Chapter 8: the journey back and Visions
Vento awoke the next morning feeling really happy. For a moment he couldn't work out why, but then he remembered the events of last night, and smiled. Somehow admitting his feelings for Lustra had caused his scales to change back to their original white colour. It was as if the darkness had been thrown off completely, he certainly felt a lot calmer since his colour change. The fact that the voice wasn't gone concerned him, but he pushed this to the back of his mind. He could feel Lustra's warm body against his. He turned his head to look at her. She was still asleep, so Vento decided not to wake her up. After a while, Lustra awoke, and lifted her head to see Vento staring at her.
"Morning handsome," Lustra said playfully.
"Morning beautiful," Vento said, kissing her.
"We should get going, they'll be expecting us soon," Lustra said, reluctantly getting off the bed. Vento followed her, and they both made their way out of the cave to find Spyro, Cynder and Rogue sat found a fire eating. They looked up as Lustra and Vento approached.
"I see you've managed to tear yourselves away from each other," Cynder said, teasingly. Both Vento and Lustra blushed.
"I see you started breakfast without us," Vento said.
"Yea, but we saved some for both of you," Rogue said, handing them a deer. Vento and Lustra dug into the deer. When they had finished eating it, Lustra said,
"So what's our next move guys?"
"We should get back to Warfang, after all the guardians did send us to find Spyro and Cynder," Vento said.
"I'm going there as well, I need to find people who'll hire me for jobs," Rogue said. Seeing Vento's surprised look, he added, "I'm a mercenary by the way."
"Well there's no sense in waiting around, let's go," Spyro said. Everyone nodded in agreement.
"I'm not going to slow you down by asking you to wait for me, I'm going to find my own way to Warfang," Rogue said walking off towards some hills. He turned to look back at them saying, "We may meet each other again," before continuing his walk.
"One thing I've just thought of," Spyro said, "Which way's Warfang?"
"I know the way, just follow me," Lustra said, flying off towards some hills, followed closely by Vento.
Spyro and Cynder flew after them, and within moments had caught up with them. After a few hours, they could all see Warfang. At this, Lustra and Vento stopped leading Spyro and Cynder, and started a friendly game of tag with each other. Spyro and Cynder idly watched them whilst smiling. Spyro noticed that both Vento and Lustra's movements in the air almost mirrored each others. He could see that both of them understood each other very well. He glanced at Cynder. If only she knew what he felt for her, and returned those feelings, then they both could be like that, happy and carefree. Little did he realise, that they both felt the same about each other, they just didn't have the courage to tell each other.
When they neared the City walls, they could see a large crowd had gathered. They could see a number of dragons, the three guardians, some moles and some cheaters.
"That's a lot of people that want to see you two return," Vento said to Spyro and Cynder.
When they landed they were almost assaulted by the crowd, who were all cheering Spyro and Cynder's names. Unsurprisingly Vento and Lustra landed away from the crowd, and walked towards the guardians. The Guardians noticed them approaching.
"Well done, young dragons, I see you've found Spyro and Cynder," Terrador said. He noticed that Vento was now a different colour.
"If you're going to ask why I've changed colour, then I'm just as confused as you are, but I feel a lot calmer because of it," Vento said.
"Well, enough talk; you should head back to the temple and get some rest," Terrador said.
And without another word, Vento and Lustra flew to the temple, whilst Terrador helped control the crowd. After a few minutes of flying, they arrived at the temple, and found it almost empty. "I guess that they're all giving Spyro and Cynder a hero's celebration," Lustra said.
"At least that gives us some time to ourselves," Vento said, grinning.
They walked into the temple, past all the empty rooms, and arrived at Lustra's room. They both entered her room, and while Vento was looking round the room, Lustra jumped onto her bed, and watched Vento. When he stopped looking round the room, he joined her on her bed, and she nuzzled his head lovingly. Being with Lustra made Vento forget the world around him, all he was concerned about was Lustra.
After a few moments had passed, Lustra said, "Hey Vento, would you walk with me, there's somewhere I want to show you."
Vento nodded, and followed Lustra out of the temple. They walked through the streets of Warfang, until they reached a large park. Lustra took Vento to a large tree next to a lake. She motioned for Vento to sit beside her, which he did. She rested her head on Vento's neck, saying, "When I was younger, I came here, and sat at this very spot here."
"Why did you do that?" Vento said.
"It was the only place I could get away from the other dragons, the ones who bullied me because I had no friends, or element," Lustra said, tears forming in her eyes. Vento comforted her by putting his wing over her. "But when I came here, I was planning on leaving Warfang and this world behind, but as I was about to go, I held this object," Lustra said, taking the 'Eye of the Oricalcom' out of the pouch and showing it to Vento.
Vento stared at the 'Eye', "What is it?" he asked.
"It's called the Eye of the Oricalcom, and it showed me a vision of the future; it showed me holding a dragon in a loving embrace."
"Who was this dragon?" Vento asked, slightly concerned.
Lustra smiled at Vento, "Who do you think? You, my love," she said kissing him.
Vento smiled, and kissed her back. Vento noticed that the voice was no longer voicing protest, in fact it almost seemed as though he had disappeared from Vento's mind. Then he remembered about what the Chronicler had said.
"How exactly does the 'Eye' work?" Vento asked.
"I'm not sure; I sometimes hold it, hoping for some kind of vision to show its self to me," Lustra said, "but apparently it not only shows the future, but also the past, and sometimes the present."
"So all I have to do is put my paw on it like this," Vento said, placing his paw on the Eye, "Now what?"
"Now just concentrate on what you want to know," Lustra said.
"I'd like to know more about my past, I've forgotten a lot since...," Vento stopped himself before he said too much.
"Before what?" Lustra asked.
