Justin had been searching for bird eggs along the cliff face when he discovered the opening. He was initially reluctant to crawl through the brush for
fear of breaking the eggs in his bag. He decided to return home with his bounty and return later to explore. It must surely be a pirates cave, he was
sure it was full of treasure.
When he got home he told no one what he had found. He wanted the treasure to be all his. He was excited about the possibility of ending his family's
poverty. They would be so proud of him. So driven by his childhood fantasy he armed himself with a torch and made his way back to the cave. He found
that by crawling on his hands and knees he could gain access. Once he cleared the brush he stood and lit the torch. It burned acrid and sputtered as
he made his way in.
The inside of the cave shown with flecks of gold and a strange luminosity that exceeded the light given from his torch. He extinguished the torch when
he realized he didn't need it. Now as his eyes adjusted to the light of the cave he sensed he was in a magical place. It smelled of a strange aroma,
one he had never smelled before. It was earthy with notes of leather and musk. Pungent but not overpowering it hinted at life.
He made his way deeper into the cave, surprisingly without any sense of fear. He was expecting that surely he would find a chest full of gold and gems
just around the next corner. So it was with great surprise he rounded a corner and there before his eyes was what looked like a nest and there resting
in the middle of it was a large egg, the size of a mellon. Justin approached slowly marveling at its color which seemed to change with the light and
it shimmered iridescent between a deep blue and velvety green.
He bent down and attempted to pick it up but found it was quite heavy. He lifted with all his might and brought it up and cradled it against his
chest. He was shocked to find that it was warm and he sensed there was movement inside. As he held it he could feel it had a heartbeat that seemed to
mimic his own. Then something unexpected began to occur as a small crack began to occur. Quickly it grew in size and then to his amazement a leathery
head appeared and he found himself face to face with the creature. As he looked into it's eyes he found himself speaking softly as if to reassure it
that it was safe. It began to coo like a baby and he found himself gently rocking it.
The creature continued it's escape from the shell and Justin helped remove the remaining pieces. He then sat down with the creature and watched it as
it became more an more recognizable. But surely this can't be real because everyone knew there was no such thing as a dragon. Then he watched as it
unfurled its wings and shook them open. They were iridescent as well and when unfurled were quite large for the size of the dragon.
Then it was with great surprise Justin found himself answering questions in his mind. Somehow the creature was speaking to him telepathically. It was
asking him who he was and why he had awakened him. Justin introduced himself and explained he didn't understand. The dragon then introduced himself as
Paden The Young, young because this was the day of his birth. “For you Justin have called me forth, what may I do for you?” Justin stammered as he
tried to answer. “I don't know.”
Paden then asked him if Merlin was near by and wondered if Merlin could provide help. Justin then explained that Merlin was no longer around. That
most people felt Merlin was just a myth anyway. “What year is this then,” he asked. “Why it's 2015,” Justin answered.
Paden appeared very disturbed by this fact. “Then I have slept through the years of magic,” he lamented. “I was placed here by mother to await
the time I would be called up by Merlin,” he went on to explain. “This must be the time of darkness prophesied by the seers.The time when men
would depart from magic in a vain pursuit of reason and science.”
Justin could feel Paden's sorrow and he found himself crying along with Paden. Their tears flowed together. Paden then spoke these words to Justin.
“Because you have believed in me and shared my sorrow I shall return to my shell and await the time when man once again returns to magic.”
“Thank you Justin and because you will keep my secret I shall reward you.” With those words their tears melded into a new shell and enclosed Paden
once again. This time though, it shown with a golden sheen and there in the nest surrounding it were nuggets of gold. Justin picked them up and filled
his bag and left for home to never return.
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