Birds chirped as the new morning sun peeked its way over the eastern mountains. The radiant warmth ever so slowly began to engulf all of Virtane in its comforting embrace. The clear sky was soon cleared away of birds and replaced by the much larger denizens who call this land home. Dragons soared about the sky, hunting the land predators to feed their hungry hatchlings who were under their care.
The sun's rays penetrated its way into the cave like room that Zahnelia and Balian still slept in. The dragon's emerald scales glittered in the morning sun, flaunting its beauty to the rest of the world. Being so exhausted due to the mental stress of the previous day, neither so much as stirred in response to the new day. The green dragon still lay curled on the soft pillow like bed in a very tight ball, keeping safe the man who she has grown to care so deeply for.
The cool morning wind brushed against Zahnelia's emerald scales in a relaxing massage. Even in her sleep, a muffled happy growl came from deep within her. The soft bed with the mixture of cool air and the warmth of the morning sun created a feeling that was so pleasurable, that the happy growl that came from the green dragon intensified. Her purr vibrated throughout her entire being, shaking the very foundations of the room that shared her happiness.
The feeling of the elements wasn't the only reason that Zahnelia was in such a blissful trance. The dragon's mind was currently wrapped in a prodigious dream that even she wished that she would never awaken from. Her lips slowly lifted in a smile as she continued to delve deeper into the realm of her mind. The cruel fact about all dreams is that they eventually end, no matter how much you fight you eventually are taken away from your dreams and placed back into reality.
Zahnelia's eyes slowly flickered open as her mind once again became hers. Her once happy growl became that of anger and agitation. She didn't want to wake up right now, she wanted to stay asleep and enjoy herself. It was through unconscious habit that she was awake this early in the morning. Despite how hard she tried to stay asleep she would always wake up at the crack of dawn.
While clenching her eyes shut, the dragon lifted her head and let loose her drowsiness in one mighty yawn. Her fatigue was removed like a glove as she yawned away all the stress and anxiety that she had accumulated over the past few days. Slowly, Zahnelia opened her eyes so they could get adjusted to the morning light. The resplendent orbs danced about among the sun's rays in perfect harmony, cascading its golden appeal as the dragon drifted her eyes across the room.
The emerald dragon sighed in despair when her dream rang forth throughout her mind. She was soaring gracefully through a midnight sky. The stars and moon bestowed their blessings upon her as the clouds themselves parted before her. The wind past effortlessly along her wings and scales, giving her entire body an unimaginable massage that out-bested anything. Among the bliss she turned her head around and, to her surprise, was Balian. He was strapped to what appeared to be a massive saddle in between two of her neck spikes.
He was clad in the usual attire of the knights of the Revanian Republic. He wore shimmering plate gauntlets, boots, and shoulder pads. Underneath the plate was a glittering long sleeve chain mail shirt, and a full chain mail hosen. The chain mail rings were perfectly woven together and glittered like flawless gemstones in the moonlight. Over the armor was a surcoat that barred the symbol and colors of the nation, red with a white phoenix in the center. Strapped on his back was his pride and joy, the silver longblade, Ignifien.
None of that compared to the smile that was across his face. Both dragon and human stared at each other, completely enjoying each other's presence. All problems of the world washed away in this moment, it was just them and the night sky. No Drow, or wars, none of life’s burdens were being carried in this single moment of peace and companionship.
Zahnelia was brought out of her deep thoughts when she felt a slight bit of movement against her side. Smiling, she brought her head down and just slightly lifted her right wing to get a better view of the cave's other occupant. Laying sound asleep next to her was the man who she has come to treasure above all else. With care, she brought her snout down and began to slightly nudge Balian on the face.
Balian's eyes slowly flickered open as he felt something rubbing against his entire face. He chuckled slightly when he realized what it was that caused him to wake up.
"How early is it?" groaned Balian as he forced himself upright.
Zahnelia smiled "Early enough".
After rubbing away the burning feeling and blurriness in his eyes, Balian slowly began to take note of his surroundings, as is his habit due to the years in the army. First off, Zahnelia must have deposited him on the pillow-like bed some time during the night, because he was no longer in her grip. His entire world was engulfed in a dark green light due the sunlight making its way through her wing membranes and scales. The dragon's one hundred and ten foot long frame was completely curled around him rather protectively.
Balian lifted his head and locked his eyes with the two, massive golden orbs that stared back at him. "How was your sleep?" he asked.
The dragon smiled "It was fantastic, I haven't slept this good in a long time."
