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.