Ayan~ Thanks for reading this far! [Bows profusely]

Thank you to Sara Darkotter who is my beta reader, colbub who wrote the first fan fic I read, and all of my readers! (That's you)

If you've been wondering, Neither Haru or Hina are based off me. I could never be that mature… :(

Instead of L saying things with a heart, I'm using ~

Maiko's POV…

"Next player~" My heat pounded as I stepped up to the weird machine-chair thingy. I was going to get my own dragon! L-chan pointed at the screen and announced, "Here is Maiko Yukino's partner! This is…" I felt like my head was going to explode from all the pressure.

"Gorao!" I breathed a sigh of relief as Kumiko ran up to me.

"Your dragon is so much cooler than mine! I'm so jealous," she gushed. "Remember the rules? Let's get started than!" We sat down in identical weird machine-chair thingies.

One week later…

I wonder what Reiji's dragon is? I waited with baited breath as L-chan processed the data. "Here is Reiji Ozora's partner! This is…" As L-chan delivered the standard lines, I clenched my fists in anticipation…

And gawked. Reiji's long-awaited dragon was… LAME! The crowd cracked up laughing. You could even hear the technicians laughing in the control room. I had never seen such a lame dragon. How Reiji-like. It was a slightly different scene as Reiji and I sat down in the two weird machine-chair thingies.


I fell onto Gorao's back. This time, the D-zone was a city. I checked the navigation function on my mobile. Good. Reiji was safe – for now. On an impulse, I looked up.

"Huh?" There was something falling from the sky. A girl, to be precise, with dragon wings and fox ears? What was going on? Was there a bug in the system? Although hard to believe, DD was a virtual reality game. It's got to get a virus sometime. With a CRASH, she landed next to me on Gorao.

"Tsune~ Where am I?" the girl/dragon/fox asked, her red ears twitching. "Who are you?"

"I'm Maiko Yukino. We're in the D-zone," I gently responded.

"Tsune~ Nice to meet you," she bowed. "I'm… Akiko, I think."

"You think?"

"Tsune~ I can't remember much… Oh! I do remember one thing! I'm looking for someone, but I can't remember who…" I examined her up close. She had flaming red dragon wings and fox ears, the color totally in contrast with her deep blue hair. She was wearing a winter school uniform and she held a small, hand-bound notebook, filled with messy pages of drawings.

"It's ok. I'll help you find whoever it is you're looking for. I'm sure they'll remember you!"

"Tsune~ Thanks! You mentioned the D-zone earlier. What's that?" I let out a sharp intake of breath.

"The D-zone is in virtual reality. Actually, it's sort of strange that you show up here… Oh well. " I checked my mobile again. Through all the confusion, I had almost forgotten about Reiji. Sure enough, he was in a fight with a player already. I turned back.

"Tsune~ Where are we going?" Akiko inquired innocently.

"Helping my loser friend," I answered.

"Tsune~ It's weird that you call your friend a loser."

"It's because he is one. You'll meet him soon enough."

"Ok," Akiko smiled brightly, blindingly brightly in fact. I looked closer, only to discover that there were tiny flames illuminating her face. I turned away.

"Akiko, you're on fire," I told her.

"Waah!" She waved her hands rapidly around the flames until they went out.

One minute later with Reiji…

I ran towards a rapidly elevating Reiji. Chibi's wings were growing at a surprising rate. Reiji seemed unaware of how abnormal this was, and he was ordering Chibi to blast a fireball at another player, whom I recognized as Daisuke Hagiwara from class 2-G. Chibi's fireball took the last of Hagiwara's health, and he exited the game.

I looked back to find Akiko cowering behind Gorao.

"What are you doing?" I asked her.

"Tsune~ Hiding," She whispered. "You never told me that your loser friend was a…"

"Was a what?"

"Tsune~ A boy!" She shuddered. "Boys are scary!"

"Fine. Stay back there. See if I care," I turned towards Reiji. "Reiji! Over here!" Reiji floated to the ground. "What happened?"

"I don't know."

"What kind of answer is that?"

"Well, when Chibi wanted to fight, I decided to fight too. I wasn't sure if those little wings could fly. I felt this tingling all over my body and he just flew. It was freaky. I guess that's how I operate my dragon. I think I'm going to get into this game," he smiled.

"Of course you're going to like this game! I recommended it to you!" I turned back to Gorao. "Akiko! You can come out! It's ok! Reiji's not scary!"

"Whose Akiko?" Reiji queried.

"Tsune~ Yes he is! All boys are scary!" I sighed.

"Either you're going to come out yourself or I'm going to drag you out here!" She inched forward from behind Gorao.

"Tsune~ Are you sure that Reiji won't do anything?"

"Yes. I'm positive. NOW GET OUT HERE ALREADY!" She reluctantly walked closer.

"Huh? Who is she? What the-" Reiji cut off as he noticed her appendages.

"This is my new friend, Akiko. As far as I can tell, she's one third dragon, one third human, and one third fox," I explained.

"Tsune~ I am not! I'm three-thirds dragon! I remember that…" Akiko trailed off uncertainly.

"As you can see, she has amnesia. All that she can remember is that she's looking for someone," I sighed.

"Cool! A humanoid dragon! I wonder what her attacks are. And se can talk! Awesome!"

"Time's up. The game is over. I'll see you later, Akiko."

"Already?" Reiji whined.

Ayan~ How did you like it? Reviews are appreciated!

Tsune~ is short for kitsune, the Japanese word for fox. I thought it'd be cute since Akiko has fox ears. Should I give Akiko any other dragon traits?

Thank you for reading!