"How can it get any hotter?" I thought as I strolled down the pavement in the local flee market. The town had this thing every month. They called it the 'saturday sunday market' people would come from all over town and sell their goods on the pavement just outside an abandoned tenant building. And on a day like this, the pavement was releasing searing heatwaves all around. My eyes stung from sunblock I applied earlier on my face. I didn't usually come around here, just at times when I was really bored and I had a wallet fat with money. There was never anything particualrly interesting about what they sold here, but perhaps today would be different. There were venders on both sides, designed to make a path through the middle. I walked along all the different types of dealers. Selling all sorts....fruit, clothes, old antiques. Just about anything and everything but nothing I wanted. I was about to leave when something shining the suns light caught my eye. Or rather somethings, so I went over to have a look. Turns out it was a small tattered stand selling jewelry. Not really looking, I browsed over all these different peices of silver and gold. Most likely fake I thought. About seen enough when this last one got my attention, it was a bracelet. A dragon bracelet. I stopped in my tracks and pulled my sunglasses down. The braclet was a solid band of wood of what looked like dark cherry. The dragon itself was in the shape of a traditional chinease dragon, a dark sillute burned into the wood. I peered closer, walking into this disorganized tent. It was stuffy but I was glad for the cloth above blocking the sun. I bent down and examined the band of wood mroe closely.
It was certainly heavier than it looked, I looked around the rim of the thing, noticing some small writing etched into the wood. Ive never seen this sort of patterns before, they almost look like runes, it looked like a chinese dragon alright, but it was all wrong, I loved dragons, and this ones definetly european looking. Its design was very gothic, the dragon sort of writhing its way around the bracelets wood "hey, how much is this thing?" The ethnic looking lady owning the tent looked onto me from behind her vail. She to was covered in jewelry, she got up and walked up over to me "ahhhh" she said softly" this one, I shall think someone so young would enjoy this peice very much" I just nodded "uhm, yeh, but how much" I couldnt see but see smiled softly "for you my dear, for free" Well that was un expected "seriously? free, thank you!" I looked at the brecalet one last time to see if there was any blemishes or the sort that might have made the value next to nothing. Or any ownership initals to signify it might have been stolen. But I found none. I looked up at the strange woman. "thank you very much!" the woman simply nodded and moved back to her seat at the rear of the tent. After putting my sunglasses back on my eyes, I crossed the parking lot filled with tents to the side walk, not watching where I was going, just looking down at the bracelet in my hands. I haven't even put it on yet and I was amazed. I put my gift in my pocket and headed home. A few minutes later and, Finally! Home at last, air-conditioning here I come! After getting inside I sighed, pure bliss, absolute pure bliss. After all that sweat and heat. This felt like heaven. After putting a few things away, making a sandwhich and Tea. I head up into my room. I dump my stuff on the floor and open the window to let a little air in here. "Now where did I put that......ah there you are" I pull the bracelet out of my back pocket and put it on my wrist, holding my arm out in front of me, smiling. I nodded to myself, thanking that lady again, I get my head down on some homework....again...."damn teachers, wish they'd stop giving me this" The sun was at its highest in the afternoon and It must of been getting hotter and hotter in that room, but something felt rather odd. I was enjoying the heat. I look over at the temp meter and gasp, 15 degrees!! I should be dying of thirst. But I wasent I didnt even feel anything. I felt cool, I wiped my brow and found no sweat.