"That's good to hear." replied Balian. He patted the mountain of green scales that was Zahnelia's stomach "Well, I guess I should go wash up."
The dragon dipped her head while she lifted her wing and snaked her tail back. Balian shut his eyes the moment the wing was lifted. He was instantly assaulted by the sun's golden rays. The bright beams hammered into his eyes and threatened to tear into his head.
"Dammit" groaned Balian. He stood up and slowly made his way towards the edge of the pillow bed. The entire time Zahnelia watched him with an amusing smile, chuckling deeply every now and then while he made his way towards the rocky floor.
"Out of all the gods dam caves in this mountain why did we have to get one that is directly in front of the sun?"
Zahnelia laughed "Don't worry; you'll get use to it. My eyesight is far more enhanced then yours and I am already use to it."
Balian turned and locked eyes with the dragon "I said it once and I’ll say it again. You're a showoff, you know that right?" he laughed.
The green dragon lowered her head down and nuzzled Balian's chest for a long moment, purring deeply all the while. Balian's laugh died down and was replaced by a calm smile. He brought his hands up and ran them along the scales on her snout. Her armor like scales were rather smooth to the touch, a very clever cover up considering these scales can deflect point blank arrow shots.
"Yeah, I guess I am." purred Zahnelia. She continued to nuzzle her companion's chest.
"Hold on a second." said Balian teasingly "The great dragon, Zahnelia, for once admits she is overly prideful."
Zahnelia withdrew her snout and let loose a stream of heated smoke from her nostrils that began to spread throughout the room. Balian buckled over in laughter at the sight of his dragon companion pitching a fit at his remark. After Balian managed to catch his breath he brought himself back up and locked eyes with the giant dragon that stared sternly back at him.
"See, now I'm only teasing." he laughed "Although, given the circumstances I don't think it is ever wise to piss off a dragon."
"And it would be best for you to remember that, little man." replied Zahnelia while she lightly poked Balian in the shoulder with one of her claws.
Balian’s face lit up with amusement "Little?" he chuckled "You know there was a time when I was taller then you."
Zahnelia's tail swayed back and forth slightly and a smile formed across her face. She stared down at the minuscule human with a wide smile. "Yes, but that time has come and gone; now, you are the little one."
"Yeah, I guess I am." he chuckled. Balian then turned and began to walk towards the small water pool on the other side of the gargantuan sized room.
Zahnelia kept her smile while she turned her head to the left and stared outside of the cave. The clear blue skies were a taunt to her, they nagged at her to fly and soar freely through her natural habitat. These thoughts once again pulled her mind into her dream she had that night. The free feeling of sailing through the winds and instilling awe into any who watched was a great feeling. With that thought seared into her brain, Zahnelia would make sure to go flying today, and she would insure that Balian join her.
After kneeling down on the rocky floor and removing his leather gloves, Balian cupped his hands and placed them in the water. The frigid water felt like it was penetrating the skin and freezing the marrow in his bones. Cringing, Balian splashed an entire handful of water into his face. Any drowsiness he might have had before was violently cast aside as he shook his head back and forth rapidly. The gelid mountain water flowed through his entire being, restoring energy and life to his system that depleted through the night's sleep.
Balian just knelt there for a long moment and stared at his own reflection in the pool. His eyes were slightly red due to the amount of stress and lack of sleep he's been having lately. A cruel reminder of his departure from home and the long journey he has ahead of him. Balian cupped his hands and slowly placed them back in the cold pool water, ignoring the bone chilling feel that covered his hands, he brought the water to his mouth and began to drink his fill. The water rushed through his system, invigorating and restoring all his energy for the day ahead.
After satisfying his thirst, Balian slowly put his gloves back on and began to walk back towards Zahnelia.
"Do you need to go on a hunt? I can wait here until you get back."
Zahnelia smiled at him "I'm not that hungry at the moment, it can wait."
Balian's eyes narrowed in confusion "How can you not be hungry?" he asked "You haven't eaten anything in several days."
"Once again, according to memories that were imprinted in me, the older a dragon gets the less they need to feed."
"How does that work?" asked Balian "You would think it would be the opposite."
"Every dragon is born with arcane energy inside of them. As hatchlings, that energy is small, only a spark. So we need to get energy through the most basic way, eating. Once we hit our growth spurts the arcane magic in us grows exponentially. Eventually we get to the point where the arcane energy is all we need to sustain ourselves. Ergo, the older we get, the less we need to eat to replenish our energy."
