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"If you have so many dragon-like traits, does that mean you ARE one? Does that mean you ARE a dragon?"

These questions ran through 16 year old Josh's mind. His friends had always said he was like a dragon, even earning him the nickname "Dragon Boy" among his group of friends. Regardless of his nickname, Josh himself loved dragons. Even at 16, he had always wished he could meet one. Oddly enough, Josh could actually sympathsize more with dragons than with most humans.

Some of Josh's "dragon-like" traits were the fact that he was a loner. He didn't have many friends. The reason for his having so little friends was because he was very skeptical about new people, even more so than most others. He also hated being around a lot of people. Whenever he was in a large group, even if it wasn't that many people, he always felt too cramped. His parents and teachers thought he may possibly have had some form of autism.

Josh lay on his bed, his left arm under his head as he threw a tennis ball into the air, catching it each time it came back down to him. After a little while, he stopped and decided to log onto his computer. As soon as he logged on, he selected Internet Explorer and went to Google. He typed in "Draconic Traits" and chose the first selection. He began reading each part on the glossary which talked about draconic traits. So many parts intrigued him. One part of the glossary talked about "Phantom limbs". Josh began to read it aloud to himself

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Various dragons experience phantom limbs where they sense or feel their lost appendages such as tails or wings. Sometimes they may even feel their entire draconic form. At different times these limbs may occur such as if the dragon is happy or sad. This phenominon still requires further study.
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Whenever Josh walked around, be it outside or even at school or in his home, he always felt like there was something following behind him. He could never tell what it was. If he thought about it moving, it felt like it was moving. He never understood what this meant though. Or what this feeling was.

"Josh, dinner!" His mom called.

Josh got up and headed out into the kitchen. He took his seat at the kitchen table. As soon as his dinner was brought to him, he began to eat.

"Hey, guys?" Josh asked after taking a drink of water.

"Yes, dear?" Josh's mom replied.

"Is it possible for someone to have the traits of, say a dragon and actually BE one?" he asked as best as he could.

Josh's parents looked at Josh like he was crazy.

"Josh, dragons don't exist. That's physically impossible." His dad said.

"You don't know that! For all we know, there are probably tons of dragons living around us! We jsut don't know it!"

"And they somehow took on human forms? That makes even less sense!" His dad argued back.

"The Theory of Evolution doesn't make much sense either. That doesn't mean it's wrong!"

As the two bickered back and forth at each other, Josh's mom noticed soemthing appear on her son's neck. Part of his neck was turning a light blue.

"Josh, are you okay?" His mom asked.

"Yeah, why, mom?" Josh asked back.

"...Nothing..." Josh's mom replied.

As soon as Josh finished his dinner, he headed back into his room. He bookmarked the site where he read about phantom limbs and logged off, shutting off his computer soon afterwards. He hopped into his bed and quickly fell asleep.

The next day after school, Josh was sitting with his two friends, Ebony and Jamie. Jamie and Ebony were Josh's closest(And pretty much only) friends. They sat at one of the tables outside the school. Josh told his friends about last night and asked them what he thought about the whole "Dragon" thing.

"So you're wondering that if someone has as many traits as a dragon, that they might be one?" Jamie asked.

"Yeah." Josh answered.

"Well...I dunno. I mean it could be possible. It's also possible that at some point, there were actual dragons."

"What? That doesn't sound believeable! A human actually being a dragon?!" Ebony asked, pushing back her blonde hair.

"The Theory of Evolution isn't too believeable either. Doesn't mean it's not possible."

"That's what I told my dad." Josh said, laughing a little.

"So, Josh. Are you saying you think you might be a dragon?" Ebony asked.

"I dunno. I've had these weird feelings. Like at certain times, I feel like there's something on my back, following me. When I think about moving whatever it is, it feels like it is moving." He explained to his friends.

"Well I've heard that amputees can still feel the prescence of the limb they've lost even though it's no longer there. If there was a dragon living as a human, and didn't even know about it, the same could probably be true." Jamie explained.

"Besides, you are more like a dragon than a human." Jamie teased.

"Hey!" Josh exclaimed, pissed at that remark.

"My point exactly!" Jamie laughed.

Soon Ebony joined in the laughter. Even Josh himself started to laugh at the remark.

After they were done laughing, the three friends parted ways, each returning to their homes. Josh ran home, actually happy for the first time in a long while. After about 10-15 minutes of walking, Josh made it home. He noticed that his parents' car wasn't in the driveway. He figured they must have gone out. He grabbed his house key from his pocket and opened the door, allowing himself in.

Josh got himself a glass of water, drinking it all in two gulps. Afterwards he started to feel tired. He took off his bookbag and threw it on the ground. He took off his pants and hung them up, leaving only his shirt and boxers on. He hopped into bed and quickly, drifted into sleep.

