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It was 10 o’clock at night at the Toddson residence.  Crickets were chirping cheerfully in the warm summer air, quietly playing their soft, familiar tune.  A cool night breeze occasionally blew past, ruffling the leaves on the trees for a moment before continuing on its way.  A golden retriever sniffed about, looking for some small furry animal to harass.  Inside the faded white farmhouse around which all this was happening, a sleepy Maddy Toddson was watching TV.  

While her eyes were glued to the screen, she absent-mindedly fingered the pendent around her neck.  She felt the cold silver of the necklace rub across her fingertips; a stark contrast to the strangely warm gem trapped beneath the ‘cage’ of silver.  The gem was about an inch around, and seemed to contain all the colors of the rainbow, and yet have no color at all.  She had received it from her grandfather for her birthday; there was some story behind it about how the priceless gem had been cut from the eye of a dragon by a dragon hunter, or just simply ‘Hunter’ as the story had referred to him.  But her grandfather was always making up stories about fantasy creatures and mythical monsters.  It was just a tale he worked up to go with the necklace he had probably found at Target or something.  Dragons and magic don’t really exist… thought Maddy drowsily as she lay down on the couch.  She felt the necklace one last time before finally surrendering to sleep…

She awoke with a violent start, but didn’t know what the cause was.  The clock said 2:00 am.  Sure no noise had awoken her, she puzzled over what caused her to wake up with her heart thumping so quickly.  She turned off the TV so she could listen.  Then it hit her: the crickets weren’t chirping anymore.  It was a perfect summer night.  They should be chirping away, but total silence reigned through the house; even the occasional creaking of the old house had stopped.  It was like she was the only one left in the world.  Maddy shuddered, not used to the quiet.  She was about to turn the TV back on, just to have some background noise, when the barking started.  Normally she wouldn’t have been concerned; her dog Riley was always barking at some critter at night.  But this barking was different.  It was louder, definitely louder, and more menacing.  A frightening mix of yaps, growls, and snarls that chilled Maddy to her bones.  It was like a hound had been released from the bowels of Hell.  She had not known her dog could bark like that.  And it sounded like it was right outside the front door.

Maybe it’s human instinct to be drawn towards danger, or maybe it’s just stupidity on the part of the person.  It could even be some form of scared curiosity.  Either way, Maddy got off the couch and went out the door to see what was going on.  All sorts of images were running through her head at the same time, all of them grisly and increasingly horrible.  A burglar sneaking towards the house; Riley and a stray locked in mortal combat; a bear pinning Riley to the ground, it’s teeth inches from Riley’s throat… The door creaked open on it’s hinges as Maddy peeked outside, terrified of what she’d see.  She saw nothing.  She could still hear the eerie barking, but her garage kept Riley and whatever he was barking at totally hidden.  So, though every fiber in her body was screaming for her to go back inside, and she would have gladly obeyed, her feet began to carry her towards the garage, towards the strange barking that frightened her so much when at any other time the idea of Riley being scary would have been laughable.

As she got closer, a voice other than the insane snarls began to reach Maddy’s ears.  Smooth and feminine, and with a definite tone of anger, like a red hot chili pepper.  Maddy’s heart jumped up to her throat as the burglar scene she had been imagining became that much clearer in her mind.  No, wait.  Maddy stopped in her tracks as an idea began to form in her head.  She noticed patterns in the talking and the barking.  First a growl, then a response from the female voice.  No, it couldn’t be.  But it sounded like… the voice was having a conversation with her dog?  No, it was crazy… But the voice became clearer as Maddy got a little closer.  She was halfway across the yard when the voice became clear and she stopped to listen for a while.

“Why do you still insist to defend her, boy?  What has she ever given you to deserve such loyalty?”

An angry response from Riley.  Is this really happening? thought Maddy.

A laugh from the voice, sharp and cutting. “Love? Come now, you don’t honestly believe that a creature like that would ever be capable of—“

The female was cut off by a long series of furious barks that made Maddy tremble where she stood.  How could anyone stand to listen to that?  But then, this voice was also carrying on a conversation with a dog.

