It's a Dragon's World
Pt. 9 The Dragon in the Woods
I sat on my nest(which is what I decided on calling my new bed). It was only morning and I wasn't tired. Sarah and Angela went to the store to get some food. I wondered what they were getting? They didn't tell so maybe it would be a surprise.
Pondering about it made me sleepy. I started to doze off. I fell asleep.
By the time I woke up, it was around 5:30. I yawned a little and streched my legs. I hopped out of my nest and walked towards the entrance to my cave. I went out, into the store which was closed. I saw Angela and Sarah putting food away.
"Well. Rise and shine, sleeping dragon." Sarah teased.
"When'd you guys get back?" I asked, rubbing my eyes.
"Four hours ago." Angela said, she was in her human form.
"Hey, Angela. You didn't go out in your dragon form, did you?" I asked.
"Are you crazy, Doulstraz? I don't want to be found out. I went with Sarah in my human form."
"Besides. The grocery store's across the road from here." Sarah said.
"Heh. Oh yeah. So what food did you guys get?" I asked.
"Well we got some meat, which all dragons love. as well as some food for you." Angela said.
"Food for me?" I asked.
"Yep. Here ya go." Sarah said. She sat a bag of DOG FOOD on the floor.
"Are you crazy?!" I shouted. "I still have human tastebuds. I'm not eating dog food!"
"You're a young dragon, Doulstraz. You've got to start with baby steps." Angela said. Her mouth was full from the raw steak.
"Yeah, but...dog food? I'm turning into a dragon, not a dog! Why would I eat this stuff?"
"Children dragons' teeth aren't as strong as a grownup dragons'. The least a young dragons' teeth could do is bit through flesh. But raw meat isn't good for a young dragon's teeth like yourself. Besides, your fangs haven't come in yet."
I opened my mouth and looked in the mirror. Angela was right. My human teeth still remained.
"Well can I at least have human food? I'm not gonna eat dog food if that's what you're thinking." I said.
Angela sighed. She got up and headed out the door.
"Where are you going?" I asked.
"I'm going to get you something to eat. Something that you CAN eat that isn't raw." Angela said.
Instead of turning into a dragon, Angela walked through the plaza. There must've been a restaurant around here seeing as how she usually flies when she goes to a far off place.
A good ten minutes passed, and Angela was back. She was carrying a bag.
"So what'd you get?" I asked.
She handed the bag to me. It felt warm. I took out what was in the bag.
"You...bought me tacos?" I asked.
"Those are your favorite human food, aren't they?" Angela asked.
I nodded. I sat down and started eating.
"By the way, where'd Sarah go?" Angela asked.
"She went back into my cave. She said she was going to sleep since she was stuffed."
Angela walked into her side of the cave as well. "Don't forget to turn off the lights after you're done eating." Angela said.
As soon as I was done, I was a bit tired too. I got up and put the remaining tacos in the fridge. I yawned and headed for the cave. But not before turning of the lights to the store.
I climbed into my nest and quickly fell asleep, wondering how much longer I'd have to wait until my transformation was complete.
As I slept, I dreamt about my life in the Dragon Realm. I was playing with my mom and dad. I flew around happily. My dad and I pretended to wrestle, and my mom would always help me feel better if I got hurt.
But those happy times didn't last. The cruel humans that my mom and dad mentioned signaled that they were in the Dragon Realm by killing one of the adult dragons. One of the other humans grabbed one of the baby dragons. It tried to fight back but he tazered it, knocking it unconcious.
Mom and dad took me into the mountains. A place they hoped the bad humans would never find me. The portal opened up and Mom nudged me with her snout, into the portal. I didn't understand what was going on. I flew through the portal, my body not having any control over itself as I flew through and eventually, made it to the Human Realm. I remembered a lot of trees as I felll thorugh and was knocked unconcious.
I woke up with a startle. Was that a memory of when I was a baby dragon? I sweat a little.
"Titus...what's wrong?" Sarah asked, drowzily.
"I think I had a repressed memory of when I was a dragon." I tried to explain. "I need you to wake Angela. There's something we need to do."
"What?" Sarah asked.
"I'll let you both know in a little bit."
I headed out into the store as I waited for the others.
"What is it, Doulstraz?" Angela asked.
"I need to talk to Ben." I said.
"Doulstraz, your transformation isn't over. You--"
"I know! But I just had an old memory right now. I rememeber coming into this world. I saw a bunch of trees. And then..."
"And then what?" Angela asked.
"I see. It's possible Ben DOES know." Angela said.
"No. It's not possible. He DOES know. He's the one who can help me piece together the last parts of my past." I said.
"Are you really sure you want to do this?" Angela asked.
"Yeah. I won't be happy unless I can learn if this dream was actually a memory or not."
Angela and I headed out of the store. Sarah followed behind.
"Wait! I want to come too!" Sarah exclaimed.
"Yeah. Let's all go together." I said, smiling.
We flew for Ben's house. Sarah rode on Angela's back. I flew by myself. It seemed like my wings had gotten stronger. They didn't feel tired anymore.
We finally made it to Ben's house. Sarah hopped off Angela's back as she turned into her human form.
We stood at the doorway to my brother's house.
"Doulstraz...are you sure you want to do this now? There's still time. Wouldn't you rather wait until your transformation ended?" Angela asked.
To be honest, I was a little scared. I didn't know what Ben would tell me. All I knew was that eventually, I'd have to learn about my past so I figured that it'd be best to get it done now.
