Fireheart:

Chapter 18: Enemy of My Enemy

Rose crouched, hidden in the pile of crates, hardly daring to even breath. Her heart was pounding so hard that she almost sure Jake could hear it. Peeking out through the gap she'd crawled into Rose saw a shadow pass over the another crate pile in front of her.

She waiting, praying that Jake would pass by quickly, and not find her. To her surprise, it wasn't Jake who appeared in front of the gap, but Chang. What's she doing here? Thought Rose, She's supposed to be guarding the others with the Dark Dragon.

Rose silently cursed as the old female noticed the dropped hunting staff. Chang picked up the weapon, then glanced around, edging closer to Rose's hiding place. The slayer tried to move deeper into the shadows, but that movement caught Chang's attention.

Rose stayed perfectly still. Chang was staring right at her. Seconds passed and neither of them moved. For a fleeing moment, Rose thought that maybe she hadn't really been seen, but this hope was soon dashed as Chang came right up to the gap in the pile. She looked straight into the girl's eyes, and smirked.

"Lose something?" she hissed, indicating the staff.

The huntress merely closed her eyes with a sigh. And here I thought Jake was all I had to worry about.

Speaking of Jake...

The sound of wing beats made them both glance upward. Chang hastily backed away from Rose's crate pile, sliding the staff into an open box nearby. She looked mildly annoyed as Jake landed in front of her.

"What are you doing here?" he growled, "You're supposed to be guarding the prisoners."

"Our Master sent me to check on your progress." huffed Chang indignantly.

"I don't need a babysitter." the red dragon snapped.

"Believe me," said Chang, crossing her arms, "Nothing would please me more then to get as far away from you as possible."

"Well at least we agree on something." replied Jake, "Anyway, did you see Rose pass by here?"

Rose's breath caught in her throat. This is it, she thought, Chang's going to tell him and then... She tried not to think about it.

"As a matter of fact, " said Chang, "I did."

Chang's eyes didn't even flicker to look at Rose as she pointed in the opposite direction and said calmly, "She went that way."

Jake took off without another word. When they could no longer hear his wing beats, Chang turned toward Rose and said, "Well, what are you waiting for? Get out here, before I change my mind."

Rose cautiously pulled herself out of the crate pile, staring at the dragoness with a mixture of suspicion and relief. "Why did you do that?" she asked, "You could've easily told him, or finished me off yourself for that matter."

"I didn't do it for you!" snapped Chang, "Or for him. I'd rather kiss a krylock then save either of you."

"Then why?"

Chang gave her a sour look, as if she'd just swallowed something extremely unpleasant, and muttered, "I did it because..." The rest was so jumbled together that it was incomprehensible.

"What did you just say?"

The look became, if possible, even more sour, as the words were forced out between gritted teeth. "I... need... your... help..."

Chang's look became a death glare as she concluded, "DoNOTmake me repeat myself."

Rose cocked an eyebrow at her. "Alright, why exactly do you need my help?"

The old dragoness sighed wearily, rubbing her forehead with a claw. "Because you're the only one who can save him." There was no question as to which "him" she meant. "I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think I liked him better when he was on your side. At least then I could look forward to slaying him."

Rose's eyes softened at these words. "I'll do everything I can." she said, "but- wait, if you're trying to help me, then that dart you shot me with is- ?"

"No." said Chang, "That dart was the real thing. I couldn't risk using a fake, the Dark Dragon would have known it. Your powers will remain inactive for another 30 minutes." She gave Rose a sly smirk. "Try to stay alive until then, won't you?"

Rose couldn't help but give her own sly grin at this. "I'll try my best."

She turned away to leave, but Chang said, "Huntsgirl!"

Rose whirled around, to see her staff flying in an arc towards her. She leaped and skillfully caught it mid-air before landing graceful back on her feet.

Chang rolled her eyes. "Showoff." she muttered. Then she added seriously, "Don't think this changes anything between us. Once things are back to normal, you are mine."

The slayer gave a playful smile as she replied, "I wouldn't have it any other way."

This time Chang turned to leave, but as she did so, she looked back over her shoulder and said, "Oh, and Huntgirl," Her eye twitched in what Rose could have sworn was a wink. "make sure you give him an extra kick for me."

And with that, Chang was gone.


Author's Notes: OK guys, I know I haven't updated this in FOREVER and that this chapter is time skipping. :( But to be honest, I have no idea what else to do with it, and I'm tired of this juat sitting on my computer while I can't get myself to write what happens in between this chapter and the last one. :(

But the other reason for posting this is because I have news to share and I don't want to just post another "chapter" of author's notes to bore you with. Here's the news, which can be found in full at my Bio page, along with two new stories there for you:

Good news! I haven't forgotten my fics and you readers! Even better news: I now have my Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts English! :D

Bad news: I seem to have lost the inspiration to finish my ADJL stories, including "Disney's Capture". :( So for now I've gone back to working on "original fiction" short stories and that darn novel (now a series) in the hopes of finishing them for future sale. I'm also branching into a new fandom to see if that will help with my writing.

As for the two new stories:

An AmDrag Christmas (oneshot): s/8995386/1/An-AmDrag-Christmas

Daring Do and the Order of the Eagle (the "new fandom" chapter story to help with my writing): s/9002086/1/Daring-Do-and-the-Order-of-the-Eagle