Chapter 59: The Slave Ship
'Dragons' - Dragonese
It had already been a week since Sinbad's crew and the dragon riders had left Syracuse. At the moment, they were looking for the tropical island of Fiji. But something caught their eyes. Out in the distance, Hiccup and Roana spotted a ship.
"Sinbad, do you know who that ship is?" Hiccup asked, pointing at the ship.
"I'm afraid that I do, Hiccup." Sinbad answered when he saw it, "It's the Vermiculo, a slave ship."
"The Vermiculo?" Carlos asked.
"It's a slave ship. They capture people or animals and steal treasures to sell at the highest bidder." Kale explained.
"How horrible." Roana gasped.
"Can't we help the prisoners?" Hiccup questioned.
"I'm not sure that that's a good idea, Hiccup." Kale answered.
"Why?" Hiccup asked.
"From what I've heard, the warriors, known as the Sombras, on that ship are very ruthless and very skilled." Kale replied.
"So you're saying that they're more skilled than you all?"
"So what can we do?"
"I'm afraid that we'll just have to avoid being seen." Sinbad suggested.
"I guess so." Hiccup responded.
Suddenly they all heard a roar, followed by a few more.
"What was that?" Marina asked.
"It's a dragon's roar," Hiccup replied, "They're in distress."
"Where's it coming from?" Audrey questioned.
At that moment, Sharpshot appeared and landed on Hiccup's shoulder.
"What is it, Sharpshot?" Hiccup asked.
"Those dragons' roars. It's coming from that ship." Sharpshot warbled.
"Are you sure?"
"What did Sharpshot say?" Roana asked.
"He said that those roars are coming from the Vermiculo." Hiccup replied.
"Are you sure?" Carlos asked.
"Yeah." Hiccup nodded, staring at the ship in the distance.
"No." Sinbad responded.
"What?" Merida turned to Sinbad.
"No, we're not going on that ship." Sinbad declared.
"We didn't even say anything." Carlos stated.
"I could easily tell by the looks on your faces that you were thinking of doing so." Sinbad said.
"So very true." Hiccup agreed, "But we have to sneak onto that ship, Sinbad."
"And why would we risk our very lives to go on that ship?" Sinbad questioned, pointing at the Vermiculo.
"Those dragons. We have to free them or else they'll be sold to Drago's army." Hiccup explained, "Not to mention the prisoners. Who knows what horrors they're experiencing on that ship."
"Did you forget about the Sombras?" Sinbad's brow arched.
"No, but if no one is willing to go, then I'll save them myself if I hate to." Hiccup declared.
"Are you crazy?! Going against the Sombras is instant death!" Rat reasoned in a panic.
"I'm willing to take that risk. Those dragons can't go to Drago." Hiccup stated.
"I've met crazy. But you, boy, are crazier!" Rat ranted, pointing at Hiccup.
"If Drago gets more dragons, his dragon army will be even larger and more deadly." Hiccup pleaded to Sinbad.
Sinbad glanced at the dragon riders and turned away, only to see his crew and Marina having the same looks as the dragon riders. He rolled his eyes and sighed in frustration.
"Alright fine!" Sinbad huffed while he waved his arms in the air, giving in. Then he pointed at Hiccup, "But if we die, I'm haunting you in the next life!"
"Thank you, Sinbad." Hiccup thanked him.
"So what's the plan?" Sinbad asked Hiccup.
"We'll need a distraction for those on the top deck and knock them out. We get on board and try to find the prisoners and dragons. Then free them." Hiccup planned and then turned to Jed, "Jed, do you happen to have any knock out gas?"
"As a matter of fact I do." Jed replied.
"Good, we're going to need a lot of it if we want to get on board." Hiccup said.
Then Hiccup explained to the others of the plan and some of the crew were nervous, but Hiccup assured them if they do everything according to plan, they will succeed. Sinbad and Marina had to agree to that.
"We're going to have to be careful when we go on that ship." Sinbad warned.
"Let's hope that plan works." Marina prayed.
Meanwhile, inside of three prison cells with two occupants each. The first occupant of the first cell had a boy around 18 years old. He had short black hair that was slightly dirty from being in the cell and had dark red eyes. The boy's name was Jabare, third heir to the throne of Egypt. The second occupant was a pale pink colored dragon that had the similar figure to a Night Fury. Its scales were pale pink with black stripes and spines along the edges of its wings. This dragon was known as the Desert Wraith, a relative to the Sand Wraith. Jabare stared at the pale pink dragon that rested in the corner of the cell. For some strange reason, he saw pain and loneliness in its eyes. He somehow could relate to the dragon. He and his relatives, Zuberi and Isis, were going to be sold off by his uncle, Bayhas, who had wanted the throne to the kingdom. He was somewhat scared of what was going to happen to him and his older brother and sister who were in a cell across from him.
