“It’s right there. Come on! Come on look!” Alex yells at Jackie. His arms thrusting violently toward the tree.
“Alex, there’s nothing there. It’s an old tree. You are stupid. Dragons don’t love here it’s not ugly enough. My dad says so. He had one as a kid!” Jackie tugs on his ball cap. His mind is on throwing a ball around. Big kid stuff.
“Your dad was going to build you a tree house. You said. I bet he knows the dragon lives here.” Alex kicks the trunk of the tree. “I saw him. The dragon is green. Shiny green, kinda dark like. Sparkly. He is shy dragon.”
“Did you hear it roar? Everyone knows a dragon roars to tell you it’s there. If you scare a dragon they torch you with their breath. But I told you. They live in ugly places. They need mist and something called gloom. We ain’t got that.” Jackie throws the ball on the air. He missing it and it bounces toward the tree.
“The dragon did that. He wants you to go see him.” Alex flashes a smile at Jackie. His little heart jumping out of his chest.
“They can’t do that!” Jackie stands his ground.
“You are scared! Jackie is scared! He is so scared.” Alex spins around telling the world.
“AM not! I’ll show you. I’ll show you! ” Jackie doesn’t move.
“Chicken! Or do they need gloom too!” Alex crosses his arms. His stiff body says ‘I dare you’.
“Ok. I’ll do it…” Jackie slowly walks over to the tree.
The ball rolls closer to the tree. One green flash comes from the tree. An eye clear as day blinks twice.
“Little Jackie Paper?” something in the tree speaks.
Two boys run.