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~Chapter 31~

“I promised to tell you a story a long time ago, didn’t I?”

Bemused, you stared into the Divine Keeper of the Sapphire Flames’ eyes.

“How unlike you to bring me up from your past,” you chuckled.

As this wasn’t exactly Tino or Berwald’s journey, the other dragons had offered to stay behind with Mathias. Everyone had decided that you and Lukas should finish looking for Emil together. At long last, the two of you were back to travelling alone. In the time that you had been walking, your travelling companion hadn’t said anything until now.

“You've long asked about my title,” Lukas said.

"Yeah, I have,” you smiled.

The dragon snorted. “It seems so long ago that we started out for Eldur Mountain together.”

“Mm-hmm,” you agreed pressing your lips together.

“Would you like to hear one?” Lukas asked.

“Why would you ask me something like that all of a sudden?”

The dragon shrugged. “It could pass the time for whatever lies ahead.”

You smiled. “Sure, go ahead.”

“Alright, I’ll tell you a story of adventure, tragedy, and a sprinkle of romance.”

This got you interested.

Romance?” you repeated. “Lukas, since when are you interested in things like romance?”

“I never said it was related to me, did I?”

“Er, no,” you answered feeling rude for thinking such a thing.

“Once upon a time, there was a lonely sorcerer—”

“Is this how it’s going to go?”

“What?”

“It’s a fairytale?”

“There are no such things as fairytales, just heavily modified history lessons of times long forgotten by disposable species such as yourself.”

“Well!” you exclaimed.

“Do you want me to continue or not?” Lukas frowned. You noticed he was walking a little faster. He had been going at your pace not too long ago.

“Of course I want you to continue!” you quickly replied.

“No more interruptions?”

“No more interruptions.”

“Right, then let’s keep going,” Lukas said slowing down just enough for you to stay by his side.

“There was a sorcerer who held the burden of the world on his shoulders—not literally. That would crush him.”

Obviously… you thought.

“He was tasked with guarding the world’s life source: a single glowing light that gave off the most beautiful colors known to anyone, yet the problem was, there was no one there to see the light for if a normal human’s eyes looked upon the light, their very soul would burn up. As a result, the sorcerer never had any human company.

“To pass the time, the sorcerer made friends with the local dragons who would visit from time to time, curious at what sort of beautiful light was coming out of the mountain that held the light.

“While the dragons did not particularly like humans’ company, they had a soft spot for the sorcerer for while he was isolated from others, he was very knowledgeable and benevolent. The dragons would often tell him stories of the world outside, of what he was missing. In exchange, they were offered shelter within the tall mountain far away from the humans where they could live in peace. And…for a long time, that peace remained in the balance.

“However, like all good things, the peace had to come to an end. The sorcerer, while powerful, was not immortal. Time had caught up to him, and he was beginning to die slowly but surely. The dragons, saddened that their good friend was in such pain, wanted to at least fulfill his long time wish of being able to go outside even if it was just for a little while.”

There was a pause in Lukas story as the air about him changed.

“That was a terrible mistake,” he said in a low voice. “Once the sorcerer left the mountain, there was no one who could control the light’s power. With it becoming so unstable, the entire mountain’s interior collapsed and erupted into fire.”

He then paused to look at you.

“Can you guess what mountain that was?” he asked.

“It was Eldur Mountain…” you breathed.

“Very good,” Lukas nodded. “You’re not as dense as I thought you’d be.”

You wanted to throw the snide dragon a crude remark, but you bit down on your tongue after remembering you said you wouldn’t interrupt him.

“The dragons who had remained at the mountain began to panic,” he continued. “They did not know what to do for their magic was different than the sorcerer’s. When their dying friend did return, he was grief stricken for a great deal of young dragons had been buried in the terrible fire and crumbling rocks. But the problem didn’t end with the mountain. With the fire growing out of control as well as his old age, the sorcerer wasn’t strong enough to hold back the impending destruction that was about to destroy Eliatha.

“As a last resort, the sorcerer was able to bring back the flames into its original slumbering power. However, even though the fire was under control, the sorcerer would not be around long enough to continue protecting the flames. In all of the years he had stayed guarding the flames, he had never thought to think ahead when his time came.

