Scott Westerfeld Forum

Scott's Books => Leviathan / Behemoth / Goliath => Topic started by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:03:02 PM

Title: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:03:02 PM
Hey! It's Falconsong, with my fanfic. It's getting...really long, and it's lying scattered. I think it would be better if I'd made a giant collection and put stuff on here instead of all over the fanfic board
So here's the giant collection!

NOTE: I will POST EVERYTHING in the FRONT PAGE. So check the front page every once in a while.


The Leviathan was lazily soaring over the Pacific Ocean, on the way to Japan. It was very warm for an October day, and if that was normal in Asia, Alek didn't know. He looked around his room, which, fortunately, he was still allowed out of. Dylan was somewhere up on topside, doing his duties with Newkirk.

"Fine day, isn't it, Bovril?" Alek asked, tickling Bovril on his neck fur.

"Japan! Mr. Sharp!" Bovril giggled madly. Alek sighed. Bovril will never stop saying that.

Alek felt the need to stretch his legs, and took Bovril with him on the topside. The crewmen passing by him were giving him suspicious glares, but said nothing. It was very warm and sunny on the topside, and Alek could see what he thought was Japan ahead. He was looking for Dylan, and he couldn't see him.

When he finally found Dylan, he was lying on his back, taking a nap, snoring. Alek almost laughed, his friend's facial expression was most amusing. It made him look almost...childish.

Alek noticed Dylan's sketchpad near him, so he assumed he was drawing before. He picked up the sketchpad and leafed through it. Dylan's drawings were very good and lifelike, although it was mostly beasties and machines. There was one of Bovril too, and Alek grinned, because Bovril looked adorable in this picture.

Then suddenly, he noticed a picture that wasn't  part of the sketchpad. It looked hastily stuffed in. It was a picture of a fat cat, the drawing obviously childish. It looked enough like a cat, yet it wasn't the intricate drawings that Dylan made. Alek noticed a name scrawled in cursive at the bottom. It looked something like "Deryn Amelia Sharp". Who was this 'Deryn'? Dylan's cousin, or sister?

Then he noticed Dylan starting to stir.

Alek looked guiltily at the sketchpad in his hand. He should've asked his friends permission first before looking at it. Maybe it was private.

Dylan blinked his gray-green (Yeah, let's just assume it's that colour, alright? XD) eyes, looking very sleepy. His sandy blonde hair stuck up and he still looked confused. "Hi, there, your princeliness." Dylan yawned sleepily.

"You too, Dylan." Alek said. "I see you're sleeping on the job!"

"Lies!" Dylan yelped. "I already finished all by barking duties, and I was just taking a nap!"

"Er...I looked at your drawings..." Alek started awkwardly. "I hope you didn't mind."

"Nah, it's alright." Dylan shrugged.

Alek took the picture of the very fat cat and waved it. "Is this one of your sister's or cousin's drawings? Because it's signed 'Deryn' on here."

Dylan looked a bit horrified, and took the cat away from his hand. "Sure...uh...D-Deryn's mu-my c-c-cousin..." Dylan stammered, looking a bit nervous. "She...uh...gave it to me before she left. She's only seven years old."

Alek raised an eyebrow, wondering why Dylan was so nervous about something so casual. "Embarrassed?"

"I guess." Dylan grumbled. "I can't believe I kept something like this..." The young airman smiled sheepishly.

"I think it's rather sweet your cousin drew it for you." Alek said.

"Yes, sure." Then Dylan's eyes brightened. "Remember my auntie's cat I told you about, the one that was very fat, and couldn't get on it's own feet?"

Alek laughed. "It's this one?"

Dylan smiled. "Aye!"

They both heard a voice yelling "land ho!" Alek and Dylan both ran towards the front of the ship, looking down. They were already over Japan.

"We'll be there in about two hours, I reckon." Dylan commented.

"Where are we going?" Alek asked.

"A little town near Tokyo, since there's much more space there." Dylan replied. "Don't know anything more."

"I wonder what Japan will be like?"

"Aye, so do I."


"Now, boys, look sharp." Dr. Barlow chided them as Deryn, Newkirk and Alek slumped. Deryn felt hot and stiff in her dress uniform.

"Barking spiders, it's hot out here!" Newkirk exclaimed.

"Aye, that's because Japan's more near the south than Europe, right?" Deryn said.

"Yes, Dylan." Dr. Barlow said. "Now, we're almost at the Center of Fabrication and Training."

"What is this place called?" Alek asked.

"It's Sagamihara." Dr. Barlow replied. "Close to Tokyo, but not too close, and a lot of space for the beasties to roam."

The Leviathan just landed in Japan, in the middle of their airship landing port. But the Leviathan crew still had to walk half a mile to get to the Center. It was barking warm for October, around 65 degrees!  The whole crew was invited, so they had to take the Clankers too.

"Japan." Bovril chimed, then giggled. Deryn scratched the loris's wee head from where it clung from her shoulder.

Deryn couldn't believe she was on the other side of the world. They'd come a long way from Britain. And the native folks here were the strangest that Deryn had seen before. Even the Turks weren't this strange. Generally short, skin with a golden tone, and the blackest hair and eyes that she'd ever seen. The Japanese had strange features. All of them had slanted eyes, small mouths, and big noses. With their looks, Deryn kept thinking they looked like mischievious cats or sly foxes.

"The Japanese sure look strange!" Newkirk said.

"Now, now, Newkirk. Be nice." Dr. Barlow scolded. "We probably look strange to them too."

"Never thought about it that way..." Alek commented. "So what is the Center of Fabrication and Training?"

"It's where boffins fabricate new species, and train the young ones." Dr. Barlow said.

Right now, people walking down the street in this outskirt of town were giving them looks. All curious, Deryn thought. Maybe they just want to know what we are, and why there's so many of us. Then Deryn caught a small figure hiding in the shadows. Whether boy or girl, she couldn't tell. But when she looked again, it was already gone.

Deryn looked for the small, slim figure in the shadows again. She craned her neck around Newkirk...and there it was! It was a black-clad boy wearing flight goggles, an odd riding hat, and a scarf. Barely anything was uncovered. He must've been barking hot. He walked casually down the road and appeared quite undaunted to be walking around in such a strange outfit. The natives here were giving him no notice. The black-clothed youth disappeared inside a building in the Center.

"I wonder who that is..." Alek muttered.

"Probably one of the trainers." Dr. Barlow said.

"Wasn't he a tad bit young?" Deryn asked.

"Who knows?" Dr. Barlow said. "He was entire covered, and wasn't all that short."

Just as they neared the Center, a tall, Asian man with glasses and a suit approached them.

"Hello, Dr.Barlow; welcome to the Center of Fabrication and Training." The man greeted politely. Then he gave a little bow. Deryn noticed that the man had a strange accent, probably Japanese.

"Thank you, Dr. Sato." Dr Barlow also bowed back. The captain and the other officers were greeted by Dr Sato in the same way.

"Please follow me to the arena." He said, and gestured towards a large stadium near where the black-clad boy had gone.

"Japan sure" Alek muttered to Deryn.

"Aye it is, but you should see Scotland!" Deryn said. But it was true. Japan was very green. They were surrounded by green mountains, and there seemed to be small evergreen shrubs everywhere she looked.

The arena was a large, dirt filled stadium. There were several targets in the middle of it. Deryn, Newkirk, Alek, and Dr Barlow all sat in the front seats. The seats were on flat ground surrounding the stadium.

"I  wonder what they're going to show us?" Deryn asked.

"Oh, a few of their newly fabricated beasties, certainly." Replied an unfamiliar voice. Deryn looked up to see a golden haired boy with blue eyes, wearing a white tunic-like shirt like the natives. Probably to blend in. Deryn thought. But the poor boy stuck out like a sore thumb. He was carrying a sketchpad and a pencil case. "Mind if I sit here?"

"No, go ahead." Deryn replied. Then, she heard the sound of several loud whistles blowing in unison. The crew of the Leviathan looked alarmed. But the blonde boy just looked calm, turning his eyes to the sky and simply said:"look up!"

Then, several flying figures flew in a V pattern right in the sky where she was staring at. The flying figures zipped over the stadium, and flew right over her head! They were GRIFFINS!

"Why in the blazes did I leave all of my drawing tools at the Leviathan?!" Deryn complained.

"Here, borrow some of mine." The blonde boy beside her ripped out a page and gave her several pencils.

"Thank" Deryn did not know the boy's name

"Julian." He introduced himself, and went back to drawing.

The griffins were magnificent, and Deryn saw a black-clad figure on its back!

" Is he the same one?" Deryn muttered to Alek.

"Maybe, but it would be impossible to tell." Alek said.

The griffins landed, and the boy on the lead griffin scrambled down. He took off his scarf and put a whistle to his mouth. The griffins flew in patterns to the sound. Everyone was in awe. Even more flying figures joined, and they looked like horses with wings. They also flew in patterns.

"Pegasus!" Alek breathed. Even he, the Clanker was in awe of the fabs.

The Pegasus flew for a while, until they disappeared into a door next to the stadium. Then, the trainer inside motioned them to all be quiet, and once they were silent, he took out some sort of flute and blew into it. Strangely haunting melody floewed out.

Then, a night-purple snake with raven- like wings on it's side slithered out. it had ten wings.'Without stopping playing the trainer stepped out of the way of a target and the snake-thing sprayed vicious poison.

The target MELTED. It looked like metal. The trainer stopped playing and scratched the thing on it's head. He motioned clapping, and everyone did.

The trainer stopped scratching the snake-thing's head, and the thing rubbed its head on the trainer, strangely intimate and cat-like. The trainer laughed, and pushed it away. It slithered back where it came from.

"And that," Dr Sato announced. "Is our welcoming presentation!" everyone cheered and started to sparse.

" That was amazing!" Alek yelped.

"Aye! It was!" Deryn exclaimed.

"S-s-ure" Newkirk stammered. Deryn rolled her eyes. She  caught sight of the griffin rider.

No jacket, no goggles, no cap.

Deryn now knew why the rider was wearing so much. Not only because of the cold air in high altitudes, but to cover that face shape and figure.

The rider was a girl.

"Dylan, what's wrong?" Alek asked, when hearing her sharp intake of breath. Deryn was just about to tell him of the trainer, until she caught Julian's eyes, they were pleading and he was shaking his head.

"Err...nothing. Just thought I saw a snake.." Deryn lied.

Julian nodded. "there are lots of snakes around here, most of them poisonous. Wouldn't be surprised if one did get into the stadium."

Alek and Newkirk looked nervous and hurried out.

"Now, was that thing about snakes actually true?" Deryn muttered to Julian.

"Oh, yes. I wasn't fibbing." the boy said. "Thank you for not telling your friend."

"But why? There wasn't anything bad about it...right?" Deryn was confused.

"There are many female trainers," Julian admitted. "Not uncommon, but it doesn't mean that they're allowed to train the ones for military use."

"So it's all a secret?" Deryn asked. "Then why do they let a young girl train griffins?"

"They wouldn't if she just wasn't so good with them." Julian sighed. "It's a bit of a secret here at the center, and if anyone else found out, it would be a bit of a disgrace. They might never let her train with the fabs ever again."

Deryn understood. Wasn't all she ever wanted to do was to be in the air? "Don't worry, I won't tell."

"Thank you." Julian looked relieved. "You don't know how much this means to her."

But I do, Deryn thought. But of course she wasn't going to say that. "But Julian; who exactly is she and who exactly are you?

Julian smiled. "That's irrelevant. You'll find out later anyways. Goodbye." With that he left.

Barking spiders, was everyone this secretive?

Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:04:34 PM
Alek was truly bored. The tour was amazing, seeing all those fabricated beasts. But now, they just sat there and did nothing. Dylan was intently listening into what Dr. Barlow was saying, but Newkirk looked asleep on his feet.

There were several boffins; Dr. Barlow, Dr. Sato, Dr. Starling, Dr. Adams, Dr. Bellamont, and Dr. Yang. The male boffins were all dressed in pristine suits.

"Bored?" Dr. Sato said, startling Alek out of his daze, looking at the dust swirling in the light.

"Um...yes...sorry." Alek was embarrased.

"Well don't worry, the other teenagers will be here soon." Dr. Sato said. "I asked them to introduce themselves to you three."

"Oh, um, thank you." Alek said.

"Oh, look, here they come!" Dr. Sato looked towards the door, and two Japanese teenagers walked in.

One was a girl, dressed in a very slim, almost skintight , long white dress with cherry blossom patterns. She was all smiles, her hair slightly wavey and style in a bun. Her eyes were round and slanted slightly, like a kitten. She was even pretty by European standards. The innocent, content air she had reminded Alek of well...a kitten.

The boy, on contrast, was wearing a black suit, and the two must've been related. They looked very much alike, even though the boy had none of the girl's soft features. His features were similar to the Japanese girl's, but sharper. If the girl was a kitten, then this boy was a tiger.

"These are my two children." Dr. Sato said, proudly. "I'll leave you be now." He then rejoined the other scientists.
"Hi, I'm Clara." The Japanese girl greeted. "And this is my brother Peter." Peter nodded, coolly. The girl had the same soft accent as her father, and Alek thought it was probably a Japanese accent.
"I'm Alek." Alek said.

"Midshipman Dylan Sharp, at your service!" Dylan grinned, Alek rolled his eyes, while smiling, at his friend's introduction.

Clara smiled. Peter just looked as impassive as ever. "And...who are you?" Clara asked, her question directed at Newkirk.

"'m...err...Newkirk. Nichollas Newkirk! [Okay, he has no first name so I made it up!]" Newkirk stammered. He looked a little too eager. Alek caught Dylan's eyes as he raised an eyebrow, and Alek grinned.

"The others should be here now..." Peter frowned, looking at his watch.

"Peter, calm down. You know Julian and James had to finish writing up something for my father, Louise is God knows where, and...." Clara trailed off, and shook her head.

As if on cue, two boys, and another girl walked in. Alek recognized one of them as the blonde haired boy who sat near them during the welcoming show. Except now he was wearing a suit.

The other boy was wearing a dead black suit, and had short light brown hair. He had a sharp jawline and sarcastic blue eyes that looked impatient right now.

The girl...well, she took Alek's breath away. She was startlingly lovely, with curly blond hair in ringlets, and that was styled so part of it was tied, and the other part was flowing. She looked like a beautiful, perfect porcelain doll, with rose-petal coloured cheeks, and china-white skin. Her skin was flawless, she had round, kind blue eyes, the daintiest fingers Alek had ever seen, a small nose, and a cute, small mouth. She was wearing a white, ruffled, silk dress. Alek couldn't help stare at her.

"What took you so long?" Peter asked coldly. Was he always like this? Alek thought. Then he must be insufferable. "Okay, James and Julian, I understand, but Louise? Where were you? Styling your hair?"

"As a matter of fact I was. You need to prepare yourselves for visitors."  With this, Louise smiled shyly under her long lashes at Alek. He blushed. Dylan rolled his eyes extravagantly.

"Now where's that--" Peter began, but was interrupted by the sound of a door opening.

Another Asian girl walked in, except this one was really...bold. She walked with none of the softness that the other Asian girls Alek had seen so far, no ladylike fashion. All eyes were turned on her, and even Alek couldn't deny that she was striking. She was also wearing the same type of dress that Clara was wearing, except in black with a pink peony design. If she noticed all eyes were on her, she appeared quite unaffected, or she was just used to this. Her features were like Clara's except, even sharper and crueler than Peter's. What would've been beautifu, exotic featuresl; lustrous straight black hair left open, a heart-shaped face, cupid's bow mouth, and slanted cat eyes, were destroyed by the cruel demeanor she had on her face. The wolf-like look scared Alek a bit, and she had the blackest eyes he had ever seen.

"You're late." Peter growled. Alek was startled. Peter was cold, but politely so, but now he was just being openly rude.

"Yes, fashionably so." The girl retorted, raising her head up even higher and holding Peter's gaze. By the way those two were glaring at each other, Alek knew there was no lost love between them.

Clara and and the blonde haired girl cringed, the brown haired boy rolled his eyes and looked at the ceiling, and Julian shifted closer to the girl.

"Well, now we're all here, let's reintroduce ourselves..." Clara suggestive.

"I'm Louise Bellamont." The blonde haired girl greeted shyly.

"James Starling." The boy looked bored.

"I'm Julian Adams, but I think you already met me." Julian smiled.

"The name's Yang Fei Lin, if you can't remember that, call me Diana, if you can't remember that, call me Fei [pronoucned like fay, just so you guys know]." The wolf-like girl said casually.

"Um...I'm Alek..." Alek introduced himself again awkwardly. He noticed Dylan staring thoughtfully at the wolf-like girl, as if he recognized her.

"If with all these names, what are we supposed to call you?" Dylan asked the girl.

"Oh, I prefer Fei." She replied.

"And Dylan and that's Newkirk." Dylan pointed to Newkirk who was still staring at Clara.

"So, who are you people?" Newkirk asked.

"Children of those scientists over there." Fei pointed to the boffins standing together, talking.

"Wait...those scientists look familiar..." Then Dylan's jaw's dropped. "You mean, those are the boffins? The ones that created some of the most famous fabricated beasts? Including our ship?"

"Yes." James replied. Newkirk's and Dylans' jaws dropped, Dylan's even wider.

"NOt again..." Julian groaned. "This is why I didn't tell them before..."

"Well, it was nice meeting you, but I gotta go." Fei said, and turned around.

"Already?" Clara was suprised. "But you just--" She stopped suddenly. "Never mind, go."

Alek was surprised about the sudden change.

"You're playing with fire." Peter said coolly to Fei. A spark of anger came to his eyes and Fei's, and even good-natured Julian seemed annoyed. But Alek didn't understand.

"No, you're the one playing with fire, when you play with me in this game." Fei hissed back. Everyone else except the ones that came from Leviathan all looked at each other nervously.

"Remember, the ones that play with fire will only get burned." Peter growled

"Oh, I play with fire, but I'm not afraid of getting burned." With that she stalked away.

Alek was left in a state of confusion, but he knew this fight was the beginning of a war between those two.

"...and then I was there, and everyone was happy." Louise chattered happily to Alek about her story that he wasn't really paying attention to. Alek found it hard to pay attention to any long stories.

"That's interesting." Alek lied, even thought it was a bit boring.

"I know, and--" Louise was cut off by a loud crash.

"What was that?" Alek was startled.

"Oh, nothing, probably the fabs being trained." Louise said, not at all worried.

"Oh, they normally make that much noise?"


"Oh, a little frightening...isn't it?"

"Only if you're not used to it." Louise smiled at him, her beauty taking her breath away. The way her golden hair shimmered in the light, the way that her eyes shone, in all their sky coloured gloriousness, and the way the silk of her pink dress shifted when she moved around.

"Who normally trains them then?" Alek asked.

Louise's smile disappeared. "Trainers. And for the problematic ones, Fei."

Alek was surprised. "Her?"

Louise sighed. "Female trainers aren't that uncommon, but for military fabs, they are."

"Oh, that's great to know..." Alek was cut off by Louise's rant on Fei.

Louise wouldn't stop talking. "Do you know how annoying she is? She's so rude, and unladylike. Seriously, she can't stop interfering with  my life. Me and Julian were together once, and she came between us. She's ruthless! She killed my pet dog! And you know how oh, so sorry everyone is to her? Everybody's sympathetic for her because her mother died, but does anyone not really talk a year after their mother died." She gave Alek a exasperated look. "I mean, my mother died too, at childbirth. Take my advice, Alek, stay away from her. She's dangerous."

"All right, I have no intention of going near her." Alek said truthfully.

"That's good to know," Louise sighed.  "I got to go, my father's expecting me for lessons." She left and waved goodbye to Alek

Alek sighed, thinking of how his past days were spent. No work, and lots of freedom. Most of the time he was around Louise, and sometimes Clara, but only because she was teaching him about music. He didn't see much of Dylan, and when he did, he was always drawing with Julian. He just sat on the bench under a strange evergreen tree, for now.

"I love it how people talk about you, but they don't know you're there." An amused voice sounded from behind Alek. Fei's. Alek was startled and looked up to see her jump out of a tree. What she was wearing were riding boots and pants, a dark green shirt with a leather harness that looked a lot like the ones the Darwinists used on Leviathan.

"Wha--How did you get there."Alek stammered.

She rolled her wolf-like black eyes. "Please, I was there the entire time." Alek's jaw dropped. "And also, total lies she said about me. I did not come between her and Julian, she came between Julian and me. She couldn't stand the attention he was giving me. He was my partner in crime, so to speak, we got into a lot of trouble together." She grinned. "And Julian and Louise were never together, she's lying and being melodramatic. Don't trust her. She's an idiot. Ben dan, in my native tongue, Mandarin. Baka in the language in this country. Idiote in her native tounge, French. In yours, I believe is Dummkopf?" Alek's jaw dropped even further. "I'm curious to why a Clanker is on the Leviathan. But I won't pry. Just be careful of Louise."

"Okay, she told me to be careful of you, and you tell me to be careful of her, who should i listen to?" Alek snapped, but grateful of the sudden change in topic.

"I know you're a Clanker, but I won't pry." Fei said. Alek was relieved. "You're probably there for engine help, those aren't Darwinist engines. Too much smoke." Alek nodded. "More or less," he replied, since she had actually given him the truth.

"But seriously, stay away from Louise." Fei said again.

"Okay, she told me to be careful of you, and now you're telling me to be careful of her." Alek said, annoyed. "Who am I suppose to listen to?"

"Both, either, one of us, or neither of us." Fei suggested. "But what I mean do I explain this? She looks like the perfect, porcelain doll right? And she seems all innocent with those gorgeous blue eyes." Alek blinked, his exact thoughts. "The way she looks, it attracts you, her blonde hair, her blue eyes, they're to die for, am I correct?"


"That's a yes. She may be beautiful, she's still a poisonous snake. And however beautiful a poisonous snake will be, it'll always be a poisonous snake."

"What's that suppose to mean?"

"Tell me, Alek. Do you trust a poisonous snake?"


"Exactly." Fei shook her head. "She's just there with you right now until she runs off with another illegible young man. She doesn't love, just posess."

"How do you know so much then?" Alek snapped.

Fei looked up. "Believe me. I know her more than she'll admit. We all grew up together. James, Julian, Louise, and me."

"Why do you hate her so much?"

"I don't hate her. I just don't want one of her followers to fall into her false trap."


"You know it's true." She closed her eyes and rubbed her temples.

"What was going on with you and Peter the other night?" Alek asked.

"Okay, I could bore you with a long story, but I'm not." Fei said. "He really, really likes me, I don't like him back. Enough?"

Alek nodded. "Then what's with the whole play with fire thing?"

"I was...a dangerous kid." Fei grinned. "I actually played with fire, not to mention beating boys up."

"Oh, um..."

"So, the whole play with fire thing started with me and Julian." Fei said. "We lighted some wood on fire when we were children. He kept chasing after me, and I said 'playing with me is like playing with fire', and so it all started."


"You seem like an interesting person, Alek." Fei said. "And I assume you'll be there when we tour the Leviathan."

"Sure..." Alek said.

"I'll enjoy meeting my future home in the sky." Fei said. "Bye, got to go!" And she ran through the courtyard to another building.

Alek heard about a boffin and his children going on the Leviathan but...oh no.

Looks like the girl wasn't to be avoided.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:04:45 PM
"Barking spiders!" Deryn groaned. "Not again." She and Julian were improving their artistic skills. Julian was a barking insane artist, he was doing oil painting right now. Julian just corrected, yet again, on the anatomy of a barking cat. Deryn thought she could things that simple perfectly by now, but she guessed she was wrong.

"Sorry, Dylan, but the jaw was too big, eyes not slanted enough, the muzzle misplaced, and the fur too short." Julian said. "Also, you should darken it more here, here, and here." He then corrected them.

"And I thought Mr. Rigby was strict." Deryn complained.

"Art requires exactness." Julian said seriously.

Nowadays, Deryn didn't have much to do, and it was a bit of a break for the Leviathan's crew members. Dr. Barlow and the other boffins had stuff to do, and it gave Deryn lots of spare time. She didn't see Newkirk much, who was probably stalking Clara, and Alek was going puppy-like over Louise. Deryn wasn't too worried about Louise, Alek knew he couldn't stay here and be with Louise. Deryn did sometimes talk to James about the beasties fabricated in the Center, since he was the most knowledgeable about them. Fei she tried to avoid, but she wasn't that bad, offering them horseback riding lessons, she just scared Deryn. Deryn knew that Fei was the trainer that she saw that first day. But she just seemed to...know too much. Julian she was always around, looking at his art, and getting art lessons from him.

"Can I see your sketchbook?" Deryn asked Julian.

"Of course." Julian replied. And Deryn leafed through his sketchbook.

They were mostly pictures of beasties, but a few pictures of people. Clara, Peter, his father, James, and Fei were the most common ones. Then Deryn saw something that caught her eye, it was water colour, and a painting of a younger James, and two other teenagers. But James looked...Happy in this, not like the sarcastic, closed and secretive way he looked now.

"Julian, what's this picture?" Deryn said.

Julian looked away from the sketching of the yard he was doing to look up. "Oh, that was James when he was fifteen, with his other triplet siblings."

Deryn stared. "Fifteen? Wait, how old is he now? And you?"

Julian laughed. "James is eighteen now, I'm sixteen, Fei's fourteen, Clara's also eighteen, Peter and Louise are fifteen."

"You drew this when you were thirteen?" Deryn was amazed. it was a very lifelike picture.


"What happened to his siblings?"

Julian fell somber. Deryn wished she hadn't asked. "Well," Julian began akwardly. "That was James before he joined the Royal Air Navy."