The second cell had a girl of dirty short white hair and dark greenish brown eyes. She was 17 years old. The girl's name was Najila. The second occupant of the cell was a dark red dragon. The dragon had dark red scales with a black underbelly and white stripes on its wings, back, and tail. The dragon was known as the Dramillion. Najila stared at the dark red dragon that was in the cell with her. She could tell by its yellow reptilian eyes that it was scared. It was probably wondering what it was doing here and when it was going home. Najila couldn't help but think of her own home. Even though her father sold her for money, she still missed Aladdin who was like an older brother to her. She wondered how he was doing. She had a pretty good guess that he was causing trouble while trying to get food. She chuckled at that.
The third cell had another boy who was the same age as Jabare. The boy's name was Touma Koizumi. He had long black hair tied in a high ponytail and bright blue eyes. The second occupant of the cell was a blue dragon with a white underbelly that had a long snake body. Its front and back legs were colored black and had a mane of hair that started from the head and ended at the tail. It had two long black horns on its head and two white long whisker-like appendages attached at his snout. Its eyes were light blue with reptilian black slit orbs. Touma was always thinking about his father who he was traveling with when the Sombras ambushed them. Even though he and his father were skilled warriors, they were no match for them. So his father had to let them take their treasures or Touma would be killed. However they took Touma instead of giving him back to his father. He swore that if he got out, he would make those Sombras pay for taking him.
Touma, Najila, and Jabare were afraid of what was going to happen to them. But they had to have hope when others would believe that there is none. They kept on praying that someone or something would come and save them from this horrible nightmare. Suddenly they heard footsteps coming from the doorway. They knew it was one of the guards coming to check in on them. But then they heard a thud a second later. A few more footsteps came in and they were able to get a glimpse of who was in front of their cells. It was a boy who looked to be around their age. He had short auburn hair and forest green eyes. He wore a strange set of clothing. The second person was a boy around the same age as the auburn one. There were also three other girls with them. One had frizzly red hair, the second had long black hair, and the third one had long dark brown hair. They all wore different kinds of clothing.
"Who are you?" Touma whispered.
"Don't worry, we're here to get you all out." The auburn haired boy whispered.
"But who are you?" Jabare asked.
"Hiccup. My friends and I are here to help you." 'Hiccup' declared.
"Really?" Najila asked with hope in her eyes.
"Of course. Just hang on a second." Hiccup said as he took out a tool from his belt and began to unlock the cell. Soon enough, all of the prisoners were set free and they quietly left the prison cells. Then they met his other comrades in the room.
"So, who are you?" Hiccup asked.
"I'm Jabare and who are you four?" Jabare questioned.
"Pleasure to meet you all." Najila greeted.
"Us too." Roana agreed.
"So how are we going to get out of here?" Jabare asked.
"Well, we need to get more weapons on our hands." Hiccup declared.
"I know where the weapons room is. I saw it when they were about to put me in the cells." Touma informed.
"Good idea." Hiccup agreed.
"But what about the dragons?" Audrey pointed out.
Everyone turned to the three dragons who were still in their cells. They haven't moved from them. Hiccup decided to walk towards them. However, they growled at him. But he wasn't afraid of them. Sharpshot appeared from his shoulder and flew over to the dragons.
"Don't be afraid. Hiccup means no harm towards you three." Sharpshot warbled.
"He's a human. All humans are bad." The Desert Wraith growled.
"You're his servant, aren't you?" Dramillion grunted.
"No, I'm his friend. He saved me when I was captured and we've been friends since then." Sharpshot grunted.
The three dragons stared at Sharpshot and then turned to Hiccup and back to Sharpshot.
"He won't harm us, right?" The blue dragon warbled.
"None of these humans will. I promise." Sharpshot warbled.
"You have my word." Hiccup promised.
"You can speak our language?" The Desert Wraith asked.
"Yes, but that's not important right now. Right now we have to focus on getting out of here." Hiccup told the dragons.
The dragons looked at Hiccup for a moment and then walked out of their cells.
"So will you help us in our plan?" Hiccup asked.
"We will. Those men will pay for capturing us." The Desert Wraith warbled.
