A Surprise Reunion
Adir slowly reawakened. His head ached along with all of his body. He felt weak from the battle he along with, Spyro managed to win and save, Cynder by extinguishing the darkness from within her turning her back to normal.
The young man opened his eyes to see he was back in the grotto of the temple. He sat up to see the four guardians looking at him with relieved faces.
"Are you alright?" Ignitus asked.
Adir tried to stand but his legs gave out on him. "Not really." Adir winced.
"Yes that indeed was a nasty fall, in fact it's quite extraordinary that you lack any broken bones, lost limbs…" Volteer explained quickly every possible injury that thankfully was missed. Be it luck or simply he was stronger than he realized.
"What happened?" Adir asked taking off his armor feeling the weight on his body was irritating his soreness.
"You, along with, Spyro, Sparx and Cynder fell out of the portal that appeared in the valley near the temple." Terrador answered. "We watched you all fall unconscious when you landed. I and, Cyril brought you all here to watch over you till you both awaken."
"Both?" Adir said perplexed only for a glowing dragonfly to fly up to his face.
"Hey, Adir!" Sparx waved.
"Sparx!" Adir smiled. "Glad to see your okay."
"Yeah." The Dragonfly nodded but cast a glare to a small black dragoness that was hiding behind, Ignitus's leg. "Only wish she wasn't."
Adir looked to see that, Cynder not only was awake but she seemed well. The little dragoness no bigger than, Spyro nor older than he was looked at the human. Adir watched as she turned her head away in shame. Feeling nothing but guilt and regret for her actions against him.
"Hey!" Adir gently called. "Come here, please."
Cynder left from, Ignitus's leg and walked up to him. "Yes?" Cynder said in a meek voice.
"Glad your alright." Adir smiled.
"I'm…so sorry…Im…" Cynder apologized but felt it wasn't enough for all that she done to not only the human but to every creature that suffered for her evil but, Adir stopped her putting a hand on her side.
"Hey, I know now that what you did wasn't your own actions. It wasn't your fault. But in any case…I forgive you." Adir assure to the shock of, Sparx.
"What are you kidding?!" Sparx fumed "After everything she has done. You are forgiving her?!"
"Sparx you know that…" Adir was about to retaliate but a purple dragon close by slowly lifted his head getting everyone's attention.
"You're awake!" Adir gasped seeing the purple dragon come to. Adir threw off the rest of his armor along with his sword and crawled over to, Spyro. He happily embraced him so relieved he was alright.
Ignitus along with the other dragons smiled as the dragonfly joined in with the hug. The three friends were reunited. They bond once more being shown to all.
"Feeling better, Spyro?" Ignitus asked.
"Not really, Ignitus." Spyro shook his head feeling like a weight on it is trying to pull him down. "That battle drained every bit of my strength. I can hardly lift my head."
"You and me both." Adir added showing he was just as weak and a bit hurt as well.
"Yes, it will take some time for your powers to return." Ignitus replied. "But they will in time, young ones, they will in time." He then turned to the black dragoness. "Cynder, ever since I failed the night of the raid, I've dreamt of this day."
"It wasn't just you, Ignitus." Volteer argued. "We've all failed." Cyril and Terrador nodded in agreement.
"Be that as it may." Ignitus continued. "We're together again now, thanks to, Spyro, and Adir well done, young ones."
"Thanks, Ignitus." Spyro said bowing his head.
Adir bowed his head as well but something did concern him. "But we still don't know what's happened with the, Dark Master."
"No matter, Adir." Terrador said. "There will be time to talk about the, Dark Master later. For now we should be grateful for you and, Spyro's success."
"Their success?" Sparx blurted out. "Hey, what about me? Just because a bunch of weird stuff doesn't come out of my mouth or hands, or able to pick up a sword doesn't mean I didn't help, you know."
"You…were a big help, Sparx." Spyro agreed. "No doubt about it."
"Yeah, but just for the record. " Adir added. "A lot of weird stuff does come out of that mouth of yours."
"What the heck is that supposed to mean?" Sparx shouted then started buzzing around the dragons and human moaning. "You know I don't need this. I could have stayed with the llama people whatever, where I was appreciated, but no. No, I decided to help the poor helpless dragons rid the world of evil. What a mistake that was, cause I get no thanks, no respect, no love, no credit…"
"My goodness." Ignitus chuckled. "And I thought, Volteer talked a lot!"
