When I woke up the last thing I recalled was immense pain all over my body as I was changing form. I heard familiar voices around me. I then realized that it was Mom, Dad and Stu. They where talking about whether or not I would even remember them or if I was now just a wild animal that should be put outside. I don't think they really knew what to do. I know that I would not know what to do if I were in their shoes. As I started to remember everything that had just happened to me I also noticed that I must have been out for a long time because it was now dark out. To put my parent's and Stu's fear of me to rest I decided to open my mouth and say "Hi, what's going on? I thought we were having a party?"
"Well at least he still has his sense of humour." Stu said as they all started laughing.
"Alex are you still
well, you know, you?" my Mom asked.
"Besides from being a dragon now yes, I think so, I replied back. I always wanted to be a dragon but to actually be one now is kind of putting chills down my back and tail. What are we going to do about school and church now? Won't people freak out when they see me?"
"Well Alex you do look really cool. I don't think you look too much like a dragon that people would freak out at. At least not too much."
"For school I think you won't be able to attend that any more. I don't think dragons are allowed in the building." Mom said.
"Alex you should try working as a dragon saw! Get it? Use your spines on your back to cut wood. A dragon saw." Stu said while laughing at me.
"Actually Stu I don't think you're too far off" as I looked at my tail and saw the sharp looking blade at the end of it.
"Wait, I'm not
"No I don't think you are." said Stu quietly.
"If I'm right I think my tail blade might be able to cut through things.
"Ok now Alex, just because you believe that you might be able to cut wood with that please don't try it inside" my Dad said.
Don't worry Dad, I have no plans on using my tail inside the house. I don't want to destroy anything. Testing out my skills will have to wait until tomorrow. As for church, what do you think?"
"Alex I was just thinking about that and I don't think it's a good idea for you to go out in public as a dragon" my Mom said.
"But Mom, I have Sunday School to teach and I bet the kids would get a kick out of their teacher being a dragon." I start laughing at this
I know but think about it. You have spikes all the way down your back and your claws are more than likely razor sharp as is your tail blade" my Mom said worried about the possibility of the kids getting hurt.
"You know sweety, we do still have all that Styrofoam In the garage. We could put that on his claws, tail and spikes" my Dad said to my Mom.
"Ok Alex, you can go, only if you agree to let your father put that on you for tomorrow. Also, I want Stu to be there and watch to see how things go. If Stu is willing to stay another night and day" my Mom said.
"That should be ok, Mrs and Mr.White. "I'll just need to call my parents and let them know. Also, do you think I should let them know what happened to Alex?
"No, I don't think you should tell them what happened to Alex. I don't think they would believe you and if they do they might rush over here and take you home with them. My Mom said
After Stu left the room, I turned to Mom and Dad and said "Mom, Dad I know I'm a dragon now but I'm still me." I start crying thinking about what the future will hold for me and where I will fit in.
"Oh Alex, no, no, no, don't cry. Yes, you may be a dragon now be even though you are we will always love you no matter what happens. You're still our son and nothing will ever change that. Just promise us you won't dwell on if we still love you or not because the answer is always going to be "yes
"Thank you Mom I.. I really needed that" I said as I put my head down beside my Mom and then started scratching my scales in a soothing movement.
"I'm hungry do we have any food?"
"What would you like Alex?" my Dad says.
"I don't know why, but I have a weird craving for raw meat."
"Raw meat?" my Dad says, sort of curiously.
"Yeah, I don't know why. I think my appetite has changed as part of the transformation."
"Well, we do have some raw pork in the fridge but wouldn't you prefer it cooked?" my Dad asked.
"No, just raw is good with me."
"Ok well, I'll go get it. I hope you don't mind if we leave the room though because I think this is going to be a bit too much for your mother and me to see you do. If that's ok with you?"
"Yeah, I guess that's ok. The last thing I want to see is you throw up because of this strange new taste for raw meat."
As Dad lays out the raw pork for me on the floor with some old newspaper under it I say thank you and wait for them to move over to the next room. I can hear them talking to Stu. I look at the raw pork and it sort of creeped out part of my mind but another part of me, which I guess was the dragon me said "bon apatite". The human me was just wanting to hurl at the look of it. I don't really know why, other than being very hungry, but I decided to eat it anyway. I was thinking that I doubt I'm going to get used to this any time soon. After I was done eating I called out to the others to let them know it was safe for them to come back in the room. When they came in Dad was surprised that I ate all 6 pieces and looked at me with one of his weirded out looks. I don't really blame him for it. I was sort of weirded out myself and could only laugh while looking at him.
"So, how was the meat?" my Mom asked me.
"I don't really know. Part of me was just like "ok, let's eat while another part of me was just wanting to hurl," I told my Mom.
"Well, at least we know that some of your old appetite is still the same." my Dad said.
"Yeah, next time I think I'm just going to eat it cooked even though part of me says that I should not, I just don't think I really want to eat it raw again."
"You could have asked me to cook them for you, you know." Dad said.
"Yeah, I know, it's just I was too hungry to speak up. I did only have breakfast today." I replied.
"Ok, well at least you know for next time.
"Alex, do you know if you're still an omnivore or just a strict carnivore?" Stu asked me.
"I'm not sure really, but I hope I'm still an omnivore. I would hate to give up watermelon and candy." I said back.
"Well we can find that out tomorrow. Who is up for a movie?" my Mom asked.
"Sure!" I replied.
"Which one would you like?" Dad asked.
"Well, Dad you usually ask me that but always say "no" to the ones I choose."
"Yes, that's because they are always about dragons Alex." my Dad says laughingly.
"You know, I think that that can now be taken as an insult." I broke out laughing.
"Why Is that?" Dad asked.
"Because I think you say that because you don't like Dragons." I laugh at this.
"Ok, we can watch a dragon movie if you really want to." Dad said in a defeated sort of way.
"No, it's ok Dad, I'm just teasing you."
"No, really, it's ok."
"Well how about "War of the Worlds", "Dragon Heart" or HTTYD? I asked.
"We just watched "War of the Worlds" a few days ago, and I don't really want to watch a cartoon, so we can watch "Dragon Heart"
"If you want to
"Ok lets do that, if you're all ok with it? I turn my head so that I'm looking at Stu and Mom.
"Sure, that's ok. I haven't seen that movie In a few years." Stu said.
"Sure why not." Mom said.
"Ok, but you have to put it In Alex." Dad said
I turn my head towards Dad and try to make an annoyed look but realize soon that I'm not as capable doing that as I used to be. Dad just starts laughing and says "What's that supposed to be?"
"Great I cant even try to look annoyed any more and that was one of my favourite things to do."
Everybody starts laughing at this and I join in with them. When we all stopped laughing at this Mom gets up and puts the DVD in. Dad hits the play button on the remote. After the movie was done we all went to bed. I laid down on my bed trying to get comfortable but soon realized that I could no longer sleep in the position I normally would so I figured I would try something new, and curled up with my head beside my tail. I put one of my wings over my head and soon fell asleep and dreamed of what tomorrow might be like.