Soon enough, all of the prisoners were set free and they quietly left the prison cells. They met up with Sinbad, Marina, and Kale. Then the group went into the hallway to find the room full of weapons. Soon enough, they arrived at it and Hiccup was easily able to open the door. Everyone quickly got their weapons.
"Okay, everyone. Let's win this battle against the Sombras. We're gonna make sure that they don't imprison another life ever again." Hiccup declared.
Everyone nodded their heads. They soon walked down the hallway and exited out to the deck. But when they got there, they were surprised to see the Sombras. In the front of the Sombras was a man who seemed to be the leader of the Sombras. The man was about the same age as Sinbad. He had long black hair tied up in a top knot, a mustache, and green eyes. He also wore foreign clothes that seemed to be a lot different from what he and his friends wore.
"Well, well, well. I can't believe it. A bunch of mice were able to sneak into the lion's den. So brave, yet so foolish. To come aboard my ship, you must be wanting a simple death wish." The leader taunted.
"Who are you?" Hiccup asked.
"The name's Sigewulf. I must applaud you for sneaking onto my ship. No one has been brave enough to do that." 'Sigewulf' complimented, mockingly.
"I suppose that's a compliment?" Hiccup's brow arched.
"Indeed. However,...you won't be getting off this ship alive." Sigewulf declared, narrowing his eyes at the group in front of him.
"We'll see about that." Jabare denied.
Then the two sides clashed. Jabare, Hiccup, and Touma were fighting against the leader while everyone else and the dragons were fighting against the Sombras. The fight started to dwindle the Sombras's numbers until only Sigewulf was left who was still fighting against Hiccup, Touma, and Jabare. Then Sinbad joined as well. They kept on fighting until Hiccup quickly dodged as Sinbad attacked Sigewulf which distracted him and Hiccup swung his legs towards Sigewulf's, causing him to fall on his back. Before he could get up, blades surrounded him.
"Surrender." Touma ordered.
Seeing that he was outnumbered and outmatched, Sigewulf gave in. But as soon as he stood up, he lunged towards Hiccup, only to be stabbed in the back, literally, by Kale. The others stepped back as Kale took out his sword from Sigewulf's back and let his body fall onto the floor. The leader of the Sombras was dead and the prisoners of the Vermiculo were finally free.
Morning soon broke from the Slave ship. The life boats that were filled with the Sombras and the Vermiculo crew were drifting away from the ship. The other dragons that were on board were flying away, trying to find a new place to call home. However, only three dragons remained; the Desert Wraith, the Dramillion, and the blue dragon stayed. Jabare also introduced his older brother, Zuberi, and sister, Isis. They were all glad to be free of their prison and were finally reunited. At the moment Marina, Sinbad, and his crew were celebrating their victory with the former prisoners while Jabare and his siblings were thanking the dragon riders.
"Thank you for helping us." Jabare thanked him.
"You're welcome. We were glad to have helped." Hiccup stated and glanced at the Desert Wraith next to Jabare, "So what are you going to name him?"
"I'll name him, Horus, after the 'Sky God'." Jabare decided, petting the dragon's head.
"What about you, Najila?" Roana asked.
"I was thinking, Lihini. It means 'red skinned'." Najila replied, petting the red Dramillion's scales.
"And you, Touma?" Carlos asked.
"Mosu." Touma declared, petting the blue dragon's snout, "Ignite."
"They're all good names to me." Audrey commented.
"I think we can all agree to that." Touma stated.
"So where are you all going to do now?" Merida asked.
"Well, I got nothing else to do. But I want to return home and let my friend know that I'm okay." Najila replied.
"I have to return to my home in Japan. My parents are probably very worried about me." Touma added.
"My siblings and I have to return home. My uncle, Bayhas, is sitting on the throne that he doesn't deserve to sit on." Jabare stated, "He must be stopped."
"Then we'll help you." Hiccup confirmed.
"Hiccup, you don't have to. This is my family's problem. We have to do this alone." Jabare protested.
"Sorry, but we're going to help you. Whenever someone is in trouble, we are going to help them." Hiccup argued.
"We're not taking 'no' for an answer." Roana added, crossing her arms in front of her chest.
Jabare sighed at this. He didn't think that the dragon riders would be this stubborn. But he supposes he owed them for helping everyone escape that slave ship.
"Alright then. Let's head to Egypt." Jabare declared.
Hope is being able to see that there is a light despite all the darkness. - Desmond Tutu
Vermiculo - Crimson
Sombras - Shades
Sigewulf - Victorious Wolf