It's a Dragon's World
Part 1. A Beautiful Transformation
The sky was very dark as I made my way to my brother's house. I was told that it hardly ever rains in California but this rain was cold, yet sad at the same time. Like how I felt. To me, it was like a signal of things to come.
My name is Titus Flamel. I'm a thirteen year old boy. My parents went missing less than a month ago. My grandparents were dead and my dad's mom was poor and unable to care for me. My brother and his wife were the only family I had left.
I sighed a little and knocked at the door. The doorknob turned as my brother smiled at me and welcomed me into his house. I put my suitcase full of all my stuff on the ground, figuring I'd just remove everything later.
I went upstairs and walked into my nephew and niece's room.
"UNCLE TITUS!" they shouted with happiness in their voices as they ran to give me a hug.
"Ahh, it's good to see you, Titus." Said my sister-in-law, Jessie.
"Hi, Sis." I smiled at her.
I walked downstairs with Kyle and Jackie(my nephew and niece) following close behind me.
I sat down on the couch and looked outside. Part of me was happy that I'd be able to live with my brother. As a child, I grew up alone since he was so much older than me. Yet another part of me was sad, because I knew I'd never be able to see my friends again.
"Titus, are you okay?" My brother asked.
I didn't respond. My mind was too focused on something else.
"We should let Titus be by himself for now." Jessie said.
"Good idea. Kyle, Jackie, it's time to get your pajamas on." My brother, Ben said.
"But we want to play with Uncle Titus!" The siblings whined in protest.
"You can play with him tomorrow. Just let him be for now. Now off to bed."
When everyone left, I looked over to a table with pictures on it. I walked over to it. The pictures were of my brother and Jessie getting married and fo my brother's kids. But there was also a third one. I grabbed it to get a look at it. My eyes widened at what I saw: It was a picture of me, a four year old me, and my brother at nineteen. In the picture, I was holding my old dragon plushie, which at that time, I had affectionately named "Flame" in both my arms. My brother was petting my head affectionately in this picture.
I kneeled on the ground and started to remember my childhood. Growing up as the only child living in the household, your friends usually being too busy. Yet, it seemed like a better time.
Tears started to fill my eyes. Why was all this happening to me? Losing my parents, losing my friends, my home. What had I done?
My brother and sister-in-law watched from around the corner.
"Poor kid." Jessie said.
"Yeah. We should do something nice for him." Ben said.
"I got it! we'll take him out to see what it's like here."
"Do you really think he'll feel better?" Jessie asked.
"It's worth a try. He doesn't deserve what's happened to him. The least we can do is try to make everything better for him." Ben said.
Ben and Jessie went back upstairs. I fell to the ground and cried. I pounded my fists as I cried. I began to feel drowzy from all this and slowly cried myself to sleep.
The next morning I woke up. everyone was standing around me.
"What are you doing on the ground, Uncle?" Kyle asked.
"Well...uh...." I stammered.
"Yeah, why ARE you on the ground?" Jackie asked.
"Well, let's have breakfest. We got an exciting day ahead." Ben said with a wide grin on his face.
"Like what?" I asked.
"We're going to show you what a nice place California is." Ben and Jessie said at once.
I finished my breakfest and got some cleaner clothes on. After cleaning up, I was ready to go.
As soon as we hopped in the car, we drove off for the shopping center.
"We're going to go look at some stuff. Titus, why don't we split up for now?" Ben suggested.
"Okay. I think I'll go to that store." I pointed to a store that had toys and games and stuff like that in it.
"Okay. We'll meet you in an hour. Sound good?" Asked Jessie.
"Yeah, that's fine with me." And wit that, I walked into the store.
I noticed they had some plushies. I was curious as to what kinds they had. I headed straight for the plushies and looked around. I was shocked to see that they had a green dragon plushie. It looked exactly like Flame.
I felt a tear run down my eye. I remembered when I was little, how I would go play in the backyard with my arms hugged around Flame's neck. I would pretend that I was in a world where only dragons lived, and I was a dragon myself. I pretended to breathe fire and I pretended I had a tail and that I could fly. I smiled. It was comforting to think about those memories.
"Can I help you, young man?" Asked the store clerk.
"Yeah, how much for this plushie?" I pointed to the green dragon.
"Oh, that one? It's not very rare so, umm.... eight dollars?"
I rummaged through my pockets and pulled out ten dollars. I handed it to the clerk who rang up the dragon and handed me my change.
"Thank you." I said as I walked out the door.
"...That boy has gone through so much pain." The clerk whispered to herself. "I hope I can help him."
I held up the dragon plushie. Its tail fell behind it. Something fell from the tail. I picked it up and threw it in the bag, thinking it was the recipt.
"Hey! Titus!" Ben shouted out to me.
"Hey, Ben! Look what I got!" I held the dragon plushie in my arms.
I ran for my brother, Jessie, and their kids as I held the dragon in my arms, just like I did with Flame. Little did I know about what was going to happen next.