flying tiger

Once upon a time there was a girl who wanted to be a flying tiger. So she learned the magic of Transformation and turned herself into one. She never wanted to be a puny human girl again, so she remained a flying tiger for all of her days. She had many adventures, and this story is about one of them.

You see, in this time, the world wasn’t the nicest place to live. At least, most of it. And the flying tiger girl heard of one village in particular beset by a vicious Dragon who kidnapped village girls and locked them away in towers. Well, having a soft spot in her heart for girls in trouble, the flying tiger immediately set out to confront this wicked Dragon.

“Dragon,” she said when she encountered the fearsome creature. He was nearly a thousand times the size of her, with a red body and black wings and fiery breath. But still, she figured, instead of sneak-attacking him and murdering him in his sleep, she would give him a chance to explain himself. “Dragon, why are you taking the village girls and locking them away in towers?”

“Well,” said the Dragon. “I give the villagers a choice of who they wish to sacrifice to me. They give me their unwanted girls, the orphans, or the extra children. Always girls. They’re less valuable, you see. And then I lock them away in towers and call them princesses. And then princes will arrive to bring me gold and jewels to buy them with. It’s a great business, actually.”

The flying tiger girl was utterly disgusted with this of course. She didn’t think any girl should be bought or sold, but free to live her own life and make her own choices.

So she destroyed the Dragon in an epic battle which I will spare you the gory details about. She didn’t actually kill the Dragon. She used her powers of Transformation to turn the Dragon into a little Butterfly.

And then the flying tiger girl traveled to every village to the ground that sold its girls to Dragons. And the flying tiger Transformed all the princes who thought they could buy girls with gold and jewels. She Transformed all of the princes into little butterflies, flying around. She used Transformation to turn the villages into gardens and oases and safe spaces.

And then she went to all the Towers where the girls were locked away and she freed them. And she brought them to a magical, enchanted island and gave them a big house to live in. And they could choose to stay there, or to leave, or to weave flying carpets to sell at the market. Or get married to a prince or a dragon. Or to go have adventures of their own and defeat goblins and ogres and trolls. Or live a quiet life on the island for all of their days.

And then she went on to have other adventures, which I will tell you all about in time.

The End.


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