Chapter 18 - The Egg
When I got to Fairy Tail everyone was talking. I went over to a table with Wendy, Romeo, and Rana.
"Hey" Wendy said. She stood up and gave me a quick hug.
"Hey, so what's up?" I asked
"We were talking about last night." Romeo said.
"Yeah, he's so sweet!" Rana said hugging him.
"Wait, are you…"
"Yep, we are dating!" she said squeezing him even more. I looked at Romeo.
"It just kinda happened.. haha." He said. "She's pretty great."
"Awwww!" she blushed
"We aren't the only ones to emerge from last night's date night" Romeo said.
"Oh please tell me Natsu and Lucy are finally together."
"No, but they act like an old married couple… Carla finally agreed to Happy's endless begging."
"Yeah, now let's hear about your night… did you kiss?" our faces got red.
"Um almost… but we got interrupted by… Zeref."
"WHAT!" I got up and we told everyone about our meeting with Zeref.
"Well there is no way of telling what he was talking about, we will just have to wait and hope we are ready." Master said.
"Master, do you know who his brother is?" I asked
"No I don't unfortunately."
Later that day I brought Wendy to the spot in the forest were I had been practicing my secret art.
"Did you master it! Can I see it!?" she was really excited.
"I haven't got it yet, I need your help though." I handed her the scroll. "I have read that a thousand times and I still don't really get it." I began to quote it as she read it. "Channel all of your dragon energy and focus on it, give it a form. This is you dragon spirit, it will help you, give you strength. You will be the dragon and the dragon will be you. Dragon Slayer Secret Art: Dragon Soul."
"What does it even do?"
"I don't have a clue… but it's called 'Dragon Soul' do you think you could use Milky Way on me while I do this?" I asked.
"Milky Way is for talking with remaining souls of dead dragons, but I will try."
"Thanks" I got down on one knee at put a fist to the ground like the instructions said. I focused my energy as much as I could.
"MILKY WAY!" Wendy yelled and I felt the energy inside me being drawn out. Black and red energy began to flow out of me. It all came together and a large entity form in the shape of a dragon. It roared a furious roar and then all the energy compressed down it to a ball and a shell formed over it. I almost blacked out but I was tired of passing out so I kept it together. Wendy came running over.
"Are you okay!?"
"Yeah I'm good… was that supposed to happen?" I pointed at the egg. It was black with red patterns on it. It was around 3 feet tall.
"I don't know, it's your magic." She replied.
"Well what should I do with it, it's made up of MY magic after all."
"Natsu hatched Happy from an egg.."
"He will know what to do with it." I carried the egg, which was surprisingly light, back to Fairy Tail.
"Yo Natsu! What should I do with this!?" I yelled. He came over from the bar.
"Whoa! An EGG!" he said.
"Yeah I heard you hatched Happy so could you help me with this?"
"Sure, were did you get it?"
"Uh, it's kinda made out of my dragon soul…" he looked dumbfounded.
A week went by and I would take care of the egg when I was there but overnight Natsu would take care of it. On Saturday I was at Natsu's holding the egg.
"So what do you think is in it?" I asked Natsu.
"Well I thought Happy was a dragon egg so really anything could come out of there."
"Well it's made up of my magic… what if it's a clone of me!?"
"Ha! Well then you would have some interesting competition."
"Or maybe- It just shook."
"Its shaking! It's going to hatch!"
"Put it here!" he ordered putting a towel on the ground. I set it down carefully and then backed up. He is of my essence, he is me… I herd in my head.
"He is a voice I keep hearing in my head, he said this egg is 'of his essence,' the hell does that mean?!" I looked at Natsu. He was staring at the egg so I looked back over at it and it was hatching. I forgot about Ryu and watched as the egg split open and a small black and red bundle of scales shook slime all over Natsu's house. A dragon had hatched from the egg. He wasn't too big but he had just hatched. He was mostly black but his stomach and chest was white. There were red designs around his eyes and down his back, wings, and even along his tail. He had red horns down his back.
"It's a… dragon."
"Yeah, it is." I said, unable to take my eyes off him. He walked over toward me, stumbling along the way. I got down on my knees and he put his front pawns on my legs looking up at me. He stared at me for a moment and then began to walk around the room, sniffing things. I stood up.
"What will you call him?" Natsu asked.
"I don't know yet." We got him some water and food then took him down to Fairy Tail. I was carrying him and he fell asleep in my arms. As we got there he woke up. Wendy saw me and walked over. Natsu was in front of my so he kinda hid the dragon.
"Hey, how's the egg?" she asked. I stepped out from behind him.
"Hatched." When she saw him her eyes went wide.
"A DRAGON!" she yelled loud enough for the entire guild to hear. I put him on the ground as everyone came over. He began to walk around and sniff people.
"That's one manly dragon!" Elfman yelled.
"He's so cute!" Wendy said dropping to her knees, he went over to her and licked her face. "Ahhaha!" she screamed laughing.
"I herd Ryu again just before he hatched…" I said sitting next to Wendy.
"What did he say?" she asked still playing with the dragon.
"That this dragon is of his essence."
"Ryu sounds like a cryptic guy."
"You're not the one who has to listen to him!"
"Ha… so what are we going to call this little guy?" she asked hugging the dragon.
"Well I was thinking Ryu, but he was kinda born from both our magic, so we are like his parents. You get a say in what we name him." She sat there petting him.
"Yeah, Ryu it is."
We spent the rest of the day playing with Ryu. He was getting along well with everyone, he was like a dog really. Natsu pulled me away.
"You said you heard a voice that calls himself Ryu?"
"Uh.. Yeah, a few times. Why, do you know him?"
"Ryu is the name of the King Dragon, the one that taught your grandfather and Acnologia magic… according to Igneel."
"So I'm hearing the king of dragons in my head? Sweet!" I said sarcastically.
"I didn't say it was him for SURE, but seeing as how you are a King Dragon Slayer…" I rolled my eyes.
"Listen! Igneel talked to me in my head using telepathy."
"Okay, well then where is this King? It's pretty hard to hide a dragon!"
"I don't know, but at least you have one to hear once and a wile!" I realized that Natsu was jealous that I had a dragon protecting me like his father did before he disappeared.
"I.. I'm sorry, okay? Listen if Ryu is in my head, the first chance I get I will ask about Igneel." His eyes looked glassy like he would cry. He rubbed them.
"Thanks." He walked off. I looked over my shoulder and saw icicles flying at me. I barley dodged them.
"Gray!" I screamed angrily.
"It wasn't me! It was Ryu!"