Snally didn't expect Hrym to be so... animated, when Ex showed up. He especially didn't expect the words his brother would say, when he woke up to a snowy-scaled Snallygaster cruoroculi poking his snout.
"Sssss..." Hrym groaned, his ruby colored eyes slowly opening. When he looked up, the closest wording for his thoughts was that he was seeing an undead dragon, "Ssss.... whuut...? Huh.. GHOST!" Hrym leaped up, Ex jumped backwards, causing a catastrophic chain of events that ended in Tycho, Doxia, and Ambrosia also waking up.
"Hrym! Why are you screeching?!" Doxia roared softly, which turned into Tycho bolting upwards.
"Hrym, did you just say GHOST?!" Tycho questioned, not remembering Ambrosia was curled next to his chest, which resulted in Ambrosia being shoved, and waking up.
"Hrym! Why are you screeching and saying GHOST?!" Ambrosia muttered, irritated that she had to wake up in that manner. All three of them yelped when they saw Ex, although they could confirm by the fact he was solid, that he was not a ghost. "Who are you?!" Ambrosia chirped, her green eyes wide like the moon. Ex seemed entranced by her orbs.
"My name is Exspirivat, but you can call me Ex." The snowy drakelet cooly replied, his body calm. "You know, you have marvelous emerald eyes." Snally's ears flattened a bit, angry that his newfound friend was paying attention to his sister, and not him.
"Mama, Papa, Hrym, Ambrosia.. this is Ex. He's my friend." Ex twittered a bit, liking Snally's pride. Ambrosia, however, seemed annoyed by her brother's hostility. Tycho was also irked, as he noticed how Ex was acting too friendly to his daughter. Doxia was rather apathetic over Ex's odd scale color. Hrym, however, was the one who broke the tension, although not in the way the serpent's expected.
"Why are your scales white? Is it genetic? If it is genetic, if you had chicks with Ambrosia, would they be white? If they were white, would Ambrosia be secretly white? If not, would you be super secretly naturally colored? If so, wo- Yeep!" Hrym yelped when Snally had the audacity to tail-smack him. Doxia growled when her son did that. Ex, however, snickered in his smooth way.
"It's alright, Snally. It's not like I'm going to bite." He turned his head to Hrym, who's talons twitched with excitement, "As to your questions. Yes, it is genetic. Maybe, if she has the right genes. No, Ambrosia wouldn't be secretly white. If not, no, I would still be pale." The three-limbed drakelet grinned, satisfied over Ex's answers. Before he could spill out anymore questions, Tycho trotted over, trying (and failing) to appear dominant.
"So, you have snowy-scales. That is interesting and all, but it doesn't explain who you are." He growled in a ridiculously deep voice. Doxia was trying not to guffaw over her mate's bad acting.
"I'm a drakelet who just met a friend. That is all... sir." Ex muttered without breath, he was also trying not to start snickering out of Tycho's over-the-top deep voice. Tycho flared his hood and puffed out his chest, causing Doxia to start gasping for breath.
"Alright then, if so, then why are you holding your breath?" He growled once again. However, before Ex could reply, Doxia burst out chortling, to the point of where she had to lie down.
"Tycho... gaha! Stop... gwahaa... please!" She rasped out. All four of the drakelets couldn't hold it in, and also started twittering.
"Papa, please don't do that." Snally choked out, eyes being forced shut by the power of his hissing. Tycho finally realized that it wasn't working, and stopped puffing out his chest, looking normal again. When he finally regained control of his body, Snally gently put his wing on Ex's, whose spines relaxed. "Don't worry, they already like you." Once again, his blood-red eyes met the sky-blue ones, and something lit up inside Snally's chest. Although, he didn't notice that something also glowed inside Ambrosia's jade-colored orbs.
For breakfast, Doxia caught a deer. It wasn't the most fulfilling meal, but it would help them for the flight south. As a slight gift, Snally let Ex have his pick. After all, he would have to listen to Hrym and Ambrosia's questions until they finished eating.
"So the same bachelor that Mama clawed up, is your brother?" Hrym tilted his head, Ex looked up with his pretty blue eyes.
"Yes, his name is Levitas" He replied. Ambrosia twitched a bit at that name, and attempted to speed up finishing her spleen.
"Ambrosia used to have a crush on him. I know, because she tripped me when I mentioned it!" Ex twitched and twittered a bit, especially after Hrym's sister proceeded to trip him once more.
"Hrym! Why do you have to bring it up every single time?" She screeched with irritation. Snally vacantly nodded, noting how she had a point. He couldn't focus about what Hrym said afterwards, as he was wondering what would happen if Ex followed them south. Would Ex grow up with him? Would they hunt together? Would they awkwardly learn to fly together? Would they be more like friends, or closer? Would Ex allow Snally to give him gifts? Would they learn how to court together? Would Ex not mind when Snally folds his wings over him? Would Ex allow him to nuzzle him? Would Ex lo-,
"Snally, Snally, hello?" Ambrosia called, her brother flinched, shocked into reality. She was poking his left wing, the one around Ex, with her tail tip.
