Hi. I'm Animeboye. Or at least I was. I was once an anime loving, fantasy obsessed teen. But that all changed. Read through and see for yourself. A warm, summery day. Just how I liked it. I was on my way to the mall to hang out with a few of my friends. Strangely enough, before I was even out the door, I heard a voice.
"Don't deny what you are."
"What? Who's there?" I said. I shrugged my shoulders and walked away.
"You'll be back." The voice said again.
This time I didn't bother to listen to the voice and left. As soon as I got to the mall. my insides were hurting. I thought it was just a stomach ache and shrugged it off. I saw my friends, hanging out by Gamestop, so I tried to act like nothing was wrong.
"Hey, Animeboye!" One of my friends shouted.
"Hey, how's it goin'?" I greeted.
"Where were you?" My other friend asked.
"I..got held up at home. Mom nagging me and stuff." I didn't tell them about the weird voice. I didn't want them to think I was crazy. My friends were nice kids though. They were each one year younger than me and were like family to me.
"Hey, are you alright?" My friends asked.
"Uhh yeah. Why?" I asked. Even though I knew I wasn't alright.
"Well you look a bit blue."
"WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?!" I shouted. I looked at my hand. Not only was it blue. But it was blue and SCALY. It did look kind of like I was sick though.
"Uhh. I gotta get home. I'm not feeling well. I'll talk to you guys later." I said in a rush.
As soon as I got home, I saw a CREATURE sitting in one of our kitchen chairs.
"What are you?" I asked.
"I'm Dragoness. A female dragon. I'm here to guide you on your journey as you become what you really are.
"What I really am?"
"Look at your hand."
I looked at my hand. Claws were growing out of them. Blood soaked claws were growing out of my fingers.
"WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO TO ME?!" I shouted.
"Absolutely nothing. This is what you are. What you always were, Zobias."
"Zobias? What's that?" I asked with curiosity.
"Your dragon name. Your TRUE name." Dragoness explained.
"Dragon? I'm not a dragon. I'm a kid."
"Your snout seems to say otherwise."
And just like she said, my face pulled outward and grew longer until it had formed a dragon's snout.
"Normal teenage boys don't have snouts. But you do. Still think you're not a dragon?"
"This has to be a dream." I said. All of a sudden, my eyes started hurting. I squinted them shut and put what were becoming my forlegs over my eyes as I started to cry.
"I can't accept this, Zobias. Your human life is over, but your dragon life will now begin. You're finally of age."
I tried to run into my room. I was still hoping this was all a dream. However, now I wasn't so sure. My legs became digitigrade and grew claws and I fell on the floor. I couldn't walk like a human anymore.
"You can't escape what you are. I told you this when you were born. In 16 years, your true self would take form."
"True self." I said a little more calmer now. "You mean Zobias."
"You're a clever little guy."
I didn't know what she meant by "little guy". I was at least 5'7 and I was a teen. How was I little?
"Dragoness, what do you... AAGH!"
The changes weren't done. I felt something pull me down from my back. I tried to look at it but my now draconic head wouldn't turn like my human head did. I looked in the hallway and noticed that I could see farther now. Was this like a power my reptilian eyes had? this wonder didn't last long though. Horns grew out and donned my head. I still had human hair although it was now green instead of brown. Afterward, my teeth fell out of my snout and my fangs appeared.
"So it's not painful anymore?" Dragoness asked, looking straight into my slitted eyes.
"No, it still hurts a lot. But if I'm to be a dragon, I gotta get tough, right?" I asked with confidence.
"You bet Zobias. You really will make a strong dragon."
My ears started hurting. They grew in size and became beautiful fins. I started to think of all the people I'm going to be leaving and I started to sob again.
"You still care about those humans you call your family and friends, don't you?" Dragoness asked. "Do you think they'll accept you now? You have no human bone left. There are people who won't accept you as a dragon. You know that."
Wings grew out of my back and my shirt fell on the floor. It had two big holes in it where the wings came through. I inspected my wings. The leathery parts were light red and the scaly part was blue.
"I gotta say, Zobias. You're a cute hatchling. Cuter than I thought."
I started blushing. I was never complimented like that before. I was really happy. Like a little kid after being complimented by his mom and dad.
"Wait! I'm smaller?" My voice shocked me. It sounded like when I was around 7.
"Of course. You're just a child after all. I may be around 90 but that's still a child in a dragon's eyes.
"Ninety..." I said to myself quietly.
Dragoness and I walked into the living room. She opened the drapes and the sun hit my scales. They were a beautiful blue. I sat down like how a dog sits and was able to see what was on my back. It was my dragon tail. I saw that my tail had spikes growing off it. I also inspected my chest. Like my wings, it was red. I was anxious to see what I looked like as a dragon. However I didn't want to find out yet. I wanted to enjoy the curiosity I knew as a child. I wanted to enjoy it again.
"Zobias, why don't you get up and try out your new form?" Dragoness instructed.
I did as I was told. I found that walking on my four legs was actually easy. I tried moving my tail around and saw it responded just how I wanted it to. I let it drag on the floor though. The feel of it on the carpet felt great. I wondered, was this what it was like for my dog and cats?
"So how does it feel to be a dragon?" Dragoness asked.
"I... I actually like it. However, I still want to become human sometimes."
"And you will. But it will take time. You'll be able to see your friends and family again as Animeboye. And you can also live as Zobias." Dragoness explained to me.
I thought of how it would be like. I wouldn't be able to return though until I could learn how to become a human again. I'd be living two lives: One as Animeboye and the other as Zobias.
"So do you want to bring stuff with you?" She asked.
"Yes. My manga, my DVDs, my pictures of my brother, and my drawings."
"Very well. This stuff will be brought to our world soon. Now let's go to the roof." She instructed.
"Since it seems you don't know how to fly, this will be the first step on your journey as a dragon."
"I..I don't know, Dragoness. I don't want to die on my first..." But before I could finish, she grabbed my tail, swung me around, and threw me off the roof. I opened my wings and flew around. I was so happy. I thought all I would ever control were my arms and legs. While flying, I noticed I was still wearing my shorts. I laughed at the thought of a dragon wearing shorts. There was a hole for my tail to come through. Dragoness soon flew with me.
"Dragoness, you show off."
"You'll be just as good, too, kid."
I flew with Dragoness over the mall. I saw my friends and yelled out to them. I wasn't sure if they saw me. Maybe they knew what happened to me before time. Maybe they didn't. What I was sure of was that I'd see them again.