January 11th, 2012 | Published in Dragon Wars
Side Story Three
Two Years Ago
The Trap Eleven
Alison was kicking and screaming as Sean dragged her into the clearing where Kyle, Darya and Julie were waiting. Kyle noticed that blood was dripping from Sean’s arm and looked at him quizzically.
“I thought she was unconscious until she lunged at me and bit me,” Sean said sheepishly. “I’ll fix it later.”
As Alison spotted Julie sitting by him, her enraged screaming redoubled and she twisted even harder against Sean’s grip.
Sean growled at her, and when that didn’t stop her struggled he sighed audibly. Holding her firm with one hand, he lifted the other to her forehead.
“I’m sorry about this, girl,” he said.
“Wha-” she began before collapsing unconscious in his arms at his mental command.
“You should have done that earlier!” Jason and Caoilainn dragged Shell and Logan into the clearing. They were both unconscious and the boy was bleeding from his ears.
“I would have preferred not to do it at all,” Sean murmured. “I have no finesse for mind stuff. She’ll have one hell of a headache when she wakes up.”
“I would think she’ll be okay,” Julie said. “She’s tough.”
“We’ll see,” Kyle said. “We should get back to Elapyron and see how the fight is going.” He started to get up then sank back down with a groan as that set the trees to doing a spinning dance around him. He closed his eyes and laid his head against his knees.
“What the heck?” Julie’s gasp made Kyle open his eyes. The skin on his hands was rippling as if there was a nothing but storm tossed water beneath. As he watched vivid blue water began leaking from his pores.
“Oh, bloody hell, Kyle!” Sean said in an amused tone. “You have the worst possible timing, you know.” He cocked his head at him. “You know what’s happening right?”
Kyle shook his head to try and clear it but realised that probably looked like a no. “I think so. I know the old stories as well as anyone.”
“Oh, I doubt that,” Sean said. “I’m pretty sure that I know them better.”
“Well, I don’t,” Jason said. “What the hell is this?”
“It’s his maturity,” Sean said softly.
“I’ve never seen maturity do that to someone,” Jason said sceptically.
“I’d be surprised if you had,” Sean said. “Though I’d be even more surprised if this was the last time you see it.” He grinned at the baffled look Jason gave him. “He’s like his father. This is what happens to resonants at maturity.”
“Oh!” Jason said. “Oh my! So then…”
“Yes.” Sean knelt down by Kyle who was finding it harder to follow the conversation by the second. “Kyle, you have to relax and let this happen. No one here is going to tell my family, you know. Not even them.” He jerked his head at the unconscious dragon knights. “Or her.” He glanced at Julie. “So it’s okay. You have to do this or you’ll hurt yourself.”
“I know!” Kyle snarled at him. “It’s not easy.” He pulled in a harsh breath and tried to force himself to relax. As he did, it felt like he exploded into a frothing fountain of water. Certainly everyone else in the clearing was suddenly soaked. It was a wild, joyous feeling like he’d never felt before – and then it was gone and the world went dark as he sank in to unconsciousness.