The Secret Symbol - Chapter 38: It's a Trap!

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Chapter 32                                   Chapter 33                                       Chapter 34

Chapter 35                                   Chapter 36                                       Chapter 37

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Chapter 41                                   Chapter 42                                       Chapter 43

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Chapter 13       Chapter 14       Chapter 15        Chapter 16       Chapter 17       Chapter 18  

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Chapter 6    Chapter 7     Chapter 8    Chapter 9    Chapter 10

Chapter 11    Chapter 12    Chapter 13    Chapter 14    Chapter 15

Chapter 16    Chapter 17    Chapter 18    Chapter 19    Chapter 20

Chapter 21   Chapter 22   Chapter 23   Chapter 24 and 25

Chapter 26    Chapter 27    Chapter 28    Chapter 29 and 30

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Chapter 11    Chapter 12    Chapter 13    Chapter 14    Chapter 15

Chapter 16   Chapter 17    Chapter 18    Chapter 19    Chapter 20

Chapter 21    Chapter 22    Chapter 23    Chapter 24    Chapter 25

Chapter 26    Chapter 27    Chapter 28    Chapter 29    Chapter 30

Chapter 31    Chapter 32    Chapter 33    Chapter 34    Chapter 35

Chapter 36    Chapter 37    Chapter 38    Chapter 39    Chapter 40

Chapter 41    Chapter 42    Chapter 43    Chapter 44    Chapter 45 & 46

Chapter 47    Chapter 48    Chapter 49    Chapter 50    Chapter 51


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The Crimson Storm

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Chapter 7    Chapter 8    Chapter 9    Chapters 10 and 11    Chapter 12

Chapter 13    Chapter 14    Chapter 15    Chapter 16    Chapter 17    Chapter 18

Chapter 19    Chapter 20    Chapter 21    Chapter 22    Chapter 23

Chapter 24    Chapter 25 and 26    Chapter 27    Chapter 28    Chapter 29

Chapter 30    Chapter 31    Chapter 32    Chapter 33    Chapter 34

Chapter 35 and Epilogue

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The Secret Symbol


Chapter 38


It's a Trap!


         Immediately, Vixxen slashed down from the right to the left when our weapons clanged together.  I blocked.  She then let out a furry of attacks: slashes, thrusts, upswings.  All of them blocked and defended, however, I had little time to even think how to counter.  We had worked around in a half circle back the other way before Vixxen made an upward thrust, while I defended up as well, she half spun, swung her right leg up, and kicked me in the chest.  This pushed me back, made me fall down, and slide a few feet.  Because I am wet, I slide further then had I been dry.

         Both Asvord and Cazi started to make a move towards Vixxen, but I quickly said, “Stay out of this… at least for now.”

         “Yes,” Vixxen mockingly bowed.  “I apologize for knocking your fellow comrade.  I will most humbly do better next time.”

         Now with a larger distance of seven or so feet between us now, Vixxen had longer to come at me.  Because she wanted to start “proper,” I get the feeling Vixxen does not like to start a fight from far away; at least a dueling fight that is.

         “What to start over?” Vixxen asked.

         “Hmm,” I thought, yet already knew my answer.  “Nah.  Come at me bro- eh… sis.”

         Finally, I have Vixxen off her stride… slightly.

         Vixxen rushes me with a thrust, I merely step aside and let her run right by.  Again, slightly flustered, she comes at me with a direct downward slash with her sword.  I easily step to the left and her sword strikes the floor.  From here, she swipes across from left to right, I duck.  As soon as I duck, she bends down to do a sweeping leg kick with her left leg.  I swiftly preform a jumping somersault forward, dodging her leg, very quickly rolling up to a squat, and swing my own left leg and knocker her feet out from under her.

         “That’s, how it is supposed to be done,” I said standing up, walking past her, and looking down on her.

         Intentionally, turning my back towards her, I expect another thrust… which she did.  I step again to the left, she misses me, but she does a better job of keeping her balance.  Vixxen swipes straight down again, but I step to the right this time.  I fake sneeze.

         “Excuse me,” I grinned.  “There was a sudden draft there.”

         I could see I am starting to really irritate Vixxen.  Now, I expect her step up her game.  In a duel, at least in the ones I have been in and some I have heard about from my father and other vikings around Berk, it is said to be an unwritten insult to the person you are dueling if they are unable to actually land a blow during a duel.  Even if you defend, block, or counter the attack, your weapons met each other.  When neither weapon meets and one is doing all the attacking while the other is doing all the dodging, to most this is an insult to the attacker and their “lack” of skill to land a hit.  To add more salt to the insult, if you are able to actually her your opponent with a punch or kick, especially when their back is turned, this is understood to have been an opportunity to where the attacker or defender could have landed a more significant blow with their weapon; but they choose not to and “allowed” their opponent to continue living.

