"Dragoness, can we take a break? My wings are tired."
I flew with Dragoness over Milwaukee. We must've been flying for at least an hour.
"But we haven't been flying that long." Dragoness said.
"I know. They're just getting really worn out."
Dragoness and I dove down and landed on the roof of a tall building. When we got to the top of the roof, I layed on my front, like a dog. Dragoness sat on the edge.
"Aren't you worried you'll fall?" I asked.
"Zobias, I'm a dragon, too. I'll be okay. I can just fly back up.
"Oh. Heh heh. Yeah. Sorry, Dragoness."
"Besides, you should worry about yourself. You're still adjusting to your new body, right?" Dragoness asked.
"Yeah. It's hard to be a dragon when you were just turned into one." I replied.
"Don't worry. You're still young and learning. Remember when I said you'd have to grow up again? This is what I meant."
"What are you saying?" I asked. "Dragoness?"
"As a human, you were considered close to becoming an adult. But as a dragon, you're still a small child. That's why your voice changed when you did."
"When it became small and nasaly?" I asked.
"Yep. You really are a clever hatchling. Don't worry. I'll be taking care of you when we go to the realm of Dragons."
"Wait a minute. Do you mean... you're ADOPTING me?!" I asked confused.
"Something to that effect. A child does need a parent after all. And you're a young dragon, so I'll be your surrogate mother. I'll teach you how to be a part of your true race and I'll teach you some pretty nifty tricks."
"Like what?" I asked curiously.
"You'll have to wait and see, little guy." Dragoness said, she extended her talons and rubbed my head again, being careful not to scratch my horns. Those were somewhat sensitive, even to Dragoness' little pettings.
I heard a noise behind me. I looked back, past my tail and saw a black cloud in the sky. Only it was too small to be a cloud, it looked circular.
"Dragoness? What is that?" I asked.
"That's our one way ticket to the Realm of Dragons. C'mon."
Dragoness got up again. She grabbed me by my tail and, instead of throwing me through, kept a firm grip on my tail as she jumped off the building and opened her wings. I was literally screaming, thinking she was trying to kill us. She flew straight up, above the portal, then back down right into it. The portal closed behind us.
We flew through a void of nothingness. It looked purplish. Like going through a giant stomach in a sense.
"Are we in The Dragon Realm?" I asked.
"No. This is the Portal Between Worlds. It connects the Dragon Realm and the Human Realm." Dragoness explained.
"Oh yeah. One more thing. COULD YOU PLEASE LET MY TAIL GO?!" I shouted. My echo seemed to go on forever.
"Oh, sorry. Must've hurt, huh?" Dragoness asked teasingly.
"No no. It was the best feeling in my life. Of course it hurt! Wouldn't all dragons' tails hurt if tou were holding onto them that hard for that long?!" It seemed I was starting to pick up some of Dragoness' habits. I was never that sarcastic before.
"True. Oh, look, Zobias. There's the exit." Dragoness said, pointing to what looked like a big ball of light.
"You ready, kiddo?" Dragoness asked.
"Oh yeah, this'll be really cool." I replied with a grin.
We flew through the portal to the Dragon Realm. I looked around and saw a beautiful field. There were some baby dragons playing in the field. there was also a small stream to play or drink from.
"Welcome, Zobias. This is the Dragon Realm."
I was still looking around. I noticed some caves, which, in this world, must've been the Dragon's homes.
"So, Dragoness. Where's my lair?" I asked. I decided, if I was going to learn how to be a dragon, I should first learn to talk like one.
Dragoness and I walked to my new lair. I saw some other dragons around. Most likely the parents of the hatchlings I saw playing in the field.
"Oh, Dragoness. Is this the hatchling you brought back with you?" One of the dragons asked.
"Yes he is. Isn't he adorable?" Dragoness asked.
"He is. So what's your name, little guy?" The dragon asked.
"I'm..." I paused for a long time. I didn't know if I was supposed to use my real name or my dragon name. Well which ever one was my real name now.
"Yeah. My name is Zobias. It's nice to meet you." I said, lowering my head to show respect.
"Wow. He's so well mannered." The father dragon said.
"You're going to love it here." The mother dragon told me.
"Oh. I already do. I've never been this happy." I said.
"Well, we should be going. I need to show Zobias to his lair. Good bye." Dragoness said, waving to her friends.
"Bye, everyone!" I shouted.
Dragoness and I walked for about five minutes before hitting our destination.
"Welcome, Zobias. To your new home."
I inspected my lair. It was dark inside with the only light being at the entrance to the cave. It was just the way I liked it. Wait! Just the way I liked it? I never liked the dark but why did I like it now? Maybe there was more to my transformation than simply having the body of a dragon. What if I was starting to develop the needs and habits of one too?
I walked around my lair and saw a desk. It was the desk that sat in my room. My manga and everything I wanted brought to this world. But how? I wondered.
