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~Chapter 1~

There were two documented dragons left in the world. Both remained tethered in chains mounted on display in the cold atop the highest point in the castle in hopes that with their souls being born of fire, they would be able to drive away the progressing winter.

These were tough times in Eliatha.* A curse had ravaged the land once bathed in sunlight and warmth. The winds carried sleet that cut through the skin like knives, and the snow fell in a ruthless torrent of blankets painting everything with nothing but the empty color of death.

Nowadays, the dragons were nothing more than mere spectacles of times long forgotten, when colorful flames filled the night skies in a dazzling array of both power and beauty. You had been born in a time when the dragons had nearly vanished from the face of the world, in Dragonfall, the period that marked the start of the relentless winter.

Being the dragonkeeper had its ups and downs. Before getting the accidental fortunate of being appointed as the castle's most recent dragonkeeper, you had heard stories of the luxuries the job would bring: daily food, a roof over your head, decent pay, and best of all: a warm room all to yourself.

Now, after getting the privilege of experiencing the job firsthand, you realized, though your own naivety, that being the dragonkeeper wasn't as glamorous as it was rumored to be. Sure, you may have gotten your daily food, but like most of the townsfolk in the surrounding settlements, those rations consisted of cabbage soup, a cold piece of bread, and if you were lucky, a portion of the daily hunters' catch of rabbits. While you may have had a roof over your head, it wasn't the best place to reside in: light was scarce, the low grumbling of the dragons sputtered on throughout the night, the castle workers always clamored beneath you, and the icy wind whistled through the cracks nonstop. The pay didn't mean anything to you since you never had the time to leave the castle to spend your hard-worked earnings. Instead, you would sneak a few copper pieces to the castle servants as they had it worse than you in the castle cellars; plus they had the privilege to go outside to shop for supplies needed in the castle.

The only thing that remained true and appreciated of all the rumors was that while things had turned out worse than expected, the never-ending heat radiating from the dragons' bodies was always enough to make you drift off to sleep despite anything that had happened during the course of your day.

As the dragonkeeper, your duties consisted of feeding the dragons, cleaning up after their droppings, and shining their scales. Since it had been so long since anyone had seen a dragon—if anyone still lived to share their knowledge—any information about how to properly take care of them was lost along the way. Still, you did what you could in silence, watching as the dragons would do nothing but lay on the stone flooring with their eyes constantly closed. You had thought that being such large beasts, dragons would have been significantly ferocious and short-tempered. Of course, you had also heard that while beasts by nature, dragons were also highly intelligent. It remained a mystery as to how anyone would come up with such an assumption if the dragons didn't even speak in the first place.

The dragons you had been entrusted to were slightly different in personality and appearance: the smaller one with the pearly white scales and lavender eyes was generally calm but could become irritated quite easily when disturbed; the other with a dark blue armor of scales with sapphire-like eyes was even-tempered throughout your daily routines—you minded your own business, he minded his.

In time, however, the smaller one had developed an attachment towards you. You noticed that every time you would come up to the top of the castle to bring the dragons their daily meal, the pearl-coated one's head would tilt in your direction as if expecting you. Its outbursts had dramatically decreased, and it came to a point where you weren't afraid to pet its snout.

Soon, you had grown comfortable enough to where you would begin talking to the dragons. It didn't matter whether or not they could understand you or not. Sometimes, in a place where everyone was constantly busy, it just helped to have someone to listen to what you had to say.

"It's b-been getting colder and c-colder," you said to the dragons one day after delivering their meals through chattering teeth. "I don't know i-if you two can feel it, but it's worse than before."

The dragons remained silent and continued to eat their food without giving you so much as a glance.

You sighed, your breath condensing into the frostbitten air in an icy puff. "I w-wonder if you two really have the power to end this winter c-cu-curse…"

Still, the dragons did not say anything so you decided that it was best to retreat to your room before your ears froze off from the cold.

Once inside, you could hear the voices of men from the floor below you.

"This is becoming ridiculous. How long has it been? Fifty years? The storm hasn't died down. If anything, it's becoming worse by the day. Pretty soon, the forests are going to run out of things to eat. The last of our crops finally succumbed to the winter just a week ago. We're all going to starve if something isn't done."

You rubbed your hands together to keep the tips from freezing off. No wonder your rations had become smaller. It wasn't just the village that was running out of food; the castle was beginning to feel the impacts of the everlasting winter, too.

"What do you suggest we do?" you heard another voice ask.

After a pause, someone else spoke.

"We're running out of options. If the cold doesn't subside in three days' time, I want you to sacrifice one of the dragons on the altar."
Now, here we have the first chapter of a tale featuring a character that isn't talked about often--though I think with a little support, he's become increasingly popular. I don't care about who is popular. I care about who has the qualities to fit the story.

I apologize for the length of the first chapter, but I've decided not to make a set amount of pages for this series. I'm just going to stop where I think is necessary.

After a poll, I've decided to use a picture I've drawn for this story. Yes, I drew the preview picture. It's right here: [link].

And with that, let's see how this one goes...

*Anagram of "Hetalia." I've used the name in many of my previous works for various reasons.

Axis Powers: Hetalia and its characters belong to Himaruya Hidekazu.
This story and picture belong to me, *GydroZMaa.

Preview: [link]
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RaichuFan12 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I was looking for a good, long reader insert to read.

I think I found my home~
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IggyAlfi2319 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For once it's a dragon! Nordic

Sounds interesting
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
For once? This was one of the earliest stories, I believe. ^^; 
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IggyAlfi2319 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah...er...I mean the most of ghd dragon fic i read was a dragon!reader...

