!”

“They were caught trying to sneak out, and fled when confronted about their intent. We weren’t hunting anyone. We were chasing a pair of suspicious characters, and for this case, it is well within our rights to do so.” I replied, as I unloaded and started cleaning my pistol with a kit that was conveniently on the table.

Drak’rrth seemed speechless at that, and stormed out. He only stopped to remind me that I was to report at their academy by sunset the next day, and that I was to go alone. Fenek would only need to go the next week.

Fenek himself brightened up once the other dragon left the room. I once again got the strange feeling that someone was watching me, but a glance out the window showed no one, and again, Fenek found nothing… I probably needed to get more sleep.

At least the whole saga was a success.
Resistance C50: Saga
aaand they executed the plan!
also 50th chapter! :D

Next chapter:  Resistance C51: UnexpectedResistance
Chapter 51: Unexpected
Luckily for me, the rest of my shift was mostly uneventful. Flayme did come in at some point to tell me that the skinwalkers were safely away, which was good. I sat and chatted with him for a while before he went off.
By noon the next day, I was more than happy to hand my duties over to the next person. Other than the saga during the previous day, it was actually quite boring. That, however, was a good thing in this case.
I was handed a map by Fenek when I reached the house, which had a route drawn out in red, leading to one of the nearby towns, Manila. I took one look at it and groaned.
Fenek shot me a concerned look. “Is there something wrong?”
“It’s so bloody far away.” I muttered as I grabbed a bottle and began filling it with water.
“Can you make it in time?” The dragon replied, still worried. He obviously wanted to go along, but that had already been forbidden.
“Can is can la, but I’ll have to

Previous chapter:  Resistance C49: BriefingResistance
Chapter 49: Briefing
There was a whole lot of briefing to do, but given the absence of alarm clocks in general, everyone got up late, and consequently, I was woken up late by a yawning Flayme.
In front of me, he, along with Fenek, were already having breakfast. They had even prepared some for me. I groggily downed the contents of the plate before going to have my thick tea. "A lot of briefing to do today, ya?" I remarked to both Fenek and Flayme, who nodded.
However, as my luck would have it, I found that we had run out of firewood while I was halfway through boiling my tea. I ended up spending half an hour running to one of the shops to buy some, since I didn’t have much time to go and chop anything.
While drinking my tea, I ended up going to the guards’ barracks to begin my briefing…
If anything, the presence of Drak’rrth complicated things by a very large margin, since he would doubtlessly report anything that he saw. Hence, the whole thing would h
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