“Tell me a dragon story,” she pleaded.

“Give me something else, another character,” he replied as a thoughtful shade covered his eyes. She could feel the web of characters already forming in his mind.

“A dragonfly,” she quickly uttered. This made him smile.

“Once upon a time, there was a dragon, very powerful and brave in his heart but one of his wings was dormant…”

“What is dormant?” she asked as she moved closer, now feeling a bit more comfortable around him.

“One of his wings was asleep, he could not fly, so he was always mocked by other dragons. One day as he was standing by a river, he noticed a beautiful creature standing on the surface of the water. Her colors were in perfect harmony with the river and the grass and all the flowers. However, he envied her wings most of all.”

“I am Anis, what is your name?” she spoke hastily.

“M..me? I am Baal,” he stuttered.

“What are you?” he asked after recollecting himself.

“A dragonfly,” she said proudly, and flew closer to Baal, inspecting him.

“Impossible, you are not a dragon, you are so tiny,” Baal said with a laugh that made Anis really sad. But he quickly realized his mistake; he was being bitter like the other dragons had been with him. “I am sorry, you know what you are, I shouldn’t have spoken like that,” he apologized and felt the sensation of blushing covering his face.

Anis cheered up immediately. “Let’s go for a walk, I will show you something.”

“Walk?” Baal was surprised at the offer. No one had ever asked him to go for a walk before.

“Yes, you know when you use your feet, instead of your wings,” she teased.

“Oh, I see, you pity me because I cannot fly,” he spoke gloomily.

“I don’t pity you, life is bigger than flying. Walking with you is what I want to do now and every day if you want to be my friend.”

Baal couldn’t believe that such warm and gigantic words could come from such a tiny creature.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
1 year ago

Hi there and welcome to Voice club. This is a really sweet story. I love ones that show friendship between such different beings, and acceptance of their differences. Nicely done.

Last edited 1 year ago by Carrie OLeary
Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hello Shqiponje and a big welcome to the Voice club – could you tell me how to pronounce your name (phonetically please) I love stories that have a story within a story. It’s nice to be reminded of our better qualities. This is another story I would love to read to my Granddaughter.

Last edited 1 year ago by Eric Radcliffe
Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
1 year ago

A beautiful, heartwarming story Shqiponje. Sometimes we all need a friend like Anis. Very well done.

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock(@linda-rock)
1 year ago

This is such a sweet story about friendship Shqiponje and I’m sure children would love it. Welcome to Voice club, you will find many friends on here too.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

Welcome to Voice.club, Shqiponje! I love your story, at first with the relationship forming between the girl and the storyteller, and then the friendship that is taking place between the dragon and the dragonfly. It is all very thoughtful and gentle. There are some subtle, descriptive words that have a lot of significance.

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Lydia E Atzemian
Lydia E Atzemian(@lydia-e-atzemian)
1 year ago

Welcome to Voice Club! Indeed a beautiful story. Glad you joined.

Brigitta Hegyi
Brigitta Hegyi(@brigitta-hegyi)
1 year ago

Such a cute story! We all need a friend like Anis in our lives, unconditional acceptance is so rare these days.

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