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~Chapter 39~

“There is a dark evil looking for the flames of the world,” was the first thing Emil said after the two of you had dried your tears and continued on your way.

You narrowed your eyes. “When you say it like that, does it have something to do with the way you were talking to me when I was in the garbage heap?”

The dragon sighed. “I believe so. I think it was only due to the power of the flames that kept it at bay. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to hold it off before it consumes me entirely.”

Consumes you?!” you gasped.

“Yes,” Emil answered with a dark tone. “I have a feeling that the evil has claimed nearly all of the souls of the missing dragons and their previous vessels—hence the large number of dragon hunters existing even today.”

“Why would it do something like that?” you whispered stunned that such a thing would happen. “Are the flames really worth that much?”

“Yes,” Emil answered. “In the wrong hands, Eliatha will be under complete control of whoever possesses it. It told you things, didn’t it? It was telling you about wanting to steal the flames from you.”

“Mm-hmm,” you nodded.

“But the evil being didn’t know that you didn’t have the real flames,” Emil said. “Seeing that you didn’t have them, it disappeared and left me.” He shuddered. “But if it has been able to enter my head, then I have no doubt that it will be able to do so again.”

With that, he stopped and looked straight into your eyes.

“___________,” he said, “the moment you sense something is truly wrong with me, I want you to run. Do not look back, and do not—under any circumstances—look into my head. Do I make myself clear?”

“Y-Yes,” you answered in a quavering voice. A feeling of dread was starting to envelop you. “But Emil, what will happen if the evil demon shadow…thing consumes you? Will something happen to me, as well?”

“It was easier for it to look into your memories when I was under its control,” your dragon said. “But it may have also been a result of your desire to speak to someone. In any case, do not allow yourself to be caught. You are very important and crucial to keeping the flames alive—”

“And you,” you reminded him.

Emil made a quick smile. “And me,” he chuckled.

“That reminds me: Emil, I’ve been hearing other voices when I was looking for you.”

“Those must have been the dragons,” Emil assumed. “Their bodies are long gone, and their souls have been absorbed by the shadowy being.”

You made a face. “What happened to the bodies? Were they disposed of just like Lukas’?”

“I would think so,” Emil said in a low voice. “Those who were killed as dragons had their body parts sold off long ago. The ones who were killed as humans had their blood drained out and their hearts and eyes taken.”

You felt sick. “Why would anyone do something like that?”

“In the east, dragon parts have always been sought after for medicinal properties,” Emil explained. “The same goes for the blood, the heart, and the eyes. The blood may be used for rites, and if fermented, is supposed o be used to achieve longevity. The heart and eyes, on the other hand, are believed to contain the dragons’ spirits so that humans may be safe from evils.”

He let out dry laugh similar to his brother’s.

“What’s most ironic of all is that it’s a great evil to even kill a dragon—human or not. The humans who support such actions are no better than the evil spirits they so believe to ward off.”

“It’s so cruel…” you murmured. “They did that to Lukas. If I had to see you go through that, too, I don’t think I’d be able to take it.”

Emil gave your hand a gentle squeeze. “You won’t have to worry about that, _____________,” he assured you. “The evil knows that if I die, you will die, and ultimately, my brother will die and the flames with him.”


“I think that might be the reason that I’m alive at this very moment,” Emil sighed. “It wasn’t so much that I was able to escape anything; rather, instead of absorbing me, the shadow practically used me as a vessel so that I might find you and my brother easily.”

This made you have second thoughts.

“If this thing was able to possess you before and you said it could possess you again, then how would I know if you’re the real Emil right now? I can’t even look inside your head.”

Emil’s voice grew silent in thought. Even so, the two of you continued on your way to the fortress he had talked about.

“Emil?” you whispered wondering if something had gone wrong with your dragon.

Just then, he blinked his pale lavender eyes. “Sorry if I scared you, __________,” he apologized. “I was thinking about something that can confirm that I’m the real me without having to expose you to the shadow.”

You skeptically raised an eyebrow. “And? Have you thought of anything?”

“I…” Interestingly enough, Emil, began to blush.

“Er, Emil?”

“I think I know of something, but it’s very vulgar and shouldn’t be done unless absolutely necessary.”

Vulgar? you wondered. What in Eliatha would be too vulgar for Emil to share with me?

“Come on, Emil.” You forced a smile. “I’m your Dragonheart. You can tell me anything.”

