When There Were Dragons

Day 26 - #WorldWatercolorGroup When There Where Dragons Purple Dragon With Wings

Once upon a time there was a little boy who wanted more than anything to have a little pet dragon. Not the giant, terrifying kind that would breathe fire through its nostrils while scorching villagers. That kind was scary and seemed to have severe emotional problems. No, he simply wanted a tiny one with wings that was small enough to fit on his shoulder or in the pocket of his coat. The ability to fly was crucial as the boy himself had always dreamt of being able to fly. Once, when visiting a pet store with his mother, he looked in all the little glass aquariums hoping to spot a little dragon to take home with him. When he asked his mother where they kept the dragons, she simply smiled and said, “This isn’t that kind of store. Those stores are far, far away in another land, dear. And, seriously, what’s wrong with that hamster?” The little boy simply looked out the window of the shop, squinting into the distance, wondering just how far that land might be. Tossing and turning that night, he awoke the next morning with a plan. And nothing would ever be the same.

He quickly gobbled up breakfast and rushed out the door, running as fast as he could to the nearby creek. Walking along the water’s edge, he eventually found the clearing with a tiny patch of leaves he’d remembered. Digging into his pocket he pulled out a shiny marble and set it on the ground there. The glint of the sun through the trees caused the marble to sparkle and glow. He jumped behind a tree and peered out at the marble, to see if his plan was working. Just moments later, he saw what looked like too tiny marbles sparkling nearby only to realize they were actually little eyes! Could it be? He knelt down and crawled closer, until he finally saw a little purple lizard-like face staring back at him. It was just a head peering through the leaves, but he knew it must have wings as well. It rocked its head back and forth as if analyzing the boy, deciding what to do, now that it had been discovered. The little boy stared back, willing it to fly over and sit next to him. An hour passed, and neither boy nor creature moved from that spot. The sun was setting and the boy looked away only briefly to see that the marble had stopped glowing. When he looked back. His dragon was gone.

The little boy searched the sky, but couldn’t find anything but ordinary clouds. And then he suddenly felt very alone. He sadly stood up from his spot, walked over, and reached down to pick up the marble. That’s when he saw it. There, in the swirled purple center was a shape he’d not seen before. Turning it just right, he could now clearly see a tiny winged dragon inside. His heart started racing. Had the dragon leapt out of the marble just for a moment and then jumped back inside? It was getting dark, so the boy rushed home, cradling the precious marble. For many days after, he tried putting the marble in the sun, but the dragon never made another appearance. He carried that marble with him for months, than years, until one day when he looked inside it, he could only see swirls of purple and not a dragon at all. The now older boy, smiled to himself, as he spotted the much littler boy who lived next door. He walked over and asked him, “Do you believe in dragons?” to which the littler boy nodded vigorously. He gently handed him the marble and pointed to it as the sun caused it to glow and the littler boys eyes grew large as saucers in astonishment. The older boy turned, and started to walk away, but then turned back and quietly said, “Be sure to take good care of him.”

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 Day 26 - #WorldWatercolorGroup When There Where Dragons Purple Dragon With Wings
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Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
Published in By Charlie
27 Comments
  1. Laura (PA Pict) 5 months ago

    I love your daily posts. In these bleak and despairing days, you are a regular dose of lovely sunshine. Thank you.

    • Author

      I really can’t thank you enough for that comment, Laura! 😃💕 Some days it’s tough to make a daily post happen and your comment made me feel so good!

  2. Chris Alves 5 months ago

    I’m looking for my 60 year old marbles. Great tale and lovely painting.

    Cheers
    Chris

  3. Jacob 5 months ago

    Fortunately I know there’s a couple of books on training him! Just wonderful, Charlie – I rather want the story to continue. Most of all, I want that dragon! <3

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m not sure what happens next in this story. It just came out like all my other posts, only it decided to be a story instead. Hehe I definitely think you need to add a pocket dragon to the zoo. The seal and zonkey won’t mind!

  4. Skyscapes for the Soul 5 months ago

    Neat painting and wonderful story!

  5. berolahragabasket3 5 months ago

    I love your daily posts

  6. Jill Kuhn 5 months ago

    Love the magic in your story, Charlie! 💜 And your awesome dragon! You really have the art of telling a story. 🌈

  7. Such a beautiful story Charlie, and I think I might like to take your cute purple dragon home too…pocket size sounds ideal 😀

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Rebecca! 😃💕Yeah, I think pocket-sized is the only kind of dragon I could properly take care of! hehe

  8. snigdhadotcom 5 months ago

    I Loved that dragon🐉. Nice painting charlie 😃

  9. Scribble Fiend 5 months ago

    Cute painting & cute story!

  10. Ellie 5 months ago

    So wonderful! Thanks, Charlie.

  11. memadtwo 5 months ago

    Awww….now I have to see if there are any marbles still lying around here (perhaps in the corners of the closets?)
    But a purple dragon! the best. (K)

  12. Phil Cooper 5 months ago

    beautiful story Charlie, so touching, for the little kid in all of us! Glad to see you still have your dragon here in this fab painting. Thank you, your post has left me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside 🙂

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

    You are a fabulous storyteller, Charlie Big and Small. This is a wondrous tale and you might consider reworking it a bit, adding the artwork necessary, and getting it published. I know I lot of little boys and girls who would love to meet the dragon and who believe they can.

    • Author

      What a wonderful thing to say! Thanks so much Sharon! 😃💕 I wasn’t expecting a story, but that’s what came out. hehe… I kind of thought it would make a fun film short, but I don’t shoot video. I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it!!

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