“Well, that is a bit…underwhelming…” Obsi stated. She walked toward the creature, who was flying lower to find a place to land. It deflated itself a bit so its feet could touch the ground and landed in front of Obsi.
A sad expression crossed the creature’s face. Obsi walked over and gently touched the beast.
“He does not want to hurt us,” she said loudly so all could hear. “He was sent here to hurt us but he himself has no reason to.”
“Who sent him?” Ano asked from a few feet behind her.
“A mean person from the Fire Tribe,” she replied. The giant puffball began to hop up and down wildly, excited that he was being understood. This alarmed a few of the villagers, so Obsi motioned for him to stop.
“Vulc,” Ano said angrily. “He is probably upset that his leader left peacefully. He has been trying to start a war between our tribes for years. No one knows why, or why they keep him around. He is not native to the Islands.”
“What is this dragon’s name?” Leilani asked.
Obsi smiled. “Yes, you are correct, this is a dragon, although I’ve never seen a dragon like this one!” She listened to the dragon for a moment. Turning to Leilani, she answered, “Firefin.”
Leilani nodded. She carefully stepped forward, letting Firefin see that she was approaching. She put her hand out to show she meant no harm and wanted permission to touch him. Firefin pushed his spikes back and allowed both Leilani and Obsi to pet him for a moment. Ano then approached in the same manner as his daughter and was also allowed to pet Firefin.
“He does not want to return to the Fire Island,” Obsi told Ano. “The Fire Leader does not know he was sent here. Firefin wants you to know that. He also wants you to know that he could have done serious damage to the village if he had wanted to. He wants you to know he means no harm and he is sorry about the fireball he did shoot. That was an accident.”
Ano chuckled. “Firefin, I do believe you are a great dragon warrior. I thank you on behalf of my village for not destroying us. In turn, you may make your home on our island and be one of the Wind Tribe.”
Firefin began to hop up and down with joy, then remembered he had upset some of the villagers by doing so. Instead he hopped into the air, re-inflated himself and soared into the sky, flying in loops and circles as if he was dancing.
Leilani hugged her father. “Thank you, Father, for letting him stay. He is just so adorable! Not at all what one would expect from a dragon!”
Obsi laughed. “You should see some that my sister and I have. One looks like a flying axolotl!”
“Really?” Leilani asked with wide eyes.
Obsi laughed. “Yes, and she is fierce!”
The villagers cheered Firefin on as he danced in the sky. Once he grew tired, he flew off to search for a place to make his home. As dusk fell, he could be seen flying around the island as if on patrol.
He even followed Leilani and Obsi on patrol the next morning.