The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon-4

by Aditya Sengupta

The story so far (The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic DragonThe Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon-2  and The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon-3): Unknown to humans, dragons continue to flourish in some selected spots on the Earth. The largest settlement of dragons is the underwater island of Trurano near Venice, Italy. The dragons of Trurano, however, are in a quandary, as a young dragon was recently kidnapped by a human and returned with a letter addressed to the Elder Dragon, demanding that the dragons vacate Trurano immediately, or he would tell humans about it. Meanwhile, Draco, a young dragon in Trurano, appears for his examination, does exceptionally well and is taken into a deserted old castle by the examiner. There Draco is imprisoned by the human who had written to the Elder Dragon. The human tells Draco that he had bewitched the castle to fly and attract the attention of the human population. This would ensure that humans discover the dragons of Trurano and Draco himself would probably end up in a museum and die there …

Chapter 4: The Escape

Walking away, the man said, “Don’t bother even trying to escape, because these chains can only be broken by the machine that you see on the wall in front of you. If it breaks, your chains will break. Good luck.” He spoke the last two words with a mocking tone. “Meanwhile, I shall go and make this castle fly.”

Draco may have found that last sentence funny at another time, but now there was a crisis and he had no time for humour. And he also knew that the human was completely serious.

He tried to burn the machine that the man had indicated, but nothing happened. Though he had heard that many man-made electronic devices did not work after they had been soaked in water, this one seemed to be an exception. Wondering how he could get out of this situation, a crazy idea occurred to him. He decided that it was worth a try.

Inhaling deeply, Draco tried to breathe both fire and water at the same time.

The result was that somehow, the machine was frozen and Draco was freed from his chains. The door also swung open, without so much as a creak. Normally, Draco would have been surprised and amazed, but he did not have time for either, so he crept out of the room and quietly started to search the castle.

Eventually, he found the right room. The door was open, and the man did not seem to know that Draco had entered the room. Draco quickly froze him in a block of ice by trying to breathe fire and water at the same time.  Then he made sure that the castle was going to fly, like the human had intended, but he changed the settings to make it go back down to the sea floor after some time. He quickly jumped into the sea, and swam down to Trurano, thinking that his friends would certainly be surprised to hear about his adventures.

***

Meanwhile, were you wondering what had happened to the man?

It turned out that he was really a dragon himself, but had chosen to stay as a human. He transformed after Draco had left the castle, and he broke free of the ice. Fortunately, at that very moment, some other humans arrived and shot him with a paralyzing dart. He was then sold as a scientific specimen to be examined, and he died after a short while. He suffered the same fate that he had described to Draco.

***

The existence of dragons has remained a mystery for centuries, and people have still not fully unraveled this mystery. I have revealed the answers to some of these, but not all of them. How is transformation from a dragon to a human possible? Do you have to be born as a human or as a dragon? Nobody, human or dragon, knows the answer.

Aditya Sengupta is 12 years old and a student of class VII in New Delhi, India. He loves reading, writing, music and watching cricket.

The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon-3

by Aditya Sengupta

The story so far (The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon and The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon-2): Unknown to humans, dragons continue to flourish in some selected spots on the Earth. The largest settlement of dragons is the underwater island of Trurano near Venice, Italy. The dragons of Trurano, however, are in a quandary, as a young dragon was recently kidnapped by a human and returned with a letter addressed to the Elder Dragon, demanding that the dragons vacate Trurano immediately, or he would tell humans about it. Meanwhile, Draco, a young dragon in Trurano, is preparing for his examination …

Chapter 3: The Trap

The teacher was breathing fire at other young dragons, about Draco’s age.

“Good, very good! You have passed the exam, young dragons. Now finally… ” The old green dragon who was the examiner consulted his list. “Draco!”

Draco had never been more confident about anything in his entire life. He flew outside to the area where the exam would take place. The teacher started by breathing a large amount of water at Draco. He concentrated and was able to direct it straight down to the ocean floor. The examiner praised him and then breathed fire at Draco.

