Jane Dougherty has a wonderful knack of choosing interesting image prompts for her poetry and fiction challenges. I couldn’t resist these two dragons holding an egg, and here is my response:
‘It’s not very big, is it.’
‘I can assure you sir, it’s the accessory of the season. All the most stylish dragons–’
‘But is it shiny enough? I don’t know. She already has so many shiny things.’
‘Honestly, sir. We have a waiting list for these. It’s only because you’re one of our most valued customers–’
‘Does it come in any other colour? Like a ruby red?’
‘No. Just the gold, sir. It’s a limited edition–’
‘But what does it do, exactly?’
‘Well, it’s for keeping things in. You simply untwist it, like so, then you can put, well, whatever you like inside. Human snacks, jewels, smaller eggs, fireproof mascara – really, the choice is yours. And feel how heavy it is, and how smooth.’
‘Well, I suppose it is rather nice-‘
‘See how well it fits into the claw, sir. It’s been perfectly weighted, just so. I assure you, she’ll be very happy–’
‘I’m still not sure–’
‘And if you buy one today, sir, we’ll throw in a lovely silk bag to keep it in, fire retardant, of course. Plus free giftwrapping, and one of these rather nice cards to go with it.’
‘Really? For no extra charge?’
‘Really. Shall I wrap it up then, sir?’
‘And it doesn’t come in the red?’
‘I can assure you it does not, sir. Gold is the colour of the season, sir. Now, shall I put that on your account, sir?’
‘I’ll take two.’
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Twins! Someone else who sees the endearing streak in these scaly beasts 🙂
Oh yes, definitely! I’ve written a couple of short stories about having a pet dragon – starting to think I might have a problem 😀
Depends on the size really. If they come in miniature or toy…
Yes, the pets in my stories do tend to be on the miniature side 🙂 Still, a full size dragon might be fun, Daenarys style? Maybe with less fire and eating people, though.
Unless you have a few spare flocks of sheep about you, feeding it could be a problem.
Yes, the practicalities of such things could be, perhaps, why dragons died out.
That and the notorious sheep protest movement of AD 437
Yes. Those sheep aren’t as dumb as they look 😉
After the third million they’d watched going down the gullet they began to cotton on.
It does tend to happen around the three million or so point 😉
The Sheep Revolution 🙂
😀 The Sheeprising
The storming of the Baastille 🙂
Manning the baa-ricades? ;-D
Ha ha! she laughed sheepishly.
Haha! 😀 I think this could keep going for a while…
The revenge of the Ewe-boats.
I heard they used a battering ram…
I was dreaming sheep last night after this 🙂
Not… counting them, were you? ;-D
Shooting them down as they buzzed me.
Haha! Excellent. No dragons, though?
Nope. Given the number of angry sheep though they were well out of it 🙂
Sounds like it! 🙂
You guys are funny. 😀
you are lucky–interesting and amazing post…
Thanks, Mihran 😀
LOL, fireproof mascara. This is great.
Haha, thank you 😀 It was fun to write – think I have Christmas shopping on my mind.
Good story, Helen! I’d rather like a pet dragon too, like Henry in The Wizard of Id. Maybe we need to get some iguanas…
Yes, that would be cool! Or some frill necked lizards… 😀
You’re such a good writer Helen! HAhahaha I really enjoyed this, especially the fireproof mascara and human snacks! #dragonproblems ;P
Haha, thanks so much, Kristin! Love that you enjoyed this, it was really fun to write 😀
Real dragon world problems here, worrying about the colour
Well, it’s important to get these things right. Lady dragons can be rather fiery 😀
Haha! Egg-cellent story, Helen! 😂😁😅
Haha! Thanks, Ali 😀😊
Laughed out loud at this one! (Pretty much all the way through.) Brilliant dialogue. 😀
Haha! Thank you – I really enjoyed writing it, too 🙂
Human snacks and fireproof mascara? What every fashion conscious dragon needs! Fun story, Helen – nicely done with just dialogue 🙂
Thanks, Lynn – it was fun to write 🙂 I just thought the photo was so cute!
And congratulations on winning Esther’s story competition – I thought your entry was fantastic!
My pleasure. And thank you so much, Helen. Very chuffed at being chosen from such stiff competition – and now I have Esther’s stories to enjoy too 🙂
You’re very welcome – Esther’s great, isn’t she? 🙂
Yes, lovely 🙂
Great dialogue, Helen. I only wish it came in red as well. I’d have bought three! 😀
Thanks, Hugh – it was fun to write! And I think I might have bought three, too ;-D
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This made me giggle. I enjoyed reading it. 🙂
Thank you! I had fun writing it, as I sad to someone else. It’s just the way the big dragon is looking at the egg, made me chuckle.
This one brought a smile to my face. Well done! 🙂
Thanks, Merril! It was fun to write, too 😀