“ENOUGH!” the voice suddenly shouted, silencing Riley’s soliloquy.  The word rang through the darkness, echoing.  After silence reigned once more the voice spoke again, with forced calm.  And unless Maddy was mistaken, there was an underlying growl to the voice this time.  “You are not what I’m after, dog, but if you continue to stand in between me and my prey I will not hesitate to—  AHHGH!”
Maddy did not see it happen, but she could guess.  Riley had run up to the source of the voice and chomped down on the nearest thing he could reach; probably a leg.  
“Good boy!” she thought.  But the next thing she heard was far from the sound of feet running away that she expected, and made her heart leap to her throat.

Scared, high-pitched whines suddenly replaced the angry barks of just a second before.  And the voice she heard was far different than the smooth, feminine alto; instead it was low, guttural.  More of a growl than a voice at all.  But Maddy was able to pick out the words.

“My patience for you has just run out, you flea-ridden mutt.  You want to defend that despicable creature?  Protect her? … Love her?!”  There was a choking sound at the word ‘love’.   Then the voice dropped to an almost inaudible whisper.  “Then you might as well be a human yourself.”

Maddy desperately wanted to turn around, to run back inside to the safety of the house.  But her feet refused to move either forward or backward.

Suddenly, a faint white glow began to appear from behind the garage, getting stronger by the second.  Riley’s whines began to get louder, more persistent.  Maddy’s heart beat faster; she felt like it would pop from her chest.  She shielded her eyes from the growing white glare. What was going on around here?!  Riley’s whimpers got louder and escalated into a howl, like he was in severe pain.  The howl suddenly changed.  It got lower, sounding less and less like a canine.  

And within a second Riley’s howl had been replaced with a very human-sounding yell that decreased into a series of deep breaths.

It was at this point that Maddy’s feet decided to start moving again.  But it wasn’t towards the house.  Instead she began running at full speed the rest of the way to the garage.  Something had been done to Riley, she just knew it.  Something terrible, and she had only stood there when it had happened.  She ran.  Just ten more feet, and then she would see.  Seven, five, three, one…

She turned the corner of the garage and braced herself for the carnage she was sure would greet her.  Instead a very different sight met her gaze and made her breath catch in her throat.

In front of her was a creature unlike any she had ever seen.  It had to be at least thirty feet long.  Its body was long and sinuous and covered in short, silver fur.  A dog-like head perched on the top of a long neck, and a sweeping, sleek poppy-red mane ran all the way down its back to the tip of its tail, where it fanned into a furry tuft.  On top of its head was a small pair of antlers. It stood on pale yellow chicken-like feet tipped with deadly-looking black claws.  But it’s eyes… Or eye.  The eye it had was deep violet, like the color of royalty. The other eye was gone; the eyelid closed over an empty chasm, and two long, pink scars ran across it like daggers.  The creature in front of her could only be described as one thing: a dragon.

When Maddy had come around the corner, the dragon had turned to look at what made so much noise.  The dragon slowly smiled, showing sharp, white teeth.  It wasn’t a friendly smile, though.  It began walking towards Maddy, ever so slowly, it’s strange boy swirling hypnotically like a snake’s.

“So, this is the human that’s caused so much trouble here tonight,” the dragon said casually, softly.

Maddy was having trouble finding her voice. The scene in front of her was just too confusing.  What she did manage to get out was, “I… I heard barking and… a voice…dragon… and my dog… my dog.  Where’s my dog?” She finally managed to squeak a comprehensible question out.

“Ah, so you heard our little conversation, did you?” the dragon said. “I wonder how long you were listening.  But no matter, you’re what I came for so no reason to prolong my visit any more.”  The dragon moved a little closer.

“Where’s my dog?” Maddy repeated, trying to keep her voice level.

The dragon sneer got wider as she feigned innocence.  “Dog?  Dog… Hmmm.  Oh, are you referring to this?”  She reached back underneath her and pulled a large, struggling form into Maddy’s view.

For a moment the girl was confused.  What the dragon was dragging by the ankle was not a dog, but a human boy.  Looking to be about twenty years old, he wore a simple brown zip-up hoodie and blue jeans.  His hair was reddish-brown. Around his neck was a lightly jingling piece of silver, resting gently against his black under shirt.  It was a choke chain collar with a slightly bronzed round tag hanging from it, exactly like…

A horrible idea began to form in Maddy’s mind.  “No…” she whispered, blue eyes widening.  Her body started shaking slightly.  The idea was too horrible, too strange to think about.  She stared into the boy’s chocolate eyes, who returned her gaze with an equally terrified look.

“Maddy…” he croaked, terror ringing in his voice.

The girl’s frame fell, all the air let out of her lungs at once and she had trouble taking her next breath.

“Ah, I think she’s finally getting the picture,” the dragon sniggered.

“What... how... who…… why?” Maddy stammered, motioning with her hands towards whom she knew now was Riley.

The dragon growled and moved closer, still dragging Riley by the ankle.  “The fool was trying to protect you.  Disgusting creature.  Someone who tries to protect a human is no better than a human themselves.”

She suddenly tossed Riley at Maddy like a ragdoll.  Hitting Maddy in the chest, both of them were sent crashing to the ground.

Maddy gasped for breath, the wind knocked out of her.  Riley quickly got off of her and awkwardly helped her sit up.  She coughed violently, trying to get precious breath back in her lungs.  

“I-I’m sorry, I’m sorry!”  Riley stammered. “Are y-you ok?”  Maddy couldn’t respond.  Her brain wasn’t functioning properly and all she could do was look at him in terrified disbelief.

The silver serpent cackled, clearly finding pleasure in the current situation.  “But,” the dragon continued, “now that my quarry is here, his efforts to protect you were all in vain.”  She leaned into Maddy’s ear and whispered with bared teeth, “And now… you’re mine.”

All at once, a lightning-fast streak of silver shot forward and Maddy was suddenly dangling upside down in the air, her leg wrapped in the dragon’s tail.  She heard Riley’s yell of protest, and he screamed for the dragon to put her down, to let her go, but the silver creature didn’t listen.  She pinned him down with one front foot.  She seemed to be contemplating something.

“Let’s see…” the dragon looked at her dangling prey with vague interest. “What would be a fitting punishment?  Death would be too easy.  Something lasting, never gone, always present… Yes, something like that… Be still!”  She snapped at Maddy, who was trying to kick her way free to no avail.  Maddy obeyed, letting herself hang limp with the blood rushing to her head and feeling as if the tears would come at any moment.  What was she even being punished for?!

The dragon looked around, seemingly for inspiration.  When her violet eye fell upon Riley, who was attempting to bite at the dragon’s leg again, she grinned evilly and looked back at Maddy.  “I know.  I took a dog from the world when I made him human, correct?”  She spoke as if she were a teacher talking to a student.  “Well, it wouldn’t be fair if there were one more human in this world than there belonged, would it?  And since the dog population seems to be one short…”

Everything suddenly registered in Maddy’s mind in full force, and she at once was desperately trying to free herself, to run away back into her warm, safe house.  But the dragon held her tightly, and already a faint white glow was beginning to take shape around Maddy’s form.  She realized it was the same thing that had appeared before Riley was…

“No!” she screamed and tried blowing the glow away, rubbing it off with her hands, anything to get it off of her.  But the glow was getting brighter, and Maddy was starting to feel hot.  The white light got brighter and brighter, almost blinding.  She closed her eyes against the brightness.  It was getting hotter, almost scalding.  Too hot!  Fire was going to burn her to cinders.  Screaming, screaming…

And then she felt the blessed cool night air again.  She panted heavily , her heart still hammering.  Opening her eyes, she saw the upside-down dragon smirking at her.  “Yes, this will do.”  Then the dragon set her leg free and dropped her to the ground.

Landing with a thud, Maddy rolled to her feet and shook her head, trying to set her thoughts straight.  “That was it?” she thought.  “Well, as long as that’s all…”  She brought a hand up to rub her head…

And froze, because what was supposed to be her hand was not.  There, attached to a white, furry leg, was an equally furry paw.  Maddy stood up, frantic… And fell back down to all fours.  She looked underneath her and saw four white paws and legs.  If she crossed her eyes, she could see a nose extending what seemed like a mile out in front of her face.  She was mostly golden, but with a white belly and legs.  However, none of this really hit home until she realized that she had a tail.  She had a long, poofy, gold and white tail.

