Chapter Forty Three

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"Oh did you miss me, darling?" Anora laughed as Roscoe nuzzled his head into her body, nearly knocking her over. "I know, I missed you too, Roscoe." 

The dragon flopped to the ground with a loud thud, rolling into Anora and Charlie finally knocking both of them over.

"Yeah, I think it's safe to say he missed you." Charlie said.

"Well, we left off on weird terms, didn't we?" she pointed out from where she laid on the ground. "That whole day was just pure chaos. I wonder how Norberta is doing."

"You don't have to wonder long." Charlie stretched out his arm in a direction pointing to a dragon in the distance.

Anora saw the young dragon lying down near a boulder, curled up in a tight ball, all alone.

"She is such a little drama queen." Anora shook her head standing up and walking in the direction of the dragon.

"Anora, is this really the best idea? Walking over to the dragon that started the fight in the first place?" he called after her as he jumped up to his feet running after her.

"I'm getting Norberta to lighten up if it's the last thing I do." 

"It very well might be the last thing you do."

Anora approached the dragon slowly before stopping in front of Norberta shortly.

Norberta raised her head casting a look  at the dragon handler, the look said it all. If she could, the dragon just rolled her eyes at Anora.

"Keep the attitude for yourself, remember where it got you last time?"

"Oh that's good, mock her injuries." Charlie said as he reached her side. "Anora, honestly, we should just leave her be, she's not one to be messed with."

"I'm not one to take no as an answer."

"I know, but you might want to make the exception just this-"

The two watched Norberta glance up at Charlie, her eyes focused on him.

"What is she doing?" Charlie asked.

"If I didn't know any better, I'd say she's checking you out, Charles."

He glared at her. "Ha ha."

The dragon suddenly moved towards them and they cautiously backed away. Anora bumped into Roscoe who coiled his tail around her feet, watching the female dragon. His teeth barred in warning, but Norberta paid no mind to them as she continued to near Charlie.

'Uh Charlie-"

"Hold on." he held his hand up. He lifted up his other hand steadily towards Norberta.

The dragon flinched back at his movement causing everyone to be on guard. Roscoe went to the defense of the other handler when Anora put her arm out to stop him.

Charlie took a step forward as Norberta began inching back towards him again. Finally, she touched her snout to Charlie's hand.

Charlie and Anora's eyes widened in shock.

"I don't believe it." Anora said under her breath. "That cow."

Charlie turned his head to look at her. "Jealous?" he smirked at her.

Anora folded her arms. "Yes, I'm incredibly jealous of a dragon."

"I meant, me being able to touch her...but if you're jealous of Norberta-"

"Shut up."

"We're glad to have you back." Greg said. "The sanctuary wouldn't be the same with you two working as a duo."

Anora smiled as she felt Charlie's hand on her thigh. She stirred her stew with a spoon as Greg and Nicola had invited her, Charlie and Sebastian for dinner.

"Well, it's good to be back. Although it was nice to be home for sometime. I missed my parents and Tonks-" 

Suddenly, Anora gasped.

"Oh no!"

"What?!" Everyone at the table was alert.

"Tonks is going to be so pissed with me. I didn't let her know I was leaving."

"Don't worry," Charlie told her, "we'll send her an owl later on tonight. I'm sure she'll understand."

"She's going to rip me a new one." Anora said.

"A new what?" Nicola asked curiously.

"You don't want to know, dear." Greg said. "Anyways, I heard you two had a successful day with Norberta."

"Not me, him." Anora pointed to Charlie. "She was all over him today."

"You think you'll be able to work with her, the way Anora works with Roscoe?" Sebastian asked.

"We can only hope. I think it's going to be a lot harder. Females tend to be a bit more hard-headed." Charlie said.

"Ain't that the truth." Greg said until Nicola glared at him. "What I was talking about the dragons!"

Full and tired from their trip, Anora collapsed onto the bed as they returned to their own home. Iggy climbed onto the bed and curled up near her head, content that his owner had returned to finally sleep. Charlie walked in and chuckled at the sight.

"Tired, are we?"

"Just a little. These whole week has been pretty exhausting between travels and all the craziness."

"Well, get some sleep. I'm gonna send the owl to Tonks."

"No wait." she called after him before he went to leave.

He turned around in the doorway.


He smiled as her arms outstretched towards him.


"Come lay down, just for a moment."

"Just for a moment?" he smirked as he crawled onto the bed and laid down beside her. Anora cuddled into him and closed her eyes.

"Just for a moment." she yawned.

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