Ah, still getting used to the new DeviantArt...for the most part, I'm fine with it, but the messages button being moved is annoying, since that's the button I click more than anything else these days, and also the new "activity" thing on my page struck me as a bit redundant...it's showcasing all the new stuff I did, when all that stuff is already on my page under Gallery or Journal? Judging by the placement of all these things, I'd say someone's trying to emulate Facebook...to paraphrase Ben Croshaw, "Don't be Facebook, DeviantArt, be DeviantArt. We've already got a Facebook, it's called Facebook."
Enough of that, though; I didn't come here to bitch about layout changes, I came to post some stories! For a while I've been trying to come up with a followup of sorts to "Closure", the story I wrote a while back for
...we've discussed a few times just what would have happened after the story ended, and what the characters would have done from there, and I came up with some ideas I thought interesting, but I haven't quite been able to make full stories out of them. Still, I recently managed to make some progress with one of them, so I figured I'd toss both half-finished concepts online for everyone to read. CONCEPT ONE:
SCENE: BEGINS SHORTLY AFTER THE END OF CLOSURE; DDRAIG STARTS BECOMING A BIT MELANCHOLIC, AND WHEN ELWYNN WAKES, HE PICKS UP ON THIS.
"Dad?" Elwynn said anxiously. "Is Mum okay?""She's all right, Elwynn," he said, smiling, and entwining his tail with hers. "Yesterday was just a big day for her!""Was it because of 'Slena'?" Elwynn said, curiously. Ddraig winced at the sound of her mother's name, and Alexander held her tail more tightly. "A little bit, yes," he said. "But she just needs a rest." Ddraig opened her mouth in protest, but Alexander ignored her, turning to face his son. "Elwynn, why don't you go and play a game with your sisters for now?" he said. "I'll come and join you once Mum's feeling a bit better.""Ok..." Elwynn said, reluctantly. "Will you be very long?""Perhaps," Alexander said. "But if I miss the game, I'll make it up to you in the afternoon." He grinned. "Perhaps you and me could take a trip? I seem to recall a certain hatchling saying a few days ago that he wanted to play at a certain castle in the hills..."The little dragon gasped as comprehension dawned. "Can we?" he said, enthusiastically."Only if you behave with Eve and Cynder." Elwynn nodded emphatically, and quickly ran off; disappearing through the bedroom doors. After he left, Ddraig turned to face her mate."Alex, what are you doing?" she asked. "You're in no state to do anything until you've had a rest," he said, walking to her side. "You need a chance to settle down.""I'm fine, Alex-""No, you're not," he said, interrupting. "You've been through a lot these past few hours. I don't know how you're still standing!"Ddraig opened her mouth to object, but couldn't think of anything to say. He was right, even if she didn't want to admit it. Without meaning to, she yawned, and Alexander moved closer to her, gently rubbing his cheek against hers. "Come along, my love," he said quietly. "Come and sit with me for a while, then we'll go for breakfast."He pulled away, and Ddraig sighed, before following him towards their nest. Alexander remained standing as she climbed onto the blankets and got comfortable, before joining her, curling himself around her head and upper body; shielding her face from the morning light and giving her something to lean against. Despite her earlier protests, Ddraig found herself gradually beginning to fall asleep, and so burrowed her head into Alexander's chest, closing her eyes. It didn't take long for her to fall asleep, and soon she was softly snoring into her mate's chest scales. Alexander smiled, moving his head to gently nuzzle hers, before laying it down on his forelegs and closing his own eyes.CONCEPT TWO:
