Side Story Three
Two Years Ago
The Trap Nine
Sean careened into the closest dragon before Kyle and Jason were even in position. A storm of metal shards formed a tornado around him and ripped through his opponent’s wings, tearing the membranes and severing muscles and tendons. It screamed and reared back from him, allowing another shard to sever an artery in its neck.
The creature collapsed to the ground, screaming, and began to disintegrate into beams of red tinged light. Sean watched it coldly as if waiting for something, then formed another metal shard in his hand.
“So it is like that, is it? Never thought this would come in useful, but I don’t want to see you again.” He struck down into the ball of light at the centre of the ribbons. There was a painful scream from the light and it guttered and went out.
Kyle looked over at Jason and blinked. When did he get so strong? I mean he’s been brilliant in our previous fights, but…
I don’t know, Jason replied. Dad did say the teachers at school thought he was holding back in lessons to try and avoid antagonising the rest of us. We can ask him about it once we’ve dealt with them. Are you ready?
Yes, Kyle replied. Let’s do this. He waited until he received agreement from Jason, then he and Darya both dived at the other dragon as Jason and Caoilainn leapt at Shell, who seemed frozen by the violence of Sean’s attack. Logan and Alison seemed stunned as well, which was all to the good if it stopped them getting involved.
He didn’t have time to think about that further before he had to turn all his attention to the dragon. Could he emulate Sean’s method? Kyle concentrated and tried to summon a water spout around himself. What he got was more like a couple of streams of water… blue streams? What the hell? He shook his head and lashed at the dragon’s wings with them. It laughed and dodged out of the way before shrinking down into the form of a tall blonde woman.
“Oh it makes this too easy when it sends you children against us when you’re on the verge of maturity.” Her laughter was cold. “It almost seems wrong to take advantage of your incapacity.” Vines burst out of the ground around him and entangled him before starting to pull apart slowly. She laughed as he shrieked. “Almost, but not quite. This is too import-” She broke off as more shards of metal tore through the vines and Sean leapt between her and Kyle.
“You’d better retreat, Kyle,” he said without taking his eyes off the dragon. “She’s right you are too close to be fighting. And I’m sure you shouldn’t be so soon… It’s strange.” More metal spikes drove the dragon back as Darya began to drag Kyle away.
Alison appeared between them. “You aren’t going anywhere,” she snarled. “I’m fed up with you interfering!” A storm of tiny ice blades flew towards them.