Worried I went over to the electric thermometer and turned it around, picking at the small gray tab to check for batteries. But after I took them out I realized they were compeltely charged. "odd... is it really 15 degrees?" I set the themometer back on the wall, looking at it for a second before going over to the window. "just in case" I said to myself as I opened it up, letting a gentle breeze rustle the papers on the counter. Then I noticed something on my hand as I pulled it back. I rubbed it a couple of times to see if it would come off. It looked like a yellowish splotch under my skin. at first I thought I got mustard on my hand from the sandwich or something of the sort, but it did'nt come off "did I hit my hand or something?" I said to myself, but I knew that was a pretty big mark for a bruise. I went over to the sink and turned on the faucet, waiting for the water to get to luke warm, as I waited I could have sworn I saw the splotch expand towards the hairs close by. Ignoring the fact the water was still ice cold despite the weather, I moved my hand under the faucet and pumped a load of soap into the other. I smashed the two together and scrubbed with all my might, trying to get the mark off. I scrubbed hard and vicous at the mark. One would think Id have no skin left if I scrubbed any harder. I lifted my hand out of the water and soap bubbles and wiped the suds away with my other hand. "Hang on.....why has this yellow stuff spread?" I caught myself saying. And it had indeed spread, my entire hand was a sickly yellow apart from the fingers. I was a little worried. Maybe Ive caught some kind of rare disease that makes your hand yellow. I rubbed at my yellow hand again but stopped. Something wasent right, something didnt 'feel' right. I stroked my hand again. Its surfce didnt feel normal. Not fleshy, it just didnt feel like my skin. Sort of smooth, I looked closer and gasped. That yellow colour wasent just my skin. It was changing, changing into golden scales!! I tapped the top of my hand. The surface was hard. I grasped one of the growing scales, my hand shaking and pulled at it. I gasped and muttered a curse. A hot throbbing sensation came from the spot where I pulled it out. It was... painful. But why? It wasn't even part of me... but then again it really was. I put the scale on the counter, several drops of blood finding their places on the floor. The smooth pink appearance of my hand was no more. In fact, I can see where I had actually rubbed the outer skin up into tiny balls on the surface, underneath I saw these shimmering golden scales. My fingernails ached and I could see a white figure coming through behind the nail before the talon burst through, moving the now useless nail off to the side. I winced, but now I had two hands to deal with. I looked at my left hand that had the bracelet. Yes, it was happening to that one too. I panicked, I never seen anything like this, what was happening? Was I some sort of weird dormant mutant lizard freak? I ran to the phone and called 911. The serveice answered. "911 emergencey services please state your emergency." "I AM TURNING INTO A LIZARD THING!!! HELLLLLLLLPPPPP!" There was a pause... and then it hung up. My mouth twitched, half enraged half unbeleiving. I threw the phone across the room with tremendous force, smashing it into the wall in peices. I blinked. "I never knew I was that strong..." I looked down at my arm... and I found out why, it was beefing up...
What ever was happening to my hands, it wasent just happening there, the strange gold colour. It was spreading like a plauge. Up along both my arms they were turning yellow, my skin stung like mad as the gold scales grew underneath my own skin making the human skin peel off and fall limply to the ground. The arms of my T-shirt ripped as my arms grew what I could only think was muscle. My arms grew bigger as the scales spread, the muscles grow and the bones thicken. I was about to run out of the house to try find somebody for help but I cried in pain as my attention was brought to my my hands. They to were growing in size. I couldnt believe what I saw but I was watching it happen. My middle finger was pulling closer and closer to another, the flesh seemed to split open as the middle finger was pulled into a sticky mass of flesh. It felt painfull and sickening to watch. The fingers fused and scaled over. It happened to both my hands leaving my with 3 clawed fingers and a thumb. I flexed these new claws and they stung as I did so. What came next made me scream and writhe on the floor. Something was expanding my spine. As I collapsed onto the floor, I could hear something crack. It sounded like bones grinding, or moving, or doing something. I hit my head on the refridgerator and cursed, but I was more preoccupied to what was going on with my spine. What was going on? The scales didn't feel this bad before. Then suddenly, I could feel something poke at the bottom of my pants. Confused I reached down and furrowed my eye brows. Why was my tail bone extending down there? I felt around it with my fingers and soon discovered it was continuing to grow. I quickly unzipped my pants slightly and moved them down a tad so the tail would come out cleanly and not through the fabric. I craned my neck around and my fears were awnsered. A long golden scaly tail was growing slowly but surely from the base of my spine. I cringed as I felt bones grinding and new ones forming. My new tail bumped into my desk chair which sent the most alien feeling up to my brain. I tried moving this tail and it did what I told it. Confused and scared that I could do this I wasent givin the pleasure of collecting my thoughts. The scales finally decided they had enough of my pink skin and spread like a sea of ants faster and faster, transforming every last part of skin on me. I was now completely golden and scaly. I did notice when I lifted up my shirt a ligher hue of yellow scales lined my belly and under my tail.
