Home at Last
Jackie Paper looked
about, mystified. Puff was there. And the real boy, Jackie Draper, still
sat silently on his chair. the window shade was up, and the beautiful
crayon sea was gone.
"Puff, why are we back in my room?"
"Because it is time for you to return. And time is stronger than magic."
"Puff explained. "As I promised, you helped yourself. And in helping yourself,
Jackie, you helped me. And now it is time to be truely brave. to face
growing up. to be jackie Draper again. And, eventually, to go beyond childish
fancies, such as dragons, and not need them anymore." His eyes twinkled
for just an instant. "Unless absolutley necessary," he added.
"Come along, now," said Puff, as he reached toward Jackie paper and plucked
the "living-thing" free. the boy became a flat cutout crayon drawing once
more, and fluttered to teh floor.
The dragon led the "living-thing" back to jackie Draper and tucked it
carefully back into the boy's left ear.
"It's all up to you, dear friend," he whispered. "Good-bye, Jackie."
He walked briskly to the window. He turned and looked back at jackie with
"Chicken soup?" he chuckled, as if he still couldn't believe it. Then
he climbed out of the window and was gone.
The little boy, Jackie Draper, who had sat silently all these years, suddenly
opened his eyes. there was so much feeling inside him now, so muched he
needed to say. words seemed to dance up from his heart, then got lost
on his tongue.
Making a great effort, he managed to get up from his chair. he started
across the room - slowley at first, then more rapidly. He stumbled to
the window and clung tot eh sill. Puff was going! Would he never see his
best friend again? he had to speak. He had to!
He opened his mouth...
And suddenly the words came - part crying, part pleading, part saying
the door to the room flew open, and Jackie's parents rushedin, amazed
at what they were seeing and hearing.
"JACKIE! JACKIE!" they both cried.
Jackie turned to them. And more words came:
"He's talking!" said Mr. Draper.
"Oh, my son!" said Mrs. Draper.
laughing and weeping, both ran to him and held him close to thier hearts.
It was a magic moment, too precious ever to forget.
For a dragon had helped make a miracle, and Jackie Draper was home at