Posted: August 07, 2010
Chapter Thirty-eight: A New Adventure
"You did what?" her voice was calm, dignified as it always was, but Spud could hear the anger behind his grandmother's words. "You brought the cursed child here?" She simply just didn't understand. "And from what I understand, the Power of Ari-"
"I know," he interrupted her. "But I have a plan."
"This better be good," she demanded and as he explained it to her, her face slightly paled. She slowly backed away from him before bumping into to a seat and sitting down. "You've gone mad," she concluded.
"Maybe," he agreed. "But it will break the curse. Hopefully," he added.
"And if it doesn't?" she asked.
He walked over to his grandmother, fell to his knees and laid his head on her lap. "Then I hope you can forgive me."
Jake stretched as he woke from a long night's sleep. His eyes opened to see Trixie still sleeping next to him. He smiled almost in disbelief. Their argument the night before had been bad. End of a relationship bad, but here she was, still next to him and all he could feel was relief. Apart from some moments here and there, their lives for the last few years had been happy. The thought of her just giving that up, had snapped something inside of him last night. But he would put his faith in her and hope for the best.
He then found himself gently running his fingers across her dark skin. "I love you so much," he confessed.
And then, as if they had been magic words, Trixie opened her eyes. Jake removed his hand and they were silent for a moment. "Are you still mad?" she finally asked.
"No," he replied.
"Why do you lie?" she asked. "You're not very good at it. Your eye kind of twitches, when you're not telling the truth," she informed him. "You don't want me to go. You've made that very clear last night."
"Alright, I'm angry," he let me known. "But if this is what you want, who am I to stop you?"
"Who are you?" she looked at him like he had just spoken a foreign language. "You're my husband, and you're also my best friend. I need you to be okay with this."
And at those words, Jake's heart sunk, as he realized she was really going to leave him for Spud.
"I- I'll do whatever makes you happy," he could feel himself choking up. "What will we tell Jerry?" he wanted to know.
"Jerry?" Trixie wondered out loud as if she hadn't given a thought about him.
"He's going to wonder why you're suddenly leaving me for Spud?" Jake voiced his concerned.
Trixie suddenly sat up. "Wait, what?" Jake sat up as well. "What are you talking about?"
"Our son," he didn't understand her confusion.
Trixie let out an amused chuckle. "Son? Jake we don't have kids?" she told him.
Jake then responded with a phrase she hadn't heard him say in years. "Say what?"
"And what's Spud and why do you think I'm leaving you for it?" she asked.
Jake's expression became harden. "Don't play with me," he threaten. "Spud is our best friend since childhood. Jerry is his kid, whom we've been raising together." Trixie only sat there and shook her head from side to side. She then suddenly screamed as the front of her night gown was quickly slashed opened. "The Jewel of Eskaw," he whispered as he realized it was gone.
Jake then jumped out of bed and ran across the hall as he screamed Jerry's name. The bedroom door swung open with a loud crack. Jake had hoped to see what he had always seen almost every morning, which was usually a sleeping boy under a mound of blankets. He expected to see a tv in the corner, constantly set to Cartoon Network. Dirty clothes on the floor, with the lingering smell of funky socks.
But that's not what he got. What he got was a home office. A desk in the corner with his and her matching laptops sitting on them. Along the walls stood several bookcases. They were filled with Trixie's medical books, and a few with their collection of DVDs. And the smell? Jake cringed. Febreeze!
"Boy, what the hell are you tripping on?" Trixie yelled, clinging her night gown closed in front of her chest. "Because you must be high." She then gasped when she saw the door hanging off the hinges and slightly jumped when it fell off and hit the floor. "Have you lost your ever loving mind?"
"This can't be happening," Jake whispered to himself, running his fingers through his disheveled hair. He then turned to Trixie. "What were we just talking about?" he asked her.
"Okay, Jakey," concern started to fill her eyes, "I think there is something really wrong here, you-"
"What were we talking about?" he demanded.
"Hey! You will not stand here and yell at me like I'm some disobedient dog. Do you understand me, Jake Long?" she screamed back.
Jake lowered his head. "I know, I apologize," he said calmly. "Please, what were we talking about?"
"The same thing we were talking about last night," she began. "My job offer in California. Me going out there alone for a few years, and you staying here in New York. At least until Haley was ready to take your title as the American Dragon. Though I still don't understand why you have to stay here to do that. It's not like California isn't apart of the US."
"You weren't leaving me for another man?"
Trixie chuckled again, but this time nervously. "Where are you getting this stuff?" she wondered. "You're starting to scare me a little. Seriously, this time, are you high?"
"No. I just need to contact Haley. She'll remember," he said, heading back to the bedroom they shared.
"Okay, now I'm just getting pissed. What the hell am I missing here?" Trixie followed him and watched as he found something to put on.
