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Sam and the Dragon

Sunday, 10 June 2012


A long time ago there were a lot of dragons around.

But... as time passed, there were fewer and fewer, until there were hardly any left.

Some died of old age....

Some were killed by knights in shining armor....

...and those that didn't die began to hide away
where no-one could find them.

Since they had to hide all of the time, they began to change.
They got smaller and smaller, until they were no bigger than a little boy.

A little boy like Sam.
Sam lived in a town where the weather changed with the seasons, so every fall his family would pack up all of their belongings and move way down south, where it would be warm in the winter.

Sam didn't like moving south in the fall and back in the spring, so one day while his family was packing, he said to his mother, "I don't want to move south for the winter. I want to stay home."
His mother told him, "No, we can't stay, because we would freeze to death."

But Sam did not believe her because he had never been there when it was really cold out.
Sam tried to convince his mother that it would be okay to
He said, "It doesn't really get cold. That's just a myth, like
dragons and unicorns."
His mother asked him, "What makes you think unicorns and dragons are a myth?"

"The old men in the town square said it," Sam replied.

"Well, the men in the town square don't always know what they are talking about. Unicorns and dragons are real, and it gets very cold in the winter," Sam's mother said.
Sam decided he would stay home anyway, so when the town began its journey south he hid, so no-one would notice he wasn't with them.
When it did start to get cold Sam was sorry he didn't listen to his mother.
He became colder and colder...and was very close to freezing when he heard the front door open.
Thinking that his parents had come back to get him, he rushed into the front room...
....and almost ran right over the little dragon that had come in.
Now, Sam had never seen a dragon before so he didn't realize what it was.

Sam demanded, "Who are you and what are you doing in my house?"

The dragon replied, "My name is Freness. I'm a dragon and I always stay here when the humans go south for the winter. Why didn't you go south with the rest of the town?"

Sam said, "I didn't believe them about winter, so I stayed behind.
Now I wish I had listened.
I'm cold and miserable and sorry I stayed."
Well, Freness felt sorry for Sam and breathed some warm breath on him, to help him get warm.
This made Sam feel better, so he decided to be friends with Freness.
The two of them stayed there in the house all winter long and had a very good time together.
Sam kept Freness company and Freness kept Sam warm.
When spring came Freness told Sam that he had to leave.
He said, "People will be coming back and they just won't understand about being friends with a dragon.
After all, they think dragons are just a myth."
Well, Sam didn't want Freness to leave, so he said, "We could build you a little house in the basement and that way, no-one will know you are here."
So they took some metal and built a little house.
When Sam's parents came home they were surprised to find that he hadn't frozen to death during the winter.
When he explained how he had survived the winter, his parents wanted to meet Freness. So, Sam took them down into the basement to meet him.
Well, the next winter Sam's whole family wanted to stay home so they asked Freness to come up and keep them warm.
But Freness didn't want to leave his nice, little house in the basement.
He told them, "If you connect big pipes to my little house, and spread them to each room of your big house, I can keep you all warm."

So, they did what he asked, and that kept them cozy and warm all winter long.
The following spring when the rest of the town returned, they demanded to know the secret of how to keep warm all winter, and when Sam's family
explained, they each wanted a dragon for theirown house.
So Freness sent word to all of the other dragons and invited them to come and live in little houses in the people's basements and keep them warm in the winter, and soon, all the people in the town had a dragon of their own.

Before long, word spread of the little town that stayed home in the winter, and shortly thereafter, the dragons multiplied and were welcomed into nearly everyone's home. Still, the men in the town insisted that dragons were a myth. They called the little dragon houses, "furnaces", so they wouldn't have to admit what they really were.
But we know better... don't we?

Sam and the Dragon by Eric B. Thomasma - Copyright 2010 - All Rights Reserved


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