Heavenly Emperor, back in middle school, discovered he had more than one dragon within him. When facing intimidation in weakness, does one fiercely resist or obey? In his past life, he obeyed. But in this world, he rules a city, overturns clouds, holds one thought alone: I govern.
Long ago, a dragon awoke in a frail boy’s body. The dragon lent its strength, allowing the boy to stand up to bullies. The boy grew addicted to the dragon’s power but knew not how to wield it. He hurt others and himself. Ashamed, the boy locked the dragon away, hoping to forget.
Years passed. The boy grew into a man and built a city. However, threats arose, and the man struggled against them. One day, reminiscing of the dragon, the man wondered: could he now control that power? He searched within and found the dragon waiting. They reforged their bond.
With the dragon’s aid, the man vanquished his foes. The city celebrated, but the man knew the truth: he alone did not save them. He and the dragon were partners. Neither ruled the other; they stood as equals. The man asked the dragon to emerge and addressed the crowds:
“My friends, many years ago, a dragon came to live within me. We were not always allies. I abused its power and then locked it away out of fear and shame. However, we have reconciled and saved our city together. This dragon and I shall defend you as equals, not ruler and subject but partners. Today, we stand before you, not as heavenly emperor but as allies in service of our home. The dragon lends its strength; I offer my will. May we build a future of peace and prosperity!”
The city rejoiced as the man and dragon took flight together, guardians of their shared domain. The heavenly emperor was no more; in his place stood a partnership between two souls who had traveled pain and hardship to find harmony at last.