“THE FRIENDLY DRAGON OF IFIELD BROOK MEADOWS”
A Short Story for Children of All Ages
By Richard W. Symonds
CHAPTER 1 – FRIENDLY DRAGON
A friendly dragon lived in Ifield and loved walking in the meadows and paddling in the brook.
So that’s why this story is called “The Friendly Dragon of Ifield Brook Meadows”.
He wasn’t very clever, but he didn’t mind. He just loved being a dragon.
CHAPTER 2 – SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY
But there was something rather extraordinary about Friendly Dragon, and it was this:
Only those with four legs or wings could see him.
And whenever those with two legs and no wings appeared, he immediately turned into wood – either turning into a stick, a branch or a tree.
He didn’t know quite how or why this happened, but as I said, he wasn’t a very clever dragon.
CHAPTER 3 – FRIENDS
Each morning, Friendly Dragon – known as ‘FD’ by his furry and feathered friends – ate some leaves for breakfast and carefully scratched his back on his favourite tree near his home. I say ‘carefully’ because he didn’t want to damage the home of his winged friend nesting in a box on the tree.
Then he would walk along the trail towards the brook, and loved to talk with the rabbits along the way.
Sometimes he met Monsieur Renard , the cunning fox, who always asked after the rabbits and where he might find them to introduce himself. JD wasn’t very clever, but he wasn’t stupid, and always changed the subject.
Sometimes JD met Derek the Dragonfly who hovered around asking why, if they had the same name, he couldn’t fly. Oh, how he wished he could fly like Derek around the Meadows!
CHAPTER 4 – THE BROOK
Friendly Dragon loved to walk along the riverbank and paddle in the water.
Sometimes he met the colourful Mr K the Kingfisher flying across the brook. They waved to each other – FD with his tail and Mr K with his wings.
Sometimes during the day Friendly Dragon would meet a four-legged dog, but if the two-legged owner appeared, FD would immediately turn into wood.
If he turned into a stick, the dog would bark in delight, pick up FD and carry him off across the meadows until the owner disappeared from sight.
CHAPTER 5 – MEADOW COLOURS
Friendly Dragon loved the wild-coloured flowers in the meadow – especially in the summer.
But what he loved most of all was matching the summer colours with an arc of seven colours in the sky when the rain came and the sun shone.
FD didn’t know this was called a Rainbow, but as I said, he wasn’t a very clever dragon. But he didn’t mind. He just loved being a dragon.
And he loved watching the evening colours made by the sun.
CHAPTER 6 – EVENING
Each day he would return home, scratch his back again on his favourite tree, and ate some leaves for dinner.
Then he would think nice thoughts about his friends.
And then he would rest under the trees and go to sleep.
Good night Friendly Dragon.
CHAPTER 7 – DREAMS
Friendly Dragon dreamed
Of such fantastic things
He dreamed of Home
On the riverbank deep in the woods
He dreamed of being loved
Of being cherished
Oh, how Friendly Dragon loved to dream
Of such fantastic things.
FOR YOUR DIARY
An Ifield Society Ramblette – “The Dragon’s Trail” – will take place on Saturday July 22 2017, starting [and finishing] at The Plough at Midday [to 1.30pm] – as part of Crawley’s 70th Anniversary to celebrate CBC’s designation of Ifield Brook Meadows as a Local Green Space. Children of all ages welcome + Dogs + Pet Dragons.