She whimpered, shaking from head to toe.  This wasn’t happening, this wasn’t happening!  Surely this was just a nightmare she would wake up from any minute.  Then, out of the corner of her eye, she saw a figure crawling towards her.  It was Riley, who had been freed by the dragon.  He kneeled next to her, looking her over with a look of defeat.  His body sagged.  Suddenly, he pulled her furry head into a tight hug.

“Maddy… I’m sorry…” he whispered in her ear.  “I couldn’t… If only… I’m so sorry…”  Maddy, still in shock, didn’t know what to do.  So she just sat there, letting him pull her into his lap for a tighter squeeze.  Now the tears finally came, and they came in droves.  She lay against Riley’s shoulder, shivering and sobbing silently.

She wasn’t sure how long this went on for, but she was suddenly aware that the dragon was speaking.  That dragon… That damn dragon.

“Yes, this should suit both of you fine,” she was saying casually.

“Fine?!” Riley shouted, still holding Maddy in his arms.  Maddy only just realized that this was her dog that was speaking perfect English.  “You… you… How could you say this is fine?!” he let out through clenched teeth.

“Justice was served,” the dragon sniffed.  “My business here is done.  What you do now is not up to me.”  She started walking away, but then stopped and turned back for a second.  “Oh, but Maddy.  If you could give your back-stabbing grandfather a message for me, tell him that Cyphae never forgot him, and that she will find him one day.  Or tell your new human to tell him for you, since I doubt you’re able to speak “homo sapien” anymore.”  With one last laugh, the dragon with the scarred face took off and flew away into the night.

Maddy shuddered, staring off after the dragon until she was a little speck against the moon.  If she had only stayed in the house, this wouldn’t have happened.  If only her stupid curiosity hadn’t gotten the best of her, she would still be… human.  But she had left her house, and now she was paying the consequence, along with poor Riley, who shouldn’t have been involved in the first place.

The dog and human, still holding each other tight, watched as the dragon disappeared, and they wondered what would become of them now.

Aaaaand here's the story that I wrote. =) It's not the beginning of my actual story since there's some stuff that happens before this, but it's a scene from it. I like it cause it gives a good intro to most of the main characters, but I wasn't able to put my other dragon Bronar in there. =/ Oh well. That scene would've added on about 5 more pages anyway. xD

Anyway, enjoy. =)
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JoriShepdog Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Will this continue? I am really enjoying this story so far and I am curious for more. (Folds dark gold wings and awaits answer, blueish green eyes full of curiosity)
victini1888 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
continue sooooooooooooooo goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooodd:happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. I think I've fainted. :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
wang956395 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
It's good to draw
ShinyInkZoroark2 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
PLZ CONtinue this is so good Water dragon - emoticon vsRunning Wolf GIMPed 
Suolasilakka Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
... I WANT MOOOOOOOREEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
curlyfry2001 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
can i ask a question??? what school did you go to learn how to draw so AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!!! and how young were you when you started drawing on the computer?????? ps I LOVE THE STORY ITS FABULOUS:happybounce: 
RyuumaruOrochi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
**** THAT DRAGON! WHAT THE **** IS WRONG WHIT IT?! Y THE **** DID IT DO THAT?!?!?!?!?!?!?! good story by the way. i wont b surprised if this became a t.v. show! i would go as far as to say that i bet $$ on it!
BlueDragon14201 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Student General Artist
;o; Where is the rest? Please!
hellion325 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
this is made me cry...what made you write something like this???...nobody deserves that even for past sins....bad form!!!!!!
RyuumaruOrochi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
o just ZIP IT will ya! I like this story and so do a LOT of other people! so please, just do 2 things.Shut.Up.
hellion325 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
lol...what did i creeped me out so what learn to take some critisim will ya JEEEZ
RyuumaruOrochi Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
PhaorohRotec Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Seriously. Finish this. If I had money I would tell you to take my money and make it faster.
Bradley-The-Blue-Fox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I know youve drawn Riley tfing but what about Maddy? Really cool story. love it
Davinci975 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
come on you killing me here
Alicewondergirl Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the only thing left to do now is sit age and wait.
btw does she live by herself? Cuz if not damn i would love them to explain what just happened to their family
Sunima Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
i love it! :heart: is there more to read?! :O :O
Jereth-Bane Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:aww: I am enjoying this allot and I am desperate to know how this story unfolds i dont supose youve posted an outline for your story "Dragons eye" I would be most iterested to read it. and if your having trouble with plot holes or story development an outside source is always helpful I my self have been in the process of writing a novel .[link]
anyway good luck with your story so far this is looking really good
spartanlord1014 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
I have a question. Does transformation affect aging at all? e.g. Does Maddy now have the aging scheme of a dog or does riley still maintain his short original lifespan? Please release some more!
nooby-banana Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Filmographer
In this universe transformation affects all physiological aspects, so yes aging would be changed as well. So if Maddy were stuck as a dog for say, a year before she turned back, she would be about 7 years older as a human. That doesn't happen in the story but that's how it would work.

