He was free. No more lectures. No more running late. No more classes. He was finally able to sleep on on a Monday without having to get up early. The small dragon with his eyes closed in a deep slumber let out a gravely snore. His small snout let out a small bubble of ooze that grew as he breathed in.
“Rex!” a voice called to him. The little dragon rolled over to his side and brushed the air with an arm. Footsteps began to stomp the ground. “Rex! It’s time to get up!” said the voice once more. The dragon let out a small tired growl and curled up under the covers of his bed. He ducked his spiked head under the pillow and began to snore even louder.
The footsteps came to a halt at the door of the room. A violent jerk twisted the door handle which swung open. The door slammed against the wall revealing a small light green dragon herself with an apron and a large sun hat. Her arms crossed and marched over to the bed. At this point the small sleepy dragon was slowly waking up and cowering underneath the pillow, burying his head deeper into the bed.
She tossed open the sheets and let out a small frustrated puff of smoke.
“Rex Brimstone! It’s almost ten in the morning! You should be up by now!” she said poking a small claw at his backside. Rex curled up even more and looked like a lizard accordion as he pretended to sleep. She shook her head and cracked her claws together. Rex’s eye’s widened in terror.
Yikes. He said as he tightened his grip on the bed. She grabbed his tail with a firm grip and yanked him right out his bed flinging him up in the air. Please don’t say it! Please don’t say it! He said as he spun a few times in the air. With a cocky smirk she hopped up to catch him. Her mouth widened with a great smile of mischief. What seemed like time slowed down Rex caught her saying what he dreaded:
“Sky Slam!” she shouted. Rex felt her embrace him with a tight grasp and was soon met with a crash to the ground shaking all his furniture. She hopped back up and even took a bow at the dazed dragon. She clapped her hands and placed them on her hips. With a weak moan he got up resting a hand on his head.
“Hey mom” he started shaking his head. “I’m up”. With a smile she raised a brow and smiled at his big tooth.
“Oh good honey you’re awake” she dusted off a speck of dust off the back of his head.
Rex had just finished a hot breakfast. Mila Brimstone poured a small glass of orange juice into a glass and took a small sip from it. She grinned at the overly stuffed dragon as he lay further back into his wooden chair.
“I’m so glad you enjoyed them sweetie” she said taking a seat across from him. “It was a new recipe” she took another sip from her glass and stopped halfway spitting half of back in. She awkwardly smiled and placed it back down.
“What’s wrong?” Rex asked trying to sit back up. Mila wiped a drop of juice off her snout.
“Oh I almost forgot to tell you something” she started. Mila ruffled through a small pocket in her tiny apron and pulled out a flat squared device with a shiny screen.
“My Z-Gear! It’s fixed!” Rex immediately swiped the phone from her claws and turned it on.
“Just be careful next time when you’re out okay?” sighed Mila as she took another sip from her glass. The small dragon nodded and nudged his snout against her cheek. She happily smiled with joy. He grabbed a plate and gently tossed with the other soaking dishes and darted off towards the door.
“Oh Rex honey!” called Mila as she leaned off of the table. Rex stopped with a foot in the air. His head slowly turned around.
“Yeah Mom?” he said tightening his tooth to his lip. She smiled and let out a small goodbye wave.
“Don’t forget your bag” she said taking a slow sip of her glass. Rex nodded grabbed a small satchel hanging from a tiny coat hanger and walked out the front door.
Outside Rex let out a sigh of relief and pulled out the phone from a side pocket. Flashing happy images filled the screen with a big welcome back written in a bright bold neon font. Rex gently swiped upwards on the phone and saw a message was sent from earlier. He shrugged and opened the message.
Hi Rex! I thought you would go outside and play with your phone and I thought I’d give you a message saying enjoy the day sweetie! I’m always rooting for ya! Love Mom.
“Awwww” the little dragon said with a small grin. Suddenly the phone beeped and a second message had appeared. With an eyebrow raised he clicked on the second message.
Also sweetie while you are out can you get a few things for me for the garden? Okay bye!
“Awwwwwwww” Sighed Rex and stuffed the phone with spite back into its side pocket. He soon found himself walking down the lush of green fields of his neighborhood. By neighborhood there were only two houses scattered across each other in Stone Hill, the quiet town filled with beginnings. Houses were all dispersed. Some were on top of hills, between small patches of oak trees and others like his were just sitting on a nice patch of road toward the middle of the small town.
Rex stretched his arms and placed them on the back of his head watching small bird creatures soar past him. A gray and white pegasus girl hovered by with a cheerful smile carrying a heavy brown side bag across her small blue dress shirt. The mail mare was running on time today.
As Rex waved hello to the girl his surroundings turned much darker. He looked up at the sky. There wasn’t a cloud in the world and yet this small patch of dirt he walked on was completely shaded by something. He looked straight up above him and saw a large bird like creature blocking out the sun from him. Rex squinted his eyes and took a two steps backward. The creature with its large hand like wings began to descend. landed with a big cloud of dust. Rex turned his head a little and walked up the creature. It lifted it’s red and black head and smiled at him. Glowing yellow eyes glared at the small dragon with a friendly smile.
“Hi Rexy!” she said teasingly. Rex smiled back and rested his head on her large angular horns.
“Morning Zinnia” Rex happily replied scratching her chin with a single claw.
“Need a lift into town big guy?” another voice said from behind the bird monster. Out popped the head of a young girl riding on the back with her legs to the side. Her long hair and blue dress waved from the wind from Zinnia’s wings.