“So, in the place of the sorcerer, a dragon had offered to guard the light in place of the sorcerer. The dragon did not have the proper magic to keep the light stable on its own. As another noble act, the dragon told the sorcerer to seal the light within his heart.

“The light, interestingly, took on a different form while residing in the dragon’s heart. As dragons’ souls are born of fire, so the light took on the form of a brilliantly colored flame reflecting the purity of the dragon’s soul.

“After the sorcerer died, the dragon continued to carry the flame inside his heart, but despite all of this, the flames were unstable. It came to a point where the dragon could not contain the flames any longer, and his body began to whither away. While on the verge of death, the dragon remembered something the sorcerer had said before dying, himself: the light would consume the dragon’s very heart and soul if not finding another body to migrate to—but not just any other body—the body of a human.

“The sorcerer had hoped that even as he passed away, he would be able to leave behind a reason for dragons and humans to coexist. If the dragons could look inside humans’ hearts and if humans could look into dragons’ souls, then perhaps one day, the two species could be friends just like the sorcerer and the dragons had been.”

Lukas sighed. “The details are fuzzy, but it was either the sorcerer or the light or both that made the dragon’s bodies perishable. In order to renew their bodies, the dragons would first have to migrate into the hearts of humans. So the dragons did just that. They did not, unfortunately, account for what types of vessels they had chosen. Some dragons had become corrupted by the dark souls of the humans. Some had grown so attached to the humans that they did not want to leave the human world.

“And then there was the dragon who held the flames inside his heart. While as a human, this dragon had taken interest to a young human woman. It grew to a point where the dragon did not want to carry the burden of the flames in his heart anymore and wanted to live alongside the woman as a human, himself. In order to give up the flames, the dragon first had to find someone worthy of such a task. He did not feel that the flames should be so foolishly given to someone irresponsible. Finally, he decided to hand the flames to a young dragon, one with innocence in its eyes but possessed an honest and worthy soul.

“The cycle continued, dragon after dragon, but in that time, the dragons had yet to coexist with humans. The humans who had been used as vessels were marked. If they tried to tell their stories of the dragons, they would burn up into ashes. At first, it was to prevent unworthy human vessels from telling the wrong people, but it spread to all humans no matter how pure their hearts were.

“The flame, if not passed onto another dragon, will die out along with the dragon. Should that happen, a terrible thing would happen to Eliatha. Alas, as you can see, dragons are nearly nonexistent. Fortunately, there is one exception that can be made: if a dragon fails to carry the burden of the flame, then a proper human vessel will do. Though…it can’t be just any human. It has to be a human pure of heart, strong in the mind, yet honest in intentions otherwise, just like when the flames were a light, the human’s heart would combust. That human also has to have been a dragon’s vessel at some point so it would have some of the dragon’s powers.”

“But…” you spoke up disregarding your earlier claim to not interrupt. “I thought once a dragon’s soul leaves the human’s heart, that human isn’t supposed to have dragon powers anymore.”

“No, but did you forget of the exceptions?” Lukas said.

Your heart stopped.

“The Dragonhearts…” you whispered.

“Correct,” Lukas said. “There has been a rare case where a Dragonheart has taken the responsibility of keeping the flames inside his heart in the place of a dragon. In fact, his lifespan greatly surpassed that of a normal human being. Who knows? Maybe he would have lived forever. Alas, he wasn’t immortal, he just happened to be able to live for a long time. The Dragonheart’s life was ended after a freak accident of which the details have been obscured.

“With that, the burden of carrying the flames fell upon dragons once again.”

“Hey!” you exclaimed making Lukas jump in surprise.

“Gh—! What is it?” he impatiently growled.

“If we can find that dragon with the flames, then shouldn’t I be able to hold the flames, then? I mean, I’m a Dragonheart, after all.”

Lukas hopelessly shook his head.

“Even after that story, you still haven’t figured it out?”

“Eh?”

“Well, there’s still the question of whether or not you’re really pure of heart,” Lukas explained. “Dragonheart or not, your heart would burn into ashes if tainted.”

Your face fell. “And how are we supposed to figure that out?”

“I don’t know,” Lukas answered.

“So…” you continued to speak. “…How long has it been before the last time the flames were passed on?”

