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           S. E. Smith
 
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Night of the Demented Symbiots


  Night of the Demented Symbiots

  The Dragonlings’ Haunted Halloween 2

  S. E. Smith

  Contents

  Acknowledgments

  Synopsis

  Author’s Note:

  Chapter 1

  Chapter 2

  Chapter 3

  Chapter 4

  Chapter 5

  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

  Chapter 25

  Afterword

  About the Author

  Acknowledgments

  I would like to thank my husband Steve for believing in me and being proud enough of me to give me the courage to follow my dream. I would also like to give a special thank-you to Sally, Julie, Debbie, Jolanda, Christel, Laurelle, Jackie, and Narelle, who listen to me, read my stories, and encourage me to be me.

  —S. E. Smith

  Science Fiction Romance

  The Dragonlings’ Haunted Halloween 2: Night of the Demented Symbiots

  Dragonlings of Valdier

  Copyright © 2016 by S. E. Smith

  First E-Book Published November 2016

  Cover Design by Melody Simmons

  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED: This literary work may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, including electronic or photographic reproduction, in whole or in part, without express written permission from the author.

  All characters, places, and events in this book are fictitious or have been used fictitiously, and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, actual events, locales, or organizations are strictly coincidental.

  Summary: The dragonlings and their best friends are once again on an adventure when the Queen of the Demented Symbiots threatens to take the newest babies back to the Land of Halloween with her.

  ISBN: 978-1-944125-00-4 (ebook)

  ISBN: 978-1-942562-99-3 (paperback)

  Published in the United States by Montana Publishing.

  {1. Science Fiction Romance. – Fiction. 2. Science Fiction – Fiction. 3. Paranormal – Fiction. 4. Romance – Fiction. 5. Fiction – Holiday Romance}

  www.montanapublishinghouse.com

  Synopsis

  The dragonlings and their besties are excited about the preparations for another Halloween holiday. As the night of the festival draws closer, the dragonlings, Roam, and Alice discover a threat to the newest members of their families; the Queen of the Demented Symbiots plans to send her minions to capture the newest babies and take them to the land of Halloween where she lives.

  With their parents busy organizing the huge festival for the people of Valdier in an underground cavern, the dragonlings and their friends are left with no choice but to prepare for the ultimate battle – to save Morah, Leo, and Hope from the Queen of the Demented Symbiots!

  Join in a holiday adventure that you won’t forget as the little ones use their special skills to protect their friends and family in…

  The Dragonlings’ Haunted Halloween 2: Night of the Demented Symbiots!

  Author’s Note:

  For those who have not read the Dragon Lords of Valdier, here is a little background.

  The Valdier are dragon shifters. Only the Valdier and their mates can bond with the mysterious and powerful golden symbiots, who are, yes, symbiotic creatures, and they are stand-out characters all on their own! The Valdier consist of three parts: the dragon, the man/woman, and their symbiot companion. They are friends with the Curizan (a species able to harness the energy around them) and the Sarafin (a cat shifting species). The following is a character guide for those new to the series:

  Zoran Reykill, Leader of the Valdier true mate to Abby Tanner: one son: Zohar

  Mandra Reykill true mate to Ariel Hamm: one son: Jabir

  Kelan Reykill true mate to Trisha Grove: one son: Bálint

  Trelon Reykill true mate to Cara Truman: twin daughters: Amber and Jade

  Creon Reykill true mate to Carmen Walker: twin daughters: Spring and Phoenix

  Paul Grove true mate to Morian Reykill: new daughter: Morah.

  Cree and Calo Aryeh (Twin Dragons) true mate to Melina Franklin: one daughter: Hope.

  Vox d’Rojah: King of the Sarafin mated to Riley St. Claire: one son: Roam; twin daughters; Sacha and Pearl.

  Viper d'Rojah mated to Tina St. Claire: one son, Leo.

  Asim true mate to Pearl St. Claire

  Ha’ven Ha’darra, Prince of the Curizan mated to Emma Watson: one daughter: Alice.

  Aikaterina: Unknown species; accepted as a Goddess to the Valdier, she is the oldest and most powerful of her kind.

  Arilla and Arosa: Unknown species, still young for their kind, they are twins and thought to be Goddesses.

  1

  “Trelon!” Cara called out in exasperation from the small office she had set up on the other side of the kitchen. “Have you seen my new tool cloner? I know I put it in my bag this morning.”

  “I haven’t seen it,” Trelon replied as he carefully juggled the items in his arms and tried not to drop the small truck that was precariously balanced on top of the pile of mangled dolls, misshapen stuffed animals, pink shorts and shoes, and a dozen other articles that he had collected so far.

  The triumphant grin starting to curve his lips died when he stepped on the small, square, plastic building block that Cara had insisted was a fun learning toy for the twins. Pain shot through his bare foot and up his leg, causing a loud curse to explode from his lips when he lost his balance. A cascade of tumbling toys and clothes fell around him as he hopped around on one foot.