"You wouldn't believe me if I told you," he tried to tell her.
"You're kidding me, right?" she crossed her arms over her chest. "I'm married to a guy who's part dragon. What would I not believe?"
Jake stopped what he was doing and walked over to his wife. He took a hold of her arms and then took a deep breath. "The world that you think we live in, is nothing more than an alternate reality, brought on by a guy named Spud, who's real name isn't Spud, but Arthur, he's a prince, well I should say a king, of a dimension called Dinya, and you two were childhood sweethearts, though it took you forever to admit it, when you did, you got pregnant and he left, leaving this dimension in an alternate reality, that had no recollection of him, except for you, me, his sister, and Haley, though at the time, I didn't know she knew and that is the reality we had been living in since we were eighteen, you had a son at that age named Jerry, who we told people was mine." He shook his head from side to side. "No one believed he was mine, then news of Rose surfaced, I got all obsessed, I neglected you, told you I didn't love you, and you cheated on me for it, so I left for about seven years, and when I came back, I wanted you back, I never blamed you for cheating, it was my fault, then recently Spud came home, wanting to take you back with him to Dinya, that is what we were really arguing about last night, but this morning, I woke up to find that he took Jerry instead and your Jewel of Eskaw which is why you don't remember anything now." Jake then took another deep breath.
The woman in front of him, stared at him for a good minute. "Yeah," she finally drew out. "That one's a little hard to shallow."
Jake shrugged as he let her go. "I told you." He then picked up the shirt he had abandon on the bed. "I have to find Haley. She'll know what to do."
"She should still be at Papa Dog's. I don't think she was heading out, back to Cambridge, until tomorrow," she informed him.
"I'm going to take the skies," he informed her as he walked towards the window and lifted the pane. He noticed the dark rain clouds and hoped he got there before it started to pour, and with it being the middle of winter there was a good chance of snow. He was about to change forms when he felt Trixie take a hold of his arm. He turned to look at her.
"I cheated on you?" she asked, her expression pained as she couldn't imagine herself doing that.
Jake took a hold of her face with both his hands and gently kissed her lips. "In this reality, you have always been true to me."
Trixie shook her head. "I'm not sure if I comforted by that."
"I am," he whispered in reply. "If I hadn't been stupid. If I had just loved you from the start, our biggest problem would have been some silly move across the country." He then rested his forehead on top of hers and closed his eyes. "A part of me wants to be selfish. To just let Spud have his son. To have you all to myself and never have you remember all the pain I caused you."
"It sounds like I caused you pain as well. Did you know him?" Trixie suddenly asked.
"Know who?" He looked at her curiously.
"Who I cheated on you with?" She was really disturbed by the discovery.
Jake debated what to tell her. He avoided eye contact as he lied. "No," he whispered, but the betrayal behind that simple word was clear. Trixie found she could do nothing but wrap her arms around him and hold him tight. "I got to go," he told her as he slowly pushed her away. He changed into his dragon form and flew out the window.
"Dammit," Trixie whispered to herself, before she turned to get dressed herself.
Haley had been sleeping in her childhood bedroom when she was violently shaken awake by her older brother, who looked like he had just gotten out of bed. "Eww, your breath stinks!" she pinched her nose.
Jake covered his mouth with his hand, his cheeks tinging pink. "I was in a hurry," he explained.
His little sister yawned. "Well, I'm up. What do you want?" she asked.
"Jerry's gone, Spud took him," he told her.
"Oh, God." Her eyes widen. "Jake this is bad."
He cocked an eyebrow. He then rapidly shook his head, as if trying to shake the confusion away. "Also, he took Trixie's Jewel of Eskaw. She doesn't remember anything about Spud or her son. And I'm not sure if I want that to change," he admitted.
"No, Jake, listen to me," the panic in her voice, sobered him up quickly. "There's something else I haven't told you."
"I didn't think he had it in him," she seem to whisper to herself, not looking at the other.
"Haley, talk to me. What are you not telling me?" he wanted to know.
"He's going to kill him," she let the words slip out. Jake only stared at her, his expression urging her to go on. "It's the Power of Ari and the defense mechanism in our blood that kicks in. I've felt it, and I know you have too." Jake recalled his blackouts. "It will be strongest within Spud, since he is the father."
"I don't understand."
"It's a curse. From what I can understand, years ago a first born was denied the throne, taken by the second child. The first born, swore revenge. Her powers and her memory being transferred to every first born, of the second child's line. Over the generations, the second line evolved to counter the curse. For us they're like blackouts," she explained. "But for Spud, he will be aware and in control of what he is doing."
"What do we do?" he asked of her.
"We find a way to find Spud and stop him before it's too late," she told him.
"How do we know it's not already too late?" he wondered.
"Do you really think it would be easy for Spud to kill?" she asked him and he shook his head. "Then we have time, the curse doesn't come into full effect until the thirteenth birthday."