"See, Zobias? All your stuff. Like I said, it would be brought here. And it was."
"But how?" I asked.
"It actually never left your room. This lair is in a sense, connected to your old room. SO all the stuff you had as a human, exists in our world." Dragoness explained.
I was at a loss for words. It was all so cool. Being introduced to a world I never knew existed, being introduced to real magic. This wasn't the Realm of Dragons. To me, this was my personal paradise.
"You oughta get some sleep, Zobias. Tomorrow, you learn how to control your dragon powers."
I got into my bed. For some reason, I didn't want to sleep there anymore. Now I prefered to sleep on the ground, in my nest. It must have been easier on my scales. Maybve my bed was too rough on them.
I fell asleep. It was a comforting feeling. To be sleeping in this new world. Normally, I'd be a bit freaked out but strangely enough, I wasn't worried. I quickly fell asleep. As I slept, I dreamt about
what I'd be learning from Dragoness. Maybe I'd learn how to become human again. Or maybe I'd learn how to shoot fire out of my mouth. I thought of how cool that'd be.
The next day, I walked around looking for Dragoness. After a while, I found her. She was standing by a dummy.
"'Bout time you got here, Zobias." Dragoness scolded.
"Sorry. So what're the dummies for? I asked.
"You'll be learning two things: How to breathe fire and how to spit acid."
"Spit acid? That sounds gross." I said, sickingly.
"Don't worry. It's not as bad as it sounds." Dragoness said.
"Now. I want you to aim for this target. It's easy jsut breathe in..."
Like she said, I breathed in some air.
"Then close your mouth..."
Like Dragoness said, I closed my mouth.
I opened my mouth and I launched out a fireball. I scorched the target. It was up in flames.
"You're a quick learner, Zobias. Let's see how you'll do when you learn how to spit acid."
I closed my mouth again. Swirled some spit around in there, and then spit. Instead of acid, it was nothing more than a loogie.
"Wise guy..." Dragoness said quietly.
"What?" I asked.
"Oh nothing. Now listen. I want you to throw up."
"WHAT?!" I shouted.
"If you throw up, you'll be able to spit acid." Dragoness explained.
"Well, uh okay." I said unsure.
I tried upsetting my stomach a little. When I got ready to barf, I let it out. Amazingly enough, I spit acid out of my mouth! I felt a stinging feeling however. There was some acid on my snout.
"AAH! I got acid on my snout! Get it off Dragoness!" I ran around on my fours back and fourth.
Dragoness sighed then said "We'll stop there. Go relax for the day."
I walked over to the stream and layed on my stomach like a dog. I watched the baby dragons from the other day playing. They were flying around happily. I smiled at them. They were probably some of the cutest things I had ever seen. I thought they could be no older than three or so. I realized in the human world, I was much older than a three year old. But here I was a hatchling like them. In fact, I wondered if my age was still the same as when I was human. I didn't want to play though. I was a bit worn out, even though the training didn't last that long. It was probably a side effect to my new body. Even my tail didn't want to move.
When I found my second wind, I walked back into my cave. I layed in my "bed". I wasn't tired. Although my body was. I thought of how it was like to be a person in another country. You have no idea of what it's like. You don't know anyone there. That's how I felt. But I did have someone with me. I had Dragoness. I knew she would guide me through this new life.
I started to feel a bit drowzy. I decided to see, before I go to bed, if my TV worked. I saw some DVDs scattered around my lair, like they were in my room. I noticed a DVD of Crank Yankers was open. I carefully extended a talon out and pushed down on the middle. The DVD came out and, as to not scratch the disc up. Carefully using another talon to press the open button, I put the DVD in and pushed the DVD drive in. I looked up and saw there was no image.
"Hey! What gives?!" I shouted.
I realized why it wasn't working: I didn't press the on button.
"Nice going, dragon boy." I said to myself.
It was just past the previews. The episode selection was on. I decided to play all. I walked back into my nest and watched the first episode for a few minutes before closing my eyes. I drifted off into sleep.
The next morning, I walked out of my cave. I saw Dragoness standing at the entrance.
"Hey, Dragoness." I said still drowzy.
"Ready to learn to shapeshift?" Dragoness asked.
"Shapeshift? Dragoness, do I look like a kitsune to you?"
"Not really. You look like a small dragon." She said teasingly.
"Yeah. Brilliant assumption. Could you tell me what my age is next?" I shouted at Dragoness.
"Zobias, what's wrong with you?" Dragoness asked.
"I'm pissed. You took me from my friends and family. And for what?! SO YOU COULD MAKE ME YOUR CHILD?!"
"Zobias, I don't know what you're talking about!" Dragoness exclaimed.
"I overheard you last might. Even in my sleep I could hear you talking to your friends. You said that you were training me to be your kid. You didn't care about me... You just wanted what was best for you!"
Dragoness started to sob. Tears ran down her face. I realized I had done something incredibly horrible.
