Chapter 2: Lustra and a lesson
Vento had been living in the cave for twelve years now. During the twelve years, the voice in his head had taught him how to survive on the land, by talking him through the steps to catching animals like deer. Vento didn't go too far from the cave, as the voice warned him that if they did, then they could run afoul of some of Malefor's forces. Vento's appearance had also changed over the years; his tail now had a much larger spiked object on its base, his scales had become darker grey instead of just plain grey, and in fact everything about him seemed to have become darker. His personality had become a lot more serious from his original over confident self. Because there hadn't been too many encounters with Malefor's forces, Vento hadn't experimented much with his wind power, although he had learnt how to make a small tornado around him if he was surrounded by enemies.
One day, Vento was searching for some food when he stopped. He thought he heard a scream coming from within the forest. "Hey, did you hear that?" Vento asked the voice.
"Vento, I'm a disembodied voice in your head... of course I heard it," the voice said in a rather exasperated tone of voice.
"It sounded like someone needs help, let's go," Vento said.
"You know we could just ignore it, I mean it has nothing to do with us," the voice said in a sarcastic tone, but Vento was already running towards the sound.
A few meters away a young dragon about the same age as Vento was running away from a group of Grublins. Her name was Lustra, and she was a dark blue dragon, with a white underbelly, with two light brown horns and a short blade like object on her tail, a bit like Cynder's. She had been caught out in the forest by the Grublins (of which there were about five of them) and was now running for her life.
"How did I let this happen, and what are these things chasing me?" she thought to herself.
While she was running, she tripped over a tree root and fell over. Before she could get up the Grublins had already surrounded her.
"So this is it," she thought as they slowly advanced on her. She couldn't defend herself because she hadn't been taught how to fight, so she just stood there. Just as a Grublin was about to hit her, she saw a streak of dark grey. The next thing she saw was a grey dragon tearing out the Grublin's throat.
"Err, these things taste worse than those apes," the dragon said.
In Vento's mind he heard his voice say, "What do you expect from a bunch of mutant insects?"
"Good point," Vento said. Luckily Lustra was too shocked by his sudden appearance to notice what he had said. "So who wants to take me on first?" Vento asked in a challenging tone.
Unsurprisingly the Grublins were still shocked by his appearance, so Vento just attacked the one in front of him. Making use of their surprise Vento started by grabbing the first one, then throwing it into the Grublin on his left, effectively stunning them. He then quickly grabbed the last Grublin standing, dragged it up into the air and started hitting it from side to side on the ground. Lustra could only watch in awe as Vento finished the last two Grublins (who had only just got off each other) by using his tornado power on them. When he was finished, he walked over to the still stunned Lustra.
"Are you ok?" Vento asked.
For a moment Lustra was stuck as to what she should say, settling with, "I-I'm fine thanks, w-who are you?"
"I'm Vento," he said; "what happened to make these things chase you like they did?"
"I don't know, one minute I was walking around this forest and the next, these things came out of nowhere and tried to kill me, so I ran for it," she said.
"Hey Vento, ask her if she lives around here, if she doesn't we could follow her back to where ever she lives," the voice said.
"Sure, why not?" Vento thought. "Do you live around here?" he asked.
"No, I come from a dragon city called Warfang" she said.
"Warfang, that's a long way from where we are," the voice said.
"So why are you here?" Vento asked.
At this Lustra looked like she was going to burst into tears, but her voice was calm when she spoke, "I can't tell you, but if you want I can guide you back there," she said, sounding hopeful.
"What do you think?" Vento thought, since it was the only way he could communicate with the voice without sounding mad.
"I think we should go with her, but only because we can't stay here forever," the voice said.
"Alright then, I'll go with you to Warfang," Vento said, seeing Lustra's face lighten up for a few seconds.
"Good, I'd rather not go back there alone," she said happily. "Ok let's go,," she said walking off back the way she had come from, with Vento thinking "I think I've made a friend there", before walking after her.
"Oh yeh, before I forget, what's your name?" he asked.
"Lustra," she said.
"What a pretty name," Vento said, before realising he had said it out loud.
"You really think so?" Lustra asked, looking slightly hopeful.
"y-yes, i mean err, lets just go," Vento said quickly whilst blushing, walking in the direction Lustra had come from.
Vento and Lustra walked for hours, with both of them admiring the sights around them. They stopped to rest for the night next to a river. They were both exhausted from the long walk, but this didn't stop Lustra from asking Vento how he was able to create the tornado around himself while he was fighting the Grublins. He responded by telling her it was because his elemental power was wind.
"But dragons aren't supposed to be able to use that; only the elements of Fire, Electricity, Ice and Earth can be used by dragons or so we are told".
Vento decided it would be better if he didn't tell her about his past, since she hadn't told hers. They both settled down for the night, but when Lustra was asleep, the voice in Vento's head told Vento he had to stay awake.
"What for?" Vento said.
"If we travel at this speed for the rest of the journey to Warfang, we'll get there in two days time, but if you fly there, you'll get there by night fall," the voice said.
"But you know that I can't fly, and how do we know she can?" Vento said.
"I would have thought if she came from the dragon city then she could fly, but I think it's time you learnt how to fly," the voice said. "Close your eyes, empty your mind, and forget everything you thought you knew about the world, forget yourself, because only through forgetting can you remember what your ancient blood already knows". At this Vento had begun to slowly flap his wings, before increasing slowly in the speed, until finally he was well and truly flying (well, hovering actually). "Know, awaken!" the voice said, with emphasis on the last word.
Vento opened his eyes, "Awesome, I'm guessing that this isn't the only thing you're going to teach me?" he said.
"You catch on pretty quick, while you can hover in mid air like you are doing, you need to learn how to move about in the air," the voice said.
They then spent the next twenty minutes practising how to move about in the air, as well as the voice teaching him how to dodge attacks while flying.
"Anything else?" Vento said, in an exhausted tone.
"Only one other thing, you need to learn how to land; the easiest way to land is to glide in, which can be accomplished by spreading your wings without flapping them, this will allow the air resistance to slow you down enough to land safely, go on, try it," the voice said.
Vento tried this out, and managed it quiet well, until he glided into some trees.
"Also, it would be a good idea to go in a circular motion, otherwise that'll happen," the voice said, sounding slightly amused, "but that's enough for now, tomorrow you've got along flight a head of you".
Vento practically collapsed after the voice had finished speaking, and was asleep within moments. "Something tells me that helping this girl out may have dragged us into events that may cause Vento trouble," the voice thought before disappearing back into Vento's mind.