Microfiction challenge #23: Dragons’ egg

Ah, not a painting this week, but a sculpture! It’s beautiful, isn’t it?
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dragons-egg

Years long ago, Dragons were not the feared creatures of legend but magical beings which held the secret of Eternal Life.
In Man’s greed for this power, dragons were slaughtered for their skins or various body parts, so it was no wonder they became the fiery predators they are best remembered for.

One day, a man found a dragon’s egg hidden in undergrowth close to his village. The dragons had always been his friends, and he believed they had left this precious gift in the hope that maybe he could find a way to save them and their baby.
In eight short months, he learned that there were now only two dragons left, and it was only a matter of time before they too fell beneath the sword of the hunters.

One night as he worked by candlelight, a shadow fell across his window, and he looked up to see a lone male watching him, but he was unafraid.
This once beautiful and graceful serpent of the sky was bloodied, scarred and exhausted after trying to protect his mate. So near death himself, he had sensed this moment and sought this man out. Now, he could die knowing the Dragon power of Eternal Life would live on.

The statue of the Last Two Dragons stood the test of time over the centuries.
The egg had never hatched, so the sculptor had plated it with the same metal he’d used to craft the adults, joining their handlike talons together around it.
The Three would indeed live for Eternity.

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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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19 Responses to Microfiction challenge #23: Dragons’ egg

  1. Michael says:

    A lovely gesture of finality isn’t it…..nicely done Di…

  2. Lynn Love says:

    A sad end to the dragon race, but a fitting tribute to noble creatures. Nice take on the prompt

  3. I’m sorry! I didn’t get a notification for this one. It happens sometimes. Your interpretation is original and rather beautiful, especially the ending, so quietly sad.

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  5. merrildsmith says:

    I liked this story. It really fits the sculpture beautifully, and I like the idea that it is a tribute to honor the dragons–though sad that they are gone.

  6. Joy Pixley says:

    What a wonderful take on the prompt, so touching! And so sad: it made me tear up.

  7. rue202 says:

    Love it! Very interesting. Have you seen How To Train Your Dragon or Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010 or 2011)? They involve dragons and are darn good!

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