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At only 11 years of age, young Tommy knew he didn't have a lot of time left. Was he dying? No. Well I suppose you can't really say that. HE wasn't dying...but his humanity was.

Tommy's story technically began a month ago. After coming home from school, Tommy's parents noticed something odd about their son: Even though he was sick, it was only his arm that had an off color to it. As days passed, Tommy didn't get any better. In fact, his condition was actually getting worse. His parents took him to his doctor, whom confirmed that he had obtained a disease called "The Dragon Virus".  As a recently discovered disease, the Dragon Virus had no known cure. In fact, Tommy was one of the first people who had accuired the disease. Since there was no cure, Tommy's parents knew it was only a matter of time before the Tommy they knew was gone.

Tommy sat in the lobby at the doctor's office. He scratched at his right hand, which was covered by a glove, as was his left hand. The reason for the gloves was that Tommy's hands had changed due to his disease. His hands were missing both pinkies and both thumbs. The fingers that hadn't dissappeared grew claws. First his nails grew. Then eventually enveloped themselves around the tips of his fingers, moving down his fingers and covering them in his nails. Which eventually hardened into dragon claws. Blue scales also popped up and covered his hands too.

"Tommy, dear, stop scratching at it. You'll just make it worse." His mom said.

"These gloves are making my hands itch though." Tommy whined.

"You can take them off when the doctor calls for us." Tommy's mom said.

Tommy tried to keep himself from scratching his scales. He grabbed his hat and pulled it down. Under his hat, were developing dragon horns. Since he was diagnosed with the Dragon Virus, Tommy had to wear his hat and gloves everytime he went out in public. He hated it but his parents told him it was for the best.

"Mr. and Mrs. Feeble?" The nurse called.

Tommy and his parents got up and headed into the doctor's office. After the nurse took Tommy's temperature and blood pressure, she asked Tommy why he was in today.

Tommy was very nervous about telling her.

"It's okay, Tommy. Go ahead." Tommy's dad said.

"I..."

"He doesn't want to say." His mom said. She wrapped her arms around her son and hugged him tight.

"I'll tell her. Will that be okay?" She asked Tommy.

Tommy nodded, his eyes focused on the ground. His mom sighed then looked at the nurse.

"It's his Dragon Virus. It's not going away."

"I'm not surprised." The nurse said. "This virus was just discovered. Very few people have the Dragon Virus."

The nurse typed down everything, then headed out.

"The doctor will be with you shortly." She said.

Tommy took off his gloves, his scales now less irritated. He looked at his hands. They were exactly like a dragon's in every way. The look of them, the claws, the scales, Tommy's hands were now no longer his. They were a dragon's.

The door opened and the doctor walked in.

"Back again, huh, Tommy?" The doctor said.

"Hi, Dr. Feirstein." Tommy greeted, in a melancholy voice.

"So what can I do for you today?" He asked, trying to lighten the mood a little.

"It's Tommy's Dragon Virus. It's getting worse." Tommy's dad explained.

The doctor fixed his glasses. "I see..."

"I didn't want to tell either of you during your last visit since I thought we might still be able to prevent this..."

"Yes?" The family asked at the same time.

"But the Dragon Virus so far has no cure for it." The doctor said in a serious tone.

Tommy's parents felt their heart sink. Tommy himself, after hearing this, was on the verge of tears.

"Then...Tommy..."

"Will have finished changing by the end of the week." The doctor explained.

"What'll happen to me then?" Tommy asked, his voice strained from trying to hold in his tears.

The doctor stood up.

"Can I talk to you two outside?" He asked Tommy's parents.

"Mom? Dad?" Tommy asked.

"We'll be right back, sweety." His mom said.

After they exited the room, Tommy began to feel pain in his ears. He tried to keep himself from screaming from the pain as they grew pointed, eventually turning into fins. Tommy felt his ears, surprised that, just like his hands, his ears now looked more like they belonged on a dragon instead of an eleven year old boy.

Tommy plopped one of his new ears against the door and listened outside. He heard the doctor tell his parents what would happen after his transformation.

"Then..." Tommy's parents said, almost about to cry.

"I'm sorry. When Tommy's transformation is over, he won't remember anything. Not his family, not his friends, not even who he used to be." The doctor explained.

Tommy went back to the chair and sat down. His mom and dad walked over to their son, both teary eyed, and gave him a huge hug. Tommy himself could no longer fight back his tears as he began to sob uncontrolably.

Tommy's parents dried their tears and headed out. Tommy however, couldn't stop crying. It was his fear of losing everything, memories and humanity included, that made him cry like that. He grabbed his hat and pulled it over his ears, his budding horns starting to poke out. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn't hide his sadness.

Tommy and his parents made their way home. Tommy got out of the car, his paws still pulling his hat over his ears, which just caused the horns to rip through the hat even more.

As the family made their way into their home, Tommy took his hat off his head and threw it on the ground. He ran into his bedroom and sobbed into his pillow. His parents walked in and sat on his bed.

