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Your True Tales
January 2007
- Page 15

Dragon in Iowa
by Megan

My fiance Dennis and I live in a small town in Iowa called Burlington. About two years ago, we were driving in my car down a residential street in the wee hours of morning, coming up on 3 a.m. (I can't remember why we were out that early; I've forgotten.) The long residential road that we were on heads west to the outskirts of our town, opening up to an area were there is a few apartment complexes, retail stores, a shopping mall, and two very large car dealership lots. Past that are cornfields, woods, highways and an army base.

The army base is said to be very haunted. The biggest car lot is called Shottenkirk, and has so many tall, bright lights that you can see the glow from all the way across town. They run these lights all night long.

As we drove closer and closer to this little shopping area, I just happened to look up above the glaring bright Shottenkirk lights and saw something that I will never forget: It was brown in color, with a long body about 10 feet in length. The body was long and snake-like. It had bat-like wings somewhere between at least 15 to 20 feet across. The head was seahorse-like. It had a skinny tail flowing behind it.

I looked at Dennis and said. "Do you SEE that?!" and he said, "Yeah... oh, my god. What IS that?!" I actually stopped my car in the middle of the road (thankfully no one else was on it) and we just stared with our mouths hanging open. It seemed to kind of slither in midair, hovering above those tall lights above the car dealership, and it would occasionally beat its massive bat-like wings that sprouted out of its back.

Dennis then said, "It looks like... one of those Chinese dragons!!" And it did - it looked just like those mythical, serpent-like, slithery, winged Chinese dragons! It moved just like the ones you see in cartoons and drawings, slithering up and down in the air! We watched until it rose up higher into the sky, away from the illumination of the lights and out of our range of sight. It was incredible. We both swapped notes and separately drew pictures of what we had seen, then compared them - they are nearly identical. Call me crazy, but I think we saw a dragon! In Iowa!

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