Dragon Scales

The name's Bella, Bella Grande. I'm a dragon rider. Well I was until the terrible day when my dragon, Fireseeker was taken away from me to be trained for the mighty war of our nation. My father lost his life trying to save Fireseeker. Now I will avenge him. I will kill the gorgeous boy who killed him.


9. Choosing A Dragon

   I washed my hair and cleaned my teeth, then I pulled on the purple dragon rider's robe and set off to the field, cabin 5 was not the nicest of cabins, but everyone had the same love as me, dragons. The cabin was been poorly furnished,no separate rooms, just chairs, beds and chamberpots. When I left two men were arguing about which of their dragons is better. The fat man with a face like a donkey's said that his blue tailed hornback was definately the best, whereas the scrawny tall one said his orange slender back was better. I had never heard of any of these names before so I didn't join the conversation.

   I walked over to the field at noon, I learned that everybody else's training started at one o'clock. But I was a 'newcomer' and I 'needed extra training'. I was annoyed at all of the men laughing at how I am 'not as good as them' I will show them, in the war.

   When I reached the green field I only saw one person, Josh. He waved at me and shouted for me to run over to him, I walked deliberately slowly. When I reached there he spun me around so that I wasn't facing him and whistled. All of a sudden six dragons all different shapes, sizes and colours rose from the ground. They must have been lying there, hiding. Josh then spoke to me in that gorgeous voice of his...

"Hiding is one of a Dragon's best abilities, here 'ya have a choice of six dragons that 'ya will ride in every battle from now on. Choose carefully or 'ya could end up with a dragon that hates 'ya and throws 'ya off! Now at three o'clock 'ya have a Black Ringed Snorkel back, very tricky to fly on but has deadly talons that could be useful in war!"

    I looked at the bulky, muscled dragon, he stared at me angrily, as if he already hated me, he had a huge body and two incredably large wings, its entire body had thick black rings around it, it looked like a striped cat, but it was black and red. It had spikes all over its head and a wide mouth. I didn't choose this one.

"Now 'en Mister Grande! At five o'clock you have a Blue Tailed Hornback! A very common dragon amoungst our ranks! Remember, choose carefully!"

   I looked at the dragon and gasped as I saw it, it was huge, about half the size of one of our barns, it had huge, black eyes and a long, slender body that was at least the length of a barn. It had many pairs of wings and no legs. It seemed friendly enough but then it opened its mouth to reveal three rows of curved, white teeth, they curved inward so when it bit, you couldn't be freed. I said no to this one quicker than anything, the man who argued for his Blue Tailed Hornback was right, this was one mighty fragon, although I couldn't see myself riding it into battle anytime soon.

"Ok 'en! At seven o'clock you have a Red Headed Fire snout! Now this dragon dosen't breathe fire, but it's mouth snout is fire, it's not that good at offence, but it's easy to fly!"

   The dragon was a weird one, it was quite small and it had one eye, the eye was a milky yellow. It was completey red and it had huge talons, its snout was thick and covered in red, orange and yellow flames. Based on Josh's description, I said no. This was going to take more than an hour.


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