It's a Dragon's World
Pt.2 The Tail
We walked around the shopping center for quite some time. There seemed to be quite a few nice stores around. Mostly clothing stores but they also had stores for games and other stuff I thought was cool.
I held the plushie I had just bought tightly in my arms. It probably looked weird seeing a boy in his early teens walking around, hugging a stuffed animal but I didn't care. I just wanted to enjoy this moment while it lasted.
When I was just nine years old, I was on a road trip with my parents. We were going up to our lodge for vacation. By the time we got out, I had realized I lost Flame. My parents looked around for it but said it wasn't around here. I remembered how sad and teary eyed I was. But now, I got a new Flame. I knew he wouldn't replace the old Flame but at least he would always remind me of him, my dear friend, Flame.
"Titus! Stop daydreaming!" Ben shouted.
I snapped away from my memories at the sound of my brother's voice.
Jessie checked her watch. "It's time for lunch."
"Sounds good." Ben said. "Let's go eat at Disco Burger. If that's alright with you, Titus?"
"Yeah. I'm fine with that." I said happily.
We walked inside and sat down. Then we ordered our food. I was going to have a cheeseburger and fries, my brother just wanted a soda, the kids were going to have veggie burgers(as suggested by Jessie), and Jessie also had a soda.
"Hey, Uncle Titus?" Jackie asked.
"Why are you hugging that toy?"
"Because it reminds me of a toy I had when I was your age. That toy was my best friend growing up."
"What happened to it?" Kyle asked.
"When I was nine years old, I went on a trip with my parents. I don't know when it happened but... I.... lost him." I started feeling sad again.
"Okay, kids. That's enough questions for Uncle Titus." My brother scolded.
I rested my head on the table and looked outside. I wondered how everyone back in Utah was. I wondered if I'd hear from them again.
Our food came and we got down to eating. The kids were grossed out by the veggie burgers but they knew they wouldn't get dinner if they didn't eat their lunch. I grabbed a fry and slowly chomped away at it.
A bit later. As I was halfway through my lunch, I felt a painful twist in my stomach. I thought it was nothing and as soon as it was gone, I went back to eating.
As soon as we were done, we paid for the food and headed out the door. Once outside, I clutched my stomach in pain. I bended over to try to not make it so painful for me.
"Titus, are you okay?!" Ben asked.
The pain was truly unbearable. I passed out, as I fell to the ground, it felt like my mouth was burning. I overheard some people talking.
"Did that kid just shoot fire from his mouth?"
"What IS he?"
Then everything was silent.
By the time I came to, I was in my room. I was back at my brother's house. I opened the drapes. It was dark. That's strange. I thought to myself. It was barely noon when I fainted. Was I really out for THAT long?
I walked over to my desk. I wondered how my brother got this room ready for me. I hadn't seen this room when I was upstairs.
On the desk was the bag my plushie came in. The plushie and the piece of paper were both rested in the bag. I pulled both out and opened up the paper. It wasn't a recipt. It was a note.
I began reading it. It said.
I know what you're going through, and I'd like to help. You've been a victim of a most unfortunate fate. Losing everything you ever cared about. I want to help make it better for you. I know this dragon won't be enough to make it better for you, so I've given you another gift. It won't show itself yet. It's something that happens over time. I hope that this gift will be enough to turn things around for you.
P.S. I'm a dear friend of your parents. they've entrusted me to look over you. We will meet. But not just yet. I've still got stuff to do.
"Something that happens over time?" I thought to myself. "And who's this Angela DragonWings? Mom and Dad never mentioned her before."
Just then, I felt a shiver in my left leg. I felt something slimey work its way up my leg. I jerked my head around. It was a SNAKE! How'd a snake get in my room?! I was scared. I tried to keep myself from screaming so I wouldn't wake up everyone else.
I examined the snake. Strangely enough, it didn't behave at all like the snakes I had seen. Its head(Or whatever it was) bobbed around, like it was happy.
"What are you?" I asked.
The snake-like creature grabbed a pencil and some paper. It started to write something down.
"T..A..I..L." I followed along.
"So you're just a tail. Alright, so whose tail are you?"
It wrote "YOUR" in front of "TAIL".
"Your tail?" I asked it. I didn't understand what it meant.
It grabbed the pencil again and wrote "IM." In front of "YOUR TAIL".
"I'm your tail?" I finally figured it out.
"What are you talking about? I'm a human. Human's don't have tails."
I felt my back just to be sure. I was shocked. The tail didn't belong to some weird creature after all. It DID belong to me.
"No...Way..." I said speechless. "I can't have a tail. And especially a lizard's tail."
The tail, MY tail grabbed the pencil one more time and wrote "DRAGONS TAIL".
"Okay. So you're a dragon's tail. But why are you attached to me? I'm not a dragon."
Once again, it wrote, "I'M PART OF YOUR TRANSFORMATION".
"My transformation? What tranformation?" I asked.
The tail dropped the pencil and fell with a thump to the ground. Was it just playing stupid or something?
I picked up what was supposed to be my tail and tugged on it. I felt a tug from my back. The tail seemed to have sprung to life again. It wagged around for a while.
"No way." I thought to myself. "Why would I have a tail?"
I tried to go back to sleep. But that was hard since I was sleeping on my tail. I rolled over on my back. It was uncomfortable but I figured I'd have to sleep like this for some time.
It was ten o' clock. My brother knocked at the door which woke me up. He asked me if he could come in?
"Just a second, bro." I said in a panic. I tried to hide my tail underneath the sheets. It was a pretty long tail. At least the length of my body but I was able to hide it underneath the sheets. I placed the pillow over it so it wouldn't look likt a snake with spikes growing out of it was in my bed.
"Come in." I said.
"Titus..." Ben asked. "Were you masturbating?"
"NO!! Why would you ask me, your little brother that?" I asked disgusted.
"Well you seemed to have nerviousness in your voice so... I just figured."
"No I was just getting some clean clothes on and I didn't want you to see me..well..you know."
"I know. I respect your privacy. I just wanted to let you know that we're going to get breakfest and we were wondering if you'd like to come?"
"Uhh no thanks. I'm working on something for one of my friends back home." I lied.
"Okay. We'll see you soon." And with that, Ben and everyone else walked downstairs. I waited until they were all completely out the door before getting out of bed.
I walked downstairs, my tail following behind me. It didn't wag around like it did before. Instead, I could hear it slapping the stairs with each step I took.
I sat on the couch. I wondered how I had just somehow grown a tail. I also felt a little guilty for lying to Ben. But he'd probably think I was nuts if I told him I had just sprouted a tail that's the same length as my body.
I picked up my tail again and held it in front of me.
"Alright, so you're my tail, and you seem to have a mind of your own, so explain some more stuff to me! Like why I fainted in the shopping center, and why people were saying that I could breathe fire."
My tail didn't respond. I let it go but all it did was wag around some more.
I sighed. It was still hard for me to believe that a green tail, claiming to be my own, actually WAS my tail. Even if all the evidence was in front of me.
I heard the door knock. I hid my tail again. I figured it was my brother again but whoever it was kept knocking. I decided to get up to see who it was. I put my eye through the peephole. But what I saw shocked me.