I sat up and yawned. Another day, another...well, another day. I got up and got dressed. I grabbed a pack of poptarts on my way out the door, and I was off to school.
It was a normal school day. Remarkably normal, in fact. I got home and went straight to my room. No homework, no responsibilities. Suddenly, a strange red stone on my nightstand caught my eye. I remembered the weird dream I'd had the night before, and wondered if it had been a dream at all. I pulled out my laptop and tried to ignore it.
The thing was, the stone wasn't the fade-into-the-background, easy-to-ignore type of thing. No, it was the impossible-to-ignore, look-at-me-I'm-shiny kind of thing.
Then it started rocking. I reached out to steady it, but as soon as my hand touched it, it burst into a million pieces. There, in the center of the pile of dust that used to be a sturdy stone, was a small, scaly creature.
He was small enough to fit in my palm. He had a long barbed tail. Well, long for someone his size. He had huge sapphire eyes and spinal scales of a deep blue. His belly was blue as well, but it was such a light shade you could barely see the color. His tail tip glinted gold. The rest of him was red. He wasn't just red, though. No, he was blood red.