Flash Fiction Double Feature – Dragons!

For last week’s Flash! Friday, you had to include a dragon, and I ended up doing a part 2 of another flash piece I’d written for Flash! Friday a few months ago, titled “After the Sea Monsters”. It’s technically set in the same world as my NaNoWriMo work for this year, though quite a few years before the action of that story takes place.

After the Sea Monsters

White sand littered with the night’s detritus of shells and seaweed was crushed by the captain’s wooden leg as he walked. Anchored within sight was Drakeklou; the last ship that he would be the captain of. Beside him his elderly dragon hobbled over the sand and smelled the air, her warm breath a swirling mist. She, too, yearned for open air, endless waters, and the thrill of fighting the sea monsters that would otherwise drag the tall ships to the crushing depths.

“One last trip, hey old girl,” he said softly, leaning against her to rest his injured leg. “One last adventure before all three of us retire.”

She lowered her head, her imagination letting her soar over the waters just like every other morning.

Arad’s Dragon

Arad was five when he was rescued from a sinking ship by the dragon, Draka, who accompanied the tall ships to keep them safe from sea monsters. Draka took him back to the port city and watched as a family adopted the orphan boy.

Draka watched as Arad grew into a young man who sailed out to the islands and kept him safe from the sea monsters on every journey.

Draka watched as Arad married and had children of his own.

Draka watched as Arad grew old and sailed his ship, Drakeklou, for the last time.

Draka watched as Arad died in his home behind a locked door.

Draka watched as Arad’s body was taken to the stone tomb and felt the pain of death.

Draka sat beside the tomb until she, too, turned to stone.

Draka watched over the tomb even after her scales were weathered away, their names were forgotten, and only stories of their friendship remained.

 

(As an aside, the ship’s name, “Drakeklou” actually means “Dragon’s Claw” in Afrikaans. But, hey, it looks exotic in this context…)



Categories: Fiction, Flash Fiction, Flash Friday, Folklore and Mythology Fairy Tales, Writing

Tags: , , , , ,

4 replies

  1. Beautiful! Loved it. I love dragons and this story makes me wonder why I don’t have dragon related tales in my repertoire. Well done Carin!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Let Me Tell You the Story of...

A writing blog by H.R.R. Gorman

The Art of Blogging

For bloggers who aspire to inspire

Richard's Blog

A quiet corner to talk about my varied thoughts.

Tammy's Reading/Writing Life

A mother, wife, writer, teacher, coach, book fairy, and runner that has random thoughts about lots of topics!

The Official Blog of Horror and Fantasy Writer Lionel Ray Green

"Life is horror and fantasy, not necessarily in that order."

Thoughts of a Bored Writer

My writing. Mostly.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

READER - WRITER - RESOURCES - & MORE

Hersenspinsel

Afrikaanse fiksie deur Carin Marais

irevuo

art. popular since 10,000 BC

Travels With Nano

Sharing the world's delightful sights and bites to inspire your next travel adventure.

KRISTINA STANLEY

Best-selling Author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series

Quiet Water Craft

Official crafty blog for my Quiet Water Craft Etsy shop

Julia's Creative Year

my year of trying to be more creative in different ways

Confessions of a Readaholic

Book Reviews | IAuhor nterviews | EST 2013

Art of Shaima

Fantasy Art and Illustration

Jo-Creates

Knit one, Crochet too, then go make something to eat!

whit::knits

(and crochets, and stitches, and is otherwise generally crafty)

Discover

A daily selection of the best content published on WordPress, collected for you by humans who love to read.

Flash-365

Oh! Take a shit, read a story. - My Mother on flash fiction

%d bloggers like this: