(1) A Dragon Among Humans.
I woke up to the sound of a screaming alarm clock. It was Saturday, and is the first day of winter break. I ate my breakfast, and put my coats on. I took a walk to the park, even though it was a cold and snowy December. Many people here are tired of the snow and are longing for spring, but I liked the snow. The coolness and the whiteness of the snow appeals more to me than the hot, green summer.
Anyways, while I was walking to the park, I saw my good friend named Kody.
"Hey Drake! Haven't seen you since forever!" Kody called out to me.
"Thanks for teaching me that a few days is forever, Kody." I said. I always make condescending remarks to Kody because it drives him nuts.
"Whatever. I have something to tell you!" Kody excitedly told me.
"I found a cave yesterday close to the Red Lake. It's pretty deep in the wood, but there's a new cave not too far from here!"
Kody and I loved to explore caves. We've traveled to many different caves in many different places, but to find a cave that close to home isn't believable. If such a cave exists we certainly would have known about it. Still, I'll never refuse an opportunity to explore a new cave.
"Really? I have a lot of free time today, think we could go?" I asked him.
"Heck yes, follow me!"
We walked through the forest near the White Lake. It was easy to get lost in the forest since it was so large, but that didn't stop us. After all, I've been through that forest so many time I could make a map of it if I have competent drawing skills. After a while of walking, Kody and I came across the cave.
"Wow, that's huge! How come it wasn't discovered?" I wondered in awe.
"I dunno. But we'll worry about that later, we've got some exploring to do." Kody said.
We entered the cave. It was pleasant to walk on bare ground after struggling through the snow, but we couldn't see a thing. We took out our handy flashlights and turned it on. To our surprise it is huge, about the size of a gymnasium, and has stalagmite everywhere.
"Holy cow. I could make this a bargain mansion." I said.
"Would you let me live in that mansion?" Kody asked.
"No." I said, and we both had a good chuckle.
We looked at the many wonders of the great cave, looking through the forest of stalagmites, when something caught my eyes. I saw a rather large, blue crescent-shaped object laying amongst the stalagmites.
"What's this?" I wondered, picking up the thing. The thing is large, about the size of my hand.
"Looks like a claw. Something big might be living in here."
We looked at each other with a sudden realization.
"Let's get out of here!" I whispered, and we quickly but stealthily left the cave. Now that it's brighter outside the cave, I took a closer look at the claw.
"Wow, I'm gonna keep this in my room." I said, holding up the claw. All of the sudden, the claw slipped from my glove and landed on my left forearm, stabbing me.
"Ow, damn it!" I yelled.
"Hey, you okay?" Kody asked me.
"I'm fine. Where's the claw?"
"Uh, I dunno."
Just before I was about to say something, there was a strong burning sensation on my forearm. I pulled back my coat sleeve to reveal white scales growing on my forearm.
"What's happening?" I asked in pain.
"I don't know, but it doesn't look good!" Kody answered.
"Well thanks captain obvious! Ahh!"
The pain started to cover my whole body, and I collapsed to the snow. I felt my fingernails start to grow rapidly and the bones in my hands cracking. I then felt the scales cover my body, and my clothes felt tighter and tighter. I can hear Kody screaming, but I was too in pain to understand what's he's screaming about.
I begin to feel an extra pair of arms extruding from my upper back and my coccyx pushing through my pants. I also felt my boots getting tighter and tighter until they ripped away, to reveal that my feet has turned into digitigrade of three toed paws, with large blue claws extruding from each toes. I felt my hair fall off, and my teeth fell out as well, and were quickly replaced by extremely sharp teeth. My clothes finally ripped off, and then the most painful part, my skull changing shape. I grew my a reptilian snout, and I felt my eyes grow to fit the enlarged eye sockets. Finally, I felt something grow between the arms from my back, and my coccyx in a place where they normally shouldn't be.
After it was over, I lied face down on the snow, unsure of what happened.
"D-Drake?" Kody asked in terror.
"Cough. cough. What happened?" I asked Kody, with my eyes still shut. I immediately noticed my voice getting deeper.
"Y-you became a monster!"
I opened my eyes, and saw that my body became that of a dragon. I looked at my new body, unsure of what to do about it. I struggled to get up, it took me a couple tries to get on my hind feet, er, paws, but I managed to succeed and immediately leaned against a tree. I was breathing heavily after that.
"Holy cow, you look awesome!" Kody excitedly complimented me.
"Uh, really? What do I look like?" I asked, my mind still not being clear yet.
"You are white all over, with blue on your chest, belly, wings, and the underside of your, uh, tail."
"I have a tail and wings?" I asked.
A tail? Wings? Have Kody read too much fantasy novels? I wondered. But then I realized that Kody wasn't kidding, I'm actually a dragon!
"Uhh, I think we should go home." I said.
"How are you going to explain this to your parents?" Kody asked.
Goddamnit. I got so caught up in myself that I forgot to consider my family! And my friends! And the whole world! Man, I am so screwed.
"Let's just go home, I'll think up a plan on the way."I said
"Aren't you going to put your coats on? And your boots?" Kody asked, while we were walking.
"Actually, I'm not cold." I said. "Okay, I have a plan."
We arrived at my house. We waited in the forest, right behind my backyard. I sent Kody to the front door, while I secretly went through a window to my room. Normally in my room, I can't hear what's going on at the door. But now, I can hear it clearly.
"Mrs. Bryan, I have some news about Drake." Kody said.
"What?" Mom asked.
"Uh, something happened to him. I still have yet to grasp the situation, but I think he became a dragon."
Mom laughed. She thought it was Kody being silly.
"No I'm serious, go look in Drake's room, and prepare to faint."
"Yeah right, Drake's pretending to be an animal again. Let's see what he's up to-- HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!"
"Uh, hi Mom." I said.
"WHAT ON EARTH HAS HAPPENED TO YOU?"
"It's a long story, so you might want to sit down."