Valentine (The Dragon Kings Book 3)

Valentine (The Dragon Kings Book 3) by Kimberly Loth Read Free Book Online

Book: Valentine (The Dragon Kings Book 3) by Kimberly Loth Read Free Book Online
Authors: Kimberly Loth
“I didn’t mean to wake her up, but she heard me putting the bags away.”
    Aspen offered the tiny dragon a piece of banana, which she gobbled up. “I’ve been taught to never wake a sleeping dragon. Besides, he’s tired and doesn’t want to be bothered.”
    “Nonsense.” The dragon bobbed her head up and down in front of him. “I’m Runa. Can you take me to see the ocean? I’ve been asking everyone for weeks, but no one will take me.”
    “No one is going to the ocean for a while. We’ve got too much going on,” Aspen said with a roll of her eyes.
    Runa stuck her tongue out at Aspen and settled on the table in front of Val. He wasn’t sure what to make of her.
    “What kind of dragon are you?” he asked.
    “Underground and river.” She studied him with yellow eyes.
    “She never shuts up. Kind of makes me wish she wasn’t river,” Aspen said with a laugh.
    “Hey,” Runa started, but Aspen shoved another piece of banana in her mouth.
    Obsidian sat down across from him. “As Aspen said, there’s a lot going on. There’s a war coming. We need to bring you up to speed on the prophecy and train you for battle. But the priority is finding you a queen.”
    “Already done.” Val sat a little taller, glad he’d done something right. Maybe being a king wouldn’t be so hard.
    Obsidian creased his eyebrows. “How is that possible? She has to be a human.”
    “Oh, I know. Theo explained it to me. Then, I met a girl on the airplane.”
    Aspen laughed. “It’s not quite that easy.”
    Val’s confidence fell. He wasn’t quite sure if he knew what he was doing. But he did know that Hazel had sealed herself to him, so it couldn’t be that bad.
    Runa popped her head up. “Is she pretty like Aspen? What color are her eyes?”
    Val smiled at her. “She is pretty, and she has green eyes like Aspen. She lives here in Gardiner. Look.”
    He pulled off his shoes and peeled away his sock. Aspen looked down and then shot back up. “That says Hazel.”
    “Yeah. She’s pretty amazing.” Val thought briefly of the kiss and had to fight to keep a silly grin off his face.
    “I have a sister named Hazel.” Aspen’s eyebrows creased.
    Val didn’t think much of her comment. “Lots of Hazels in the world, right? She’s beautiful and smart and kind. She’s perfect.”
    Aspen rolled her eyes. “Still sounds like my sister. Dark hair, green eyes, able to get whatever she wants from a handsome face?”
    Val squirmed. “Was you sister on an airplane tonight?”
    “Yeah, she was coming home to help search for my brother.”
    It was Hazel’s sister. That might make this all easier. Or harder, depending on how Aspen took the news.
    “She talked about how much you loved dragons.”
    “She hates them.” Aspen sat back in her chair with her arms crossed.
    “I know. That’s going to be a problem. But seeing as how her name is on my ankle, we’ll make it work.” Val didn’t see the problem. As soon as he realized she’d sealed herself to him, he knew this was a done deal. He’d found his queen.
    Runa jumped off the table. “I get to meet Aspen’s sister? I must go change and make myself presentable.”
    Runa flew off, and Aspen frowned. “Does she know what you are?”
    Val shook his head. Sid squeezed his eyes shut for a second, but he still didn’t say anything.
    Aspen then turned to Sid. “This is unbelievable. What are the chances that he sealed himself to my sister?”
    “About as likely as you sealing yourself to me the day we met.”
    “But Hazel detests dragons.”
    “Val wasn’t a dragon.”
    Aspen turned back to Val. “This still doesn’t make sense. What about the marking? Did you two talk about that at all?”
    “No. It happened just as our plane was landing. I didn’t get a chance to discuss it. I figured I’d find her tomorrow.” He didn’t understand why they weren’t more excited about this. One less thing they had worry about.
    “I don’t think you really know my sister.

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