“Well, Blue. I have finally found you.”
“I think I have a chink in my armor,” the nymph dragonfly said aloud.
“Then you had better cast it off, because if you don’t, you’ll soon be dead.”
“You might be right. It’s getting pretty wet in here, anyhow. I might drown.” He struggled for a moment to get out of his nymph skin and finally managed to climb up out of it, onto a nearby plant. He shivered and gasped, as he took in a huge breath of cool, fresh air.
“Spread your wings!”
Blue did exactly as he was told. “Hey, I cannot believe this. I actually have two pairs of wings and they are invisible. I can see right through them. They are not even the same size. Wow!”
Blue shivered again, as he pumped up his wings to shake off the water.
“It is cold out here. Maybe I should have stayed inside my nymph skin? Hmm, is this really me? This is me?”
He gazed at his elongated body and long, skinny legs.
Suddenly, he caught his own reflection in the water.
“Yes, it is me all right. Wow! I am really long and I am very blue. I have huge, multi-faceted eyes too. They look really weird but they are actually quite wonderful!”
Blue stretched his wings out all the way, holding them perpendicular to his body.
“It is going to take some time for me to get used to them. Actually, they feel pretty good like this. Comfy! I could even take a nap.”
“Blue, don’t drift off yet. I need to talk to you. You are an adult dragonfly now, no longer a naiad, living under the water or a dragonfly nymph, without wings.”
“Am I a dragon?”
“You have gills like a fish, but they are at the far end of your body. You can propel yourself through the water very quickly with them, when you breathe out. You will always live around the wetlands, lakes, rivers or streams.”
“You are saying that I am just like a fish, but backwards? And I can fly? That is totally amazing!”
“That is not all. You can forecast the weather. When there is rainy weather, you will fly really low, just above the water. When it is cloudy, you will fly a bit higher and you will soar, when it is bright and sunny!”
“I am certainly different than I was as a nymph,” thought Blue. “But I think that I am beginning to like the way I am now! I’m hungry, what do I get to eat?”
“You will love your new diet of mosquitoes and flies. You can dine on bees, ants and butterflies too.”
“I probably won’t want to eat butterflies. They will give me butterflies, fluttering around inside my tummy.” He laughed. “This is truly wonderful!”
“You might be surprised how good they taste, as they are a delicacy for you.”
“But how am I supposed to catch them?”
“You are actually the fastest flying insect, in the entire world.”
“You said I am an insect? And I am a fast flying one, the fastest in the world. I cannot believe it!”
“You are. With a little bit of practice, you are going to be able to get all of the food you need, or want. You are even going to find another dragon fly, a beautiful female dragonfly, who will lay her eggs in the water, for you.”
“Then we will have a whole family of dragonfly naiads and nymphs. We will be happy together, right? Am I a dragon or a fly?”
“You are going to be happy. By the way, the word dragonfly, in conjunction with victory, means marital success.”
“That is good,” decided Blue. “I don’t want to be all alone, as I would be blue all the time.” He laughed at his own joke. “I am already blue. Maybe when it warms up a bit, I will change color? Maybe I won’t. My name is Blue and I am blue, but I am not blue. I am happy.” He started to sing aloud.
“There are some more important things that I must tell you. First of all, if you accidentally land on anyone, it will bring him or her seven years of good luck. The double-barred cross is your symbol. Your namesake is the dragon and in the eastern world, the dragon is a very positive image. Your strengths will be your activity and swiftness.”
“I am astounded,” said Blue. “This is absolutely fantastic!”
“That is not all. In Japan, the Land of Dragonflies, you are known for your courage, strength and happiness.”
“But I don’t feel brave,” said Blue. “I don’t feel strong either, even though I am happy to be me, at last.”
“You will find your strength and courage, but in the meantime, watch out for the people who are out oding.”
“Oding?” said Blue, with a curious look on his face. “I don’t understand.”
“Your Latin name is Odonata. People who are out oding, are dragonfly watching. They will try to catch you by using pebbles, tied at either end of a long hair. They will toss it into the air and it will look like prey to you. Don’t fly after it, because if you do, it may get caught in your wings.”
“I will be careful,” promised Blue. “I had better be really careful,” he thought to himself.
“By the way, your nymphs will have a very painful bite that will protect them, because they cannot fly away without wings.”
“I couldn’t either, when I was in that nymph skin. Are there any others like me, around here somewhere?” asked Blue.
“In Japan, there are two hundred different species of dragonflies.” (1)
“Then there must be a lot of us. But am I a dragon?” asked Blue, for a second time. “Are you a dragon?”
“What do you think? Remember everything I have told you, as now you are on your own. Good luck!”
(1) Please note that the information regarding the dragonfly has been obtained from the following web site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragonfly