There is a woodland that covers hundreds of acres of land and right in the middle is a secret castle. If you walk through it's grand entrance, continue down the hallway and go through second door on the left and follow the steps down, you’ll find a cosy closet. In that closet, lives a 7 year old girl called Princess. Prinny for short. Her favourite colour is orange and today she is playing with her musical toys in the living room. However, today she is a little tired of her toys and looks for other things in the room for inspiration. She finds little bits and bobs here and there but nothing grabs her attention until she finds her father's match box. The same match she has been specifically told not to touch! Of course Prinny, while her Dad isn't watching, takes out a match and makes the decision that a little flame that would last only a few seconds could be no danger. Besides, she had watched her Dad do it before, and nothing had gone disastrously wrong then. However, I would have no story to tell if there was only a flame. As soon as Prinny struck the match against the rough side of the box, a flash of white light filled the living room, through the hallway, up into the towers reaching into every corner of the castle. Prinny opened her eyes. The roof of the castle had completely blown off and from later findings I can tell you that it had catapulted all the way to Mars! But Prinny had much bigger problems to solve, much BIGGER! She noticed that she was lying on the floor and her arms, legs and head felt very heavy. She went to feel her long auburn hair but it wasn't there! In it's place she could only feel rough, coarse scales. She started to run her hands all over her body - she was covered in charcoal coloured scales, and her hands weren't hands at all but claws. Her torso was shaped like a pumpkin too! She wanted to jump and start screaming but something was getting in the way. A tail. It was so big it couldn’t fit in the living room and ran out through the grand entrance, straight into the woodland and out the otherside, crossing borders and oceans into another country, another continent. You could find the tip to the tail wrapped around the pyramids in Egypt. She soon realised that when she wiggled her tail it would take another 3 months for the tip of the tail to start wiggling too! We don’t know what happened when Prinny struck the match to change her from a little girl into a mixture of dragon and pumpkin, an odd combo. From now on, we'll call her DragPump instead.
She yelled for her father but no one came to help. He was actually hanging from a tree by his shirt in the surrounding woodland because he'd been hurled out of the castle from the growth spurt of DragPump's tail that had wacked him far away. DragPump knew she would have to solve this on her own - well she did get herself into this mess! She started to wiggle and take her first steps as a Dragon Pumpkin hybrid. After taking her first flight and getting used her new dragon self she didn't really know what to do next, after all she was only 7! DragPump remembered the Circus she had seen the weekend before and pictured all the other animals having lots of fun in the shows, she thought maybe she could give it a go. And of course, she quickly became the star of the Circus, making huge headlines of her fire breathing talents and especially about her ginormous tail! The Circus may have been doing a European tour but her tail was still in Egypt minding it's own business! This pulled in many people to see the humongous moving miracle! Tourists would use the Tail Trail and trek across Egypt to the Pyramids with DragPump's tail as their guide. Commuters would use it as a bridge to get from Egypt to the south of Italy and would walk. cycle and drive along her tail. There was also another group of individuals who were cutting the scales of DragPump's tail and selling them on the black market as jewellery, clothing and in soup! There was a demand for the magical healing powers within dragon soup. DragPump did not like this and began flicking and swiping her tail across the whole of Egypt, flicking away all the horrible poachers. Soon innocent citizens and tourists were getting caught in her Tail attacks and crying for her to stop! She didn't how to keep her tail safe, or just to keep it out of the way. The people at the end of her tail helped to wrap it into a coil and then everyone along the middle of it, coiled the tail further until it was right by DragPump's feet and she could tie it into a nice, neat and controllable bun.
Happy she did not have to worry about her tail, DragPump then started to worry about her Father, in all this commotion she had forgotten she had not seen him since she was turned into a dragon. She began to fly back to her castle, she looked upstairs, downstairs and in every closet but she couldn't find him. Woodlands were her next search but by this point her Father was no longer hanging from that tree. Her search began to take days, weeks, months and years until she searched the whole of the planet but he was still nowhere to be found. She cried and wailed for her Father to appear and screamed out to the sky in desperation. It was at this moment she saw a place she hadn't searched. Space. She wiped away her tears and flew up, up, up, past the clouds, past Earth's atmosphere and into the stars. She ventured to a Galaxy called Plankapun, a very important Galaxy where she immediately asked the first aliens she met if they had seen her Father. After a lengthy discussion amongst themselves they revealed to DragPump they had come across a man sitting on his own on a small planet not too far from them. DragPump scooped them up in one swoop and raced towards the planet. She was breathing hard from tiredness and desperation and her heart was beating double time. The man looked sad...and slightly worried at the dragon that was flying right at him. It was her Father, after years of searching, she had found him. But her Father didn't know that he had found his daughter yet. DragPump landed an inch away from him and speedily caught him up on everything. But he was still sad. Sad that his little girl was no longer a little girl, he wanted to help. DragPump knew a way he could. They arrived back to Earth after thanking the Alien rescue crew from Plankapun and DragPump plucked a scale off her body made it into the infamous soup and told her father to drink it. Obviously, he didn't want to at first but reluctantly swallowed down a spoonful. He dropped the bowl, but no one heard it smash because there was a very loud rumbling coming from his stomach and his skin was bubbling all over. He was transforming.
DragPump and her father began to live their new lives as happy dragon pumpkin hybrids and made no attempt to become human again.
No one knows what happened to that matchbox.