Volteer took that remark with a slight blush as all the dragons and human burst out laughing as, Sparx continued. "I left home too, you know. I don't know if you've noticed, but things are a lot bigger to me than they are to you, and did I back away" Uh-uh, no, no, no. why? Cause I got moxy, I'm a tough cookie, I've got class-" He broke off with a cough. " I…got…I had a little frog in my throat. As I was saying, on Tall Plains, they knew a good thing when they saw it, they recognized the value of a quality dragonfly like me, but here I get nothing, not even a thanks, hey how're you doing, good let me buy you a drink. I should go back to the swamp. Mom will make it all good…Mommy always does."
When Sparx mentioned "Mom" Adir reached into his pocket and felt his sister's necklace he found in the dungeons back in, Cynder's lair. He gripped it tightly for within the victory they had there were loss's. Adir believed he lost his family on that fateful day when he tried to save his family when they were taken but that was in vain. Then during the assault on, Cynder's lair he discovered that they were actually kept prisoner but finding nothing but the necklace he got his sister as a present and remembering the cold words of the ape he demanded answers from saying how they were "dealt with." Reminded him of his loss. Adir let out a loud sigh chocking on a whimper.
"What is wrong, Adir?" Ignitus asked.
"Im…just thinking about my family." Adir replied looking down at the floor sadly.
"You miss them, don't you?" Ignitus implied.
Adir nodded. "Yes. I only hope that where they are now…I just hope they are at peace."
Ignitus looked at the other guardians who smiled and nodded at him. Implying to him that he should do what they had planned on since the fire guardian's return from the former lair of, Cynder.
"Come, Adir. I have something to show you." The Fire Guardian stood up. "Spyro and Sparx I do think you should come along as well."
"What is it?" Adir asked not sure what was going on.
"Well you see that…" Volteer was about to explain only for a wing from, Cyril covered his mouth.
"Not now, Volteer! You need to learn when not to speak." Cyril exclaimed.
"Oh goody." Sparx moaned. "I bet the old man is going to shower, Adir with gifts. And I get nothing, typical!"
Spyro shook his head. For whatever, Ignitus wished to show, Adir and with them both wanting to come along it had to be of some importance.
Adir slowly stood up having gained some of his strength back. Though his legs were a bit wobbly he managed to get to his feet. Spyro stood up as well but came to the side of the human when he was about to fall.
"Let me help you." Spyro said allowing, Adir to lean on him.
"Thanks, Spyro." Adir replied. Ignitus walked out to the training room as the purple dragon followed with, Adir leaning on him a bit for support with, Sparx flying close. Cynder and the other guardians remained inside the grotto with the black dragoness looking down still feeling tremendous amounts of guilt and shame wondering if she can ever be forgiven for all that she has done.
Spyro and, Adir followed, Ignitus through the training dojo. They looked up at the giant dragon statue within it and for the first time awed in its wonder. A Dragon standing tall and proud within the very room they trained to learn on to use their powers, to take their fight against the apes and save the realm. For now they did but something deep inside was telling them that despite saving, Cynder, there was still a lingering doubt in their minds that the victory they had was only a temporary one.
"Adir what lies on the balcony is something of yours." Ignitus said stopping before the closed door that led to the balcony outside.
"But what is it? Im confused." Adir asked not knowing what he was implying and, Ignitus was giving him a sly smile. The Same smile that he gave, Spyro when he was about to tell him he was going to fly to, Dante's freezer.
"Oh please…" Sparx whined. "…will you stop with that smile. It's so irritating."
Ignitus shot the dragonfly a quick glare.
"What is it, Ignitus?" Spyro asked getting very curious of what the fire guardian was hiding.
"Venture out, Adir. I believe you will gain your answer." Ignitus gestured towards the door.
"Well…alright." Adir said wondering what the dragon was implying. Feeling a bit better he walked from, Spyro and came up to the door and it opened to reveal the balcony. Adir saw a number of beings standing and sitting around at the balcony. The light from the sun blinded him for a moment before he adjusted his eyes to see what was standing there.
Adir gasped as he could see that the beings on the balcony wearing partially torn garments, some had short and long hair with assorted colors representing age. Some were male and obviously female. "It can't be…" Adir was choking on his voice as fresh tears were starting to fall down his face. "…It can't be."
