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Links: Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Larger Illustration; Part Five.

Part 4: Common Ground

She dropped down on me, this time I landed face-first in the mud, her huge hand clamping down on the back of my neck.
"Why did you come back?!" she hissed.
"I just wanted to see if you were real, check I wasn't going mad" I said, trying to talk with a dragon holding down on my neck and with a face full of mud, "and I... I wanted to talk to you."
"What?"
She went quiet for a bit.
Then I noticed something else. "Are those bedsheets? Where did you get bedsheets?"
She appeared to be wearing a large creamy-yellowish coloured bed-sheet sewn into a sort of dress.
"None of your business," she said, "now tell me why you came back!"
"I just wanted to talk to you," I said again, "I was, you know, curious... and stuff."
"And what then, you're going to tell everyone about me and make me some kind of tourist attraction like the Loch Ness Monster and have people come out here trying to take pictures all the time? Or some hunter will come and try to shoot me as a trophy or capture me for his private zoo and I'll spend my life in a cage? Or you'll tell some scientists or something and people will do experiments on me in some lab somewhere and study me like I was some kind of freak?" Her voice sounded shaky, I turned around as much as I could and saw that she was crying.
"N-no. I... I just" I found myself speechless, trying to think of something to say to her.
She sniffed, wiping her eyes with the back of her free hand and then gave me a push further into the mud, hissing again: "What is it going to take for you to leave me alone?"
"Heh, a lot more than a face full of mud, I'm used to worse than this in school," I said, giving a nervous laugh. "But if you really want me to leave you alone, I will. I just wanted to meet you again, find out what you were like, and, you know, it's nice to know I'm not mad, so that too."
"And how do I know you're not lying?"
"Well you could let me get up and tell you to your face."

We were both silent for a moment, and for that moment I was very worried that she might not be entirely willing to hear me out... but then she released her grip and let me get up. I brushed myself off and pulled a clean tissue out of my pocked to wipe my face.

I looked at her. With her kneeling down and me standing we were about the same height. She was scowling at me, teeth bared. A part of me found this pretty menacing and wanted to run away now that I had the chance, another part of me thought she looked kind of cute when she was angry. I mentally shook myself and then told her again. "If you want me to go away, I will, and I won't bother you again. I promise not to tell anyone either, but I'd like to stay and talk for a bit, just get to know you. I've kind of always wanted to meet a real live dragon. Although," I added, looking down and blushing a little, "I have to admit you're not totally what I pictured."
"Oh really?" she said, raising an eyebrow ala Roger Moore, "what did you have pictured?"
"Well, you know... big and scaly and... reptilian looking. Not so, erm... humanoid... or, erm..."
I made a kind of "feminine curves" gesture with my hands.
"Oh." She said, raising the other eyebrow to meet the first.
"I'm not disappointed or anything!"
"I wouldn't care if you were."

I leaned against the tree again, trying to think of what to say next. She watched me closely, scowling a little, her arms folded.
"So, erm, do you live out here?"
"Most of the time, yes."
"How come I've never seen you before?"
"I usually stay away from people, but I didn't see you coming until you were too close for me to sneak away."
"How'd you know English?"
"That's for me to know and you to keep wondering."
"You're very sarcastic."
"You're pushing your luck."

I thought a bit more, remembering our first encounter.
"You mentioned your father..." I started
"And?" she said, a slight growl in her voice.
"You said you were going to take me to him but when I woke up--"
"OH, Well I thought I'd killed you when your fainted, and I heard someone else coming so I went to hide," she seemed to relax a little as she said this, "he took you away after that, so... I couldn't. Take you to my father, I mean."
"Are you going to take me to him now?" I asked.
"I... don't think that would be such a good idea," she replied, looking down at her knees, "he might not react well. I guess last time I was just worried about you telling people about me..."
"So does that mean there's more of you? More dragons?"
"Yes, there's a whole bunch of us that no one's ever seen living out here in the forest and we all walk around wearing stolen bedsheets!" she said, sarcastically waving her arms around in a theatrical way. Then she sighed and looked down for a minute, then replied, almost in a whisper, "No, it's just me. I wasn't raised by my own kind, I'm the only one I know of."
"So... you were raised by a human, is that how you know English?"
"That's right," she sighed, "I guess you had to figure it out at some point."
She relaxed a little.

I sat down at the trunk of the tree. We sat there for a while in silence, listening to the forest around us.
"Why were you... erm..." I started to ask "why are you wearing that... dress now?"
"I don't generally walk around naked, you know," she said, rolling her eyes, "I... well you caught me using a bush."

We were silent a moment more.

"My name's Heath." I said.
"Oh, I'm Helen." she said in reply.
"Helen... that's not a very dragony name..."
"I was named after someone." she said, "From Greek mythology."
I thought about this.
"After Helen of Troy, right?" I asked, "Beautiful woman who hatched from an egg."
As I said it, a thought crossed my mind, I was about to say something but before I could Helen quickly cut me off, as if she knew what I was about to ask.
"Yeah, you know that story?" she asked.
I decided the question could wait.
"Of course, I'm totally a nerd for all that mythology and stuff, that's why I've always wanted to meet a dragon."
"Oh really?" Helen was starting to loosen up a bit now.
"Yeah, I love all the old myths – Viking, Greek, Roman, Chinese, but especially the ones with dragons. You're so big and graceful and you can fly and breath fire and stuff. It's cool."
"Oh," she said, looking a bit awkward. "I can't really do any of that."
"But you've got wings," I pointed out.
"Yeah, but I never learned to fly. I mean, I was raised by a human, and I just don't know how to take off. Even if I did know how, someone might see me, so I couldn't really do it much." She looked upwards, through the branches above us at some birds flying overhead. "I've always dreamed about flying though, and I keep exercising my wings; I want to keep them strong so maybe one day I can use them. Find a secluded spot, take a good run up and take off into the blue, feel the wind on my face… be a real dragon." She looked down again, fiddling with the hem of her bedsheet dress, pausing for a moment before she spoke again. "Although sometimes I just wish I could be human, that way I'd be free to walk around like normal people, and I wouldn't have to hide like this at all."

We had another minute of awkward silence, I was the first to break it.
"I'm sorry you feel you have to hide. It must be hard."
Helen gave a hollow laugh. "Hah," she said, "hard doesn't even begin to describe it. D'you know what it's like to be hiding all the time because you know someone will want to hurt you if they find you? And to grow up with no friends, always alone, there was my Dad, yeah, but he's my Dad, you know? You need more than that..."
I put my hand on her arm. "Hey, I'm a highschool nerd, I know exactly what it's like. You can feel alone sometimes even when you're surrounded by people."

Then I did something which surprised both of us. I just put my arms around her and hugged her.
She was still for a moment, a little shocked, then she reciprocated, hugging me back. She cried a bit, tears ran down the neck of my coat and into my shirt, but I didn't mind. Her body was surprisingly warm, and her skin was very smooth.
"Tell you what," I said, my chin on her shoulder still, "if you want a friend... I'd really like to come back and see you again."
She paused for a moment and then said "I'd like that."

After a while, I said "You, erm, you can let go of me now, Helen."
She let go and I staggered back a little, rubbing my leg where I'd started to get cramp.
"Sorry about that." she said.
"That's okay," I told her. "I'd better be getting back for lunch, my parents will wonder where I am."
"Kay." She smiled. She actually looked very pretty when she smiled.
"I might come back tomorrow." I said, "You want me to bring you anything?"
"Nah, that's okay."
"Erm. How will I find you if I come back again?"
"Oh, I'm always around," she said, "I'll find you if you're here."
"Oh, okay. ...I'll be going now."
"Okay. I'll probably go home too."
"Okay. ...Bye then."
And with that, I left.
I walked off slowly at first, and I decided to take a look back. I half expected her to have vanished, but she was still there.
She smiled and climbed back up into the tree, disappearing from view.
I could hear her laugh as I walked away along the footpath, skipping slightly and humming to myself. I was most definitely looking forward to coming back.
In this chapter, Heath and Helen meet for the second time, this time things go a little better for Heath :)

If you would like to see a larger version of the illustration that goes with this chapter, please CLICK HERE where I have submitted the image seperately.

