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~Chapter 26~

“Hey, I’ve been wondering this for some time, you two, but how does a dragon get his—or I guess her—title?” you asked while walking along the bank of the river.

You had been walking for a short time after you had begun to feel negative emotions heading downstream of the river. That was a good sign since that meant you wouldn’t have to worry about running into Yao or his family members any time soon.

Lukas sighed.

“You really want to know something like that?” he unenthusiastically asked.

Being used to his normally cold demeanor, you timidly fumbled your hands around in a nervous tangle and looked down at the ground.

“I was hoping if I asked enough times—that is, if we travelled for this long—you would finally tell me sooner or later,” you bashfully admitted.

“I told you before, hu—” Lukas caught himself when Mathias raised his eyebrows. He groaned and tried again.

“I told you before, __________,” he said this time, “the reason isn’t important to you.”

“But you’re so cocky about it,” you pressed. “If you really want me to call you by your real name, then shouldn’t I at least know why you deserve to be called such a (long) title?”

Lukas stubbornly shut his mouth. Mathias rolled his eyes.

“Hey, I know,” the Blade of the Ruby Seas said patting your shoulder with his large hand. “How about I tell you how I got my name?”

“That sounds good,” you nodded. “I was just curious as to how a dragon got his or her name in general. Is it by birthright, naming rituals, or…?”

“It’s based on the judgment of our first one hundred years as a dragon,” Mathias explained. “We go nameless for a time, but by then, it’s usually time for us to find our first human vessels.”

“So you get your human names before your real ones?”

“Most of us do,” Mathias continued. “Anyway, I got my name from the glorious battles I contributed to when I had my first and only vessel.”

“The warrior type,” Lukas muttered as if he had been there when Mathias had joined with his first human vessel. “If I remember correctly, the only reason you ended up going with a warrior in the first place because you were careless and got too close to the soldiers.”

“Yeah, that’s right,” Mathias laughed.

“What happened, now?” you asked furrowing your eyebrows.

“Mathias got his vessel early because he ventured too close to the humans, and as a result was killed,” Lukas answered in his friend’s place. “He had no choice but to pick one of the humans out then and there without even so much as observing them.” He scoffed. “He was reckless. Had he chosen the wrong vessel, his soul would have been completely corrupted. In fact, he chose the very warrior who delivered the final blow to that thick-boned skull of his.”

“Well, I thought that if he was strong enough to kill me, then he would be strong enough to make it to the top of Eldur Mountain,” Mathias chuckled with a slight hint of blush on his fair-skinned cheeks. It was surprising how this dragon could treat his death so casually.

Lukas, on the other hand, like with most matters, did not think it was something to smile about.

“You still haven’t learned,” he hissed. “That human could have been an even bigger idiot than you.”

This made you grimace. “The human you chose could have had a smaller stick shoved up his—”

Anyway,” Mathias continued, “after inheriting my human name, I felt something calling inside of me. It’s hard to describe to a human or any dragon who hasn’t gotten a name, but it was just like I suddenly knew who I was: a—”

“Fool,” Lukas answered with a turn of his nose.

“—warrior at heart!” Mathias spoke over his pompous friend’s voice insult without even hearing him, his chest proudly sticking outwards like a proud bird.

More like both, you jokingly thought in your head.

While the three of you were walking, Mathias made sharp motions with his left hand as his right hand was still damaged. His left hand, alone, made enough gestures to put on a decent show.

“There I was, striking fear into the enemy eyes!” he said with a gallant voice. “No warrior could stand in my way; I was the bravest of the brave.” He shot his arm to the sky with a swing much like he was swing an invisible sword up to the heavens.

“Wherever I went, I was always marveled for my powerful strength and the beautiful sea of blood I left behind glittering like a mine of the darkest red rubies!”

So that’s where that came from.

“And, then,” Mathias said, clutching his heart, “I knew. I knew what my destiny was: to live among those who needed fighting for—because that’s what I do!”

“You mean acting like an idiot and risking your life in your human form?” Lukas butted in.

“What happens to dragons who die as humans?” you asked since the topic was somewhat touched on.

“They die—permanently,” Lukas said as-a-matter-of-factly.