         Vixxen started another fury of attacks, all nearly identical to the pattern she started with.  This time, on the other hand, I did not raise my bow to block her attacks, I simply stepped and dodged them all.  Dodging her attacks is like trying to hit a ball traveling at the speed of a Speed Stinger in full stride with a stick, hoping you at least hit the thing.  Since she did the same pattern, but with a few changes, I could anticipate her next attack and have the extra second to dodge.  She changed a few of the attacks because she noticed I am anticipating her next move.

         “Would you stay still so I can hit you?” Vixxen asked.  “Will you not even raise your sword to defend yourself?”

         I chuckled, “I only need to defend myself… if you actually are going to do good enough to land a hit.”

         That did it, although I expected it would which is why I said what I said.  I can see in Vixxen’s eyes and her body language, she is going to go all out now.

         The thought occurred to me, “Maybe poking that hornets’ nest was a bad idea.  However, it is only a bad idea if the hornets catch you.  Yet, if you didn’t stir the up, you wouldn’t even have to run away.”

         Vixxen ran straight at me and gave a war cry of sorts.  I retreated to the wall closest to me, which is the wall to the left when you enter.  Normally I would wait for my opponent to catch up to me, but Vixxen is coming at me fast.  So, I ran to full speed in three strides, timed my steps, and jump onto the wall with my right foot as Vixxen tried swiping from right to left.  I rapidly put my left foot down on the wall and pushed off with my right to achieve a backflip over Vixxen, swapping my sword from my right hand to my left in the process.  Stunned at what I just did, she stood there for a brief moment.

         Tapping her on the shoulder, she turned around as I declared, “This is for Annabeth.”  I gave her a right cross to the jaw that she will not likely forget for a while.  Vixxen held her head to the right as I added, “This is for everything else.”  I drew back my right arm again to just flat out punch her in the face, with all of my rage behind it.  But Vixxen put up her left hand, grabbing my right hand, and stopping all of my power I had dead in its tracks.

         Now, I am shocked at what she is doing.  I am pushing with all of my might to punch her, but my hand is not budging an inch with Vixxen’s left hand countering every ounce of power I am trying to use.

         “Alright, Jarl,” Vixxen’s tone changed completely from bantering foe to an intimidating villain.  “You want to play it that way, we’ll play it that way.”

         She slowly turned her head to look at me.  Vixxen has the evilest and menacing looking of faces on right now.  Still trying to punch her, Vixxen started to push and step back at me.  I stood my ground for only a second before I felt my feet begin to slide.  Totally caught off guard by Vixxen’s strength to hold my fist, even though it is shaking because of the counter in power she has, and to push me back all at once, I had never seen let alone experienced anything like this.

         Vixxen made my feet slide for a couple of feet.  Never once did I try to let go of my punch intended for her face.  The moment I tried regain my footing, however, Vixxen let her power go, and my momentum took me forward.  In doing so, I am off balance in addition to being caught off guard.  My right arm went forward past her left side.  She uppercut me to my stomach with her right knee, in which knocked the wind out of me.  Then using her left hand slapped me across the face.  Lastly in a matter of mere seconds, she raised her right leg, set her right foot on my stomach, and pushed me back, knocking me to the ground, and rolled several times.  I lost   For obvious reasons, I am slow to get up.

         Asvord declared while I still l lied facing the ground, trying to get up, “Jarl, look out!”

         Quickly, I whip my head up to look at a charging Vixxen.

         “Jarl.  Sword,” Asvord briefly said and threw her own sword at me in such a way so I could catch it.

         While Asvord threw her sword, Vixxen ran and jumped up to strike me down.  Desperately reaching out to catch my sister’s sword, I grab it just in time to go to one knee, my left, and bring the sword back and stop Vixxen.  Now with both hands using everything I could muster to keep Vixxen’s sword from striking me down, Vixxen and I are in a standstill; even when I am technically kneeling.

         Knowing I cannot last too much longer, I jarringly let my guard down, while protecting my head in the process, fall back down to the ground, lift both my legs and feet to Vixxen’s chest, and propel her backwards over my head.  I continued my reverse tumble back to my feet, turned around, and swung the sword at Vixxen.  The roles are reversed.

         “Give it up, Vixxen!” I professed.

         “Oh,” Vixxen said grunting under the pressure.  “To the con- contrary.”

