lived in a castle at the bottom of a tall mountain. Her father was King
of Ardonlee and her mother was Queen. Princess Grace had an older
brother, Prince Arthur. Sometimes Prince Arthur was quite mean to
Princess Grace. He teased her a lot, pulled her hair and ate her sweet
when the king and queen weren't looking.
after Princess Grace had finished her royal breakfast, she went for a
walk up the mountainside. There were a lot of trees and flowers and
rocks. She found a place to sit and looked down at the castle. A noise
rumbled in the trees behind her. “Who is there? What was that noise?”
She stood and searched behind the rocks and bushes.
“My name is
Rose.” A loud voice hissed.
“I can't see
you, Rose. Where are you?” Princess Grace saw a cave and ran towards it.
“Are you in here?”
A red dragon
with green wings stepped into the sunlight. “I'm Rose. I hid because I
didn't know if you'd be nice to me or not.”
“Of course I'd
be nice. I know what it's like to have someone pick on you.” Princess
Grace thought of her older brother. “How long have you lived in this
“I've lived here
since I hatched. My mother flew off a year ago to find food and never
returned. I've stayed hidden most of the time. The only time I leave the
cave is to find something to eat,” Rose said.
“To eat? You
don't eat people, do you?” Princess Grace stepped back in fear.
“No. I eat
lizards and mice, berries and nuts, or whatever I can find. I love to
eat corn on the cob. It's my favorite.” The dragon's tongue darted out
her mouth and she licked Princess Grace.
“Why did you
lick me? Are you sure you don't eat people?”
“I licked you
because I like you. Would you like to go for a ride on my back?”
“I'd love that.”
Princess Grace climbed on the dragon's back.
into the air, spreading her wings to the side. They flew over the castle
and up the mountainside and through the forest and above the river.
“That was the
most fun I've ever had,” Princess Grace said after they'd landed. “Can I
come and fly with you again tomorrow?”
“Yes. I'm lonely
up here.” The dragon pouted.
“I have a better
idea. Why don't you come to the castle and you can live with us. You can
be the royal dragon.” Princess Grace's eyes sparkled with excitement.
“Can I? Will the
king and queen let me?” Rose nodded so the princess could stroke her.
“Of course. I'm
a princess. They let me have whatever I want.” So Princess Grace took
Rose back to the castle and much to her delight, her mother and father
let her keep the dragon. When Prince Arthur tried to tease his sister,
the dragon snarled at him and blew puffs of smoke. He stopped right away
and never teased her again.
Every day Rose
took Princess Grace for a ride. “You're the best royal dragon I've ever
Rose smiled and
flew off towards the sunset.