"He was in the Air Navy?!"

"A midshipman too, in fact, just like you."  


"Yes. And his brother Leonard, is in the navy right now." Julian pointed to the blond haired boy  with blue eyes standing in the middle, grinning. "His sister, Ivy, was a nurse working in the army in the trenches." Julian then pointed to another brown-black haired young girl with a sweet smile and blue-green eyes.

"Wait, was?" Deryn said.

"Yes, she was recently killed when a shell landed where she was working." Julian said softly. "James's mother is dead too, from influenza several years ago."

"Oh, my." Was all Deryn could say.

"He's not the only one with a only one parent." Julian sighed. "Louise's mother died at childbirth. Clara and Peter still have their mother, but Fei's was killed right in front of her eyes."

Deryn gasped. "How?"

"They were in Hong Kong once." Julian eyed Deryn. "Mind you, the whole Chinese and British alliance is kind of edgy. They forced a treaty onto the Chinese and pretty much bullied them after China lost the second Opium War. Hong Kong was British 'owned' since then. There was a protest, and it turned into a riot, and then guns fired off..." Julian looked at the ground. "You've seen the scar on Fei's cheek? Tiny, yes, but that came from the bullet that hit her mother."

"She must hate us." Deryn said softly. She never even knew about the Opium Wars.

"No she doesn't blame you. She's fair, she won't blame you for something you didn't do." Julian said. "I've known her since I was nine, we pratically grew up together. She stayed with us for two years because her father had to travel, and her father and mine are good friends."

"What's this picture? You didn't draw it did you?" Deryn asked. It was two children, probably Julian and Fei, holding hands and laughing. They looked young.

"Oh, my mother did, before she divorced with my father." Julian said flatly. "I got to go." He left

No wonder everyone was so sad, everyone seemed to be missing a parent. Deryn remembered for next time never talk about their parents again.

Deryn ran quickly, trying to find Dr. Barlow to give her an urgent message. She didn't see anyone at the turn in the building, and knocked into James, and fell straight on her bun.

"Ow, barking spiders!" Deryn yelped. Then she glanced at James painfully holding his elbow, and papers scattered everywhere. " James."

"Watch where you're going will you?" He hissed at her and scrambled to get the paper. "I worked an hour trying to sort out all this, now I'll have to do it again!"

"Oh, um...I'll help." Deryn volunteered. She picked up several things that was so barking complicated and all boffin-speak, and also several anatomy drawings of  the beasties. "Julian's work?"

"Yes. Very talented artist." James said, reading all the boffin-speak titled paper.

"You can actually read that?" Deryn asked.

James gave her an exasperated look. "Of course. I'm a doctor, and a boffin in training, don't you forget." He went back to sorting.

Deryn felt embarrased, and then Julian walked in where she and James were hunched over, sorting the papers. "Well, this is quite a mess..." Julian sighed, and picked up papers along with them. "So, sorted by what manner?"

"Chronology, species, and origin of fabrication." James replied, almost boredly.

" you're all boffins in training?" Deryn said.

"Of course we are!" James snapped. "Even though Louise might look like an idiot, Julian's a gifted artist, and Fei's an amazing musician, we're all still scientist in the making."

"Don't bite her head off." Julian soothed.

"She was the one that scattered all of these in the first place." James grumbled. "Give me those papers, I'm gone." He stalked away into a small room down the hall. Ironically enough, the sound of fast, angry notes played high on an instrument, maybe the violin, resonated through the hallway they were standing in.

"Is he always this grumpy?" Deryn sighed. James's manner was indespicable. He was rude, but at least open about it and not pretending to like you while he doesn't.

"Yes, always." Julian groaned. "He's not the only one that's grumpy today." He listened to the fast angry notes.

"Who's thatg playing?"


"Wow, she's good."

"Indeed she is." Julian sighed. "Better stay out of her way for now, until she calms down, and don't let her keep a grudge on you, and never cross her."

"Uh...why?" Deryn asked nervously.

"She'll always get back at you." Julian sighed, again. "Once, Louise and her friends thought it was fun pelting her cat with rocks and killed it. Fei decided to go and poison all of Louise's friends, and her pets."

"Uh...." Deryn trailed off. "How exactly?"

"Put rat poison in their food, told them there was poison, and they didn't believe her." Julian said. "Clever isn't it? Died by the owner's hand, not her's."

Deryn shivered. Fei did sound dangerous. "I'll remember that."

"And don't bring up anything about airships in front of James." Julian said. "Bad memories for him."

"But what exactly happened?" Deryn said. "He always seems so...angry at the world."

"He wasn't like that, not until his sister died." Julian looked sad. "What happened was that one day they were checking altitude. A midshipman was being stupid and fired an air gun in the wrong direction. James ducked, but his friend was blinded when it ricocheted off a winch and hit him in the eye. He was really upset. And not to mention, a week ago, his sister died when shrapnel hit her. And not to mention he's stressed about his brother in the army."

"A lot to take on." Deryn said softly.

"Yes, it is." Julian looked serious. "War wound people, but not all wounds are visible. The ones that aren't hurts the most. Most people don't notice it." Then he gave her a hard look. "But good artists, always notice every single detail. Have a good day, Dylan." He left

Deryn was left cold, and couldn't help wondering if Julian knew more than what he was saying.


Deryn stood in her dress uniform, welcoming the Center's boffins on their tour of the Leviathan. She was pure dead bored. She did nothing except answer a few stray questions. She thought it was funny, the way the boffin's children behaved. Julian was either running everywhere, taking photographs, drawing, or trying to sketch a messenger lizard. James was taking notes, and looked in deep concentration. Louise and Clara looked mildly, yet politely interested. Peter was glaring at Fei the whole time. Fei was running around, getting into people's ways, with a small, strange falcon that Deryn had never seen before perched on a leather patch on her shirt. Even though she wasn't wearing her trainer's outfit, she was still running around in a loose, shapeless shirt, and equally loose and shapeless pants. The shirt looked like two pieces of cloth stitched together with sleeves, very unflattering. But no one was giving her a second glance, since they were all told that this type of clothing was quite common for women. Alek and Newkirk looked a bit bewildered at the sight of a girl wearing pants. Deryn sighed. Fei wasn't the only who wore the pants around here.

"Deryn." Alek whispered to her. "The Count wants to see you."

"Alright." Deryn sighed. What could the sneaky-beak Count want with her?

So Deryn walked down the hall, into the Count's stateroom. She made sure no one followed her on the way. The barking Count knew her secret, and she wasn't too keen to find out what he wanted from her this time.

Deryn rapped on the door, and Volger invited her in.

"What do you want this time, Count?" Deryn said, rudely as she dared to be with Volger

"So rude, but I guess that comes with serving on this mad airship." Volger said.

"Just tell!"

The Count looked evenly at her, his fingers laced together, and set onto the table. "I shall think, Mr. Sharp, that it would be good for Alek if you stayed away from him.

Fei stood at the strange man's door, her ears pressed against it. Her messenger falcon was cleaning its feathers. She loved the messenger falcons that was recently fabricated, only half a year ago. They were small, light, and looked like and had the speed of a peregrine falcon, hitting up to speeds of 300 km per hour on dive. She not only trained the bird to carry messages and small parcels, but to fly to several countries delivering newspapers to her from around the word. Also, they were her alarm system. If it starting bristling its feathers, and stopped, it means it sensed someone but went away. Since the falcons sensed so many things far away, bristling feathers meant nothing to her. Then, if someone was getting closer and closer, the falcon would nip her ear. Gently at first, but then harder and harder. Never enough to draw blood, her beasties loved her too much, and couldn't bare hurting her. But then again...that was all against the rules, to never get too attatched. But Fei couldn't help it, her way of gentleness with the beasties made them love her, not hate. They were companions, not things to be used. Well at least to her.

"...Do you want this time, Count?" Came Dylan's voice. Ah, he was a Count, explains...

"So rude, but I guess that comes with serving on this mad airship."  A man's voice came.

"Just tell!"

"I shall think, Mr. Sharp, that it would be good for Alek if you stayed away from him." The man said. Sarcasm on Mister, or maybe Fei just misheard that...stay away from Alek, but why? Are they not friends?

"Look, he doesn't even know who I really am! And why are you so worried about me getting too close to him, not Louise, or Clara, or Fei! He doesn't know!" Dylan's voice rose higher, and higher, finally hitting a pitch that made her falcon shiver slightly. Ah, he...well...she, Fei supposed, was confirming her suspicions.

"First of all, he's going to leave all of them here anyways. And you know how he keeps avoiding that little Asian girl." Hey! Who was he calling little? Well it was true, people never noticed her, because she was a girl, and she was...diminutive! Not little!

"Alright, but why?! He doesn't have to know! I could still be his friend!"

"The whole reason he came back to this airship was you."


"He could've escaped into Istanbul, but he came back because you convinced him." Nibble, nibble, went the falcon. Very gently, and it wasn't too agitated, so Fei ignored it.

"What did you expect him to do? Sit there and wait for death or something"

"No, but he still had a change to run."

"Forget it!"

Nible, nibble. A bit harder, still not agitated.

"Oh, Dylan? If you don't stay away from Alek, I'm sure the captain would want to hear a very, very, very interesting secret..."

"" Nibble nibble. A little pinch. Her falcon was getting agitated.


"Never mind! Well anyways, you know Fei and her father are coming on this ship?" Dylan said. Fei stiffened. Why did she bring this up?

"Ah, that bothersome little girl." Why you little Wan Ba Dan! Fei cursed at him in Mandarin. Actually pretty vulgar language that would be punishable by grounding.

"Not bothersome...she's very...cunning, and sly." Fei nodded, glad. Nibble, nibble, even harder. Ouch, she thought.

"Ah, I know she's going to be bothersome, that sly, clever, wolfish girl." How many times did she ever get compared to a cat, wolf, or fox? At least one hundred...

NIBBLE! It was hard enough to make her wince, her falcon was very agitated. She finally gave up, and stalked silently into the darkness of the abandoned hallway


Deryn sighed. Tears threatened to form in her eyes. Oh, not you, Midshipman Dylan Sharp, not you! She turned into her cabin opening the door. She peered in...she could swear she saw something...Then she turned on the lights, and found Fei sitting with her feet dangling from the top bunk, watching silently and intently as a hunting cat. Her falcon clung to her shoulder, nibbling her ear almost comically.

"What are you doing here?" Deryn was surprised to see her there. But not very, since the girl had the stealth of a...what was it that James used? A ninja.

"To talk." Fei said evenly. There was nothing threatening or malicious about her tone, but Deryn still suspected something....

"No thanks I don't think---"

"Oh, I'm sure you want to talk, Miss Sharp."

Deryn's blood turned cold.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:04:56 PM
Then the falcon on Fei's shoulder squawked loudly randomly, and Fei giggled, and scratch it's head fondly. Deryn was still agitated.

"Want to talk now?" Fei raised an eyebrow.

"Seems like I have no choice." Deryn growled

"Oh, no Dylan, you always have a choice to remain silent." Fei said seriously, a little bit sadly too.

"So can I?"

"Like I said, your choice."

Afterwards, the two of them sat in awkward silence, the only noise being the sound of the falcon's shuffling feathers.

"How did you know? That I was...well, you know." Deryn asked suddenly.

"I eavesdropped on your conversation with, the...count? Or something?" Fei responded, shamelessly. Even a bit casually.

"You eavesdropped. Without anyone finding out." Deryn said flatly.

"Yes, because my falcon here would warn me when someone was near." Fei said. "And I didn't suspect your real gender at first, someone else planted the idea into my head..."

"Who?" Deryn demanded.

"Isn't it obvious?" Fei asked. "Julian."

"How? I mea--"

"He's an artist, not an idiot." Fei cut Deryn off. "He's bound to notice things that others normally won't"

"And not to mention he's a barking genius." Deryn muttered. Why were they all so smart? "Your a clever boots, aren't you? Sneaking up on us like that."

"Yes, genius." Fei said sarcastically. Then her falcon looked alert, and a second later she was as alert as it was. And then the falcon clamed down and Fei dropped her guard. "Let's try to talk more quietly."

"What happened?" Deryn questioned

"Oh, it happens when my falcon senses something."  Fei waved her hand dismissively. "It gets a little too nervous sometimes, but it's a good indicator when someone's there."

"Strange...never seen one before." Deryn commented. The falcon had a black head, blue-gray back, and a white belly. It was even smaller than a crow, but larger than a robin.

"Oh, it was just fabricated a few months ago." Fei began. "It's a messenger falcon and can be used as a messenger for messages and small parcels, and as you can see here, my personal alarm system. It's bred specifically with the life strands of mostly peregrine falcon and American kestrel, but also other small raptors."

"Oh, um...what's it called then?"

"The species?"


"Artemis's Falcon." Then Fei rolled her eyes. Deryn felt a pang inside her. Artemis...her father's name. "They went overboard with Greek mythology names. The griffins were obviously named griffins, the horses with wings pegasus, the snake drakon, and another species of messenger birds Athena's owl."

"Aye, definitely." Deryn felt tired.

"I um...also know something else." Fei dropped her voice.

"What?" Deryn asked, sure it was nothing.

"That boy, Alek? He's the son of Franz Ferdinand, isn't he?" Fei asked. Deryn felt like she was hit by lightning.

"How--" Then Fei took a piece of newspaper from her pocket, and handed it to Deryn.

Sure enough, it was the newspaper that barking Eddie Malone wrote on Alek, and his photograph betraying who he was.

"You read papers from Istanbul?" Deryn asked stupidly, the only thing she could think of.

"Not normally." Fei mused. "This is an exception."

"I didn't think anyone on this side of the world knew about him." Deryn looked down at her hands.

"Hm, I think I'm the only one, besides Julian." Fei sighed. She climbed down from the top bunk and sat next to Deryn on the bottom one. "I tell Julian everything, and he does the same for me."

"How can you trust him?" Deryn asked suspiciously.

"Trust works both ways." Fei shrugged. "It takes two."

"But how did you get a hold of this?"

"When I learned that I was going to travel on the Leviathan with a few of the new fabricated species, I wanted to learn everything about it." Fei began. "I heard it was going to Constan--sorry Istanbul, and I sent a few messenger falcons to Istanbul to get me newspapers in English. The British embassy there gave me this paper." Fei tickled the falcon's chin. "You can imagine my surprise when I saw Alek in the flesh."

"Yes. But what are you going to do?" Deryn asked suddenly.

"What makes you think I'm doing anything?" Fei's eyes widened, although, Deryn thought, it made her look comedic. Small eyes and all...

"Then...why would you tell me this?"

"You'd rather me not tell you I know this, and keep it a secret?"

"Not really...But what are you going to do is my question!"

Fei glanced at the ceiling. "Now I'm certain of your secrets, I'm determined to keep it that way, more than ever."

"Why? We've never done anything good for you, why would you keep it a secret?" Deryn felt confused.

Fei looked her in the eye. Despite her short figure, her eyes and the expression on her face were decades older than they should've been. She hardly looked fourteen. "Because you respect me. No one's really done that before. So I thank you for that, for not crushing me down because I'm a girl and a different race. You wouldn't believe how many people to that. I'm just returning the favour."


"Look, I have to go." Fei looked out the door.

"Alright." She got up to go. "Wait." Fei turned around. "Can you fight?"

Fei looked down, maybe a bit embarrased. "No, I can't. Not properly, basic self-defense."


Fei walked down the to where her friends were standing. She never had many friends, and her first and best one was Julian, after that day...

She still remembered it. Short staccatos in the air. Chaotic symphony. Blooming crisom flowers. Eternally sleeping eyes. She shuddered. Don't think about it, she scolded herself, never think about it...And yet she always failed

"Honestly! Who does that!" She heard Louise screech. Peter explicitly rolled his eyes, she had to smile. Julian tapped his foot in rhythm, a sign of his impatience, and only Fei knew that. Clara cringed slightly, but she was trying to be polite. James was the rudest, putting his palm over his eyes, sighing audibly, and and shook his head. Fei almost laughed, but bit her tongue. Her falcon chortled slightly, because it knew she was happy. Poor Newkirk and Alek just arrived in time to see the melodrama.

"I bet she straigtens her hair!" Louise accused.

"No, it's really that straight." Julian said. "It always was, since the day I met her."

"Oh, really?" Louise snorted. "Then Clara, why is yours wavy?"

"My attempt at curling it. It refuses to." Clara rolled her eyes now.

By now Louise was repeating the same Fei rant all over again. About how unladylike, how dirty, gibberish. And she didn't even notice Fei was behind her. Fei raised an eyebrow and mimed, exaggeratingly, Louise talking behind her back. Clara was making rapid glancing motions to Louise to look behind her, and the boys were all trying not to laugh. Even polite Alek was biting his shivering lip in an attempt not to laugh. Well, except stoic Peter, he was expressionless.

"Oh, really now?" Fei interrupted. Louise mouth dropped open. Everyone burst out in laughter. Julian, James, Alek, and Newkirk had an outburst of laughter, Clara giggled politely, even Peter gave a grin, and to Fei. Fei looked away, not sure how to react. Fei may be a genius at math, science, music, and language arts, but how to deal with boys was a mystery that she cold never solve.

"Julian, can I talk to you?" Fei was serious now. "Outside."

"Yes, you can talk to me anytime. I'll be right outside." Julian answered, but in perfect mandarin. Julian smiled, and Fei had to smile because Julian was pretty much the personification of happiness and friendship.

"What was that?" Alek was confused.

"I believe, that he told her that he'll meet her outside in Mandarin." James responded, almost automatically. "Why don't you greet us in our languages?"

"Sorry, I only speek Gaelic, Mandarin, and English." Julian said. "Not French, Japanese, or Norwegian."

"Gaelic? Where are you from?" Alek asked.

"Canada, but my family is mostly Irish, but I think my grandfather's either British or American." Julian said.

"Canada?" Alek mused. "Not exactly the most commonly heard country."

"Not exactly, now, can we get going?" Fei interrupted. Then she turned to James. "You're Norwegian?"

"My mother is." James shrugged. "Father's Canadian"

"Alright." Fei turned, and Julian followed.

"What do you need to talk to me about?" Julian said, again in Mandarin.

"About Dylan, she's a girl, you were right.." Fei said directly. Their conversation had taken turn to Mandarin, but she still had to say names in English.

"You really don't waste words, do you?" Julian chortled.

"No." Fei grinned. "And I was right, that Alek is the archduke's son."

"Guess we're both geniuses." Julian laughed. Fei melted, he was always so cheerful and sweet and...she jolted herself out of it. He caught one of her silky black strands of hair that was floating in the breeze, and held it to his cheek.  At the same time, he stroked Fei's cheek. Fei melted again.

"You're leaving in a few days." Julian was a bit sad now. "First time you're leaving without me."

"Yes, there's a first for everything, and it's the first time that my father and yours are apart." Julian enveloped Fei into a hug as she thought about it. "Heck, they've been colleagues together for so long you know how to speak Mandarin."

"That was only because my father insisted on my learning of it." Julian said. "Mandarin is important if I need to communicate with you in secret."

Fei smiled this time. "Who knows where the wind will take me this time?"

"Far away, from Japan, Peter, and unfortunately me too." Julian sighed. He was sad, but he over exaggerated it with a whole poor kitten look on his face.

"Alright! I get it! You'll miss me!" Fei laughed, and snuggled in even closer.

"Will you?" Julian asked playfully.

"Of course! You big sha gua!" Fei responded sincerely. Sha gua, another form of idiot, but more endearing.

"And when you call me that, I know you're sincere." Julian joked. He released Fei and held her at arm's length. "Whatever will you be if you didn't call people idiost?"

"I don't know." Fei said. "I'd better get back."

"Alright." Julian said.

Fei couldn't help but notice triumphantly at Louise's jealous stare as she walked away.

Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:05:11 PM
Alek watch as the two midshipman rushed to get things off and on again to the Leviathan, sweat forming on their brows. The past few days were all used on to remove useless things off the Leviathan. The ship may handle a boffin, and his daughter and their miniscule amounts of luggage, but not three pegasus, a few falcons, one griffin, and a drakon. No way. Even though many boffins were staying in Japan, they may only be able to bring half that amount of beasties.

Fei was smart. She ordered a clean-up of the ship. Turns out there was so much useless junk, it was enough to fill all the beasties, but they were still getting rid of more things, just so the ship won't be overweight. Alek had to appreciate Fei's intelligence, even though he still didn't like him very much. But he had to admit that she was right about Louise.

Alek sighed. He hardly got a chance to talk to Dylan these past few days as well. It was almost as if Dylan was avoiding him. He'd see Alek walking up to him, but then he'd get flustered and turn away. Dylan was always with Julian, getting as much art instruction as he could from him before he left from Japan, and he seemed to spend a lot of time around Fei as well.

Alek was sick of the heat here, and as Dylan would put it, it was barking hot. How Fei ran around wearing black and thick clothing all the time was a mystery.

The two midshipman were almost done with moving the useless junk. Newkirk and Dylan plopped down into the shady area of grass and gasped deepling.

"Barking spiders!" Dylan exclaimed. "Who knew that the Leviathan had so much useless stuff?"

"Aye, hard to imagine." Newkirk panted.

"See? The ship weighs a lot less by now." Fei popped out of nowhere and joined the midshipmen's conversation. "I don't have a habit of being tidy, but I have a habit of not wasting space."

Fei had a very scary habit of popping out of nowhere, and dropping into other people's conversations. James joked that she was a ninja, whatever that was. But if ninjas had the skill of stealth and never being seen, then Fei was one. Alek shuddered at the thought of all the things that she might know.

Alek watched the midshipmen sparse, and he wanted to catch Dylan alone. "Dylan!" He called. "Come here."

Dylan gave his usual grin and jogged over. "Hi Alek, barking hot, isn' it?"

Alek laughed. "Just what I'd thought you'd say. But it is indeed barking hot." Dylan grinned.

"Next thing you know, you'll be talking like me!" Dylan exclaimed.

"Probably not, considering how much of a gentleman Alek is." Fei called out, Alek again jumped into the air, and Fei laughed. "Sorry, my friends and family are used to me sneaking behind them."

"Where did you come from?" Alek gasped, shocked.

Fei pointed to the small Japanese maple. "There." And she disappeared behind it to God-knows-where.

"She's a sneaky-beak, isn't she?" Dylan commented.

"She sure is," Alek sighed.

"Alek, I need to tell you something." Dylan was serious, and his face went more calm than usual.

"What?" Alek was a bit scared of what he might say.

"Fei...well, how should I put this?" Dylan scratched his pale blond head. "She...uh...knows...about, your, err, background."

"You mean she knows..." Alek trailed off, Dylan nodded.

"How?" Alek asked. 

"Newspaper." Dylan replied. "Don't worry, she won't tell."

"How do you know that she'll keep her promise?" Alek asked grimly.

"She hasn't told by now." Dylan pointed out. "She's known before we arrived."

"Oh." Alek relaxed, but he felt burdened with the trust for Fei. "She's not exactly trustworthy..."

"Hey, trust works both ways." Dylan shrugged. "At least that's what she told me. I know something that she'll do anything to protect as well."

"Really?" Alek brightened. "What?"

"Guess it's only fair that you know." The young airman sighed. "Remember the trainer, that first day?" Alek nodded. "That was Fei."

Alek's jaw dropped.

"Aye, I know, shocking." Dylan looked away. "Alek..." Dylan looked up again, his eyes filled with pain.

"What?" Alek was suddenly afraid of what Dylan was going to tell him now.

"I think...that it's best if we stay away from each other." Dylan sighed. "My friendship's not going to help you."

"God's wounds Dylan!" Alek swore. "What do you mean?"

"Exactly what I mean." Dylan turned his head away and sprinted away.

Alek felt like he lost his one and only friend. He never felt more alone in his life.

Four months later.
Feburary 5th, 1914
New York City, near the Waldorf-Astoria hotel
Background: Dylan stopped avoiding Alek when Volger stopped being paranoid. But she wants to tell Alek her secret, and has asked Fei to drop hints for him.

"Yes, exactly like that!" Fei exclaimed as Dylan blew a sequence of notes on a commanding flute for the griffins. Alek peeked in. Why were they inside his room?

"Umm..." Alek just mumbled, and the two of them waved at him. They were lying on blankets, on the floor, with their pillows and another blanket. Fei actually looked like fourteen, not older than she actually was, or maybe like a innocent little  girl, when clutching her pillow to her chest and laying her chin on top and looking up with wide eyes. wide as you can call an Asian's eyes...

"We thought we'd have a sleepover in here." Fei explained. "Since we're all going in on the raid anyways, and we're all friends and if something goes wrong..." Fei trailed off, eyes cast downwards. Alek nodded.

"Isn't this kind of awkward?" Alek asked.

"Nope!" Fei laid on her back and crossed her legs. "We're all friends, aren't we?"


"Oh, cheer up, princess." Fei snickered. Alek frowned. He hated when he called her that. He'd rather be called idiot.

"Wait, we're all going in to the hotel?" Dylan frowned. "I thought I was in on the raid to destroy Tesla's death ray." Alek nodded, agreeing to this. The Leviathan had arrived in New York city, outside of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel where Tesla was residing. The crew would be making a raid on midnight to destroy the death ray. And this was no place for a girl to go.

"I have to control the griffin and drakon." Fei explained. "I'm not actually raiding. I'm hiding in an abandoned dumbwaiter after the drakon melts the doors and the griffin carries me there, because it's more stealthy."

"What about me then?" Alek asked.

"You're coming with me." Fei said. "Since everyone will not be watching the prisoners, it's my duty to watch over you while we're both in hiding."