“Mmm…” Emil hesitated.

Impatient, you swiped your hand away from him and placed your hands on your hips in a defiant gesture.

Wings of the Opal Skies, you are going to tell me how I’ll be able to know you’re the real thing right now, or I’m going to look for Lukas on my own.”

Emil rolled his eyes. “Don’t be silly, __________. You and I both know that even with the Sapphire Flames in your heart, you won’t be able to stand a chance at retrieving the flames on your own.”

“But what’s so hard about telling me your idea?” you huffed.

The dragon’s lips quivered like he had been caught peeping at something he wasn’t supposed to see. Curious, you quickly looked down to see if there was anything wrong with you, but your body was completely unharmed and unexposed.

“Alright, Emil, that’s it!” you snapped. “Spill it, or the blanket comes off!”

“That’s it!” Emil cried, his face riddled with a flustered expression.

You were confused.

“What’s it?”

“Th-The blanket…” Emil stuttered. “If something goes wrong with me, I don’t think I would mind if you took my blanket off.” He clutched his loose garment tightly in his fist. “I’m completely naked underneath.”

“Yes, I figured as much,” you grimaced with a mildly bemused look on your face. “So you would mind if I took it off right now?”

“V-Very much…” the dragon timidly answered.

“Alright, Emil,” you laughed. “I promise I won’t unless it’s absolutely necessary.”

“Good,” Emil breathed in relief. “There’s nothing impressive to show you, anyway.”

You couldn’t help but make an amused expression. “Emil, since when do I care about what you look like?”

The dragon shyly turned away. “When we were travelling with my brother, you were always thinking about how beautiful he looked, and how strong he was despite being so moderately framed.”

“But you’re beautiful, too, Emil,” you piped up. “I’ve never seen someone as exotic as you.”

“I look ridiculous,” the dragon muttered under his breath.

“You’re too modest,” you chuckled. “No matter what, I’ll always think you two are handsome—far more handsome than any of the knights back at the castle and far more noble. Although…I’m a little skeptical about your brother. He isn’t very elegant.”

“You talk as if he’s still with us,” Emil noticed.

“That’s because his soul is still around, right?” you said. “Now that I know that there might be a chance to save him, I don’t want to think about what it would be like if he was really dead. I think Lukas would even get mad at me and hit me when he came back.”

Emil blinked.

“____________, did you ever consider the possibility that you might be in love with my brother?”

An electric jolt shot up your spine. The phrases “you,” “in love with,” and “my brother” (which technically registered as “Lukas”), swirled around in your head like a mathematical formula coming together in a catastrophic equation.

“Me in love with your brother?” you laughed a little too loudly. “You can’t be talking about that stuck-up idiot who always hits me and calls me names! H-He always tells me to hurry my slow butt up and forces me to call him by his full title, Divine Keeper of the Sapphire Flames! I deserve that title now since he gave me the flames that grants him his powers so…so…there!”

“What are you even saying?” Emil quietly asked. From the way he was talking, it looked like he was talking to himself instead of directly to your face.

“I mean, sure, your brother is handsome, but he’s nowhere near as beautiful as you, Emil,” you quickly added. “There are plenty of blonde-haired, sapphire blue-eyed men out there, but I’ve never seen someone with snow-white hair on such a young face and the loveliest pair of purple eyes. You’re much cuter!”

“Cuter?” Emil reluctantly repeated.

“Yes, cuter!” you confirmed. “And besides, if I was in love with your brother, then my attention for the two of you would be split both ways: that of my affection for you as my dragon and that of that overgrown blue lizard you call a brother—though I mean no offense by pointing out his relations to you, Emil.”

“None taken,” Emil said.

“Lukas is beyond rude!” At this point, it sounded like you were helplessly trying to convince yourself of a false truth. Justifying Lukas’ flaws wasn’t helping your image. “He’s a pompous dragon who thinks nothing more of anything or anyone other than himself! And he—”

“Was he a good kisser?”

“Th—What?! Emil, how could you—Why would you ask me something like that?!”

“Because he kissed you, didn’t he?”

“But that was right before he died!” you shouted as if the louder you enunciated your pointless justifications, the truer they would sound.

“So? You could still be in love with someone after they pass away.”

“The kiss was awful, too! It tasted like blood!”

“You’ve never tasted dragon’s blood before, though,” Emil reminded you. “That was your first time. With a human’s taste palette, it must’ve tasted sweet, right?”