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Sorry^^;
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see.
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Tatumsowninsaneworld Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Did you post this on Quotev...?
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, but I only posted it because a bunch of thieves were reposting the story. 
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Tatumsowninsaneworld Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, I just asked because I knew I've read this on quotev, and after checking, I was like :iconohshitplz:
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, well, in my quotev author description, I do direct to my profile page here, so I didn't think it would come as a shock. 
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Tatumsowninsaneworld Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess I just didn't pay attention to it very well ^^;
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g6force Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just finished the series and it's gorgeous! It made me feel all these THINGS and I cried and laughed and fell in love with a character I thought I hated. I love your work! Now to read Dragonsight!
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you very much for the kind words~ I'm glad you enjoyed it. ;v;
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Shuru10 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People re-read book series, or just books in general. But some how I end up rereading this fan fiction series! (even though ubhavent finished the last few chapters)
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my. Heh. I guess it's fine that you don't finish it. I'm not completely done with the sequel. 
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GeekGurl234 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
Such long serie, much medieval, very epicness, Doge 
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adrianarosabell Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Girl: Do u even want to be with me forever? Boy: No Girl: Do u even like me? Boy: No Girl: Would u cry if i walked away? Boy: No She heard enough and was hurt... She walked away with tears in her eyes The boy grabbed her arm Boy: Your not pretty...your beautiful Boy: I dont want to be with u forever...I need to be with u forever Boy: I dont like u...I love u Boy: I wouldn't cry if u walked away......I would die if u walked away. Boy Whispers: Plz stay with me Girl: I will... *Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they loves u *Something good will happen to u at 1-4pm *Tomorrow it could be anywhere!!! *Get ready for the shock of your life! *If u dont post this to 5 other comments... You will have baD luck in relationships for the next 10 year
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Tinyartist64 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Okay I'll take this quick so I won't bother. I have just finished reading the dragonheart and I absolutely loved it! Everything about it was enchanting and I didn't want it to end at all! I am serious when I say I cried more than 10 times. This hasgiven me morefeels than I even knew I had. And one day (today) when I was listening to lady gagas Monster I got this amazing idea for cmv and fandrawing and I would want to ask for your premission first if I make the cmv (I am currently making a norway warrior cosplay) where I use this story as an insperation and possibleplot but changing a feeeew (not many I'll mostly reanact scenes from the story) thingsto match the enviourment I am living in since winter just passed. Also I would be happy to make a fandrawing and of this and ofcourse credit you for your amazing work ^^ would be happy to get answer soon and I hope I wasn't a bother ^^
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Daww, thank you very much for reading and enjoying my story~ :iconhappytearplz:

You're definitely welcome to cosplay and do any fanart of my works as long as you don't use anything for commercial and/or monetary gain. I look forward to seeing what you come up with! :aww:
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Tinyartist64 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
No problem ^^
Thank you and I can assure u I won't ^^ this is all yours ^^
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I really appreciate it. :aww:
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Tinyartist64 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
I'm glad you do ^^ It will be a very fun prodject to do on my spare time ^^
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Chibi-dragon-wolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely one of the best series I've ever read! I love the originality *cough* and the Nordics * cough*~!
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. Thank you very much. :)
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adrianarosabell Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
amazing story love it
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~
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adrianarosabell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
you're welcome :), I love you're stories you are the greatest writer I've known here you should be  a writer I think you may become rich and famous
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Daww, I really appreciate you saying that~ :iconembarrasedplz:
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adrianarosabell Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
you are very welcome. I just say the truth, and I am not the only one who thinks you're an extremely talented writer, you should write a novel, sure I'll buy it! keep up the good work, I've really loved all of your histories I think are one of the best ones I've ever read;) (Wink) . Sorry because I  replied late I was busy with my school CURSE YOU! ,anyways I'll keep reading your histories, dragonheart I've read it four times and still like it.:D (Big Grin) Hug :happybounce: Wink/Razz +fav 
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my. Thank you. :blushes:
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adrianarosabell Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
you are very welcome ;) (Wink) Hug :D (Big Grin) :) (Smile) Nod 
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Miabia100 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You've been featured in this group! Awesome work! ^u^ :iconthe-eccentric-reader:
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I appreciate it. 
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Miabia100 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
^u^ of course!
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ice-the-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
I love dragons please don't kill one T-T
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The story's already finished. I'm not changing the plot for you.
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CHARIZARD110011 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So going to finish this is one sitting! So far this is amazing! Great job and keep it up! :iconfrenchsquealplz::iconamericahappyspazzplz:
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my...It's really late, but I wish you luck and hope you get plenty of sleep. I'm glad you like it thus far. :aww:
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devoreisbest Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Writer
start
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Laughs* Thank you for taking a look, nevertheless. Some of the readers have actually finished the entire thing in one sitting. It still surprises me...
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devoreisbest Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Writer
yeah i don't  think i can but it was awsome the few pages i read. Keep it up!!! :)
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devoreisbest Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student Writer
so many parts... well better sart

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The11thNightfall Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What an interesting beginning to a story. I shall continue to read, for now you have my attention! ^w^ Keep up the great writing!
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for taking the time to read my story! :aww:
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The11thNightfall Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob. Love dragons, love Hetalia, and love a good story. And so far, it is all of the above! ^w^ I look forward to reading the next installments, though I may have to go to bed soon...
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad my story can fulfill all of those things. :aww: 

Ah, yes. Sleep is important. I'm sure this story will still be here when you wake up. 
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The11thNightfall Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I hope so, cause I'm going to be really worried if it just suddenly disappears when I check in the morning. X3
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kanagirl Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Okay, I read the first sentence for the link I had earlier. I couldn't read any farther.
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what to say.
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kanagirl Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
I'm trying to build up the courage to read chapter 12 like that. I've been staring at the gizoogle page for about an hour now.
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you can't stand it, then just don't read it.
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