How it all began.

I promised you a story about how the Princess and her golden dragon met. Today is the day for that story!

When the princess was very young, she lived with her parents in their palace in the capital of the country. Her parents were the rulers of the country and very well respected. As such, they were often invited to neighbouring countries to give advice or support during difficult times.

So it happened that one day, the family was invited to visit a nearby country that had recently entered into a peace treaty with them. Keen to show the newly formed friendship to the people of both countries, the family packed for the journey and set off on the long road to their hosts. What happened next has been debated and investigated many times, but there will probably never be a definitive answer.

What we do know is that the princess and her family never reached their destination and of the travelling party, only the princess was ever seen again.

All that anyone else knew was that several days after the search had been abandoned, a young golden dragon landed on the roof of the palace, holding the princess in his front claws. He held her there for 4 hours until someone that he deemed trustworthy came up to the roof and promised to look after his small charge.

From talking to te princess and the dragon, I have managed to piece together what happened.

It seems that the travelling party was attacked by bandits, neither the princess or dragon know what happened to everyone and they really don’t like to think about it so I didn’t press them. The small princess had been overlooked by the bandits and was able to crawl away undetected. She spent at least two days hiding in a cave and crying, not knowing what to do with herself. The cries of a small child bother almost every species and the golden dragon who was not long out of the nest himself heard her pleas for help. He found her cave and gently investigated the cause of her distress. Once he realised that she was alone and unable to care for herself, the dragon did his best to provide for her. He curled around her for warmth, went hunting for food and really tried to help, however it soon became clear that as much as he cared and tried, a dragon can’t care for a small child.

Reluctantly, he decided to try and take her back to her home. She tried to describe it to him until he was confident that he knew where to take her. The young dragon had little stamina and it took a long while to travel back to the capital and he was constantly worried that he would drop the princess or fail to care for one of her needs on the way but they made it. The princess had come to rely on her golden friend for comfort and protection whereas the dragon had learned more about affection and love than he could have hoped. The juvenile pair knew from the moment he landed on the palace roof that they would never really be separated.

Once the princess had been examined, cleaned and fed, servants put her to bed and were surprised to find a young dragon keen to barge his way into her room and curl up around her in the way they had become accustomed to sleeping. The princess cried out for her dragon when the adults tried to shoo him away and soon they had to acknowledge that the palace now had a dragon in residence.

The next day, the staff began making adjustments to deal with a growing dragon following their beloved princess around.

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Doodles First Bedtime Story

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who ruled over a vast kingdom with the help of her best friend, a giant golden dragon. Together they were a frequent sight in the sky over the kingdom as they visited the citizens and checked that all was well in the land.

The dragon was the greatest protector that a princess could ask for and the princess had never felt fear or danger for a moment since she met the dragon. In return, the princess cared for the dragon and gave him the freedom that he would never have had as a wild dragon.

The story of how they met is a tale for another day.

One day, the dragon was flying the princess over the massive forests and enjoying the sight of the fresh, spring green leaves. They were looking for a good place to stop for a picnic lunch when the princess noticed a large plume of smoke on the horizon. Without a word, the dragon changed course and sped towards the smoke so they could investigate.

The fire was fierce and out of control, forcing the dragon to land the princess some way away from the fire and shield her with his enormous heat proof wings. Quickly, they devised a plan to try and stop the spread of the fire. The dragon lowered his head to allow the princess to climb back on before launching upwards with a powerful beat of his wings. He dropped her off at the closest village and took off without her.

The princess found a village full of panicked people trying to gather their possessions and escape from the inferno. Using years of royal experience, she calmed her subjects and explained her plan. Within minutes they were dropping the things they were trying to save and instead grabbing axes, saws, ropes and shovels. The princess led them a little way into the forest and explained how to make a fire gap. Runners were sent to neighbouring villages to pass the plan along as everyone else began chopping down a wide swathe of trees. Smoke was beginning to fill the air but still they worked on creating a corridor in the trees to stop the spread of the fire.

Just as the crackling of the flames could be heard, a great shadow was cast over the workers. The dragon flew low over them, just clearing the treetops with a bulging belly weighing him down. He landed clumsily and proceeded to spray a powerful jet of water over the trees and earth before him. He couldn’t douse the whole fire but he could delay the spread whilst the people worked. The dragon cast a worried eye over the princess who was soot covered and working hard with the villagers, she seemed safe enough if a little worse for wear so he flew off to collect another belly full of lake water.

Once the dragon had drenched as much of the forest as he could, he joined the people in ripping up trees with his powerful claws, roots and all. Then, under the direction of the princess, he used the trees to build a temporary dam, enlisting the help of beavers to make it water tight enough. The princess wiped sweat and soot off her face, ignored the ruined mess that her dress had become and inspected the work that the dragon and beavers had carried out. Knowing it was the best they could hope for, she nodded to the dragon to begin digging.

In no time at all he had created a channel from the nearby lake which smashed into the dam protecting the villages and flowed towards the fire. A great hissing and spluttering rose up from the woods as the water met the fire. It took a lot of digging and a lot of water flowing through the makeshift channel but eventually the fire was quenched.

Everyone was exhausted so they made their way back home, every villager wanted to host the princess and the dragon but no one really had room for the dragon to sleep. He was far too tired to fly home and the princess was worried about him. Together, the villagers pulled together their last scraps of energy and washed the soot and mud off the dragon before building a quick tent for him to curl up in. Everyone raided their pantries and together they created an impromptu feast, everyone ate and sat around telling tales until they noticed that the princess had fallen asleep tucked up between the forelegs of the dragon. The villagers crept back to their homes quietly and let their saviours sleep in peace until the morning.

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