“That doesn’t change anything! It was still bloody!”

Emil hopelessly shook his head. “____________, there’s no need to hide your true feelings. Did you forget that I can feel what you’re feeling?”

“N-No!” you hastily answered.

“You’re lying about that,” Emil sighed. “Just face it, ____________: you love my brother. You love Lukas.”

“I do not!” you denied.

“You do.”


“Stop denying it.”

“If I’m telling the truth, there’s nothing to deny!”

“I can still sense what you’re feeling. Stop lying.”

“I’m not!”

“You’re still denying it…”

“Why do you think I’m denying it?!”

“I already told you: it’s because I can feel what you’re feeling.”

“There isn’t a way to turn that off?”


“I can’t prevent you from feeling what I’m feeling?”

“No—Wait, does this mean you aren’t denying it any longer?”


“Ah. It doesn’t really matter. I know the truth. We can tell my brother when he gets his body back.”

“We don’t have to because it’s not true!”

Emil rolled his eyes. “You know I was joking, right?”


Like older brother, like little brother!

“You should have seen the look on your face,” Emil chuckled and led you through the snow.

“I thought only Lukas said things like that!” you huffed. “I never thought you would have picked it up from him!”

Emil still had a smirk playing on his face.

“Now I know why my brother enjoys teasing you so much; it’s fun to see you get so flustered.”

“Oh, you—!”

“I’m sorry,” your dragon apologized. “I won’t pester you like that anymore. For now, let’s just focus on getting to our next destination.”

“Let’s,” you grumbled cantankerously under your breath. The further you walked, however, the more Emil’s question began to bother you. Once Lukas came back, what then? What was this strange feeling stirring in your heart that fluttered in your insides as a fleeting bird that would burst into feathers?

You had hoped to find the answer on your lips, the lingering sensation of Lukas’ kiss still buzzing on your skin like an unearthed memory begging you to remember what you had felt at that very last moment. The answers would come soon enough. They could wait until another time, sometime later, tomorrow, the day after, or even until Eliatha would be lost in Dragonfall’s winter.
Too tired to think of a witty description.

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

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PrettyKitty23 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2016
They are both totally handsome! Lukas is hot andsome. Chiyo Fangirling Icon and Emil is adorable handsome. Cause he's the baby in the Nordic group. Yasuko Takasu (Fangirling) [V1]
XxCrazy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
You know when me and Emil were bickering about me loving Lukas or not, my thoughts went to "It's like we're kids again." xD
 But seriously if you ever write a book I would so buy it.
IMAFTF Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist
Such a cute atmosphere~
Such an adorable chapter.
Mermaidgirl548 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
Wow, the "Are you in love with my brother?" conversation sounded like the "Onii-chan" canversation.
Parissimmons Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014
She wont say shes inlove~ sorry i thought it suites the chapter! 
adrianarosabell Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
I love this story is just so creative and unique I have all romance, action, adventure, fantasy and a good English! 
ice-the-dragon Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014

 me reading :aww lukas I actual really miss him...

 sister: are reading that story again we have school in 30 min

lme:shut up and let me be happy or I punch you and you cant get to school

 sister: then I would stay hoke say I hurt myself and finish the story to bug u :)

 me:troll alert traoll alert!!

sister: mom maker her take it back!

StarSapphire9601 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
“Was he a good kisser?”

that made me threw my hand in the air and dropped my hanky (which I used for dying my tears up)
AndreaTheChinchilla Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh reader-chan ;) you are so inlove with Lukas
Leiraah Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh Emil you troll xD I thought was Lukas the troll in this story, though... well, 'like older brother, like little brother'!
LoZGamer316 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha you've got that right
blackdiamond63 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You my dear are a truly talented writer! Have you considered publishing any of your pieces? I think you should! Anyway, on to the next chapter!
CrystalRainbow8 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Trolling like a boss! XD Norway's troll would be proud lol
MistDream454 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013
Pshhh I don't get flustered.... :blush: :3

I agree though ^-^ Like older brother, like younger brother .-.