Lukas shrugged. “Perhaps a few hundred years or so. It’s been a while as far as I’ve known.”

“Oh! Wait—! Do you think the dying flames are connected to Dragonfall?”

“Perhaps…” Lukas answered ambiguously.

“Hey, hold on a second! Why haven’t any of you guys told me this stuff before?”

“Because I didn’t think you were worthy at the time,” Lukas huffed. Then, just as quickly as his haughty attitude built up, it fell straight back down again.

“Aside not knowing if you were worthy or not, there’s also knowing what happens to the dragon once the flames are given up.”

“Huh?”

Lukas swallowed and made a face. “It’s one thing to give the flames to another dragon, but it’s another to give it to a human,” he said.

“What’s the difference?” you asked. “Besides being completely different species, that is.”

“The dragon...” Lukas mumbled. “The dragon would cease being a dragon.”

“Why? That sounds stupid.”

“It is stupid,” Lukas agreed. “That’s why it’s almost never done. As far as the stories have gone, there has only been one account of a Dragonheart bearing the flames, but in that account, the dragon who gave up the flames also gave up his dragon powers to ensure that the flames could continue to remain stabilize.”

“I’m so confused…” you groaned.

“Ha,” Lukas dryly laughed. “You’re confused? Imagine having to live with that knowledge your entire life and then hoping there would be a way around it. It wouldn’t be so bad if there were more dragons in the world, but as it stands, the only dragon capable of obtaining the flames would be…my brother.”

Emil’s the flame bearer?!” you cried in complete shock.

“You idiot! How dense can you get?!” Lukas yelled.

“What the heck! He’s not?”

“No, rock-head, I am!”
Ah, the other night, I was the last one to take a shower (I take showers at night). The fire alarm went off, and as a result, I ran outside with meager clothes and wet hair. Screw the people laughing! What if there really was a fire?!

Safety before dignity, everyone! :icondeterminedplz:

Oh yeah, there are still some holes, but I stopped here because I haven't eaten dinner yet. :I

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

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:iconkyoko-kimo:
Kyoko-Kimo Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GODAMMIT READER-CHAN! HOW DENSE ARE YOU!?
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layla-mindora Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh now i get were the 'bearer of flames' comes from
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Ravelium Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
Ahhh, I love it when writers put a good historical backgrounds on their storie.
And I've had to read the comments to make a connection with Lukas' name. I'm dense too~
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Eh heh heh. Thank you. :thanks:
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IMAFTF Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist
I was like reader-chan. I guess I can be pretty dense when it comes to understanding some things. 
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LoZGamer316 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. Divine Keeper of the Sapphire Flames... How the heck did I not make the connection sooner? Eh I sympathize with reader-chan here (I can be unbelievably dense at times)
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K1LL3R-F0X Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Its funny how i understood it, but the reader didn't XD
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Enbi-to-Miruku Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student General Artist
So tell me - did you plan to have this flames keeper tale in the first place, or did you create it based on Lukas' title?

But I love it anyway :heart:
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I had it from the beginning.
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Hinatathebloom1 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Loved it ^w^
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Flyingmintbunny32 Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Artist
God i didn't know it was Lukas?! Actually I was confused till almost the end.....
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JesslaBleh Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
"I am so confused."
NO I'M NOT! IT'S HIM! IT'S HIM! SAPHIRE FLAMES! GAAAHHH! >.< lol, but I love this lots! :) You're a very talented writer!
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thank you very much~
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JesslaBleh Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
Oh, it's nothing I should be thanked for! It's just the honest truth! :D
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musicgirl68 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
._. The story "I am so confused"

Took the words right out of my mouth xD
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Oh-My-Maple Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:iconiknowthatfeelplz:
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Arrisorra Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Aah… I love you, Lukas, and I know you think I'm stupid, and I can live with that…
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14pip14 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
half way through the story telling i figured it out. but how are the flames passed to a human?(dirty thoughts)
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FarDreamr Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lololololololololololololololol
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Do not think dirty thoughts in this series. It isn't that kind of fan fiction.
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Shuru10 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW. The whole time I was having internal debates over whether it was Lukas, Emil, or neither of them. O__o :iconwonderingplz:

I can be so clueless some times. I had to get to the end to figure out who had the flame. -__-" :iconsweatdropplz:
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momo-shroom Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So, I'm a little confused as to how the sorcerer could communicate with the dragons? :? I thought only vessels and dragonhearts could do that...