Part 1 [link]
Part 2 [link]
Part 3: [link]
Part 5: [link]
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bubblesishot46853 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014
Awww...cute!
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Cannonfodder10503 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Really interesting I wonder what will happen next? I hope theres no TF thats just lame.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011   General Artist
"TF" as in transformation? Erm... ^^; well it is fairly well established in mythology and fantasy fiction that there are dragons who can shape-shift, and if you look at part five you'll see that Helen hasn't always looked quite so humanoid. Chapter six will also introduce a new character who... is not all that he seems, shall we say. You can decide if you still think the story will be interesting if there is shape-shifting involved.
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Cannonfodder10503 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No I mean that the guy Heath gets turned into a dragon, which is really cleashe.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011   General Artist
OH, right. Nope, Heath is most definitely remaining human. Also, rest assured I am not going to take a "Jake Long" approach to the shape-shifting once it's introduced. By the way, part five is here: [link] although I'll admit it's a bit of a boring chapter.
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Cannonfodder10503 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Its still usefull insight.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011   General Artist
Thanks :)
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Cannonfodder10503 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome :)
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Skauzne Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Nice story, I want to read what happens next, also I LOVE this pic
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 21, 2011   General Artist
Thanks :) There's more to come but I'm taking a while writing it ^^;
Did you see the larger version of the illustration?
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dragonlover14 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
realy nice
can't wait until the next part!!
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 18, 2011   General Artist
Thankyou :)
I'll hopefully have that up in a little while, I just need to make a few changes and finish the picture that goes with it.
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dragonlover14 Featured By Owner May 18, 2011
i hope so^^
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DragonEpic94 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
I love this story
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 12, 2011   General Artist
Thankyou kindly :)
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DragonEpic94 Featured By Owner May 12, 2011
sure thing
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Andreuet Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Student Digital Artist
yay, awesome chapter, I love it! Poor Helen... I'm sorry for her. Mmm Where did she get her "clothes"? xDDD

Cool :3 I wanna see the next encounter. It promises to be interesting.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   General Artist
Thankyou kindly :D

The next chapter is in the works, although it may be a while. Hopefully not as long as these few though ;)
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Andreuet Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oki ^^
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Spark-E-Z Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This actually cuaght my attention. Its pretty good. I look forward to more chapters.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 5, 2011   General Artist
Thankyou kindly :) I'm working on a fifth chapter now. Any thoughts on the accompanying artwork?

Just out of curiosity, what is that symbol on your icon? Looks sort of familiar but can't quite place it.
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Spark-E-Z Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well. If you have played Halo OR watched some of the animated videos you'd recognise the symbol as the one that belongs to the Forerunner known as The Didact. The art is also good but since i'm using my phone at the moment to view it, its not at its max quality. I'll have to post my short stories soon.... I'll notify you when I do.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 5, 2011   General Artist
Oh, I see. I've never actually played Halo, the closest I've come is watching "Red vs. Blue".
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Keyotea Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Having wings and not being able to use them is pretty sad.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 4, 2011   General Artist
It is :( but don't worry, she got her chance eventually ;)
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MiyaYoshi Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see she's thought over all the horrible possibilities! Can't be too cautious around them human-types. And haha, "You're very sarcastic." Heath has a lot of wits about him to be talking to an angry woman (much less a dragon) like that. XD
Anyway, budding friendship is sweet. Sweet enough to drink with tea, I tells ya.

*sips tea*
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 4, 2011   General Artist
Well, only one human she's known has been kind to her, and of what she's seen and read of how humans treat dragons and aliens she tends to expect the worst. Having to hide all the time can make a girl paranoid.

I think he's mainly feinting confidence so he doesn't seem like a pushover ;) plus, he's used to getting beaten up from his normal life anyway, so I'm sure he's be willing to take what she can dish out, it's worth the risk to keep her talking.

