Disclaimer: I don't own the Wings of Fire series or any of the characters, I do own my original characters.
1 Year Before the Dragonets of Destiny Hatch
It was another day of war, a tragic loss of lives of loved ones and those close to many. This never affected Meteor, he always believed he has already suffered enough, ever since he first hatched. However, he was wrong and never saw it coming. It was an ordinary day to him. Alone, sad, and hurt. It was always like this for him, he never had loved ones, and he thought he never will have any. He stretched his wings and slowly started to rise. He walked outside his hidden cave and flew to the edge of a cliff with a breathtaking view. He always watched the sunrise and sunset. It made him the only dragon to feel at peace during the war. However, there was still much holding him back. He yawned, and began to hunt for anything to eat.
He began stalking something. He didn't know what it was but he assumed it was prey. He was skilled in stealth, despite the lack of the ability to hide his dark red scales very well, he could only be quiet and hope for his target to not notice him. He began crawling up to the figure and prepared to pounce on it. Suddenly, it turned around and tackled him and started yelling at his face.
"Who're you!?" it yelled. "State your identity and purpose, that's an order!"
"My name is Meteor." he replied in a calm tone. "I'm out hunting, that's all."
He couldn't even see her face. He could it was a her due to the tiara of rubies she was wearing.
"That's a lie isn't it!" she scolded. "I could tell you were following me, I could see your hanging from the tree!"
"Like I said, I was out hunting and I mistook you for prey, I apologize so can you please get off me now?" he said.
She hesitated, she couldn't think of a comeback. She couldn't lose an argument to some stranger, she was going to be claim the throne someday.
"W-well, I...uh..." she said, thinking of what to say next.
"You know...you shouldn't just jump to conclusions like that, there's a reason for everything." he said. "Now would you mind getting off me? I would appreciate that."
She got off him and explained she was looking for something and apologized. Meteor could tell she was the type of dragon that often showed a different personality than their true colors. He could tell there was a reason she had her guard up.
"My name is Ruby, I'm sorry, my mother wants me to show no weakness and act like her, to show no mercy and demonstrate power." she said.
"It's alright, it's not like that's the worst thing that has ever happened to me, no need to worry."
They flew towards the cliff Meteor always visits and began to chat. They were able to get a look at each other and they both felt a bit warm to the cheeks. This puzzled them both. They got to know each other better and Meteor managed to see how kind of a dragon Ruby really is, he can't imagine what kind of mother would want to hide her own daughter's personality. Meteor always thought it's best for a dragon to be themselves. While Ruby thought how silly she was. Meteor was really a calm and gentle dragon. She guessed it was just instinct to attack before asking questions. They both began to feel different than normally. They both felt love, they just never realized it. They never had the affection of others before. Ruby's mother was a dangerous dragon who spends more time watching dragons kill each other than spending time with her daughter. Meteor's parents abandoned him, he's been alone ever since.
They kept talking and talking without mentioning their parents, they both didn't feel comfortable talking to each ore about that yet. Ruby was scared about what would happen if she told Meteor who her mother was, who she really was. Meteor wasn't showing the proper respect towards a princess. She guessed he didn't know her true identity.
The minutes turned into hours, they both enjoyed each others company. They kept going until the sunset finally appeared.
"Wow, the sunset looks beautiful tonight." said Meteor.
"You enjoy the sunset too?" she asked.
"Yes, despite us in the middle of war, I feel at peace while watching the sunrise and sunset, it helps me relax and clear my mind."
"I see, it really touches your heart."
It was at that moment Ruby realized it was getting late.
"Oh no!" she panicked. "I need to get home!"
"Oh, um, right, do you want me to walk you home?" he said with a disappointed tone. He wanted to keep talking to her.
She was at another crossroad. She wanted to spend more time with Meteor, she really trusted him. However, she didn't want him to figure out who she was when they arrived at the palace.
"Oh, no I'm fine, thank you, I better get going."
"Wait!" he cried. "Will you come back tomorrow?"
They both wanted to stay together but their fates weren't meant to cross.
"Um, I'll think about it." she said. She would need to find and excuse for her mother and a away to sneak out to go see Meteor.
"Really? Great! I'll, uh, see you tomorrow then."
"Yeah." she replied.
"Goodbye!" they both said in unison. They felt their cheeks go warm again.
Ruby started to take her leave, but she stopped. She gave Meteor a quick hug and flew away as fast as she could, while blushing furiously.
Meteor was frozen, he started to feel this type of happiness. He never experienced it before. He wondered if this was the way to find happiness, to be with Ruby. He was about to back home when he saw a tiara with rubies on it. It must've fell off when Ruby hugged him. He took it in his claws and held it, staring into it. He would have to return it, but he would have to wait for her, he doesn't know where she lives. The only clue was that she was wealthy enough to own such a beautiful crown.
He began to walk back to his cave prepared to sleep.
"I wonder how my life will be from now on." he thought out loud.
He curled up into a ball and began to doze off into sleep. While he slept, for the first time ever, he had a smile on his face.
This is my first story so comments and reviews are always welcome, anything can help me improve as an author. Don't worry, if it isn't too exciting for you yet, it will be in later chapters.