Alek sighed. Fei glanced at his face. "Yes, I know, ridiculous, by the times how much you helped the Leviathan. Well, at least Dylan says that." Fei glanced at Dylan, and he grinned.

"Fei, to fly! Fly!" Bovril chattered from his perch on Alek's cot.

"How does he know that?" Fei had a look of surprise on her face.

"Know what?" Alek tipped his head in confusion.

"My name, literally means the verb fly in Mandarin." Fei said.

"How 'bout we all get some shut-eye, we're waking up pretty early, at 2 in the morning." Dylan suggested.

"You two do that, I just woke up from a five hour nap." Fei said.

"Good idea." Alek climbed onto his cot. "Are you sure you two are okay on the floor?" But his question was mostly for FEi, but she would be insulted if she was treated like she was inferior to males.

"No, real men sleep on the floor." Fei grinned and winked at Dylan. "Right Dylan?"

"Yup!" Dylan and Fei convulsed in laughter, in some joke that Alek didn't share.

"Mr Sharp!" Bovril cackled, and Fei glared at it. Bovril seemed to shrink back.

And so Dylan and Alek tried to sleep, and Fei was reading Origin of Species with the lamp on. Alek noticed her eyes looked less black, and more of a warm brown in the lamplight. She was rubbing the thin, diagonal slash of a scar, no bigger than her index finger width on her cheek, a habit Alek knew that she did when she was thinking. After several minutes of trying to sleep, Alek flipped over.

"I can't sleep!" Dylan exclaimed, also getting out of his blanket.

"Me neither!" Alek chimed in, as Fei sighed.

"How about I tell you a story?" Fei suggested.

"Are you serious?" Alek criticised, certain that Fei was being sarcastic.

"As a matter of fact, I am." Fei said seriously.

"Okay, then what?" Dylan rolled onto his stomach to face Fei.

"Liang Shan Bo Yu Zhu Yin Tai." Fei said, a stream of Chinese. "Or, the Butterfly Lovers, like the ancient Chinese version of Romeo and Juliet."

"Sure, why not?" Alek was skeptical.

"Or, Hua Mu Lan, the famous girl disguised as warrior in place of her father and was general of the army for twelve years?" Fei suggested. "Who happened to lead a troop of 1000 men and won against three thousand?" Fei was somehow pointedly looking at Dylan. Alek wondered why.

"First one definitely." Alek chirped.

"Okay...So, the story starts with Zhu Yin Tai, who lived with her family, who was rich, on a village on the Yellow River bank." Fei began. "She was a beautiful, and intelligent, and willful young woman. At that time, females weren't allowed to go to school, but she convinced her father to let her go, in disguise of a man."

"More woman disguised as men?" Alek rolled his eyes.

"Sh! I want to hear this!" Dylan hushed him.

"As I was saying, before princess here interrupted, she was disguised as a man to go to school." Fei continued. Alek rolled his eyes again. "There, on a pavillion outside of school, she met class mate and best friend Liang Shan Bo. They felt yuan fen, a type of prosperous meeting, and were quick friends. Now the problem was, Yin Tai fell in love with Shan Bo, but she didn't know how to tell him. And it had been THREE years since they met, and were roomates, but the idiot man did not have a SINGLE clue about her true nature." Fei stopped and glared at Alek this time, and Alek had a look of surprise on his face. Why would she be referring to him?

"So, Yin Tai tried dropping  hints to Shan Bo, such as comparing them to mandarin ducks." Fei saw the look of confusion on Alek and Dylan's faces, and she explained. "Mandarin ducks symbolize together forever in China. Mandarin ducks mate for life, and if one of their mate dies, they mourn themselves to death. So they are often in marriages, and can probably also be referred as a symbol of undying love.

"But of course, the IDIOT didn't take the hint, and he was still being stupid." Fei stopped to glare at Alek again. Alek felt hurt. "He finally realized when he dropped by her house, and found out that his years-long friend was female.

"Then, the two of them fell deeply in love, as though nothing could seperate them. But then, Zhu Yin Tai's father ordered her to marry a rich man, and she had no choice but to obey." Fei sighed, and Alek and Dylan were enticed at this point in the story.

"What happened?" dylan asked eagerly.

"Listen, will you?" Fei said irritably. "So when Liang Shang Bo heard of this, and he was working in the government as a scholar or something at that time, he became weak and frail, and died of heartbreak."

"Cheerful, isn't it?" Dylan muttered.

"Shush!" Fei was irritated yet again. "So, on the day of Zhu Yin Tai's marriage, a series of storms will not let her go to the place of marriage, and she ended up at Liang Shan Bo's grave. She was mourning, for him and their love, when the earth on his grave split in two and bright light streamed out. Zhu Yin Tai, without hesitation, jumped into the grave, and the earth closed up again, as if nothing happened. Then, two butterflies leaped out of the grave, the souls of Zhu Yin Tai and Liang Shan Bo, were reunited and never seperated again, living in love forever after." Fei made flapping motions with her hands, although the butterfly she was imitating looked more like a pigeon.

"That was...bittersweet." Alek commented.

"Aye, indeed." Dylan agreed.

"You'll sleep now?" Fei asked.

"Sure." Dylan replied, turning around and pulling up his blanked. "G'night."

"You too." Alek did the same.

Fei sang a strange lullaby in Chinese, but soothing nontheless as they both climbed into bed. Alek felt comfortable and soothed, and was fading away  to sleep with Fei's humming.

Alek closed his heavy lids, and slept.

Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:05:20 PM
"Alek! Wake up!" Alek blinked opened his eyes sleepily to find Dylan's face in the gloom of his room.

"Wha--" Then Alek remebered. Tesla raid. "I'll wake Fei up."

Alek walked over where Fei was sleeping. She was sleeping like a cat, and hugging the blanket to her chest. She looked so sweet and innocent, Alek felt a little regretful when he shook her awake.

"Lemme 'lone." Fei groaned, burying her head into the pillow further.

"Fei, wake up! RAID!" Alek shouted. And then Fei's black eyes snapped into attention.

"I'm up!" Fei jumped up and out the door. She slept in her riding clothes, and she was fully prepared. Alek unfortunately had to get dressed in the harness and riding pants and boots on his bed, which he had no idea how to put on. After few minutes of struggling, he was finally fully dressed.

Alek heard Fei and Dylan talking outside of his room. "As Confucius says it, three things cannot hide forever, the sun, the moon, and the truth." Fei murmured. "Dylan, someone's going to find out, sooner or later."

"Aye, but...not really ready, you know?" Dylan replied gruffly.

"What are you guys talking about?" Alek poked his head outside, to see them conversing. Dylan's face was in his hands, and Fei's was unreadable.

"Dylan about...uh...his um...age when he joined the army." Fei finally blurted out.[Fei's making a GOD I'M A BAD LIAR because I stutter face here but Alek, as usual, does not notice]  Alek was understanding, a truth was hard to get out.

"Really? Then Wha--" Fei cut Alek off by pulling on his arm and heading over ot the direction of the rookery.

"Come on, princess," Fei said. "We got to go."

So Alek and Fei boarded a griffin, with Fei on front, controlling the reins. Alek noticed the griffin's back was a lot like a horse's. What really made him nervous was the drakon flying beside them, and Alek wasn't sure that Fei could control it with only a little flute.

Alek felt the winter chill on his face as they slipped outside into the night. Both the griffin and drakon blended into the midnight sky. He couldn't help but feel a thrill of excitement. "This si amazing!" He commented in a whisper, and Fei looked back to grin.

Then, the griffin was hovering during a dark part of the hotel, and Fei played a sequence of notes. The drakon spat acid, and the glass melted. It slipped in, and the griffin did too. It landed right inside, and Alek's eyes widened at the hole the drakon made. Then Fei piped another sequence of notes on her flute, and the drakon and griffin flew off into the dark form of the Leviathan taht Alek could barely make out.

"Follow me." Fei whispered, grabbed Alek's forearm, and ran softly. Alek followed. She always looked every way before going across a hallway.

"You know where to go?" Alek breathed.

"Yes, i sneaked in here, unfortunately the caught me, and searched this place. Father wasn't pleased about it." Fei whispered back. "But, since they searched this place, they won't do it again. There's no safer place to hide than where the enemy's already searched."

Fei motioned stop, and she opened a little door, to which looked like a large cupboard. It was the dumbwaiter she told Alek about. They both climbed into the cramped space, forced against each other. Alek had to force the claustrophobia down. Fei sighed softly and closed her eyes. Alek tried to sleep, but after what felt like a few minutes, loud sounds filled the air. He recognized the sharp pinging of bullets, and the sound of gunshots. Fei whimpered a little when she heard the gunshots, and she kept shaking a little every single time the bullets flew. Alek felt sorry for her. Her mother died in front of her when she was shot, and the poor girl couldn't stand anything that sounded like gunshots. Loud noises, and thunder especially, terrified the young rider.

Fei shivered violently again, and Alek put an arm around her shoulder, and rubbed her back. She fell more still after that. Alek could only wonder what Dylan was doing right now, but he hoped that Dylan would make it out alive. He couldn't imagine what life would be like if the energetic young airman died in this raid.

Eventually, after forever, the gunshots stopped. It was silent for a few minutes, until the ringing klaxon of the Leviathan announced victory, and safety for the Alek and Fei to come out.

"I go out first, princess." Fei stopped Alek as he eagerly tried to scramble out of the cramped space.

"Why?" Alek questioned.

"Because I can fight." Fei replied. Alek hated admitting it, but what she considered 'self defense' many would say she fought better than them.

"I can fence!' Alek argued.

"Yeah? See any swords around here?" Fei pointed out.

"Alright." Alek gave in.

Fei climed out, looked both ways, and motioned for Alek to come out as well. She took Alek by the hand and put him into a storage closet, a little less cramped, in a more central part of the hotel.

"You stay here, no matter what, don't come after me." Fei growled, and handed Alek her flute. "If I don't come back in twenty minutes, blow as hard as you can into this flute, and one of my falcons will hear you, and crew will pick you up. Leave without me."

Alek's eyes widened, and he looked into Fei's dark ones. Fei's eyes were unreadable as usual, opaque and black as onyx. But her face was calm, determined, and the face of a soldier going off to war he knew he might die in. Then she grinned. "Don't worry, I'm preparing you for worst-case scenario. All of the German soldiers are either dead, unconcious, or prisoners." Alek calmed down, and Fei ran off, her footsteps nearly silent. Alek was nervous, his heart a trapped hummingbird in his chest. He heard Fei yelp and sob, and Alek, without thinking followed the sound.

Alek poked his head into one of the destroyed hotel suites. Fei looked smaller than usual, a German soldier looming over her. The soldier's face softened, and dropped his weapon, a long metal pole. "Oh, you're just a gi---" He never got to finish  his sentence in crude English, as Fei punched his nose and broke it, and knocked him out. The second soldier that came in from the bathroom wasn't much luckier, he ran to Fei, and she just stood there, and he ran straight into her fist, knocking him out as well. The third came out of nowhere, and took Fei by surprise. She was punched in the face, and was sprawled on her back. She jumped up, wincing, but producing a long dagger as long as her forearm from her hidden belt that Alek didn't even know was there. She slashed the air in front of the soldier. She made several lacerations on the German's arm before her blade was knocked out of her hands, and suffered several punches all over her body. She shileded her face and stomach and chest with her  arms. Alek wanted to help, but he was stuck frozen there. Fortunately, Fei's hands found the long metal pole the first German soldier dropped, and with lightning pace smacked it onto the German's head, with an ugly sound as the german fell back. Just for extra precautions, Fei took her dagger off the ground, and slapped it against the German's jaw. Hard. With a cracking sound. She stood panting, and she caught sight of Alek.

"I told you to stay in the closet!" She yelled in a hoarse voice. "And I was only pretending to be harmless so the Germans would think I was just some stupid girl."

"You look bad." Alek's eyes widened. Her left cheek had already bruised into an ugly yellow-ish green colour, her left wrist was swelling up, and she was bleeding on her right forearm.

"Yes, but I'm alright. I've had worse." She mumbled. "Damn it! I sprained my wrist" Alek rarely heard Fei swear, but he guessed she had a right to do it now. She pulled out bandages and secured her sprained wrist and the gash on her arm.  And then Alek caught the sight of a strangely familiar sandy blonde familiar. The tall skinny form..."DYLAN!' Alek cried and ran over to him by the window.

Dylan looked bad. Blood covered his front shirt, and he was a sickly white colour. Alek put a finger to his neck. A heartbeat, not that weak, but not as strong as usual.

"Alek, let's get him back to the Leviathan." Fei's voice was strained. Why? Alek wondered, because Fei was a good nurse, had bandaged hundreds of wounds of soldiers before, even extracted pieces of shrapnel once or twice, what did she have to be afraid of?

"You have antiseptic and bandages right? We can help him here." Alek grabbed a knife lying on the floor, and ripped through Dylan's shirt.

"Alek no!" Fei shouted, but it was too late. Alek had already cut away the shirt.

The was wrong. He forced his eyes away from the wound on his stomach, more up.! Why?! Alek fell on his bottom, and put his face in his hands. "No!" He screamed.

Fei limped over to Dylan, and checked the wound. "Oh good. The wound's shallow, but she's lost a lot of blood. She has a fever, and we have to carry her out of here." Fei murmured, but Alek hardly heard the words. kept ringing in his head. Fei bandaged the wound. "Alek?" Fei looked up, and the morning sun drifted into the window, highlighting the scar and giant bruise on her face. Fei's face was one of pleading, even her wolf-like, onyx-coloured eyes stretched wide.

"Why! Why didn't she tell me? Why--And I told her everything! She couldn't tell me, don't tell me that!" Alek yelled at Fei just as she opened her mouth. "What a lying little...Why did I even trust my--" Alek was interrupted, by a slap on his cheek. He blinked stupidly as the stinging sensation went away.

"Better now?" Fei said with cold rage.

Alek stilled blinked, frozen there.

"I;ll take that as a yes." Fei growled. "I don't give a hoot if she lied to you. She lied to everyone, not just you! And if we don't get her back to  the hooting Leviathan on time, she'll die." Fei grabbed Alek's shirt and pulled him up, with surprising stand. Her eyes were even more cold than ever, and the rising sun's light turning them to an almost amber colour. "Understand?" Her face was thrust in front of his. Alek nodded. Even at her height, barely scraping by five feet one, she was still intimidating. "Good. You carry Dylan, and I'll watch for any idiots in our path." She muttered something like 'hooting foxes' but Alek wasn't sure if she said that 'shooting boxes'.

Alek carried Dylan, or whatever her name was, in his arm, and followed a limping Fei.

As Dylan would have put it, the world had gone completely barking spiders.

Fei put her hand on Dylan's forehead. She didn't know her real name, because she didn't want to accidentally blurt it out. Great gods in heaven, Dylan was burning up. Fei rubbed her sleep-starved eyes, and she tried to avoid mirrors these days. She knew how awful she must look with the several lacerations and bruises on her body.

But right now, her real concern was Dylan. She was brought into the Leviathan half-dead, and finding Dr. Barlow, and only Dr. Barlow to heal her was hard. And hiding the truth from Fei's father was even harder. She only brought Dylan's clothes up at the stomach and not above, so her father won't see the truth.

Why the hell didn't I stop Alek?! Fei cursed herself. Fei turned around for a minute, bandaging a wound, and his knife was already ripping though her shirt. There was no way to stop it. That dummkopft of a prince was refusing to visit Dylan, and Fei was tiring of watching over Dylan. But someone had to do it, but Fei hadn't slept for thirty-six hours. She was going to snap sometime soon if she kept this up. Her eyes were swollen from the sleep-deprivation, and the pain throughout her body was stinging like fire.

Dylan tossed, but she was still unconcious. She had been for three days. Her temperature of fatally high, and Fei and Dr. Barlow had done everything they could to help her.

"You are NOT going to die, you hear me?" Fei growled lowly in her throat. "I'm not letting a friend die, not this time" Fei dropped to the floor, and cradled her face with her hands. Too many friends, family, friendships, love, and people she cared about died, when they deserved to be alive. And she's seen people cry, when too many times, when their loved ones deserved to be alive. Her mother...Timmy...George...Helen...Ivy...Benjamin...Lucy...even James and her father in a way, she'd lost all of them to death or hate...or plain loneliness and heartbreak. But no, not this time. Dylan was NOT going to die.

She was stubborn, and so she will try her hardest to make it happen. "Stubborn as a mule, and twice as fiery," Julian teased her before. She wished he was here. Damn, damn, damn Julian! What I'd do to have you here, and near. Oh, I wish you were here. Fei could use her bit of sunshine in the dark, and her sunshine was Julian.

She loved him, she couldn't deny it, but if they were together they'd both be rediculed because of discrimination. Against her. Against her skin colour. As a girl. Her race, and herself as a person.

"This isn't fair!" Fei screamed, at no one in particular. "Why is it all unfair? Why does it hurt so much? Why did everyone around me have to die?"

Fei did something she didn't do for years, not since her mother's death. She let salty tears spill out of her eyes. She cried.

~~~A Day Later~~~

Fei was almost unable to keep her eyes open. Pinching herself had stopped working, and her sore body also wouldn't keep her awake. Forty eight or so hours without sleep. That's it, she was finding Alek to watch over Dylan.

Dylan's health had improved a bit. Her body temperature was out of the dangerous range, an average fever temperature, and the wound was showing no signs of infection. But her body was tired, and her it was still dangerous with a fever for so long...Fei's vision blurred, and she staggered, from both the hurt leg and dizziness.

"Alek, open up." Fei croaked, voice hoarse and tired as she felt.

Alek opened the door and eyes widened. "You look bad." He blurted out.

"No, I just haven't slept in four days, I look wonderful." Fei said sarcastically. Alek flinched.

"What are you doing here?" Alek asked, not hostilely, but curiously.

"I need you to watch Dylan for me be--" Fei was cut off when Alek grabbed her cut shoulder. Fei flinced, but said nothing at all.

"Don't ask me to do that!" Alek growled at her. "You know she--"

"I don't care if she lied to you!" Fei cried, suddenly filling with energy. "She might die, you know that? She was close to dying a few hours ago, and I was the only one watching her! I don't care! I honestly don't! She has a fever that refuses break, and there's risk of infection, viruses, and the gods know what else!"

"That bad?" Alek's eyes widened.

"Yes! And for four days, I haven't slept, watching over her. Would it kill you to spend A FEW HOURS of your precious time while I take a well-deserved NAP?" Fei yelled, and staggered, and almost fell, Alek steadied her.

"I'll do it, Fei, but only for you." Alek said coldly.

"She's your friend too." Fei glared at him.

"She lied." Alek refused to be swayed.

"I did too." Fei pointed out. "You did to me as well Alek, don't deny it."

"But I told her everything." Alek whispered, sadly.

"Yes, but that doesn't mean she has to tell you everything as well." Fei shot back

"How would you understand?" Alek snapped.

"I've had backstabbing friends that died later." Fei said flatly. "I don't care they lied to me and told me I was stupid, all I wanted was them back again. Alek, don't be like that, you could really lose Dylan." Fei's voice cracked at the end of the sentence. She closed her eyes.

"All right." Alek sighed. "I'll keep that in mind."

"Wake me up if there's any change." Fei yawned, and walked back to her cabin. She plopped onto the cot, and fell asleep in no time.

~~~One Hour Later~~~

"Fei! Fei!" Alek shook Fei, as she groaned. Fei felt more well-rested, but it felt like minutes, it was not enough.

"I don't know what's wrong with Dylan!" Alek looked panicked. "She's tossing, and turning and--"

"Shut up." Fei told him calmly, and ran down to Dylan's room.

"Barking spiders!" Dylan yelled in her sleep, then muttered something, turning the other way. Fei was worried about the wound opening up, but Dylan wasn't moving around too much. Fei's heart pounded, wondering what could be wrong. She was edging closer and closer to panic, but sent it away from her mind. She needed to remain clearheaded and icy calm. But that did not calm her pounding heart.

Pulse...still fine...wound...clean. Wait, why did she feel colder than usual. Fei put her hand on her own forehead, and then Dylan's. Dylan's was hotter, but hardly significant, Fei had a body temperature colder than others. That meant...

"Well, how is she?" Alek asked anxiously. He still matter how much he tries to deny it, Fei thought.

"Her fever broke," Fei breathed, relieved. She felt lightheaded. Whether it was because of the sudden relief, sleep deprivation, or stress, she saw blackness, and collapsed on the floor, fainted.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:10:32 PM
Deryn groaned. Her head hurt, her arms hurt, her back hurt, and her stomach was on fire..."Barking spiders! What happened?" She exclaimed as her head cleared out. She saw Fei standing there, a corner of her mouth kinked up in a half-smile.

"Hm...Let's see." Fei tapped her chin. "You went on a raid into the Waldorf-Astoria hotel to destroy the death-ray, you got wounded, me and Alek brought you back on the ship, and you've been out for about ten days." Fei then looked thoughtful. "No, not really...You've been in and out of it."

"Ten days?" Deryn tried to sit up, but Fei pushed her back.

"Oh, no, don't sit up without help," the young rider warned. "You don't want the wound on your stomach to open up again."

"Oh, barking spiders!" Deryn complained. "How many wounds do I have?"

"That's the only major one, but you're black and blue all over." Fei grinned, but winced, like it hurt her face. Then Deryn noticed the giant, rotten banana coloured bruise on her face. No wonder it hurt. "You've lost a lot of blood, got a high fever, and nearly died."

"Way to break the news." Deryn muttered. Then she looked at Fei again. She looked unheathily pale, her wrist was in bandages, her eyes were red, and she was walking with a slight limp. Deryn thought she saw blood on her clothes, and what was that on her arm?...

"Fei." Deryn started.


"Roll up your sleeves for me."

Fei looked a bit nervous as she rolled up the sleeves of her dark green shirt. Her arms were bruised, in various shades of pale green to a dark purple spotted with yellow. Deryn winced, at the sight of them.

"What happened?" Deryn asked softly.

"Oh, I picked a fight with three men and this was the result." Fei waved her hand dismissively like it was nothing. "This was the result of fighting the third one. The first two were easy to knock out, but i have bruises like this all over my body."

"Feeling okay?" Deryn said sympathetically.

"Yeah, felt better, but have definitely been worse." Fei did a half-smile again.

"Worse?' Deryn arched an eyebrow.

"Don't ask." Fei chuckled, then her face fell grim. "You were aware when I told you hyou had a stomach wound right?"

"Stomach--" Deryn's eyes widened. "Oh, my God."

"Yeah.." Fei flinched.

"So who knows?" Deryn breathed.

"Me, that arragont count, Dr. Barlow...and..." Fei flinched. "Alek." Deryn gasped. "I should've stopped him." Fei said wretchedly. "I could've, but I turned around for a minute and he was ripping your shirt apart with a knife, he didn't even listen to me. I'm sorry." The words 'I'm sorry' came out so awkwardly out of Fei's mouth. Deryn knew how hard it was for the stubborn girl to apologize, if she apologized at all.

"Fei, don't blame yourself." Deryn soothed. "You didn't make him rip my shirt apart...but is he...ah..."

"Angry? Mad? Hurt?" Fei finished for her. "Hell, he makes mad griffins seem tame, let's leave it at that."

Deryn closed her eyes to stop the tears. She should've told Alek sooner, or else she wouldn't be in this spot. But how? Every chance was ruined by Dr. Barlow or Newkirk, or the barking Germans...and Fei dropping many hints did not work as well. And besides, he'd run a mile from her. She sighed.

"Hey, you told me that the dummkopft of a prince would run a mile if he found out you were a girl." Fei shrugged, and she pretty much read Deryn's mind. She had the other annoying habit of doing that.

"True." Deryn sighed. There was a knock on the door. Fei covered Deryn up. She sneaked by the door suspiciously. She was obviously having a whispered conversation with the person outside, and finally let him in. Alek.

The look in his eyes was enough to break her heart. He looked cold, hurt, and furious. She seen that look before, but never seen it directed at her. She flinched, and groaned softly from the pain that racked her body when it happened. Even Bovril riding on his shoulder was once without words. Fei grabbed Alek's shoulder, and she gave him a look of warning that said: Control yourself. Alek slumped a bit at her, and sighed softly. Alek looked harshly at Deryn, catching her eyes in an unbreakable gaze.  Deryn's face flushed, and Fei was caught in the middle of their glare. Alek glared right over her head. She looked back and forth, helplessly between them, and she looked awkward.

"Well...this is awkward." Fei said wryly.

"Of course it is." Alek said sardonically, but kept his eyes on Deryn. There wasn't much she could do, lying there.

"Hi." She croaked. Alek glared again, she flinched, and groaned again.

"Why?" Alek asked suddenly.

"What?" Deryn was confused.

"Why didn't you tell me?" Alek had a pleading and angry look on his face at the same time. "I told you everything. Why not for me? Why Dylan?"

"You'd said you'd run a mile!" Deryn accused, angry, she tried to sit up but Fei pushed her back.

"I thought I could trust you!" Alek yelled, waving his arms, she never seen him this angry. "Maybe Volger was right when I shouldn't make friends with you damned Darwinists!"

Deryn narrowed her eyes. "Now wait a minute--"

"All you did was lie!" Alek accused.

"Other than not telling you that...what I am, I never lied!" Deryn screamed back.

"Keep it down!" Fei warned. Then she directed a scornful look at Alek. "You know what? You're getting out of here." Fei dragged Alek away. "I need to talk to you." Fei looked at Deryn. "Try to keep still, and if anyone knocks, sound like you're sleeping."