"WHAT? What?" He yelped, the three other drakelets jumped a bit from his confusion. Snally could feel his wing slide off Ex when he flinched. A slight pang of sadness hit him when that happened, although he didn't know why. Ambrosia's tail tip twitched, although Snally felt more irked than calm when he watched it fidget.
"I wanted to ask a question to you and Ex," she chirped, her ears flat with concern, "But I think it's best if you don't spook." Snally's fins also flattened, but in frustration. Ambrosia still had that glow in her eyes.. and Ex's eyes were glowing at hers.
"Oh so, you won't talk to me if I just twitch?" He growled, every moment of Ambrosia looking at him seemed to hurt. Ambrosia's spines flicked at the response, an obvious sign of fear or rage underneath her collected exterior. "Why don't you go back to asking questions to Ex with Hrym? I knew you wanted to."
"Snally, what the heck. I wasn't-," she suddenly changed emotion, flaring her hood, "You know what? You're an impulsive, angry little maniac. All I wanted was to ask a question, and then you start hissing at me." Hrym stopped eating, and looked up. The annoyance her sister had with her brother had boiled over to rage. Ex awkwardly shifted, not knowing who to side with.
"I'm not the one who's eyes are glowing when she sees a snowscaled drakelet." Ex and Doxia both stood up at once, hoods and fins flared in infuriation.
"Snallygaster, end this now. You are acting like a hatchling!" Doxia snarled, trying to exert her dominance. The white drakelet was also growling a bit, his pale tail thrashing.
"Snally, what the heck? Calm down." The black drakelet's spines dropped. His talons shifted a bit with the grass and dirt. Doxia and Ambrosia glared at him, while Tycho and Hrym nervously attempted to finish his piece of deer. Snally paused a bit, hissing softly.
"You know what? I'm going for a hunt." He murmured, turning to run off. To run away from his family.. no one objected. His father was desperately trying to avoid the situation, along with Hrym. His sister and friend were angry, their tails thrashing. Lastly, his mother was staring at him, frustrated about his constant questioning and arguing. Why would anyone disagree anyways, he had hunted before, there would be no fear for him. With that, Snally darted into the darkness.
The sun died, and the sky turned purple as it turned into day. Snally stalked in the marsh water, waiting for a crab to hunt. Diving into the liquid, he could flick out his tongue and scent out the decapod. A crunch when he snapped his jaws shut confirmed his suspicions. Swimming up, he burst out of the water, dealing a anger-filled fatal bite to his prey, before swallowing it up. He still felt upset about how nobody understood, yet hunting didn't feel any better. He was starting to feel full from each crustacean he caught. Some part of Snally wanted to go back and apologize, but at the same time, another part didn't. This internal debate continued with every dive, and every crab captured. "I should go back.." he muttered, flicking his muscular tail, "Nah... I shouldn't." The seesaw of his mind wouldn't stop. Another crab slain, then another, until he couldn't hunt and eat any more. By that time, the sky had turned completely dark, and the sun was nowhere to be seen. With the sun, his anger followed, and Snally could feel some of his rage cool off. "... fine, I'll go back." He took off into the sky. As he awkwardly beat his wings in the midnight blue sky, Snally could scent Ambrosia. He was happy to know she was around. As he dove down, he could also smell Ex. Landing with a silent thud, he started to stalk them, for a prank of course, when he heard something.
"Hey, er, I'm sorry about snapping. About Snally." Ambrosia's voice called, Snally creeped closer.
"Nah, it's alright... sometimes we snap." Ex's replied cooly. The black drakelet could hear his sister snicker a bit.
"I snap at him all the time. He always gets my temper to boil over." Snally got close enough to see them in the underbrush. Ex was sitting right next to his sister in the new moonlight, both looking at one another. Their eyes had a slight glow when they looked at one another.
"I understand why," he chirped. Ambrosia's spikes flicked in happiness. Snally could feel his own spines flatten. "He can be a bit... stubborn at times."
"I'm also stubborn, so don't go decrying it!" Ex snickered a bit at her quip.
"I won't," he playfully hissed. Ambrosia chortled a bit, Snally could see the spark inside her eyes, he knew what she felt. As they both twittered, the white drakelet put his wing over Ambrosia. She didn't refuse it. Snally felt his wings droop, and his emotive spines fall. Turning around, he silently ran off, and leaped into the sky. There was only one thing he wanted to do, and that was to fly away and never look back.
Author's Notes: *Casually plays Satisfied about Snally* Ex is a flippin' charmer with his smooth voice and actions. Snally also has an insecurity problem, and thinks that his family doesn't pay attention to him (There's actually some foreshadowing about this if you look around).. what could possibly go wrong? Plus, Snallygaster Cruoculi is their scientific name, I suggest you try to figure out what it means! Also, if there's any concerns about how quickly Snally starts feeling emotions, please don't forget that he's young, and this is probably his first crush. One last thing... this is where the real plot begins... Stay tuned..