Green Eyes - Story of a Dragon

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic
***Entry for Arcticstar's challenge***
Jen, a girl of thirteen, unknowingly catches a dragon, Draco, that she later falls in love with. But this is risky - if a human and a dragon fall in love, can they be together?

Submitted: February 14, 2010

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Two hours. It’s been two hours since I last saw him. The last time I will ever see him. And now I sit here, on a deserted beach, tears falling like waterfalls from my eyes, forming puddles in the white moonlit sand at my feet. I dare not lift my head, for then I will see the waves of the sea that spread out before me like a moving cloak; the cloak that took his last breath. Other days I would have been happy to sit here, watching the waves and the moon that is reflected in the black water. But not today. Today, the black water is a symbol of loneliness; a symbol of mourning; a symbol of death.
“Why?” I want to scream up at the stars, “Why him? Why not a different one of them?” But the stars won’t reply even if I did scream at them. All they do is twinkle merrily up there, not a care in the world. Only one remains sad and motionless. His star.
The tears begin falling faster and faster and I slip off of the rock I was sitting on and fall slowly to the ground. I lay there in the sand, broken inside, knowing that it was all my fault, slowly crying myself to sleep.
 
*****
 
My story starts with only one word. Dragons. Not many know about them, only a few are trusted with their secrets. I, unfortunately, and one of them.
Dragons are everywhere, you just have to know where to look. They’re in everything you do, everywhere you look. Such as that tree over there, in the rippling water, in the fire that burnt down that apartment last year, even in the ice you slipped on last week, and in the storm with the horrible lightning and the loudest thunder you’ve ever heard.
But dragons are not only parts of the elements. There are also dragons that are sent down from the stars to watch our people; kind of like guardian angels, except for the fact that they’re dragons. They come in many ways and forms, and it is very hard to catch one. I made a mistake of doing exactly that: catching a dragon.
I don’t look like someone who would do that at all. I’m a normal girl of thirteen with dark eyes and blond hair that falls in curls to my chest. You’d probably describe me as fragile or vulnerable and, I am, but only in the way I look. I have a strong spirit and a very good sense of self-preservation. And I don’t fall for boys easily either – I’ve only dated one boy in my entire life, but I ended up dumping him anyway, so there really was no point.
But that all changed when I got a glimpse of him. Well, not exactly of him. Just of his eyes. Emerald green eyes that captured mine for the most fleeting of moments, but that was enough to captivate me. I had to find out who he was.
I got up from the bench where I was sitting and merged into the crowd, trying to find those green eyes again. I glimpsed them again, and saw that they belonged to a boy with short, coal black hair that looked about fifteen. And, by the looks of it, was running away from me.
He ran out the main doors, breaking away from the crowd, but I was right behind him. He was fast, good at dodging, and seemed to know this city well. Luckily, so did I. Travelling at a sprint, I followed him through the park, down winding streets, and finally to the beach. Here is where I lost him, my feet slipping in the soft sand. I reached a bunch of large rocks and scrambled up them to see what looked like a giant bird flying over the ocean, green scales reflecting ht sunlight. I blinked and the thing was gone, nowhere in sight.
Little did I know that I had just glimpsed my first dragon.
 
*****
 
The next day I got up and went to school as I normally did, but I couldn’t keep my thoughts focused on my work. I kept seeing those eyes, flashing at me everywhere I looked. I blanked out in math class and was staring out the window, when I saw a large bird land on the grass some distance away. It turned to face me, and that’s when I saw the green eyes. I literally jumped out of my desk, earning myself stares from my classmates and a glare from my teacher.
“I just remembered that I have an appointment and need to go to the office.” I lied smoothly, and the teacher let me go. Did I go to the office? Of course not. Instead I went outside to where I saw the bird land. There was nothing there, so I leaned down to look for bird tracks. Then a shadow fell over me. I turned and came face to face with a beast.
Its green scales glittered in the sun, while sharp teeth gleamed between its lips. Two horns grew from its head, rising like two towers from the land. It had no legs, but instead sat on a snake-like body covered in scales and, as I noticed now, feathers. Giant, feather-covered wings spread out around it, blocking the sunlight from reaching me. Its eyes looked at me carefully, as if calculating what my next move would be. Its green eyes.
Not knowing what I was doing, I reached out and touched its nose. Then, I felt a strong pull, and I fell to the ground, unconscious.
 
