Komodo is Jealous is the thirty-second chapter of The Gift of a Best Friend. It was first published on December 16, 2016.
I love going to my grandparents house. My other grandparents. My daddy’s parents. It’s just as big, maybe bigger, than my mommy’s parents house.
I learned that my grandma Drew had a library. I asked her if I could read her books, and she let me. Annabeth too. All of her books were mostly about ancient stuff, which Annabeth liked more than me, but they were still good.
I showed Annabeth the griffin and taught her how to fly it, with Grandma and Grandpa’s permission, of course. Daddy helped me teach her, then we played with Whitney and Great-Uncle Doyle.
We had Zon and Toothless race. Toothless was so fast that he won every time.
“Yay, Toothless!” I cheered.
Doyle laughed. “He’s one fast dragon.”
I nodded in agreement. I held my arms out and Toothless flew into them. Hard. He knocked me to the ground and started licking my face.
“Toothless,” I laughed. “Stop. That tickles.”
He didn’t stop.
After a minute he did, but not on his own. He was knocked off of me by Komodo, knocking him into a tree.
“Toothless!” I called.
He stood up and faced Komodo.
What did you do that for? he asked him.
She told you to stop and you wouldn’t, Komodo replied with a growl.
She liked it.
If she liked it, why did she tell you to stop?
You were drowning her in your own slobber.
No, I wasn’t.
Yes, you were.
No, I wasn’t!
You’re going to pay for doing that to her.
Yeah? What are you going to do about it?
In response to Toothless’s question, Komodo tackled him.
“Komodo!” I called.
Toothless tackled him back, and since he was bigger than Komodo, he pushed him back farther.
My family tried to hold them back from each other, but they just hit them out of the way. They charged at each other, hitting their heads together and trying to push the other back, but neither of them gave up.
Then Toothless backed away.
You give up? Komodo asked him.
I’m just getting started, Toothless replied.
He opened his mouth, and I almost realized too late of what he was about to do.
I ran and put myself between them. “Stop, Toothless!”
I outstretched my arms on either side of me and my powers activated. I got in control of both of them. Toothless closed his mouth, stopping himself from blasting me with his fire.
I turned toward Komodo. “Komodo, Toothless wasn’t hurting me. He was just playing. So was I. You shouldn’t have hit him. I know you don’t like him, but I wished you did. He’s the coolest dragon ever!”
I deactivated my powers and ran toward Toothless and gave him a hug. “Are you ok, Toothless?”
He nodded and licked my face.
“Komodo, say you’re sorry to Toothless.”
Komodo looked sad, but he didn’t say he was sorry. Instead, he ran into the woods.
“Jasmine,” Daddy called. “Let Komodo go.”
“But, Daddy, he hurt Toothless.”
“We know he did,” Mommy said. “But we need to talk to you on why he did.”
I sighed. “Ok.”
We stayed at my grandparents house for dinner.
Annabeth, Whitney, and I gave Toothless and Zon a bucket of fish. I fed Toothless one at a time and laughed each time he showed his teeth and retracted them.
“Why did Komodo hit Toothless?” I asked Mommy and Daddy when they sat down next to me.
“Because he’s jealous, Jasmine,” Mommy replied. “Jealous? What’s that?”
“It’s, uh . . .” Daddy started. “Jealousy is—”
“Komodo knows how much you like Toothless,” Mommy said. “He sees you two together all the time, and he doesn’t like it.”
“Why?” I asked.
“Because he likes being with you,” Daddy replied. “Which is odd, because he’s never really liked anybody before, except maybe your Mommy. But he’s liked you since the moment you were born.”
“Is that because of my aura?”
“Possibly,” Mommy said. “I mean, he was the same way to me when I met your dad and his family. But he’s more that way to you than he was to me. And your aura is stronger than mine.”
“Yeah,” Daddy agreed. “But when you met Toothless, you became a lot more focused on him than Komodo, and that made him jealous. Especially when you just told him that Toothless is the coolest dragon ever. That hurt Komodo.”
“But why?” I asked. “Komodo isn’t a dragon, and Toothless is.”
“Jasmine,” Mommy said. “Don’t you know what Komodo is? What kind of animal he is?”
“A komodo dragon.”
Mommy and Daddy looked at me oddly.
“Oh,” I realized. “But he’s not a real dragon. He doesn’t have wings or breathe fire.”
“Just because he doesn’t have any of those things, doesn’t mean he isn’t a dragon,” Mommy said.
“Yeah,” Annabeth agreed, who was listening to us. “Drakons don’t have wings, but they’re still dragons.”
“Yeah,” I agreed. “But drakons also spit poison. It’s not fire, but it’s kind of the same thing. That’s why Komodo hit Toothless, because he thinks I like Toothless more than him?”
“I’d say so,” Daddy said.
“But that’s not true. I love them both equally.”
“Then how about you go prove that to him?” Mommy said.
“Ok. Come on, Toothless.”
Toothless and I went outside. I climbed onto his back and we flew to find Komodo.
Toothless was now as big as me, so I’m able to ride on him when he flies. I even got a saddle to put on him so that I could hold on to something and not fall off if he flips over. Though I guess I could hold onto his collar, which I did most of the time.
I had Toothless fly just above the trees in the woods.
“Komodo!” I called, but he didn’t came out.
I had a feeling that he turned invisible, but that wasn’t a problem for me. I used my aura to find him, and after a couple minutes, I did.
Toothless and I landed on the ground right next to him. He became visible, and tried to run, but I stopped him.
“Komodo, it’s ok,” I said. “I know why you don’t like Toothless.”
He looked at me. You do?
I nodded. “You think that I like him more than you, but I don’t. I like you both equally.”
You don’t act like you do.
“But I do.”
Do you still think he’s the coolest dragon ever?
“I know that you’re a komodo dragon, but you’re more like a lizard than a dragon to me. Toothless is my favorite dragon, but you’re my favorite lizard.”
I nodded. “Yes. You’re the coolest lizard ever.” I gave him a hug. “I love you, Komodo.”
I love you too, Jasmine.
He licked my face.
I laughed. “Can you come home with us if you and Toothless promise not to hurt each other anymore and like each other instead? For me?”
Komodo and Toothless looked at each other.
Toothless made a noise from his throat. He dropped a half-eaten fish from inside his mouth in front of Komodo. Komodo sniffed it, then he ate it.
“Eww,” I said.
But then I realized that Toothless gave it to Komodo as a sign of their friendship.
I smiled. “Yay!”
I gave them both a hug and kiss on their heads. I have the greatest pets in the world. And I never want to lose any of them.
Well, this was a short chapter for having not updated in a while. But most of the ones in the beginning until the girls are older are pretty short. I wanted to create something with Komodo since he was literally the only one in The Secret Saturdays that didn't get any kind of focus. This wasn’t much, but it was the best I could come up with.
And sorry I haven’t updated in a while. I’ve been busy, but I plan on having weekly updates again.
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