         “What are you talking about?” I asked.

         Vixxen replied, “I’m talking about… About dear old sister.”

         “Who’s sister?” I questioned.

         Blowing a strand of hair out of the way, that fell down in her face, Vixxen then said, “Annabeth’s dear old sister, Heather.”

         “What does she have to do with anything?” I continued.

         “If… If you want to see her alive again,” Vixxen responded.  “You’ll… You will let me go if you want to see her alive again.”

         I made a mistake.  I release some pressure off of Vixxen and that was all she needed to shove her left shoulder into me, knocking me back down.

         A bit flustered, Vixxen took a breath and shrugged her shoulders, as if to be glad I no longer had her pinned instead of me, “Heather.  Now that Annabeth is no longer with you and I got the Dragon Eye, I cannot use Annabeth the way I wanted.”

         I was about to remark at what Vixxen just insinuated about using Annabeth, but Vixxen continued, “I had to think of something else.  So, I found the mole in my chain to be that of Heather, brother to Dagur the Deranged.  Sure, I know Heather is a double agent -For more than just Heather to Dagur and the Dragon Hunters.  I could care less what Ryker or even Viggo would do if they ever found out.  In fact, I would rather it stay a secret to egg Viggo on- so, I wanted to use Heather as a bargaining chip.”

         “Bargaining chip?” echoed Cazi.  “What do you have that we want?”

         “For starters, Annabeth’s body,” Vixxen off handedly said.  “But I needed something more that would interest you back.  Finding out what Heather’s true intentions were, especially when Annabeth was in on the whole thing, I needed to make Heather as an example of anyone who dares to cross me on anything I do.”

         “What are we supposed to give you?” I asked, struggling a bit to stand up.

         “You can give me this,” Vixxen said tossing the Dragon Eye back at me.

         Dawn wondered, “Why give it back to us?”

         “Well,” Vixxen answered.  “You need a practical reason to come to my island, besides the obvious caring one.  Having friends is a bad idea.”

         “Who said we are on good terms with Heather?” Asvord countered, folding her arms.

         “Oh,” Vixxen said surprised.  “I did not know that.  I’m sorry.  Well, if I know you, you’ll come anyway.  Don’t get any bright ideas of not showing up, I think it goes without saying.  Annabeth’s body and her sister Heather for the Dragon Eye.  Be at my island in no more than three days, unless you want to have the body or see Heather ever again.”

         Vixxen sheathed her sword and started walking up the stairs.

         “Why should we not stop you right now?” Lilah demanded.

         Vixxen stopped halfway up the stairs, “Come now, Lil.  I didn’t know you were that nearsighted.”  As if irritated to say something so obvious, she added, “If I don’t return to my ships in a timely manner… I’m probably late now anyway… Koll has orders to carry out… well… I’ll let you guess the rest.”

         Being filled with rage again, I wanted to rush Vixxen so bad.  But I knew, I knew that now is not the time.  As much as Vixxen looked to want to defeat me, this was all just a ploy to get me and the rest to come to her home island.

         “Well,” Cazi demanded as Vixxen walked out the door upstairs and the door started to close.  “How are we supposed to get out of here?”

         Vixxen chuckled, “Oh, I’m sure something will come to mind.  It may strike you at any moment.  Tah-tah.”  Last thing we could see was her waving her right hand as she walked away.

         “Strike us at any moment,” Cazi repeated and spat on the ground.  “What?  Is the ceiling going to crack and fall in on us while the ground crumbles beneath us?”

         Suddenly, what Cazi just said happened exactly like that.

         “Okay,” Cazi said as we started to dodge the falling rocks and cracks in the floor.  “Sometimes it is difficult being right all the time.”

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I'm still reading this and I find it just as enjoyable as before. (I've been busy, and will be busy, with a makerfaire for the rest of the month)


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Monstrous Nightmare: Sunbreaker (M) (Broadwing)


The first dragon I come across on berk, goes around doing his own thing most of the time. Likes taking care of baby dragons so he stays in the stables alot. Though he will come out to play fireball frenzy. He loves showing off and as he always shoots fire at the sun at least once a day hoping to finally catch that light. 


Deadly Nadder: Whirlwind (F) (Broadwing)

Fast and agile Whirlwind is one of my racing dragons. She is often the one trusted to lead the herd when Sunbreaker is away. She loves mirrors and shiny objects. She also preens alot. 


Thunderdrum: SONAR (M) (Broadwing)

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Scauldron: Wavedancer (F) (Broadwing)

Boiling water and a knack for mischief, this scauldron often plays pranks on fishing boatsby stealing their catch and doubling it. 