"Wow" said Balian in complete astonishment "Its stuff like that, that just defies the laws of nature."
Zahnelia chuckled "Magic itself defies the laws of nature. This is just the way Ignis made us."
"I see." he replied as he knelt down and grabbed Ignifien.
The room filled with a loud hissing noise as Balian drew Ignifien from its black scabbard. The silver long blade glittered beautifully in the morning sun, filling the room with an aura of perfection as the world itself seemed to bow before the mighty weapon. Balian inhaled deeply as he closed his eyes, images of faceless enemies appeared in his mind, enemies that came forth and dared to challenge him in combat.
Zahnelia watched with admiration as Balian ran through a series of slashes, parries and blocks. His enemies fell before him in his mind as he cut them down without hesitation or mercy. The silver long blade almost seemed to glow in the morning sun as Balian swung it all around him as effortlessly as one would a stick. Balian's knuckles turned white as he grasped the blade's grip tightly with both of his hands, determined at keeping the weapon steady and ready to deflect the attacks of his mind.
When the last of his enemies fell, Balian finished his dance by twirling his sword around his body several times before returning Ignifien back into its sheathe. With pride filling his soul, Balian looked up and noticed that Zahnelia stared down at him with a wide smile across her face.
"What?" he asked
"You handle that thing very well." she replied "Although that little pinching device won't do you much good in a battle against dragons."
Balian slowly nodded "That's actually what worries me. How am I supposed to fight the Blood Fangs with this? Hell, how am I supposed to fight Lolth with this sword? I'm sure you can hold your own but I'm as good as dead if one of those Blood Fang dragons get anywhere near me."
Zahnelia suddenly growled maliciously "I won't let that happen."
Balian slowly lifted his arms in response "How can you be sure?"
"I won't let any of those traitorous bastards bring any harm to you."
Balian sighed "Zahnelia, take it from someone who has been in more battles then anyone ever should. You never make promises in war, I've learned that lesson the hard way many times."
The emerald dragon lowered her head while growling ferociously. Her growl was so intense that Balian broke out into a nervous sweat, involuntarily grasping Ignifien’s hilt as if he should be read to defend himself.
“I.won’t.let.that.happen.” she growled
Balian chuckled, trying to reassure himself that his companion wouldn’t hurt him, and that she only cared for his safety. He ran a hand along her snout that was directly above him. His eyes locked with the dragon’s golden orbs for the longest moment. Her lips closed and formed a smile as a deep purr manifested deep within her. Even if Zahnelia was putting out a forceful appearance, he could clearly feel her care for him through her life essence.
Balian chuckled even louder “I’m going to hold you to that promise.”
Before the duo could go any further the bronze double doors at the back of the cave room slowly creaked open. The two dragon guards on the other side of the door appeared to part for a purple dragon that gracefully made her way into the room. The new morning sun that still dominated the room with its bright beams reflected off the amethyst titan in such a way that her radiance almost equally matched that of Zahnelia’s .
“Good morning to the both of you, I hope you both slept well.” said the dragon queen as she slowly approached her daughter and Balian. Her claws and talons raked against the rock to create an almost ear piercing clank.
“That we did” replied Zahnelia “This room and bed was most excellent, thank you.”
Aneth smiled “No need to thank me, in fact I think we’re not giving you enough considering that you only just returned to us.” Her attention shifted downwards to the only human in the room. “Ah Balian, once again I must thank you for returning our beloved daughter to us. The council, Jevrath and I have already thought of a reward for you, however we will give it to you tomorrow, for there is much to do today.”
“No reward is necessary your majesty, Zahnelia means a lot to me. I was just doing what anyone would have done.”
Aneth chuckled deeply as she lowered her head to get a better view of the miniscule man before her “There’s no need to be so formal, you can just call me Aneth. Also I highly doubt that anyone would have done what you did.” The amethyst titan moved her head around as if she was inspecting her body. “As you can see, we can be quite a handful.”
All the room’s occupants shared a laugh, the force behind the voices of the dragons send vibrations throughout the entire room. After the laughing died down Aneth returned her attention to Balian “You are getting your reward whether you like it or not however, for it will actually aid you greatly in your mission.”
Balian frowned quizzically “Mission?”
Aneth’s head tilted in a dog like manner “You did come here for a certain reason did you not?”
“That’s right” chuckled Balian “I’m sorry, I forgot about that for a moment.”