Fei shut the door.

She could hear Fei yell something at Alek, but then it was quiet after that. But nothing would be right again. Alek's handsome face distorted into a glare was something she couldn't forget, his emerald eyes like twin flames, burning hatred into her. She wished she could do something about it.

Deryn put her hands on her face tears started flooding her eyes.

"Look, what's your problem? I thought we talked about this!" Fei shouted exasperatingly at Alek. "I told you to be gentler about it! Instead you just go out and yell accusations at her, and she you!" Fei's jaw and fingers clenched together tightly.

"Look, I can't help it, alright, Diana?" Alek told back, and purposely called her by her English name to annoy her.

"Don't call me that!" She hissed.

"Like you keep calling me 'princess'?" Alek growled.

"That was a joke!" She defended, lowering her voice. "Obviously my talk to you didn't help."

"No, it didn't" Alek glared at her.

Fei turned around and slammed her fist into the wall. And again.

"Wait! What are you doing?" Alek grabbed her arms. Her knuckles weren't even red, she was just wanting to make noise and rhytm, another one of her habits when she was angry. Fei gave him a bored look.

"Alright!" Fei threw up her hands in fustration. "You're angry. why?"

"She lied and--" Alek was cut off when Fei motioned silenced.

"No." Fei's onyx eyes looke dinto Alek's. "You're angry because Dylan didn't trust you enough to tell you."

Alek gasped, and realized Fei was right. He dropped into a chair, the only chair in Fei's bunk. Bovril made cooing noises, and he ruffled it's fur.

"Mr. Sharp." Bovril said sarcastically. Oh, now he knew what it meant.

Fei took her falcon onto her shoulder pad, and nodded at Bovril. "You should've listened to your loris more." She always called Bovril 'the loris', probably because of how she was never allowed to bond with her beasties, or else the beasties would be either tortured or killed. She never really got attached after that.

"Yes, I should've." Alek sadly tickled Bovril's neck fur, and it chortled in delight.

"And me." Fei glared.

"Wait what--"  Alek then stopped. "Oh, my goodness. Those stores, Butterfly Lovers, Mu Lan, Joan of Arc, all those female warriors or women in disguise--Those were all hints, weren't they?"

"Yay for the sha gua prince." Fei mumbled. "Figures out way late."

Alek couldn't help but smile. "Did you just call me sha gua?"

"Yes, I did." Fei grinned, that term for idiot was often used on closer friends, namingly, Julian and James.

"Am I your close friend?" Alek joked.

"Yes, you are." Fei hugged her knees as she sat on the floor. Alek felt guilty by taking the only chair. "Refusal, betrayal, or criticism from close friends hurt more than a strangers, doesn't it? The closer they are, they harder we fall."

Alek nodded sadly. "I agree." Then Alek considered something. The way Fei was cold around everyone and everything, not letting anyone get too close to her heart..."You're afraid to love, aren't you?"

Fei's eyes went misty, and Alek was startled. "Yes," she croaked. "I can't help it. Everyone I cared the most about were torn away from me." She again rubbed her slashed scar.

"Oh." Alek couldn't say anything else. "Did you know about Dylan?"

"Yes, mainly because I actually guessed, not because i actually saw." Fei looked at Alek witheringly. He threw his hands up in a sort of surrender. "But Alek, you were going to find out in some way, and your response is going to be the same." Alek tried to interject, but failed. "No, really. Whether because she told you or not, it was always going to be like this. But Alek, don't blame her. She just wanted to chase her dreams of flying. I would've done the same."

"But women are suppose to stay at home." Alek grumbled.

Fei gave Alek a comtemptuos glare. "What about me?"



"But, women are suppose to be ladies, to take care of children." Alek said.

"Why, I may ask?" Fei stretched her eyes wide...well, wider.

"Um...because you're suppose to?" Alek shrugged. "An men have more power?"

"And if we took that all away?" Fei questioned. "What if women were given the opportunity to do the same things? What then?"

"We'd be equal." Alek admitted.

Fei nodded. "Exactly. Me and Dylan both wanted to be equal and not be treated inferiorly to others. Don't be too angry at her, Alek. She just wanted to do what she wanted, and that young airman you see is exactly what she is."

Alek sighed. "yes...I know but..."

"Dylan was trying to protect you, believe it or not." Fei insisted. "She didn't want you to think that she would be better in you in some ways, that women could be better than men. She was protecting your feelings and pride too, and preserving trust, and protecting herself as well. But can you really blame her?"

"Go back, and talk to her, calmly." Fei suggested. "Nothing hurts more than your rejection."

"Alright." Alek rose from the chair, and placed Bovril on Fei's lap. "Take care of him."

"I will." Fei looked up.

Alek walked back to Dylan's cabin. I can do this, he told himself. He took a deep breath and walked in.

"I'm sorry." Alek blurted out, as  he walked in, and Dylan's eyes flooded with hope.

"Let's start this over: Hi." She grinned.

"You too." Alek grinned back. "I'm sorry, I overreacted."

Dylan shrugged, or at least tried. "I expected nothing less than anger from you, Alek."

Alek sighed. "I'm really sorry Dylan, I didn't mean it, I was angry because I thought that you thought I was untrustworthy."

"That's okay." She sighed, lying on her bed. Her gray-green eyes started to have more life in them, and colour was returning to her face.

"I can't keep calling you Dylan." Alek inisisted. "What's your name?"

"Deryn." She replied. Deryn. Deryn Sharp. The name rolled around in his mind. He liked the sound of it.

"It's pretty." Alek commented.

"Thanks." Deryn sighed. "I think you know that Fei knew before you...and so did the count."

Alek's jaw dropped. "He knew? Is that why he wanted you to avoid me?"

"Aye, paranoid, he was." Deryn muttered. "Barking spiders, everyone knew."

"Except me." Alek grumbled. "You know, with the sneaking around so much and putting pieces together, the feminism, Fei's reminding me of Lillit." Alek gasped. "Wait...Lillit! If you..."

"No! Please don't bring that up!" Deryn groaned, and her arm came out of her blanket, and slapped her forehead. "I didn't like her that way!"

Alek couldn't help it, he tried to stuff down the laughter, but came out as a snort. Deryn grinned. "Disgusting, i know."

"Yes, I agree." Alek grinned.

"But you know...Fei's special." Deryn said suddenly. "Yeah, she fights, feminist, sneaks around, clever...but Fei's just different you know? She doesn't seem her age, she's way too smart, and she's a bit...broken in ways, if you know what i mean."

"Yes, I do, she is anything but ordinairy." Alek agreed. "And she did have a hard past."

"Alek, can you do me a favour?" Deryn blushed for some reason.

"What?" Alek tipped his head.

"Well, I'm getting really uncomfortable lying here, I want to sit up." Deryn said. "I need someone to help me sit up...but I'm not wearing anything." Deryn blushed, and looked sheepish.

"Well, I've seen you shirtless before, so it's not like it'll bother me." Alek tried to sound understurbed.

But what Alek didn't notice as he came in, was that he forgot to fully close the door. The door slowly opened. As he helped Deryn sit up, he noticed a loud gasp. Newkirk, his mouth wide open. Staring at Deryn sitting.Before Alek could do anything, he was backing away.

Newkirk ran.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:10:44 PM
...And fell right on his face. He didn't notice Fei's foot sticking outside the door, and the result was Newkirk falling, and Fei planted a foot on Newkirk's upper back.

"Hello Newkirk." Fei greeted sweetly, with an angelic smile on her face. "What are you doing here? Visiting? Oh, why don't you come in?" Fei then forcefully dragged Newkirk back into Deryn's bunk and threw him in as he landed with a thud. She slammed the door shut Alek had honestly never seen Fei this scary before. She may had the smile of an angel on her face, but the cold fury that lighted her eyes scared Alek so much, that he wish he could huddle into a hole and hide.

"Well Newkirk?" Alek growled, putting on his best angry face.

"Um...hi..."Newkirk laughed nervously as Fei still plastered a smile on her face. Not really angelic anymore, but something like the victorious smile of a hunter who finally caught their prey. Fei never smiled with her mouth open, but now she did, showing her very sharp incisors. She looked like a grinning, bloodthirsty wolf.

"Newkirk," Fei said in the same sweet voice. Alek felt shivers creep up and down his spine, she was really scary. "You are never ever going to tell your captain right?"

"Uh...actually," Newkirk stuttered.

Fei grabbed Newkirk's hair and yanked. "Right?" She snarled, the smile still in place. Newkirk looked like he was going to wet his pants.

"Uh..." Newkirk was too nervous, he was gasping in hyperventalation by now.

"Fei stop scaring him." Deryn commanded. "Newkirk, please! This means everything to me! I wouldn't be here if this meant nothing but some stupid adventure!"

Fei let Newkirk go, and he sat beside Deryn. Newkirk didn't look nervous, until he glanced back and Fei smiled at him, he quickly turned his back to her. Alek almost laughed when Fei motioned choking, punching, slapping, and chopping motions behind his back.

"Alright Dylan, but you'd better explain." Newkirk looked at Deryn, sitting with pillows propping her up. She was now, thankfully covered.

"Well...I pretended to be a boy because I really, really wanted to fly." Deryn sighed. Newkirk was intentively listening to Deryn, and looking into her eyes. Alek felt a flash of..what was it?

"I understand." Newkirk nodded. Alek somehow felt a flash of fury to the midshipman. He wanted to punch him...but what was he feeling? Fei gave him eye contact, and kinked up an eyebrow. Alek shrugged.

"I didn't want anything more." Deryn's voice was more pleading now. "This is so important to me, it's everything! Please, Newirk, I really don't want to leave this ship!" Deryn's eyes were getting misty, was she going to cry?! "Please!" Deryn was now actually crying, with small sobbing noises. Fei tensed up, frozen, not sure what to do. If Fei tried sympathy, Alek was pretty sure she'd probably make Deryn cry more. Alek rushed to her side, but Newkirk got there first, he took her hand, rubbed her back and murmured comforting words.

Alek was so angry now, he wanted to KILL Newkirk. Fei mouthed "you're so jealous' at Alek.

Was that what he was feeling? Jealousy? But why did he really care?

All that Alek knew, was that Deryn had never cried for him before.

Fei looked at the jealousy and resentment burning in Alek's eyes as he watched Deryn being comforted by Newkirk. You do care Alek, see? You care enough to be jealous of another boy...

Don't think that she's never cried for you Alek, she's done it so many times...don't ever think that for a minute. Fei wanted to say it out loud, but she couldn't in front of Deryn nor Newkirk. She tried sending sympathy in her gaze when Alek caught her gaze, but he didn't look.

Newkirk leave...leave! Fei thought in her mind.

Ironically, Newkirk stood up and said: "I think I should leave you guys alone now...Don't worry I won't tell." Newkirk gave on last gaze at Deryn, and began to leave.

"Newkirk, one last thing." Fei started coldly, and cruelly, pleased how ruthless it came out. "I'm sure Julian told you that I will always, always get my revenge. If you don't keep your promise, I will avenge her." Fei glared at him with her best glare, and a flash of pleasentness washed over her as he gulped and shivered. "Understand?" She roared at him.

"Yes.." Newkirk ran out.

Good, at least he was scared of her.

Fei let out a stream of the most vile swear words in many languages behind Newkirk's back. Oh, how good it felt.

"Look at the amazing view!" Deryn yelled at Fei as she also climed the ropes. Why was she even allowed? Well, the girl climbed mountains before, so her father permitted it, even if the captain wasn't pleased.

"It's beautiful!" Fei agreed, her tiny face lighting up in joy. They were still buzzing around America, and now were flying over the great lakes of Canada and America. "I live somewhere near there!" Fei pointed to a general direction near Lake Ontario.

"Amazing!" Deryn laughed. Her stomach wound had healed nicely, but unfortunately there was a long, thin, white scar. Fei's wounds had all healed too, but also had scars, but they were already fading  away, that lucky girl! "Was this where you and Julian were raised?"

Fei nearly lost her balance, and slid. Luckily she was wearing a safety harness. "Yes...why?"

"Curious, that's all." Deryn shrugged.

"Can we go back to my bunk?" Fei asked.

"Why?" Deryn asked.

"I need to show you something." Fei muttered. "It's going to"

Deryn gulped. "On...on...a hydrogen breather?"

Fei rolled her eyes. "In he gondolas, and I have a giant bucket of water."

"Alright." Deryn sighed.

They headed into Fei's bunk, as she grabbed matches. "Use that bucket if anything goes wrong." Fei warned.

Deryn did a mock salute. "Yessir!"

Fei grinned, and struck the match. She was walking over to her desk where a piece of paper was...until she walked by her birdcage where she kept three of her falcons, and it caught on fire really quickly. Fei cried, blew the match out, as Deryn splashed all the water on the panicking falcons. The falcons were now drowned, and so was Fei's dresser, but the fire was out.

"What...what happened?" Deryn breathed.

Fei sniffed the air. "Kerosene," she growled, "I know who did it."

"Who?" Deryn asked.

"Peter," she replied. "When I said 'play with fire' I never meant it this literally." Fei sighed.

"Was he really this jealous of Julian?" Deryn asked.

"Who knew? I knew he hated me and Julian in a way...but never like this." Fei's eyes stretched open wide. Then she turned her cat-like eyes to Deryn. "Jealousy can easily lead to hate...and love can easily turn into jealousy and hatred. Enough of it can destroy so much."

"What do you mean?" Deryn was confused, Fei almost always talked in riddles.

"Exactly what I meant." She replied calmly. "Haven't you noticed how Newkirk and Alek are behaving towards each other lately?"

"Um..of course." Deryn tipped her head. "Suspiciously."

"No, not that. They have this.." Fei considered. "Alpha male wolf thing going around each other."

"What?!" Deryn said.

" their trying to be dominant over each other...for a female's undivided attention." Fei tipped her head towards Deryn.

"Uh..." Deryn's mouth opened wide.

"Yeah. Yours." Fei shrugged. "Definitely not mine."


"Stop being flabberghasted!" Fei scolded. "IT's true, they both like you!"


"Yup. Don't deny it." Fei grinned. "But try to give them equal attention, or else males will fight. That's the way males are."


"Alright then..." Fei stood up. "I think my experiment isn't worth showing that much..."

"Right, I'll get going." Deryn also stood up.

"Can we trust NEwkirk?" Fei asked suddenly

"I think we can, he hasn't told this far, has he?" Deryn mused.

"No...but...who knows?" Fei's face turned dark.

Deryn's heart had a seed of doubt inside of it.

Alek watched as Deryn whooped and laughed while climbing up to the topside of the Leviathan he was on. She was swinging around the ropes like an expert, with Fei climbing swiftly as a cat, catching up to her. It was beautiful, soaring across Lake Erie in Canada, where the landscape was mostly trees and greenery. NEver before had Alek seen this much green. No wonder Fei couldn't stand places without trees and vegetation, she spent some time here.

Deryn and Fei had healed completely, now well enough to swing around the ropes like wild monkeys. Alek was guiltily unharmed, not even a bruise. He looked now, at the healthy and vibrant Deryn, and remembered the frail, sick one on bed two months ago. Fei was right, that frail girl wasn't Deryn, this energectic young midshipman was. Alek was jittery all the time about Newkirk telling Deryn's secret, and couldn't help feel flares of jealousy at Newkirk whenever Deryn and him spent time together. But of course, they had to do duty together so it couldn't been helped.

"Hi Alek!" Deryn grinned widely as she stopped running in front of him.

Fei had already ran to Alek, beaten Deryn in the race. Amazingly, her hair was still perfect and not affected by the wind or race at all, and was coolly checking her nails. Fei swept her glinting fox eyes around, looking for anything out of place on the Leviathan topside. She was today strangely silent, and she was more closed in than usual. SHe kept toying with her Chinese zodiac animal jade necklace, and the silver bracelet on her wrist with unreadable language on it. Her leather wrist cuff pronouncing her being as a trainer was missing.

"Hi, Deryn, it's beautiful up here!" Alek waved her arms around at the landscape.

"Aye! It sure is!" Deryn grinned joyously and looked out the horizon with the setting sun at her back.

Alek, seeing her profile, her face, hair and clothes were streaked with dirt. Her white-blond hair was wind-blown and feathery, and her gray-green eyes vibrant and full of life as the scenery below them. Her smile was even more vibrant than the setting sun. Even with all the imperfections, Alek had never seen a girl this beautiful. As Fei said it, perfection is the most boring thing.

Fei caught Alek staring at Deryn, and her eyebrows shot up, and she wriggled them in amusement, and gave a real, rare grin. Alek grinned back. Almost idiotically. And Fei rolled her eyes, but she was still smiling. Fei's face turned towards the sun as well, and highlighting dark circles under her eyes. Why wasn't the poor girl getting enough sleep? She was probably paranoid and stressed, and she trusted Newkirk about as much as a mous trusted a cat not to hunt it down and rip it apart.

"Hello, Dylan." Newkirk greeted Deryn (Who didn't tell him her real name, much to Alek's joy.). He completely ignored Fei and Alek, and Alek stifled a laughter as Fei made choking motions behind Newkirk's back. She also made several rude gestures, all of which Newkirk did not notice, and Alek almost laughed, and felt his stomach was going to rupture because he was holding down several laughs.

As Newkirk talked to Deryn about altitute testings, Fei repeated made several motions of punching, and mimicking Newkirk's talking behind her back with exaggerated facial expressions. She mimed several of Newkirk's action and made them all idiotic looking, and still repeated pretended to use Newkirk as a dummy for her pretend bow and arrows, and sniper gun. Alek's lip shivered and he held his breath from the attempt of not laughing. Deryn also saw and was also trying not to laugh like an idiot. As Fei was motioning a bending down motion, Newkirk turned around, and Alek tried to warn Fei, but she already knew and was pretending to check the laces on her riding boots.

"What are you doing?" Newkirk frowned.

"Checking my laces!" Fei said with the absolute conviction of a teenager being blamed of doing something they didn't do. "For goodness sakes! Are you going to criticise me for that too?" Fei put on an angry face. Alek was impressed at her quick thinking and good acting skills. Deryn and Alek shared a grin, as they looked at Fei's act.

"I gotta go. I promised Dr. Barlow I'd walk Tazza." Deryn explained as she walked away.

"Oh, that's one of my falcons." Fei also walked off, distracted.

That left Newkirk, Alek, and a whole lot of awkward silence.

"Hello." Alek greeted awkwardly, and Newkirk scowled. Newkirk muttered something about "barking prisoners and their pride", as if Alek didn't have ears. They again stood there awkwardly.

"'s the training with the griffin coming along?" Alek asked, trying to start up a conversation.

"How's it your business?" Newkirk's eyes narrowed suspiciously.

"Just trying to start a conversation. Apparently not working." Alek sighed.

"Why would I have a conversation with you? You and that girl, you foreign people are so...strange." Newkirk spat out the last word like it was acid on his tongue.

" really what you thought about Clara, was it?" Alek said rudely.

"Um..." Newkirk looked a bit flustered. "That...wasn't anything." Alek bit his lip from laughing out loud.

"Alright, whatever you say. And "that girl" has a name, and it's Fei." Alek pointed out.

"Fey...named after fairy creatues." Newkirk frowned, as if it was bad.

"Um..actually it's "to fly" in Chinese." Alek argued. "Fei told me."

"Do you always believe what people tell you?" Newkirk gave a cold smile. "Because Dylan did tell you she was a boy. You never figured it out, did you?"

"You never either!" Alek snarled. "You're not much better off!"

"And she's better off without that Chinese girl or you!" Newkirk growled back. "You're a prisoner, and a foreigner."

"And she's better off with you?" Alek roared at Newkirk, unable to control her rage. "Last time I checked, I think that she wasn't so fond of you!"

"Aye she is! At least someone from her own country!" Newkirk yelled back. "Someone she likes better."

"Oh, you're certain she likes you that much?" Alek was surprised how cruel his own voice was. It was almost Fei-like, but he probably learned the cold glare and tone from the aggressive girl. "You know what she said to me? 'Newkirk can be such an idiot sometimes, he has no place to be on the Leviathan if he barking scares himself to death whenever he sees a beastie. He always thinks he's all that too, it's barking annoying. Fei would say he was spineless and idiotic'." Alek quoted all this from a conversation a few days ago. Fei told Alek not to goad Newkirk so much. to be careful, but all that was forgotten in the senseless rage that washed over him.

"She wouldn't say that!" Newkirk defended.

"Oh, but she has." Alek replied in the same cold voice. Newkirk had a dark look in his eyes as he stepped towards Alek. Alek felt a flash of fear.

"What are you doing?" Fei leapt between the two boys, looking from one to the other, eyes stretched wide.

"Get out of the way!" Newkirk growled at her. Fei still kept her dimunitive form between them, and looked up bravely.

"No." She said steadily, and Newkirk grabbed her and threw her. She yelped as she nearly fell of the airship. Newkirk was a bit horrified at what he did, but not horrified enough as Fei rushed back to her feet and stared indignantly into Newkirk's eyes. He tried to throw a punch at her but Fei's snake-quick reflexes caught Newkirk's punch and twisted it painfully behind his back. He cried out in pain, and she forced him onto one knee and held his arm there.

"Mercy! Please!" Newkirk cried, his face red and agonized. Fei let go. Newkirk glared at them both, and then ran away.

"I told you NOT to provoke him!" Fei cried at Alek, waving her arms in fustration.

"I couldn't help it!" Alek put his face in his hands, distressed.

Strangely Fei's eyes crinkled in sympathy, and nodded. "I understand, I was just trying to make sure you don't do anything too stupid, so Newkirk won't do something that we'll all regret.

But Alek already started to regret.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 25, 2011, 12:11:57 PM
Post reserved
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Awesomegoat on May 25, 2011, 12:42:13 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Princess Deryn on May 25, 2011, 01:03:32 PM
Post reserved

What's that mean????????

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've been copying and pasting this story to a word document

and morrrrrre? *innocennt child face*
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: myst47 on May 25, 2011, 02:32:26 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 26, 2011, 07:30:39 AM
yes plez write more
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: myst47 on May 28, 2011, 07:16:55 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: One Person on May 28, 2011, 09:13:30 AM
Yeah...some Japanese.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 28, 2011, 12:12:17 PM
Hey guys! I know I haven't updated in a very long time, but school had to come first. 3 major assignments, 4 major tests....not fun. And three of them consecutive in one day...Grr. And what I'll do is post the fanfic in the top posts where it says spot reserved, so I can put it all in one big pile. So, whenever it says the post is updated with the date that's the most current, that means I wrote something.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: One Person on May 28, 2011, 12:18:51 PM
Hey guys! I know I haven't updated in a very long time, but school had to come first. 3 major assignments, 4 major tests....not fun. And three of them consecutive in one day...Grr. And what I'll do is post the fanfic in the top posts where it says spot reserved, so I can put it all in one big pile. So, whenever it says the post is updated with the date that's the most current, that means I wrote something.
HEY! You are not the only one. I'm suffering TOO!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 28, 2011, 01:10:15 PM
grr this week i had finals
english mon and tues
science tues and wends
math tues and thurs
history thurs and fri
latin mon and wends

 and about 5 projs due monday
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: One Person on May 28, 2011, 04:31:51 PM
Damn finals. Ruining three day weekend and memorial day. How can I remember all of the subjects. Pray to God that He can guide us to pass the Devil's test.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: tridecagirl on May 29, 2011, 12:01:32 AM
I'm more concerned about French, personally...
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 06:55:11 AM
yah the language finals are the worst
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Princess Deryn on May 29, 2011, 07:45:26 AM
Ya'll still have finals/exams?!  :o I feel sorry for ya'll. I'm already on my first week of summer!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 09:06:10 AM
Ya'll still have finals/exams?!  :o I feel sorry for ya'll. I'm already on my first week of summer!
you are my new least favorite person that i dislike for no god reason

Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:11:41 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:12:05 AM
Yikes, you guys make High School sound like hell...I'm still in middle school!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 11:13:26 AM
im in middle school but i take advanced classes so im in 8th grade but i take 9th grade classes
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:16:02 AM
im in middle school but i take advanced classes so im in 8th grade but i take 9th grade classes

Hm...are you American?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 11:18:04 AM
I loved your writing by the way plez continue
why did you ask if i was american?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:22:50 AM
I just updated...check the front page XD
And, I asked if you were American because you were allowed to take High school courses in middle school. In Canada, I don't think that's allowed, unless you're in the IB program, but then again it's still high school.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: tridecagirl on May 29, 2011, 11:23:23 AM
I'm in the IB. Gah.

Hah. Alek is an idiot.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 11:23:52 AM
yeah im american

he is an idiot
is alek gonna solve these suggestive hints anytime soon cause i think im gonna die if he dosent
ohmygod if alek dosent solve deryns secret in the first 4th of the book im gonna cry (of scotts story srry should have been clearer)
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:29:00 AM
I'm in the IB. Gah.

