~ Chapter 20: Friends (Part 3) ~
“What’s this?” she asked me and pointed her hand at the invisible message in front of her. “Ah! It vanished! Alkelios? You are Alkelios Yatagai?” she asked tilting her head.
“Yup! Nice to meet you too, Kataryna Greorg, I hope we can be good friends from now on!” I smiled at her.
“Me too.” she nodded.
“Now, how do we get out of this hole?” I asked.
“A good question…” she laughed.
“You don’t know?” I blinked surprised.
“I don’t, but I can find out.” she smiled.
“How?” I squinted my eyes at her.
“We follow the path through there.” she pointed at something behind me.
“That… I can’t see anything there.”
“Maybe it’s a bit hard for normal human eyes?” she scratched her cheek.
“Maybe… [Kitty Eyes].” I activated this skill.
The Magic Energy drain using the skill wasn’t felt at all, so maybe I gained a few points from Kataryna’s stats. Thanks to this, I was able to see perfectly in the dark, although, technically speaking, the iris of the feline wasn’t what granted her the ability to see in the dark in the first place, but meh… details.
“That is a strange ability you have, and your aura seems to have gotten stronger from a moment ago. Interesting…” she said with a smile, while her tail waved left and right.
“Well, my eyes are changed because of the skill. It allows me to see in the dark and around me. The aura probably changed because of my [Dragon Tamer] ability.” I told her and started walking in the direction of the semi-dark corridor.
There were a few fluorescent crystals here and there, which lit up the place a bit, but most of them were on the ceiling behind us. They were the light I saw when I was under the water.
“What does that skill do?” she asked me tilting her head to the left.
“Can you promise not to tell anyone about this?” I stopped and looked back at her.
“You can always seal my lips with a kiss, but I will keep it a secret. You have my word as Kataryna Greorg, a former knight.” she nodded and made a small bow.
“Alright, well… it basically allows me to become friends with dragons and in exchange for that friendship, I gain strength, speed, dexterity, Magic Energy, and Magic Energy Excellence, while the dragons gain the ability to grow faster in power. Well, I call it level…” I explained.
“Hm, a useful ability for you, but the advantages I get are rather minimal. I have no interest in becoming stronger, but then again… being your friend just got a whole lot more interesting.” she smirked and waved her tail a bit faster.
“As long as you don’t kill me or betray me, I’m cool with it.” I told her.
“I never betray my friends. That is a given.” she nodded. “Hm, now that I look at you better, I think the reason why I feel attracted to you and find you interesting is because of this [Dragon Tamer] skill.”
Her words surprised me a bit.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
“Well, many skills in this world aren’t exactly as they are described in the textbooks. It’s possible that your ability is selective about who is allowed to become your friend, and at the same time, it subtly attracts them to you. The feeling I get from you might be the one emanated thanks to this peculiar trait of your ability. You truly are a fascinating and interesting fellow!” she giggled.
“I never thought of it that way… Heh, you learn something new every day.” I said.
After our small talk, we continued on our way through the tunnel. Kataryna took the lead as she could read the winds and figure out the exit faster than I could. While we did so, we didn’t talk about much, we just quietly searched for the way out.
Meanwhile, I was a bit curious about something, so I called out my status and her’s. At this point, these were our current stats:
[Name]: Alkelios Yatagai
[Magic Excellence]: 1%+7%+8.5%+11.5%+7.5%
[Skills]: Show? Y/N
[Skill Points]: 80
[Stat Points]: 1400
In other words, the values for those stats were:
Magic Excellence]: 35.5%
Talk about an overpowered level 141, but even so, my original stats were pathetic. As for the silver-scaled dragoness, her stats were even more ridiculous:
[Name]: Kataryna Greorg
[Species]: Superior Draconian of the Ice Spark
[Awakened Status]: 6 out of 6 conditions met
[Magic Excellence]: 30%
[Current Buffs]: [Dragon Tamer] <3X Life Force and Magic Energy Absorption from kills/Learning Speed>
[Wisdom of the Old One] <Buff acquired through Awakened Breakthrough. It offers the individual a new view of the world. It raised the intuition of the individual. It grants the aura of a wise individual>
Upon seeing her status, I asked her: “What’s a Superior Draconian?”