By the time he woke up, it was dark. He tried to pull his hands from under the sheets but each time he did, the sheets just moved along with his hands. Josh put his right hand over his left and grabbed part of the sheet, pulling it off his left hand. He brought his hand into clear view and noticed something...very off about his hand. He only had three fingers! And the remaining three had extended fingernails growing from them, the nails slowly encircling themselves around the tips of his fingers. Becoming bigger, becoming thicker, and exentually turning into dragon claws!

"AHH!" Josh let out a shriek of terror as he put his paw on his right hand and removed the sheet from it. His right hand, now looked just like his left hand! It was exactly the same! Only three fingers on each hand, each with a claw growing from the tips of his remaining fingers. He couldn't believe any of this! He was certain he was still asleep.

Just then, his chest began to hurt. His heartbeat got stronger  with each beat. With each "Tha-thump" "Tha-thump", the pain got worse. It felt like someone was beating on his chest and wouldn't stop. Shortly after, the pain subsided. He put his paw on his chest and tried to feel his heartbeat. It was definately different. His heart felt stronger, more powerful. It felt like...the heart of a dragon.

His heart rate went up again as his chest expanded and ripped out of his shirt. He looked down, noticing that not only was his chest bigger, it also had red scutes growing off it! He felt like he was going to be sick so he ran into the bathroom. He kneeled over the toilet and puked into it. However, instead of puke, what came out was acid. He tried his hardest to catch his breath as he watched the acid he had just spit up eat away at parts of the toilet.

"Okay...that CAN'T be normal stomach acids." He said to himself.

He got up and looked in the mirror. He noticed his ears were stretching and growing. Despite the obvious pain it put him in, Josh wanted to see what would happen to his ears. He winced in pain, trying to keep at least one eye open so he could see what they become. They finished their stretching, eventually becoming elegant finned ears. The membranes in his ears faded to red, while the parts with scales were a deep blue.

His shorts began to expand, eventually ripping apart. He looked down, noticing THAT was now gone. Instead, a sheath, covered by his scutes replaced it.

"Oh, great! This has to be a dream! Dad was right. This isn't real!" He said to himself, trying to keep himself from losing his mind.

A small stub appeared on his back. The stub began to grow outward, becoming a dragon's tail. A sharp, pointed fin grew out of the end of his tail. Sharp spikes emerged from his body, starting from the top of his head, going down his back, and finally ending at his new tail.

His shoulder blades began to reform. He screamed in agonizing pain as two very thin arms grew from his back, eventually becoming wings. Without thinking, Josh flapped his new draconic wings. With each flap, he slowly began to move off of the ground, hovering over it for a quick second before his new wings gave out.

He fell back to Earth, smacking his face on the bathtub.

"OW! Dammit!" He cursed, holding his nose, being very careful of his claws.

Just then he felt his nose extend out. His nose began to gain some slightly more mass to it as it extended and grew, becoming a reptilian snout. His snout had two slits for nostrils and soon began to grow blue scales all over it, which soon grew to cover his whole body.                                                       

Josh's legs snapped and cracked. He yelled in pain before falling face first again, this time smacking his snout on the toilet, only small chunks of the toilet missing from his acid. He tried to bring his paws to his snout but they wouldn't allow it. As he tried to stand up, he soon found out why. His posture was now quadruped!

"Oww! My poor snout!" He said to himself, the pain making his snout start to go numb.

His eyes stung as they became slitted orbs, surrounded by a red iris. His body finished its changing and rearranging as his hair began to completely fall from his body. Two beautiful, blood red horns grew out and crowned the top of his head. The transformation topped itself off as Josh's body began to expand, gaining more length until he was the length of a young adult dragon. His tail extended itself out to counterweight his new form.

He tried to think over what he could do. His parents would most likely be home soon and they wouldn't possibly believe that a young dragon was their son. Even Josh's father would have a hard time believeing all this.

The dragon began to sweat, his tail wagging around frantically. As he ran around, trying not to knock anything down with his long tail. Soon he stopped pacing as he heard the door open.

"No...!" He thought to himself.

The door opened and his parents walked in.

"Uh...hi...mom...da--"

"WHAT THE?!" Josh's dad shouted. "That can't be possible!"

Josh's mom said nothing. She walked over to her dragon son and hugged him, kissing him on his now dragon head.

"Mylene, do you know what happened to him?" Josh's dad asked.

Josh's mom stood up and sighed. "He got it from me." She explained.

"How, mom?" Josh asked.

"Yes, I don't get it either." Josh's dad said, still not believing any of it.

"It's an ativism."

