Chapter 10: Smile and Wave
After 10 long grueling hours of flying endlessly into the afternoon sky, which soon turned to a night sky, then to an early morning sky, I arrived on the shores of Japan with the grace of a dragon...
And by that, I mean the grace of a skydiving elephant.
My top half was now buried under a mound of sand, my sandy legs sticking out like boards. I pushed myself up, coughing and sputtering, spitting out mouthfuls of the disgusting powdered stones, and sat down on the beach, brushing the sand off my jacket and pants. I then had to remove my shoes and knock sand out of those. Then I had to shake my head vigorously to get all the sand out of my hair.
I had sand in places I didn't even know I could get sand in.
Finally, after a painfully long de-sanding, I stood up and turned around, seeing the city of Tokyo in the distance. I could see fireworks going off and heard a lot of cheering. I turned when I heard something wash ashore. It was Leo again, and he hauled up his carrying bubble and brought it up onto dry land.
"Hello Deduc Draco!"
I turned and looked back at the Tokyo skyline. I could sense Leo was doing the same.
"So this is Tokyo, huh?"
"You been here before?"
"Yep~ Only once though. It was on a school trip."
"Huh. So where's the base?"
I turned to Leo, who had shapeshifted back into his human form, the bubble attached to a rope he was holding onto so it wouldn't float away.
"Yeah, our temporary HQ? We have a place to hide out, right?"
"No, of course not! Asia loves dragons! We hide in plain sight!"
"You don't mean-"
"Yep! Come on!" He started towards Tokyo as fast as he could. I ran after him, still hurting a little from the crash landing.
Soon we arrived in the city, and the purpose of all the fireworks and cheering became clear. It was a parade honouring something...or someone. But neither of us could tell who it was. There was too much noise. Leo took me through the crowd and pointed to the floats going by, and when I saw them, my jaw hit the floor.
The floats were giant dragons. But not just ANY dragons...it was US! That's when I noticed Shaun on the Red Dragon float, so I ran up to it and jogged beside it, shouting to him as we went.
"Hey! Deduc Draco! You're just in time! Your float is at the front! You'd better hurry if you wanna join the party!"
"Wait, what party?! And why aren't we hiding?!"
"Asia thinks we're sorta like gods on Earth! I mean, they don't really worship us, but they treat us like royalty! In fact, after the party, we have a meeting with the big man himself!"
I sighed heavily, then stopped. Chunky and Tanner soon passed, and Catherine started to go by me on the Green float.
"Hey Shay! Up here!"
"Catherine! You're okay!"
"Of course we are! And we're having a blast! Quick, get to the front of the parade! Your float is empty!"
Finally, I decided to just play it by ear, and ran to the front of the parade, climbing onto the Black Dragon float. I sat down in the throne that was set up and I smiled, waving to all the passerby as they cheered.
The parade was not very long, as I arrived late, and at the end, there was a huge reception waiting for us. We all got down from our floats and into the party. There was tons of Japanese style dishes, as well as a few American styled dishes too! We sang, danced, and had a blast the entire time. I even think that Templa, who's normally one of the most collecting people in the Order, got a bit tipsy!
But soon, we were escorted to the palace. There we met the Emporer of Japan himself.
"こんにちはドラゴンズ。" (Kon'nichiwa doragonzu.) He said.
I leaned over to Rolly and whispered. "What'd he say?"
"こんにちは、あなたの恵み" (Kon'nichiwa, anata no megumi.) Catherine piped up.
We all looked at Catherine with confused stares.
"Ahh..." The Emporer continued. "あなたが日本語を話す?" (Anata ga nihongo o hanasu?)
"他のドラゴンは日本語を話しますか?" (Hoka no doragon wa nihongo o hanashimasu ka?)
We just stared for a minute as the Emporer nodded quietly and frowned a bit, then turned to the rest of us.
"My apologies, Great Dragons. Green Dragon of Poison informs me that not all of you speak Japanese."
"It's fine, your Grace." I said with a bit of a stutter.
"You are..Black Dragon of Death, yes?"
"Ah, it is an honour to be in your presence."
"The honour is ours, your Grace. I'd like to personally thank you on behalf of my fellow Dragons for the parade and the reception. It was most kind of you."
"It is the least we can do for such honoured guests."
He turned to one of his servants.
"あなたは私たちのゲストのための部屋を確認してくださいことはできますか?" (Anata wa watashitachi no gesuto no tame no heya o kakuninshitekudasai koto wa dekimasu ka?)
The servant quickly bowed and off she went.
"A room is being made for you all as we speak. We do hope you enjoy your stay, and you are always welcome here in Tokyo."
He put his hands together in front of his chest and bowed. We did the same and bowed to him, then the servant came back.
"客室には準備ができて、素晴らしいドラゴンズです" (Kyakushitsu ni wa junbi ga dekite, subarashī doragonzudesu.)
Catherine looked at us. "She says that our room is ready."
"Thank you, miss." I said to her, and Catherine translated for her.
"どうもありがとうございました" (Dōmo arigatōgozaimashita.)
Soon, we were all in our room together. I sat down on the bed and looked at Catherine, whom was removing her hat and jacket.
She looked at me. "Hm?"
"Where'd you learn Japanese?"
"I have my ways." She said with a smile.
That's when Rolly peeked in from around a corner, and her bare shoulders implied she may not have her corset on.
"She just watches a lot of anime."
Catherine stomped her foot and scrunched up her face.
I shook my head and left the room as the two girls continued to bicker. I went outside and sat down on the balcony patio. It was a tranquil night, and after a long time of flying across an ocean, a good night's rest is exactly what we all needed. I looked up at the full moon, such a brilliant white. A perfect end to a perfect day, I'd say.
"Shaun! Oh my god get out! I'm getting dressed!"
"SORRY SORRY SORRY!"
I groaned. I'll deal with that in the morning.