Them trolls cx
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The Reader has a personality of her own.
mikumikumiku1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013
God. If this were a book I'd read it fifty times over and over again.
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, I appreciate it~
Hinatathebloom1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Loved it ^w^
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to be rude or anything, but is that all you can say? I mean, I appreciate you taking the time to comment, but I'm the type of person who prefers insightful comments or no comments at all.
Hinatathebloom1 Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
I'm truly sorry if I can't come up with insightful comments after reading stories... Maybe I shouldn't comment on anything at all then... Sorry for being a pest with my comments.
Flyingmintbunny32 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Um so he relvealed her, me, reader person thingy AND GOD I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO CALL IT
Singing-Wolf-12 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay~! Lukas can still come back~! "I" shall succeed (I hope)!!!
XlKittiezlX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
XD So Emil has some of Lukas' douche trolling personality :iconohohoplz: Im so happy now that its not all depressing
You should keep writing like this! If you had any of your work published I'd soo buy it
LoZGamer316 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. Author-chan has an awesome ability to mess with your feels. I'd totally buy this if it was published without hesitation
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, I'm not worthy of such a compliment. :iconembarrasedplz:
XlKittiezlX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Of course you are! I wish I could write a fanfiction just for you but I REEEEAALLY suck at writing :iconsweatdropplz: AND NOW I WILL GIVE YOU A CHIBI AMERICA :iconamericaheroplz:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that'll do. I'm not the type of person who makes requests for fan fiction anyway.
XlKittiezlX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
Oh okay then :iconeweplz: Can I call you onee-san?
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XlKittiezlX Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
XD sorry Im just so hyper from reading to much and Ill be more hyper once I eat too much candy tomorrow...:iconsweatdropplz:
ceciliethehedgehog Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
HAHAHAHA :D one of the funny parts
Rainacornasusgirl Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist
saw a typo. you did a bit of a yoda

it was "will happen something to me as well"
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you for pointing that out.
Rainacornasusgirl Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist
no prob^^
KaterinaTheStorm Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Fear the power of nordic trolls Reader-chan.
Arti-Z Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XDDDDD this chapter <3 oh emil u awesome douche face...Well while norways "Dead" this is what hes up too [link] xD
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This story doesn't take place in our real world so a Norwegian army doesn't exist.
Arti-Z Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh I wasjust a joke ....^_' a heh...
SweetAppleVinegar Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
We now find out that Emil has some of Lukas' douche-troll spirit ;P. I love how easy and natural the reader and Emil's relationship is; they, of course, are bound to each other because of the whole Dragonheart thing, but they almost have a sibling-like bond. ALMOST. (because being nude in front of your sibling is totally natural XD) I'm also happy to see the reader's optimistic and sassy nature return so quickly; she's definitely stronger in spirit than previously before. Loving your stuff, as always!
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You make it sound as if you're completely updated.
SweetAppleVinegar Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Lol, not quite. Since I had abandoned DA for a bit, I had to go on an entire chapters' worth-run on your series and comment each chapter before reading the next so... I don't know ?
cuppiecakiee Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I laughed like crazy while reading this xD
carmaxanime Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Love it.
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
carmaxanime Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
No need to thank me you are just that awesome
agatstone Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Great as always. This part really made me smile and laugh a bit near the end.
HDawgLuvsAnime Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Ha ha! They really are brothers! :XD: Though I can see the reader is being a bit of a Tsundere here, isn't she? :iconohohoplz:

This shadowy being honestly sounds very threatening. I'm very worried about what's going to happen from this point on, especially since he may take control of Emil again. I also found it interesting that killing a dragon is a great sin in the world. I kind of like how it highlights the ignorance of the humans who kill the dragons for 'protection,' but end up dooming their souls in the process; as dark as it sounds, it's seems like poetic justice.

This chapter was very informative and awesome! I can't wait to see what happens next. :iconcoolstorybroplz:
GydroZMaa Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, don't be so nave. Tsunderes aren't the only ones who would deny having feelings for people. The reader is not a tsundere.
HDawgLuvsAnime Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Sorry, I meant for that line to be a joke (I forgot to indicate it as such. Oops! :iconawkwardsmileplz:). I know her character isn't confined to being a tsundere.
1StarTwinkle Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
Omgosh, you made me laugh so hard. Too hard that my brother was looking at me wierdly, he doesn't understand the beaty found in Hetalia! I could choke him, maybe, nah, love him too much. But he's still a idiotic brother.

And about Emil...forget Lucas! I have found new found respect for Emil and I enjoy it. But Lucas was an interesting guy. Hmmmmm, well, until Lucas comes back Emil can keep my pretty lil' heart safe >w<

And yes, this would make an epic anime. If this were an anime, this awesome story, I'd watch it a billion times, cry and laugh and just plain enjoy life!
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