"A what?" Josh asked.

"A trait you got from one of your ancestors. One of your ancestors on my side was a dragon who lived well over 2000 years ago. The trait didn't reoccur until later. When you were born. Then the dragon gene that our ancestor left in our family long ago was reborn in you." Josh's mom explained.

"So I'm actually a real living dragon?" Josh asked.

"Somewhat. You were born as a human so I guess technically you are a human living in the body of a dragon."

Josh did not understand a word his mom just said. He had a confused look on his face.

"Then, Mylene. Do you have dragon blood in you?" Josh's dad asked.

"I doubt it, Peter. Most likely, even if I do have dragon DNA in me, it's a very, very little bit. That kind of thing dissappears as a new child is born."

Josh walked outside, as did his parents. He opened his wings and hovered for a quick second. He tried flapping his wings and rose a few feet. He tried once more and rose further from the ground. He tried to continue flapping his wings and eventually propelled himself forward. He flew around, happily. For once, he could say he really did feel happiness.

"I'm free!" He shouted, mindlessly into the sky.

He flew for his friends' houses, wanting to tell them about all that had happened. With a smile on his muzzle, and happiness in his heart, he flew through the sky. The same sky his ancestors had populated so long ago. To him, he was a dragon. Now and forever.
How ironic that as soon as school starts for me, NOW I come up with a ton of new ideas for stories. Ugh...

Anyway, a little story based on my journal of the same name. Hope you'll enjoy. I might post a new story tomorrow, too.
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Dracocrystalwings Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I kind of feel like he was not really happy with what happened untill he started to fly
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Reel123 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014
The dragon traits are... being introverted and skeptical. Aw, thats like the only part I'd have loved to be different, that seems really vague, I would've gone for kleptomania, pyromania, extreme greed, temper problems, claustrophobia, sleeping problems, lack of empathy and odd sleeping habits :XD: I kinda like dragons to be a little evil
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hammarbomber Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Student General Artist
i feel the same way.... but in a furan kind of way (furan= The blood of a night fury is inside said individual)
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StarfallVulpixGirl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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MetalFury515 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! please make a part 2 if thats what you plan to do!
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Dragonlover2170 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I WANT MORE!!!
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RoflysWorkshop Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Lucky Dog i mean dragon >.<
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siggihar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
in the beginning of teh story, where u tell us about 2 of his "dragon-traits" were u describing me!?!? O.O
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siggihar Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
phanthom limbs... well, i have suffered thar :P
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Daniel-D-S Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Writer
WHERES THE GOD DAMN WORSHIP BUTTON
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Dragonboytf Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
I was just wondering wether u were like oink pigsnout or roar dragonmuzzle
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TatharNuar Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
Human in dragon body or dragon throughout? Even if you're born a human, if your mind's so much a dragon (not even getting to the soul yet) that everyone sees you as a dragon in human form, then you already are at least in part a dragon.

I wish there was an emote under love for "dragonly" because that's how these TF stories make me feel. :D
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orionthedragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hey anime,

Haven't read one of your stories in ages so I decided to pay a visit.

=) Nicely done, it really dones mark things that to me are necessary in a story such as this.

^.=.^ Keep up the good works,
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Student
Well good to see you're back ^^.


Glad to see you liked the story. Seems a lot of people do XD.

Anyway, thanks for stoping by. Don't be a stranger now, y'hear?
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orionthedragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, funny.

No I won't I'll try and keep the visits up, just keep cranking out what you do best, narratives of the Scaly, Firethrowing of the sort.

^._.^
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Student
Got quite a few of those actually. Feel free to take a gander if you wish ^^
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orionthedragon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
=) Thanks, I'll take a look once I get the chance again ^^;
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Student
Go ahead ^^. No rush. Besides, I won't be able to upload anything for a while anyhow till these exams are done.
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orionthedragon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
heh, funny... good luck with your exams
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DracosStarlight Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Student Filmographer
very nice story man
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Student
Thank you for the comment and watch!
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DracosStarlight Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Student Filmographer
hey man, no problem, I've only read two of your stories so far, now I really want to read them all. Great job and keep up the great work.
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008  Student
XD! Seems like everyone wants a sequel to my stories.