Hah. Alek is an idiot.

yes he is XD
Well, at least in my eyes...
I mean, comparing Mu Lan and Zhu Yin Tai to Deryn and he STILL doesn't get it XDDDD
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 11:30:55 AM
yeah but hes a prince he thinks he already knows everything
is he gonna find out soon?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:35:19 AM
And Fei was really not subtle about the clues...
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 11:38:06 AM
all the more reason to get mad at alek and call him an idiot
wat do you mean maybe?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:40:55 AM
all the more reason to get mad at alek and call him an idiot
wat do you mean maybe?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

maybe sooner, maybe later....:)
Yes, Fei gets mad a lot and calls Alek idiot in five languages. X3
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 11:41:38 AM
i like her
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:42:24 AM
yes, ninja, stubborn, swearing, short Asian girls are awesome X3
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 11:42:40 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:43:33 AM
I wonder why I always put an Asian in my stories...probably because i am one X3
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 11:45:12 AM
they are cool i know a couple
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 29, 2011, 11:49:16 AM
Half my class is Asian...
If in the Holocaust, only one person would survive because he's the only one that has blonde hair and blue eyes...
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 29, 2011, 12:27:18 PM
no one in my class would

plez continue
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Princess Deryn on May 29, 2011, 02:23:28 PM
im in middle school but i take advanced classes so im in 8th grade but i take 9th grade classes
same here, but im one year under ya.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 30, 2011, 12:55:42 AM
And Fei was really not subtle about the clues...
ohh for somereason i tought that you meant he might or might not figure it out
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: waxesnostalgic on May 30, 2011, 02:02:37 AM
I think you have a timeline error-- the second part is set in February 1914... isn't that before the books start?

Anyway, going good. :) Alek is clueless, even with the Butterfly Lovers. XD
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 30, 2011, 02:09:36 AM
yep its good keep writing plez
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 30, 2011, 10:34:37 AM
Aw thanks everyone! And it was suppose to be 1915...whopsees.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 30, 2011, 10:46:18 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 31, 2011, 11:02:58 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 31, 2011, 11:11:29 AM
OHMYGOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUHAVETOCONTINUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1plez?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 31, 2011, 11:15:04 AM
Original Character Info:

Name: Yang Fei Lin, Diana Yang, Fei Yang

Age: 13 years old (I know I said fourteen before, but I rather her to be thirteen now XD)

Birthday: January 2nd, 1901

Chinese Zodiac Sign: Rat

Hometown: Beijing, China, but spent her childhood in Toronto.

Things she likes: Setting things on fire (Especially Louise's dresses, shh...don't tell!), climbing trees, singing, playing musical instruments, pranking people with Julian, horseback/griffin riding, cats, untamed and wild animals, books, kung fu, beating boys up

Things she dislikes: Louise, fancy European dresses, acting like a girl, dogs, water, loud sudden noises, gunshots, bomb explosions, thunderstorms.

Background: Chinese. Father still alive, mother died when she waws seven years old and didn't start talking after one year afther her mother's death. Julian got her to start talking again, and they were best friends after that.

Instruments she plays: Violin, chinese flute (xiao)

Favorite saying: "Idiot!"
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on May 31, 2011, 11:15:24 AM
Tomorrow XD
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on May 31, 2011, 11:16:52 AM
awwwwwwwwwwww  :( ok :-\
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 01, 2011, 12:01:45 PM
Should I do a scene at the end when the characters are all grown up and have children?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 01, 2011, 12:03:00 PM
yes plez are you gonna post soon?
(not trying to be pushy just curious)
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 01, 2011, 12:13:24 PM
Can't I'm sorry  :(

I had to practice my gazillion instruments, and I had to do my art homework...
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 01, 2011, 12:17:18 PM
oh ok :(
soon? im hopeful
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 01, 2011, 12:17:58 PM
I'll try tomorrow, but no promises...
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 01, 2011, 12:21:19 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 07:45:52 AM
SCHOOL IS OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11
yes  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 02, 2011, 08:31:07 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 08:39:18 AM
really good you have to continue as soon as possible
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 02, 2011, 08:43:25 AM

But you realize you're the only one that's commenting so far?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 08:45:04 AM

but i like it!!!!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 02, 2011, 08:45:36 AM
My one and only fan X3
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 08:46:00 AM
but you do have a fan

better than none
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 02, 2011, 09:25:46 AM
Tru dat
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 09:27:18 AM
yah it was good glad that deryn is ok

will you post more soon plezz? as soon as you can im one of toughs people that reads something and doesn't want to stop
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Sheenastears on June 02, 2011, 10:55:01 AM
write moarr plzzz  :D
i love it!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 11:26:08 AM
2 FANS!!!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Sheenastears on June 02, 2011, 12:19:51 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 12:24:35 PM
hi newbie!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Sheenastears on June 02, 2011, 12:30:19 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 12:31:27 PM
hi have you read all the leviathin book so far?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Sheenastears on June 02, 2011, 12:34:08 PM
and behemoth too!
i read it in december-january
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 02, 2011, 12:35:29 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Sheenastears on June 02, 2011, 11:27:58 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 02:33:22 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:01:07 AM
An extra long chapter! But some of you will hate me!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:13:48 AM
I love it but at the same time
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:15:13 AM
Fei didn't leave the door open, it was the dummkopft Alek!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:17:03 AM
but she should have stayed to gaurd the door stupied fei
but in the books aftrer most of the midshipmen left in leviathin deryn and newirc got seperate rooms
(srry couldnt help but relize that)
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:19:44 AM
p.s. i tought it was funny when alek helped deryn up even tough she wasnt wearing anything
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:21:01 AM
Yeah, but Newkirk just happened to walk by. Fei was injured, mind you, her wounds could've gotten easily infected too, and she can still hardly move. Besides, she was being diabolical in her room.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:21:15 AM
And wanted to give Alek some privacy.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:24:08 AM
oh ok  >:( stupied newirk
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:25:36 AM
He just happened to walk by at the wrong time...if anyone is to blame, it's Alek. FORGET TO SHUT TEH DOOR WHY ODN'T YOU!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:28:28 AM
well i like alek so im now gonna blame newirk for walking by at the wrong time
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: BagpipeHeadache on June 03, 2011, 11:30:41 AM
...I'm assuming this fic is posted on the forum...

Maybe previous pages?   
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:31:28 AM
...I'm assuming this fic is posted on the forum...

Maybe previous pages?   

No, it's all in the first page. I mean all.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:31:58 AM
well i like alek so im now gonna blame newirk for walking by at the wrong time
Why not blame Deryn for being a girl in the first place?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: BagpipeHeadache on June 03, 2011, 11:32:13 AM
O.O yes ma'am!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:32:40 AM
cause she had no controlle over that go blame he mother and father
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: BagpipeHeadache on June 03, 2011, 11:33:04 AM
....hmmmm....I should start my own thread here.....make mine all organised like yours.....
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:34:24 AM
its is a good way to orginize a fanfic
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:37:28 AM
Yeah, but i may run out of room in the front...

The format was what I did for another fanfic on another forum.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:38:16 AM
mhmmm ok
ya know wat you should do?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: BagpipeHeadache on June 03, 2011, 11:40:06 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:41:29 AM
y'all shoud do one of two things

1. go run around the closest mall screamming "THEY HAVE HER HELP HER THEY HAVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
2. continue writing
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: BagpipeHeadache on June 03, 2011, 11:42:10 AM
Already on the second one... ;)
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:43:20 AM
but at the same time aww the first would have been hialrius
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: BagpipeHeadache on June 03, 2011, 11:46:44 AM
Mostly because when someone shouts something like that....they all come looking for guys like me as potential suspects... :-\
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:47:37 AM
Should I bring back Julian for the ending?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 11:49:10 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 11:57:56 AM
Ya know...Fei's best friend *Cough boyfriend*
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 12:00:36 PM
oh well i started reading around the sleepover in aleks room with fei telling that story and i didnt really read befor that
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 12:29:48 PM
There's a lot of important stuff at the beginning that comes back later!!!!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 12:32:02 PM
oh opps  :-[ ;) my bad wat do you think might happen next?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 03, 2011, 12:48:38 PM
Trust me...for the next part,if you've never read the beginning you won't know whats going has to do with Peter, and something catching on fire.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 03, 2011, 12:50:22 PM
ill read the beginning to be honest i read part of the beginning didnt care for it that much and came back later when i was bored and skipped a big part  :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[ :-[
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 04, 2011, 05:36:50 AM
i read the beginning it was good!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 04, 2011, 11:07:23 AM
Why thank you! XD
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 04, 2011, 11:12:47 AM
New chapter!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 04, 2011, 11:57:02 AM
its really good please continue
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 05, 2011, 09:24:28 AM
plez continue if u love us u will ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 05, 2011, 11:01:36 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: tridecagirl on June 05, 2011, 11:38:40 AM
I'm enjoying the clueless boy competition/angst. Sillies.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 05, 2011, 11:43:18 AM
It's halirous, that's why there's so much in it XD

Put one illegible girl between a bunch of guys...there will be drama. Deryn and Fei are proof of this!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 06, 2011, 11:21:26 AM
its good plezz continue
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Awesomegoat on June 06, 2011, 11:26:07 AM
Oh Newkirk… *shakes head*
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 06, 2011, 11:30:09 AM
yah stupied newirk
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Awesomegoat on June 06, 2011, 11:59:58 AM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 06, 2011, 01:06:40 PM
yah stupied neiwrk plezz continue pretty plez? with a cherry on top?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Awesomegoat on June 06, 2011, 01:07:56 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 07, 2011, 08:15:56 AM
"Seriously?" Fei laughed as Deryn told her about Lillit, a request that Alek had made, to see how she would react. Now Fei was holding her stomach and laughing hard, rolling on the ground in laughter, literally. Deryn would expect Fei to be a little less...extreme with this laughter. Or maybe she just thought it was amusing for another girl to kiss Deryn.

"HA! is...haha...funny!" Fei was still convulsing in laughter, which was surprisingly loud compared to her usual quiet demeanor. Even her falcons and Bovril seemed to be chuckling. "I could just imagine your face!" She had spasms of laughter again...and again.

When she finally stopped laughing, Fei explained to Deryn about the origin of species and DNA, and even more things she needed to stuff into her brain. It was funny how a girl that was two years younger than she was [Er...I kinda changed Fei's age to thirteen, one year younger], but the girl was insanely smart, and could've been in university by now.

A message lizard scurried into Deryn's room, and it spoke in the captain's voice. "Dylan Sharp, Diana Yang, and Alek please report to the Captain's office immediatly."

Fei and Deryn gave each other very startled looks. All of them at the same time? Deryn had a bad feeling about this at the pit of her stomach. "Should we go get Alek?" Fei asked calmly, but Deryn could see panic in body.

"Sure, shouldn't we?" Deryn's voice quivered.

Fei shrugged, and went into the general direction of Alek's room. He was already out.

"The message that the lizard gave me is scaring me." Alek admitted as he fell in step beside Deryn.

"Aye, me too." Deryn sighed as she started to get nervous and even more nervous. She opened the door to the Captain's office just a crack, and her heart pounded as she saw the Captain, his officers, Dr. Barlow, Dr. Yang, but most of all...Newkirk. Her lungs refused to breathe, and Fei laid a hand on Deryn's shoulder, even though she was hardly up to Deryn's shoulder and gave her a calming gaze. Fei was very impulsive and always said what was on her mind, but she never judged a situation until she knew the conditions, one of her positive qualities.

"Calm down, maybe it's not what you expect." Fei murmured, but doubt was on her face. She wasn't as stoic as usual lately.

The captain had a serious face, and Newkirk was glaring at her like she wanted to burn a hole through her as easily as a drakon could through glass. Dr. Barlow looked as calm as usual, and Dr. Yang was frowning. Fei's face slipped back into it's cold, impassive look, because this way no one could see what she was thinking. Deryn wished she could do the same, but she gulped and she kept her eyes from stretching wider, and kept her face calm. Alek's nails dug into his thighs, a sign of his nervousness, and Fei's shoulders tensed up, her sign of nervousness.

"Hello, Dylan Sharp." The Captain said. Deryn grew cold, it was usually Mr. Sharp, or Midshipman Sharp. What was happening? "You're here today because I think all of you know something..." Deryn's heart felt like it was exploding. Alek fidgeted, and Fei's face was unreadable, but a spark of fury had crept into her eyes.

"It well...How should I put this." The Captain considered for a while. Deryn was getting more scared. Alek squeezed her forearm. Fei was looking down, face dark. "It has come to my attention that Dyaln...that maybe you're a...girl?" Chaos erupted, Deryn was still frozen in place.

Fei's teeth gritted together and her mouth formed a type of snarl. With her sharp teeth, and wolf-like features, it was terrifying. "Newkirk." She growled, giving him a glare with her black eyes. Her body tensed up like she wanted a fight. Alek didn't look so happy either. Even the captain looked nervously at Fei, but Deryn was just frozen,  her worst nightmare come true. "" Fei was bristling so much out of anger, she couldn't finish her sentence. Newkirk looked scared and took a big step back.

"Yes, Midshipman Newkirk came to me immediatly after he knew." Captain Hobbes said.

"Yeah, right, he knew for two months!" Fei spat sarcastically.

"Did you?" The Captain was surprised.

"Yes." Alek hissed the word, and whipped a glare at Newkirk.

"So I figured it was around the same time Ms. Sharp here got a stomach wound on the raid." Deryn just couldn't register the Captain's words, she was scared stiff, shell-shocked. "There were many casualties at the time, and we had Dr. Barlow and Diana Yang help with minor injuries. And her wound was minor enough, so Dr. Barlow treated it. I think Dr. Yang even checked on her once or twice."

"Yes, but I only saw the stomach wound, and nothing above it." Dr. Yang spoke out.

"But, Dr. Barlow, you knew, didn't you?" The captain accused.

"Yes, it would've been stupid if I hadn't." Dr. Barlow shrugged. "And before you ask, why didn't I tell you? It wasn't my place."

"So, Diana, do you know?" Dr. Yang asked his daughter.

"Fei, my name is Fei." She pointed out. "And, yes, I did. But Julian guessed, and I confirmed it." She tossed her hair indignantly, in a way that a horse would toss its mane.

"Julian, who's that?" Captain Hobbes frowned.

"My childhood friend, blond, blue-eyed boy you met in Japan." Fei answered.

"Alek?" Dr. Yang said. "Do you know about this?"

"Around the same time that Newkirk did, a little earlier." Alek responded.

"How did you find out?" Dr. Barlow asked.

" Sharp was injured and I cut away her shirt with a knife. I saw. Newkirk found out when I forgot to close the door all the way." Alek said flatly.

"So all of you saw it with your own eyes, except Fei, who figured it out." The captain said, and everyone nodded. "But Newkirk, if you knew, why didn't you tell earlier."

"They threatened me, and promise to get revenge if a word came out." Newkirk said.

"And that promise still stands!" Fei growled, Alek had to pull her back a bit. Then she stood tensely, crossing her arms around her chest.

"And Ms. Sharp, you are dismissed from the air service." Captain Hobbes ordered. "You still have to stay on the ship, because we won't be in Britain for a long time. But you are not allowed to do duties anymore. And you shall dress properly. You are all dismissed."

"That's not fair!" Fei yelled, but Deryn just pulled her away.

"IT won't do any good." Deryn's eyes filled with tears. Fei's face was contorted in anger.

"Don't try to argue, woman are suppose to stay home." Captain Hobbes said dismissively.

"Yeah? Like Dr. Barlow shouldn't be on the Leviathan? How I'm not suppose to train military fabs? And fly them?" Fei argued angrily. Everyone's jaw dropped. Deryn was suprised she let that bomb drop.

"Was that you that first day in Japan?" Dr. Barlow still looked surprised.

"Yes!" Fei admitted. "I admit everything! I train the especially dangerous fabs and I got the scars to prove it!"

"Fei! Stop it!" Dr. Yang scolded, horrified.

"Try to stop me!" She challenged, looking at her father with hurt eyes. "I'll never be the girl you always wanted me to be, and even if mother didn't like it, she at least tried to understand and deal with it, unlike you. But now she's dead, so that doesn't help." With that she stormed out to the door. She turned around. "Newkirk? If you dead or alive, I dont' care."

They all left, Deryn shivering.

Newkirk passed Fei, and then she did a that scary angellic smile, as Newkirk passed by them on the hallway to Deryn's room.

"Oh, Newkirk, you're going to rue this day. Rue the day you messed with my friends and the day you crossed me." She purred, and Newkirk ran for it. Fei opened the door to the bunk and walked in.

"Why would he do it?" Deryn's voice quivered and she sobbed, sat down and put her face in her hands and sobbed uncontrollably.

"I told you not to push him too far!" Fei's voice quivered with unconcealed anger.

"Wait, what happened?" Deryn sniffed.

" and Newkirk, had an arguement, and said things we shouldn't have." Alek murmured.

"So he got angry and he told the captain." Deryn said flatly. Alek looked down. Jealousy can do many things if it's strong enough, Fei told her. Was Newkirk jealous? Yes, yes he was. "So you decided to badmouth him then?" Deryn's voice rose a few pitches.

Alek stared at the floor.

"So this is your fault?" Deryn's voice was now screechy, and loud. Fei winced, and even though DEryn felt sorry for the girl, she couldn't help being angry at Alek. "Now I'm kicked out because of you."

"Deryn listen to what I have to say--" Alek tried to say.

"You've said enough!" Deryn screamed. "You barking prince! Get out!"


"No!" Deryn buried her face into her pillow. "Go! You too Fei, leave me alone." Alek left, but Fei did not. She rubbed Deryn's back comfortingly, and Deryn let her.

"I'll make that blind Captain see that you will stay. You will!" Fei had a determined edge to her voice. The girl never gave up did she.

Deryn could do nothing to answer except cry, but Fei was alright with that, and they sat in silence together.

"Idiot! You ninny! You dummkopft!" Alek cursed himself as he paced in front of the count. It was two days after the incident, and he was still cussing himself. Unfortunately, Volger refused to leave his side these two days, and Fei running between Deryn and Alek being peacekeeper.

"Alek, are you sure you're okay?" Volger was a bit horrified at Alek's behaviour by cursing himself.

"No!" Alek yelled. He punched the wall. Ouch.

"Alek, stop!" Volger pulled his fist away from the wall. "Don't take your anger out like that. Calm down. Tell me what happened."

"First of all, Deryn--Dylan--is a girl but you probably know that." Alek looked at the count. He nodded. "And then Newkirk found out, and I made him made and he told the captain, and now Deryn's kicked out of the Air Service and she's really, really, mad at me, Fei''s mad at me--well maybe not, but no way will the either of them talk to me ever again!" Alek gasped, because he said that all on one breath.

"Finished?" The count raised an eyebrow.

"Yes." Alek sighed.

"So what are you going to do about it?" Volger asked.


"You haven't thought about it, have you?" Volger sighed.

"Um..." Alek stammered. "Not really..." There was knocks on the door. Alek's heart flared with hope.

"It's Fei!" The visitor announced, and Alek's hope died down a little, but at least Fei was here.

The count opened the door, and glared suspiciously at her. Fei strangely returned the gaze benevolently, taking them both by surprise. There was nothing on her face except calm acceptance. "Don't worry, I'm not here to yell senselessly at you." Fei said. Alek nodded.

"'s Deryn?" Alek asked hesitantly.

"Same as you did when you found out about her secret, except two times worse." Fei answered, then eyes sparked in anger. "That idiotic captain refuses to listen to a single word me and Dr. Barlow have to say about Deryn staying! And my father...pratically refuses to look at me! He says I can't train anymore, I'd like to see him try, what can he do?" She bared her teeth in a grimace.

"So...does she hate me?" Alek asked as hesitantly as before.

"Yes, a little. But then again who doesn't?" Fei joked. Alek wasn't amused, but the count chuckled. Alek gave him an exasperated glance. He shrugged. "But you know you're going have to do something."

"Is it me, or are the two of you communicating on what to tell me?" Alek sighed. Fei kinked up one eyebrow and gave a slanted smile. "But what should I do?"

"Uh, how but apologize? That usually works." Fei said it was like the most obvious thing.

"But sorry's never there, and I can never make a sound when it comes to that." Alek put his face in his hands, shaking his head.

Fei sat beside him. "It's hard, but you have to do it. That's what courage is."

"The girl's right." Volger surprised him by agreeing.

"I have a name." She pointed out sweetly, mockingly.

"Alright, Diana's right about it." Volger said, never comfortable using her Asian name. Alek and Fei looked at each other, and shrugged. An improvement over 'the girl'. Or "That female trainer" or even "The Asian".

"So...You think I should apologize?" Alek said. Fei nodded. "When?"

Fei pretended to check a wristwatch, which was absurb because all she had on her wrist was the silver bracelet with Chinese words carved into it. She looked up. "Now seems like a good time?"

"Uh...later?" Alek suggested nervously, but Fei already dragged him up and was pushing him towards the door.

"I'm never one to wait for something to happen, I make things happen, now." Fei stopped pushing. "You either go back to sulking like Rapunzel in her tower, or you take charge. Good luck." She went out.

"She's something, I have to admit it. More courage than you." Volger said.

"More courage than any of us." Alek admitted. "Maybe not more than Deryn though..."

"Well, are you going?" The Count asked.

"Yes, and right now." Alek exited. He felt more nervous with each passing step, but he finally made it to Deryn's room. He knocked. "Deryn, let me in. Deryn!"

She opened the door, and Alek tried not to gape at what she was wearing. A dress. A dress. A dress. Dress. Dress. Dress. It echoed in his mind millions of times. She was wearing a spring-green dress, that was a bit big on her, because she was so skinny. She glared at Alek with flaming eyes. "What are you doing here?"

"I need to talk to you." Alek said, and the door began to close.

"I don't need to talk to you." Deryn turned away.

"Wait!" Alek stopped her. Deryn turned around. "Then I won't say a word." Alek lost his breath when she looked at him with wide eyes.

They stood there in the doorway in silence. Staring, no one looked away.

"I'm sorry." Alek apologized, it was finally out. "I know this isn't enough, and it really won't measure up to what you been through but I can't--" He was silenced by Deryn's finger on his lips.

"Why Alek?" Deryn asked softly, not accusingly.

"Because I was jealous of Newkirk, about all the things he said to me. How basically Fei and I and all foreigners were garbage." The words flooded out.

"I think that you're being very good to me Alek, after all that...And I want to be good to you." Deryn whispered. "I'm just so sad, I'll be leaving here. And I don't blame you, it was my own barking fault."

"But not today, you're not leaving." Alek murmured, and held her hand, and brushed her cheek with his other hand. "And I wasn't very good to you before. But I do want you to know that...I always hold you above everyone."

"Alek--I." Deryn sighed. "I do too. I didn't think you knew that." Alek melted at her confession, beginning to realize that he really, really liked her. She wasn't beautiful, not very close to it at all, but she was courageous, and energetic, and was Alek's support.

"And I want you to know that I really didn't want to lie to you, it's not your fault, and I want Fei to stop stressing over everything like she usually does--" But Deryn was cut off.

"Hush." Alek cut her off. "I want to try something." She tipped her chin down, and looked from under her bangs and eyelashes. But Alek tipped her chin up. He noticed how he shot over her in height in the past few months. Good thing. Or else this would've been really awkward. He closed his eyes and gently pressed his lips against hers.

All Alek could say was that it was sweet; sweeter than choclate, sweeter than the summer rain. Her lips were gentle, and her eyes were closed, and when she opened them, it was a wondrous thing to see. He felt a little bit of guilt mixed in with the happiness, but no one could break this apart, who cares if he was a prince? He forgot who he was for a minute.

The look on Deryn's face was something that he would never forget. It was a mixture of happiness, love, and admiration. It was the same gaze that Julian gave Fei so many times over before.

"Well, that's new." Deryn said breathlessly.

"It was, and I want to do it over and over again, and get lost in you." Alek said. "I want to do it everyday, and I don't want a moment to feel like it's complete without you."

Deryn blinked, and smiled so brightly, it was the flames of a thousand suns.

Alek and Deryn both didn't hear the footsteps of Fei coming up to the doorframe, but she was obviously there the whole time. "You left the door open." She grinned.

They all laughed. "Thanks Fei." Alek said to her.

"Why?" She was confused.

"For giving me courage." Alek said.

"I just helped you find it, it was always there." She said gently, and the young rider grinned, a smile that showed her teeth, something very rare. She said she hated her smile, but it was as innocent as a child's, and bright as a sunny day. She rarely let the helpful, kind side of her show. Maybe that's why Julian liked her so much, sowing her loving side. "So glad for you to be smiling again." Even as Fei smiled, Alek noted she looked kind of strained. She was paler than usual, and there were dark circles under her eyes. Probably not getting sleep, planning revenge and trying to convince the captaint to let Deryn stay.

"Us too." Deryn smiled as she said it. Us, she said us. Alek's heart flared in happiness. Then she looked at Fei seriously. "A bunch of messenger falcons, terns, lizards, and even your drakon attacked Newkirk today. Even Bovril looks like he wants to murder Newkirk. Do you have something to do with it?"

Fei smiled mischieviously, having an impish look on her face. "Yes. I kinda set all the beasties on...attack mode with him. As long he gets three meters close to a beastie, it'll attack. And I mean all the ones on the ship. Hopefully Newkirk likes flechette bats and the giant hawks. I can never remember them name of them!"

Deryn's eyes widened. "How did you manage that?"

"I have my ways." Fei smiled mischieously. "And he's getting even more nervous because I treat him like he doesn't exist, do the same."

"" Alek refused. "I think you've got the revenge you deserve, kid." Alek teased her with "kid" because of how much shorter she was. She stuck out her tongue.

And so the three of them laughed and told stories together until the sun set.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 07, 2011, 08:16:36 AM
New Chapter! I'm stopping posting things in the front now...There's too much stuff!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 07, 2011, 09:21:29 AM
I'm thinking of killing off a main character...
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 07, 2011, 10:17:28 AM
not alek deryn or fei. they arny dying material scott said so (about alek and deryn i just like fei) plez update soon
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: tridecagirl on June 07, 2011, 10:29:31 AM
Kill  Newkirk or Captain Hobbes. no one would mind.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 07, 2011, 11:03:56 AM
Would it be cruel to kill off Fei's father, and leave her an orphan? yeah...