I blinked and looked down my belly to my feet, I was wearing socks and I could see clearly something prodding the sock at each toe. I bent down to look at it more clearly and suddenly both socks ripped open, revealing three harsh pure white talons. I gulped, did that mean my other two toes were now gone? I also felt something on the back of my ankle. I reached behind it and found another talon like pertrusion working its way up my calf. The sound of tearing cotton echoed through the room and the socks burst open, revealing two monsterous looking feet. I put them back down gently on the floor but even then they scratched the surface of the carpet. My face felt odd and I braced myself for the worst, closing my eyes and hoping it would be quick and painless. I hoped....and didnt get what I hoped for.....my head snapped back, breaking my jaw, I cried and cried. It hurt like nothing Ive ever felt before. Tears slid down my cheek as my jaw was cracking and pushing out into a long, pointed muzzle my nose following along in the pursuit. My nose sunk into the end of my new snout forming just two slits for air. I gasped in a chunk of air as my eyes moved to the side of my head slightly. I shut my eyes tight.....wishing this would end. My tounge burned as it was turning long and forked. I clenched my teeth so hard because of the pain.....they actually shattered and fell out of my mouth in a shower of blood staining the carpet. Long dagger like fangs painfully pushed their way out of my gums, my new tounge probed its way through them. I felt something, or rather somethings emerge from the top of my head. I brought my hands up and felt them by touch as they grew and grew into the palm of my claw. They were hard and hairless and guessed they were horns. Still refusing to open my eyes I pulled out a clump of my hair and I didnt even need to look to know it had all fallen out. My eyes stung and were forced open. The pupils turned to reptillian slits and the eyes themselves turning a green. When my eyes stopped stinging. I was amazed at how detailed everything was. What exactly was I? I brought up my talons and examined them "sssome type of reptile?" I noticed the hiss in my voice and tried to pernounce it better. "ssssome..... ssssssssome? sssssome... gah! blasssst it!" I tried, but still no avail. At least it was all over, but what caused it? One thought and one thought only entered my mind. The bracelet. I looked over to my left arm to see the bracelet still there around my wrist. I whipped my other hand to it and was about to take it off.... but something stopped me, or rather, myself. Did I really want to take it off? What was so bad that I had to? I blinked.... I could feel something else coming up in my back. What now? I thought to myself. I went through all the possible list of reptiles and then I finally thought of something. "no way... a... dragon?" and with that there was a crack and I doubled over to my knees. "GYAAA!" I yelled, the developing bones for the wings fusing with the ones in my back. There was a sicking squelching noise and I heard the scales behind me expand and flex into a farbicy, leathery material. Soon it grew in size and I could see them. They were wings....
Just when I thought it was over, I grew in height and size. Almost afraid Id go through my ceiling and sighed in relief when I didnt......then everything stopped "Unbelieveable......" I caught myself saying. I stood back up and instictivly folded my wings up to not be so cramped in my little room. My new horns hit the ceiling, scratching along the top as plaster dust feel to the floor. I looked into the mirror that I had in my room and my jaw literally dropped "oh my god, oh.......my.....god" I was a dragon, from what I saw, a magnificent golden anthro dragon. This was truly amazing!! Ive turned into a dragon!! Impossible but its happened. I opened my maw and looked at the dozens of sharp fangs that lined my mouth. They made me a little uneasy as I looked on at them so decided to close my mouth and look at the rest of my body. I stretched every part of me. I was a little numb from the pain but apart from that I felt fine. Better than fine! I bent down and grasped my wooden desk. Now it took me and my dad to lift this thing up the stairs, and here I was, lifting it with one hand with no trouble at all "this!! is truly amazing!!" a wide toothy grin spread across my reptillian face. However, it dropped just as quickly as my doorbell rung. Dropping the desk with a large crash, which problaby wasent smart, I looked out of my window. It was Chris "Oh no!! I invited him round today, what am I going to do??" I looked at the bracelet. Half hoping and half praying this would work. I took it off my arm. As soon as I did a feeling of sickness swept over me. I looked around, I was getting shorter. The talons sunk back into my fingers. Wings, scales, claws. All quickly vanished, soon I was back to normal......but naked..........I grab some new clothes and go to awnser the door. Quickly I put my clothes on. "where are those blasted socks?" I