“That is perfectly fine, with everything that you’ve been through over the past several days I would be shocked if you could remember everything. “
“Why couldn’t father come this morning?” asked Zahnelia. Aneth brought her head up and locked eyes with her daughter.
Aneth smiled “Jevrath couldn’t make it because he and the council are personally flying to the outer clans, hoping to once and for all end the clan war. He sends his love and greetings, also he told me that he wishes to speak to you, Balian, sometime during tonight’s celebration.”
Balian couldn’t help but shudder slightly at the thought of being close to the dragon king. His titanic frame, soul piercing eyes, and thunderous voice was more than intimidating. Balian smiled however and bowed his head in respect.
“I look forward to it.”
Aneth chuckled “I can sense that you’re nervous, there’s no need, Jevrath just simply wishes to speak to you.”
Balian sighed "I know".
"Good" said Aneth "Now, before I forget, I just wanted to let you two know that you have the entire day to yourselves. Go about it in any manner you see fit, my only request is that you do not stray too far from Dovess-hin. Above all however, do not leave Virtane. I would hate to lose you to the Blood Fangs."
Both Zahnelia and Balian bowed their heads in acknowledgement.
Aneth turned to leave "Alright then, I will see you two tonight."
Balian stepped forward "Wait a second."
The amethyst dragon turned her neck and locked eyes with Balian. "Yes?"
"If you don't mind me asking, where is Sarina and Kedares?"
"The overly comedic female archer and the unusually quiet wolf man?" laughed Aneth. Her response forced smiles and laughter on both Balian's and Zahnelia's faces.
"Yes, that would be them." replied Balian
Aneth chuckled "Sarina is currently assisting dragons in the hatchling rooms. Kedares...well he said something about hating crowds and then just vanished. Don't worry though, he didn't really vanish. Our patrols are keeping a close eye on him, he's simply just walking the forests and plains around Dovess-hin."
Balian bowed "Thank you for the information."
With that, the dragon queen exited the room through the massive double doors. They creaked while the bronze armored guards shut them. After the doors boomed, indicating that they were shut, Balian turned and began walking to the cave entrance.
"So..." purred Zahnelia "I mean a lot to you huh? That is so sweet."
Balian instantly froze, his very face burned with both amusement and embarrassment. Zahnelia apparently caught sight of her companion's state and decided to torture him further.
"Awww look at that!" she teased "The great warrior's face is turning red."
Balian quickly turned his back to the playful emerald dragon. "Stop it" he groaned.
Zahnelia chuckled deeply while she lowered her body to the rocky cave floor. Her tail swayed back and forth, all the while a wide smile adorned her face.
"What are you going to do about it little man?"
Shaking his head, Balian turned and faced the amused dragon. The scabbard that housed Ignifien was grasped tightly in his hands, while a weak smile etched its way across his face.
"Are you finished?"
Zahnelia began to purr so deeply that it shook the very rock of the cave room. "For now"
Balian couldn't help but laugh, Zahnelia's life essence was so deep rooted inside of him that it was literally impossible to be angry with her. Still chuckling, Balian sat on the cave floor in front of the dragon. Zahnelia stared down at him with a wide smile, she just simply watched her companion as he drummed his fingers along the hilt of his blade.
Balian looked up and locked eyes with the two golden orbs that stared at him. "What would you like to do today?" he asked.
Without a moment of hesitation Zahenlia replied "Flying".
"Flying it is." chuckled Balian. He quickly stood up and made his way to the dragon's right side. Zahnelia's scales rustled as eagerness and anticipation rapidly built within her. With her dream still fresh in her mind, she eagerly wished to soar the skies.
Before Balian got onto the dragon, he started to strap Ignifien across his back. Zahnelia cocked her head slightly to the side while she watched him.
"You know you don't need that." she said "We are perfectly safe here."
After securely strapping Ignifien across his back, Balian lifted his head and locked eyes with the emerald dragon. "If there is anything that I learned during my time in the army it is this. I would much rather have my sword and not need it, then need it and not have it."
Zahnelia smiled "I guess I can't argue with that. Now please hurry up, I wish to fly."
Balian shot her a smile "Why so eager?"
The dragon began to growl deeply "Just hurry up."
Balian began the physically demanding job of climbing on top of the mountain of green scales. He hauled himself on top of Zahnelia's right forearm, followed by her kindly raising it to allow him easier access to her neck. Her scales began to rustle with anticipation as Balian situated himself in between two of her neck spikes on her lower neck.
"Alright Zahnelia, I'm rea--."