Newkirk and Captain I need for something else...
Fei can't die either, she's important in the end...
Not Alek or Deryn, because I won't kill them...

ARgh. Hard to decide.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: myst47 on June 07, 2011, 01:01:48 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Seven on June 08, 2011, 03:37:18 AM
Dude, Newkirk seriously needs to take a chill pill. Alek was just trying to have a civil conversation, and then the middie starts attacking him for no reason really. WTH? Alek didn’t seem to really say anything to provoke him. And then Newkirk storms off angrily for no apparent reason, and tells the captain Deryn’s secret. Yeah, that’s one sure fired way of winning Deryn’s affection.

Good story so far!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 08, 2011, 11:31:58 AM
A few days had passed, and Deryn was feeling with each passing day, she was losing something inside of her. She sighed. She was very worried about Fei, who seemed never to sleep, always scheming, and something was bothering her, but she would tell no one. Deryn loved Fei and all, but wished she wasn't so secretive. She held on to her secrets like someone held onto a climbing rope for their dear life when they were falling. She never let go, she was stubborn, impossible to move as a mountain.

Fei stormed into Deryn's bunk, where she and Alek were discussing the war, and looked happy for once in days. "The captain is finally seeing some of our side, me and Dr. Barlow. He's considering to let you stay a little longer."

"How?" Deryn was amazed.

"Well, I mentioned some key points." Fei said. "First, you're the ship's best midshipman, man or not. Second, you're great with the beasties. Third, you know the command flute. Fourth, you know all the food and health issues regarding griffins, pegasus, and drakon. Fifth, you know all the life strands of them. Sixth, you can draw all of them. Seventh, you're tough as nails. And finally, because eight is a lucky number, you've risked your life for more than one person more than a few times."

Deryn's jaw dropped. She went and embraced the tough girl. The girl stiffened, and became a piece of rock. But still. "Thank you. And you taught me half those things." Deryn breathed, still hugging her. Fei made a strangling sound. Deryn let go. She was still frozen.

"Please refrain from doing that." Fei said expressionessly, but she still looked tense. "And if you were going to hug me, tell me first, I really don't like being surprised like that. I could've punched you by accident, that would've been my instinct."

"Oh, sorry." Deryn said. The girl was more tense than usual, or was she always like this about a simple hug? But she was bound to be touchy, all the stuff that's happened in the poor girl's past.

"Well, anyways, great job Fei!" Alek congragulated, and gave her a pat on the back, which she also jumped at. Deryn thought something was wrong. She poked Fei's arm, and Fei jumped again.

"What's wrong Fei? You seem jumpy...well jumpier than usual." Deryn asked, concerned. "Are you having anxiety, 'cause that happens when you don't get enough sleep."

"No, I'm sleeping fine." Fei did look better, less pale, her skin more tan than before, no more dark circles. But she was missing her healthy rosy shade to her face, and her eyes kept wandering, and the falcon that was pecking around the room looked as jumpy as Fei. She shook her head, as if trying to clear it. "But something's...wrong...I don't know how I know it, it just feels like something will go wrong. The griffins, pegasus, drakon, falcons, lizards...heck, even the loris." Fei glanced at Bovril, who did seem less chatty. And Deryn knew how much time she spent around nervous beasties, and they were enough to make other people nervous.

"Well...maybe you should sleep a little more." Alek insisted.

"No, I slept seven hours last night, and I just had a three hour nap." Fei dismissed the idea. "I just feel...weird, I don't know how to describe it. But it will happen. Something bad's bound to happen." Fei didn't look like Fei in this moment, and looked like a wide-eyed ghost. Then she shook her head again. "Forget I said anything." Fei grumbled, and sat down.

Deryn and Alek looked at each other. Fei had better instincts than most...and sometimes she had strange predictions that usually happened, mysteriously. Maybe the girl lied about sleeping, maybe she needed more than 10 hours, with her pulling all-nighters these past few days. Deryn was worried nontheless.

"Oh, yes, Dr. Barlow wanted all of us to go visit her when we have the spare time." Fei snapped back to attention.

"Huh." Deryn said. "I wonder why?"

"She's not telling." Fei leaped up, and opened the door. Deryn stared enviously at her griffin riding clothes. Well, it was the only clothing she brought, and only she could control the beastie completely, and was completely confident about it.  She looked down at her stupid dress. Barking spiders, why did she look ridiculous? Alek gave her hand a comforting squeeze. She smiled back. Bovril skipped from Alek's shoulder to Deryn's, making whining noises of propellers as they were nearing Fei's bunk. Why so? And once they reached the windows, Bovril went crazy, and Fei's falcon started screaming bloody murder. Deryn saw a flash of silver in the dark clouds outside, and split second later, Fei threw herself at Deryn and Alek, knocking them down. The window near them shattered, and alarms went off. Whether it was because of Fei's impulsiveness or the falcon's shrieking, Fei had saved them, a giant spear of glass was where they were standing before they were knocked down by the young rider.

"Everyone okay?" Fei gasped, the blow probably knocked the breath out of her.

"Yes." Alek and Deryn answered at the same time. Fei gasped with horror, and Deryn squinted, she was not seeing what Fei did. Fei could see things before others did, maybe because she was sharp-eyed, but most likely because she was so easily distracted by movement. She then saw it. Tiny, gyrothopters the size of griffins, with a single propeller, and carrying young or light German soldiers. Deryn muttered a curse.

"They're copying the griffin design and stealth! They've sneaked on board!" Alek gasped.

Fei put her flute to her mouth and out came a sharp, alarming note. Her falcon shrieked it, and Bovril echoed it as well. The few Apollo Bats that Fei had also brought, were echoing it too. If one bat shrieked, the other bat with ears like satellites would hear it and also transmit it, into a chain. This would've been how to control the griffins if no one was riding it.

"Quick, if the German's are here, get into my bunk, it's closest here!" Fei directed. "Go scout!" She threw her falcon up in the air, and it flew, but came back shrieking. "It's not safe, the German's have already infiltrated it!" Then there were sounds of screams and chaos in the mess hall.

"Where do we go?" Deryn's mind was racing for ideas. Fei calmly pointed to the mess hall. "There? Are you crazy?" Deryn shrieked.

"No, becuase 'where is it better to hide a leaf than in the forest?'" Fei quoted. "We go in there, it's total chaos. No one will know the royal prince is in there, you might be a problem Deryn, but you're thin, you hide." Alek was dressed in more or less the same as Fei, and they both blended in. Deryn cursed hersef. "They wouldn't hurt a girl, and if they find you, I'll distract them! Quick, go!" They all ran into the mess hall, total chaos. Fei put her riding helmet and gogles that were on the wall. What was the girl thinking? She'll get attacked or killed...Then it hit Deryn. They would first attack her, if she or Alek were caught, because she looks more threatening and you couldn't tell it was a girl. Alek gave her a firm glance, and they both ran in opposite directions.

"Hope you make out of this alive, Alek." Deryn whispered.

"You too Deryn." Alek kissed Deryn's forehead and he ran away.

Deryn plunged headfirst into chaos.

She noticed the Captain fighting with a German. Why the hell was the Captain here? Without hesitation, she punched the German's head, and slapped her fist into his nose, breaking it and knocking him out, like Fei told her to. The Captain wanted to say thank you, but Deryn was already gone, running again into the chaos.

Gunpowder? Flares? Are they mad? Bringing them on a HYDROGEN breather? Fei shook her head at their stupidity. She was small, and even when she was behind the German's silver machine-things, no one noticed her sneaking around. She grabbed all the flare, and tossed them out the window. Unfortunately, most windows were shattered, and the air up here was thin. But Fei climbed mountains, the Himalayas, she didn't care much about thin air. She took her emergency water canteen she had strapped onto her belt, and poured a little into the black gunpowder, rendering it useless. Since she was very paranoid, she had stashed a knife and a small bow with arrows in a mess hall cabinet near here.

She sneaked over to the cabinet, willing no one to find her. They didn't. They were all too busy fighting. The Germans had airguns, unfortunately which could fire on here. But what was the gunpoweder for? Were they suicidal? Maybe, she decided. Or did they want to feed it to the beasties? Maybe they did. Fei shook her head. She took out her dagger, and sneaked back over to the machines. She found the delicate wiring in the machine, and brought her knife slicing into all of them. Fortunately, she got all of the machines, unfortunately, a young German soldier caught her.

The German slammed her against the wall, but her head and body were protected by the helmet and what little protection they offered. She preteneded to be dazed, but went and tripped the German's feet, and kicked him in the fork of the legs. He fell too. Fei ripped off her goggles to see better, realizing how much more of a girl she will look. Oh, well, she needed to see. She spotted Deryn being cornered, but then the German just turned around, more embarrassed than intimidated, and ran to someone else. Alek was nowhere in sight.

She didn't notice the same young German until too late. Her helmet was yanked off, and her head grabbed to expose her delicate neck. She felt a thrill of fear as the cold metal of a knife was pressed to her throat, and the German soldier held her and the knife, and was almost cradling her.

She looked into the German's blue eyes, and noted how young he was, barely any fuzzy blonde growth on his face. For all the chaos, Fei felt strangely calm. So I'm going to die, Fei thought, almost impassively. She almost did, all those years ago, but a turn of the cheek saved her but killed her mother, leaving the slanted white scar on her face. I'm going to do this with my eyes open, Fei decided, and looked at the German with a fierce challenge in her eyes, not fear. The German's eyes misted, and Fei could read his gaze. This was a girl, a girl, a young girl who looked so young right now, looking younger than 12 years old, for once. The German laid Fei down, and drew the knife away, shaking his head. Fei almost fainted in relief. Before he could go anywhere, Newkirk attacked him.

Newkirk was ferocious, pounded the German soldier until he ran off.

"You okay?" Newkirk helped Fei up.

"Yeah, thanks." Fei grumbled.

"I'msorryIwasjealousandIwasn'tthinkingandI'majerk." Newkirk said that so quickly, and gasped. Fei blinked.

"You shouldn't be apologizing to me, but to Deryn. Now's the chance to make it right" Fei said, and hope flared in Newkirk's brown eyes.

Fei grinned dangerously. "Let's go beat up some Germans."

Alek did a good job of staying invisible, and Fei did even better. She was nowhere to be seen. Until Alek was knocked down by a German soldier, his blue eyes widened at the sight of him, and his movements slow and he was bruised. He had a knife. Then, out of nowhere, a short arrow struck the German in the arm. He yelped, and the arrow was more of a dart, and he pulled it out. But he looked groggy already.

"You again!" Fei yelped, and Alek thought she was talking to him, but really it was the German soldier. Fei had a bow in her hand. Well that explains it. Fei's fist connected with the German's jaw, he slithered to the ground in a dead faint.

"What was that?" Alek asked.

"Oh, I put dipped the dart into a strong anesthetic. Trick I learned from Native Aboriginals." She explained. "You okay?"

"Yes, perfectly." Alek stood up without trouble, but then again, he only fell.

A scream filled the air. "That was Deryn!" Fei cried, and ran quickly in the direction it had come from. Alek sprinted after her, but was nowhere as quick.

Deryn was cowering in the corner. Fei leaped up and give the German a kick in the gut as she was leaping. Deryn packed a punch on the German's jaw, as Fei kicked the German again...but in a painful spot. Hard. Fei slapped her knife on the German's head, and he fainted as well.

"We make a good team." Fei said breathlessly.

"I agree." Deryn grinned dangerously. She was uninjured, but the hem of the dress she wore was torn. Oh, well, Alek thought. It's not like Deryn cared.

The Germans rushed back to their machines, only to be surprised whatever they needed was gone. Alek understood what they were yelling about. Their flares were gone, the machines were broken, and their gunpowder was wet.

"You did that didn't you?" Alek murmured to Fei.

"Did what?" She smiled sweetly as she nodded to the Germans. "Of course I did!"

With the German's overpowered by the Darwinists, they had nowhere to go, their machines destroyed, by little Fei. They were cornered, and were captured by Darwinist. There were only three left, as seven of them had been killed, and five were fainted on the ground, or severely wounded. There were bodies of both Darwinist and Germans.

"Oh, no, Newkirk!" Fei spotted Newkirk lying face flat on the ground.

"Don't worry," Newkirk groaned, getting up. "I fell." He rubbed his nose.

They all sighed in relief as more Darwinist soldiers got up, but some remained motionless.

"Alek!" Volger called out. "Are you okay?"

"Yes, Count, no injuries whatsoever." Alek called back. The Count nodded, looking relieved. "What about the two of you?"

"I think I bruised my knees, shins, and I'm bleeding from one cut, but I'm alright." Deryn shrugged.

"I have a cut, I'm bruised on my knees, and my bum is sore from falling so much," Fei said. "But I'm wait, I think I've got splinter on my palms." She proceeded picking them out, and wincing. At least they were small splinters, Alek noted.

"What do we do?"  Alek felt the ship slowly sink down towards the ground. They were heavy. The airmen was tossing the German machines and dead bodies out the window, and the ship was more steady.

"Try to search around for wounded or dead people." Fei suggested.

"What do we do with dead bodies?" Deryn asked.

"I doubt we'd carry them home and give it to their families." Fei muttered darkly. "I dunno, try to look for anyone alive."

Alek gulped, and went to search through the mass of bodies.

Fei had revived a few soldiers. But some will never be revived. There were a few that fell out of the windows during the attack, and the mess hall was pretty much destroyed. She escorted several who could walk, and instructed the ones who could walk to carry the ones who didn't. Some with very light injuries she treated herself.

"Hold still, don't punch me. You've dislocated your arm, and this is going to hurt." Fei warned a soldier as she held his arm. "Hey you know about Dylan Sharp?" Fei was trying to distract the soldier

"Why? Of course I--AH!" The soldier yelped, with both surprise and pain. Fei shoved the arm back into the socket just when he least suspected it.

"Hold off the work on that arm, will ya?" She said.

"Alright, thanks...Fei." The soldier got up and left.

She treated another case of dislocated arm, bandaged a few wounds, scoffed at another's bruises, pulled out splinters from another. She tried to avoid the most serious cases. And she walked towards the too familar smell of rotten flesh, as she saw a body twitch. He was alive!

It was a young airman, around twenty years old. His green eyes were bright with pain, and his brown-blonde hair covered in blood. Fei tried not to turn away from the sight of the gaping stomach wound. Fei looked closely. Bayonet wound. Why would German's bring a bayonet on an AIRSHIP was beyond her, but the wound wouldn't heal. Bayonet wounds were the worst. At least there was hope with gunshots, but bayonets? Never. Those cruel, triangle-shaped blades left wounds that were impossible to close. And what was worse, if it was stuck into the stomach, the holder would wriggle around the bayonet, and the internal organs will get damaged. And they weren't clean, infected with the blood of several victims before. Fei felt sick. Why was it in the air? Shouldn't it belong more to the trenches?

"Are you an angel?" The man's glazed eyes turned to her.

"No, what's your name?" Fei asked gently.

"Matthew Patterson." He replied, and coughed, blood spurting out. "Can you please hold my hand, girl?"

Fei tried to hold back tears as she did what the soldier asked. She stroked the soldier's face gently, his eyes closed, and she tried to give him comfort in his last dying moments.

"You're so kind." Matthew said. "I want my mother...she...she has to know what happened. Mother!" The soldier shuddered. "Are you waiting for me back home? Tell mother I'll be waiting for her  in heaven with the angels, I'm with the Lord."

Fei cried. Why must they all cry for their mothers? "I will Matthew, I will." She let the tears stream down his face. "Does it hurt Matthew?"

"It used to." He murmured. "But now I feel better. I see a radiant light, don't you?" His face was bliss, but Fei's heart was breaking for the dying airman.

"Go into the light then, Matthew, go home with the angels." Fei sobbed. "Go, you'll see your mother someday again." How could she say this, this was only empty promises. She didn't even believe, the curse of being a boffin's daughter.

"You promise?" His eyes glazed over even more.

"I can't, Matthew, but believe it, please!" Fei choked on her words.

"Alright then. Mother, I'll wait for you." He sighed, one last time, and he breathed no more. Fei brought his bloodstained hand on her forehead and sobbed. Why must he die? Fei cried in her thoughts. I know he had a family, probably a best girl, sisters, brothers, children even?

This might've been a soldier, but he was someone's son, friend, husband, cousin, maybe even father! And he was ripped away from their families. "No..." Fei sobbed, remembering the day her own mother was so violently torn from her. She relived several nightmares from it, waking up screaming in the middle of the night.

Fei reached out, gently, and closed the soldier's eyes in eternal sleep.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 08, 2011, 11:32:05 AM
Deryn tried not to gasp, and failed. She was accompanying Dr. Barlow. Dr. Barlow was treating more of the minor wounds, but the wounds still scared Deryn. She saw Fei around before. The young rider was setting the limb of a soldier when she last saw her.

Fei ran up to Deryn, and Deryn noticed her horribly blank and shell-shocked expression.

"Why, hello Fei." Dr. Barlow said.

"Do you know where one of the officers are?" Fei said as blankly as she looked.

"Right here. Officer MacDonald." An officer waved a hand.

"Airman...Matthew Patterson...he's dead." Fei stammered. "He wants me to tell his mother he'll be waiting for her in heaven with the Angles, and with the Lord." Fei's voice cracked, and flat out sobbed. Deryn had never seen the brave, fiery girl shed a tear before, let alone sob like this!

Deryn didn't know what to do, the boffin, her, and the officer all tried to comfort her, but it didn't work. She just didn't seem to hear them.

"And then...he died...he said..." Fei sobbed, her words muffled by her hands.

"She's hysterical, what are we going to do?" Deryn was frantic as well.

"Well," Dr. Yang came into the room. "You might as well leave her alone, and let her deal with this. Comforting her is going to make it worse."

"How do you know?" Deryn shot back, and Dr. Yang gave Deryn a benevolent look. She noticed how much he looked like his daughter.

"When Ivy died, Fei went into hysterics. She wouldn't let anyone, not even Julian talk her out of it. She'll need time, and nothing more." Dr. Yang said.

"What happened?" Alek also walked in.

"Well, Fei...just heard the dying words of a soldier and saw him die." Deryns summed up.

"Must remind her of her mother's death then." Alek murmured. Deryn had never thought of that. He kneeled by Fei. "Fei, Diana! Fei! Kid! Come on, stop moping." Fei looked up into Alek's gentle gaze. "Hey girl, you're strong. Are you sad? Does this remind you of your mother's death?" Fei nodded. "Well, Fei, it wasn't your fault, don't blame yourself. Do you?" Fei shook her head. "Come on, it's no use moping around injured soldiers, how about you go back to your room?" Fei reached out her hand, and Alek pulled her up. She walked away.

"Thank you Alek." Dr. Yang said. "OR else she would've sat there forever."

"How do you always know what to say?" Deryn murmured into Alek's ear.

"I didn't. I just hoped it was the right thing." Alek murmured back.

"Alek, good job." Volger congragulated as well.

But Deryn could tell, poor little Fei wasn't half recovered.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 08, 2011, 11:32:26 AM
New chapter! Please note that I will now not post anything in the front! Thank you!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Seven on June 08, 2011, 03:19:02 PM
Wow, that was fast! This is really interesting.

Heh, what CAN'T Fei do?

Are you still planning on killing someone off?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 09, 2011, 12:05:57 PM
Deryn could hear a sad, mourful, violin in Fei's room. But then, the melody changed over to a more cheerful sound, like the sun coming out through rainy clouds. The two moods conflicted for a while, and in the end, Deryn felt a bittersweet feeling. Fei's violin always told everyone her mood, and Deryn knew right now she felt bittersweet.

A week had passed. It was the middle of April. They were on patrol duty on the Canadian border, as Germans and Austrians may be targeting Halifax, a main point of moving Canadian soldiers and crops to Europe to help with the Great War. Deryn didn't really care about Canada before, but Canada did seem important now, with their troops and all. Deryn was currently trying to read Hamlet that Fei had borrowed to Deryn. Deryn did not understand a barking thing.

Deryn knew Fei recovered well, and was trying to teach her navigation yesterday. As smart as the girl was, she couldn't tell North from South, or East from West, and was hopeless at reading maps. She thought port was starboard, starboard was port. Longitude she confused with latitude, and she thought the sun set in the East. She didn't know why Fei was so bad at navigation, but the poor girl was always getting lost, all the time when she first arrived on the Leviathan. When Deryn told Fei to write it down for her, there were seven spelling mistakes out of twenty words. Deryn knew Fei was a quick reader, but sometimes she confused the wording or meaning of sentences.

"Miss Sharp and Miss Yang, please report to the Captain's headquarters." A messenger lizard chirped out. What had they done this time?

"I'll be right there, Captain. End message." She told the lizard, and it scrambled away.

Deryn walked down the hall, blessedly in pants. Her dress was ruined, and there wasn't another one Dr. Barlow could spare. She wasn't wearing her uniform, but an extra shirt and pants Fei had with her. Although Fei was short, she grew already three inches in the months on the Leviathan. She was prepared, and had some clothes too big. She lent some to Deryn. Now Fei was nearly five foot four, not scraping by five feet. Deryn waved to her as she spotted the energetic young rider in the hall.

"Why d'you suppose we were called?" Deryn asked.

"Who knows." Fei shrugged. "Maybe finally letting you stay?"

"I don't have that much hope." Deryn sighed.

"But I do." Fei looked at her steadily from black eyes. Fei didn't have to tilt her head up as much as before.

"Thanks Fei." Deryn wished she could have Fei's confidence.

They both walked into the Captain's headquarters, and his entourage of officers, Dr. Yang and Dr. Barlow were there with him. They were all smiling.s

"Good morning." The captain greeted.

"Good morning, Captain." Deryn and Fei said at the same time.

"I have consulted the Admiralty about two things...but first things first." Captain Hobbes announced. "Diana, we realized it was you who broke the German's machines and rendered their weapons useless, and you've healed many soldiers, and was also helping the soldiers get over their griefs." Fei shrugged.

"So I will proudly present you this." Captain Hobbes took out a sky blue ribbon, and a medal with the familiar face of Chares Darwin. Fei looked confused, but Deryn felt pride flare in her chest. "Miss Diana Fei Lin Yang, I present to you the Air Gallantry medal, for your courageous and noble acts when you helped our ship win the battle with the Germans, and helping our soldiers, at the great cost of your own life. Congragulations, miss." The Captain pinned it onto Fei's shoulder.

Fei's jaw dropped. "Uh...thanks!" Everyone clapped, and Deryn did the loudest.

"You deserve it." Deryn murmured in her ear.

Fei's eyes glinted in the thank you she couldn't word. The officers and Dr. Barlow all shook her hand, mumuring congrats. When Fei came to her father, he gathered her in a hug. Fei stiffened, but said nothing.

Dr. Yang's face was radiating pride for his daughter. "I'm proud of you, Fei, I don't think I've told you that."

Fei's face broke into a smile. "Thanks father."

"And the second thing..." The Captain cleared his throat. "Is about you, Miss Sharp."

They all fell silent. Fei gave Deryn's back a firm pat. "Don't worry." She mumured.

"I have also consulted the Admiralty about your...being on the ship." The Captain looked a bit awkward. "You have, saved many lives, Midshipman Newkirk's and mine included, you are our best midshipman, and you know the most about the new beasties on our ship other than Dr. Yang and Miss. Yang. I thought it was a waste to let you go, and the Admiralty was also convinced of this, with the word of Dr. Barlow and I. You're allowed to stay."

Deryn's jaw hit the floor. Fei give a squeal of happiness, and wrapped her arms around Deryn in a bone-shattering hug. Deryn was surprised the stoic, indifferent girl would do that.

"But with conditions." The Captain interrupted. And Deryn and Fei sobered. "First, no one else but the people on this ship should know of this." Deryn nodded, easy. "Second, limit your...interactions with the crew, for your health and theirs." Deryn knew the ...hidden meaning behind the captain's words, but easy enough to keep. "Third, you may leave the Service whenever you wish." Deryn nodded again. "Fourth, you will not be allowed back in when you are married." Deryn's mouth puckered, but she nodded. "Fifth, you will dress appropriately, like a lady, whenever there is some occasion or important meeting." Deryn nodded.

"Are those it?" Fei asked, a bit suspiciously.

"Mainly, but it's all she needs to know for now." The Captain waved his hand dismissively. "You are all dismissed."

"Let's go find Alek." Fei said excitedly as they exited. "And tell him. This is amazing! A miracle! You're staying."

"Come on Fei, you just got the Air Gallantry medal and you're not squealing over that but me?" Deryn laughed.

"Um...I don't actually know what it is." Fei said, embarrased.

"What? You don't? It's the highest honour a civillian could achieve!" Deryn gaped at her.

"Oh...well." Fei blinked.

"Yeah..." Deryn glanced sideways at her. She beamed back.

"Alek! Alek! Open up!" Fei knocked and yowled both earsplittingly.

"What?" Alek looked annoyed, looking down on the shorter girl.

"Let us inside and we'll tell!" Fei said more cheerfully than usual. Alek was a bit more curious now.

"Come in. What's the big deal?" Alek said.


"Um...what?" Alek tipped his head.

"Deryn's staying on the Leviathan!" Fei sang

"Oh, my God! Good job Deryn!" Alek gathered her in his arms, and gave her a peck on the cheek. Deryn felt that Alek was always very nice to hug, and was always pleasant and warm-smelling.

"And...Fei forgot to mention she got the Air Gallantry Cross!" Deryn announced. Fei ducked down a bit. Fei wasn't exactly the meaning of modest, but she didn't make something a big deal when she didn't think it was worth it.