"Dragoness, what's wrong?" I asked in my normal tone.
"I.." Dragoness sniffed. "I gave you this new life for you. I promise. Part of the plan was to make you my new son. That's why when your transformation ended, you had the body of a baby dragon. I'm sorry, Zobias. I wasn't thinking about what would happen. I didn't realize you'd miss them this much.
"But why me? What's going on, Dragoness? There's something you're not telling me.
"Zobias, you're... my descendant."
"What??" I asked. Had Dragoness lost her mind or something?"
"When you were born, there was an ativism on your DNA which came from me. It remained dormant in you until I appeared to you when you turned 16."
"There's more, isn't there?" I asked.
"Yes. Before this world became a safe haven for dragons, there were evil men. I had given birth to a child. A dragon like you. But these cruel men, killed my child while it was still in its egg."
Dragoness slumped to the ground and cried. My wings flattened onto my back. My fins did the same as my wings. Now I really felt like crap. Yelling at someone who had lost their child. I walked over to Dragoness. My wings and finned ears still flattened as a sign of sadness, compassion and understanding.
I rubbed up against Dragoness' face as to wipe the tears from her eyes. I knew Dragoness wasn't lying about this. I didn't know how I knew. It must've been my dragon instincts.
"Dragoness." I said softly.
"I'm sorry for yelling at you. I had no idea."
"Zobias... thank you." Dragoness said, hugging me. I was happy I could make her feel better.
"Okay! Are you ready for training, Zobias?" Dragoness asked.
"I'm ready if you are!" I replied.
"Good boy. Now to shapeshift, you need to clear your mind of all thoughts."
I tried to blank my mind. I tried to keep myself from having any thoughts.
"Now, imagine the being or creature you want to turn into. Let's start with something small. Let's say a fox."
I imagined a small orange fox. I tried to keep my mind focused on the fox in my mind.
"Now. Imagine your self becoming the fox." She instructed.
I closed my eyes and saw myself becoming the fox. I felt myself shrink a little. When I opened my eyes, I saw that I was only up to Dragoness' lower part of her leg.
"Now imagine becoming a dragon again."
I did and I was back to my good ol' scaly body. My tail was no longer bushy and my wings were again folded on my back.
"Well, Zobias. I think we're ready to go back to the human realm."
"Why?" I asked Dragoness.
"We need to tell your family what happened to you. Your friends are probably worried too.
The portal opened up again and the two of us headed into the portal. The portal closed behind us.
We headed through the portal and when we got to the other side, went through the exit and found ourselves back in the human realm. Luckily enough, we were back in the town I live in. Where this whole thing started. I thought of how I'd approach my parents. They wouldn't possibly belive that a blue baby dragon is actually their son. And shapeshifting was harder than learning to control my new breaths.
I looked at my house and saw not just my parents standing outside, but three of my friends as well. They looked worried. And who wouldn't? I hadn't been home for at least two days.
"What's that?" A friend of mine asked.
They saw two shadows moving. One belonged to me. The other shadow belonged to Dragoness. After moving through the shadows, I appeared to my friends and family in my dragon form.
"What is that?" Asked my mom.
"Looks like two dragons." My older friend said.
"Guys, it's me!" I shouted happily. I ran over to my friends and licked their faces.
"Yep. It's me. In the scales."
"What happened to you? You're all little and scaly."
"Yeah, and I got wings and a tail. Check it out!" I said happily, I waved my tail around for a bit then I opened up my wings and flew around in the night. Finally I landed back on the front porch.
"Everyone, this is Dragoness. She turned me into a dragon."
"Well,uhh. Let's go inside. It's getting kinda cold." My dad said.
Dragoness told me to go into my room as she had some stuff to tell everyone. I assumed she meant about my transformation into a dragon. So I did as I was told and flew into my room. I flew into my bed and rested my head on my pillow.
As I slept, I overheard a little of what Dragoness was telling them. Then I heard footsteps.
"Shh. He's sleeping." Dragoness said.
"Should we wake him up?" My mom asked.
"He looks so peaceful. It's really cute." My mom finished.
"Besides, isn't it bad luck to wake a sleeping dragon?" One of my younger friends asked.
"Yeah. And waking Animeboye would mean we would all have at least eighty years bad luck." My older friend said.
"I heard that, Geff..." I said, waking up.
I yawned a little and opened my eyes. Everyone was standing around the entrance to my room.
"Hey there, sleeping dragon." Dragoness said.
"So what were you all talking about?" I asked.
"Well we were thinking of having you become a human again, but Dragoness said you might be happier as a dragon. Since we can't come up with anything, we're going to let you decide." My older friend said.
I thought it over for a long time. I knew I'd be abandoning someone. Dragoness, or the people I knew all my life. I couldn't abandon Dragoness. Especially after hearing that she lost her child. But I could'nt abandon my friends and family either. I didn't know what to do.
Thinking quickly, I took my pick.
"I choose to..."