by Lisa McCourt Hollar
"People call them dragons."
"What? Those tiny things?" Bending, I looked at the tiny creature that was standing on it's hind legs and leaning against the laundrey detergent. It was no longer than two inches. Nothing like the glorious creatures I remembered from my youth.
"You must be joking."
"I told you, they would be easy to take."
"Shhh, someone is coming." Shimmering, I morphed into a puddle and slid under the door. Once outside, I transformed again, blending into the tiger lily's that were blooming. I could hear a woman speaking.
"Franklin is coming for dinner tonight, I thought I would spruce the place up a bit."
Then I heard her shrieking. "Ewww, get it, get it...don't let it into the rest of the house!"
"Lois, it is just a lizard."
"It is a wretched, ugly beast," Lois said. The door opened and the creature was swept out of the house. The lizard sat there a moment, dazed, and then crept into the flowers to escape the crazed human.
"Not a very polite species," Glek said. "This planet will fare better, once we have removed them."
Before I could respond, the human took hold of me, wrapping her fingers around the stem my body was emulating.
"These tiger lilies will be perfect. Franklin loves them."
Realizing the mistake I had made in choosing this form, I attempted to transform before it was too late, perhaps into a fierce dragon, so this woman would know what a true fire beast was. My body shimmered for a moment, but her closeness prevented my being able to change. The scissors slipped in and cut.
"Glek, I can not change back!" My thoughts were frantic as I sent them to him. "You need to shift now, if you are to survive."
"I am afraid it is too late," Glek said, joining me in the woman's hand.
As we were carried back into the house, I saw the small 'dragon', leave his hiding place and crawl onto a rock, sunning himself.
Word Count: 338