Only Hope 2: Slave Town

With the lives of her friends at risk, Arigen and her dragons must somehow free the prisoners of slave town before they all have to fight to the death in a battle ring. But the slaves are not the only things Arigen has to worry about. Because the dark armies are closing in...

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4. Introductions

I decided to go and talk to my dragons and Kallias. I was pretty sure that Alvyss only wanted to talk to Shadow at the moment. I walked over to Emberstorm and Ashwing, Emberstorm asleep, and Ashwing playing with Kallias's mount.

"Want to meet Jet?" Kallias asked as I walked over to them. I gave him a smile, wishing that Alvyss and Serena had an attitude like Kallias.

"Sure." I agreed, with nothing else to do whilst stuck in a prison with two rangers, a silver hunter and our mounts.

"Want to meet my dragons?" He nodded, and smiled. I guess the ranger was trying to conceal the fact that he was still thinking about the fallen alliance.But I saw through his happy mood. And, knowing rangers, he probably saw through mine. But niether of us mentioned anything.

"Jet," he called softly. The sleek creature raised his head, and Ashwing clambered onto his shoulder. Jet got up to walk towards us, and with a shriek, the tiny dragon fell off. I ran forward to make sure he was okay, but Kallias stopped me.

"He's been doing that while you've been asleep. He'll be fine." he assured me. Just to prove his point, Ashwing got to his feet and charged towards me, making his strange chattering noise. I bent down, and scratched him behind his horns. Ashwing chattered even louder, his wings fluttering slightly in delight. I smiled at him, and scooped him up in my arms, and held him up for Kallias to see.

"This is Ashwing. He was my first dragon - from the forest of nightmares." I explained, and let Ashwing climb onto my shoulder. Kallias nodded.

"As Alvyss has told me. And the other one - is she named Emberstorm?" he asked. I nodded, just as Jet nudged my shoulder with his nose. I turned, and grinned at him. Seeing his new friend, Ashwing leaped gracefully off my shoulder and onto Jet's head. Kallias laughed as the panther made a grumpy growling noise, but he didn't do anything about it. Suddenly, there was a banging on the door.

"Get ready for the next match." a gruff voice came from the other side. "You're going to be having a tag team battle. You know, something to excite the crowd. All of you, fighting some very... interesting oponents." A laugh, and then he was gone. Instantly, Serena started protesting.

"No way. I'm NOT fighting alongside rangers! Never! They will only slow me down. They will only make it less interesting for the crowd! You can't pair me with RANGERS!" she screeched. I sighed in annoyance, as Alvyss growled back,

"Oh yeah? And you think that I like it any more than you do?" Serena's wolf climbed swiftly to it's feet and stood at Serena's shoulder.

"Uh... nice wolf." I said, trying to break up their fight.

"He's called Frostfang." Serena said proudly. "He's been trained to kill rangers."

"Yeah, because he's done a great job of that so far, hasn't he?" Alvyss muttered. Serena didn't reply, but Kallias did.

"Alvyss, you're lucky she hasn't set Frostfang on you. And Serena, Alvyss would be very hard to kill." Luckily, they both shut up after that, but they still continiued to glare at each other. And then it hit me - They might be in a team, but in the arena, would Alvyss and Serena actually try to kill each other...? A shiver ran through my body as I imagined how much damage they could inflict on each other. So much that... That they could die in the arena.

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