There was a big BUMP (kinda a small BOOM) onna big white house roof while we were recreationing inside. We all went, “What the gumdrops?”
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I grabbed up my sword. I wanted it nearby in case somethin’ bad was afoot.
Big bump/booms like that usually mean bad things. Cooper grabbed up his shovel, too, cuz it’s got a wicked sharp edge (kinda like a saw). I figured we all got our favorite sorts of weapons. If a saw-shovel keeps my brother safe, then he’s welcome to it. He stayed in with everybody else while I went out to check on things.
I stepped out. I looked up. GULP.
I went back inside, fast. Dragon. A real, live dragon was perched onna roof. Oh gumdrops, this sword wasn’t gonna do any good…
My heart was thumpin’ hard. I tried to remember what I knew. Most dragons wanna eat dollies for snacks. Loads of ’em breathe fire, too, an’ a wood house mixed up with a dragon’s breath seemed like a bad idea. My friends were inside. Double bad. Buncha dragons breathe acid or frost instead. When Pip an’ Amalynn an’ Smidge an’ Voir an’ alla we were in Arkansas, I met dragon parts, an’ baby dragons, an’ alla them were nice. But they were babies. Babies start off nice, with treats an’ all. Without treats, tho, maybe alla big dragons would be mean. Some dragons are nice. Some dragons are mean. No dragons wear signs sayin’ which one they are.
I needed more information. I needed better weapons. I needed to get my friends out of danger. Alla sudden, I hadda plan.
I went back upstairs. I could hear thumpin’ onna roof from the dragon’s feet, an a draggin’ sound from where its tail kept rubbin’ over shingles. When I came up inna room, everybody started babblin’ at me. The thumping onna roof stopped, an’ I could just feel that dragon listenin’. It was like ice down my neck. I put my finger over my lips, an’ everybody went real quiet. They gathered close round me, an’ I let ’em know there was a dragon onna roof, and we hadda go. It might be a good dragon, but I didn’t know, an’ I didn’t wanna try an’ find out with everybody here.
Nobody made much noise after that, which was good. Cooper kept his shovel. I didn’t think it’d do much good against a dragon, but maybe he could scoop dirt over some fires. Falcon went to Meikiko’s room to get her. He coulnd’t find her at first.
But he called her name, real soft, an’ she leaped out from under the blankets, into his arms. Poor thing. She was so scared, she didn’t even ask about none of her dollies or toys or nothin’.
We all grouped up again an’ headed for the door. I figured it’d be best if we got everyone back home before I tried doin’ research. The Hittys joined us goin’ out the door. I was proud of ’em for keepin’ quiet, even tho they didn’t really know what alla fuss was about. At least, I didn’t tell ’em, an’ I should’ve. I hope Cooper or Lark did. We made up a line so we could watch each other. Cooper went in front, with the shovel. Then our friends inna middle. I brought up the back so I could keep an eye on the dragon, in case it decided it wanted to follow us.
The dragon didn’t pay us any mind, which was good. It just kept lookin’ out from its perch onna roof. It was lookin’ forward, though, an’ we all went out the side. Maybe that’s why it never saw us. But I didn’t stop watchin’ it til we were far outta range.
Alla we got home safe. I let the others know what happened. Wren got all sortsa worried. If a dragon was at the big white house, maybe it’d come to our main house too. An’ it might. We decided we were gonna keep everyone inside for a bit, even Riley an’ the goose. I was gonna go back to the big white house with weapons an’ books so I could figure out more. Cooper said he’d come with me. Brave brother. I was glad he said he would, cuz I was straight up scared. Dragons are no laughin’ matter.
After makin’ the plans, I grabbed my bow, an’ Cooper brought the books an’ a big metal spear we had.
We both took deep breaths an’ set back out to the big white house.
… to be continued…