SCENE: THE NEXT DAY, DDRAIG AND ALEXANDER SIT TOGETHER IN AVALARIA PALACE'S GARDENS, BENEATH A TREE THAT WAS FOUND IN WALES GROWING OVER SELENA'S BURIAL SITE (BOTH OF WHICH WERE BROUGHT TO AVALARIA AND TURNED INTO A CENTREPIECE...ANOTHER STORY TO BE WRITTEN)."Alex?""Hmm?" her mate said, turning to face her."Do you ever think about what...what happens in the end?" she managed."The end?""You know, when we pass on."Alexander rumbled in confusion. "I didn't think you were the spiritual type, my love.""I'm not. Well, I didn't think I was," Ddraig began, "But after last night, I..." she paused. "Alex, I never thought I'd see my mother again. I mean, the Guardians told me that she would have become a spirit, but I didn't believe them...I-I just couldn't. And now...now I don't know what to think."Alexander sighed. "I don't really know either. I like to think that there's a special place that our spirits go to after we pass away, but as long as we're together I will call myself content with whatever I'm given." he said, winding his tail around hers. Ddraig trembled. "But that's just it, Alex...will we be together?""What do you mean, Ddraig?" Alexander said, concerned at his mate's tone. "Why wouldn't we?""Alex..." she began, hesistantly, "I've done bad things. Horrible things!""Ddraig, you're not a bad dragoness-""But the things I've done...what chance do I have of ever seeing my mother again? She was the gentlest soul on the planet," she said, her eyes getting wet, "I don't deserve to be with her.""Stop it, Ddraig." Alexander spoke harshly. "You've made mistakes; we all have! That's no reason to-""But a good dragon wouldn't have done what I've done," she said, sniffing. "I've hurt people, I've...Alex, I killed my father!"Ddraig's words came as no surprise to Alexander; he was familiar with the stories of her life before meeting him, and how her old temper had caused many problems. He knew his mate regretted these, however, and in the last few dragonyears she had taken great strides to teach herself to not leap to anger in tough situations."He was a monster, but I didn't want him dead!" Ddraig said, tearfully. "He didn't...I shouldn't, I-"Alexander moved closer. "Ddraig-""Would a good dragon have done that, Alex?" Ddraig said, cutting him off. "Would they?""Only a bad dragon would have no remorse for their mistakes, my love." he said, gently nuzzling her cheek; trying to calm his mate down."That doesn't make it right." Ddraig said, weakly, as Alexander wrapped his wings around her back."We've all done things we regret," he said. "What matters is what we do to make them right.""But what if we can't make it right?" Ddraig said, resting her head on Alexander's back."Then we just do what we can, and hope that will make the difference in the end." he said, curling his head around to hers. "And even if it is not enough, at least we will be together."Ddraig raised her head. "Alex, what do you mean?""I betrayed you. You were my rightful Queen, and yet I sought to topple you from power and take your throne for myself." Alexander said, calmly. "I am a traitor; one of the most deplorable things a person can be." "No, Alex, you...you're not a bad dragon," Ddraig protested; her own worries momentarily forgotten."And to do so," Alexander continued, "I helped a monster of a dragon who would have let thousands die to satisfy his bloodlust.""You wouldn't have, Alex," Ddraig said, reaching out and taking his foreclaw. "You'd have seen him for what he was and stopped him; I know you would have.""I am still guilty of aiding him, nonetheless. But you gave me a second chance, my love," he said, moving his head closer to hers. "Why can't you let me do the same?"Ddraig tried to say something in response, but her mind was blank, and she sighed in defeat, while Alexander moved to her side."You are my wife," he said, gently kissing her forehead, "My mate. The mother of my children, the love of my life...I will never love any dragoness the way I do you."Ddraig moved deeper into his embrace, relishing the feel of his scales against hers, and rubbed her head against his neck; Alexander rumbling affectionately in response. "If you are lost, then I will be as well, but at least then we shall be together." he continued. "I swear to you, no matter what happens, I will never leave you.""I love you, Alex." Ddraig said, quietly. "I just..." she trailed off. "I just wish things could have been different." she managed."I know, my love, I understand." Alexander said, nuzzling her again.
So, yeah. Hurt/Comfort fics, but hey, it's what I like writing! Here's hoping I'll be able to finish them soon...come up with a story to fit them all in, and tweak some of the clunkier lines in there.
Oh, and on another note, I recently bought Dragon Search by E.E.Knight and Unfettered (with the short story set in the Temeraire-verse) on Amazon! I don't have a Kindle, but I do have a tablet, and there's an program made by Amazon that allows Kindles to be read on PC or regular tablets, so I'll be able to convert it soon enough. Hopefully I'll be able to print it out and make a physical copy! Anyhoo, off to read.