Chapter One (Realm of Magic)
Magic, true or false? Now there's a well known question, some believe it to be true, and believe that all things are possible. Others believe such things are absurd and have no factual evidence. But that point of view is what has no factual evidence. No factual evidence in the story in the story I'm about to tell. For my story takes place in a far away land of old. Over the mighty mountains and out in the great blue sea. Lies a mysterious island, referred to, by only one name; The Isle of Fire. But is more commonly known, by the birds in the air and the fish in the sea. As the Island of the Dragons. You heard me right, for this is a place well known to the mythical reptiles of old. This is the land where all dragons come. Be they the damsel snatching lizards of Europe or the wise and benevolent serpents of Asia. All dragons are welcome to the Isle of Fire. Commanding this island and maintaining the peace, is the wise and benevolent Dragon Emperor; Sauros. And for well over 2000 years, Sauros has kept the Isle of Fire in perfect order. But that's not where our story truly begins. Since there is one dragon that is not too fond of the way things work on the island. And that dragon is one who goes by the name, Draco.
A dragon with blue spikes and scales as red as blood. Draco appears to be a simple dragon. He has likes, dislikes, fears, even plans for the future. Unfortunately, he believes that those plans aren’t' going to happen on the Isle of Fire. Unlike the other dragons that reside on the island, Draco believes that he has no place on the Isle of Fire. For two main reasons; he can't fly, nor can he breathe fire. And those very abilities are what make a dragon a dragon, or so he has heard. Everyone on the island can fly and breathe fire (or ice, lightning, smoke, or anything else). Everyone but Draco, his wings are too weak to fly and all he can breathe is air. Which is why he has always felt like an outcast? But he's not the only dragon who feels that way. Far from the more plentiful parts of the island. Pass the Forest of Judgment; the forest where law and order is served on the island. And a few miles passed the Imperial Stones; home of Emperor Sauros. Lays a dreary area, one covered with mountains and volcanoes. This area is known to the local dragons, as "The Mountains of Vulcan". And within these mountains, in the very center, stands Mount Helios. But that is only what can be seen from the outside. A closer look would reveal the flame shaped cave entrance on the side of Mount Helios. And within the cave, through the lava formed tunnel, resides an unusual molten rock formation. One that was not only also formed by the lava. But might be considered to be a temple by those from the world of humanity.
And within this temple, is a dragon of another type. This is the home of the vile, the wicked, the malevolent, and the most evil dragon of them all. So evil, we dare not speak her name, no one even what her real name is anymore. This Volcanic lair, is home to the........"Imperious Volcanica". Now we all know humans aren't above gaining an unquenchable thirst for power. One so corrupting, it begins to grow, and feed on the human's very soul. Naturally, dragons are no exception to that fact of life. For you see, for many years, many dragons have succumb to the seductive power of darkness. And sadly, Volcanica was one of the most recent victims of the dark side. But her transformation was especially bad. Because she attempted to assume control over the entire island. As well as try to slay Emperor Sauros, all through s violent and dangerous coup. Fortunately, Volcanica's plot was thwarted by a small band of dragons, all loyal to Emperor Sauros. After she had been thwarted, Volcanica was exiled to the most secluded area on the island, the Mountains of Vulcan. And there, she has remained for 900 years. But to her, the story is far from over. Years upon years, Volcanica has replayed the climax of her coup in her head and every time, she grows angrier. Volcanica has sworn terrible revenge on Sauros and every dragon that resides on the island. Which plays an important part to our story? Because even to this very day, Volcanica has been plotting her bloodthirsty comeback and her glorious rise to power!
Assisting her in her scheming, are her loyal cronies and servants, the Hobgoblins. Why Hobgoblins? You might ask, well they might be very troublesome and mischievous. But one good thing about Hobgoblins, they're as sharp as bowling balls. This makes them very easy to boss around, which Volcanica has been doing, for 700 years. Ever since the first hobgoblins came to the Isle of Fire, 899 years ago. But our story isn't about Volcanica, or her hobgoblin cronies. It's about our lonely little dragon, Draco. Every now and then, Draco tries to; somehow, learn how to strengthen his wings. And is practically blowing his lungs out, trying to breath out fire. Or at least something other than air. But, no matter how hard he tried, Draco's wings weren't strong and not even a spark or a puff of smoke has ever come out of his mouth. This is more than discouraging to poor Draco. It only encourages his belief that a dragon that can't fly or breathe fire isn't a dragon. Which has given Draco the idea, that if he isn’t a dragon, he’s nothing? And because of this, Draco has stayed isolated from all the other dragons. The only one who can comfort him, is a dragon named Abigal, his mother. "Draco, what's wrong sweetie?" said the loving mother, as her dreary son walks passed her, inside their cave in the Housing Canyon. A deep canyon full of caves, which all the dragons have claimed as their homes. Draco did not answer his mother; he just crawled into the cave and onto his pile of straw, and slowly fell asleep.