“From then on, I entrusted myself with the glamorous, noble title of the Blade of the Ruby Seas!” the dragon beamed, a genuine fire alight in his bright blue eyes. “A fitting title fit for my unsurpassed abilities as a sword-wielding dragon!”

“That’s…wonderful,” you complimented him unsure of what else to say.

“His story is terrible,” Lukas muttered. "There's more to it, but I fear he will tear it apart with that stupid mouth of his."

All the while, Mathias was chanting self-acclaimed praises of his own accomplishments. Since he was never quite the serious dragon, it was hard to tell whether or not the Blade of the Ruby Seas was exaggerating or not.

You raised an eyebrow. “So you’re saying you have a better one?”

The Divine Keeper of the Sapphire Flames rolled his eyes as if the answer was obvious.

“Of course I do, huma—dammit—I meant _________,” he grumbled. Then, he made a small grunt and bent forward when Mathias leaned his entire upper body on his shoulder.

“Bah, he just doesn’t want to tell it because it has to do with that one la—Hhnnggckk!

“That one what?” you wondered aloud.

“Nothing,” Lukas growled, tightening his arm around Mathias’ neck.

“L-Lukas, you’re going to kill him…” you said in a shaky voice.

“Good,” the sapphire-eyed dragon replied. “Maybe our journey can be quiet again.”

“You…don’t…mean that!” Mathias gagged and continued to tap on Lukas’ arm hoping he would give up like a friendly prank but to no avail.

“Gods, uh…Lukas…I—I-I’ll peer into your thoughts if you don’t let him go this instant!”

To your pleasant surprise, the dragon immediately obeyed, slinging his arm away from the wild-haired dragon and flat against his side.

“Blasted wretch,” Lukas hissed under his breath.

“Hah…Thanks, _________,” Mathias panted. “You know, if you waited a little longer, my ultimate secret combat skills would have activated in an amazing show and—”

“Oh, shut your trap,” Lukas snapped.

Mathias clamped his mouth shut. You sighed in relief.

“Erm, but really, Lukas, is the story behind your name something personal? Because if it is, then you don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to…”

Lukas averted his dark blue eyes away from yours. “It’s not that it’s personal; it’s just not something that pertains to you.” He snorted. “Human curiosity can be such an irritable thing.”

“Hey, questions lead to answers,” you pointed out to him.

“So does finding out for yourself,” the dragon threw back.

“Oh, so would you rather I look inside your head?” you threatened. Of course, you hadn’t planned on doing it with full intentions, but your question got the arrogant overgrown blue lizard to stiffen up.

“I’d prefer you don’t go poking around in my thoughts—for the best of both of us,” Lukas merely suggested.

Heh. How about that? you thought to yourself. It looks like I finally have something to assert myself with around this guy.

“Ha ha ha!” Mathias laughed. “She’s got you roped around a leash, Divine Guy—Ack! Ggrrghh!

“And I’ve got you wrapped around a chain,” Lukas countered, squeezing the chain tightly around his friend’s neck again.

“Lukas!” you growled with a menacing look. The dragon automatically withdrew his chain and cursed.

“Insolent pest…”

You couldn’t help but smile.

I think I’m starting to like being a Dragonheart, you thought.

“Whew!” Mathias panted, rubbing his neck. There were visible red sore marks, but from what Lukas had told you in the past, it would heal in time just like everything else about the dragon’s body.

“Mathias, are you alright?” you asked in a concerned voice.

“I’m fine, _________,” the dragon grinned. “It’s nothing a little metal can damage—though I have to admit that it kind of burned…”

You frowned. “Perhaps it’s because they’re fixed with a spell?” you guessed. “How does one go about casting spells like this, anyway?”

“The same way Dragonfall was cast—with magic,” Lukas answered.

Even though you knew Dragonfall was the result of a curse, you had never actually seen real magic performed from anyone other than the dragons and yourself—if one could call telepathic communication magic. But then, magic couldn’t have been a lost art. Emil, himself, had said that the chains back at the castle had a spell on them as well as the ropes that had captured him back at the foot of Eldur Mountain.

