Dragon Fighter's Surprise

story & illustration © 2003 Bruce Van Patter

odd Spence came home from work so tired, he hadn't even taken off his costume.
So when he walked in and found his TV on, he frowned as Prince Rigel, the character he played in the very popular TV show Dragon Fighter. That very show was now playing on his TV. Funny, he thought, I don't remember leaving it on. He slowly walked around the couch, nervous and ready for trouble.

That's when he saw the three aliens.

He jumped back and pulled his sword. The plastic blade wobbled. "Hold it right there!" Todd yelled. But the three aliens jumped off the couch and bowed up and down. "Your highness, your highness," they squeaked.

"What is this?" Todd asked, confused. "It's a little early for Halloween." One of the aliens got up and brought over a piece of paper. Todd nodded, saying, "Oh, I get it. You want an autograph? You're fans? Okay." He grabbed a pen from the table and scribbled his name. "There. You've got what you wanted. Now get out."

"No, no," said the standing alien. It pointed to the paper. Todd looked again. He hadn't noticed the very careful drawing of some kind of giant lizard, with many legs, two weird wings, and long teeth. Todd looked up and asked, "What is this?"

"Dragon," said the alien. "It follow us. You catch."

Todd decided to humor them. "Sure, sure," he said, smiling. "You go on home, and I'll catch the bad dragon." He pushed them toward the door. "Just as soon as I find it."

The aliens smiled. "No look," said the leader. A strange growly howl came from beneath the floor. "Dragon in basement!"

What a start!- I can't wait to see what you do with this!

Write an ending where Josh gets out of this mess. Will he catch the dragon? Will he make friends with it? Why is the dragon with the aliens? Is it their pet? Are they the dragon's pets? And... if Josh goes back with the aliens, will he become a really big star?

Have fun -- finish the story -- and be creative! If you want to, email me your ending!