Balian didn't have time to finish. Without warning, Zahnelia used her powerful hind legs and shot herself out of the cave. Balian had to stifle a scream, his stomach churned and dropped due to to the sudden move. Without even opening her wings, Zahnelia began to free fall down the side of the mountain, narrowing her eyes while she came closer to the ground.
Balian grasped the spike in front of him, the chilly morning wind assaulted his smaller frame with all the force it could muster.
"Pull up! Gods dammit Zahnelia, pull up!"
With a devious smile, Zahnelia instantly shot her wings out; reducing her speed as she pulled herself up. The wind continued its assault on Balian, unrelenting in its drive to throw him off the dragon. Zahnelia veered upward, the tall blades of grass grazed against her underside while she shot through the field faster then a speeding crossbow bolt.
Balian leaned inward, his leather armor flapped violently against the wind. Zahnelia's scales glinted among the sun that usurped its dominance among the clear, blue skies. With pride filling her spirits, Zahnelia pulled upward; immediately shooting herself away from the ground and into the sky. After she gained a high enough altitude, Zahnelia reduced her frantic maneuvers and soared peacefully, and gracefully among the endless ocean of blue.
Balian brought himself up, breathing heavily and slightly shaking from the ordeal.
"Don't...you ever...do that again." he panted
Zahnelia chuckled very deeply while she wrapped herself tightly around her companion's mind. With her presence, she easily eased the fear and tension that built up inside of Balian. With the sound of the rushing winds, Zahnelia brought her voice into her companion's mind, nearly making him black out due to the magnitude of her presence.
"~No promises.~" she teased "~I just couldn't help myself.~"
Balian sighed deeply while running a hand a long her scales "~Just promise me you won't do something like that for the rest of the day. I would like this day to be a peaceful one, let us just enjoy it.~"
With a wide smile on her face, Zahnelia lifted her head and purred deeply "~I promise.~"
Zahnelia then began to soar gracefully through the mid morning sky. The large denizens that lived in the open plains watched with wide smiles at the sight of their returned princess fly elegantly among the scattered clouds. Her scales rustled with excitement when the memories of her dream flooded into her. As she veered to the right, Zahnelia took a quick glance at her companion that was with her.
Just like in her dream, Balian was happy. The cool breeze relaxed his tired body and washed away any and all thoughts of doubt and despair. Both Zahnelia and Balian felt each other's thoughts and emotions through the dragon's essence. The feeling of flight was truly one of a kind. It brought forth feelings and emotions that both human and dragon absolutely craved.
For several hours, Zahnelia just simply flew around the plains of Dovess-hin. Whenever Zahnelia would fly close to the ground, hatchlings would try to fly with her. They would only jump while chirping loudly however, which caused both the emerald dragon and Balian to laugh.
Balian leaned inward and began to pat Zahnelia's neck "~Lets land for a while; preferably next to a water source. I need to get something to drink.~"
Zahnelia nodded "~Of course, I could also use some water.~"
The green dragon started to descend into a steady glide; pulling in her wings only slightly to decrees her altitude. With her enhanced vision, Zahnelia quickly spotted a sizable water source in the grassy plains. The dragon then brought her wings in and quickly landed on all fours in the grass next to the cool stream.
The grass crunched as the massive dragon slowly lowered herself onto the ground to let her companion off. Balian slid down her neck, landed on her left foreleg, and jumped onto the grassy field. He took a moment to get use to actually standing again. Balian paced the grass for a long moment to get the blood flow back into his legs.
After he was sure he would be able to stand on his own, Balian knelt by the water's edge, cupped his hands together and began to drink his fill. He looked up once and noticed the sky was filled with the large denizens of Virtane. Dragons, both guards and regulars of every color flew about the sky. They went about their day talking to one another, flying and caring for their hatchlings.
The crystal clear water rejuvenated Balian's tired body and mind. The water here tasted unusually much purer than any other water that he's ever had. Sighing deeply, Balian stood up and stretched out his back. Zahnelia noticed that her companion was done, she likewise dipped her muzzle in the water and began to drink her fill. Each drink she took was a mighty gulp of water that instantly went to work relaxing her soar wing muscles.
Just as Balian was about to walk back to Zahnelia, a large gush of wind knocked him onto the ground. Before he had time to react, two, obsidian colored dragon hatchlings landed on top of his chest; pinning Balian to the ground. They instantly assaulted him by nuzzling and licking his face continuously. Zahnelia saw this and instead of helping, she nearly rolled onto the ground in laughter while another large, black dragon landed on the grass next to the group.