This doesn't apply to the dragons because both their human and dragon forms age at the same rate.

I'm going to release more, don't worry!! It's going to be a while though.
spartanlord1014 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
a while sound long...:( great story though!
alphablackpaintball Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
grrr i wish you ould continue this story xD
tortor13 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
wow! awesome story! =)
99966x Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Student Photographer
dadona777 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011
:D :D :D :D :D :D

this is pretty incredible. ^ ^ it reminds me (a little) of something I wrote a while back. now I think I might want to continue writing it again

Cyphae... grrrr
ChippoTheChipmonk Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
love! :batty:
NelmaThyria Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
This story is great! I love the idea of it, and I'm interested to know more.
LeoOfTheDeaD Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
I have read the comic and now this. This is a beautiful story :D will it come out as a book??

Anyways, have a nice day ^^

~Leo :3

-That could be cool if that was on my language-
MystericWonder Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Are you still working on this thing? Because it's really great!
QAtheAuthoress Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh this looks good I hope you update on this.
shae-luvs-xei163 Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love this story!
Dragockon Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow aweosmeness! Lov it!
Dragockon Featured By Owner May 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow aweosmeness! Lov it!
Armukadedus Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
I love it! Are you planning on publishing a book? Because I would buy it! I love how you design the characters, by the way!.
GmP91 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
It's really interesting and very original. But I have to ask you: why do you write it? I love your drawing style and I think that a comic version of it could be interesting as well as the written one. But I want only now why,I don't want you go thinking badly of me for my pure curiosity.
nooby-banana Featured By Owner May 19, 2011  Student Filmographer
Thank you! I'm actually thinking of doing a a sort of cross between a comic and animated short for this instead of writing it. I've been going to school for film so that's what I know, so I might do that. :)

I'm glad you enjoy it!
GmP91 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Can I ask you a thing? A small favor (even though I know you will say no): you also do commissions for free? Because it is more than a year I'm looking for a talented artist to do a drawing for me, but accepted only on payment and I can not pay them (when you say bad luck, eh). So please tell me yes.
nooby-banana Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Student Filmographer
Sorry, I don't do free drawings. I'm sorry you're having trouble finding someone to do your drawing, but most really good artists don't do free drawings. :\ It's just the way it goes.
GmP91 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011
Ok Thanks anyway =(. Good luck for your project.
jmillart Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I found this through the comic (And your page through the Okamiden art). This so far is an intriguing story! Is there any more I could read?
nooby-banana Featured By Owner May 7, 2011  Student Filmographer
Unfortunately there's no more right now. I'm in the middle of reworking the story, so everthing's being swapped around.
jmillart Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand that. I'm that way with three or four.
TheShroomie Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011
Woah...stunning. It all made sence in the end, which is great because I was clueless of why everything was happening. Amazing work!
drachronicler Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011
I see great artistic and writing talent at work here but the story doesn't make sense to me. How would a mere human, even with help, cut the eye out of a dragon that has such magical powers that it can change a dog into a human? So why couldn't the dragon change the humans attacking him into tasty roast chickens?

And why woudn't the human simply kill the dragon afterwards, so it could never seek retribution?
froggirl626 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
more more more more more more more more more more more ... plz?
redrose55x Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS IS AMAZING!!! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!!!
dragon-smith Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
:library: i'm looking! WERE IS THE REST! I NEED MORE oh hahahaha, oh garfeild, now were was i? oh yea! WERE IS THE REST!
Elicario Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011   Writer
holy shit ! parden me french eny way wars the next part
rottenapple3 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Student Artist
Plz tell me where the rest of this story is it's frikin amazing!!!:3
A-squadleader1 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010
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