I don't see one in the future, sorry to say. But I'm glad you enjoyed it
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Felforth Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2008
I would just like to point out that the Theory of Evolution makes perfect sense if you actually understand it...unfortunately it seems few people do which might explain, along with the huge spans of time involved with it, the skepticism many people feel towards it. The reason I am pointing this out is because in all of science the theory of evolution is actually one of the most intuitive. If you would like to see science which isn't intuitive think Quantum Mechanics, relative time, string theory etc... Sorry about that but I am a bit attached to science.
Anyways great job on the story. It was a very interesting lead into it which I found very creative. Your stories all have many similarities but that's to be expected given that you're only one person writing about the same basic transformation each time. Also, The word you're thinking of is atavism not "ativism" which is as dictionary.com puts it: "the reappearance in an individual of characteristics of some remote ancestor that have been absent in intervening generations" just so you are aware.
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Dustomega Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Ugh. I finally got around to reading this. the story was really good , it keep me reading it all the way to the end.
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Student
Thanks^^! I hope you like my other new stuff.
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Tarik94 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
ahh... freedom... something evryone desires this was a nice story indeed :)
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student
Thanks! There's more ahead if you're intrested.
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Tarik94 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
i am. :P
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ZItheDRAGON Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
very cool and interesting ^.=.^

oh i like how you put the phantom limb thing on there *has a phantom limb for a few hours a day*

now i need to read the other stories i have missed because of my computer
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student
You have no idea how much I missed hearing from you. I thought you forgot about me :(.

I know that feeling. I actually have a phantom tail of my own, oddly. Even though I can only feel the base of it.

And please do. But be warned you'll have a lot of catching up to do :evillaughter:

And thanks for the fave!
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ZItheDRAGON Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
sorry about that.....it ends up if i give 2 days of this site up i end up having a bit over 100 deviations and a whole lot more messages

ya thats how it is for a lot of times on me........but how about you try a lucid dream XDD if done correctly you can access memories that is supposedly "forgotten" and you some times will get a out-of-body experiences which has happened plenty of times to me XD

okkkkk

WELCOME ^.=.^
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student
That's okay. I hope you like my other new stories.
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ZItheDRAGON Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
okkkk......i know i will XD
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student
Also what's a lucid dream? I've never heard of that.
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ZItheDRAGON Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
A lucid dream is a dream in which the person is aware that he or she is dreaming while the dream is in progress, also known as a conscious dream. When the dreamer is lucid, he or she can actively participate in the dream environment without any of the limitations that otherwise would feel natural to persons who incorrectly believe they are in the "real" waking world. Lucid dreams can be extremely real and vivid depending on a person's level of self-awareness during the lucid dream.
A lucid dream can begin in one of two ways. A dream-initiated lucid dream (DILD) starts as a normal dream, and the dreamer eventually concludes that he or she is dreaming, while a wake-initiated lucid dream (WILD) occurs when the dreamer goes from a normal waking state directly into a dream state with no apparent lapse in consciousness

XDDD they can be very cool......but you can still have nightmares in it and whats cool is that you can sometimes see your memories it
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redbaron1234 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
What is an "ativism"?
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student
An ativism is a trait in a family that may appear in one family member but not in other members of the family. I think that's the correct definition(And unfortunately, Google doesn't have anything on it so I can't check).

But how'd you like the story regardless?
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redbaron1234 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Decent Dramatic
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student
What?
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redbaron1234 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
I did not like it as much as Dragon Virus, but the Transformation sounds like omething from a horror film.
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student
I dunno if a horror film would make its character smack his nose on something that many times XD. But I agree. I loved the Dragon Virus myself. This one was good IMO but Dragon Virus I consider my masterpiece. Same with the Dragon's World series ^^!
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redbaron1234 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
First, What is "IMO"
Second, wow you are up late.
What I mean by horror film, is that the beat ing heart realy reminds me of Poe's "Tale Tell Heart"
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Student
1. In my opinion

2. I'm chatting right now. But yeah I am a bit tired.

3. Okay. I haven't heard of it(Some horror fan I am XD)
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ManicWolf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, I usually do get a few ideas sometimes :P

But usually I'm too lazy/busy to actually draw/write them out and they just disappear into the endless abyss that is my mind :XD:!

Well done on the story, even if it was a bit predictable ;).

I noticed this dragon is quite similar to the one u did in the orphans story ;)? ( or it might just be me )
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Animeboye Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Student
I think it's just you. The only similarites this story has with the Orphans is that A) I had both planned at the same time. And B) the TF'ed chracters become young adult dragons instead of child dragons as I usually do.

Also, I can see where some parts of the story were predictable but I don't know how you could've guessed that his mother passed on a regressed gene to him from their ancestor. Either you and Doopliss scrolled down and read the end first or you're both world class guessers XD!
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ManicWolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe, nah they are quite similar. Check they're colour schemes and design more closely; it sounds almost like the exact same dragon :P

From This story:

"The membranes in his ears faded to red, while the parts with scales were a deep blue."

From the orphan story:

"finned ears. Like his wings, his ears now had red membranes with blue scales."

And there's are other stuff that correlate too, like the tails.. scutes.. Trust me, to me they seem VERY similar ;)!

But still, it might just be me...
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