Kataryna froze in her spot and shot a glance at me “How do you know about that?” she asked.
“It says here on your status.” I shrugged and replied.
“Your ability, right?” she asked.
“Yes.” I nodded.
“Sigh… Guess there’s no point in keeping it a secret from you.” she said scratching the back of her head, then with a mischievous smirk on her lips, she told me “Give me a kiss, and I’ll tell you.”
I gulped. “OooK?”
It wasn’t like I hated it, besides, I wasn’t technically in a stable relationship with anyone.
Coming over, she looked into my eyes and then brought her lips close. This time, she wasn’t as rough as before, but it was still mind blowing. When she pulled back, she licked her lips and giggled.
“That was delicious, thank you.”
“Yeah… you’re welcome.” I was a bit out of it.
“Now, the Superior Draconians are basically those with high affinity towards certain elements. For example, I’m a Superior Draconian of the Ice Spark. Although I can use Shadow and Darkness elements as well, my spells from the Ice and Lightning elements are far stronger than those of a normal draconian. If I wished to, I could summon a blizzard to bury the entire Tomeron town under snow and ice. I could also freeze an entire lake at the snap of my fingers, while a Superior Draconian of the Flame could literally turn it to steam. There are those few, special individuals who belong to the High Elements. They are more or less a myth, but it is said that they have the hardest time of awakening but also are the most powerful when it comes to their elements. When they make an Awakened Breakthrough, they are said to have power equal to a god belonging to that element. Of course, these are just rumors and most likely only refer to a high affinity to an element.” she explained calmly without holding back.
“So that’s how you were able to freeze that room back there!” I said when I remembered.
“It was a cinch!” she giggled.
“But how hard would it be for a Superior Draconian of a High Element to awaken?” I asked curiously, seeing as Seryanna was in such a position.
“Very… Some say they have impossible to meet conditions. I never met one who was awakened. Most of the times, they are killed before they reached awakened status or fail to do so completely and die of old age.” she explained shaking her head.
“Killed?” I asked and gulped.
“Yes. As it is with the human kingdoms and any others for that matter, you will find those individuals in seats of power, who do not see it with kind eyes when someone of such potential appears. They would rather risk a war than offer the chance for a Superior Draconian of a High Element to awaken.” she nodded and then made a sad expression “My last friend… he was the victim of such a plot.”
“I’m sorry to hear that.”
“Don’t worry, this happened more than 500 years ago.” she showed me a soft smile, but I could see it in her eyes that she never got over his death.
Maybe he was someone very close to her? More than a friend? I wondered as we continued to walk.
About two or so hours later, we finally reached the exit. It was dark outside, but it felt so good to breathe the fresh air of freedom!
“This took far less than I had expected.” said Kataryna a bit surprised.
“It took us about four hours to find the exit in that maze! Four hours!” I reminded her.
“Yes, normally, it should have been days even with my skill.” she said shaking her head.
“We’re just lucky, anyway, let’s go and find Seryanna and Kleo, then head back to Brekkar, give him the cure and take a good night’s rest!” I said with joy in my voice and stretching out my hands.
“How will we find them?” Kataryna asked curiously.
“[Dragon Tamer] has the nifty ability to allow me to track one of my friends. Currently, it’s set on Kleo.” I smirked.
“So that’s how you found my lair so quickly. Interesting.” she waved her tail left and right.
“It should be that way!” I said and pointed to my left.
“Good! I’ll fly you there.” she said.
“Huh?” I blinked surprised, but just then, Kataryna spread her wings and took off.
From a few flaps, she was already flying up high in the sky while holding my arms.
“How’s the view from down there?” she asked with smile.
Looking up, I was about to say ‘sexy’, but I refrained and then told her “It’s great! But don’t take us above the clouds, we want to see what’s down below.” I told her.
“Interesting. A normal human would either scream or tremble at this sight, but you are calm, almost like you are used to it.” she said looking back at me with a gleam in her eyes.
“Well, sort off.” I laughed awkwardly.
And thus, we flew towards my two other friends, the dragonesses Kleo and Seryanna. All in all, this adventure turned up just as I wished it to be… without any of us dying.
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