"Jerry's thirteenth birthday is less than two weeks away."
"I know," she replied. She then reached around her neck and and unclasped her necklace. She handed Jake her Jewel of Eskaw. "Give this to Trixie, hopefully once it is back on she will remember everything."
Jake looked at the jewel in his hand. "I'm not sure if I should. What if I give this to her and we lose Jerry? I don't want her to know the pain of his lost. Losing Francis was hard enough."
"You can't make those decisions for her. They are her memories and she deserves to have them, good or bad. Plus, you don't deserve to burden everything alone."
"I'm not alone," he smiled sadly. "I have you."
"Yeah, you do," she reassured him. "But what you need is Trixie. And without the memories you both shared, she will never be the Trixie you knew. She's lived a completely different timeline. You would be getting to know her all over again."
Jake nodded his head in understanding. "Thank you," he indicated the Jewel in his hand. He then stood and paced the length of the room. "How does one jump dimensions?" he thought out loud.
"Isn't there that spell using Krylock venom?" she asked him.
"Do you know how hard that stuff is to come by?"
"Well, Fu Dog use to have me practicing potions all the time. We could still have some in storage over at Grandpa's old shop."
"Alright, I'll go check it out," he headed towards the door.
"Wait, I'll come with you," she offered. "I was always better at potions than you. Just let me get dressed." She grabbed some clothes and headed towards the bathroom. "Jake!" she yelled a moment later from the other side of the bathroom door.
"Yeah?" he replied.
"Heads up," she called out and tossed some toothpaste in the air. "There's an extra toothbrush in my suitcase." She smiled at him.
Jake made a face. "Very funny."
Half an hour later the dragon siblings were inside their grandfather's old shop. Both were soaked to the bone as it had started raining on their way there. They were freezing as they headed to the back of the shop. Haley found some discarded paper and threw it into the fire place before taking a deep breath and breathing fire. They took a few moments to warm themselves. "You know what?" Haley began. "I don't think I've been in here since grandpa moved back to China."
"It's been longer than that for me," Jake realized. "So have you heard from him lately?" he asked curiously.
Haley nodded. "We talk from time to time. He's doing well, but you should call him." She moved away from the warm fire and began looking through the cabinets where they kept the ingredients for potions. "He's never really admitted it, but he misses you. So does Fu Dog, but he's a little more honest about it." She grabbed a bottle off of one of the shelves and turned to her brother. "I'm going to visit them this summer. If you want to go with me, all you have to do is say so," she offered.
"I may take you up on that," he said with a smile, which quickly disappeared. "But right now, we have other issues."
"Of course." She tossed him the bottle marked Krylock Vemon.
"Is it enough?" he asked out loud and opened it up to see. As soon as the lid came off, both quickly brought their hands to cover their noses.
"Dammit," Haley cursed. She took the bottle from Jake's hand and quickly poured it down the sink.
"Hey! What are you doing?" he yelled as their only chance of finding Spud and Jerry went down the drain.
Haley walked over to the other side of the room and opened a few windows. "It was no good, Jake. Making a potion with spoiled venom can be dangerous, and yield unexpected results."
"Ahhh!" Jake screamed, completely frustrated. He was racking his brains for ideas and nothing was coming.
"Calm down, Jake. We'll find another way," she tried to calm him.
"This is hopeless!" he declared, feeling on the verge of a breaking down. Just then his cell phone began to ring. He checked the caller ID. It was Trixie. He took a calming breath before greeting her. "Hey, baby girl."
"I'm at Papa Dog's. He says you and Haley left in an hurry, where are you?" she wanted to know.
Jake closed his eyes and pinched the bridge of his nose. "At Gramp's shop."
"I'm on my way," was her reply before she hung up.
"Trixie?" Haley asked as she leaned on the counter. "What are you going to do?"
"What else can I do?" He sat on a stool. "You were right. You're always right," he pointed out. "I have to give her the Jewel of Eskaw."
"Jakey!" Trixie called out when she arrived at the shop. He and Haley walked up to the front to meet her. "You guys got it warm in here." She noticed as she peeled off her coat.
"We've just been thinking of ways to jump dimensions," Haley informed her. "Our only idea, didn't pan out."
Jake walked over to Trixie and took her hand. "We should talk." He then gave a glance to his sister.
"I'll just step outside." She threw on her own coat. "Don't take too long. It's cold out there."
"At least it stopped raining," Trixie smiled at her. Haley nodded in agreement before stepping out for some fresh air.
Trixie then looked to her husband. She watched as he pulled a necklace out of his pocket. "It's beautiful," she commented. "Where did you get it?"
"Hopefully," he adjusted the piece of jewelry around her neck. "You'll remember soon enough." He then clasped it together. Trixie shivered, as if cold, before taking a few shaky steps back. "Baby?" his voice filled with concern and with a touch of fear. He took a step towards her.