“Hey, speaking of magic, do you two know any spells?” you asked out of curiosity.

Mathias chuckled. “I was never able to do it since my dragon powers are stagnated, but I’ll bet Lukas still has a thing or two up his sleeve.”

“Really?” You perked up your ears. “Like what?”

“Pointless spells that won’t be able to help us for the moment,” Lukas answered without even bothering to elaborate with an explanation.

“Even if they’re pointless, I think it would be interesting to know what those spells are,” you said.

“They won’t help us in this situation,” the stubborn dragon coldly replied.

“Ah, well,” you muttered. “Oh, but do you think someone like me could learn magic?”

At your question, Lukas stopped walking and gave your body a good run-down.

You tilted your head to one side.


“Hmm,” was all Lukas said for a while, placing his hand over his mouth in thought. “Being able to do magic requires a lot of discipline and energy…

“Nah, you’re not cut out for it.”

“Wh-What? Just like that?”

“Magic isn’t for everyone,” Lukas said and urged the two of you to move along. “The art is so archaic and dangerous that it may not be recommended to bring back to human knowledge.”

You made a face. “Is that why no one knows how to stop Dragonfall?”

“It could be that Dragonfall isn’t unstoppable, rather no one wants to reverse the curse.”

“But if magic is lost, then where did those chains come from? And what about the force field?” you pointed out to the metal braces tightly enforced on Lukas’ wrists and ankles. Had he possessed any other face than that of an angel, he would have looked like an ordinary prisoner. You wouldn’t admit it aloud, but the chains rather suited his haughty image.

“The chains must be old,” Lukas simply said. “They must have been from the time when cheap charms were used when dragon hunting was popular. As for the force field, it may have been up for a long time without our knowledge of it.”

“Oh, yeah, that reminds me,” you said transitioning to another topic, “Lukas when I was talking with Mei, she said there were other kinds of dragons in the far east. Have you seen them before?”

“I’ve heard of them, but we keep to our own areas,” Lukas said. “The same fact remains valid, however: dragons to humans are mere beasts used as resources like everything else they get their hands on.”

“As in…?”

“The humans I’ve observed and used as vessels thought of us as burdens and nothing more. That or the ones who believed we contain the power of immortality hunted our kind to no end. It’s like an addiction.”

“Then what about me?” you asked. “What category do I fall under?”

Lukas hesitated. This gave Mathias an opportunity to speak up.

“You’re a Dragonheart so I don’t think you’re technically just a vessel. And I don’t think you’d hunt us if you had the chance—would you?”

“No, never,” you answered shaking your head.

“Then you’re special, ____________.”

This made you laugh. “From what I’ve heard from the stories Emil told me, I’m hardly anything compared to the other vessels.”

“I can agree with you on that,” Lukas replied making your spirits fall again.

What a killjoy… you thought.

Soon enough, the riverbank completely disappeared and sank into the frozen river. Lukas frowned and gave the ice a quick test tap before completely resting his full weight on the ice.

“How is it?” you asked as the dragon continued to press on different points along the ice.

“It’s good,” Lukas finally said and urged you to follow him onto the ice.

“Looks like from here on out, we’re going to have to walk on the ice,” Mathias observed looking past the riverbank downstream.

“If the blasted the force field wasn’t up, we would have gotten over this journey a long time ago,” Lukas growled and had to hold his arms out to maintain his balance.

“Yeah, but the travelling is part of the adventure,” you said. “And besides, I prefer your human form over your dragon one.”

“It’s typical for the same species to get attract to the other,” Lukas muttered.

“No, that’s because your human appearance is attractive,” you giggled.

“Ah, yes, you mentioned that to me once,” the Divine Keeper of the Sapphire Flames said in a far-off voice.

“Wh-What about me?” Mathias asked with a whiny voice.

“You’re okay, too,” you decided to say—and immediately regretted it once the words left your lips.

“But of course I am!” Mathias laughed. “Even in my human form, I am beyond gorgeous! I am irresistible! An eye-catcher!”

“Shut up,” Lukas growled. It didn’t appear that he was going to place his friend in a chokehold after the times you had already threatened to look into his thoughts.