Mmm, friendship tea :XD:

Thankyou :D especially for all the feedback.
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MiyaYoshi Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, poor Heath's the school pushover, then. I guess you can get acclimated to eating dirt, then. XD

(You're welcome! It's a charming little story.)
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   General Artist
Just 'cause you get beaten up a lot doesn't make you a pushover. Sometimes you get beaten up for not being a pushover.
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MiyaYoshi Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, a radical thought, there. ;)
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 10, 2011   General Artist
Well Heath is essentially based on me, so I would know.
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
And everybody says, "AAWWWWwwww!":icondaawplz:
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 3, 2011   General Artist
Yeah, I know, sap story ^^;
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, kinda, but it's nice. Just sweet and enjoyable.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 4, 2011   General Artist
Thankyou :) I hope you'll stay for chapter five.
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome and I think I will.:D

On last thing; this is just how I see things, I'm not nit-picking at you.^^;
If she is wanting to fly at some point, her wings are going to have to grow about 2-3 times as big as they are now. If you were to give an adult human organic, built-in wings, the wingspan would have to be about 20 feet. Now she's a lot bigger than an adult human, so...:) Just saying.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 6, 2011   General Artist
Glad to read it :D

Well, let's say her height is roughly twelve feet tall, her wings are around half her height when folded, which means each wing will be at least her full height when unfolded, giving her a twenty four foot wingspan, possibly larger; in addition to this since she will have evolved for flight she will have a number of adaptations that make her lighter than she would otherwise be such as honeycomb-structured bones, less dense muscle tissue with limbs working mainly on ligaments for strength, and -- have you ever seen "The Last Dragon"? -- she might also have gasses in her body that would be ignited for flame but which also give her some buoyancy, such as hydrogen. D'you think that would account for enough to get her airborne?
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
DANG, she's tall.:O_o:
Well, forget any of the gasses that might be in her body. The amount needed for them to have any real effect, she would be a whole lot rounder.:XD:
Honeycombed bones. Hmmm, that would help but I don't know how much and she's a dragon, they're tough creatures, so they can't be so light that their structural integrity is lost. And muscles could be only so less dense before they'd simply not work. I mean, look at birds, they've got a LOT of muscle.

Really, you should look at dinosaurs. Pterodactyls could be 23 feet tall and have a wingspan 40 feet across! So I would guess that her wingspan would have to be around 30-32 feet, maybe. Because she isn't built like a pterodactyl, she's got more bulk to her.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 15, 2011   General Artist
Just uploaded the edited version: [link]
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   General Artist
How's this look? [link] assuming Helen is ten feet tall and of standard human proportions.
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 7, 2011   General Artist
Actually, I just checked against my own height, she's more like ten feet, giving her something like a twenty foot wingspan as she is now. Hmm, I could probably achieve thirty feet by making the "arm" part of her wing longer, that way it wouldn't interfere with her sitting down but would be long enough for flight. I'd also have to make the "arm" thicker so it would be strong enough to support the extra span now that I look at it, but I think it'll work. There are some changes I wanted to make to the shadows and background so maybe I'll upload an edited version later. I shouldn't need to change the illustration fore part one since you can't see the "arm" of her wing in that. Thanks for the feedback.
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MarioDS01 Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
Nice story so far. Glad there will be more chapters. But I'm a little curious of the human who takes or took care of her. Also curious on if she may have the courage to face the human world...
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   General Artist
Thankyou :) The human who raised her will feature in part five, as for facing the human world... we shall see.
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Zepher-Tensho Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^w^ yay for being friends with a dragon
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   General Artist
Yay indeed :D
This is set several years ago, much like a memoir, so the friendship has grown since too.
Thanks for commenting.
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Zepher-Tensho Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh it has huh? Grown in what way >=3 *wink wink* hee~
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   General Artist
Grown in a stronger friendship way, what's all the winking about?
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Zepher-Tensho Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't mind me I'm a perv XD
Try to ignore my foolish comments hehe
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner May 2, 2011   General Artist
Will do.
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Zepher-Tensho Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD
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