You know, I wonder what would happen if I ate over ripe fruit. Would I get a stomach ache? Would I have bad diarrhea? Would I get both?
...Anyway, updating this sounds less painful. So, here we go!
In the haze of humidity and heat on Canal Street, people rushed to and from work unaware of their surroundings. Some were too busy to notice a flash of blue light appearing in an alley. Those who do notice pass it off as some tourist taking a picture.
"Worst. Ride. Ever." Sam said dully. The three friends clumsily climbed off the jet-ski.
Jin's head felt a little dizzy and foggy as she pushed a button to make the vehicle shrink small enough to fit into her pocket. "Okay...we made it. I think."
The girls walked out of the alley and onto the sidewalk. Carli wrinkled her nose. "Ugh...this is the past?"
"I guess so." Jin looked around until she spotted the electronics shop. "Hey, there it is!"
"Wow, that was fast." Sam commented. They stepped out onto the street, and a car zoomed past them, scaring the crap out of them. "What was that?"
"A car." Carli stated. "They drive cars during this time period."
"Oh..." Jin sighed. "Okay...I think they had crosswalks, too. So let's find one."
"Another day, no customers." Jake sighed as he wiped down the counter.
"How does your grandfather make money?" Michelle asked Jake.
Jake shrugged. "I swear, it's even more mysterious than Jimmy Hoffa's disappearance."
Just then, three girls slightly younger than they are entered the shop. Jake and his friends tried not to look too eager.
"Hey, there!" Jake greeted. "Welcome to Canal Street Electronics. And before you ask: no, we do not sell iPhones or iPods here."
"Oh. That's okay. " The girl with the yellow shirt and blue jeans said. "Actually, we're looking for someone named Jake Long. Do you know him?"
"You're looking at him." Jake gestured to himself. "What can I do you for?"
"Well...it's like this." Jin began. "Um...we're not...from around here. As in here, here."
"We're from the year 3007." Jin said. "I am Jin Long. The American Dragon from that time period." She dragoned up. Jake and his friends were impressed and a little confused.
"Uh...okay. Um...what...brings you here?" Jake asked. He smirked. "Overpopulation?"
"Um, no. Actually, we're here to prevent a genocide." Jin admitted. She dragoned down and gestured to her friends. "These are my friends Carli and Sam."
"Nice to meet you." Jake replied. "These are my friends Michelle, Leah, Ben, Trixie, and Spud, and my girlfriend Rose."
"Hi, nice to meet you." They all said and laughed at the awkwardness.
"Did you say you're trying to prevent a genocide?" Asked Leah.
"The Dark Dragon is back." Jin announced. "The Temple opened yesterday in 3007, and he's headed for New York. I-I need help. I can't do this on my own."
Jake was shell-shocked. This was the last thing he was expecting. He swallowed. "Oh...well..." He rubbed the back of his head nervously. "Aren't...aren't there other dragons who can help you?"
Rose raised an eyebrow at Jake. She can't believe what she's hearing! When has Jake ever tossed an opportunity to fight?
Jin sank a little. "Well, yeah, but they don't have your experience. All of us dragons together are no match for him. Plus, since you tossed him into the vortex, he'll be after me for revenge. He'll kill my friends and family."
Jake sighed. "Look, I'm sorry, but-"
"Okay, this has gone far enough." Trixie interrupted. She grabbed Jake's shirt and started pulling him towards the back room. "Come on."
Rose followed the two. They stopped and Trixie slapped Jake in the arm. "What's wrong with you?"
Jake flinched. "What?"
"Jin might be one of your descendants. Your family. She's asking for help, and you turn your back on her?" Rose asked, appalled. She smacked Jake's other arm. "How could you?"
"I'm not! I just don't think it's a good idea!"
"Why?" Asked Rose again.
"Rose, I went to the past and almost erased myself from existance. Imagine what would happen if any of us got killed in the future!" Jake reasoned.
"We'll be more careful!" Rose insisted.
"Yeah!" Trixie chimed in. "Besides, what if something bad happens and you weren't there to help? Would you forgive yourself?"
Jake sighed deeply. They had a point there. "Jeez..."
"So, how do we get to the future?" Jake asked Jin.
Jin smiled gratefully and pulled out her vehicle. "This. This is a time travel vehicle. It's roomy enough for all of you if...if all of you want to come."
"Hell, yeah!" Spud pumped his fist.
"I'm in." Ben said excitedly.
"Me, too." Michelle said. "DD and I have a score to settle."
"I'm coming, too." Trixie said. Leah nodded in agreement.
"Well, if everyone's going, then I am." Rose smiled.
Jake hesitated. "Rose, I don't know. I don't want to lose you. It could be dangerous."
"Jake, I'll be fine." Rose caressed his cheek. "Besides, I've faced tougher problems than this."
"Well...okay." Jake smiled.
"Wow! This is the future?"
The ten friends walked into Jin's house. Jin's parents were at work which worked well for them.
"Yep." Jin turned on the TV for news. Nothing came up. "Well, all seems quiet so far."
"Hey, maybe the Dark Dragon will show up on my mirror." Michelle suggested. She pulled out her mirror. "Show me the Dark Dragon." The mirror glowed and showed the Dark Dragon, Chang, and Dave flying over the city.
Jin swallowed. "Yikes..."
"Relax, Jin." Ben smiled. "We'll make sure Darkie stays the hell away from you, your friends, and family."
"Thanks." Jin smiled. She glanced at the mirror again. "I recognize those two others. My dragon master sent me a picture of the woman and boy fleeing from the vortex in China."
"That's Chang and Dave." Jake replied. "Well, I guess we know what she was planning now..."
"Yep. Freeing the Dark Dragon, and destroying humanity." Leah stated and shook her head slowly.
"We need to figure out how to get rid of the Dark Dragon permanently." Jin pulled up the internet on her computer. "I don't suppose you have any idea of any weakness the DD might have? Or something strong enough to kill him?"
"I might." Rose revealed. "The Huntsclan originated from the dragon hunters in medieval times when dragons were killed by some sort of serum glazed on a sword. The serum had blood of a Hunter on it. That's why we have dragon tattoos."
"Yikes. How do you know so much about the Huntsclan?" Carli asked. "Were you kidnapped by them? Was your dad-"
"I was a Huntsclan member." Rose replied dully. "I fell in love with Jake, which made me open my eyes about the Huntsclan. I got sick of them. Though, actually, you're right- I did get kidnapped by them."
"Yikes. Sorry." Carli said.
"It's all right." Rose shrugged. "Hey, at least they gave me good lodgings." They laughed.
Jin's phone rang. "Hello?"
"Jin, it's me." Renee said. "Look out your window. What do you see?"
Puzzled, Jin walked to her window. Her eyes widened when she saw her neighbors slowly walking in a trancelike state. "What the hell?"
"It's some sort of spell." Renee revealed. "The Dark Dragon must be luring them somewhere. I'm not sure if it affects dragons, but humans are definitely affected."
Jin put a hand to her forehead and groaned. 'Now what?'