"I'm so sorry!" exclaimed the large, black dragon as she landed on all fours in the grass.
Through the barrage of kisses and nuzzles, Balian lifted his head and took sight at the plain's newest inhabitants. The two hatchlings on him were adorned in midnight black scales. They both would have been completely indistinguishable due to the fact that they both had black scales, black eyes, and silver undersides. However, one had a silver mane while the other had a silver frill.
The much larger dragon was likewise covered in black scales with a silver underside. She had four horns protruding on her head; two on the top and two on the sides. A silver frill ran the length of her upper body from head to tail. She also appeared to be the same titanic size as Zahnelia.
The black dragon lowered her head closer to get a better view of the man that her two hatchlings were on top of "I am so sorry! Are you hurt?"
The hatchlings withdrew from their nuzzles and licks, giving Balian a chance to sit up right. They did not however leave him, on the contrary, they literally clung to Balian by wrapping their tails and wings around him; all the while grasping his armor with their claws.
Balian used his gloves to wipe away most of the saliva off his face before turning his attention to the titanic black dragon that towered over him.
"Oh, where are my manners?" chuckled the dragon "My name is Rilire."
Balian chuckled "I'm fine Rilire."
"That's great." she sighed. Rilire's eyes ascended upwards and she locked eyes with the field's other occupant, Zahnelia. Rilire's obsidian eyes widened in shock when she took notice to Zahnelia's golden eyes.
"Your majesty!" she exclaimed while she dipped her head in respect.
"There's no need for that." said Zahnelia "Just call me Zahnelia."
Rilire cocked her head quizzically "Zahnelia? Oh, so your namesake is your grandmother?"
"That it is."
"I see." said Rilire "That is a very good name, and I will call you that if you wish so."
Zahnelia dipped her head "Thank you."
Rilire's eyes drifted downwards, she smiled when she saw her two children who were still fondly nuzzling Balian's chest; purring all the while.
"Aww" cooed Rilire "Itrod, and Kihat like you."
Balian's eye brows narrowed "If you don't mind me asking. Which one is Itrod and which one Kihat?"
Rilire smiled "I'll tell you that if you tell me your name."
"My name is Balian." he chuckled
"My son, the one with the mane, is Itrod. My daughter, the one with the frill, is Kihat."
Balian looked down and began to pet both of the obsidian hatchlings. Their purring intensified due to the treatment, and they replied in kind by nuzzling his chest even more.
Zahnelia smiled "You have some beautiful children."
"Thank you." replied Rilire "Erghon and I love them both very much."
"Speaking of which, where is your mate?"
"He's with the royal guard." replied Rilire "He should be patrolling Virtane about now. Ignis willing, he'll return home safely."
"I'm sure he's fine." said Zahnelia reassuringly. Both Rilire and Zahnelia then lowered themselves onto the grass. The blades crunched and cracked at the pressure of the immense weight of both dragons.
Balian continued to pet both of the hatchlings. Their purrs intensified from the petting.
"Your children are very 'clingy'." noted Balian as the hatchlings grasped him tighter with their claws.
Rilire smiled down at them "That's because they've never seen a human before. They've only known what Erghon and I have told them."
Balian chuckled "So I'm exotic?"
"No no, not that, it's just..."
The obsidian dragon froze, her face indicated fear and sorrow. Rilire felt like she shouldn't say what she was about to say in fear of offending Balian. Ever so slowly she continued.
"It's...just that...there's not many of you left."
Balian stopped petting the hatchlings and raised his head to lock eyes with the two obsidian orbs that stared sympathetically at him. He sighed while he nodded his head in agreement.
"Yes, I know."
Rilire panicked "I'm so sorry, I didn't mean--."
"No, it's perfectly fine." interrupted Balian "I saw the war first hand, hell I fought in it. I know that the human race is currently near extinction; there's no point in hiding the truth."
All Rilire could do was nod, she didn't know how to respond to that. A long silence followed Balian's statement, it was a cruel fact that the group had to come to terms with. The silence was broken when the hatchlings began to whimper loudly while nudging Balian's chest. The two adult dragons chuckled at the sight of the newborns who desperately wanted Balian's attention.
He likewise chuckled while he once again began to pet the obsidian newborns. Their whimpers were replaced with loud purrs. Without warning, Zahnelia instantly snapped her head to the left; a muffled growl involuntarily came from her as she watched the one person, who she has yet to come to fully trust yet, approach.