Tide Glider: Riptide (F) (Broadwing)

My main riding dragon, she is shy around new people but will never back down from a fight. She is the first dragon I tamed while on Izar, and my main dragon for fun stuff in the game.


Skrill: Teslan (F) (Broadwing)

Often charges my electrical lab equipment and is my main racing dragon.


Raincutter: Drizzle (F) (Broadwing)

Likes rain, helps me out at the forge and in the lab 


Stormcutter: Chinook (M) (Broadwing)

This stormcutter was found riding the chinooks as a baby he likes warm winds and long flights in the mountains.


Zippleback: Ayre & Dance (M) (Broadwing)

One head sleeps while the other one searches for food. Two headed efficiency at its finest.


Sand Wraith: Luna (F) (Broadwing)

Found on the Onyx beach, this sand wraith looks like the surface of the moon


Changewing: Glass (F) (Broadwing)

Loves hide and seek, and likes turning invisible and scaring vikings into thinking there is a ghost. 


Woolly Howl: Athabasca (F) (Broadwing)

Named after the Princess, Glacier, River and Lake bearing the same name she like cold weather and enjoys dragon nip tea


Shivertooth: Blizzard (M) (Broadwing)

Found on Icestorm Island harrasing groncicles, has a grudge with Yellowknife


Flightmare: Aurora (F) (Broadwing)

Likes flying around Icestorm Island


Speed Stinger:Scramjet (F) (Broadwing)

Always moves with her mouth open reminded me of a scramjet


Typhoomerang: Scorch (F) (Broadwing)

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Hobblegrunt: Tlaloc (M) (Broadwing)

Named after the Aztec god of rain Tlaloc likes splashing in puddles


Sweet Death: Ambrosia (M) (Shortwing)

sits around all day bothering the bees


Shockjaw: Ion (F) (Broadwing)

Ion likes swimming in saltwater and plasma


Fireworm Queen: Fusion (F) (Shortwing)

Very protective even as a baby


Fireworm Queen2: Pulsar (F) (Shortwing)

Very adventurous even as a baby is blue for some reason


Smothering Smokebreath: Charla (F) (Shortwing)

Loves eating charcoal


Groncicle: Yellowknife (M) (Broadwing)

named after the capital of the Northwest Territories and found on Icestorm Island


Rumblehorn: Shieldbreaker (M) (Broadwing)

Guess what his favorite hobby is?


Scuttleclaw: Ammolite (F) (Shortwing)


Moldruffle: Fel (M) (Baby)

Mudraker: Mudkip (M) (Baby)

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Grapple Grounder 2: Yang (F) (Shortwing)

Snow Wraith: Frostbite (M) (Shortwing)

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Razorwhip 2:  Katara (F) (Baby)
Deathsong: Harbinger (F) (Broadwing)
Snaptrapper: Mistletoe (F) (Baby)
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Timberjack: Maple (F) (Baby)


Slithering Fluoroscale by Nightmarerebuff: Silica

Found when flying around Berk eating elderberries off the bushes, hates raspberries.


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On the Subject of Hackers

please read this link, it helps to identify the different types of hackers. I have hacked computers, and servers in the past (despite not being the best at code) but I never do it for personal gain. Unfortunately the hackers most people refer to on the internet are crackers so they bring a bad light on the hacking community in general. I only learned to hack code because I needed to in order to hack my microwave and other software in my house.


Don't be a Cracker you ruin it for everyone!

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Thank you.


I'm getting ready for my Sophomore Fall Semester, so I will also be getting busy.  I also have other college clubs/societies I am a part of to keep me busy.


I am shooting for getting this story done by the start of the semester, so probably expect more than one chapter a week.  I will be doing no more than 7 more chapters.  The last chapter could possibly be a 2-Parter, depending on how the end of the story goes along with the numbers of chapters it takes to get there.  I'll never rush the story to end it at 45 chapters, but I am winding down the story anyway and there is not much left to write.  Still, I have enough that will most likely fill 7 more chapters.


With each chapter I write, especially when it gets to the thick and meat of the plotline, I try my best to make it descriptive, technical as possible (when fighting, running, flying, etc.) without being difficult to understand, and able to paint a picture in your mind to see what exactly is going on.  To do this, practically every chapter I write will be longer than other people's stories because I am taking the time to be detailed.  But this is how I enjoy reading a story and thus how I enjoy writing/typing a story.


I had been a little rushed to post the chapters this past week, so I didn't get all the pm's out to you and Winged Garden to notify of the new chapter, but I will eventually get you the link to the ones you missed even if you have already read them.