"Nothing," Vento said. He started concentrating on his past, but something intervened and suddenly it was as if he was being pulled out of his body completely. All around him he could see colours flashing around him. Then the colours settled, and at last he could make out what he was meant to see.
"Where are we?" a voice said, shocking Vento, who turned to see that Lustra was with him.
"Hold on, why are you here?" Vento asked.
"I'm not sure, oh wait I know, I was holding the Eye with you, so I must have been transported here with you," Lustra said, "by the way, where is here?"
Vento looked around, but could only see dark clouds and blackness. He then saw a building that caused a shiver to go down his back. "T-This place, I-It's the Dark master's Fortress, the place where they tortured me," Vento exclaimed. As if waiting for that answer, the images suddenly shifted to the inside of a cell, where they could see a small, white dragon, Vento.
"Hey, isn't that you?" Lustra asked.
"Yes, they held me there for two years, torturing me, trying to break my will," Vento said, his voice full of sadness. The images then shifted to the inside of the large chamber where they could see the 'younger'Vento being chained to a table. As they watched they saw the larger ape walk towards the dragon.
"Soon you'll be the servant of the Dark Master," said the ape.
"I'll pass." The dragon tried to move and attack the ape, but the straps held him too tightly.
"Such a fighting spirit at such a young age," the ape said, motioning to some apes, "But I'm afraid that alone won't be good enough to survive the dark crystals' power," he continued in a confident voice. Just then the dragon realised that the apes had hooked him up to a dark crystal, which was slowly taking control of him.
"Don't struggle; nothing can resist the darkness, and in a few short moments you'll be serving our master," he said, before laughing hysterically.
"No," the dragon said weakly, before losing consciousness.
As Vento and a horrified Lustra watched, they could see the youngerVento slowly turning black; everything about him became darker and when he opened his eyes, they saw that they now gave off a blindingly white light. The appearance of the dragon didn't seem to bother the ape, who said, "Tell me, who do you serve?"
"I...I...serve...," the young Vento began to say in and evil, echoing voice.
Vento and Lustra immediately noticed that the dragon had hold of the chains that bound him. Suddenly the dragon broke the chains biding him to the table, and flew up into the air, hovering in mid air.
"I SERVE NO ONE," the dragon said, his entire body glowing with an eerie light.
Vento felt slightly unnerved seeing himself like this, but Lustra was a quivering wreck and he felt worse seeing her like that. The large ape's expression had gone from confident, to concerned. The dragon began charging up power, drawing large currents of air towards him, dragging anything that hadn't been nailed down or hadn't grabbed anything in time towards him. When he was about to get hit by them, he let loose all his power, which not only destroyed the apes in the room, but also destroyed the entire room and most of the Fortress as well. Somehow the large ape had survived, but was severely injured.
"How, how could you overcome the power of the dark crystals?" it said. "Malefor should have told you, you can't turn a white dragon to darkness and control him," the dragon said, with an evil smile on his face, "and thanks to your foolishness, you've created an new presence inside this dragon, one far more powerful than Malefor," he continued, before he started laughing manically. The dragon then flew of out of the room, firing a wind blast at a patch of the wall that hadn't been destroyed, causing it to land on the ape, killing him.
"So that's what happened to me," Vento said. Then images suddenly started flying past his eyes, ending in a bright light. He awoke with Lustra's body under him. He got off her and moved away from her. "Seeing my past will make Lustra not want to be with me," Vento thought sadly.
Just then Lustra awoke, and noticed that Vento wasn't next to her. She walked over to where Vento was sitting. "Vento, what's wrong," Lustra said.
Vento looked at Lustra, with tears in his eyes, "You've seen my past, and now you know that I have a dark presence inside of me, you probably don't want anything to do with me," he said, sadly.
"Why would that make any difference to me?" Lustra said. She sat next to Vento and put her wing around him, and pulled him closer to her. "I feel sorry for you, my love, you have had to put up with a dark presence in your mind for years, and have had no one to turn to for help," Lustra said, in a soothing voice.
"But how do I know that the presence won't take over me again, and kill you?" Vento said, tears starting to fall from his eyes.
"It wasn't the dark presence that saved me a few weeks ago; it wasn't the dark presence that saved me from Frost, and it's not the dark presence that I see before me," Lustra said, nuzzling Vento's head, "it was you, and if nothing else, our love will save you from the darkness."
It was then that Vento realised that now the dark presence in his mind couldn't exist when he was with Lustra, because his emotions for her overpowered the darkness. After drying the tears from his eyes, Vento rested his head on Lustra's neck.
"Thank you, for making me see the truth, Lustra," Vento said. They both gazed into each other's eyes, losing themselves in them, forgetting the world around them.
"That's a beautiful sun set," Lustra said, looking up at the sun. The disappearing light on the clouds seemed to reflect the beauty of their situation.
"Yea, but not as beautiful as you, my love," Vento said, kissing Lustra, who blushed slightly. Vento looked at the setting sun. "My life is almost perfect; I have someone who cares about me, and I live in a world of peace, what more could anyone want?" he thought happily.
Somewhere in the back of Vento's mind the voice remained, represented by a dark dragon that looked like Vento, and although it couldn't do anything at the time, he was listening to everything that was going on between Lustra and Vento.
"How could I let this happen? This girl is stopping me from communicating with Vento," the voice said angrily, "but if he thinks that I'll let him keep this up then he is a fool," the voice thought. "You may have found out about my creation and heard what I said, but you won't be able to keep me out forever," the voice said. The embodiment of the voice stared up at the image of Vento and Lustra together. "From what I've got planned, we'll soon see how far the girl will go to protect you, or if she'll abandon you to darkness," the voice said, before laughing evilly.