The Gemstone Chronicles – Chapter 6

Dale and Feng rushed into the square. Ahead of them, they heard the Dragon’s screech of rage, an eerie roar that set their teeth on edge. The sounds of battle continued. The man with the Gold Aura had engaged the great Drake, while the two Silver warriors went off on either side, distracting the Dragon.

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“Do you see your mother?” yelled Dale, over the dragon’s roar, looking around.

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“No! She was over near that collapsed building!” Feng replied, running over desperately.

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A large silversmith’s store had collapsed when the Ambassador had repelled the drake. The front side of it had completely fallen, with the second floor following it to the ground. Rubble was strewn everywhere, and much of the ground was frozen.

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“Mother!” screamed Feng.

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Silence covered the square. In the background, warm silver and gold light flashed against icy blue.

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Suddenly, very faintly, a faint voice cried out.

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“Feng..?” the voice cried, very faintly. “Feng, is that you?”

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“MOTHER!” Feng cried, tearing towards one side of the rubble. After ripping off several large rocks, he could see his mother, pinned beneath a large stone pillar. Both her legs were stuck under this pillar. The pillar, one of the supporting bases of the silversmith’s shop, was about 15 ft large, and looked like it weighed 2-3 thousand pounds.

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“Dale, come help me lift this! Her legs are trapped, we need to move her!” Feng cried. Dale ran over and grabbed one end of the pillar.

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Both of them pulled mightily with all their strength. The pillar shifted slightly. Feng’s mother cried out, softly whimpering.

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“Mom! Hold on mom, please.” Feng yelled, looking around piteously. The size and weight of the pillar was too much, even for the two of them. All of a sudden in a rage, Feng’s eyes flashed a fiery red, and he started smashing the pillar to pieces, flames rising from his arms. “Arrrrrgh!”

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Dale looked at his friend, trying to think of what he could do to help. The pillar was beyond his strength, and there was nothing around to lever it with. However, at the rate that Feng was going, he should be able to break enough of the pillar off in just a minute or two, for them to move his mother.

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Suddenly, an inhumanely, loud roar sounded out.

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“ROARRRRRRRRR!” a majestic, earth-shattering rage tore through the town square, blasting Dale and Feng off their feet. A silvery glow blasted past them, smashing through several stores, slowly fading. It was promptly followed by another silvery glow, and a golden glow.

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“Dorn! Mikael!” groaned the man with the golden aura. He looked terrible, covered in horrible wounds, and half frozen. The two men that had accompanied him did not respond.

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Suddenly, the dragon filled the square. It’s majesty, imposing an aura that made both Dale and Feng unable to move. The pillar next to them shifted slightly.

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Slowly, like the passing of eons, the dragon turned its head from the injured golden master, to look at Dale and Feng.

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Dragons are very special creatures, special in that they are born with naturally powerful Auras. A Dragon’s Aura originates from its eyes. It imposes its will on whatever it sees, and it is impossible for normal people to resist this.

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Dale and Feng stared back into it, frozen, unable to move. Suddenly, Feng broke free, screaming insanely, and blasted fire at the Drake. The Drake, slightly startled, waved its wing slightly. The fire was completely extinguished, and the rubble in the square crashed around. The pillar covering Feng's mother, however, ripped free as well, freeing her legs.

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Dale broke free of its Aura as well, “Run! Grab your mother, hurry! Let’s go!” He didn’t fancy his odds against such a gargantuan creature and leapt backwards, escaping.

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The Dragon, still watching them curiously, suddenly raised its head and breathed deeply, about to cover them with its icy breath. Abruptly, a silver glow crashed against its head, slamming it towards one of the nearby partially frozen shops. A Silver warrior stood, a crossbow in his hand, firing at the Dragon.

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“Grandpa!” Dale exclaimed, running over hurriedly, “Come with us! We need to go!” Dale’s grandpa was a sight to behold, grievously injured like the Gold Core master was.

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The Dragon turned around in a rage, roaring furiously. It had been hundreds of years since any pathetic human dared to injure its pride so much. It would not let them off. The man with the golden aura decided then to launch another of his golden flashing attacks. Energy swarmed through the air, vibrating and crashing around. Small cracks appeared in the air when the dragon’s breath clashed with the golden man’s energy. For some reason, the man’s attacks were much more powerful than they were previously. While at first he had trouble with the Drake, currently now he was almost on par with it.

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“Flee!” yelled the golden man. “I am using my Core Base to fight it. I can only last a little longer!” the man continued to fight the dragon and managed to blast it back through to the street next to the square. The sounds of battle could be heard, rising through the air like a bird in flight.

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Feng carefully picked up his mother, holding her delicately in her arms, and ran towards where Dale and his grandpa were waiting. Dale’s grandpa was badly injured, but his wounds were not mortal. They slowly hobbled off to the north, escaping from the square.

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Suddenly.. The sounds of battle silenced behind them, and an oppressive aura rose forth…

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