Everyone: *steps through the rift*
Drake: |:< *as they disappear*
Junior: *grins at his Dad* : D
Drake: What are you smiling about? Both of you have LAPS!
Junior: *stands with Drake, Zemi and the rest of the group outside of Drake’s barn*
Drake: Don’t you think that you can make this a permanent thing! *points at Ben* My barn has better uses than hiding your rifts!
KY: *to Zemi* Dad, you sure you’re going to be okay?
Zemi: I’ll be fine. Don’t worry about me!
Drake: Let this be lesson number one. Humans have to work for their keep. Your job… is to train, Recruit Zemi! That means, LAPS!
Zemi: What’s laps?
Drake: Let me SHOW you. *drags Zemi along out on a field*
KY: I leave Dad alone for a short time, and look what happens.
Kory: Hey, it could be worse.
Drake: *hands Zemi back his practice sword* Even the great paladin king had to start with this.
Zemi: I’m sure he didn’t have to deal with your constant teasing.
Drake: You haven’t seen the start of it! *looks at KY* No further interruptions, unless you wish to join!
KY: Who said that Dad would accept?
Drake: He already signed on the dotted line. *points to some random document that Zemi signed*
Kory: If someone with a smile asks you to sign, you should know it’s a farce!
Zemi: I don’t know how you strange Earthians work.
Drake: It’s better that they think that you perished along with everything else. This world deserves some peace.
Zemi: Do you think I want to see the world hurt?
Drake: What we want is irrelevant in the eyes of all these meddlers.
Zemi: This planet may not accept me, but I have seen the damage that can be done by my kind. I don’t want that for this world.
Drake: Before you face all the evils that plague the world… why don’t you see if you can stay up on your own two feet.
KY: *still consoling Zemi* You don’t have to take this abuse. You can come home with us.
Zemi: I can’t just be a…. nothing, Klu.
Drake: You’ve got a long way before proving Sarafina wrong. *smirks*
Zemi: I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do. But if the Others find me like this… next time, they will destroy me.
Drake: The great Zemi Dreigiau brought down from on high.
Zemi: *looks down, ashamed*
KY: Oh, Dad.
Kory: *sighs* Welcome to the club. *puts his hand Zemi’s shoulder*
Zemi: I’m afraid I’m not much good to anyone like this. I didn’t even know how to find you.
KY: I’m sure we can find some way to heal you.
Drake: You aren’t any good to anyone like this. *grumbles* But you have the potential to be somewhat useful.
KY: *shocked looked at Drake* Did you just make someone apologize… to Dad? To… a dragon?
Zemi: *droops* Klu, I’m not a dragon anymore.
Kory: How… how is that possible? It was something that the Arweinydd did to you?
Zemi: I don’t know. When they tried to Remake us, something unexpected happened. I didn’t think I would survive it.
Drake: Well, it appears that the dragon did not. It just spit out whatever was left. A man who is a dragon in his mind. Has no real fighting skills. No magic. Nothing.
Drake: Sarafina, that will be enough.
Sarafina: Eh… *bows*
Zemi: You are an awful angry young lady for knowing nothing about me.
Drake: Apologize to Zemi. Despite his lack of skills and sense, he is still a student.
Sarafina: ~Embarrassing me in front of the master.~ *grouchy look* I apologize, Zemi DraGOON.
Zemi: *laughs* Dragoon? Well, I accept your apology even though you don’t mean it.
Sarafina: *stomps off, red faced*
Sarafina: *looks at Zemi* And if you ask my opinion, this lot shouldn’t have even passed the entrance test.
Zemi: *rubs his head* Technically, I didn’t take an entrance test.
Sarafina: *anger steels against Zemi* Obviously not. But you’d never pass.
Zemi: *frowns and dusts himself off* I can do that and more. I am Zemi Dreigiau.
Sarafina: You’re a Drag-goon alright.
Sarafina: Who you are doesn’t mean anything. What I see is a two-bit nincompoop.
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