The Young man was staring a group of humans on the balcony. A Group he was all too familiar with. Believed that was lost forever. Adir slowly walked down the path. He prayed that this was not a dream. That somehow he didn't hallucinate from the effects of the battle he was in.
The Humans were all talking with each. Murmurs and mutters were heard as they talked among themselves. Adir got to the bottom near the group as they were talking so much they didn't realize there was someone other than dragons next to them.
"Is it really you guys?" a voice breaking down was heard that got the humans attention. They turned to see a face they all believed they watched die almost a year ago.
A Woman with long red hair wearing a loose and slightly torn garment that were a combination of cloths put together to make an outfit covering her body but her legs and arms exposed stood in front of the group and walked up to the teary face of, Adir.
She looked over the young man trying to make that she wasn't dreaming. Then she looked at his left hand and could see the same purple dragon that was on him the day he was born. "Adir…" Her voice choked on a whimper."…my son."
"Mother!" Adir leaped towards his mother and embraced her tightly as she did the same. Both them neither letting each other go. Adir looked to see the other humans. It was his Family! His Uncle, grandparents, Cousin, little brother and his older sister! They each lost themselves and headed straight for mother and son and embraced in tears of relieved happiness.
"Guys…you're alive!" Adir cried as he couldn't believe it. His family was alive! This was a dream, it had to be. It just couldn't be possible!
"We are, Adir." A little human with short brown hair wearing cloth bottoms embraced, Adir on his leg with many tears flowing down his face. "Im so glad you're alive, big brother!"
"Oh, Rai." Adir cried letting go of his mother and embraced the brother he sorely missed.
"I can't believe you made it. Always I felt you were still kicking, Adir." A Girl slightly taller than, Adir with long brown hair wearing a near same outfit as, Adir's mother was embracing the young man behind him.
Adir let go of, Rai and turned see it was his sister! "Molly!" Adir cried embracing the sister he loved so much. The same that he thought was lost.
"Glad to see you, cousin." A Masculine voice beamed picking up, Adir from molly turning him around and embraced him tightly so much that, Adir nearly lost his breath.
"Good to see you too, Sid!" Adir choked from the lack of air but he didn't care about it He happily embraced his large cousin who still was a mountain of pure muscle as he was before the incident that changed all their lives. It was all too real to make sure he wasn't dead nor dreaming. This was reality. His Family was alive! And, Adir happy welcomed and embraced his, Uncle and Grandparents as well. They were together again!
Ignitus, Spyro and Sparx watched as the family below them embraced, Adir one after the other. A Joyful and Happy tear filled reunion. Ignitus smiled so happy for the young man. He was glad have found the family when he left, Cynder's lair.
"So that's the surprise." Sparx chuckled watching, Adir constantly get embraced by each member of his lost family. He looked up at, Ignitus and shook his head. "You sneaky dog, you."
Ignitus chuckled at the dragonfly's remark. Spyro was beyond happy for, Adir. He was the one who found, Adir when he was at near death almost a year ago. He had been by his side since then and together they grew into something else. More than friends, They became family. He was there when, Adir believed he truly lost his family back in the dungeons of, Cynder's Lair where they found nothing but a necklace. Now it seems he didn't lose them at all. He was truly happy for, Adir but there were some questions that would need to be answered about this. Little did he know he would not be the one asking them as, Ignitus headed down to the balcony.
As the tears began to cease and the reliving embraces were nearly done, Adir had so many questions right now. "How?" He asked wiping some remaining tears from his eyes. "What happened with you all?"
"It was, Cynder." Sid clenched his large fists. "In that day when we watched you believing she killed you, she wondered what she could do with us."
Rai nodded. "She took us to that dark castle. She enslaved us, Adir."
"What?" Adir said surprised.
"It's true." Molly stated. "Cynder she made us her slaves. Every day we were forced against our wills to do what she wanted."
"Yeah…" Adir's uncle looked away with shame lifting up his makeshift shirt turning around showing a series of scars that shocked, Adir. "…that's what I received when I tried to orchestrate an escape."
"Oh my god!" Adar looked at the many marks on his uncles back. He was beaten severely with a prod of some sort.
"I can't believe she did that to you all!" Adir was beyond words. He was glad they all were alive but to have been slaves under, Cynder when she was still a monster was horrifying.