I gulped a little. But then I gave my answer.
"Yeah..." I said, somewhat quietly.
I knocked on the door. The door opened. It was my brother. I was more than happy to see him. I wanted to give him as big a hug, but he didn't look too happy.
"Hey! Are you the kid that stole my son's shirt?!" He asked, in an angry tone.
"No, Ben. It's me, Titus!"
"Yeah, right! Titus is 13! You're just an eight year old kid. And I gotta tell you, that dragon costume really looks fake." He said.
"I AM Titus! Something's happening to my body and--"
Ben grabbed my by the shirt and shaked me. He looked like he was getting furious. Just then I saw Lucas and yelled out to him.
"Ben! What're you doing?!" Lucas asked. "That's Titus!"
"What?" Ben asked.
He let me go as I held my throat, trying to get some air to my lungs. He allowed me into his house, despite that I didn't look much like my old self anymore.
Jessie and the kids walked downstairs.
"What's going on?" Jessie asked. "Who's this kid?"
"He says he's Titus." Ben said.
"You mean UNCLE TITUS???" The kids asked at the same time.
Jackie walked up to me. She didn't see that I was in fact who I was claiming to me.She saw me wearing Kyle's eight shirt and grew an angry look on her face.
"That looks an awful lot like my brother's shirt.." Jackie said. "And what's with you? Why are you wearing this ridiculous half-finished dragon costume?" Jackie asked.
Jackie picked up my tail and held it in her hands.
"Y'know this tail feels pretty real. Let's see if I'm right!"
Jackie yanked on my tail. I yowled in pain.
"Don't DO That!" I exclaimed.
Jackie had a freaked out look on her face. I noticed my tail was moving around. Everyone else aside from Lucas, Sarah, and Angela looked a bit freaked too.
"His..tail...it's moving." Ben said, dumbfounded.
"It's...a...real...tail." Jessie said, sounding like she was about to lose her mind.
"Uh...hey kid." Kyle called to me. "Why do you have a tail growing out of your butt?" He asked.
Ben sighed. "I knew this day would come."
"What're you talking about, Ben?" Jessie asked.
"Everyone, sit down. I've got some stuff to explain to Titus." Ben said.
"Titus, you already know what's happening to your body, right?" Ben asked.
I nodded. I didn't want to say anything.
"Thirteen years ago, when I was living in Utah, I was helping dad take some dead branches of a tree over to the woods near our house after a terrible storm. As I tossed the branches into the woods, I saw something. It looked like some kind of lizard. I hid behind a tree so it wouldn't see me. I turned my head to see what it was. I couldn't believe it! It was a living, breathing baby dragon! It didn't move. It just sat there, crying. It looked somewhat injured. I felt bad for it so I walked toward it. It saw me and got frightened so it ran off. I chased after it. I knew it wouldn't be able to survive in these woods. It was just an infant. I eventually found it. The dragon was sitting near a small lake in the woods as it cried some more. It sounded like it lost its mother and father. I tried to approach it again. This time, instead of walking right up to the little dragon, I stuck my hand out. It sniffed my hand. I told it I wouldn't do anything to harm it and it walked up to me, looked at me with its reptilian eyes, and licked my face. Then it yelled in pain. I figured its leg was badly wounded. I decided I'd take him to stay at my house until he got better."
"And that dragon...was me, right?" I asked a little nervous.
Ben said yes then continued the story.
"My mom and dad were furious because they thought I had brought home a lizard that I glued wings and horns onto. I told them to feel its wings and horns. They were amazed that it really was a dragon that I had brought home with me. They said that since the little guy didn't have a home, that he could stay with us. And from that day on, the dragon became a part of our family. Then one day..."
"One day?" Sarah asked.
"One day, as I was bringing the dragon some food, I noticed that the dragon was missing. In its place was a baby. A human baby. I picked the child up and held him in my arms. I wondered how the dragon could've changed without knowing what a human baby really looked like. But I soon figured it out as I saw a pictue my parents had of them, holding me as a baby. I figured that was how the little dragon did it. And from that day on, the dragon, which I had named Titus, was raised as my little brother, instead of my pet."
I looked down. I felt a little sad. Yet I was happy, knowing how this all really happened.
"Titus. Do you know why I bought you Flame on your fourth birthday?" Ben asked.
"Because you wanted to give me a friend?" I asked.
"No. That's only part of it. I bought you Flame because it looked like you when you were a dragon. I figured if I had bought it as a present for you, you might rememeber your true past. However, I was wrong. Instead, you would simply pretend to be a dragon whenever you went to play in the yard. I figured that might be the first step to helping you to uncover your memory." Ben explained.
I smiled. I was glad that I finally knew the truth.
"Thanks, Ben. That's what I need to know."
Just then, I clutched my stomach in pain. I fell on the ground. What was happening to me? I wondered.
My head ached as twin horns pushed their way out. I saw that my hair was falling off my head, leaving me bald.
My face grew out and pushed itself outward, becoming a long snout. The scales were beginning to take over my body. The changes caused me to pass out from the pain.
I woke up a little later. A blanket was placed over me.
"Looks like he's awake." Lucas said.
"What's going on?" I asked.
"Well, Titus...you might want to see for yourself." Sarah said.
Angela brought over a mirror and held it up so I could see myself. I screamed in shock. I was now a young dragon! My transformation was complete.