Caught by Moonlight: Part 4
Panic and fear coursed through your blood, and you felt like any second your heart might beat out of your chest. The night has been a blur so far, but now the seconds ticked by at a painful pace, the world seeming to slow just for them as Gabe faced the strange creature before you.
The woman…dragon…lady thing that stood before you smiled and unease slid through you. It wasn’t a smile that seemed to have any concern, even facing a werewolf. No, it held all the confidence of a woman knowing she had no chance of losing.
“Gabriel,” you whisper again, your hand grabbing at the back of his shirt. “Please. Don’t do this! surely we can outrun her-”
The look he gave you over his shoulder silenced you. “I’m sorry, but that won’t work. You need to run when we start and don’t stop? Okay?” he said in a hushed voice. The unnatural way his eyes lit told you Gabriel was preparing to change once more.
“You leave the girl alone, Symmetra,” Gabriel said in a strong, sure voice as his feet seemed to tense, prepared as the change took him.
Covering her mouth, the dragon woman Symmetra seemed pleased. “Oh, don’t fret. Her bones will make fine tooth picks,” Symmetra purred.
Trembling slightly, you stared at his back in desperation. Gabriel wasn’t a bad person, you’d decided when you reached the Wayward Woods. Whatever his reasons for taking you were, Gabriel thought that this was the only way to deal with whatever had happened between him and Jack.
Jack…You prayed that he might show, that he might save you both from this monster.
“I’ll let you change, wolf,” said the dragon woman. “You deserve at least a chance to try, I think. Or you could surrender her, and perhaps instead of eating you too, you could be my pet.” Symmetra’s voice was like silk and you could see the way her tongue slid over her lips…she had more then one hunger this night, and Gabriel was a fine male specimen…
Gabriel bristled when she offered to make him her pet. You could see the way his eyes darkened, and saw the way his hand slowly slid up to his throat. A growl ripped from between his teeth and the change seemed to go much faster with his anger.
So did Symmetra, apparently. “I see. It looks like you’re accustomed to collars then. I’ll be sure to try to spare your life then, since your obviously house broken,” she said with a tinkling laugh.
It was only another moment before Gabriel stood as a large black wolf before her, gaze locked on her. You swallowed, sizing up the two.
It seemed impossible when looking at Gabriel to think those bared fangs and strong jaw could lose against a woman covered in scales. But power seemed to ripple in the air around her, and you were afraid of what was to come next.
Everything was still one moment. Then, faster then you could blink, Gabriel dashed and leaped at her, fangs bared and snarls loud in the air. Symmetra only seemed to smile through, and with a wave of her hand, it was like an invisible force knocked Gabriel mid-flight.
It sent you flying too, and you fell hard against the tree. It didn’t stop Gabriel from getting up and immediately launching himself at her again. Rubbing your eyes, you noticed a flower near you that stood out for its brilliant red petals that were edged in blue that stood against the fog.
Symmetra allowed Gabriel to attack her relentlessly, blocking every charge and lunge. Gabriel had managed to bite at her ankle, moving fast through the dark forest around them. That at least seemed to have Symmetra looking around herself, trying to keep up with him.
For a moment, you stared at the flower in wonder. It was familiar…and then you remembered. You’d studied herbs back in university when you were studying botany. This flower was considered mythical, you thought, and your eyes lit up when you remembered its special properties.
“I’m growing tired of this,” Symmetra said with a yawn and when you looked up, Symmetra’s hands moved almost sensually in front of her. And you stared in amazed horror as something seemed to grow from red light in her fingers, becoming almost real and solid and…huge.
Gabriel stood back, panting hard. Time had passed faster then either of you thought, and you could see that his energy was starting to wan.
The thing you two saw before you had your mouth falling open. It was a dragon…a dragon stood there and smoke came from its nose. You noticed it seemed almost translucent, as though…it wasn’t fully physical yet.
Yet it breathed and the fire that came from his mouth seemed quite real as it lit up the sky and heated the air, before turning one massive eye toward you both… I have to move fast, you thought desperately.
Symmetra started toward you though, and immediately you hid the flower behind you. When Gabriel lunged at her from the side, suddenly he found himself hit by something solid and powerful, flinging him up high into the air.
The dragon caught Gabriel in his mouth, and you screamed as the dragon pressed its sharp fangs down into Gabe. The wolf let out a sharp yelp, and it took a moment before you could see the blood that was dripping from the dragons chin.
“Gabriel!” you screamed, talking a step forward before realizing that you were now face to face with Symmetra the dragon sorceress. The heat radiating off of her body was palpable and you had to grit your teeth and steel yourself to try and stop the tremors running through you.
“Don’t focus on him, love. Focus on me, as I am the one who will be ending you,” she purred, reaching out and brushing her velvet scaled hand across your cheek, almost tenderly. Gabriel snarled weakly from the dragons jaws when he saw Symmetra touching you. You manage not to flinch, eyes locked with hers as you struggle with the thought.
I just need one moment, you think to yourself. Just one moment of her unaware, one moment when you could….there! You saw.
Symmetra turned to look up at Gabe, a cruel smile tugging at her lips. “I hope your watching wolf, as I devour your mate. And it will be painful,” she purrs her promise, and the snarling is briefly cut off when the dragon clenches its jaws further on Gabriel.
“I don’t think so,” you snapped, and when she turned you shoved the squished flower against her face and nose. Letting out a roar that shook the earth, Symmetra stepped back and back handed you hard.
Thrown off your feet and into a tree once more, the impact sent pain through your shoulder and side, and you slowly slid to the ground. Looking up, you saw Symmetra take a step toward you, eyes glowing with rage and her fangs bared in a snarl. Red and blue liquid was smeared on her nose and lips, you could see but it hadn’t seemed to have worked…
When Symmetra reached for you, you flinched. The hand never came though, and when you looked up you saw that she seemed frozen, her lips moving slowly but no sound coming from them. A shiver seemed to run through her, and after a moment she collapsed into the dirt, her eyes closing.
The dragon let out a loud roar, before it seemed to slowly fade, fragmenting away into tiny butterflies made of light. And with its disappearance, the grip on Gabe was released, dropping him from almost twenty five feet in the air.
“Gabriel!” you gasped, managing to push yourself off from the ground. The pain in your arm continued, but you passed the dragoness on the ground and hurried into the trees where Gabriel was.
When you saw him, your heart twisted. God, was his body in bad shape…blood was dripping from multiple punctures where the fangs had cut, and some of his bones seemed to be at odd angles…Gabriel’s eyes were open but closing fast, breath labored.
Dropping to your knees beside him, your fingers skimmed across his fur, afraid to touch him. So much blood, you thought, so much blood…
“Stay with me Gabe!” you said desperately. “Stay with me!”
A soft whine seemed to leave his lips, before his eyes closed.
Silence filled the forest.