  With a grunt, Trelon sat down on the floor and rubbed his offended heel with a tired sigh. His gaze swept over the cluttered living room. The toys he had picked up were once again strewn all over the floor. From this vantage point, he could see even more blocks and the sock he had been searching for earlier under the couch.

  He released his foot and rolled onto his stomach to scoop the miscellaneous objects out from under the couch. Never in his life would he have imagined that he, a mighty Dragon Lord, would end up on the floor gathering up a missing pink sock and a pile of toys from under the couch in his once immaculate living quarters.

  In all honesty, he would not trade his life now for all the riches in the universe. As far as he was concerned, he was the luckiest warrior alive. Well, almost the luckiest, he thought when the pain in his heel reminded him of the small blocks the girls loved to leave lying around. He grimaced when he felt his dragon chortle in delight and suddenly perk up. A silent chuckle shook Trelon’s shoulders.

  You are just as bad as the girls. You know that, don’t you? He grimaced.

  You like, too, his dragon growled back.

  Where are they? Trelon asked, stilling all movement while he listened.

  In the background, he could hear Cara grumbling under her breath that she knew she had replaced the cloner in her tool bag earlier. He focused, trying to pinpoint any unusual sound. The girls were getting better, he thought with pride. He slowly raised his head, trying to catch a glimpse of them.

  Up! His dragon urged.

  Trelon jerked his head up just as Amber tumbled toward him from over the back of the couch. Before she could roll off the front of it, he rose up on his knees with a deep, husky laugh and opene
d his arms to catch her. His arms wrapped around Amber at the same time as he felt Jade sliding her arms around his neck.

  “We got you’s, Daddy!” Jade giggled in his right ear.

  “Hi, Daddy,” Amber laughed, staring up at him with bright, golden eyes.

  Trelon’s gaze lit up with delight. He would never, ever get tired of seeing the glowing faces of his daughters. His eyes lifted when he saw a movement on the other side of the couch. His gaze locked on Cara’s face, flushed from her frantic search. She was staring at him with an expression that he greedily held onto – love. The warmth of it surrounded him, causing everything else to fade for a moment.

  “Have you girls seen my new cloner?” Cara asked with a raised eyebrow, pulling her gaze away from Trelon to stare down at Amber.

  “Mommy, you’s looking at Daddy funny again,” Jade answered.

  Cara placed her hands on her hips and shook her head. “You’re, sweetheart – You’re looking at Daddy funny again is the correct way to say it and I always look at your daddy funny. That’s because I love him,” Cara stated with a grin. “So, what did the two of you build today?”

  Jade rested her chin on Trelon’s shoulder and brightly smiled. “Amber wanted to see’s – see – how the robot worked. We put its back together when we’s were done with it,” she said with a mischievous expression.

  “Yeah, we’s had funs playing with them,” Amber said with a happy nod.

  “Them?” Trelon repeated, interrupting Cara when she started to correct Amber. His eyes widened in alarm. “Where is the robot?”

  “In Mommy’s big working room,” Amber replied in confusion. “We’s put it on the charger likes you told us.”

  “What’s wrong?” Cara asked as he awkwardly pushed up off the floor and to his feet.

  Trelon knew his face looked grim. Well, not exactly grim – more like resigned. It didn’t help that his dragon had broken down into a fit of laughter and was rolling around inside him like a lopsided ball.

  “I only built one robot,” he muttered, holding Amber on his left hip while his right hand reached around to steady Jade, who was still clinging to his back.

  “Uh-oh,” Cara whispered, her eyes widening as his words sank in.

  ‘Uh-oh’ was right, Trelon thought with a combination of amusement and resignation. The girls had received a double dose of creativity when it came to their love of tinkering and building things. It was really was his own fault. He should have known they would disassemble the robot he had given them earlier this morning in an effort to figure out how it worked. They did that with all of their toys. He just hadn’t expected them to do it so quickly. A part of him couldn’t resist seeing what their minds came up with next; while the other part cringed knowing this was just the beginning.

  He was almost to the kitchen when he heard a knock on the entrance door. He turned, throwing Cara an exasperated look, then winced when the sound of a muted crash echoed from Cara’s larger workroom.

  “I’ve got this. You go see what the girls built,” Cara said, tossing her head toward the back room. “Don’t destroy it, though! I want to see it too!” She hastily called out, heading for the door.

  “They’s just little robots now, Mommy,” Amber said, peeking over Trelon’s shoulder.

  “Yeah, and they’s gots lots….” Jade’s voice faded and her eyes grew larger when another loud crash came from the workroom. “Uh-oh,” she whispered. “I’s thinks we should have turned them off.”

  Trelon’s shoulders shook with mirth. The expression on the girls’ faces was priceless. Their large, golden eyes were filled with wonder and excitement – and a dash of trepidation – their cheeks were rosy, and their small mouths mirrored each other with an ‘O’ shape.

  He carefully lowered Jade to the floor and watched with pride as she shifted into her dragon form. A moment later, Amber’s red dragon scurried after Jade’s pink one. He vaguely wondered if he should shift as well when Symba, his symbiot, flashed by him, closely followed by the two smaller symbiots belonging to Amber and Jade, almost knocking him over. It was his second, third, and fourth warning that he was going to be in trouble.