"Really?" Alek turned away from Deryn to gape at Fei.

"It slipped my mind." Fei did one of her slanted half-smiles.

"Where are we now?" Fei asked.

"I think in the Atlantic Ocean?"  Deryn mused.

"O-O-ocean?" Fei looked frightened.

"Yes...but we were over the ocean when we came here, remember?" Deryn chided.

"Yes...but the ship was in a better conditon." Fei fretted, and started wringing her hands.

"Fei, what's wrong?" Alek asked.

"I'm scared of water. Terribly. And I can't swim. At all." Fei breathed. "I'm terrified."

"Ironic, the girl who loves fire hates water." Deryn joked, but Fei looked so nervous still, and Deryn stopped.

"Fei, we won't plummet down right now." Alek soothed. "And besides, you were willing to die several times, are you just scared of that?"

"'s just that my fear for's more pathological." Fei explained. "I just have a...natural, almost, fear of it."

"It's alright, we won't fall out. Well, not likely." Deryn said. Great, you probably managed to scare her more! Deryn thought, but Fei looked more reassured.

"You should probably stay in your cabin then." Alek suggested.

"No, fresh air is better for me. And I'm far away from water." Fei shook her head. "I'm going back to my bunk, there something I still need to do." She walked out.

"I just realized...we don't know so much about Fei, do we?" Alek frowned.

"Now that you mentioned it...we don't." Deryn agreed. Then quickly added. "Well, at least not her past, more about her habits, attitude, and stuff like that."

"I think we should know her better." Alek said.

"She won't tell us anything unless she wants to, you know that." Deryn held Alek's hand.

"I know, I just wish she was more open." Alek sighed.

"I do too, but with her, some things are impossible." Deryn said.

"You know how happy I am, right?" Alek changed the subject abruptly.

"No, but you can show me." Deryn teased.

"Alright." Alek grinned, and pressed his mouth against hers.

Then bliss.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 09, 2011, 12:30:05 PM
love it!!!!!
plez continue
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 09, 2011, 09:55:40 PM
just out of curitosity r u gonna write a par thats sapossed to be after the storie where alek and deryn get married and have a kid? i love reading touse they r so happy
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 10, 2011, 05:12:04 AM
Yup. And a "present day" thing too.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 10, 2011, 07:22:11 AM
the way u worded that made it sound like u ment that deryn was gonna get prgnant with aleks baby while still on the levi. . . .
thats not wat u meant right?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 10, 2011, 07:27:58 AM
plezzz continue
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 10, 2011, 11:03:24 AM
the way u worded that made it sound like u ment that deryn was gonna get prgnant with aleks baby while still on the levi. . . .
thats not wat u meant right?

NOOO! It wasn't! Alek's gonna escape the Leviathan soon, Fei already has a plan, because she's always two steps ahead in the game. And the story's time skip is occuring soon, Fei's leaving soon as well. (When I mean leave, it means depature, I don't mean death)
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 10, 2011, 11:23:36 AM
"Strange...why does the griffin seem more nervous than ususal?" Fei muttered to herself.

"Who knows?" Deryn frowned, looking at the wild-eyed griffin that was shuffling around. Deryn took a step closer, and the griffin hissed at her. Fei clamped the griffin's mouth, and whispered calming words to the panicking griffin. It calmed enough, but it was still shuffling around like crazy. Deryn was back to wearing midshipman's uniform, and Fei was so happy about that. That Air Gallantry Cross didn't seem that important to her, somehow.

"It's been like this since the German's raid." Fei sighed, wondering how to help her griffin. Well, not exactly hers, but she did develop the concept of it. She was pretty much the creator of it though. And the drakon and the messenger falcons. Fei researched about the many DNA contributors that would make these beasties possible, and made notes about it, what it should look like, and the pros and cons. But her father and the team of scientist did the actual creating, but she was credited as the inventor. But of course, she would never admit it. She felt it was too much bragging, and Fei was not a modest person, but she did not want to draw herself so much attention. She learned to be invisible, and it was a useful tool. Being unknown was the price of invisibility.

"Well, the barking Germans probably scared it." Deryn said.

"Did any make it to the rookery?" Fei asked.

"No, it was all in the gondolas or mess hall." Deryn replied.

"Ugh. I hate it when I have no explanations!" Fei sighed.

Deryn smiled. "And when you're wrong."

"That too." Fei admitted. "Hey what's that on his back?" It was a little piece of something. She hopped onto the griffin's back, and pulled it out, causing the griffin to yowl. Fei covered her ears. "So that's what's been bothering him! A splinter!"

But something seemed to spook the griffin. The griffins seemed to hate the smell of oil, and right now, a grease-covered engineer walked right past them. The panicking griffin took off, which wouldn't be bad, except Fei was still on it's back.

"AHHHHHH!!!" Fei screamed, which she didn't do often. The griffin wasn't exactly the most stable flier right now, and Fei didn't even harness herself properly on the griffin. Fei struggled to fasten the clasp onto the hooks, and she almost fell of twice in the process. Which would not have been fun, and they were flying over the ocean. Double the trouble.

"FEI! ARE YOU OKAY!" Deryn screamed at her.

"AS OKAY AS POSSIBLE WHEN A MAD GRIFFIN IS TRYING TO SHAKE YOU OFF!" Fei yelled back, as the griffin flew as if something posessed it. "YOU GIANT FLYING CHICKEN! STOP IT!" Fei just yelled at the griffin, something she never did. Strangely, the griffin calmed down significantly. Fei started talking, and the griffin was soaring steadily. Uh-oh, not good. If it calmed at her voice, she was getting too attached. She couldn't afford to get attached to the griffin, no matter how much the griffin wanted  to.

Deryn whooped in happiness as Fei soared the griffin around the Leviathan, calmed down. Fei soared around and around, and even flew by the gondolas and waved at Alek. Alek grinned at her and she rocketed amost straight up. Flying was dangerous, but joyous. And Fei wished she had wings of her own.

Up here, she let the griffin decide how long it wanted to soar. She wanted to think a bit. She honestly didn't think that Alek nor Deryn knew much about her. But with her helping Deryn trying to tell her secret, getting Alek and Deryn over their anger with each other, and plotting revenge and escapades...she just didn't have the time. Nor did she like being the center of attention, or the spotlight. She had a terrible stage fright, and felt like she was going to die everytime someone wanted a speech from her. Not good.

But there was so many things that they didn't know...about her mother, they probably didn't know her older sister existed at all, her participation in creating fabrications, what her hometown was, where she was from...all these things they didn't. They knew she could fight, she had the scary ability to sneak up on people, and was a loyal friend, but they didn't know of her past. Fei sighed in her head. She planned to tell them, but it was always interrupted. Fei was a very organized and realistic person, she was not romantic, but had a vast imagination.

The griffin grunted, wanting to land. Fei sighed. Already?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 10, 2011, 11:24:08 AM
Sorry it's so short, I just didn't have time today! But then again, I made giant posts before so it all evens out.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 10, 2011, 11:41:21 AM
love it! u have to update soon
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 10, 2011, 11:44:30 AM
love it! u have to update soon
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 11, 2011, 07:25:33 AM
u should update soon we would all love u forever
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 11, 2011, 11:03:23 AM


"You know we're going have to get off the Leviathan sometime soon." Volger sighed to Alek, who was only half listening. Alek knew they had to, but he really didn't want to leave Deryn. Now he understood that love wasn't something to be controlled, and it made you fall for all the wrong people. Romeo and Juliet, Liang Shan Bo and Zhu Yin Tai, Alek's parents, Fei and Julian, and Alek and Deryn. Alek sighed.

"Fei says she has some sort of plan devised, but she's still 'finalizing' the final steps." Alek replied.

Volger nodded. He seemed to have lots of respect for the wily, cunning, and clever girl. "Trust that girl to come up with a rational plan that can rarely go wrong."

"Yes, she's ingenious." Alek admitted.

"Definitely smarter than you." Volger smiled.

"Hey!" Alek mocked angry.

"Well, both of us. Probably everyone." Volger chuckled.

A falcon somehow flew through the message lizard tubes. Alek smiled. Fei. It squawked, and landed on Alek's table, and raised its foot. Alek took the note off it.

The note was written in Fei's scraggly, messy handwriting: "Alek, I need to see you in my room. Now. IMPORTANT! Come now! Fei."

"What is it?" Volger asked.

"Fei wants to see me." Alek replied. "Very urgent apparently."

"Alright." Volger nodded.

Alek went down the hall, and came into Fei's room, which Deryn and Fei were both standing. Alek was surprised that Fei was out of her riding clothes, and was wearing a DRESS. An European one. It was plain, dark blue with little embroderies, nothing fancy just straightforward sleeves and skirt, and was showing too much of her ankles, but it was a bit small on her.

"Stop staring." Fei commanded. "Nearly all of my riding clothes got torn, and I'm still fixing all of them, and this is what I have to wear." Fei grumbled something under her breath.

"So Fei, what was so urgent you needed both of us?" Deryn asked.

"Okay, so we're landing in Halifax, Nova Scotia to get more supplies." Fei started. "There, we land, with no one to watch us, because Canada and Britain are allied in the war. There, most of the guards and the people in charge will be exiting Leviathan to get supplies, and also talk about things with some other people. Perfect place for Alek and his friends to escape. This will happen in one week, but I won't be there, I'm gone in three days, I have to go on another airship." Fei dug out a bunch of money from a bag. "Here's five hundred pounds. Canada will accept British money, I think. It's enough for you to settle, try to blend in. No one will blink an eye if there are Austrians or Germans there, Canada's a mishmash of countries. Use it wisely." She handed it to Alek.

"Fei..." Alek made no move to get the money. "This is so sudden, and i can't take that much money!"

"You have to!" Fei persisted. "And I'm sorry, but I wasn't planning for this either, it just sorta popped up a day ago, I couldn't help it either. But it's a perfect timing."

A week...only a week with Deryn, even less with Fei.

"Then Alek..." Deryn glanced at him with calm, but sad eyes. "I guess we're not going to see each other soon."

"No, Deryn..." Alek said painfully.

"I'm sorry." Fei spoke softly. The girl seemed younger and smaller than usual. Her eyes were stretched wide, and she looked unwell.

"No...It's not your fault Fei." Deryn shook her head. "If only we knew...and you're going in three days?"

"Yeah..." Fei grumbled. "I wanted to be there for Alek when he escapes, but I'm being sent on another airship."

"Which?" Alek said.

"I'm not sure, actually, but I'm taking the beasties with me, and the other ship's trainer is coming on here with new beasties." Fei said. "Something about 'getting the fabrications used to new environments'."

"I can't believe your both gone so quickly." Deryn sat down on Fei's bunk. "Then it's just me..." Deryn looked heartbroken.

"Me neither." Fei sighed. "But I'm seeing Julian soon. He's on that ship."

"Good news for you." Alek commented. "But can I ever pay you back? And you've done a lot of things for the two of us..."

Fei waved her hand dismissively. "No, no, don't worry about it. What are friends for?"

"Um...Fei, where did you get the money?" Deryn wondered.

"I made it. I'm a trainer, I still get paid. Anyways, being credited as an inventor does help you." Fei smiled. "And I've also made performances and speeches, but I did feel like I was going to die on stage."

"Wait an inventor?" Alek said.

"Did you fabricate any beasties?" Deryn's eyes narrowed.

"Um...maybe." Fei grinned.

"You did." Alek said.

Fei smiled coyly. "Not that big of a thing, you know."

Deryn snorted. Alek rolled his eyes.

"Ah, ha ha." Deryn laughed humorously, sarcastically. "You're so modest."

"Why thank you!" Fei chortled.

~~~~~Three Days Later~~~~

"Well, I guess this is goodbye, my friends." Fei said softly.

"Aye, I guess." Deryn's eyes were misty.

"Thanks for the messenger falcon eggs." Alek said, holding up three very small falcon eggs. Alek was sorry to say goodbye to Fei. He never thought they would ever end, but he was saying goodbye now.

Fei was loading up her pegasus with her stuff, which was frankly very little. She was preparing her griffin, and strapped the saddle on properly. Her violin case was in the most secure spot. She was wearing her usual riding clothes, and Fei seemed a little taller than usual.

"So long, goodbye my friends." Fei smiled a farewell. She pointed to the night sky, which the moon was rising, and the stars were beginning to come out. "Remember, look up to the stars, believe in yourself. And no matter where we are, we'll always be looking at the same moon and stars, the same sky."

Deryn's tears finally spilled a bit, and hugged the aggressive girl. This time, she didn't stiffen or flinch, but hugged her back, her black eyes shining and a real smile on her face. Alek also gave her a big hug. She accepted it gladly.

"Where's your ship?" Deryn's voice was thick.

"Two kilometers from here." Fei replied.

"Two kilometers?" Alek was suprised.

"I've flown twenty miles, back and forth, I think pretty much one mile is alright." Fei rolled her eyes, comically.

"Um...Can you do anything for Newkirk, Fei?" Alek asked. "I much as I dislike him, being attacked by beasties is kinda...harsh."

Fei looked sheepish. "I can't undo it. But it'll wear out."

"And just how long it would be?"

"Uh...three years at least? Four?"

"THREE YEARS?!" Alek and Deryn exclaimed at the same time. They all laughed.

"Well, I'd best be going." Fei said softly, after their giggling fit.

"Goodbye, my friend." Alek said.

"We'll miss you." Deryn sniffed, keeping her tears in check. Fei gave them one last smile, and she soared with her griffin, the two pegasus, and the drakon, her entourage of falcons, and flew off in the horizon.

Alek and Deryn stood still and watched her fade from view. They were holding hands, and close together. After Fei was long gone, they were watching the stars.

Look at the stars, Fei told them. Alek had never thought about the sky that way, but it was comfort to know that Fei would also look at it the way he did, and Deryn too. This made him feel less lonely.

"What are you going to do with your hair?" Alek murmured at Deryn, catching one pale blond strand. It was longer now, but it was still boyish.

"Oh, grow it." Deryn replied. "I think I want it long."

"It looks beautiful anyways." Alek smiled, and Deryn did too.

"Are you going to miss her? Are you going to miss me?" Deryn suddenly asked.

"Oh, Deryn! Of course!" Alek pulled her into his arms. "You're everything to me, and Fei's one of my best friends."

"Oh, Alek." Deryn shuffled in closer. "I love you."

"And I you."

"How is it going to work out?"

"Somehow, somehow it will." Alek said.

So they both held their hands, and looked up to the stars.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 11, 2011, 01:31:55 PM
that ws so sad and loving it was beautiful and actually made me tear up continue plez continue
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 12, 2011, 03:04:37 AM
Five Years Later
After the Treaty of Versailles
Paris, France
July 1st, 1919

Officer Deryn Sharp stood in the front of the ship, looking as Paris's Eiffel Tower and Arc of Triumph, and if Fei was there, she would say it in the French name, float by. If she really was going to be at the costume ball, she was being mysterious about it. Fei was still communicating to her, but she felt the distance putting a strain on their friendship, and Julian did too, but mostly drawing tutorials. That was more than she could say about Alek, though.

She hadn't heard from him since that faithful day when he landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Well, she did have some letters from him, but they had to be cautious of it, and so they weren't really...together anymore. Deryn wondered if she ever saw him again in her life, would she love him, or just some boy that held her heart for a while? But Deryn would never make the mistake of marriage. She loved the life in the air, but when Alek was here, she would've given it all for one day with him. All of tomorrows for one yesterday.

Deryn sighed out loud. She felt her braid coming apart again. She was taller yet, and blossoming into a woman. She was nineteen now, and an actual officer. Her pale blonde hair was pulled into a messy braid, that reached to the middle of her back. She just let her hair grow, and besides, she had less running around to do now, hair was no bother.

In the four long years of war, she saw crew die. People fighting next to her. Beasties created and destroyed. Fei had finally made her dream come true, she fabricated a dragon. A small one, but still spitting fire and flying. There were new midshipman on the ship, and Newkirk was an officer beside her. Captain Hobbes and many of the original officers have either died or retired after the war. Deryn couldn't believe how far she actually made it.

She sighed again. She'd be attending some dead posh party, and she'd be expected to be a lady. Unfortunately. And apparently a welcoming gift from France was a fancy dress for Deryn. Apparently, being a female participating in the war made you famous. She had a lot of unwanted attention, but Fei somehow was never found by the media. Invisible as ever, sneakybeak.

Alek, I do miss you. Deryn amitted to herself. You, Fei, Julian, Bovril...heck that Count and Dr. Barlow too. She knew that Alek was some type of leader in the signing of the treaty, and he did stop the war, in a way. It would've prolonged without Alek's interruption. But now Austria-Hungary had fallen, and Deryn didn't know what happened to Alek after that.

And the genocide of Armenians...Deryn thought about Lillit. She wondered how Lillit was too, even though she didn't like her the way that Lillit probably wanted her to.

Deryn was no longer a confused child, or teenager. A full-fledged officer.

"Hello, Officer Sharp." Newkirk's voice floated from behind her. She turned around.

"You too, Officer Newkirk." Deryn greeted.

"So, excited for the ball?" Newkirk asked. Then an Artemis' Falcon flew over his head, dipped down and squawked. Newkirk flinched. Deryn chuckled, Fei's mad training had somehow stuck, even though it was much lighter now. And Artemis' Falcon was probably named after Fei. Diana was her English name, and Diana and Artemis were one and the same, weren't they?

"Not really." Deryn admitted.

"We're all going to see you in a dress." Newkirk chuckled.

"Exactly why I'm not excited." Deryn rolled her eyes.

"We're here." A coxswain announced.

"Thank you, Coxswain Campbell." Deryn nodded at him. "Put the Leviathan in the field as close to the road as possible."

"Yes, sir--er ma'am." Coxswain Campbell blushed.

"Alright. If everything's in order, I'll be going to my room." Deryn walked out. She walked into her larger than before bunk, and pulled a pale, new-leaf green, silk dress over her head. It was relatively plain, but with little flowers embroided, and slightly puffy skirt and sleeves. She slipped onto high heels, a certain skill was needed to wear those barking contraptions. Her hair

As the Leviathan landed, she and the other officers climbed into a small omnibus pulled by many horses. Actual, non-fabricated horses. She watched the sky, like Fei told her to that day she left. Fei would be seventeen by now, Deryn thought. And there was a shadow of a dragon against the sky, was it Fei? It was really awkward with so many men in the omnibus, and she the only female. But she spent years in a ship with hundreds of men. She was used to it.

They were pulled to some fancy hotel, and they were greeted by the doormen. They all exited, and Deryn was the last. Newkirk offered her a hand, and she accepted it gratefully and got out. She was already assualted by several reporters, and cameras.

"Excuse me! Miss Sharp!" A reporter yelled, and several followed suit, but Deryn ignored them.

A french delegate greeted the new Captain, Captain Calvin (I couldn't think of anything else. Do you get the joke here?).

"Bonjour, Capitan." The delegate said in French. "Bienvenue a France!" (Hello, Captain. Welcome to France!)

"Merci, Monseuir Bousivere." The Captain replied back. "Comment sa va?" (Thank you, Mr. Bousivere. How are you?)

"Ah, tres bien, merci." The Delegate said in French. Did everyone know how to speak French. (Very Good, thank you.)

"Tu as vu les dragons?" Another French Man asked. (Did you see the dragons?)

"Je deja vu." The delegate said. "Et la fille Chinoise...Canadienne." (I already saw. And the Chinese...Canadian girl) (Please ignore any grammar issues)

"Um..." Deryn mumbled to Newkirk. "You'd think they'd speak English."

"Yeah, me too." Newkirk said.

"Ah, Mademoiselle Sharp. (Miss Sharp)." (Miss Sharp) The Delegate caught sight of her. "Welcome to France, mon cheri." He shook her hand.

"Merci." She attempted French.

"Ah, we have a present for you. It's up in your room." The delegate gestured upstairs.

"Thank you, you're too kind." Deryn tried to smile like a lady.

And so they were talking about things, and all of  the crew members retreated to their rooms. Deryn opened the closet in her too-posh room. Oh, no. It was a Cinderella gown, silver-blue, bell skirt with frills. It was slim too. Gloves. Matching shoes, jewllery, crown. She shuddered. Luckily the ball didn't start until later.

She poked her head outside of the door. She saw a staff member. "Excusez-moi, is there anywhere I can get some air."

"Oui, downstairs, the courtyard." The staff replied in a heavy French accent.

"Merci beaucoup." Deryn said in her limited French. She walked downstairs, to the back, where many flowers were opened bllom, thier fragrance filling the night air. She sat by a fountain, with Venus as the centerpiece. She sighed.

"Midshipman Dylan Sharp!" A strangely familiar, sarcastic voice said. A voice with a slightly growling, harsh edge to it. FEI!

"Fei!" Deryn squealed as she saw the girl land, on the back of a small dragon. Thsi particular species was made for riding, not assault. The black-eyed an hair girl ran towards her, in her usual riding outfit. But she was so tall now! Her hair was as perfect as usual, really long, and hanging to her waist. She hugged Deryn in a giant, rib-crushing hug.

"How tall are you now Fei?" Deryn looked at one of her best friends. Fei grinned, teeth flashing, and her familiar scar slanted on her cheek. She stood at Deryn's eyes now!

"Five feet six!" Fei said happily.  "Officer Deryn Sharp! That's amazing!"

"You call that amazing? What about your dragon than, huh?"

"That is too!"

Then a second dragon landed, identical to the first one. The dragons were the size of two horses, and the could be all colours, but this one was blue-black. They had cat-like ears and eyes, and a snake-like head, and the body of a giant lizard, the tale of what looked like a dolphin's, except much longer. The second rider was wearing identical clothing to Fei, and he had golden-blonde hair and blue eyes...Julian!

"Julian?" Deryn gaped at him.

"Hi Dylan!" He smiled, and chuckled a bit. He was taller than her by an inch, and he wrapped his lithe, long arm around Fei and gave her a kiss. "I'm amazed you still remember me!

"Of course I did! You gave me lessons, remember?" Deryn said. "Oh, I'm pretty sure you know my name isn't Dylan."

"Oh, I know, but I felt like calling you that." Julian smiled, his face lighting up.

"So who else is here that I met in Japan?" Deryn said.

"James. And his girlfriend." Fei grinned. "James's brother, Leonard too. Peter joined the war too, but unfortunately he broke his left arm and his left leg. Clean break, and nothing he won't recover from. Clara's married in Britain. Louise is in Versailles, there for her sister's wedding. Well, my probably didn't know I had one, her name is Minerva, and she's in Canada, taking care of her new baby."

"Wow." Deryn said.

"I think you know someone else." Julian nodded behind her, where a man was standing in the shadows. He came out and it was...JASPERT?!

"JASPERT!" Deryn squeaked and threw herself at him in a big hug. He laughed and mussed her hair. She hadn't seen her brother in five years!

"Hello, little sis!" Jaspert laughed, and she did too. Fei and Julian were holding hands and watching them calmly.

"How was the war?" Deryn asked, concerned.

"NO worse than it was for you." Japert responded.

"True." Deryn said. "Where were you?"

"Flying all over the world on the Minotaur. That's where I met Fei and Julian, they knew you." Jaspert said.

"Where were you Fei and Julian?"  Deryn said.

"I was mostly staying in Great Britain, managing and fabricating beasties. I got seperated from Fei for about two years." Juliuan squeezed Fei's hand.

"I was everywhere! Air, ground, and ocean. I was terribly scared then." She shuddered. "And I was in the trenches. Horrible conditions. I was at the battle of Vimy Ridge too!"

Deryn, Jaspert, Julian and Fei all discussed their war stories. But honestly, Deryn was still hoping to see the only one who could heal her heart, make her whole again.

~~~An Hour Later~~~

"Barking spiders! How do you even walk in a dress like this?" Deryn complained to Fei, who was already dressed in her traditional Qing Dynasty tunic-thing. Her head was styled in that particular style that Deryn had seen of Ancient Chinese woman. Fei herself looked like one of those paintings. She had pale make up on, to bring out her beauty more but still looking natural. Her hair was straight as ever, and lustrous. Deryn had never realized how beautiful her friend was.

"You can. And you look fine, that was what you're really trying to say." Fei said, and shrugged, sitting on a chair. She got up and walked over. "Here let me help with your make up and hair."

"Oh, no." Deryn tried to bat the girl away, but no way.

"Turn your chair around, back facing the mirror." Fei commanded, her large sleeves were really wide at the mouth, probably a foot when it was draped over her wrists.

"Alright, Sergeant." Deryn grumbled.

"Close your eyes. Don't open them until I tell you to" Fei warned.

So Deryn did, and felt brushes brush her face and eyes. She felt heat near her hair. What was Fei doing?

"What are you doing?" Deryn asked, but didn't open her eyes.

"Curling your hair." Fei responded. After what felt like forever, and what felt like her hair was being pulled out of their roots, Fei said she could open her eyes. Deryn turned to the mirror and gasped.

"Is that me?" Deryn said.

"Mm hm." Fei said.

Deryn's make-up was done in the shade of her dress, and her eyes somehow looked even bigger and brilliant than before. Her eyes looked more green than gray right now, looking vibrant. Her cheeks were rosy, but naturally so. Her pale-blonde hair was curled, and most of it was bunned up in a gorgeous, princess style, but one bundle was like a ponytail and hung over her left shoulder.

"You look beautiful. You'll be the belle of the ball." Fei smiled.

"And you?" Deryn teased.