"Day after day we toiled." Adir's mother began. "From cleaning floors of that castle. Sharpening her talons and tail blade along with weapons for those wretched apes and so much more…we only were ever fed scraps and leftovers from her meals. Always she would warn us that defiance would lead to fates worse than death. You saw on your uncle how true that was."
Adir just couldn't comprehend how his family had lived in such brutal conditions like that. He was lucky to not only have been saved but gained a home with a kind dragonfly family. Knowing his family lived as slaves made him feel a sense of guilt. If only he set out sooner on the quest he went on with, Spyro.
"However a few days ago, we overheard from the apes there was talk of trouble." The Grandfather said.
"Yes, we listened on how a temple was retaken by a red dragon, a purple one and a strange being walking on two legs." The Grandmother said next.
Adir cocked his head. The Apes were talking about when he along with the others retook the temple they are standing of the balcony of?
"We started to hope that maybe that was you they were talking about, Adir." Molly smiled bringing her arm around her little brother gaining a smile from him too. "So glad to know it was true."
"Cynder started to leave more frequently from the castle." Sid said. "She came back with these glowing orbs as the gossip from the apes made us realize they were of some importance."
Adir nodded knowing exactly what he was talking about.
"However she came back with a red dragon. Imprisoned him in one of the towers and used a crystal to drain him." Rai explained.
"Yes, I know what you're talking about there, Rai." Adir nodded. He knew he had a lot to explain but first he had to ask another question. "But if you were prisoners, slaves under, Cynder where were you guys? Spyro and I attacked the lair and we found an ape talking about prisoners. He said that they were dealt with. Once we made it to the dungeons I didn't find you guys and I assumed the worst."
Though, Adir's family equally had many questions for him they believed they should answer questions of the recent events.
"Cynder as soon as she brought that red dragon in knew that her castle would be attacked soon." Molly explained. "Cynder still had use for us and ordered her apes to take us away. They would take us somewhere where, Cynder would meet up after she finished with what she was planning. God knows what it was."
Adir realized that was that ape he encountered in the lair meant by "dealt with." He wasn't meaning dealt as in death but actually dealt as in taken away. What a relieve it was. But another question came to mind about that.
"But if that is true how are you all here?" Adir asked next as, Ignitus who was standing close by smiled.
"We were chained up and marched out of the castle through the paths filled with crystals. We were lead into some woods filled with tree's and giant mushrooms." Sid explained next. "While we were being taken away something from above came down and killed the forward guards. It was the same red dragon we saw, Cynder drag into castle and hooked up to that crystal.
"He killed some of the guards but he was actually pretty weak." Sid continued "He was slow and there were many apes. However with most of them distracted trying to kill him we all took the advantage we had and managed to kill the ape with the chain's we that were bonded with that thankfully were a bit loose to move a bit and we piled onto the one with the keys. Once we managed to free ourselves we did our best to help him. I admit we were not too much without any weapons but we distracted the apes off him long enough for the dragon to kill them."
"It is indeed a truthful tale." Ignitus agreed nearby as they the human family looked over at him thankful smiles.
"With our guards dead. The Dragon led us here to this temple. Told us for now it was the safest place to be." Adir's uncle said.
"Though there is still so much we don't know but I don't care about that right now." Adir's Mother embraced her once lost son again. "All I care about now is that your alive, Adir and we are together again."
"Me too, Mom!" Adir sniffed and looked at, Ignitus. He let go of his mother and walked past his family up to, Ignitus.
"Thank you." Adir said truly grateful to the fire guardian who not only found his family but saved them and helped reunite them all.
"Don't thank me, young one." Ignitus leaned down to, Adir. "I was fortunate to come across them when I left the lair. I knew right away it was those that you lost and I couldn't allow them to continue to suffer an apparent life of enslavement."
"Still thank you, Ignitus." Adir embraced the dragons muzzle and hugged him tightly. He would not forget what this dragon did for his family nor for what he did for him too. He gave him so much in the short amount of time they had known each other. He trained him, he made him believe and regain faith in himself. He reminded, Adir of his father. A True being of good.
Spyro came up to the guardian and young man. He recalled something from the dungeons. "Adir don't you have something that belongs to your sister?"
"Oh!" Adir sputtered reaching into his pocket and pulled out the necklace. "Thanks for the reminder, Spyro."
"Molly!" Adir called. "I think you lost something." He came up to his sister and handed the necklace to her.
