Chapter one

Ryu sat in the grass staring at the mid-night sky. The cold wind blew his blue hair around freely. The campfire next to him sparked as it was almost out. Everyone else was inside the tent asleep, or so he thought.

The warrior closed his eyes and sighed. It was a long and hard battle. I wonder where Peco could be? He thought. Fighting against Myria was harder than he expected. Ryu still didn't understand why she wanted the Brood gone. All he could understand was that she feared the dragon clan. He understood why she wanted to protect her so called 'children', but to kill his people? It was outrageous. She could've done it differently. He said to himself angrily.

Suddenly, he felt something soft and warm against his cheeks. His eyes shot open only to find Nina's hands holding his face.

"You scared me." Ryu aside a little startled.

"Sorry. You just seemed dead. What are you doing out here alone and in the cold?" Nina asked as she shivered.

Ryu shrugged. "I guess I just wanted to think. I thought you were asleep."

"I was. But I had a bad dream." she told him. Nina moved beside him as Ryu sat up on his elbows. The winged princess of Wyndia sat next to him with her knees to her chest.

"About what?"

"Oh, nothing really. Ryu... hold me." Nina said as she looked down at him. She laid down next to Ryu and graved his waist. Ryu's eyes widened when Nina suddenly grabbed ahold of him.

Why was she acting like this? It isn't like her to just suddenly want him to hold her. Sure they grabbed a hold of each other before but that was when Nina's life was in danger. He sighed softly and held her in his arms, careful enough not to touch her wings. Ryu remember she told him it hurt when someone would touch the base of her wings.

"Nina, whats wrong?" Ryu asked as a sob escape the girl's lips.

"I had a dream that you were killed by some kind of a beast... it was horrible." Nina buried her face into his stomacher. The sob came again.

"Nina, nothing is going to happen to me." Ryu reassured her as he grabbed her chin and brought her face up. Tears were streaming down Nina's ocean blue eyes. The dragon rubbed his thumb across her cheek and wiped the tears. He brought Nina's face close to his.

To Nina's' surprise, their lips met, giving her the most romantic kiss she had ever received. Ryu slowly pulled away. His cheeks were red but not as red as Nina's. She was beat red.

Did I just do what I think I did? Ryu thought. He didn't even blink be for Nina came to his face and kissed him back. This time, she had her hands cupped in his face. Ryu fell back while she kissed him.

"Hold me Ryu." Nina said as she let go of his face. She placed her head on his chest. Ryu held her gently as she fell asleep. He looked down at her and then at the stars. It would be morning soon. His thoughts went into the dream Nina told him she had. Was he really going to die? He has to speak with Ladon. Ryu's eye lids became heavy and he slowly drifted off to sleep.

~*~

Ryu awoke an hour later by Rei's voice. "Hey Ryu. Wake up. We gotta catch up with the girls." The male woren shook Ryu harshly. Ryu pened his eyes and yawned.

"What do you mean we have to catch up with them?" he asked as he rubbed his eyes.

"I told the girls we'd catch up to them a little later. Come on. They're probably already in Dragnier." Rei told him. Ryu stood up and stretched.

"You mean you let them get ahead of us? they could be in trouble, this isn't exactly a prefect place to be traveling in alone." Ryu said a little annoyed.

"Yes... listen we gotta talk... about last night." Rei said as Ryu grabbed his sword. Ryu slowly looked at him.

"What do you mean, about last night?"

"Don't think I didn't see you two last night." Rei had a smirk on his face.

"Okay... what is there to talk about? So we kissed, it's not like we did anything else." Ryu said as he turned to the burning pieces of wood. He mumbled a little spell then froze the last of the burning wood.

"I didn't think you had a thing going on with Nina... you dog." Rei laughed.

"I do not. Nina just had a nightmare and she was scared. You know how I'm when Nina is scared." Ryu said calmly.

"Are you sure about that? Cause I could've swore it was you who pulled in the first kiss."

"Rei, we didn't do anything else but talked and kissed. So, what is it that you want to know?" he was starting to get angry.

"Do you LOVE her? That's all..." Rei asked. Ryu was silent for a while before giving an answer.

"I... I'm not telling." Ryu said. Rei's tail fell down as he stumbled his toe in the dirt.

"What?! Is that a possible yes?!" Rei shouted. Ryu didn't speak. He just continued to walk and pretended to ignore Rei's laughter. "What...what was it like? Kissing a girl?"

"... well... it was rather sweet." Ryu said as he remember the sweet taste in Nina's mouth when she kissed him. It was like honey and cream with hot chocolate.

"Sweet?!" Rei chuckled.

"Yes. Now shut up if you know what's good for you." Ryu glared at him.

"Okay... okay. We'll save this talk for another time. On the other hand, what do we have to do when we get back to Dragnier?" Rei stopped his teasing and changed the subject.

"Well, I have to ask Ladon something. Then we're going to use the transporter to get home." Ryu told him.

"Yes. Home." Rei sighed as he looked toward a ruined town of the ancient dragon clan, the Brood.