It was almost 6 A.M. at the dragon city when the sun rose over the walls, nearly rebuilt. Slight rays of light slipped through the curtains of the small building that housed a sleeping Spyro. Cynder, who was across the hall, was trying to regain sleep after yet another nightmare when she came in.

"Spyro," she whispered into the room. No response. "Are you awake?"

Spyro stirred. "I wasn't." He rolled over to see Cynder walking towards him. "What's up?" he asked.

Cynder stared at him with the same sad, confused eyes she used on him for the past few days. "Again?" Spyro said, reading her mind. She nodded slowly. "Come on, Cyn, it was just a dream."

Her frightened stare turned into a confused look when Spyro said 'Cyn.' "What'd you call me?" she asked.

"Oh, sorry," he said. "I just…had a dream about that. I won't say it again." Spyro said apologetically.

"No, no, it's fine." She paused a moment. "I kind of like it." Her face was only in a confused pose for just a moment, then the second she remembered her dream she changed her expression.

"Tell me about it, Cyn," Spyro said.

Cynder shook her head. "I don't want to talk about it."

He shrugged. "Fair enough. But if you didn't want to talk about it, why'd you come see me?"

She sighed deeply. "I needed to make sure you were still…you."


Eshira was forced to walk to the west, not being able to fly with the skeleton, which she knew she needed. She looked back at the mountain, hard to see in the dead of night. "Just shut up and keep walking," Malefor said, using the skeleton as a transmitter.

"I never said anything," she said.

"True, but you were thinking it." Eshira didn't respond.

"What am I looking for, exactly?" she asked.

"Just look for the glow." Sure enough, she spotted a rock in a large pile that stood out from all the others. The deep purple glow was easily recognizable as a dark crystal in the night.

She moved the rock aside, revealing the 'surprise,' which was nothing more than a dark crystal necklace. "This is it?" she said, picking it up with her tail. "You've got to be kidding me."

"It's more important than you may think. With this, you can talk to me wherever and whenever you want."

"Can't I talk through the skeletons?" she asked.

"Actually, that was a one-time thing. I used a bit of the crystal in the mountain when I raised this skeleton. You need this crystal to talk to me now." The skeleton by her side disappeared into the ground, appearing as is if it jumped below the earth.

"Now, that being said, time to attack Warfang," Malefor said.

"So soon? Don't I get a break?"

Malefor sighed. "All right, I'll give you a thirty second break, then back to business." A skeleton emerged from the ground, followed by another, two more, then four more, the number of skeletons doubling each time.

"By the time your break is over, there will be an army at least seven times the Warfang population, of all races."

Eshira's good mood instantly disappeared. "Do I have to―"

"Yes, fear and shadow, on every single one of them."

Warfang is ganna get pwnt. xD Anyway, summer break's almost here, which means way more chapters way faster. I've also been writing ahead, don't be surprised if there's two chapters submitted within a minute.