“You bet Molly!” replied the little dragon. Zinnia leaned forward and lowered her wings to the ground. Rex hopped on all fours and climbed from the side of the monster bird’s wing and plopped right next to Molly.
“Alright hold on tight!” said Molly with delight. Zinnia let out several heavy flaps of her massive wings and slowly they began to rise into the sky. Molly grabbed the dragon from behind her and guided him to sit in front, holding on to his waist like a little child and her teddy bear. Rex smiled and leaned back to her a little.
Zinnia let out a small gleeful roar and tilted higher. She passed by a flock of pigeon monsters all cooing with small baskets and bags hanging from their talons. A much taller bird monster with sleek metal like feathers challenged her to race up to clouds. Zinnia nodded to the bird girl and cracked her long neck.
“Oh no not again” Zinnia and the metal bird both let out a roar and charged with hard flaps from their wings towards the small cloud in the distance. The bird had a small lead and laid out its sleek wings to her side like a missile at the cloud. Zinnia took several hard flaps and kicked a little with her back legs.
“I don’t think that’s gonna work pal” Molly said patting the side of Zinnia’s neck. The bird monster ignored her and let out a small smug snort.
“Watch me” she said stretching her neck with a piercing look of determination. Her large horns leaned back along with her small spikes on the back. Her wings let out one final thrust of air. “Air dash!” she screeched. That moment they were shot like a bullet across the blue sky racing right at the metal bird. Rex and Molly hugged Zinnia’s body with a binding squeeze as the wind pounded their face like a wind tunnel. She turned with a big smirk. She thought she won. Then she saw the growing image of a the massive bird coming right at her as if she was prey. Her eyes widened in shock followed by a big gaping “ack!”
“What the?!” she yelled and flapped out of the way shaking off a couple of her smaller metal feathers as well. Zinnia laughed as she let out a small tongue back at the bird. Molly and Rex waved back with there shoulders shrugged up. Before they knew it they soon were through the cloud. Rex and Molly reached a hand out to feel the nothingness of the fluffy cloud slowly breaking it off while setting a small white tail from behind it. At last they were finally slowing down with big flaps from Zinnia’s wings to break her speed. She turned to them with a raised brow.
“You were saying?” she said with a smug grin. The two just gave her a confused smile.
Soon they could see the edge of town. Still small and humble with a few taller buildings and a couple of shops. In the distance they could see many more of the windmills on top of larger hills. A few docile sheep could be seen grazing on the waving green grass. The small wind just barely spun the wooden mills.
Zinnia picked out a small place to land. Feeling a parched she came to rest near a little shop selling drinks and small snacks. Rex went in and came back out with three cans of lemon soda and handed on to each of them. The two smiled and took a sip of the can followed by a satisfying “aaahhh”.
“So what brings you here Molly?” asked the little dragon. She shrugged and leaned on a pole under some shade. She stroked Zinnia’s head and chin. The horned bird let her tongue slip out in enjoyment.
“Not much. Just needed to get out of the house” Zinnia replied tilting her head at the dragon.
“And what were you going to do in town for today?” asked Molly adjusting her blue bow. Rex pulled out his phone and scrolled through the small list. Mostly a few small seed packets and some gloves were listed on the sticky note app on the screen. Rex sighed on relief. No manure trip this time.
“Just some errands for Mom” he said scratching his orange spikes. “But what I really wanted to do is look for a fun battle with someone” he had a determined fist made with his other claws. He always liked challenging bigger monsters after school. Some say he got that from his Mom, Mila, but others thought he loved the thrill of seeing the strength of others. Molly hunched over at the little dragon with an impish smile.
“Battle huh? How about when you finish your little errand run we can-”she was cut off by the shriek of a small creature running by. All three of them stood up and looked over across the street. The little monster boy was shedding a couple of tears down his cheeks. He held his arm tightly as he ignored all the other scratches and dirt marks on his body. Zinnia let out one of her large wings and stopped the little monster boy.
“Whoa there! What’s wrong little guy?” Zinnia said standing up into the sunlight. The monster boy wiped the tears off his rounded nose. Molly knelt over and examined the small wounds on his arms and face.
“Who did this to you?” Molly asked rubbing some dirt off his tiny horns. He sniffled and pointed down the road.
“I tried to stop them but there were too many of them. They took our lunches and all of our stuff” Rex clinched his bag with anger and let out a snort. Well he might have got what he wanted. Just not the way he wanted wanted. He walked up to the monster boy who was just a hair shorter than he was.
“You just leave it us. Well get your things back uh” he began. The monster boy smiled. His eyes widened and his little blue wings flapped like a busy hummingbird’s.
“Taffy! My names Taffy! Thanks so much mister!” Rex embarrassingly put a claw on his snout.
“Well I don’t think I’m that old to be called mister, but you can call me Rex! This is Zinnia and Molly. They’ve been my friends since I was little uh much more little” Zinnia and Molly nodded at the little blue monster. Molly placed a hand over the boy’s wounded arm and began cleaning the dirt off of it.
“Tell me, where were they last?” she asked him. Taffy pointed down the road and then gestured a small white gazebo in the far distance. The park they all thought. Zinnia stretched out a wing. The little dragon nodded and quickly hopped on. She flapped a gust of wind and slowly took off.
“Alright Rexy boy! We got a gang of thieves to catch!”