Atom and Sassy
The forest was quiet with anticipation as a young brown haired girl stalked her prey. A thick mist had settled over the land making visibility reduced to almost nothing. She carried her bow gently as she searched for a deer.
Vikings were normally quite larger than this young girl but what she lost in size she gained in stealth. This was a test for her to see if she could be like the rest of the Vikings and put some food on the table.
She stood proud as she listened for anything that might lead her to her prey. Her green eyes shone, white teeth adding to their gleam, and a kind face that would make you smile.
This young Viking had a name and she had pride in who she was. She was Sassy; Sassy was kind and caring of others. This trait was not one that was highly looked upon in her clan but it did not stop her.
The quiet surrounding her was broken by a twig snapping a grunt of pain. Once Sassy heard the grunt; her instincts kicked in. Someone was hurt and she needed to help them.
Quickly she ran to a large clearing and stopped. Staring at the beast of legend… holding her breath she watched a dragon. It too stared at her; the dragon was easily over six feet tall, red in coloring, and with spikes the crowned his head.
The dragon was lying down with his right foreleg sticking out at an odd angle. Sassy guessed that it had to be male for he was much too muscular to be female. Cautiously Sassy entered the clearing and started to walk towards him.
Then the dragon spoke in a rough but pained voice "What do you think you are doing… why don't you run?"
Sassy stopped and looked up at him and replied "You are hurt… you need help and I can help you."
He snorted and stared at her in disbelief "I am a dragon… I could easily kill you right now if I wanted to… doesn't that frighten you?" he asked
"You won't hurt me… I can sense when someone is going to hurt me." She answered
The dragon shook his head and tried to stand; only to fall back to the ground in pain. Sassy saw that he was going nowhere so she walked the rest of the way to him. Gently she kneeled down and inspected his leg; it was only a minor fracture.
Luckily she knew these injuries very well for her clan came back from trips with lots of fractures similar to this one. Removing her backpack she pulled out some long pieces of cloth.
The dragon watched her as she worked; she found two sticks and used them to align his leg back into place. Carefully she wrapped the cloth around the sticks and leg; Sassy tightened them so it would be firm to make sure the leg healed properly.
When she had finished Sassy stood to look at the dragon. "All done… how do you feel?" she asked
He gave her a small smile and replied "A lot better thank-you… but… why are you so nice to me; I haven't done anything for you?"
Throwing her pack back on she stated "Because I believe there is good in everyone… and I see LOTS of good in you."
After she had said this Sassy realized that she could see more than just good in him; she could see love and compassion. "Umm… I better introduce myself I am… *cough* I am Atom" he said
"Hello Atom my name is Sassy," she replied with a cheerful tone
Atom smiled and laughed saying "Wow it is hard to stay sad around you… you just seem to lighten up the mood."
Sassy laughed and then asked in a worried tone "Why are you sad Atom… can I help?"
He shifted uncomfortably and said "Well… you see… others are not like you. They see me and think that because I am a fire dragon; I am evil."
Sassy threw her arms around Atom's neck and said "I don't think you are evil… you are very nice Atom don't let anyone bring you down."
Atom smiled and hugged her back saying "Thank-you Sassy… that is very kind of you to say. What are you doing out here anyways?"
She released him and looked down at the ground; in a sad tone Sassy answered "I am being tested if I can bring back a deer then my clan will let me stay with them… but I failed already."
After Sassy said this the forest seemed to fill with a loud silence that nothing could penetrate. "Now I can't go home… and there is no one that will take me in." she finished
"Well… I have a question for you Sassy… but please don't take offense to it." Atom said quietly
Looking up into his eyes Sassy replied "What is it Atom… I promise I will not take offense to it."
"You see… I have studied magic for a very long time and… well I could use a companion and… I see you could use one as well. So I was thinking –you don't have to if you don't want to- but I was thinking what if you wanted to be with me?" Atom said
Again there was a long silence that seemed to fill the world; Atom started to fear that Sassy would say no and leave him forever. Finally the silence was broken by Sassy's answer "I would love too… but how are we supposed to do that?"
Smiling Atom stated "I know something that could fix it… but it is a one way deal Sassy… do you want to try it?"
She nodded and Atom told her "Back up into the middle of the clearing please Sassy."
Doing what she was told Sassy started to wonder what he had in store for her. Standing proud on his three good legs; Atom raised his injured leg and started to chant in an ancient language.
Sweat started to roll down Sassy's face and her stomach started to churn. Her hips popped and she fell onto all fours; her face started to push out and form into a muzzle. Skin was being replaced with blue scales; her hands and feet reformed into paws.
With sickening snaps her tailbone lengthened and formed a tail; Sassy's teeth sharpened and became fangs. Atom watched her undergo her transformation with a smile on his face.
He was finally getting a companion that would be at his side after all these years. The finally change came when a pair of wings erupted from Sassy's back; she fell forward but quickly Atom caught her.
"How do you feel… does anything hurt?" Atom asked worried that he got the spell wrong.
Shaking her head Sassy asked "How do I look… and what exactly am I?"
Chuckling Atom helped her over to a pond so she could see her reflection in the clear water. When Sassy opened her eyes; the muzzle of a blue water dragoness met her gaze in the reflection.
"I… I'm a… a dragon?" She said in amazement
Atom gently put his claw under her chin and raised her face so she would face him. He replied in a happy tone "Yes… Sassy… I have feelings for you but I don't know how you feel about me."
Sassy stared into his eyes and said "I love you too Atom."
They both smiled knowing that they only needed each other now. No one else mattered to them for they completed each other. Sassy lost her family but gained Atom and Atom felt the same for Sassy.