In the morning, after everyone was well rested, the headed off to the Guild. Azumi was the first one out, leading the group to the large castle the Guild was in. She made them run to keep up with her, it was obvious that she wanted to get this over and done with.
"Here it is…" Azumi scowled, and bared her teeth.
"It's beautiful!" Luna cried, her head resting on Alex's shoulder.
They entered the hall, and Azumi watched them look around in awe.
"This place is amazing!" Alex gaped, "Anyone wanna come explore with me?"
"I will!" Nall and Kagi called out at the same time.
"I'll take Luna to the lounge area while you do that." Nash said, coming out of a classroom.
"I'll go with Luna." Azumi glared at the floor.
"Ok, we will see you girls soon then!" Kagi called cheerfully, following Alex and Nall.
Once the boys were gone, Nash led the girls into the lounge and let them relax. Luna heard someone playing the Goddess song and went to investigate. She found a pale man dressed in purple, playing a string instrument. And a young girl, possibly his daughter, dancing elegantly to the music. Hearing Luna enter he stopped, the girl dashed behind him, hiding.
"Oh, I'm so sorry I interrupted! You see, I heard the music and, I – well I thought it was Alex that was playing!" Luna blushed, and looked down.
"Mmmm… it's… no bother." Ghaleon smiled gently.
Luna ducked back into the lounge, while Ghaleon got up.
"It seems we have company, let's get ready to greet them." Ghaleon grabbed his daughter's hand and led her inside.
With the boys
Alex, Nall, and Kagi had just entered a dark, calming room. They saw a young, black haired girl sitting on her bed crying. She heard their arrival and looked up. She got up, tears falling to the floor, and looked at their feet.
"I'm sorry, but I can't go to Magic School today. I'm… not feeling well." She looked up and gasped. "Oh, I'm sorry! I mistook you for a messenger of my mother's. Um… my name is Mia. Mia Ausa. May I ask your name?"
"I'm Alex, this is Nall, and this is Kagi." Alex pointed at the others in turn.
"Hi." Both dragons looked at Mia dreamily.
"Um… not to be rude, pretty lady, but why were you crying?" Kagi looked at her with a smile.
"It's nothing serious. My mom is acting different, she is being crueler than normal, and I think my big sister is dead. No one knows what happened to her." Mia noticed something behind the boys. "Oh, Nash! How long have you been there?"
"Not long. Master Ghaleon is ready to see you." Nash said leading the boys away, once outside Mia's room, he whirled around and yelled. "Why the hell did you enter Mia's room? No one is aloud in there without Lemia Ausa's permission!"
Nash stormed down the hall, Alex was running after him. Luna came out of the lounge, Azumi on her shoulder, and dashed after them.
"Where… are… we… going…?" Luna asked, running out of breath.
"To see…. some…. guy named…. Ghaleon." Alex almost fell over.
Kagi zipped over to Azumi and pecked her on the cheek. She pushed him away and sighed, following the others. When they entered the room, Luna recognized the man behind the desk. It was that strange musician!
Ghaleon heard his door close, so he turned his head and squinted at Alex.
He turned around fully and said, "Welcome to the Magic Guild of Vane, Alex of Burg. I am Ghaleon, premier of the Guild. My apprentice Nash speaks quite highly of you boy, he says you passed the Trial of the White Dragon. If that's true, perhaps you can help me."
Ebony had stayed quiet. She was happy resting in her father's arms, and she was warm.
"Alex, I smell Ebony nearby…" Nall whispered into Alex's ear.
"Same for me." Azumi scowled at Ghaleon, who acted indifferent.
"Nall? Azumi?" Ebony piped up.
"You know these dragons?" Ghaleon looked down at his arms and smiled at his daughter.
"Yep!" Ebony grinned before launching herself out of his arms and hugging Nall, Azumi, Luna, Alex, and Kagi. "Nall has been looking after me with Azumi-nee-chan, Luna-nee-san, and Alex-aniki."
Ebony barely finished that sentence when Azumi started to sob into her neck.
"Don't EVER scare me like that again!" Azumi howled.
"I won't!" Ebony held Azumi in a tight hug,
She suddenly remembered what Ghaleon had taught her, she knew he was most likely upset with her behavior. She got up, gave Azumi to Luna, walked over to his side, and turned back into her small dragon form. Ghaleon picked her up and cradled her in his arms.
"Sorry daddy…" Ebony muttered.
"It's ok sweetie." Ghaleon kissed the top of her head.
"How did you meet Ebony?" Nall and Luna asked together.
"I was told by the Black Dragon that if I passed his Trial, I would get his blessing. I swiftly passed the trial, but instead of receiving the Dragon armor, I got Ebony. She has been with me for thirty years, and she is just like my daughter. She will be staying with me for the next few months. Now I need you to go and investigate a Dragonmaster sighting on Lann Island. I'd go myself, but I was just reunited with y daughter and I'm extremely busy with the Guild."
"What!" Azumi screeched, she was horribly upset.
"Why?" Nall cried.
Before Ghaleon could reply, Azumi began to look like she was dry heaving and shivering, as if she was having a seizure. She growled at Ghaleon, but it was much deeper than normal.
"I. Need. To. Get. Out. Of. Here!" Azumi tore out of the building, Alex and friends following.
Azumi made it back to the small house and made everyone go to bed.
Azumi went outside and sat on the roof, Kagi followed her, fearing another attack.
"What WAS that back there?" Kagi asked.
"I don't know off hand." Azumi lied smoothly.
"It's over now though." Kagi slid closer to Azumi. "Can I kiss you?"
He leaned in and gently kissed Azumi. When he pulled away, they headed back into the house and fell asleep.
"I love you." He whispered before falling asleep.
In the morning they got ready to go, and see this rumored Dragonmaster.
"Let's go everyone." Alex groaned.