“I can agree about the eye-catcher part,” you smiled. “His hair really makes him stand out.”

“That’s only because he’s too lazy to preen himself,” Lukas snorted.

You rolled your eyes. You hadn’t seen Lukas take care of his human appearances very often, but maybe that was because he was already attractive by human standards. Meanwhile, in the background, Mathias continued to spurt out his feats of physical attractiveness to no end. Lukas looked like he was about to explode from the small amounts of trembling he would do every so often.

“…And I can’t forget the time when I made a pair of ladies faint from the shear action of looking their way and giving them an irresistible smile and wave!” Mathias beamed.

You leaned towards Lukas’ ear.

“Are any of these things true?” you asked.

“I highly doubt it,” Lukas answered. He paused. “Care to find out a different way?”

You furrowed your eyebrows. “What other way are you talking abou—Oh! That way!”

“Can you do it while he’s shouting like this?”

“I can try…” you said. “Maybe I can practice.”

“I’ll be quiet, then,” Lukas shrugged and waited for your mind-reading abilities to work.

Mm, let’s see…I want to hear Mathias’ thoughts…


Oh! That was fast!


You chucked. You wondered how long it would take Mathias to figure out you were looking in his head. Then again, there wasn’t much going on in his head since he was speaking aloud.

“It’s near…”

Well, that was certainly strange. What was near? Curious, you looked around to see if there was something Mathias had spotted. Ice, ice, and more ice. You looked to the rushing water below to see if there was something of interest. Nope.


You looked over to Mathias. He was still shooting his mouth off. Either he was really good at thinking and talking at the same time or…

“Well, _____________?” Lukas piped up.

You furrowed your eyebrows. “Lukas…there’s…”

“There’s what?”


You froze in place. As if out of nowhere, a deathly chill ran through your entire body, and your heart began to pound with the same adrenaline you had felt when Mathias had been fighting with the merchants.

“Right above…”

“Lukas! Mathias! Run!” you screamed at the top of your lungs.

Not a moment after you said that, the entire ice beneath your feet exploded in a shower of water and a deafening noise roaring out to the sky.

“___________!” you heard Mathias cry out beside you. Your head was strangely warm. When you placed your hand to your head, you felt something hot and wet. You moved it in front of your face. Blood.



Just like when the caravan had fallen into the river, the ice completely broke apart in a large hole, but instead of caving in, the ice broke out.

“Wh-What the…?”

A dark shadow flew overhead and disappeared back into the ice like an ermine diving in the snow, but this was definitely no ermine; the shadow was far too large.

When the shadow rose up again, shards of ice fell over its long body as if they were mere drops of water. This creature…you were able to hear its thoughts, but it was different…How in the world could there be one of these right here?

Dialogue-heavy chapter is dialogue-heavy.

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

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IMAFTF Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Mathius is so amusing!~
LoZGamer316 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww fudgenughets shiz just got real
Hinatathebloom1 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Nice ending XD
14pip14 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
me: shit netiss
lukas: ____!!!!
me: he said my name. okay i'll die somewhat happy.
Shuru10 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O__O I wonder if it's a dragon or another creature. But then again, how would I hear its thoughts if it's not a dragon? O__o :iconwonderingplz:

I still find it AMAZING how you can update your stories everyday when they're this long!! :O :iconamazingplz:
RandommRed Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How flattering is it to receive so much praise on your story? Very flattering if I had to guess. xD But I can see why many people like this though, it a great mix of fantasy, adventure, and humor!
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, it's true. Kind comments make my day a little brighter.

I'm glad you like this story, too. :aww:
YasminKirkland1031 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
SweetAppleVinegar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
And now we hear the awesome tales of Mathias, Blade of the Ruby Seas while stingy ole' Lukas decides not the share the origin of his title :XD:. Muahahaha, the reader is now realizing her great power as Dragonheart (and how to exactly manipulate it against Lukas).

