Sorry again for being late. I'm gonna have to be a little more sporadic because I've been really busy. Don't forget to review!

Chapter 14

They were all gathered in the library beneath the guild, pouring over Galvin's ancient book. Levy was scribbling away, decoding the magic secrets and enchantments. Whenever they hit a stump on Dragon Magic, Kibou did his best to help. But as a hatchling, even Kibou's knowledge was limited. There was a sudden clamor upstairs. The door down to the library slammed open with a bang. Lucy, Ryuu, Wendy, and Levy sat up instantly, looking toward the door.

"It's terrible!" Happy's voice cried.

The little blue Exceed flew into the room at top speed. Mira came running behind him.

"The Master has called an emergency meeting!" Mira said worriedly. "The Magic Council has declared a state of emergency!"

Levy took off her red-rimmed reading glasses. "What happened?"

"It's Natsu!" Happy panted, out of breath.

"In Hargeon, a red dragon suddenly appeared and started blindly attacking the city!" Mira continued. "Several of the guilds have been called in to stop him."

Lucy slowly rose from her chair. "They aren't going to hurt him, are they?" she whispered, her voice hardly audible.

Mira shook her head. "I don't know."

"Then there's no time to lose," Ryuu said. "We've got to get to him before they make anything worse!"

"Aye!"

Happy and Ryuu raced up the stairs, past Mira. Kibou still sat perched on Ryuu's shoulder. They hardly paid any mind to the rest of the guild members in the hall. Everyone was in an uproar. Grabbing Ryuu by his shirt, Happy took to the skies. Wendy and Charle rushed behind them. Kibou took flight beside them.

"What're they gonna do to my dad?" Ryuu wondered aloud.

Natsu is not in control. He must be on a rampage, Kibou said.

"They Magic Council will most likely do anything to stop him and prevent casualties," Charle said.

Wendy nodded. "Time is of the essence. We have to get to him before they do."

"What about my mom?"

"She was right behind me," Wendy replied. "She was asking Erza-san to help her with her magic powered car before we took off after you. Knowing Erza-san, they should be arriving shortly after us."

Ryuu cursed under his breath. "Damnit! What if we don't make it in time?!"

"We will," Wendy assured him. "Don't worry."

It took less than an hour for them to fly all the way to the port city. But even if they hadn't been warned about the situation, it was obvious that something was horribly wrong. The sky was thick with smoke and several parts of the city were ablaze. An earsplitting roar ripped through the air. Wendy and Ryuu covered their ears. They could see the red hazy shape of a dragon through the thick black smoke.

"There!" Ryuu shouted.

"There's a strange wind flowing around this place!" Wendy shouted over the chaos. "Something's wrong!"

"We need to get in closer."

"Aye, sir!"

They swerved down closer to the blazing roofs. Periodically glowing magic circles appeared in the streets surrounding the enormous dragon. Each time a shot fired, the dragon recoiled, roaring in pain. As they flew down closer, the could make out the emblems of the Magic Council's elite mages. They were attacking Natsu, and not just with the intent to subdue. They were there to put him down—for good.

"They're gonna kill him!" Ryuu cried.

"We won't let that happen!" Wendy nodded to Charle. The white cat nodded in return and swooped down toward the troops.

"Take me in!" Ryuu shouted.

"Aye, sir!"

Wendy inhaled deeply. "Sky Dragon's Roar!"

Lahar, from the Magic Council, was down among his men. He braced himself against the swirling whirlwind that spewed from Wendy's mouth. He scowled up at them as Wendy and Charle circled around again.

"Fairy Tail! What the hell are you doing?!" he shouted angrily.

"Stop hurting him! You'll only make him angrier!" Wendy cried as they swooped down toward the soldiers.

"Don't speak nonsense! What would you have me do?! Let innocent civilians be killed?!"

"But that dragon is Natsu-san!" Wendy landed beside him. "There might be a way to change him back. Please, give a chance!"

"I can't allow that. He is far too dangerous!"

"Then I won't let you get any closer." Wendy took a step back. She swept her arm in front of her. "Sky Dragon's Barrier!" A wall of wind that was as sharp as knives rose up between Wendy and the Magic Council soldiers. The strong gale made their capes and shirts flap madly.

Happy and Ryuu soared closer to the enraged red dragon. "Dad!" Ryuu shouted at the top of his voice. "Dad! It's me!"

Natsu's great head swiveled to the side, searching for the source of the shouting. He growled deeply.

"Happy, get me in closer."

"Aye!"

They came eye level with the dragon. Ryuu fumbled in his pocket for the ancient armband Igneel had given his father. The gem glinted in the firelight as he slid it onto his wrist. He could feel the ancient magic resonating with his Dragon Slayer blood. He took a deep breath.

"I hope this works."

Suddenly Natsu lashed out with his tail. He struck them in midair, sending them hurtling down to the ground. As the slammed into the concrete, a car skidded to a stop beside him. Erza, the armor mage with scarlet hair, stepped out of the driver's seat. Lucy climbed down after her. They both gazed up at the enormous red dragon that loomed over them, roaring in fury.

"Mom!" Ryuu cried, scrambling to his feet. "What about the other Dragon Slayers? Are they coming?"

"They're on their way," Erza said. "But first we should focus on containing the damage and reducing casualties."

"I'll keep the Council's soldiers at bay!" Wendy shouted.

Lucy rushed toward the dragon, worry written all across her face. "Natsu! Natsu, listen to me! You need to calm down! I'm here!"

The dragon glowered down at them. He snaked his head closer. He cocked his head to the side, staring at Lucy. She remained still, watching him carefully. It seemed as if everyone was holding their breath. Suddenly an arrow pierced through the wall of wind. It struck Natsu's leathery wing. He roared in pain, flapping his wings angrily. Blood splattered the ground. Lucy shrieked. Natsu snatched her up in his claws and rose high into the air. The others shrank in size as he carried her higher.

"Natsu!" she screamed. "Natsu, stop! Put me down! You're hurt!"

He turned and glided off toward the north. Lucy could feel him trembling. He was injured, badly. And she knew he needed help, quickly. She knew he was still in there somewhere, if only she could reach him somehow. Before it was too late.

Chapter 15 coming soon!