Before the fire got even halfway between the examiner and Draco, he had directed it back to where it came from, and it would have made contact if the old dragon had not dodged it.

The examiner was amazed. Dragons with the sort of power required to reflect fire or water back at their source were only spoken about in myths. He asked Draco to accompany him.

“Where are we going?”

“You’ll find that out when we get there.”

***

Draco was puzzled. The old green dragon had taken him to the old castle in which the dragons of Trurano hid when humans carried out their periodic searches of the island. They were going further into the castle than Draco had been before. Suddenly, the old dragon started to move very quickly, and soon he was nowhere to be seen. Draco looked for him and wandered into a room.

Suddenly, the doors clanged as they closed and locked themselves, and chains appeared from nowhere and bound Draco. He had been imprisoned!

Draco heard a triumphant voice say, “The first part of my plan is a success. I have captured a dragon and cut off the escape route of the aquatic dragons in one stroke.”

“Who are you? And what do you want with me?”

“I am a human—an animal hunter who has discovered the existence of dragons, and I am going to use you to make the world believe that dragons exist. Not that you in particular are that important.”

“Then why did you capture me?”

“After the Elder Dragon of your underwater island refused to leave, even after I kidnapped a dragon about your own age, (Draco gasped—it was his best friend who had been kidnapped, and he had only returned last week) I realized that I need to force the dragons to leave.”

“But why are you doing this to us?” Draco wanted to know.

“I want to get rich by showing the world—with proof—that dragons really exist! I have managed to install a system to make this whole castle fly. So, in a short while we will be going to the surface. As Venice is nearby, someone is bound to see us in our flying castle. When they investigate, they will find a young dragon and the person who discovered him.”

“I will then organize a search of Trurano, and the dragons will not be able to escape because there will be nowhere to go. A glass dome will be built around Trurano, and it will be converted into a dragon zoo. And not only will I be rich after all this, but I will also get countless scientific awards!”

Draco gazed at him in horror, when the human continued:

“As for you, I shall sell you as a scientific specimen to be examined. It is likely that you will die after a short while. You have an unpleasant time ahead of you.”

To be continued ……… but for how long?

Aditya Sengupta is 11 years old and a student of class VII in New Delhi. He enjoys reading, writing, music and watching cricket.

The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon-2

by Aditya Sengupta

The story so far (see The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon-1):  Dragons still exist! Despite what humans think, about two thousand dragons still live on Earth–Camouflage Dragons on top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Frost Dragons on Mount Everest, Fire Dragons in South Australia, and the largest settlement of about a thousand Aquatic Dragons on the underwater island of Trurano, near the Italian city of Venice. The dragons at Trurano lived peacefully for thousands of years, till a disturbing message arrived …  

Chapter 2: Threat to Trurano

Draco flew above the island of Trurano, finally landing in the courtyard of his house after a long flight. He had dark blue wings with streaks of red – an unusual colour for a dragon, but he liked it. Every dragon family had a separate colour. Theirs was unique.

His grandmother flew in from the other side of the courtyard and asked him, “Did you have a good day?”

“Yes, I did, Grandma, and now I want to relax. Do you know a story about an ancient and powerful dragon?”

“Of course! I’ll tell you one,” said Grandma.

“Once, long ago, there was a dragon that could actually take the power of another dragon’s fire and attack him with it! But then, there came an evil dragon, who wanted to destroy Trurano.”

“What happened then?”

But Draco never heard the answer to his question because he was called inside by his mother. “That’s enough! You have the exam tomorrow and you need to sleep early.

So Draco went in to his house, not worried about anything, unlike the Elder Dragon on the other side of Trurano…

***

“I just can’t believe it!” the Elder Dragon was saying to his council of ministers in an emergency meeting. “Asking us to leave Trurano? It’s almost beyond belief!”

