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As promised: the first #TwistedTaleTuesday post. To start things off, here’s my winning entry for Cracked Flash Fiction Competition from 14 May 2016: Dragon Flight. The prompt was: The dragon was too slow. Of course, I just love dragons. I’d blogged about them on the Thursday preceding the competition and something just clicked. I used all I knew about the different kinds of dragons and the following story was born. Enjoy.
by Ronel Janse van Vuuren
The dragon was too slow. The wyvern had already intercepted the flaming pearl and was heading to the goal post. If the blue team won again, he wasn’t going to hear the end of it. Flapping for all he’s worth, he raced after the wyvern.
Down below, the crowd was roaring and blasting illegal flames toward the players. The phoenix on the dragon’s team took a quick fire-bath to rid himself of parasites. The dragon closed his eyes briefly as the amphithere laughed so hard that he shook from his feathery frill to his sparkling goldish tail. The Asian Lung hadn’t closed its eyes and was momentarily blinded by his teammate’s glitter.
The dragon swerved. As captain of his team, it seemed that everyone else had it out for him. Especially the fire-crazy crowd. Another fireball barely missed him and crashed into the wyvern; who dropped the flaming pearl. The dragon swooped down, caught it and flew back towards the opposite goal post.
This was it.
The crowd cheered and jeered. His team protected him against fireballs and opponents. Dragons crashed to the ground. The flaming pearl was burning his paw.
The crowd went wild. The Lung fell out of the air in shock. The phoenix flashed through all the fireballs and caught fire.
And the dragon finally prevailed. As team captain he won the pearl. And he finally acquired his fire. Now he could be a real dragon: he could have a lair, treasure and terrified humans.
I hoped you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it. Feedback is always welcome.
“Endurance comes from the energy within and stops at nothing when striving to achieve your goals.” – Rabbi Simon Jacobson