Yay for something creepy wanting to eat the merry trio of Lukas, Mathias, and the reader! :iconnotreallyplz:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Denmark is more than happy to share. Norway...not so much. :XD:
SweetAppleVinegar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Oh my God.... I meant "Lukas decides not TO SHARE the origin of his title" DX :iconfacedeskforeverplz:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it's okay. I got it.
ScarletMoon-98 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh shitshitshit we're all gonna die DX

I absolutly love the story by the way...I stayed up till almost 2am last night getting caught up on the story!
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you~

On another note, sleep is important. The story can always wait.
ScarletMoon-98 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know that I need sleep...but the story is addicting!
Sleep? What is this "sleep" you speak of??
ScarletMoon-98 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A magical thing that makes time go faster. It also makes your eyes stop burning after stareing at the computer sceen and makes it so that you dont need /as much/ coffee...or, at least, that's what i've been told :XD:
I-love-homestuck7261 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
I don't drink coffee it tastes bad and stunts your growth and my eyes never burn at all
ScarletMoon-98 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well then, I guess your lucky AND HOW CAN YOU NOT DRINK COFFEE
I-love-homestuck7261 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013
Well i'm only 11 (12 on the 26th) and i'm not really allowed to drink coffee and when I do it's ice coffee and that's not that often. (=^.^= )
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MRXLB Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Even though you update so fast, I always get surprised :D Also, every time I see you've updated, it brightens up my mood considerably! Your story is amazing ;)
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you~ I'm glad I can do that for someone. :aww:
Stephie-chan559 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
agatstone Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
That was great and pretty interesting.
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
MyArmyOfPeeps Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
I really like this xD,
And I have noticed that updates come out rather quickly, so you won't have us all waiting in suspense for long, will you? Or maybe you will, just to add a little more suspense... ;)
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! If I keep up my creative momentum, I can dish ideas out pretty fast. I merely upload one chapter a day so as not to overwhelm anyone.
Mad-Hatter-0495 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Wow...this chapter was amazing...especially the end. I haven't been this excited in a long time.
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why, thank you.
Kagekittywolf Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is one of the many reasons why I love you. That's all I have to say ^w^
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my. Thank you~
Leoyun Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this story
is getting beautiful
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :D
Fiirestorm Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
This is awesome! Can the Reader "read" the minds of any living thing and not just dragons? Because it seemed like the reader could sense the minds/emotions of Yao and his family... And they aren't dragons, right?

Also, in the sentence, "That or the ones who believed we contain the power of immortality hunted out kind to no end." Is it "out kind" or "our kind"? That sentence got me a little confused.

Anyway, amazing series!
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Shoot, you're right. It was a typo. OTL Thanks for catching that.
Fiirestorm Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Ah, no problem. But do we get to learn more about Reader's talents/powers later on?
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Since you're on the latest chapter, you've pretty much gotten the gist of it.
CrazyCharlette1415 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
O-oh dear...
Arti-Z Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was a lovely update *u* Still curious about lukas titles history!Can't wait to find out >u< So im guessig a water dragon...?Wow the thoughts it was having scared me a lot .-. Can't wait what happens next!!!
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! Don't worry, Norway's title will have its history revealed sooner or later.
Xsign-of-fireX Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! *squeals* STUFF IS HAPPENING!
AnAwkwardBlue Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Oh snap(dragons), a river dragon? Oh, Lukas and your love of strangling...
sarpndo Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
uhoh. Oh snap. ^^
hazumi28 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow! i know you are a fast updater but i never knew you were this fast
im having hard time catching up with the story beacause to tell u the truth im still in chapter 17 >_< hehe (im quite busy with my studies)
but i assure you that I'll try to catch up till the very end
hope you will still continue ^_^
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, no worries. It's not necessary to stay updated. In fact, that might be better so you won't have to wait.
hazumi28 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah, you got a point there
HetaliaOWC Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
WHO EVER MADE CLIFFHANGERS I WILL FIND AND KILL!!! *sighs* Thank you for updating ^_^ I just love this stroy so so so so much! >.<
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm pretty sure that person is already dead. ^^;

Thank you for the compliment, too.
NamiKazeQueen Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
........ WHYYYYYYYYYYYY?Y?Y?Y?Y?Y?Y?Y?Y?Y?????

*breathes heavily* C-clifhanger....

Well, Your updates are usually fast, so i guess i wont complain.
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally! Someone who realizes I update on a near day-to-day basis!
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