The Caged Dragon
This dragon was caged when he was very little and was parted from his beautiful and proud parents and all alone. The former mayor of Misty Outpost had dragons erased or locked up to protect the villagers over 50 years ago.
It all changed when monster Mozart became mayor. Mozart opened the cages to all the dragons to let them leave in their own time. Most flew away to places they remembered, but this dragon claimed to be content because he lived in the only place he’d ever known and he didn’t even remember his own name.
The Dragon wasn’t all alone in his cave though. A little gnome had kept him company since the day the doors to the caves were unlocked. The gnome didn’t have a home of his own and told the dragon that there’s no place for a dragon in the land of Lucky because no other dragons chose to stay.
“You would be an outcast and always on the run.” the gnome repeated.
The dragon was happy to have a roommate who accepted him even though he was a dangerous dragon.
Monster Mozart paid the dragon a visit to check up on him as he did every year since 3 years now. The gnome was always hiding in the cave when monster Mozart visited. The dragon was anxious and said that he liked his cave and were grateful that he was able to stay.
Mozart would try to describe how colorful and friendly the world had become and hoped that the dragon would want to come out from that dark cave and enjoy the outside. Had there been a window in the mountain, the dragon would have enjoyed a view of blue skies, star skies, misty mornings, moonlight, sunsets, sunrises, the ocean with the skyline of a city, thunderstorms in the summer, sparkling snow in the winter, the trees turning red in the fall, and bright green in the spring with colorful juicy fruit in them free for all to eat. But all this was just words for the dragon. He had no images to connect with these words.
One day Monster Mozart brought his tiniest piano to the cave and sat down next to the dragon. He placed the piano in front of them and took a deep breath.
“A long time ago - long before I became mayor, I was lost and lonely just like you,” Mozart said and looked into the dragons bright yellow eyes.
“Really?” the dragon said, “what happened?”
“My father was a scientist. He created me solely to play the piano. I spent the first part of my life in a cave - just like yours. I could always escape to my music and paint my inner world in beautiful colors because I had my piano. So I wanted to show you how it works.” Mozart pressed a key. “What color is it?”
The dragon stared at his fury finger and opened his eyes wide and said “WHITE!” with such excitement that sparks of fire from his mouth lit the whole cave up.
Mozart laughed causing the mountain to shake and little stones raining down on them from the ceiling.
Mozart tried again “Open your third eye - what color do you see?”
He pressed the key C again on the piano and Mozart said “I see yellow - the color of the sun on a cloud free summer sky. Would you like to see the sun?”
“Yes!” said the dragon with full determination.
“Then come with me!” the monster encouraged.
The gnome interrupted their moment with a loud sneeze. Monster Mozart spotted the gnome and took him aside.
“I’ve sensed your presence ever since I visited dragon for the first time. What’s your name lil’ buddy?”
“I’m Alfred - a not so little gnome from Tiny Town.”
“It’s an honor to meet you, Alfred. I’m Monster Mozart. Can I help you getting home or are you looking to stay?” Monster Mozart asked and let the gnome up in his hand.
“I’m not ready to return to Tiny Town just yet. I have some unfinished business to take care of. And I should probably get to it…”
“How about helping out in the caves until you have finished your unfinished business and feed the old dragons that are too old to relocate?” Mozart suggested.
The gnome agreed with a nod and Mozart put him down on the ground again.
Monster Mozart took the dragon to the deepest end of the mountain next to the underground river underneath the mountain. Mozart encouraged him to swim and look around at his own pace and asked him about his daily adventures over supper.
Every day the dragon would swim further and further until he started to make friends. Dragon stayed out longer and longer until he found the perfect spot to nest and call his own home.
Dragon met the gnome from time to time and that was ok, but he found the gnome to be negative, now when he had new friends to compare with.
To show his appreciation to everyone, dragon arranged a BBQ party. He stood in front of the grill in his garden and set the coal on fire with sparks from his mouth.
Everyone who was invited was happy to finally get to know such a majestic, interesting and beautiful dragon. “How lucky is he to be able to fly, swim underwater and be able to spit fire!” exclaimed Alexander, the alpaca.
“Thank you so much for showing me out of my cave.” the dragon said to Monster Mozart who showed a big proud smile while watching the dragon’s newly befriended neighbors photographing, filming and just cheering in admiration.
“Who helped you out of your cave?” dragon asked.
Monster Mozart almost choked on his burger, “My love for food!” he laughed and grabbed another mango burger. “I’m amazed by your cooking skills, these are brilliant! I’m sorry that I ate them all!”
“My pleasure” the dragon giggled.
Everyone at the party was laughing, because of Monster Mozart’s highly contagious laughter. Even the little gnome Alfred was laughing and he didn’t even know why. Neither did the dragon, but he hoped to hear the full story another day. Turns out that the population of Lucky Land weren’t afraid of dragons, but instead wanted to make friends.
Even when the future is uncertain - if you believe the best in others, they might just love you in return.