Chapter Sixty Nine

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"I don't see them anywhere, do you?" Anora said looking around the empty field where she normally found Roscoe.

"No, and Roscoe's pretty damn hard to miss." Charlie said holding onto his head from the recent apparating trip.

"I hardly see any of the dragons."

"That's because they're all hiding." a voice rang out.

They turned to see Sebastian approaching them with a smile.

"Dragons? Are hiding? From what? Sultan?" Anora snorted.

"From Magnus." Sebastian told her.

"Why are they hiding from him?" Charlie asked.

"Everyone's been hiding from him."


"Because he's driving everyone including the dragons crazy."

"Oh come on, he's not that bad." Anora rolled her eyes. "I'll admit, he's a bit...odd."

Sebastian gave her a look.

"Okay, so he's really odd, but he's not a bad guy."

"I'm not saying he is but his methods are strange and you know it's bad when the dragons avoid you. He thinks they're playing hide and seek."

Anora laughed while Charlie shook his head while pinching his nose.

"This sanctuary is becoming a circus." he groaned.

"Well, I still need to talk to him about the new regulations the Ministry put on all the sanctuaries."

"Are they bad?" Sebastian asked.

"No, just mainly increasing cloud coverage really. But they were talking about increasing fines if a muggle flight should overpass a sanctuary and spot a dragon. Which if you ask me is a complete load of dragon dung. We can't control what the muggles do, if they fly low rather than high, how is that our fault? Sometimes, I wish the Ministry would just use a little common sense!"

Sebastian smiled at the two.

"I'm really glad you two are back. I know you've only been gone for a couple of days but it felt so much longer. I'm sure Roscoe and Norberta will be thrilled to see you too."

"They missed us, yeah?" Charlie grinned.

"Oh they are absolutely miserable without you two. They won't eat and won't let anyone approach them."

"Speaking of the two, where are they?" Anora asked. "I miss Roscoe."

"Don't you miss them both?" Charlie interjected.

Anora looked away. "Where's Roscoe?"

"Somewhere out in the woods, hiding from Magnus, more than likely. Even the Elders took to the woods."

"They're actually hiding? I would think they would just attempt to burn him and be done with it."

"Have you met Magnus, Anora? He doesn't take a hint that the dragons don't want him near. If anything the more they push him away, the more he follows after them. Much like an overly attached ex-lover."

Charlie and Anora stared at Sebastian.

"Until you've experienced a crazy ex-girlfriend there shall be no judging." Sebastian said. "Go find your dragons and have them eat something. I'm sure they are starving."

Anora let out a whistle as she entered the wooded area.

"Roscoe. Norbie!"

"You know she probably doesn't like you because you call her Norbie." Charlie chuckled leading the way.

"I could be the nicest person to that dragon and she still wouldn't like me, let's face it. Norberta has it out for me because she has this strange dragon crush on you."

"What?!" Charlie looked to her.

"I'm serious, I see the way she looks at you. I thought Pamela was bad..."

"Well, if that's the case then Roscoe is madly in love with you."

"No, not true at all. Roscoe just sees me as some sort of soft, fleshy thing that feeds him and occasionally scratches off his dry peeling scales."


"I didn't say it was a glamorous relationship. I for one-" Anora's feet were swiped from under her and she hit the soil with a groan. "Why do I always have to land on my back?"

Norberta appeared crawling over on top of the woman staring down at her.

"Norberta!" Charlie called to the dragon, drawing out his wand and aiming it at her. "Don't even think about it."

The dragon didn't even cast a look his way, when Charlie was caught off guard by Roscoe charging his way.

"Not good."

Charlie braced himself for impact but Roscoe came to a skidding halt before him.

Anora glanced up at Norberta who lowered her head until her snout nearly touched Anora's nose.

"Norberta I think you're an attractive dragon and all...but one I'm already taken and two you're just not my type-"

Norberta's head knocked into hers as the scales dragged against the side Anora's face.

The young female was actually nuzzling Anora's face, which was painful but sweet...mostly painful.

"Anora-" Charlie went to go to her side, but Roscoe's tail curled around his body dragging him back into him.

"Wait, Charlie...relax.." Anora said as she was still pinned down by Norberta. "I think they're trying to show some affection."

"Nope, I'm pretty sure Roscoe is trying to squeeze me to death!" Charlie said trying to pull himself out of the large coiled tail. "Bad Roscoe!"

"Oh that's going to help, scolding the dragon!" Anora rolled her eyes.

"Do you have any other suggestions?!"

"Tickle him."

"What?!" Charlie screeched.

"Tickle him, on his tail."

"Are you insane?! You've lost it, you have finally lost. Don't you remember the motto of Hogwarts?! Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus! Never tickle a sleeping dragon."

"Last time I checked he wasn't sleeping, just do it!"

"Unbelievable!" Charlie huffed before reaching his free hand out and tickling Roscoe's tail. He felt foolish, but felt even more foolish when Roscoe's tail released it's hold around him.

Norberta finally let Anora sit up moving away from her towards Charlie.

"See, I told you."

"How did you even know he was ticklish!?"


"Of course, leave it to him to know where a dragon's tickle spots are."

"It worked didn't it?"

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