  2

  Cara shook her head when she heard Trelon’s loud groan followed by the click of the door. It must be pretty bad – again. Her lips quirked as she pulled the door open. Leaning against it, she grinned at Trisha, Kelan, and Bálint. Kelan’s eyes narrowed and he looked cautiously over her head into the living room.

  “Hi Cara, where is Trelon?” Kelan asked, in a hesitant voice.

  “He’s in my workroom with the girls,” Cara replied with a huge grin. “I see Bálint’s hair is almost grown out again.”

  Trisha chuckled. “Yes, I think he learned his lesson,” she said. Her eyes widened when she heard a long, loud stream of curses from the other room. “It sounds like Trelon needs help, Kelan.”

  “Doesn’t he always?” Kelan muttered under his breath as he held Bálint out to Trisha. “It might be safer if he stays with you.”

  “Oh, he can’t hurt anything,” Cara exclaimed, tickling Bálint’s belly and causing him to laugh.

  “It isn’t Bálint that I’m worried about,” Kelan retorted as he strode across the living room.

  “I see he still hasn’t forgiven the girls for your hair,” Cara laughed as she held her hands out for Bálint.

  She swung the small toddler around in a circle, laughing with him when he squealed. A familiar longing tugged at her. Amber and Jade were three years old now and getting into everything. Cara and her dragon were ready for a little boy to join the girls.

  “Trelon! On your left! No, your other left…,” Kelan yelled in exasperation before his voice became muffled.

  Trisha chuckled and shook her head. “What did the girls do this time?” She asked, following Cara into the living room and half listening to the sounds of loud curses, childish giggles and squeals, and several crashes that could be heard from her workroom.

  “Trelon built a robot for the girls. They took it apart, but not before they found my new cloner,” Cara replied with a happy sigh. She sank down on the floor and released Bálint, who was intent on the spilled basket of toys Trelon had been trying to pick up. “Trisha, did you ever think you could be so happy?”

  Trisha shook her head and turned to watch her son play with the assorted toys now scattered around him. “No, I didn’t. Kelan and I are talking about having another baby,” she suddenly said, glancing at Cara with a wry grin. “Now that Bálint is older, we were thinking it would be nice to have another.”

  Cara nodded. “Every time I think about mentioning having another child to Trelon, the girls get into something,” she winced when she heard a low howl and glanced back over her shoulder at the workroom. “Or, he’s passed out from chasing them,” she added with a wry grin. “Carmen and Creon have offered to babysit the girls for the weekend. I might have to take them up on it.”

  Trisha laughed. “Well, Kelan and I would be happy to watch them as well,” she offered.

  Cara choked back a laugh when Bálint swung around and stared daggers at Trisha as if daring her to keep her promise to watch the girls again. She couldn’t really blame him. A month ago the girls had decided Bálint needed a haircut. So they had found Trelon’s shaver. Poor Bálint had ended up with a partial Mohawk. That wouldn’t have been so bad, but they had also found her purple hair dye. In the end, Bálint had needed to have the rest of his hair shaved and all three of the kids had been a delightful shade of purple for the next several weeks until the dye finally washed off.

  Another burst of smothered curses pulled her attention to the door and she sighed. Maybe tonight wouldn’t be a good time to bring up having more kids. Maybe she would wait until after the fall festival at the end of the week.

  “How is the new ride coming along?” Trisha asked.

  “I’m almost done…,” Cara responded in a distracted voice to Trisha’s question before she blinked and turned her attention back to Bálint who
was driving a small truck up her leg. “You are going to love it, little man,” she laughed, wrapping her arms around him and twisting to blow on his belly.

  “You really should talk Trelon into having more. You, at least, have as much energy as the kids!” Trisha laughed, sitting back against the cushions of the couch. “Morian and Paul say that Morah is crawling and getting into everything. I swear Daddy will have to tie the guys up if they don’t quit telling him how to keep her safe!”

  “I know. I have to keep reminding Trelon that Morian raised him and his brothers and they all survived just fine! He isn’t even overly protective of the twins so much anymore. Of course, I think he’s given up and just focuses on damage control,” Cara retorted.

  “I told Dad that was what he and Morian got for having a little girl when she already has five grown, over-protective older brothers,” Trisha replied dryly. “I have to keep reminding Kelan that Dad raised me just fine. Of course, all he does is growl about that being different because he wasn’t there to protect me.”

  Cara laughed as she lay back on the floor and rested her head on her arm. She glanced at Trisha and shook her head. She felt sorry for Paul and Morian. Ever since Morah was born the guys had been like a pack of circling dragons, hovering to the point that Paul had finally threatened to take them all out in the woods and kick their butts if they didn’t leave their mother and him alone so they could raise their sister.

  Cara turned her head and sat up when she heard the door to her office open. She rolled to her feet and watched as Amber and Jade bounded out, both still in their dragon forms. Symba was right behind them, and the two smaller symbiots were attached to him. One was attacking his massive golden paws as he tried to walk while the other clung to his tail. Both were in the shape of tiny Werecats.

 
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