The Council agreed. “The letter said that if we did not leave Trurano, then this man will tell the humans that we exist. It seems that we are given a choice-–either leave Trurano and eventually reveal ourselves to the humans, as there are no other safe places to hide, or be revealed. Not much of a choice!” said one member.

“But why are they doing this?” asked another member.

Nobody had an answer.

The letter that this council had been talking about had come through a messenger–a young dragon who had been kidnapped a month ago. He had been in a state of terror as he delivered the letter to the Elder Dragon. He had then been taken to his own home, where his parents had been overjoyed to see him. The letter said:

To the Elder Dragon of Trurano

You must leave the island of Trurano immediately, within the next two weeks. If you refuse, then your existence will be revealed to the humans and your species will become extinct. Those who survive will be moved to zoos.

Anonymous

***

The brief silence that followed the reading of the letter was broken by the Elder Dragon stating that they would not leave Trurano.

The Council agreed that they would remain on the island, as that’s where Aquatic Dragons have been living for thousands of years.

They decided not to reply to the message. However, this unknown person appeared to be ready to go to extreme lengths to make them leave the island.

To be continued …

Aditya Sengupta is 11 years old and a student of class VII in New Delhi, India. He loves reading, writing, music and watching cricket.

The Adventures of Draco, the Aquatic Dragon

by Aditya Sengupta      

Chapter 1: About Dragons 

Everyone who has visited the Italian city of Venice will know about the two islands nearby, Murano and Burano. A short journey away from Venice on the vaporetto (water bus), Murano has glass factories while Burano has lace factories.

According to legend there is also a third island, which drowned a long time ago, and is still inhabited. The different versions of the legend, however, disagree on the type of creatures that inhabit the island. Some say ghosts, while others say that people live there.

Both are wrong.

The island of Trurano, which has been at the bottom of the sea for one thousand years, is the home of dragons.

When I say dragons I mean real, flying, fire-breathing dragons. However, over time they have had to adapt to their surroundings. Though they retain the ability to breathe fire, they do not use it often. Instead, they breathe boiling hot water, which is more effective than you would think, being underwater.

This process is similar to that of breathing fire, except that it uses water. However, it does not damage fellow dragons if they block it. A fully-grown dragon can, using only its mind, block jets of hot water that come from another dragon. Dragons that are highly skilled can even control the water and make it hit its opponent. This mind-block is the most important thing for dragons to know, and as soon as they can communicate with other dragons, young dragons are taught this technique.

After they learn this, they have their first exam at dragon school (a school where young dragons learn self-defense and how to breathe fire and water). The teacher breathes water at them one by one, and they have to make sure it does not hit them. Dragons stay at dragon school for one year. Every young dragon hears stories of the time when dragons freely roamed the earth, two million years before.

Humans have found some ancient dragon fossils and named them pterodactyls. Humans do not yet know of the existence of dragons, and the Elder Dragon, the leader of the dragons, plans to keep it that way. The instant a dragon was revealed to humans they would lock it up and move it to a zoo.

Humans have, of course, searched Trurano several times, but dragons are able to hide quite effectively in an old castle nearby. This castle can house the entire population of Trurano temporarily.

These dragons are not the only settlement of dragons on earth. There are others as well: Frost Dragons on the top of mountains like Mount Everest, Camouflage Dragons which can blend in with their surroundings (they inhabit the top of the Eiffel Tower), and Fire Dragons (the ones described in mythological and fantasy stories) in South Australia.

In total, there are about two thousand dragons left in the world. Of these, about one hundred roam the earth freely, making sure that they are not seen by humans. Five hundred are camouflage dragons and about four hundred are Frost Dragons. If anything other than a dragon touches them, they will be frozen for ever, and because of this, Frost Dragons are the most dangerous.

One thousand dragons live on Trurano, the largest remaining settlement of dragons. This settlement of dragons lived peacefully and nothing exciting happened… until the message arrived.

To be continued…

Aditya Sengupta is 11 years old and a student of class VII in New Delhi, India. He loves reading, music and watching cricket.

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