I walked to the dog park with my chocolate lab Ivy like any other Saturday. I picked up my friend Lisa and her French Poodle Allan like any other Saturday. We stopped to get a soda like any other Saturday, but this was not like any other Saturday. When we arrived my new friend Callie was standing inside. That was a pleasant suprise. I met her a week before, at the dog park. We clicked immediately and chatted for a long time. Our dogs really hit it off too. She had a pretty border collie named Lillie and Ivy was sooo excited to have another big dog to play with. The area is pretty much all apartments, so most dogs here are small dogs, but I live in one of the few houses around. Sure it's a long walk to school, church, the dog park, and just about anywhere, but I'd rather live in our creaky old house than some cramped apartment any day. When Lisa and I reached Callie she was out of breath and her eyes were glistening with excitement. She was cradling her expensive camera in her left arm. She has a knack for photography, and that's how I met her. She was taking pictures of all the dogs and kept complimenting how beautiful Ivy's eyes were.
"You'll never guess what I saw today on the way here!" she was acting like she'd seen an angel.
"A dragon?" Lisa guessed smirking.
"How'd you know?" she said looking Lisa in the eye.
"Woah!" Lisa looked like she'd seen a ghost. "I was joking. You mean you seriously saw a dragon? Up in these parts? No way!"
Callie nodded. "I took the long way here from my Dad's house this morning. My Mom isn't expecting me until 3:00, but i told my Dad she wanted me at 10:00 so I'd have plenty of time to do whatever I wanted. I climbed a tree to get a good view of a birds nest for a photo, but that's when I saw the dragon. I know we were guaranteed never to sight one here, and that people think they will kill us instantly, but this one was so beautiful that I had to snap a photo. It heard the click and turned it's massive colorful head in my direction. All of a sudden it turned bright pink! It was a rainwing. I knew I was safe, since they're herbivores. I've been wanting to see one all my life and I never got too! It was awesome!" she shared a photo of it with us and it was beautiful. I thought she was lucky to have seen something like that no matter what Grandma Higgins says.
We decided we wanted to go see it for ourselves so Me, Lisa, Callie, Ivy, Allan, and Lillie all headed in the direction she had seen it. I was scared, but if what Callie said was correct, then ti wouldn't harm us. Finally we made our way up to a forest with path. I wondered what a Rainwing was doing here. Callie said they lived in the rainforest. I figured we wouldn't see it and that it had gone back up to where it came from, but I was wrong. I almost stepped on it, because it had camouflaged into the trees and ground. It suddenly turned green, and I screamed.
"AAAAAAAAh!" I jumped back, my heart pounding harder than it had ever pounded before. Lisa looked like she was about to faint, and even Callie looked quite scared. It reached out a claw at me, and I started backing away, but it grabbed my shoulder. It didn't dig it's claws in so it didn't hurt, but it started pulling me closer. It lifted me up to it's face and looked me over. Then it set me down. It motioned to its shoulder and I was confused at first.
"A ride!" Callie blurted out. "It wants to give us a ride. I read about some dragons liking to take scavengers for rides. I thought it was all a rumor, but I think different now." she was the first to climb up to it's shoulder. She tucked her camera in her bag and reached her hand out to me. "Come on Avery, I know you're scared but how could you bear to say you had the chance to ride a dragon and didn't?" without thinking I grabbed her hand and climbed on. The scales were beautiful, each shining like it were a separate gem. We both grabbed for Lisa at the same time. She flailed and protested, but we knew she would never get on on her own so we dragged her on. She never wants to do anything, but she'll even end up loving the craziest roller coasters if I can get her on. This was way more than a crazy roller coaster though. I don't think my stomach will ever feel the same. When the dragon knew we were all on, it spread it's wings and took off. At first I thought it was just going to fly slowly above the tree-tops, you know the kiddy ride of dragon riding. But I was wrong. It flew at an angle almost straight up and we had to clutch the scales oh so tightly to keep from falling to our deaths when it reached so high we could hardly breathe it dived straight down. It was horrible. It did that probably seven more times before I actually strarted to like it. Lisa of course, was smiling the whole time. Callie screamed and looked sick, but her expression was priceless. I wish I could have dug her camera out of her bag and snapped a shot Right there to show her when we got off. If we ever got off. Finally, the dragon flew in a fast, straight line above the treetops. It was actually really pleasant. When it landed and let us off, it gave us each a pat with it's foot. It was almost sweet. All this time, our dogs had been tied to a few trees, we weren't about to take them along. We walked home, all six of us, and went our separate ways. I relaxed in my room, not telling my parents about my wild adventure, until Lisa knocked at my door. I went to answer it and her face was white.
"What's wrong?" I asked her.
"I saw another one. From the beach. I went with my parents and I saw a blue one swimming. I didn't tell my parents. I thought you and Callie might want to know. I don't know her phone number or adress."
"I don't either, but I'll bet I know where she is." we headed to the library and sure enough, there was Callie engrossed in a book called "Rainwings and how to find, spot, and approach them." There weren't any books about approaching Seawings, because no one ever did that. We told her and she jumped right out of her seat, dropped the book on the floor and ran out the door without even grabbing her coat. I did. We followed her as quick as we could. We arrived at the beach and it was standing there on the sand. Wow. Two dragons in one day. This was no riding dragon though. It was huge. Probably twice as big as that Rainwing. Before we could decide what to do, it ran up to us and opened it's jaws wide. Lisa screamed and ran, but it bounded after her. Callie did something I'll never forget. She drew a sword from her belt. I don't know why a twelve year old girl would carry a sword, but thank goodness she did. Unlike any other panicking kid who would slash at it's scales, she dove right for it's eyes. It dodged and she tried again. After so many tries, it pinned her to the ground and opened it's jaws wide again. I ran forward without even thinking and dove for the sword. Just as soon as my had reached it I jabbed for it's tail. It bellowed in pain, and swung it's tail forward and it's head back. IT stared at it's wounded tail and growled. Suddenly, all that pain turned into anger. Anger made it lightening speed It came for me and I ran under it. After that it was all a blurr of scales, teeth, claws, swords and girls. Finally, after so many moments of running this way and that. It bellowed again, but this time it toppled over. It took me a moment to realize I had stabbed it's heart. I was there standing over it with a sword in it's chest and I couldn't help the tears falling down my cheek. I had killed a dragon. Yes it was the most dangerous, large, and aggressive creature, but it was also the sacred animal of the Scavengers. The name of our town came after a Rainwing that had befriended Scavengers. I had killed it. It had tried to kill me, but that was only in it's nature. My friends didn't share my sorrow, they whooped and cheered and took picture after picture. We went home, and told our parents everything. Some men went and collected it's body, preserved it, put it in a museum, and put a little sign by it saying "We thank Avery Higgins for this fine specemin. She slayed it with a mere sword, and she and her friends are alive here today because of that bravery. She was only 12 years old." I didn't think it was bravery. It all happened so fast I didn't know what I was doing. I saw many dragons after that day, but I never approached them. All but one. I saw the same Rainwing we had seen on that day we had our dogs and got a ride. I recognized it from a scar on it's ear. I think it recognized me. I know it did. It decided it wants to live in those woods now, and I visit it every day. Sometimes it takes me for rides, and sometimes we just chitchat. I have learned a few words in dragon, and have tried teaching her some body motions for words. I named her Dazzle. Every one in my town gave me a new name too. Avery slayer of dragons, but I get mad at anyone who calls me that. I'm Avery friend of dragons and always will be.
Avery Higgins, friend of dragons.