A boy wearing a short brimmed hat as well as a blue smock-like shirt with a badge with the kanji for "Akira" written on it sat in his brother's car as they drove around, trying to make up their minds what to do for the afternoon.
I should probably introduce myself first. My name is Akira. Actually that's my Japanese name. I am commonly known on the internet as Animeboye. This is a story of something unfortunate that happened to me during my visit in California.
In the car sat me, two of my friends, and my brother and sister in law. We tried to figure out what we were going to do.
The roof of the car appeared as if it was going to cave in on us.
"Akira, could you please tell your dragon buddy to GET OFF THE TOP OF THE CAR?!" My brother yelled.
"Hey, it's the only way for him to travel. Besides, people would be in shock if they saw a dragon flying around." I tried to explain.
The dragon my brother mentioned was actually my friend, Drago. I found him injured in the woods one day and tried my best to save him. Eventually he recovered and decided to stay with me. Since then, he's been my best friend.
"Akira, if your brother doesn't want me laying on tiop of his car, I can just follow you guys from the sky." Drago explained.
"Okay. Do what you want." I said.
I could hear the sound of Drago's wings opening as he removed himself from the hood of the car. I noticed a girl look in shock as Drago flew into the sky. I thought it was kind of funny seeing people react like that.
"Alright so where are we going?" My sister asked.
My brother thought about it for a while.
"How would you kids like to go on a picnic?" My brother asked.
Me and my friends all cheered. I hadn't been on a picnic for a while.
"But we don't have any food." My sister said.
"I have some food!" I exclaimed.
"Enough for all of us?" MY friends asked.
"I think so..." I unzipped my pack and rummaged through it. I pulled out some Ritz Bitz crackers and some bottles of juice and water.
"Uhh...lil' bro? That's not even enough for you!" My brother exclaimed.
"Looks like we'll have to go to the supermarket." my sister said.
We drove to Sentry. My brother got out of the car and went to go get some food for the picnic. I figured it would be a while so I drifted off to sleep. As I dreamt, I dreamt that everything was dark. I was in a weird room. There was a chocolate bar and a single glass of water rested on a single transparent table. I walked towards the table and picked up the chocolate bar. I ripped the top of the wrapper off and began to eat it. I then picked up the glass of water and drank from it. Just then I felt a strong pain in my stomach. I dropped the candybarand the glass which shattered as I clutched my stomach. It was the most painful feeling. I began to feel pain in my wears as I could feel them stretching and growing longer. My fingernails also appeared to be longer as well. I felt like I was going to throw up but instead, I belched fire out of my mouth. I couldn't take anymore and I passd out.
I woke up with a scream. I panted hard and tried to calm down.
"You okay, Akira?" Everyone asked.
"Ye--yeah. I think so..." I tried to say.
"Well we're here." My brother said.
The five of us got out of the car and walked towards a picnic bench. We sat down and my brother took the food out of the grocery bags. I was ready to dig in when I felt like I had to go to the bathroom. I stood up and ran to a bush. I did my business and was about to head back to my friends and family when I heard something rustling in the bushes. I walked towards it to see what it was. Something jumped out and hit me, koncking me out. I had no time to see what it was.
When I woke up, I found myself deeper into the forest. I called out for everyone but no response. I didn't know where I was. I started to cry. I covered my eys with my arms as I sobbed intothem.Then I stopped crying as I heard footsteps.There was someone else here too.
"So the little kid woke up, huh?" The man said. I looked up at him. He had brown, slit back hair, deep piercing eyes, and a wicked smile.
"Where am I? Where's my family?!" I asked, scared.
"Hey, calm down, kiddo. I can help you find your family. But you've gotta be pretty hungry right now?" He asked.
"Yeah." I replied.
"And I bet you're awful thirsty." He added.
"Mmm hmm." I replied back.
"Well it just so happens that I've got some food with me. Here. Have this candybar and bottle of water."
I was very skeptical about this. I remembered in my dream that I ate a candybar as well as drank a bottle of water just like this. I tried to fight off the urge. But then I heard my stomach growl. I realized it was probably just some silly kiddy dream. Stuff like that couldn't possibly happen in real life. I reluctantly took the water and candybar from him. I unwrapped the candybar from its wrapper and bit into it. Hey! It tasted pretty good. I continued to chow down on it and after a minute or so, needed a drink of water.
And just like that, I clutched my stomach in pain. What was happening to me?! I thought. Things like that shouldn't be able to happen in real life.
