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Dragon Child

The toddler was stuck in his lonely crib, forbidden from leaving his room by his parents– and they were rarely at home. He spent most of his days looking over the crib through the window, sad and wistful.

His only company were his toys. The child’s mind conjured them easily. He let the small ones into his crib sometimes, while the bigger animals were situated on the floor of his spacious chamber. They seemed intelligent, but they were all mute.

One day, he let his imagination soar and created a red scaly winged beast, and the dimensions of his room had to be expanded to make sure his new friend had enough space. Soon, the child’s mind began to broaden as well; for some reason, his new creation could speak, and its rough voice enchanted the boy with prospects of freedom, new worlds and possibilities.

Shortly after, the boy’s parents returned to find their child gone. A strange beast sat on the floor of the room instead. The two deities were only mildly surpised to recognize their offspring’s gaze in the creature’s eyes. Finally naming their child, they freed another god into the multiverse.

His name was Dragon.

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 Artist: Else Berg


Written for Jane Dougherty’s Microfiction Challenge.

I can’t seem to write anything but fantasy these days. Probably the effect of the novel I’m working on. Magic is everywhere, and life is good=)

Feel free to comment (and criticize)!

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17 thoughts on “Dragon Child

  1. Great twist that sends the story soaring from the mundane into the fantastic.
    Just a couple of suggestions. It sounds odd that parents would forbid a toddler to leave his room and then never be around. Wouldn’t they put him in a play pen and have a nurse to watch him if they’re not going to be there?
    You start the last para with ‘Shortly after’. It’s a bit vague and not linked to anything in particular. Vague phrases are best avoided, especially when if follows ‘one day’ which is also vague.

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    1. Thanks for your feedback=) I’ll keep in mind what you said about vague phrases, it is a problem with me. About the child, I tend to just stumble out of normalcy when I’m writing about anything supernatural. Just figured since he’s not quite an average human child, he could deal without a nurse=D

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      1. The easiest way would simply not to say that his parents ‘forbade’ him to get out of his crib. They left him in his room on his own and it’s not our problem how they squared that with common sense 🙂

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      2. Common sense? In my stories? Never=D I thought about dropping the forbid part but couldn’t come up with a good enough reason why he wouldn’t then just leave after he became a full-fledged god. And I needed the ‘naming him’ part. Though he could have named himself… Food for thought, anyway=)

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