"Invisible." Fei smiled again, mysteriously. "Come on Cinderella, better get going." Then Fei decided against something. "No wait, you forgot your crown and jewllery." Fei pinned the fake crown to her hair, and the silver jewllery with pale blue stones to her neck and wrist. Fei herself had a type of charm on her belt, which was a giant silk ribbon with a bow at the back. It had a type of Chinese knotted bow thing, and a thin jade circle with a hollow circle in the center. She was wearing her jade necklace with a rat carved into it. Fei explained it was her zodiac animal, and was seen differently in Chinese culture. She had a thin sliver bangle, that had words on it.

"What does your bracelet say?" Deryn looked at it.

"It basically means 'love you forever'. Yi shen, yi shi." She responded. "Though that is the meaning, not really the translation."

"Does your name have a meaning?"

"Yes. Fei means to fly, Lin means beautiful jade. Even my last name means something, poplar tree, but not all have meaning." Fei explained.

"Ah." Deryn said.

"Let's go, shall we?" Fei suggested.

Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: booklover on June 12, 2011, 04:30:18 AM
love it! continue plezz continue
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 13, 2011, 06:37:42 AM
This is the second last post! The story's almost complete!

Alek sighed. She didn't see him yet. She wasn't supposed to, not yet, but Alek sure hoped she would. She was all he could see. Deryn Sharp.

"Why the long face?" Fei's voice piped up. Alek jumped. "Still scared?"

"Of you popping up out of nowhere?" Alek said. "Yes."

Fei scowled. "I was behind you. Nice costume, by the way."

"Ah, thanks." Alek said. It was also like it was out of a fairytale, what a prince would wear. Alek spotted Deryn looking like Cinderella, Fei in her classical outfit, Julian as a War of 1812 British officer, and even James as something he had no clue. Alek wondered if he saw Lillit somehwere, but probably just someone who looked like her.

"Well...the plan?"

"Huh? You came up with it, didn't you?"

"Ugh. How is it coming along, dummkopft?" Fei shook her head.

"Fine, just fine."

"YOu're not even getting a single word I'm saying, are you?"


"Never mind." Fei just shook her head again.

Alek was here in Paris after the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. He was a representative for Austria, and so was Volger, even though Volger wasn't here and didn't like parties. He was transported here after the armistice by the airship Minotaur, and was ecstatic to find Fei and Julian on board with him. And then he heard that officer Deryn Sharp was going there too. He couldn't wait till this moment.

"Fei! Fly! Jade! Poplar! Falcon! Griffin!" Bovril screamed happily, but not loud enough to catch anyone's attention. Bovril wasn't as happy these past five years as he was before, with Deryn there on board. Now that he saw her, he wouldn't shut up. Even as cute as Bovril was, screaming every five seconds was getting on Alek's nerves.

"Ugh, the loris isn't shutting up." Fei rolled her eyes.

"Yes, yes." Alek was still distracted, watching Deryn. She was absolutely beautiful, everything about her tonight was irrisistable and beautiful. But Alek had to admit, the most beautiful he'd ever seen of her was that day, her hair whipping and short in the wind, and smiling with dirt on her face. It was that free and wild beauty that Alek knew that she had was missing in place of this tame, proper beauty.

Alek watched jealously as a young man smiled at Deryn, and danced with her. The young man was hansome, brown hair and blue eyes, and a warm smile for her. He clearly liked her, and touching her in a way that was proper but flirtatious. Deryn smiled. Alek's chest felt like a fire was burning inside of it. When Deryn wasn't facing the young man, she turned and made an uncomfortable face. Alek was strangely comforted at that.

"Well?" Fei stared daggers at Alek. "Are you just going to interrupt that and make everyone mad?"

"No, not going to make that mistake again." Alek glared back at Fei, who stared sullenly back. No matter how tame Fei tried to look, she was always going to have the impression of a half-wild, caged wolf. She never lost her wolf-like gaze, and her hunter's expression. Fei was beautiful, but she was always going to be a dangerous, untouchable, feral beauty.

"Good." Fei said.

"So shall we start the plan?" Alek asked.

"Wait a second." Fei stopped Alek. The young man was still talking with Deryn. Then he walked away.

They both waited for a few seconds, sure that Deryn was going to be alone for a little while.

"Okay, step one. Release the loris." Fei said.

Deryn just danced with a duke of something or the other, but he made her feel uncomfortable. All he saw was the soft beauty of her, not her real self. And she wasn't going to dance with him again. She saw Fei and Julian dancing together, so sweetly, so loving. But that was a while ago, where did went, no one knows.

"Mr. Sharp!" Someone giggled sarcastically. Deryn turned around. No one. Save for the...wait a second. Was it Bovril. The thing in the shadows was hopping out. It was Bovril. He climbed her dress, and sat on her shoulder.

"Bovril? How are you here?" Deryn gasped.

"Because I'm here with him." A man's voice came. He tapped her other shoulder. "Hi, Deryn." It was a man with very handsome features, russet hair, brilliant green eyes...Alek! She was speechless, and her jaw dropped.

"H-h-huh..." Deryn tried to say hi, but failed.

"Care to dance with me, Cinderella?" Alek winked at her. Deryn's tongue was rendered useless, so she nodded.

" are you here?" deryn whispered as they waltzed.

"On the Minotaur, with your brother, and two special people." Alek smiled.

"Why didn't they tell me?"

"They wanted to surprise you as much I did."

"Traitors." Deryn grumbled, but in a happy way.

"Mr. Sharp!" Bovril interjected, and they both laughed.

"So, Alek, what are you now?" Deryn asked.

"Well...not royalty anymore...Austria Hungary fell." Alek said, with no hint of regret or anger. "I'm a minister though."

"Really?" Deryn was pleased that Alek was still so important.

"Do you know what that means?"


"I'm a commoner."

"Not to me you're not." Deryn said.

Alek looked towards the door to the courtyard. "It's crowded in here. How about we go outside for some air?"

"Of course." Deryn said, and she took Alek's arm, and walked out to the flowery coutyard.

Alek gently led the girl he still loved out towards a large gazebo. Fei and Julian were waiting there. Fei brought her violin everywhere, and it was here. Julian didn't waste those two non-nomadic years. He re-learned the piano, and they both played their instruments well, and Alek wanted this particular to be private.

As soon as Deryn and Alek stepped foot into the gazebo, Fei and Julian played their instruments. The sound of music shocked Deryn in a pleasant, pleased way. Fei and Julian had composed it. It was something like Mozart and Chinese love song, and had a lullaby, dreamish feel to it. It was pleasant and sweet, and soft as the fragrance as the night-blooming jasmine.

"Oh, Alek. Did you arrange this?" Deryn gushed as she saw the candle-lit gazebo. The candlelight spilled over to the piano, making it glow. Fei had switched to a more efficient white dress that was fairy-like and iridescent, as well as gossamer wings on her back. Julian had on an outfit in the same concept as Fei's, also with wings. HE was wearing a white tunic and a wreath on his head.

"Yes. With the help of Julian and Fei." Alek smiled his thanks at them. They smiled back.

"Care to dance with me, again?" Alek bowed slightly, extending a hand.

"Of course, my prince." Deryn curtsied, but smiled mischieviously.

"Thank you, princess." Alek beamed back. They both waltzed to the three-four timing of the piece.

"Beautifully composed piece, Fei." Deryn called to them. "And Julian."

"Thanks!" Julian said, but Fei just smiled. She couldn't open her mouth while playing the violin, which was tucked under her chin.

"It's beautiful out here too Alek." Deryn praised.

"Not as much as you." Alek said softly, caressing Deryn's cheek.

"Oh, Alek." Deryn pressed her head to Alek. He was now a whole head taller, and her head fit perfectly below his chin. He kissed her forehead.

"You know the great thing about being a commoner?" Alek murmured.

"Less stress?" Deryn joked.

"No. Freedom of being what I want to, not what others want me to be." Alek was nervous, he hoped that he did this properly. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

He stopped dancing, and held Deryn at arms distance, kissing Deryn's hand. "Deryn, you're the most amazing girl I've ever met in my life. And the only one that I'll ever love, the only one that is perfect in my eyes."

"'s been a long time since both of us have been together..." Deryn tried to say.

"But my love for you hasn't changed. Have we both changed much Deryn?" Alek whispered. "Are you still that midshipman, the crazy tomboy that I fell in love with? I think you are, that dress you're in isn't part of who you are."

"I know Alek, but are you sure? Are you sure?" Deryn asked.

"Why am I not sure. Deryn, I couldn't see a girl and compare her to you, thinking, she's not as brave as Deryn. Or, she's not as good, as true as Deryn." Alek said. "No one would come close to you. I love you. I know you love me."

"I do...I couldn't stop comparing everyone around me to you Alek." Deryn admitted. "I've never stopped loving you. But you've fallen for other girls too."

"Are you remembering Louise?" Alek frowned. "That wasn't anything. Fei was right, it was sick admiration, not love. Louise isn't capable of love. You are."

Deryn's eyes filled with tears. "I love you Alek. But..." She sniffed.

"What Deryn, love?" Alek wiped away a stray tear.

"It's going to be hard to both of us, people will hate us." Deryn cried. At this point, the instruments stopped playing.

"It's always going to hard, love is never easy, love." Alek pointed out gently.

"Let haters hate. Hatred never stopped love. Hate doesn't mean a thing." Fei interjected. "Love triumphs all. Julian and I know that." To prove it, they held hands.

"Thank you Fei." Deryn smiled again.

"You know another thing about being a commoner?"

"What Alek?"

"I can finally marry and be with the one that i love." Alek got down on one knee. "Deryn Amelia Sharp, I promise that I will love you each and every day, and the day I stop loving you is the day I die. I will be by you forever. Will you share your love, your time, and your life with me? Will you marry me, sweet angel?"

Deryn cried, tears of happiness. "Yes I will, Alek. You'll always be a romantic dummkopf, I'll marry you. I love you."

They embraced, laughed and sobbed at the same time because it was so beautiful. The night faded away in each others arms, and the sweet song of violins.

Seven Years Later
Alek and Deryn's Estate
May 30th, 1926

"No! Diana, don't touch that. Francis, get back here. Sofia, those aren't for eating." Deryn tried hurriedly to make sure her three children were safe. She sighed. Taking care of children was hard, wasn't it?

Deryn, now she was twenty seven years old, and mother of three very loud, very reckless triplets. One was Sofia, the oldest, with dark blonde hair and green eyes. Then Francis, the only boy, with Deryn's light blonde hair and her gray-green eyes, but his father's features. And then sweet small Diana, with brown hair and blue-green eyes, a smile that was Alek's, and mischievious eyes that were hers.

"Gee, uh, Deryn, having a hard time there?" Fei scurried away as the five-year-old toddlers ran by her. Fei was twenty-five, married to Julian, and two months pregnant.

"Yes, I am." Deryn sighed. "How are you Fei?"

" good as ever. Maybe better." Fei's eyes twinkled.

"Diana!" Deryn cried as she nearly fell. Fei kinda turned at that word too. Well it was Fei's english name.

"Did you name her after your father Deryn?" Fei asked.

"Yes, how did you guess?" Deryn was surprised.

"Well you clearly didn't name her after me." Fei chuckled. "Diana is the Roman form of Artemis, and much more feminime. Francis sounds like Franz, so I'm guessing he was named after Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Sofia sounds like Sophie, so I'm guessing she's named after Countess Sophie of Chotek."

"Good guesses." Deryn said. "Right on."

"I'm good at guessing."



"Can you tell me more about your past now?" Deryn asked gently.

Fei flinched, looking uncomfortable. "I dunno...I never told anyone, save for Julian and James."

"I've been your friend for twelve years. Don't you think I deserve the story?" Deryn persisted.

Fei breathed in deeply. "It started the day I was born, January second, 1901..."

So Deryn listened.

Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 18, 2011, 11:04:59 AM
Aw, no one read my last post?  :'(
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: NetherBrood on June 18, 2011, 11:32:41 AM
Aw, no one read my last post?  :'(

no i have read it. It was a very good ending for this story. I think you should do another story concerning Fei's history.
But that is just my opinion.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 18, 2011, 11:33:59 AM
Aw, no one read my last post?  :'(

no i have read it. It was a very good ending for this story. I think you should do another story concerning Fei's history.
But that is just my opinion.

I'm considering it. And that wasn't the ending >:3
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 18, 2011, 11:35:06 AM
But this is

84 Years Later
Present Day
July 21st, 2011
Niagra-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada
Allan Adams, Born 1949, son of Alexius Adams and Ellen Liu, grandchild of Fei Yang and Julian Adams
Also known as Allan Yang-Adams, or Yang Qiang Shan

"Hi grandfather!" Riley Adams beamed at Allan Adams. Even though they were both mostly Chinese, they still bore English last names from Allan's grandfather, Julian Adams.

It was quite a confusion at school, so Riley's last name on the attendance was changed to Yang-Adams.

Allan was 62 years old, and a former artist and engineer. Their family was quite a wealthy one, being all artists or scientists, or doctors of some kind. All important. Their family had mixed blood, and Riley was the only almost pure Chinese one. There were a lot of full whites in their family, as well as mixed blood. Allan wished that the spirited child in front of him could've met his grandmother, Fei Yang. Riley not only looked like Fei, but had a very similar personality. And in a way, the child was named after Fei. Her full name was Riley Artemis Fei Qin Yang-Adams. All of their Chinese names were named after Fei, since Julian did not have a Chhinese last name.

Allan and his wife Eleanor lived in the town of Niagra-On-The-Lake, near where Fei and Julian had lived 84 years ago. Julian lived till the age of 91, and Fei lived till she was 94, lasting a few years longer before succumbing to pancreatic cancer. Deryn Sharp, Fei and Julian's years long friend, had died at the age of 105, a World War One veteran and just over six years ago, from organ collapse. Aleksander Ferdinand had died at the age of 97, from a heart attack. James Starling, had died at the younger age of 45, leaving his children fatherless, from a bombing in World War Two. Clara Saito and Peter Saito died from the same bombing. Louise Bellamont had died from a car crash at the age of 69. Allan sighed in his mind thinking of all these deaths.

Allan smiled at Riley in front of him. She and Fei could've been sisters. Allan was familar with the term "punk-rocker", because of Riley. Dressed in ripped jeans, an Abbey Dawn hoodie and a t-shirt with Avril Lavigne's picture on it, and black high-top Converse sneakers, a skateboard in hand, Riley had the complete punk rock image. Including most of the Abbey Dawn fashion line. Everything suit the image. Except for the messenger falcon on her shoulder.

Messenger falcons were still faster than any other type of snail-mail, and they were used. Except private ones weren't that common. The Yang-Adams family, however, still owned large quantities of them because Fei Yang had invented them all those years ago. Griffins, dragons, horses. All of them were owned by their family.

Riley was like Fei in many ways. The same impatient temper, the same clever plotting, the same intelligence. The same cold, feral beauty, but Riley's somehow more warm. The same skill in music and martial arts. The same toughness and recklessness, probably same Attention Deficit Disorder.

"Good morning, Xiao Qin." Allan greeted back in mandarin.

"Zao shan hao, ye ye!" Riley smiled again. Good morning grandfather, in Chinese. It was always good to hear his native tongue. Although Allan could speak several languages fluently, Mandarin was his first, like Riley's.

"How's the fencing?" Allan asked.

"Boring. Kung Fu and Karate are better. Especially Kung Fu swordplay and nunchucks." Riley grinned.

"I don't know why your parents want you to learn so much." Allan grumbled. Exams, classes, sport teams, bands, musicals, archery, hunting even...this girl was busy.

"Oh, I'm not that stressed. And besides, I could do all the homework while the teacher's yammering on something I already know." Riley grinned again.

"Ah, but do you take history, Riley?" Allan interjected.

"No, Grandpa." Riley shook her head.

"Do you know anything about the World Wars?" Then Allan shook his head. "Oh, of course you do child, you grew up in a military family. But do you want to see some pictures?"

"Yeah!" Riley jumped up excitedly.

"Okay, so this is the picture that Julian painted of your great-great grandmother at your age...that's James and his siblings...Deryn and Alek..."

Evan Ferdinand looked past all the food to the super-hot Chinese-Canadian girl at the shade of a sycamore tree, strumming a steel string folk guitar. Evan knew a lot about music, and he could tell that hot chick did too.

Evan Ferdinand was the great-great grandson of Deryn Sharp and Aleksander Ferdinand. Many people said he looked exactly like the midshipman version of Deryn Sharp, few others said he looked like Alek. Evan thought he looked like his dad and mom. But that Asian version of Hayley Williams/Avril Lavigne did really look like Fei Yang, they could've been twins, if you ignore the hair, which was choppy and emo-punk-goth styled.

Evan wasn't all that bad-looking either. Strong, hansome jaw line and features, with wide storm gray-green eyes and wavey pale golden hair he kept a little longer than the average person. He really did look like Deryn Sharp. Just ignore the hair. Of course, apparently everyone knew about his ancestry, and he was always made a point of in history class, unfortunately. His sister, Chloe thought that Evan was narcissitic. Yeah, right. Evan wasn't dumb, he was actually really smart. He was a really good artist and musician, like the rest of his family. Evan met his great-great grandmother before she passed. She was a tough one too, and fun to be around with, telling Evan and Chloe stories about the war, and her best friends and especially Alek. Evan never met Aleksander Ferdinand, but he wished he did. he wished he met Julian Adams, because he admired his artwork very much.

What was that seriously hot chick's name? Right, Riley Yang-Adams. That was a pretty name. Even though the girl had ate a lot at the picnic, Evan was strangely assured. That meant she wasn't one of those girls who starved themselves to look slim. She just was, and burned off a lot of that energy.

Evan and Chloe, and Riley, were all descended from the direct son's line of their families. And the most famous, most popular one.

Deryn and Alek had three children, Diana, Sofia, and Francis. Francis had two sons, Jack and Oliver. Oliver had three sons, and two daughters. James, Sebastian, Eric, Helen, Alice. Sebastien's children were Evan and Chloe, and he was married to Caryn Winston.

And Riley's family...Fei and Julian had one daughter and one son, Alexius and Adaryn. Alexius had one son and two daughters, Allan, Alwen, and Aspen. Allan had one son, and one daughter, Dylan and Mary. And Riley's father was Dylan, her mother Natalie Zhang.

"Stop staring at her." Chloe scolded Evan.

"Huh?" Evan was distracted

Chloe facepalmed. "See, you're so distracted by her, you don't even hear me scolding you."

"Huh, what did you say?" Evan joked. "Yeah, sis, I hear ya." Chloe was pretty too, a dirty-blonde whose hair was in ringlets, wide green eyes, and classic princess features, except the braces on her teeth. Evan was thankfully a post-braceface.

"If you really like looking at her so much, go up and TALK to her!" Chloe shoved Evan's shoulders.

"Well..." Evan was a little nervous. "What if she's really different from me, what if she doesn't like me?"

Chloe rolled her eyes. "Please. YOu have girls back home pratically throwing themselves at you. And she's from a different province, not planet!"


Chloe facepalmed again. "You're such a player. And you're so used to girls flirting with you, you don't flirt with them anymore. And she's not really your type. You go for the closest thing to all-American girl you can get in Canada."

Evan's family originally lived in Austria after the first World War, then moved to Wales, then Germany, then Nova Scotia, then British Columbia. Evan was born in Denmark, moved to France, to Nova Scotia for a few years, lived in British Columbia, and just moved to Toronto at the end of the school year.

"Aw, come on, sis, don't be like that. Besides, she's the hottest girl I've seen." Evan grinned. He caught Riley looking at him with jet-black eyes, and he smiled at her. She smiled shyly back, then went back to playing her guitar.

"That's what you said about Jessica, your last girlfriend!" Chloe retorted.

"Riley's HOTTER!" Evan retorted. "But how am I suppose to go talk to her?"

"Oh, great God." Chloe sighed exasperatedly. "Go up and say hi or something! She's really nice, maybe a bit strange and a know-it-all, but I guess she can't help it being ADD and having like, a 200 IQ or something."

"Alright, I'm talking to her right now." Evan decided.

Evan walked over to the tree Riley was sitting under, and leaned against it. "Hey, come here often?" He grinned at her, and Riley cracked a slanted half-smile.

"Actually yes, come here about every month." Riley replied. "How do you do Evan? Haven't seen you since we were in Wales what now? Eight years ago?"

"Huh. Has it been that long?" Evan thought. Riley and him were great friends when they were little.

"Probably." Riley looked distracted by a squirrel. "Sorry. Blame the ADD."

"Ack. Teachers give you a hard time?"

"Not if you pretend to listen." Riley winked at Evan. Riley strummed a few chords, humming a tune.

"Avril Lavigne's My Happy Ending?" Evan guessed.

"Good guess. Right on!" Riley winked again. "So, you're going to be in grade 11 at my school in high school?"

"Yup!" Evan grinned. Even though he was only 15, he skipped a grade because he was so smart.

"Me too! I skipped three grades, so we might even be in the same class!" Riley announced happily. "Do you want to go skateboarding and horseback riding with me later?"

"What, at the same time?" Evan falsified confusion.

Riley glared at Evan. Woah did she look like her great-great grandmother just then. "Yes, of coruse. We're riding our skateboards while sitting on a horse's back. Of course, Einstein." Sarcasm dripped from Riley's voice.

"Just joking." Evan put his hands in mock surrender.

"And doing kung fu later?"

"Er...why not."

"Prepared to get creamed."

"Oh, uh..."

"I don't make these offers lightly to everyone Evan." Riley smiled, a challenging and wolf-cruel smile that made her half-tamed features go feral.

Evan gulped. "Ah!" Riley chuckled. "But does that mean you like me?"

Riley smiled a dangerous smile. "Maybe."

And so the two teenagers in that day became friends, and in the future was more than that. They would never forget the girl that was disguised as a boy to join the army, nor the one that played with fire.

THE END: Of Play With Fire
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 20, 2011, 01:15:46 AM
Still working on Fei's story...
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 24, 2011, 11:36:34 AM
What? No one wants to read?  :'(
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 27, 2011, 09:16:15 AM
Did everyone of my readers disappear O_o?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on June 28, 2011, 12:29:35 PM
Working on Fei's's gonna be called Of the Wild.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Awesomegoat on July 22, 2011, 07:36:18 AM
Hi newbie!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Sing_in_the_Rain on July 23, 2011, 03:22:27 AM
um, AG, not to burst your bubble or anything, but that's a spammer....
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Purple_oranges on July 24, 2011, 08:16:41 PM
OMG!!!! that was sooooo good I almost think I have read Goliath already!!!! Do you know how many words there is or pages?? All it needs is some awesome artwork.
You know what, I might draw some for it!
Can you write some unrelated stuff just because it's so cool?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Awesomegoat on July 25, 2011, 05:40:04 AM
um, AG, not to burst your bubble or anything, but that's a spammer....
Oopsies... I'm dumb... :-[
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on July 25, 2011, 12:38:29 PM
OMG!!!! that was sooooo good I almost think I have read Goliath already!!!! Do you know how many words there is or pages?? All it needs is some awesome artwork.
You know what, I might draw some for it!
Can you write some unrelated stuff just because it's so cool?

Thanks! And there's about 90 pages, size 10 Arial font, double spaced on word XD
If you draw something I will hugely appreciate it~
And what do you mean "unrelated" stuff?
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Purple_oranges on July 25, 2011, 07:28:12 PM
I don't know just random ideas that you have. Well I should have said post. coz I reckon you would have some really cool ideas for stuff.

At the moment I'm doing a pic of the areana in Japan with the Griffins. Do you have any suggestions for pics??
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Princess Deryn on July 27, 2011, 02:18:55 PM
90 pages????
*Checks word*
Oh my, it's getting closer and closer  . . .
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on July 30, 2011, 12:25:16 PM
I don't know just random ideas that you have. Well I should have said post. coz I reckon you would have some really cool ideas for stuff.

At the moment I'm doing a pic of the areana in Japan with the Griffins. Do you have any suggestions for pics??

Well, I was working on Fei's childhood and her side of the war, but that'll have to wait till September when I'm back in Canada XD

Japan and the griffins is AWESOME. I like the Deryn's discovery scene, and the ball scene. I should have added somewhere in the story that Fei pulled a practical joke on Deryn and Alek. But I didn't. I should've made Fei call Alek Eldeweiss, that would've been halirious XD
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Purple_oranges on August 01, 2011, 06:20:43 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on August 02, 2011, 12:05:38 PM
Fei: Hey Eldeweiss!
Alek: *Glances around* Who?
Fei: See anyone else, snow flower?
Alek: Quit calling me that!
Fei: Eldeweiss~
Fei: *Starts singing off-key, and really badly on purpose* Eldeweiss, Eldeweiss, every morning you greet me! Small and WHITE CLEAN AND BRIGHT! YOU LOOK HAPPY TO MEEEEEEEETT MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Fei: yes, I know I'm Asian!  ;D
Alek: Oh, um...I'm an eldeweiss. I love playing the piano. Chopin and Mozart rock.
Fei: That's better  ;)
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Awesomegoat on August 02, 2011, 03:56:28 PM
Haha  :D
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: BagpipeHeadache on August 02, 2011, 04:07:47 PM
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Purple_oranges on August 03, 2011, 04:27:44 PM
LOVE IT!!!!!
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on August 03, 2011, 11:12:52 PM
Just don't take the spoof seriously XD
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Clankinist on August 07, 2011, 10:45:06 AM
Aww. But it's awesome! You should write that into your story! :D
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Falconsong on August 07, 2011, 11:32:34 PM
Maybe I'll write a little Untold Tales thingy, but less spoofy than that.
Title: Re: Goliath Fanfic: Play With Fire
Post by: Clankinist on August 08, 2011, 03:05:54 AM
Oh! Do that!