"I lost this when we were being dragged away!" Molly held the necklace in her hands. "I never took this off. I wore it to always remind me of you, Adir. Every day I always hoped that maybe somehow you were alive and when we started hearing rumors though the castle about a purple dragon and two legged creature ruining outposts and delaying, Cynder's plan's I just knew it was you. Your gift kept me hopeful."
"Im glad, sis." Adir smiled but then a certain dragonfly flew next to him.
"Well buddy now that the joy filled reunion is over. Aren't you going to introduce us?" Sparx said rather rudely.
"What's with, Tinker Bell there?" The Uncle asked
"Who or what is Tinker bell and who are you calling that?" Sparx retorted back at, Adir's uncle making, Adir chuckle.
"Ill explain that later. First I would like you all to meet, Sparx." Adir introduced the dragonfly who folded arms and tried to put on a heroic look.
"Yeah that's me!" Sparx bubbled. "Savior of Tall Plains, God of the Atlawa's. Please, please hold your applause."
Adir sighed for, Sparx's ego truly was not his best quality but he is a good friend. "And I would like you to meet, Spyro."
"Hello everyone." Spyro walked up the family and gave them all a friendly smile. "Adir always thought of you all since, Sparx and I found him. Im so glad to find you all alive and together again."
"You found him?" Adir's mother asked.
"It's a long story, Mom." Adir said.
"Well it seems we are not going anywhere soon. Why don't you tell us, Adir?" She said.
"Let me start from the beginning." Adir began the tale from the moment; Cynder knocked him off the cliff a year ago.
The next few hours were spent in the grotto. Adir's family sat around with guardians as, Spyro and Adir told the tale of their meeting. They talked about every event that transpired that led them to find, Ignitus after an encounter with a group of apes that captured, Sparx.
The Guardians each pitched in telling their story about how their sacred duties, what transpired which lead to the destruction of the egg's and the capture of, Cynder's which led her to become the monster they were enslaved under.
Adir's family however didn't want to believe after a whole year enslaved under that dragoness who was just as black hearted as the color of her body there was no way she could be any good to the agreement of, Sparx but Spyro and Adir knew otherwise. However, Cynder stayed in the training room wanting to keep her distance from anyone for now.
The Purple Dragon talked about every location he, Adir and Sparx ventured out to find the lost guardians and prevent the plans of the Dark Master from coming to fruition which the Guardians told who he was to the family.
The Human family was equally surprised to find out that, Adir was a capable warrior it was hard to explain but the young man told them as best he could on how he apparently was decedent of warriors known as the "Dragon Samurai." However would it also mean that his family were descendents too?
It really perplexed them on how they never heard of such a thing. How could they be descendents? Why have they never once heard of anything about this before? How could these descendents have powers and, Adir so suddenly got these powers along with knowing how to fight in various forms of combat? So many questions lingered in their minds though it was thanks to the apparent descendents that helped, Adir became a great warrior which in turn led him to survive and save a realm along with being the reason they are all back together in the first place.
Truly this was a grand moment. Adir's family was reunited after so long and each believing for a time that the worst came to past but remained hopeful for a miracle. Cynder was restored to normal and the realm was saved.
The Guardians tended to, Adir's family as they showed them throughout the temple and took them around on flights across the land so they could get to see and learn all that they never had being trapped under, Cynder's rule in her lair. Adir for the first time in so long finally was truly happy the regaining of what he thought he lost was the most happiest moment in his life and getting the chance to have, Spyro and Sparx with him now made it a much more grander family and the best he could ever have asked for.
Soon enough night had fallen and the family of humans each exhausted from the days trials, hearing the tales of what they missed and going on rides with the guardians to learn about the land. The Guardians allowed them refuge in the training dojo until proper quarters could be made.
Adir made sure each of his family was settled for now that they are back. Once more now it was his duty to see it that nothing would happen to them again. He silently vowed that this time he will watch over them.
As he tended to his family, Spyro walked out to the balcony outside and looked out at the stars. He was soon joined by, Adir who finished making sure his family was alright and, Cynder followed him as well.
"See anything, Spyro?" Cynder asked.
"No." Spyro said, shaking his head " but I've got a bad feeling."
"Me too." She said.
"Im afraid I feel the same." Adir said too. They all looked out into the night. Somehow they knew the danger was far from over. If anything, it had only just begun…