Chapter Two (The Start of Something New)
Abigal can see that her son is down in the dumps like always. Poor Abigal knows what vexes Draco, but there's nothing she could do, and she's done so much already. Ever since her husband, Juan, and his best friend, Clancy, flew into Medieval England, Abigal has been haunted by what she was told of what happened. When Juan and Clancy were flying over the English countryside about 50 years ago. They were spotted by a band of murderous black knights. They attempted to fly away, but as they did, one of the knights threw a bolas at Clancy and knocked him out of the sky. And as poor Clancy lied limp on the ground, the leader of the dark knights drew his sword and was prepared to add a new head to his trophy wall. But is stopped, when Juan blasted him with a fireball. Soon, Juan was firing a whole barrage of flaming projectiles. All of which sent the knights running. Juan tried to help Clancy get back up on his feet, but Clancy was still a little banged up from his fall. Although, he still had enough strength to get into the air. But before the two friends could fly, the knights returned for another assault. At that very instant, Juan leaped in front of Clancy to his defense. When the knights started to advance, Juan shouted at flimsy companion "Clancy, fly! I'll hold them off, go!” Clancy was surprised at this, but he knew that Juan's wisdom could be trusted, so he took off. With a tear in his eye, Clancy somehow knew that he might never see his friend again.
Ever since, Abigal has cared for Draco alone. Sure, Clancy will stop by and give her a hand (or claw). But there's no reptile; magical or not, who can replace Juan. Which could be the source of Draco's main problem, like so many young boys, Draco wants to live up to the kind of man (or dragon) that his father was. Juan was a champion flyer and was so skilled at breathing fire, he could write his name in the sky in flames. In those days, even though Draco couldn't fly or breathe fire, his father was always there for him and gave him hope. But now that Juan is gone, Draco has lost all hope of flight and fire-breathing. And it wasn't long before Draco had decided to take leave of the island, for good. He used his claws to carve a note in a stone slab, for his mother. In said note, was written "Dear Abigal, I’m sorry, but I just don't belong here -- not anymore, I'm not Juan, I'll never be Juan. So I guess this is goodbye, for good. Love Draco". (F.Y.I. it's always been a part of life dragons, to call their parents by their first names. As opposed to humans who would call their parents "Mom" and "Dad".) At first, Draco was going to leave the island from the shore. But he forgot one detail, he can't swim. But, one good thing Draco feels he can say about himself is that he's very inventive. So he decided to make a raft out of trees, vines and mud. This was surprisingly easy for him; he can't fly or breathe fire. But his claws have never let him down once. And moving the logs and vines was no difficulty either. Thanks to his tail, he hoists up the logs, like an elephant would with its trunk.
He hauled his logs and vines over to the beach. And after measuring them, he used his claws to cut the vines. Then, after tying all the logs together. He molds them together with his own (get ready) Saliva. Which was just strong enough to be equal to glue or tree sap? However, while Draco was building his raft. He was being observed by a runty, portly hobgoblin, and an ugly one at that. His name was Glunk; he was out on patrol for his mistress; that's right, Volcanica. And seeing Draco try to build a way off the island is something he believes he should report to his Female, Fiery Facilitator. Which he sets off to do, but quietly. You see, when Volcanica put her coup into action all those years ago. The hobgoblins were her hired help for that. After the coup failed, and when Volcanica was exiled to the Vulcan Mountains. The hobgoblins were also condemned to the mountains with her. They are now forbidden in everywhere else on the island. So now, if they want to go somewhere else, whether to spy for Volcanica or to retrieve something for her, they must do it in the dark of night and/or under the cover of the shadows. And with said shadows, Glunk made it back to Volcanica's mountain cave. He approached Volcanica while she was seated on her throne, which was comprised of volcanic rock.
"Oh Masterful Volcanica, I have a report" said Glunk, as he bowed before his mistress. "Don't waste my time with your Babel, you runty sub-elf, show me" said Volcanica as she wraps her tail around Glunk. Once she hoists him up in the air. Her eyes begin to glow bright, blood red, almost equivalent to a roaring fire. At that moment, Glunk's eyes start to glow as well. And at that point, Glunk's thoughts became clear as crystal. "So, a young dragon is attempting to leave the island, why?" said Volcanica, as she read Glunk's thoughts. When she hears was what Glunk heard Draco say, while spying on him. An evil plan formed in her mind, she even let out a cruel chuckle, as she dropped Glunk flat on his back. Volcanica then rushed to her cabinet, which contains a cornucopia of her evil spells and incantations. Among them is a large, oval emerald. This is the Emerald Eye of the Hydra. Volcanica has used it for some time, as her only window to the outside world, should there ever be someone or something out of the reach of her spies. This is what Volcanica wanted out of the evil cabinet. Upon removing it from the cabinet, she holds it up in the air and recites it's activation spell; "Shining, green Hydra eye, Hear the words said by I. Show me now, fast and sleek. The him or her whom I seek." With those words said, the green hydra eye began to glow. And the large gem displays a mystic image ala crystal ball. This image was Draco, riding his newly built raft on the open water. "So the young misfit dragon takes the coward's way out. If worked properly, this runaway brat could be just what I need to exact my revenge on Sauros and bring about the destruction of this island." The wicked she-dragon said to herself.
These are just the first 2 chapters of the book