(And I just have to add, reader-chan is denser than extra-firm tofu in this one.)

Wow, I really don't comment on this story enough... I've been following it since the very beginning, and I still look forward to seeing the new chapters in my inbox everyday and it's quickly climbing the ladder of my favorite fanfiction series that I've read so far. The concept is super unique and the plot is so interesting that it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what misfortunes will befall on the reader and the dragons next... Keep up the awesome work! :D
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The sorcerer is a sorcerer so he's magic. :)

Also, thank you very much for the compliments~ :aww:
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CrazyCharlette1415 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my. No wonder.

yes I am that slow
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yamiyuki1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
omg good thing there wasn't a real fire~~! *hugs*
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dreamselfycreated Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student General Artist
dat pic makes me want to slap the hell out of N and thats N i would slap btwLlama brigade Llama brigade 
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yamiyuki1 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Run N! I'll distract her! 
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dreamselfycreated Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Student General Artist
no need too *puts on a evil smile* *takes out a box full of fangirls* *and a shiny mew was playing with the box* FANGIRLS! THERE IS N THERE!!!
*opens box* 

N's pov :

argh! the champ is too hard!!!
must keep running!

haru (the samurai who's walking in the scene )
fangirl attacks they are famous....

my pov : my little mew.. what shall we do with the N? call Tino the finnish sniper? or fangirls?

mews : TINO TINO TINO I WANT TINO TINO TINO!!!!!!

DONE <:)
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yamiyuki1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
me; *doesnt' even know*

N: *dies inside*
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dreamselfycreated Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Haru : *pokes N with a twig*
haru : scoutland lets go home
*scoutland picks N up*
*ENTERING A NEW WORLD!*
*haru turns into Erin*
Erin : Emil what should we do to him?
??? : I don't know..
???? : crap he's awake
*hides under a crate*
*AUTHUR CHAN COMES IN*
what the bloody matter with you?
japan : N!!! N!!!! HOLLY FBJHSDRBFLJGHSRILFN SIGN MAH BUTT!!!!!!!!!
???? : WTF KIKU?

cat face Kitty Dance Nicolas Cage Kill me Now slap 
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NamiKazeQueen Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahahaha! Kasumi! Your so slow!

Kas: Shut up you!
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AnAwkwardBlue Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I figured it out 5 minutes before I figured it out. :I dem fire alarms, one happened during my athletics period, fortunately around the end so we we're clothed decently :)
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, of course.
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Iris-the--kitty Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D Amazing!
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Leoyun Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh gosh, reader should have looked at his title more closely...XD
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Renestrae Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh jeez. I knew reader was slow, but not THAT slow. :iconsighingplz:
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
bhdfvmzbxcnvm//dies//

...I just realised that most, if not all, of my comments on this series involve random keyboard language.

I CAN'T HELP IT IT'S SO AMAZING JHSDFGAJLSHABJDK
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's not good for the keyboard, and I mean that in a serious way. My brother would flip if I mistreated his keyboards.
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0-EmoLeopard-0 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really?
...Oops.
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Siren979647 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
the last line

I love lukas so much
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Fyreflare Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Writer
As soon as he said passed on to other dragons, I was like, "Holy Roman Empire! So that's it!" And then Reader-chan remained oblivious and I was like, "Are you being legit? Sheesh, and I thought I was blonde."
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh. It's part of the gag. :XD:
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Fyreflare Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Writer
Very well done! :D
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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cheesecake125 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I'm so slow with the obvious..."Divine Keeper of the Sapphire Flames"...WHY DIDN'T I GET THAT FASTER.

A very good story he told though.

So I know (I think) you're in California, but where you are is it warm? Because then at least you wouldn't be freezing your head off outside...I don't know. And yes, I suppose "Safety Before Dignity" still stands.
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
*Laughs* It's okay. :XD:

Yes, California is comparably warmer to some of the other states, but the school I go to has a wide open field. The wind was blowing nonstop. >.<
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cheesecake125 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Ah, okay. Well, that sucks. Haha, when I think of California I either think of sunny LA or rainy SF...
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GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, come on, California has waaaaay more than just L.A. or S.F.!
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