It's a Dragon's World
Pt. 5 Doulstraz
The woman claiming to be Angela walked back into the shop. I followed behind her.
"Okay so you're Angela Dragonwings. So what's this 'gift' you've been talking about in your letters?" I asked.
"You already got the gift." She responded. "It's your transformation."
"That's what's confusing me. I've got a tail but I shrunk to the size of a little kid. So am I becoming a crocodile or a little boy? Or am I becoming a little boy with a croc tail?" I asked.
"Not at all. You're not becoming a crocodile. You're becoming a dragon."
"What?? Are you nuts? Dragons don't exist. This probably doesn't exist. Maybe I'm still at home, with my mom and dad, and I'm dreaming all this."
"Well if it's a dream, you won't feel pain. So try giving your tail a little tug." She instructed.
I brought my hands to my tail. As she told me to, I yanked on my tail. It was a bit painful. She was right. This IS'NT a dream.
"Okay. So it's not a dream. But how am I supposed to believe that dragons exist? Do you have proof?"
"As a matter of fact, I do. Follow me."
I followed her into the stock room. As I entered, I noticed something different about it. This wasn't a stockroom at all. It was a cave! What was a CAVE doing in a store?
Angela walked into the darkness. She told me to stay where I was. A moment later, I saw something move. It was a DRAGON!
"See, Titus? I'm the proof."
"Y-You're really a dragon..."
"Yes. I come from a realm where dragons live peacefully. A realm of only dragons."
"So, uh, Miss Dragon..." I started to say.
"You can still call me Angela. But that's not my real name."
"Okay, Angela. Are there any other humans who know about this realm?" I asked.
"There IS one. He was turned into a dragon, much like you are now. By a female dragon who was only known as Dragoness. No one knew her real name. Or what happened to the hatchling she brought back with her. They both dissapeared." She explained.
I wondered what could've happened to this other guy. And a dragoness whose real name was never known. Seemed kind of hard to believe.
I tried forgetting about that and focused on my own transformation.
"Alright. Now here's my question." I said.
"Go on.." Alngela said.
"Why have I shrunk? You never answered that part." I asked.
"I already told you. It's because you're becoming a dragon."
"But what does me shrinking have to do with turning me into a dragon?!" I was starting to get furious.
Angela sighed. "I guess I'm not being too direct huh?"
I thought to myself "Yeah. You sure aren't."
"You shrunk because you're gonna be a child dragon." Angela explained.
"But dragons are huge and are twice the size of a house."
"Yes. Those are the adult dragons. As children, dragons are about the size of a fullgrown dog. When your transformation is complete, you'll be the size of a dog. So to say." Angela tried to explain.
"But won't I be able to walk like a human?" I asked.
"Now don't you think it would look weird for a dragon to walk like a human? No. When you become a fully organic dragon, you won't be able to walk like a human. You'll walk quadruped."
I sighed to myself. This all seemed hard to belive. I thought of how hard it would be walking like that.
"But don't worry about it right now. You're a growing dragon. You'll learn over time." Angela smiled at me.
"That...sounds kinda cool. But how will I be able to see my family and Lucas? I can't approach them as an eight year old with a tail!" I exclaimed.
"When the time comes, you'll be able to see them again. In the mean time, It'd be best if you stayed with me. They won't be able to accept you for the dragon you are. Not just yet at least."
"Well can you at least send them a message for me?" I asked.
"Sure. What should I write?" Angela asked.
"Tell them that I'm staying with a friend of my parents and that I don't want them to worry about me."
"Okay. I'll have this sent soon."
"Thanks, Angela." I said.
"Now, there IS one more part to your transformation."
"Which is?" I asked.
"You need a new name."
"WHY?! I like my name! Why would it need to be changed??" I asked in a panic.
"Your name is a human's name. It would sound weird for a dragon to have a human's name."
"Yeah. But I'm not a dragon yet." I tried to tell her.
"We don't know how long the transformation will take either. You could become a young dragon the very next day. It's best we give you a new name now."
I sighed again. "Fine. So what will my dragon name be?" I asked.
"I think you deserve to have a name that represents power, that shows wisdom. I know. Your dragon name shall be... Doulstraz."