I clutched the paper in my hands, still in shock that it was actually possible. Offering $500 just for a simple needle injection of some kind of prototype super-vaccine of sorts? Ever since college let out for winter break I've been really tight on money, for some reason. Heating bills for my apartment were running up, since I was in there the whole time, the money I got from my parents was running low, I needed money, fast. Just a little burst, until college started up again and everything went back to normal. This seemed like a perfect option. I was male, blood type A
+, and healthy. Seemed a little risky, must be very new, but I was willing to chance it, just this once, I was desperate.
I grabbed my coat and my cell phone, which had been flashing that I had a new message. I flipped it opened and read it. "Hello, Tom Wilcot, Verizon Wireless would like to in form you of a new deal on the Motorola-" I closed the phone. I always hated the random crap they sent me. I could've sworn I told the guy who activated it that I didn't want the free advertisements. But that's what I get for buying a phone at Wal-Mart. Oh well.
I walked down the hall and to the stairwell, waved hello to Mrs. Geralds, a nice old lady on my floor, and proceeded down the stairs. I walked out the front entrance and started jogging to the building where the test was being held. It wasn't too far away, but God, Bostonian winters were so dark and cold, you could freeze magma it seemed. My jog turned into a sprint as I ran down the road. Some people watched me sprint, wondering where I was going, as usual. But I lived in florida my entire life until college, I wasn't used to this at all. I continued to run, until I got the Kline street, where this building was. I searched all around the street for the building, and eventually found it. 201 Kline Street. It was a very plain building, just a little white shack, really, with some kind of medical logo, it seemed. Though it was the most original logo I've ever seen. A red broken heart with a dragon wrapped around it, seemingly healing it too. I thought it was kinda neat, but a bit creepy too.
I walked inside a small little room, with a little intercom on the wall ahead of me, and a sign. The sign said to "Press the button if you are here for the common cold vaccination". That was me, alright. I pressed in the button.
"Hello?" I said in my normal loud voice. A lot of people found it weird that I could be so short, only 5'5", and so loud.
"Hello. Are you here for the injection, and your $500?" A raspy voice said.
"Yeah, where do I go?" I asked
"Right down the hall, in the room with the red door" She said. I shrugged and walked down the hall. Every door was a different color, and all had no windows. I guess for privacy. Either way, I continued down down the hall, until the very end, which is where this red door was. I cautiously opened it. Just a plain old room, with a chair bolted to the floor and a bunch of different cabinets.
"Take a seat, the doctors will be in shortly" The same raspy voice said through another intercom. I listened and took my seat, but something seemed off. Just kind of weird, maybe just how plain this place was. A serene kind of creepy. But nothing bad was happening, so I guess it was just my imagination.
Wrong. Suddenly, both metal wrist locks and ankle locks sprung from the chair, trapping me in it. I couldn't move, or get out. I was freaking out. It didn't hurt, but the only reason they would do this is if I was going to hurt. Scenes from movies like "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", "Hostage", and every "Saw" movies flashed through my head.
"Please don't panic, no one is going to hurt you. It's all precaution" The intercom voice said.
"Precaution for what!?" I screamed, still scared out of my mind.
"You'll see when the doctors come in" She said.
Right on cue, the red door opened. Four figures walked in, and I almost passed out. Horns, claws, teeth, tails, scales, wings. Giant flying reptiles. Dragons. And I was trapped in a chair. I started to thrash around. I had to get out of here, who knows what these monsters would do to me.
"See, this is exactly why we restrained you" The red one with the black plates scoffed.
"Just calm down, nothing bad is gonna happen" A black dragon with blue plates said softly.
"Easy for you to say! You're not the one trapped in a chair!" I screamed.
"Don't worry, buddy, we're just gonna inject you with this, and you'll be on your way" The black reptile with red plates said, as he walked closer to me, with a needle in claw. I tried to break free of the metal bindings, but it was no help. "It'll only hurt for a second..." He said, as he stuck the needle into my vain. He pushed the plunger down. I felt the liquid go into my blood stream, and my blood boiled. It burned like hell, I felt like I was going to explode. I screamed in agony as my heart beat it through my veins. Each second it grew stronger and stronger, and then...it stopped. I couldn't feel anything. But in a...good way? I wasn't hot, nor cold. My body felt...great, actually. The best I've felt in my entire life. I stopped screaming and squirming.
"See? Now that wasn't so bad." The orange dragon chuckled.
"Are you ok?" The black and blue dragon asked.
"Ye...yeah. I feel fine. Better than fine, actually, I feel great!" I said. They all smiled at my, except the red one. He seemed to have a permanent scowl. I felt the ankle gaurds and wrist gaurds release. I stood up, litterally dwarfed by the dragons. The shortest one of them had to be almost 7 feet tall!
"Sorry about that. We had a feeling that you would start to panic and something bad would happen if we didn't restrain you. How are your wrists and ankles?" The black dragon with the red scutes asked.
"They're fine, thanks. So who...what...how?" I stuttered, trying to find the right question.
"Hah, well, obviously, we're dragons, duh. You'd be amazed with what you can do with extensive DNA research!" The orange and silver one said.
"Yeah, you wouldn't believe how much flying is!" The black and red dragon said.
"I never looked back on it, it was a good choice" The black and blue dragon said softly.
"So wait, you guys weren't always dragons?" He asked.
"No, not at all, don't be stupid. We were just some humans who happened to get lucky and make a scientific breakthrough" The Red one said, grumpily.
"Heh, you know, if you like, we still have some of the formula that can change you into a dragon like us." The orange dragon laughed, as my eyes grew wide. Being a dragon would be awesome! The ability to fly, the scales, and of course, the tail! Plus, I've been short all my life, this could finally change that! I couldn't believe it was possible!
...But what about my family, my friends, my job, my future? Take away my species, and theres a good chance all of that would be taken away. Would they still accept me? I would be the same, just look different. But society fears different, I mean, I freaked when I saw those four...but what if they would accept me? The litterally perfect life! Was I willing to risk that though?
"Take all the time you need to think it over" The black and red dragon said. And I would. I stood there for 10 minutes, just out weighing pros and cons. Right and wrong. After those ten minutes I looked up from the ground to the dragons.
"What's your descision? Do you want to be a dragon, like us?" The red one asked. I took a breath in and out. I stared him in the eye.