|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||5 MB|
About the Author
Read an Excerpt
Dugan the Laughing Dragon
By Chris Bender, Dwight Nacaytuna
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2016 Chris Bender
All rights reserved.
On the island of Kerek, there lived a dragon by the name of Dugan. He lived alone in a cave in the forest. He had no family. Dugan had a very unusual problem. He laughed all the time. He couldn't help himself. He laughed no matter what happened Dragons are supposed to breathe fire, but Dugan could not breathe fire because he never got angry. He just laughed and laughed and laughed. Most of the animals of the forest moved to the other side of the island to get away from Dugan and his laughter. The only true friend Dugan had was a wise old owl named Ott.
One day Dugan was wandering through the forest talking to Ott when he tripped and rolled down the hill. Dugan immediately started laughing. When he stopped, he heard other laughter coming from behind a boulder. He went to see who was laughing. There behind the boulder was a little boy and girl from the village down in the valley. The children were laughing so hard they did not see Dugan coming toward the Then the boy looked up and saw Dugan and yelled to the girl, "run, he's coming." The boy started running downhill to toward the village, but the girl .just stood there watching Dugan. She did not think a dragon that laughed all the time could hurt anyone.
"Who are you?" asked Dugan.
"My name is Elsa and that is my brother Robin. What is your name?" Robin stopped running and came back when he realized the dragon was harmless.
"I am Dugan. What are you doing here?"
"We were just curious about the creature that laughed all the time. Why do you laugh so much?"
"I don't know, I have always laughed," said Dugan.
"We need to go back to our village. If our people knew we were here, they would be angry. We will come back tomorrow," said Elsa.
Elsa and Robin Started back to the village. After they had gone a little way, they heard a voice.
"Who's there"? asked Robin.
"It is I, up in the tree. My name is Ott. I am Dugan's friend, his only friend."
Elsa end Robin looked up at the owl.
"Why do you say you ere his only friend?" asked Robin.
"His family thought he was cursed because ell he did was laugh and he could not breathe fire. They said he had no honor so they abandoned him and moved to another island."
"That's so sad, but he has two new friends now," said Elsa.
Ott watched over the children until they reached their village, then he flew back into the forest. He was happy that Dugan had new friends.
Every day Elsa and Robin came to visit Dugan. They would run and play and laugh in the forest and Ott would keep a watchful eye on his friends. He saw a change in Dugan. Dugan still laughed all the time but it was different now. It was the happy laughter of love and friendship. He truly loved his new friends.
Each time Elsa and Robin came, they would bring goodies from the village for Dugan and Ott.
One day as they were going through the forest, there on the path stood a big wolf. Ott saw the wolf and ran to get Dugan. Dugan came running, but as usual he was laughing. As the wolf started toward the children, Dugan tripped on a stone and started rolling. He rolled right over the wolf. The wolf jumped up and ran off into the forest. Dugan continued to laugh.
"That was not funny Dugan," cried Elsa. "I thought we were your friends. We could have been eaten by that wild animal. You don't laugh when your friends are in
'Tm sorry, I just can't stop laughing," said Dugan.
"I don't think you've ever tried. We're going home," said Robin.
Elsa and Robin left and went back to the village.
Dugan was sad but he still couldn't stop laughing.
"What am I going to do Ott?"
"Laughter is not the problem Dugan. Being able to" protect your friends when they're in danger is the problem. You've never had a reason until now. You need to learn how to breathe fire," said Ott.
"How can I do that when I never get angry?" asked Dugan.
"You have to stop, think and then believe. You have to believe that you can protect your friends from whatever danger they're in and then you have to act."
"Will you help me Ott?"
"I'll try," said Ott.
Dugan and Ott went to work on how to make Dugan breathe fire.
"We have to make you angry," said Ott.
Ott tried everything he knew to make Dugan angry.
He threw water in his face. Dugan laughed.
He hit Dugan in the head with a limb. Dugan laughed.
He caused Dugan to trip and fall on his face. Dugan laughed.
What else can I do, thought Ott?
"I have an idea," said Ott. "You've never been exposed to fire. We build a fire and see what happens."
Excerpted from Dugan the Laughing Dragon by Chris Bender, Dwight Nacaytuna. Copyright © 2016 Chris Bender. Excerpted by permission of Trafford Publishing.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.