*****
 
Sand. Soft, yellow sand stretched out everywhere around me. Where am I? Then, I remembered the dragon. I sat up abruptly and turned around to see the boy with the black hair and the green eyes staring straight at me.
“Hi, I’m Draco,” he said, his voice sounding like something between a hiss and a growl.
“I-I’m Jen,” I stammered back. He looked at me with a raised eyebrow, “Are you scared of me or something? Stammering like that even though I’m not scary or anything.”
“You’re the dragon, aren’t you?” I whispered back, an I saw his face fall.
“So you’re the dragon catcher,” he muttered.
“The what?”
“The dragon catcher,” he replied, “Someone who tries to catch a dragon, and when they do, they use it for their own good, usually leading to the destruction of the dragon. There’s a bond between the dragon and the dragon catcher that is unbreakable unless one of the two dies – usually the dragon.”
“But all I did was touch the dragon’s – I mean your – nose,” I answer, “That can’t be enough to make a bond like that. Besides, what would I do with a dragon?”
Draco just shrugged, “I don’t know. Some use them to destroy, others to gain popularity and status, and still other for love.”
“Love?”
“It is the worst of all fates possible. When the two fall in love with each other, they can’t tell the other because then the bond becomes so strong that if one dies, so does the other.”
“I still don’t get what’s so bad about falling in love with a dragon.”
“Think about it! They would never be able to raise a family, the dragon could easily hurt the human, and if one gets killed, the other does as well.” He turned to look at me and our eyes met, locking each other in place; my dark eyes with his green eyes. He looked away after a few seconds, but those seconds were enough for me to understand that he definitely felt something for me and was only trying to protect me from what might come around.
 
*****
 
I didn’t see Draco for the next few days – only in my dreams. In those dream we were falling in love with each other, even though we weren’t supposed to. And I wasn’t just falling for him in my dreams, but in reality as well. Every single thought I had was of him, coming to the point where you could probably call me obsessed.
I hated battling with my emotions like this, but really, it was pointless. Why was it like this? I’d never fallen for a guy this fast before. Maybe it was part of the bond, and you had to fight it, even though it was useless.
Why had I caught such a handsome dragon?
 
*****
 
I decided to walk down to the beach today because I knew that Draco might be there. And sure enough, he was. As soon as he saw me, a smile lit up his face, and I automatically smiled too.
Before coming, I had been thinking about what to tell him, or whether to tell him anything at all. Should I be honest with my feelings? I finally came to the conclusion that with such a dangerous bond between us, it was better to be honest.
“Draco,” I said, “Recently I have been fighting my feelings for you, and I don’t know what to do. Is this part of the bond?”
He didn’t reply, just walked over and kissed me. And I kissed him back.
“I love you,” we said at the same time, and I felt something more magical around us than when I first touched him and forged the bond between us.
 
