The Gemstone Chronicles – Chapter 7

Dale, Feng, and Dale’s grandpa looked back frantically as they fled from the square. Moments ago, the battle between the Azure Ice Dragon and the golden aura human had stopped. The Golden warrior had been struck down by the Dragon, his aura fading away to nothing. An oppressive feeling had returned, trying to crush them where they stood.

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“ROAAR!” The Azure Ice Dragon smashed through several town homes, pursuing Dale’s grandpa and the two kids. All of a sudden, a massive, blue light flashed by, freezing the ground in front of them into large spikes of ice. They were completely cut off from the direction they were fleeing in. They turned around, staring at the huge dragon.

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Dale’s grandpa pulled out his crossbow, his silver aura flashing brightly, and loaded it. However, before he could fire anything off, the Dragon swung its claws towards them. Dale’s grandpa threw Dale and Feng, who was still holding his mother to the left, dodging the Drake’s claws. However, he was brushed by one of them, and smashed into a nearby store wall, cracking the stone and causing the rest of the house to collapse.

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“GRANDPA!” screamed Dale, terrified and angry at the same time. The Drake swung its gaze to Dale, preparing to unleash its frozen breath. Dale took in the entire scene. A huge dragon, with Azure colored scales, dark blue eyes, breathing deeply, its chest rising, as it drew in air to destroy him and his friends. His grandfather, grievously injured, crashing into a town home. The death and chaos all around him, as if a frozen hell descended upon the earth.

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Dale took all of this in, and something inside of him came awake, briefly. Something seemed to snap. Time began to slow down. He could see every detail of the Dragon, as it began to slow. And slowed again. And again. Time itself had nearly stopped; everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. Except for Dale.

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Dale glared at the Dragon. He had never been this angry in his entire life. A furious rage filled him, and in that rage, he could feel a boiling force inside of him. This force was massive and felt limitless, crashing to and fro inside his soul. If his innate strength was a small pond inside of him, this force was a gargantuan sea, a size in itself, a planet on its own. In his rage, Dale blindly grabbed a hold of this force, and infused it in his words.

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“YOU. WILL. STOP.” Dale screamed, the muscles on his body rippling. Majesty erupted out of Dale, blasting in to the Dragon, freezing it in its tracks. An onlooker would have been stunned beyond words at the Aura Dale was giving off. It was as if he had been reborn a King among Kings. His Aura was equal to, if not stronger, then the massive Azure Ice Dragon that was attacking the town. The massive Drake glared at Dale, roaring defiance, refusing to stop.

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“GO AWAY!” he screamed. The Drake continued roaring defiance, its legs trembling, and started backing up. “GO AWAY!!!”

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The Dragon’s legs crashed to the floor, it blasted off the ground, fleeing back from the center of town, towards the south east, the direction it originated from. While it wasn’t injured at all, the terrible and majestic Aura from the young human it had been attacking scared it a great deal, causing it to flee.

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Dale rushed to the collapsed house, trembling from over exertion, as time restored back to its normal pace. “Grandpa! Grandpa!” he yelled.

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His grandfather shifted a bit, stating, “I’m fine, Dale. Just a- Just a bit knocked up. Give me a few moments to rest.” He shook Dale off.

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Dale glanced at him again, taking in his injuries. His grandfather had several long gashes on his chest, his arms and legs had turned a slight tinge of blue, and he had several lacerations on his face. However, as he watched, the elderly man grabbed a yellowish, small copper orb from his pack, and swallowed it. Slowly, color began to return to his face, and the tinge of blue in his arms and legs faded away.

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Feng ran over, “Sir, we need to go! The dragon might come back!” he glanced sideways at Dale, “Is he alright?” Feng looked worried. His mother had fallen unconscious earlier, and he wanted to get her safely outside the city limits.

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Dale nodded, and helped his grandfather to stand. The rubble shifted around as they moved off of the ruined town home. The ice spike wall that had blocked them showed no signs of melting, so the group climbed over the sides of the wall, avoiding the sharp edges. In the distance, one could hear the Dragon’s roar as it decimated a different section of the town, apparently regaining its courage after flying away from Dale.

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Dale suddenly swayed, leaning back and forth, as what felt like an enormous weight fell on him. A feeling of total exhaustion crashed into him, and the last thing he saw as everything faded to blackness was Feng, yelling and catching him with a scared expression on his face.

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