asked myself. Chris continued to ring the doorbell, I was taking too long. I ran down the hallway and skidded across the polished hardwood floor, before coming to a stop at the door. I opened the door to see Chris standing there looking at the garden next to the steps. "hey Chris!" he looked quickly back up at me and smiled. "man you take way to long! were you in the bathroom or something? geez!" I rolled my eyes. "well are you going to keep ME waiting or are you going to come in?" He chuckled and I closed the door behind him, letting him into the house. I could see he was still taking in everything about the house, we had a lot of nick nacks and tiny things that catch attention. I noticed his eyes wondering. "yea, my parents like nick nacks and small things like that.." he turned around "so I can see!" I chuckled. "cha you should see the storage in the attic! anyway whats up? I haven't seen you in a while" Chris gazed his eyes away from the selves of clutter "Yeh well yknow, colldge work and what with a full time job. Its hard to find some free time yknow" Dan nodded "Yeh I know what ya mean" Chris went on "Well, I would like a cuppa tea if you want to put the kettle on" Dan came out of a daydream "Oh!! Yes! I'll go do that now. Dan went into his kitchen, filled the kettle and put it on to boil. He felt around in his pocket and pulled out the dragon bracelet, holding it in his palm. "Do I tell Chris? Will he even beileve me?" "Believe what?" Dan jumped as Chris was in the doorway and Dan put the bracelet back in his pocket "Believe what?" Chris went onto say.
I blinked, I was horrible at improvising, I failed at it in acting class. But I tried my best without my freind thinking I was a lier. "that this... tea..." I walked over to the rotating cabinet and pulled a packet out. "can you beleive it was 5 dollers a box? insane Id say" I rolled my eyes to add empasis and moved back over. "I mean seriously now, the tea in Britain is probaly 10 times better and cheaper. OH! and feel free to sit, no need standing" I found myself a chair and sat down, pulling two cups from the cabinet on my way." Chris looked at me strangely then just shurgged "ooook.....nah dont sit" taking his own cup of tea "lets go up to your room" Chris was already out the door and making his way to the stairs. I had no problems with this until I remembered the stains of blood, the crashed desk and torn clothing "Oh crap!! No wait Chris!!" I ran after Chris, knocking into him and spilling tea all over his shirt "AH!! Dan! Thats hot dude!!" Dan picked up the dropped cup "Im sorry Im sorry" Chris tried to brush off his shirt "Gah, I'll see you later, gonna go change honestly you really are a one arnt ya" Dan just smiled weakly, dabbing at the tea stain on the carpet with a cloth "fine....I'll see you later" And with that Chris was out the door. I let out a sigh of releif and put my things in the kitchen and went back up to my room wanting to clear up. So....I did, after a few hours you wouldnt of known there was a mess in there in the first place. I look at my watch, 8:00pm and its dark out. My stomach lurched.....the bracelet, maybe just one more time. It wouldnt hurt.I can test flight my wings Ive been dying to all afternoon. I remember how painfull it was the first place, so I strip down to my shorts and hold the bracelet in my hands "Ok...here goes...." I slap it on my wrist and cringe waiting for the pain. But I had none, I watched as my golden scales grew, my fingers fusing, wings, tail, muzzle, feet and horns.....all painlessly turned me back into a dragon. I was chuffed, it gets easier everytime I guess. I open my big window and can just about squeeze through. The cold night air brushing over my scales. I smelled the air, no one was around and cant see nothing. So I squeezed out of my window, opened my wings, feeling the wind.....and jumped out. It was colder then I thought. It was chilling compared to the day's horrible heat. The scenery was magnificiant, I never thought the veiw over the trees could be so.... enlightening.... and dropping fast! I noticed the trees start to come over me and I was loosing altitiude. I beat my wings a couple of times and struggled to maintain distance from the ground. Like a new driver, I guess I had to keep my focus on flying rather then the scenery.... but man was it beutiful. I took a quick glance to my side to see my beating wings, I finally got into a nice flight pattern. Looking back, I decided to get more altitude, taking quick glances at the town below. "This is amazing..." I thought to myself. What if I could come up here every day? At the same time when the moon was high and worries seemed to float away? What an amazing bliss that would be? I closed my eyes for a couple of seconds and just listened to the gracefull beats of my wings... it was like a graceful, calm symphany... and Chris... I opened my eyes and looked guilty. He should know more about me, he should know about this.... I turned around and started to head back home. Maybe after a good nights rest... I'll come to a descion.