 
*****
 
“The stars are beautiful, aren’t they?” he asked me as we lay side by side on the beach, staring up at the midnight sky above us. It looked like a great blanket, with sequins sown into it, which made it glitter and dance.
“Ever since I was a kid I loved coming to the beach and staring up at the stars,” I replied, “I usually came with my father.”
“Why don’t you do so anymore?”
“My father was killed when I was ten,” I replied, “My mother was afraid of the water and the darkness of the beach, so she wouldn’t take me out to see the stars.”
“I’m sorry to hear that.” he answered.
“Don’t be, it’s the circle of life,” I said, looking him in the eyes, “Something dies, and something new comes along.” He smiled at me.
“I want to show you something.” He stood and pulled me up, then pointed to a star in the sky that I had never noticed before.
“That’s the most beautiful star I’ve ever seen.”
“That’s one of the stars that makes up the dragon constellation – Draco. It’s my favourite one. It also happens to be the direction that you fly in to reach the dragon’s caves.”
“There are more of you dragons?” I asked.
“Did you think I was the last one,” he laughed, “No, there are scores of us dragons, and they’re everywhere.”
“How come I’ve never seen any others?”
“Would you like to?” I looked at him in astonishment, and then I realized that he was offering to take me to the dragon’s caves.
“Won’t they kill me?”
“If they kill you, won’t I be dead as well though?” He looked at me sadly. I just nodded.
“At least we’ll be together,” he said at last, breaking the silence, “Wait here and I’ll be back in a few seconds.” He returned within the minute in his dragon form, the moonlight reflecting off of his scales.
“Hop on,” he said, and I climbed on to his back, just between the wings and his head. Before I knew it, we were flying above the rolling waves, closer to the stars than the earth below us. It was an amazing sensation, to be so light and weightless and to be floating in the air aboard a creature that supposedly exists only in tales, myths, and legends.
We headed in the direction of the star that he had showed me, and then there was a flash of all the colours in the universe, and we were in a completely different world.
All too soon, the flight was over, and we landed on a rocky outcrop of a huge mountain. Here was where the dragons lived. Draco morphed back into his human form, then took my hand and led me into the mountain.
He took me through numerous passages that were lit with lanterns that held fire – dragon’s fire, as he explained to me. Red fire, yellow fire, blue fire, green fire, purple fire, even pink fire lit up the dark hallways and made them less menacing to walk through.
Then, he led me into an enormous room, almost the size of ten cathedrals. Chandeliers of many different types of jewels hung from the ceilings, and I could see rubies, sapphires, emeralds, pearls, and diamonds making them up. Here, the room was also lit with dragon’s fire, and it glistened off of the gold coins, crowns, and other amazing items that lay on the ground. On top of all of these riches sat the most giant dragon of all.
“Bow before Ezmeidr, since he is the king and the key to us keeping our lives,” Draco whispered, “He also happens to be my father.”
“What?” I hissed back, “You didn’t tell me you’re a dragon prince.” He didn’t reply as we both gave our deepest bows to the king of all dragons.
“You may stand,” Ezmeidr told us, morphing into his human form. He looked about fifty years old, with black hair and very, very dark eyes. Another dragon, this one a female, appeared behind him, this one with red hair and the same green eyes as Draco.
“That’s my mother, the queen, Nisavila,” Draco whispered to me.
“I’m glad they didn’t decide to name you with a tongue-twisting name.” I replied, making him smile.
“Who is this?” asked Nisavila, stepping forward.
“This is Jen,” Draco replied, stepping in front of me, “The girl, who I am sorry to say, caught me in my dragon form.”
“You have been caught by a dragon catcher?!” thundered Ezmeidr, stepping forward as well, growing larger by the second, “You, the dragon prince who is to rule after me is going to rule with a dragon catcher!”
“Son, please don’t tell me that you’ve forged the deeper bond with her!” cried Nisavila.
“I’m sorry to disappoint you mother.” Draco looked down at the ground, shame burning inside him. His mother slapped him right across the cheek, then ran out of the room, sobbing. The sound of the smack echoed throughout the room.
“And so, the only way to kill her, is to kill you, my son,” growled Ezmeidr, now back in his dragon form, “Guards! Take Draco away!”
I gave Draco a panicked look, knowing that both of our deaths were coming soon. He grabbed my arm and practically threw me onto him, turning into his dragon form in the process.
We flew through the once merrily lit hallways which now looked so menacing and dangerous I had to close my eyes as we flew through them. We emerged into the bright sunlight to see dozens of dragons blocking the entrance. I would have happily gotten to know them in different circumstances, since they all seemed different and would probably help me out in learning about the dragons here, but right now, they looked like they were going to kill me. And that’s exactly what they were planning to do.
“Hold on,” growled Draco, then began spiralling and dodging at lightning speed in and out of the other dragons, avoiding some of them by a hair’s width. He stormed through the portal that led back into my world, flying across the ocean so fast that the whole image of the world was blurred in my eyes.
He landed on the beach, morphing back into human form.
“Hide somewhere beneath the rocks, somewhere where they can’t find you or hurt you.” he told me, panic in his eyes.
“What about you? If you get killed, I’ll just die here.”
He looks at me through pained eyes, “No. We said I love you at the same time. If I die, you stay alive.” He leaned in and kissed me, but I could hardly feel it through the immense hurt in my heart. I watched as he shifted back into his dragon form and flew away, towards the ocean; towards his own death.
I could still feel his lips on mine, but that feeling was slowly getting drowned by the tears that were falling from my eyes onto my cheeks like rain falls against windows.
But still, I watched his figure fly towards a darker mass up in the sky. Then, the other dragons attacked him, and I saw the figure of his dragon falling through the sky, changing as he fell towards the water. Then, he was gone, drowned somewhere far out in the waters.
I dragged myself to the rocks on the beach and lay there, crying my heart out until I fell asleep there.
 
*****
 
I woke up in the hospital. My mother was standing over me, worry in her dark eyes. I looked away, reminded too much of Ezmeidr’s eyes. I looked at the window in the small room, which was covered with raindrops, as if the world was crying with me.
 
*****
 
So, every year on the day when he was killed, I go and sit at the beach, staring off into the distance where I saw his body fall into the waves that took his last breath. Every single year, it rains on exactly that day, but I don’t mind – it gives me support to know that I’m not the only one who misses him so much.
I am changed. Not many have ever survived a meeting with a dragon, and most certainly, no one has ever fallen in love with a dragon. I have.
 
And sometimes, when I stare out the window and look at the sky or the trees or the ground, I think I see his eyes. His green eyes.


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