A Blinding Hope

Book of Dragons


Chapter 4: Book of Dragons

When Yusei finally returned to the village, it was pouring down rain. He was soaked head to toe but he was mainly worried about Star. He soon entered the Mess Hall where villagers and recruits would use their time to practice their skills and battle each other for fun.

Yusei pushed open one of the huge double-doors and walked in. 'Why am I so worried about Star?' he thought. He was brought out of his thoughts as he neared his fellow recruits and an instructing Trudge.

"Alright. Where did Akiza go wrong?" Trudge asked.

"I got distracted. I didn't focus on the task at hand for a brief moment," she replied.

"Yeah, we noticed," Jack stated. She glared at him and everyone stopped as Yusei walked back.

"Right. Now where did Yusei go wrong?" Trudge went on.

"He showed up?" Jack guessed.

"Didn't get killed," Crow stated.

"He's never where he should be," Akiza cut in. The twins nodded in agreement.

Yusei grabbed a small plate left for him along with a cup. Jack tried to trip him once but Yusei moved around it with ease and ignored Jack. He ignored all the other attempts from the others who were trying to push him away. He just silently took a seat at a separate table.

"Thank you, Akiza," Trudge told her. "Though, Yusei did do well for the most part." He gave a quick smack to the back of Jack and Crow's heads. "Now you need to learn to live and breathe this stuff." He tossed a book on the table. "The Dragon Manual. Everything we know about every dragon we know of." A clap of thunder struck the air along with a flash of lightning from outside. Trudge frowned. "No attacks tonight. Study up," he told them before walking away.

"Wait, we read?" Leo questioned.

"While we're still alive?" Crow added.

"I've read it at least seven times so I know what to do," Akiza came in. "There's this one dragon that sprays boiling water at you. And then there's another one…"

"Yeah, sounds great," Jack interrupted. "There was a chance I was going to read that. But now…"

"Okay, you guys read. I'll go beat stuff," Crow stated standing up and walking off. They all got up and left, leaving Yusei alone.

After Yusei was done eating, he grabbed a candle and sat down with the book. He slowly read it: "Dragon classification: Strike Class, Fear Class, Mystery Class." He flipped open the book to the beginning. "Thunderdrum: This reclusive dragon inhabits sea caves and dark tide pools. When startled, the dragon produces a concussive sound that can kill a man at close range. Extremely dangerous, kill on sight. Timberjack: This gigantic creature has razor sharp wings that can cut through full grown trees. Extremely dangerous, kill on sight. Scauldron: Sprays scalding water at its victims. Extremely dangerous, kill on sight." Thunder clapped again, slightly startling Yusei, but he didn't show it as to be sure that no one could see it if they were watching. "Changewing: Even newly hatched dragons can spray acid. Kill on sight. Gronkle, Zippleback, the Skrill, Bonenapper, Whispering Death… Burns its victims, buries its victims, turns its victims inside out. Extremely dangerous, extremely dangerous. Kill on sight, kill on sight." He flipped through the pages until he reached a blank page. "Blinder…" he muttered aloud. "Speed: Unknown. Size: Unknown. The unholy offspring of lightning and death itself. Never engage this dragon for it will blind you and kill you. Your only chance, hide and pray it does not find you." Yusei began to think about what Star had told him about her mother. 'The Blinder doesn't kill unless needed. Or else Star would've blinded and killed me when she had the chance. And if her mother and father protected her until the death, how protective are Blinders really?' Yusei thought.

He slowly put the book away and left the Mess Hall and to his house. When he entered, Jack's voice asked, "What exactly are you hiding, Yusei?"

Yusei turned to him. "Don't you ever wait for someone to get home before entering their house?" he replied, not answering the question.

"I deserve the right to lead this village. I am a true king," Jack responded. Yusei rolled his eyes in boredom with Jack's same old routine. "Now tell me what you're hiding."

"I don't have to tell you anything, Jack. You're not my superior in any way," Yusei defied. "And none of the recruits, including you, have any reason to try to get something out of me and it won't happen." The other recruit grabbed Yusei by his collar and yanked him up to eye level.

Jack growled in frustration. "As a to-be leader, you should be as open with your entire village as possible," he stated.

"You know very well that that's not true," Yusei retorted staying calm. "Now let go of me and get out of here." Jack growled in anger but let go and began to leave. Yusei called something making the other pause, "And don't ever come in here while I'm not again."

Jack scoffed. "See ya, Yusei," he called and shut the door behind him.

Yusei locked the door this time and sat at his desk. But his mind began to travel back to what the Dragon Manual said, compared to what he came to know from Star and the way a Gronkle acted.

'I'm missing something. Something that'll tell me how to try to make peace between dragons and humans,' Yusei thought. 'But what is it?'

He went to check his small library for any clues when he noticed the time. "I need to get some rest for another day of training," Yusei muttered before heading up to his room and falling asleep.

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