I must of been flying for a long time, funny, didnt think Id been flying that long. I know where my house is but......Im very tired, maybe.......maybe just a quick nap in a tree. Yeh, that'll do just fine. I started circling down as I decended on the earth below. Beating my wings a few times and landing gently in this huge oak tree, a few of the branches breaking under my weight. I'll be fine here, enough leaves, no one can see me. "Just a quick sleep....not to long....sun will be up soon then I.....*deep yawn* then....I........ZzzZZzzzzz" I fell asleep, not to awake for a long time......a few hours later, I opened my eyes to an odd sight. A squrriel was sitting on my snout staring on me. When it saw me open my eyes, it squealed and ran into a hole in the tree. I chuckled. But my laughs soon faded when I saw it was daylight. I over slept!! I sat swiftly up on this branch, I could hear the traffic of cars on the main road. And with the hot day and not a cloud in the sky someone was bound to see me. At the time it never even occoured to me to take the bracelet off, panic had clogged my brain. So, with the only option I thought I had, I decided to risk being spotted. I flew out of my hiding spot, getting as high as I could, flying above the town. Down below, a few people looked up, shouted and pointed, getting others to stare up at me as well. I looked down at the town and could feel their watchfull eyes "Cmoooooon, faster! get home already" I gazed down again.....shaking my head and look back up........CRASH!!!......head first into a telegraph pole. I lost flight and I plumetted down to earth like a stone.....CRUNCH!!!......my body smashed into the concrete sidewalk. My vision was blurring, blackening.....my last though was "damn........" When I awoke, my head was spinning....I picked myself up, getting shakily to my feet "Freeze!!! Dont move!!" What the?? This wasent good, the police had me surrounded, behind their cars...pointing their guns at.....me. One of them bellowing commands out of a megaphone. A large crowd had also gathered, the police trying to hold them back. This really wasent good, Im in trouble here. What am I supposed to say to them, that Im a kid? Theyll shoot me. I watched the crowd, theyre taking pictures and have their phones out. My eyes widened.....Chris was at the front. Staring at me. Chris didn't recongnize me at first, at least, I couldn't tell. His eyes were wide and his mouth was open in awe. FLASH another camera goes off, then another. "stay on the ground! this is for your own safety!" I heard from behind me with a megaphone. I turned around, swirling my tail around in a circular pattern and raise my head. Several soldiers tightned their grips on their rifles. "Why?" was all I could say. The audiance gasped at the fact I could speak, they turned and whispered to each other, even some soldiers did as well. Ignoring the command I turned back to Chris. Whose mouth was now closed. He had walked closer towards me. I think that day he noticed me there... although I didn't ask him until a long time afterwards. I needed to get out of that place, it was horrifying! What would they do to me, I could'nt even begin to comprehend! I needed to explain this all to someone. I looked more clearly at Chris. Yes... I should have told him in the first place.... but wait? What about the bracelet! I smiled. Of course. I could take it off and there would be no more threat, no reason for them to contain me. Although... then they would take the bracelet for themsleves.... I shook my head, it was settled I needed to get out of here, explain everything to Chris and take the bracelet off. I just hoped I could get into the air without them shooting. I eye Chris and tried to give him a look that said to him that I meant no harm. And with that. I leaped fowards and snatched him clean off the street before he could even so much as scream.