"Stay back," she warned before doubling over, her eyes closed tight as memory after memory came flooding back to her. "Oh, God," she cried as every happy moment and every soul breaking devastation flashed before her eyes. She then collapsed to the floor.
"Trixie!" Jake was by her side within the span of a heartbeat. "Haley!" he called her next, but she was out of earshot. He then heard Trixie moan. Relief filled him as she brought her hand up to the back of her head. "Are you okay?" he asked.
She sat up slowly, Jake helping her. "I'm fine," she assured him, although she still felt dizzy. "Just a little overwhelming. I still have the memories of the other life. The difference between them. . ." she trailed off her fingers gracing the jewel that once hung from Haley's neck.
Haley was across the street and around the corner in an alleyway. She brought her hand up to her face, snugged between two fingers was a lit cigarette. She brought it to her lips and gave it a long drag. It was a bad habit she had picked up a few years ago. It wasn't a regular thing, as she didn't do it everyday, it was mostly something she did when she was stressed. It didn't happen a lot, but today was an exception. How often do you find out your 'nephew' had been kidnapped.
She then took one last drag on her cigarette before dropping it into a puddle and watching the flame go out. At that moment, she felt the sun on her face, she tilted her head up and closed her eyes to feel it's warmth. If felt good to be home, back in the streets of New York. Don't get her wrong now, she loved her life in Massachusetts, where she was teaching at Harvard, but honestly it was just something to do until she got her title back. That is if she ever got it back. Jake was good at what he did and chances were by the time he was ready to give it up, the title would go to some up and comer.
Haley then noticed a rainbow in the distance. For obvious reasons, it made her think of Leprechauns and then the first Leprechaun trial Jake had taken her too. "Jesus!" a light bulb went off in her head and she took off towards the shop. "Jake!" she yelled. In the shop, Trixie was sitting down, a cup of water in her hand and Jake gently running his hand down the length of her arm. "Leprechauns!" she blurred out.
"What?" he said curiously.
"Remember back when you first became the American Dragon and you got all caught up with Leprechauns?" she asked and her brother nodded. "Didn't they have the ability to jump dimensions? Like twenty of them? Maybe one of them is Dinya."
Jake's month fell open. "Why did I never think of that?" he wondered, disgusted with himself. "It was right there, all the time. We could have gone after Spud years ago. We could have-"
"There's no time for that Jake." Haley shook him a little. "We have to get to the Leprechaun park."
"Right," he nodded his head. "Lets go."
"I'm coming with you," Trixie announced as she stood and placed her glass on the counter.
"I don't know about that," her husband voiced, still concerned over her well being.
"Do you really think I'm going to sit by and do nothing while you and Haley go after my son alone?" She walked towards her coat so she could put it on. "Now I know you're high," she concluded. "Now get in the car," she demanded.
"Yes, ma'am," was all Jake said before heading out the door. As he passed his sister he made a face as he heard the distinct sound of a whip.
Before long the three of them found themselves in Leprechaun territory speaking to the head of one of the clans there, who was more than happy to be helping out the American Dragon. "I know of the Dinya dimension, it's been a while since we have traded with them, but we still have the coordinates."
"We just need to know if you can get us there?" Jake wanted to know, his heart racing in his chest. Trixie reached out and touched his forearm and gave it a squeeze.
"I can get you there," he told them and relief washed over the trio.
They followed him to a clearing. He stretched out his arm and then his fingertips before closing his eyes. He took a few steps and made a 90 degree turn to his left. "There," he whispered. "Dinya." They then watched as a portal, made up of all the colors of the rainbow appeared from seemingly nowhere. When it was completed, it seem to shimmer. He walked over to Jake and handed him several four leaf clovers. "Eat them and they will return you home," he instructed. He then walked away.
The three stared at the hovering portal for a moment. It was then Haley who broke the silence. "Well, what are we waiting for?" she asked as she pulled out a hair tie and put her hair up. Then without anymore hesitation she changed into her dragon form and dived into the portal.
"I'm scarred," Jake admitted.
"I am too. I'm afraid of losing another child." Trixie lowered her hand towards the ground.
"No." He held her, and she rested her hand on his shoulder. "I won't let that happen. We'll find them. I promise." She breathed him in as she nodded. "We got to go," he told her as he slowly pulled away.
"You're right," she agreed, before she watched Jake take his sister's lead and changed into his dragon form.
"Hop on," he told her and she climbed onto his back. She held on tight as he spread his wings and charged towards the portal. As she felt the wind on her face, Trixie realized that this was start of something she hadn't been a part of in a long time. . . a new adventure.
To Be Continued. . .
A/N: Can you believe it? Only two more chapters to go! Well, hopefully, I can do it in two chapters.