"Tommy..." They said.

They were at a loss for words. They knew they couldn't tell him it would be alright. They couldn't tell him everything would be better. In fact, it would probably just make Tommy feel worse.

Tommy's dad put his hand on his only son's head and rubbed his head, smiling. It was a compassionate smile, showing his son love and understanding.

"Be strong, champ." His dad said.

His parents left the room to let Tommy be by himself for a while. All through the last few hours of the day, Tommy continued to cry, eventually he cried himself to sleep.

The next day, it was 10:30. Tommy woke up and stretched. He felt something laying against his leg. He turned his head to see what it was. It was a tail! Tommy had sprouted a tail during the night! He grabbed his tail and held onto it. It was a beautiful tail, the top covered in rich blue scales, while red scales made up the lower half. A ridge of spines grew from his tail, starting at the tip of his tail and finishing at where the tail attached to him.

He got up and looked behind himself. He tried to wag his tail. It moved just like he thought of it moving. Tommy had to admit, even though he still hated the fact that he wouldn't be a human much longer, having a tail really intrigued him.

He walked into the kitchen, his parents already up.

"Hi, mom. Hi, Dad." Tommy greeted, but not like he used to greet them."

"Hi, Tommy." They said, smiling. At the time, it may not have seemed like the right thing to do but they didn't want to make Tommy any sadder. They figured he might be happy if they are.

"Hmm?" Tommy's dad walked over to his son, noticing his new tail.

"Is this your tail?" Tommy's dad asked.

Tommy flashed an (obviously) fake smile. "Yep. It's my tail." He said, trying to hide his real feelings.

Neither Tommy nor his parents could hide their real feelings. A feel of sadness loomed over the kitchen.

"Tommy, what d'you say we go do some stuff? As a family?" Tommy's mom asked.

"Like what?" Tommy asked.

"See a movie, go mini golfing, have a picnic, anything." Tommy's dad said.

"Maybe a movie?" Tommy said.

"Okay. Then we'll get going in a few hours. Go get cleaned up, Tommy."

So for the next three days, Tommy and his parents went out and did stuff together, as a family. Tommy knew he would soon be finished transforming, but the time he spent with his family were probably the happiest moments of his life. However, after Tommy's posture was changed to a quadruped stance, the family's happy activities were called to an abrupt end. Up to this point, the family was able to hide most of Tommy's transformation(Tommy himself had to wear an XL winter cap in order to hide his finned ears and horns)

Another three days passed. This time, the scales had completely overtaken Tommy's body. His feet were bigger and looked like his hands. His big toes and little toes retreated into his body, leaving him with only three toes on each foot.

November 23rd, Tommy's final day as a human.

Like the doctor had said. A whole week passed and Tommy's transformation was near its conclusion. All that was left was for his wings and snout to grow.

Tommy lay down, on his bed while his parents sat on the side of his bed. They watched as the final changes began to take place. Tommy's shoulder blades moved and reformed. Two incredibly thin arms grew form his back, becoming leathery wings. His face pushed out, growing longer, becoming a dragon's snout. Tommy felt his eyes begin to ache. He figured it wasn't over yet. He shut his eyes, hoping the final changes wouldn't be so bad.

"Tommy. No matter what you become, we'll always love you." He heard his parents say. Soon after, he passed out from the pain. The last words he heard were, "Please, never forget us."

A short time later, the child dragon woke up. It looked around its room. Or, the room it had in its human life. It got up and walked into the kitchen. It saw two adult humans, sitting at a table, crying.

"Mom, dad, what's wrong?" The dragon asked.

Tommy's parents gasped. The doctor said when Tommy's transformation had ended, he wouldn't remember anything from his past life. So...how...

"Tommy? You remember us?" His mom asked.

Why wouldn't I?" He asked.

"Well, Son. You're finished changing. " His dad explained.

Tommy's mom got on her kness and hugged her son. Neither of them knew how Tommy was able to keep his memories intact. Were the symptoms wrong? Was it the love of his parents that saved his memory? Neither of them cared. All that mattered to them was that Tommy was still Tommy, even in the body of a little dragon.

Tommy's mom let her dragon son go. He walked back to his room.

"Good night, mom. Good night, dad." He said.

Tommy got into his bedroom and hopped into bed. He got under the sheets and quickly drifted into sleep. All the while he slept, a warm, draconic smile was apparent on his muzzle. Even if he was a different species now, it didn't matter to him anymore. He was happy to still have his memories.
I decided to try a different approach from my usual style of writing and go for a more dramatic and sad approach.

ANyway, in this story, an eleven year old boy is diagnosed with a disease known as "The Dragon Virus". The next few days, his family tries to enjoy their last few moments with their son until the big day arrives.