As I beat my wings and fly away, I could hear the crowd shout and women scream. They must think Im gonna eat Chris or something. I chuckled at the thought, some fidgeting made me look down at Chris though "Holy hell!!!" He shouted over the wailing winds "Oh my god!!! your a dragon!!!" I looked at him and smiled. We flew on, far away, deep into the woods where I was sure no one would find us. I circled down, landing gently and setting my passenger down in front of me. Chris staggered backwards, all wind swept and dizzy. I smiled at him and he stared at me "Your not going to eat me are you??" I let a deep draconic laugh, my tounge flicking out of my maw. I stopped and he gazed deep into my reptillian eyes "You talk?" I nodded, "yes, I do..." Chris blinked in disbeleif. "I also know your name, your names Chris" at that point Chris freaked. "holy crap how did you know that?" he took a couple of steps back, pointing a finger at me accusingly. I rolled my eyes. "becouse Im DAN" he stopped backing up. "wh... what?" I walked fowards. "its me! Dan!" I smiled. He looked me over. "Oh my god... look at you!" I chuckled. "ya I know, and the best part? Its all temporary, see?" I reached over to the dragon bracelet and took it off smiling while waiting to transform back.... nothing... I waited and waited, keeping a smiling face, but in my mind, it got more and more dismal. Chris walked over. "ummm..." he looked down saddened. My face suddenly did a 180 and I was frowning, absolutely terrified. "Im not.... Im not human...." Chris took a few steps forward "What do yo mean? Whats wrong?" I felt a bit sick and staggered backwards, why wasent I turning back? And it dawned on me and spoke aloud my thoughts "Have I had this on for so long I cant turn back??" I brought the bracelet in front of me, a tear sliding sleekly down my scaly face, Chris looked at it to "Is that what did this to you? Cool!" I ignored him, Half upset and half angry. I roared and threw the bracelet to the ground in front of me "Oh Chris! Dont you get it?! I cant turn back! Im gonna be stuck like this for-for-forever!!" I sobbed, my voice croaked and stuttered. Chris was taken back and he felt ashamed, he just said 'cool' to a thing that stolen his freinds humanity. "Oh man! Im sorry I didnt mean it, I wasent listening I........." Chris wasent sure how to comfort his freind, scaring himself a little on what Dan had become. But nonetheless, he went over to his friend and looked up into his eyes, Dans tears distorting his pupil. "Im really sorry, I wish I could do something to help" Chris smiled softly.
I sniffled, and sat down next to an oak tree. "Its ok... really it is..." another sniffle. Chris looked at him and he could see the sorrow in his eyes, just staring in to the ground as if it were empty space. Chris moved his head towards the bracelet and I saw him go over and pick it up. I stood up in a hurry. "what do you think your doing?" I asked, reaching out a claw. Chris backed up. "well... you might find what you have as a curse... but it would be a blessing if i could have it" he smiled and let his hand with the bracelet fall to his side. "besides... I want to keep you company when your flying, it'll be better then flying banshees in halo thats for sure" I smiled. Happy for his attitude and glad to have a freind like him. Chris chuckled. "Thats the spirit..." he brought the bracelet up and put it on his wrist. Almost immidiately the changes started to take hold like with me. He saw something on his palms I could only assume to be the same gold hue I saw before beneath my skin. It slowly came and swallowed up the pink of his skin around his hand. It moved around and worked its way downwords. He rubbed his hands together, and the skin rolled up into tiny dry flakes before falling off, exposing his new scales. He bent over slightly, and I smiled, knowing his tail was coming in. There was a small rip of fabric, looks like his tail went straight through his jeans rather then over them. He took a look behind himself and chuckled at his waving tail. "I got a tail!" he said in disbeleif. I continued to smile at his good attitude. "Thats not all you'll get" I saw his hands transform into claws, with the pure white talons emerging from his finger tips. His shoes were destroyed by his growing feet. 3 clawed toes and a smaller one above his ankle. Chris cringed a little and I guess the pain was riding in like it did me. He was completely gold and scaly now. I watched as his jaw cracked and extented forwards, turning into a muzzle, his teeth falling out replaced by the many sharp fangs. I chuckled when I saw his long forked tounge flick out of his mouth. Two white horns sprouted from his head while a smaller one poked its way on the end of his snout. As his tail grew to full length and waved around, he got much bigger, gaining the same height and muscle as me. I smiled at Chris, his mouth a-gape in disbelief "hey what about my wings?" Soon as he said that, sure enough, Chris's wings grew out from his back......he folded them, still dis-believing at all this. He shut his eyes tight and when he opened them, they were green with slitted pupils "Woah....." he looked up to me, a wide toothy grin spread across his reptillian face "Well Dan? How do I look?" I smiled, how could I not? "You look amazing Chris" I got up and walked over, looking down at the bracelet. "remember... if you have any doubts... just take that off, promise me ok?"
Chris nodded, "dude... I don't think im going to take this off for a long time..." he patted me on the shoulder. There was an odd silence between us. Suddenly he got an idea. "say... do you think you can teach me how to fly?" I grinned. "of course... you have no idea how beutiful the tree canopy is from above......."