Reddish scales began to pop uo all over my body. I was scared, this wasn't normal at all. My fingernails extended themselves outward and turned into claws. My feet started to feel cramped in my shoes. I removed my shoes, trying to be very aware of my new claws.As I took my shows off, I noticed that my feet had grown bigger and became digitigrade. My legs made a cracking sound, as if they were breaking. I fell onto the ground in pain. I tried to stand back up but, instead, found that my posture was sentenced to a quadruped stance.
I felt intense pain in my back. My shorts ripped open and a scaly tail emerged from them. My tail was covered in reddish brown scales as well. Sharp spikes went down my tail until they reached its tip.
My face began to push and pull itself out until it became a long, smooth snout. Two sharp jolts went through my back as a pair of leathery wings emerged.
"Aww, you're gonna look so cute." The man said.
"What are you doing to me?!" I asked, scared and a little freaked.
"That candybar you ate was an experimental drug. It's supposed to turn people into animals." He explained.
"That's right little boy. You're gonna be a dragon." He said, with a wicked grin.
I could feel my hair begin to fall out. Strand by strand until the only thing covering my now bald head was my hat. My head also began to hurt as two twin horns extended out and crowned the top of my head. My hat now had toobig holes in it where the horns emerged from. But I hardly ever took my hat off when I was outside.
My shirt was soon unable to fit my ever changing body and the front ripped open. My badge fell onto the ground. My transformation came to an end and I was now completely a dragon.
I looked over my body. Not only was I a different species now but I was also SMALLER! I realized that I now had no chemical relation to my original species and I didn't even have a blood relation to my family anymore.
I couldn't move. My new body was far too worn out. The man looked up and must have seen something.
"Well I have to leave now. But I will be back for you. Enjoy your new body, little dragon." He said as he dissappeared into the darkest parts of the woods.
I tried to raise my head and see what it was. It looked like it was Drago but I couldn't be sure.
"Guys, I found something!" The person, or creature said.
I heard more footsteps making their way towards me.
After a while, My body felt like it was ready to move. I stood up, trying to keep my balance on my fours. I looked around and saw everyone looking at me.
"Looks like the little guy's awake." One of my friends said.
"Okay, I've got a few questions for you, kid." Drago said angerly at me.
"Where's Akira and why are you wearing his clothes?! ANSWER ME!!!" He shouted furious.
I ran away in fear. I hid behind a tree.
"Stop it, Drago!" My sister said. "The little guy's just a child." She walked over to me with her arms out. I backed away in fear.
"It's okay. I won't hurt you." She said.
I walked closer to her and sniffed her hands. I walked into her arms and she hugged me.
I didn't know how I'd be able to tell everyone that I was Akira. That the dragon they were looking at was actually me. I wasn't certain if I'd be able to talk considering I was only a hatchling in my dragon form.
I tried to make a sound.
"Ah-ah." I began to form a word.
"Hey, he's saying something." My brother said.
"Ah-ah...AhI'm Ah-ki--ra." I pronounced.
"What did it say?" My sister asked.
"I think it said, 'I'm Akira'. Drago explained.
"WHAT!!!???" My friends exclaimed.
"Akira, how'd this happen to you?!" Drago asked, worriedly.
I tried to tell them about the man but I couldn't. It was too hard to speak.
"Drago, don't force him. Whatever hapened to him must have been traumatic. Let him rest for a while, then we'll have him explain everything to us."
I lay against a tree. I looked like a cat sleeping in front of the tree. I woke up after a while. I tried to say my name before doing anything else. Amazingly, it came out perfectly.
I yelled out to everyone. They ran towards me.
"Ya feeling better?" They asked.
I nodded yes.
"Now, Akira, what happened?" Drago asked.
"When I went to go to the bathroom, I heard some rustling coming from the bushed. I inspected it and got knocked out. Then this man gave me a candybar which was actually an experimental drug." I explained.
"And that must be what turned you into a dragon." One of my friends said.
"Well then, Akira. We'll help you find the man who did this to you and have him undo it." Drago said.
"Thanks, Drago." I said, feeling more hopeful.
"Akira..." Drago said.
"Yeah? What's up?" I asked.
"Seeing as how you're now a young dragon, I'll act as your new big brother. Sound okay?"
"WHAT?!" I thought.
"uhh, yeah. I suppose." I replied.
"THen let's go find that man!" Drago exclaimed.
I hoped we'd be able to find this guy. I didn't know if I'd be able to stand being a dragon. No matter how awesome I thought it was.
TO BE CONTINUED