Hope you like it.
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:icondarknessarising:
DarknessArising Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Where can I catch this virus?
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:iconwilliam5678:
william5678 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
in a place called "untilthegovernmentdecidestoputalotoffundsintogeneticengineeringville"
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DarknessArising Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
👍 good to know 👍
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william5678 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I had just wasted 10 seconds of your life. You have finally received your free daily life waster. Go to www.wtfAmIDoingWithMyLife.com to find out more.
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Ultranova53 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Anime I would like to make a critique please.
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:iconanimeboye:
Animeboye Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Student
Well I don't have premium membership so unfortunately I can't get that to work. If you want, you could always critique in the comments. I'll be sure to read it and respond.
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Ultranova53 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
ok
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:iconanimeboye:
Animeboye Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2015  Student
Yeah, sorry about that. But like I said, you can still critique in the comments. I'd love to read what you thought of it.
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DHBW Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Awwww...
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TanukiTagawa Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
A virus that turn the victims in dragons and to make the matters worse,erase their memories. :omg:  But the young Tommy keep his momories and beside this,still been loved by the parents.My best wishes to all them!  :aww:
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deveintdragon13 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Student General Artist
So diss viruse is contagious i must meet this kid
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:iconkadkidd:
kadkidd Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  New Deviant Professional Artist
its not real!!! WHY DO PEOPLE BELIEVE THESE THINGS!!!!????
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:icondeveintdragon13:
deveintdragon13 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2015  Student General Artist
I was being sarcastic
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:iconkadkidd:
kadkidd Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  New Deviant Professional Artist
k nvm
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thescpcontainment Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
oop uh that our fault a containment breach at site [redacted] clause it to go in the air searching for good hosts uh sorry about that.
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Weldit Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
intriguing
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RedstoneGeek223 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Hmmmmmmm Sounds like "Dark Moonblood serum" to me Hmmmmmmmmm

Freddy's Nope Chat Icon Altermind mini Toothless 16x16 mini Toothless 16x16 mini Toothless 16x16 

P.S. "Dark Moonblood serum" is from "The Beauty Of The Night Fury"
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MJMSTUDIOS2020 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
I love it.
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PeytonDM2 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Very heart warming😹
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DarkhogDarkhogini Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great story. Loved it. How about you check my profile and read some chapters of my story? I upload daily (for now). Maybe even leave a comment so I know somebody cares?
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Arodiin Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student Writer
that is so awesome and sad at the same time. nice job!
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MasterWolf99 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Hold on... If he is the first person to get infected... Then how did the do get know he will lose his memories???
PLOT TWIST!
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KarstenHarrington Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
One, he was not the first. He was asking the first.
Second, other people went through the transformation before he did, and they based their research after that.
PLOT IS DA SAME
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MasterWolf99 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student General Artist
"DAMNIT" *plot twist frowns* "screw you guys I'm going home" *Plot twist walks away*
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:iconkarstenharrington:
KarstenHarrington Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
A dragon virus... I want to be the first person to be infected... SO BAD!!!!!
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:iconarodiin:
Arodiin Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Writer
me too! only minus the supposed "memory lose" and at least some of the pain
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:iconkarstenharrington:
KarstenHarrington Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Well, I don't mind the pain. Just the memory loss.
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job! :)
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Jonago97 Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Yea guys you want to loose youre memories just too be a dragon i would like too keep them soo plz dont infect me
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:iconkarstenharrington:
KarstenHarrington Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Actually, we'd keep our memories. At the end he didn't lose them.
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:iconjonago97:
Jonago97 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Yep HE did but what hapened to the others?
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xephos9985 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very good story by the way :D
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:iconxephos9985:
xephos9985 Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I want this virus so bad.... I would literally do anything to get it!!!!
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Twighlightmermaid41 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awsome!
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jakaboomaddness Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2014
this is actually a really nice story, i dont think ive smiled at a story this much on deviantart before in my life!! :)
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william5678 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dr. Feirstein?
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axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I mention this in my web series
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:iconanimeboye:
Animeboye Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student
Sure. Just be sure to link me to the part where you mention it, ok?
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axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

how big of a reffrence do you want?

(yes you get to choose)

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Animeboye Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student
Let's see. Maybe mention who I am, some of the other things I've worked on like my stories, art, etc. That's all.
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axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was going to mention the character in this story
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:iconanimeboye:
Animeboye Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student
Alright. That'd be fine. I look forward to it.
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axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
working on it
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:iconaxelfirekirby:
axelfirekirby Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Tommorow
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MJMSTUDIOS2020 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
These kinds of stories is what makes me love reading so much on Deviantart.
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TFMaster360 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You should make another part to this, like what Tommy's life will be like as a dragon. You could include such events as school, getting seen in public, and maybe even get the police involved XD
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william5678 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If someone could genetically engineer that virus ( it is possible ):D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin)  
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Animaltoon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013

I want that virus, expect I wanna be a different color, I wish that virus was real but you still kept your memories though, WHY GOD WHY?

Cool story!

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hammarbomber Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Heartwarming and touching.... (now only if this virus was real....)
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wolflover985 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome i like that ending sooooooooooooo much
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