Today, we will step again into my time machine. Watch your step there.
Be sure to fasten your belts. We are only going back about 10 years and zooming ahead to 5.
When I first started really getting into my writing, about ten years ago, I joined a website that I am sure a lot of you have heard of called writing.com. I learned a lot from that site, and I had a lot of fun with it. After a while the reviews slowed down and some of the suggestions were just simply wrong. That and other reasons hastened my retreat from there.
While I was there I participated in what ever contests came up – including a 500 word dialogue contest. I didn’t always win but I managed to come in a close second occasionally. The moderator would pick the subject and challenge us. These were straight dialogue, no intros, no action, you had to be able to see the story unfold without all the other stuff. They were pretty fun.
In my search for a good blog topic, I thought about this a few times and wondered if I had any of those stories still around. Well I found one. I think the subject here was dragons.
With out further ado, Dragon Speak
“What are you doing here? HUMAN!”
“Looking for you.”
“And what do you intend to do to me, once you find me?”
“You keep talking and I will find you.”
“No, you won’t. This canyon you’re in just echoes the sound of my voice off the rocks. And you didn’t answer my first question.”
“I will…slay you. Yeah, I’ll slay you.”
“You slay me, but with laughter. You’re a funny little human.”
“No. You’re wrong. The sword I carry is forged with magic.”
“You still have to find me first. And that sword looks too heavy for your thin bones to wield.”
“You see me? That means I’m close.”
“That means nothing! I can move through the air, as you are limited within the narrow confines of my trap!”
“Flying away will not help. I heard the sound of your wings, felt the brush of the air you disturbed against my cheek.”
“No. You cannot hear the sound of my wings. They are silent, as you will be soon little human.”
“Hide and seek works both ways dragon….”
“Then I challenge you to seek me out….Where did you go?…Did you run and hide human!”
“Why would I hide, when I can strike?”
“Hey! That hurt….The sun will set soon; I will have you for dinner to get revenge from the scar you set upon my tail.”
“Ha…you fly again. Are you a dragon, or a rodent? I can wait till darkness comes. I shall banish you from these rocky mountains, so you no longer trouble man.”
“What is the name of your sword human? Its sting seems familiar.”
“The name is of no consequence. You have met it in the past, but it will avenge for the deed you did.”
“Oh. Now I know you. You carry the sword of Askalath. But, you cannot be him. You’re standing on his ashes.”
“Missed again dragon! Tell me, why you returned the sword to his home?”
“He was the bravest human I have yet to meet. We battled for three days and nights. The scar I wear on my face, he placed with that sword. Now that I have a matching one on my tail, I am complete.”
“So you saw fit to return his sword to his home.”
“It was a way of honoring him.”
“You just dropped it through the roof, and went on. Never looking back.”
“How would you know of that?”
“Because I was talking to his wife, my mother, when the sword came through the roof, and sliced through her heart.”
“Oh…Now I see. This is double revenge. You wish to take it out on me, I welcome the fight….the pain….you have pierced my chest…”
“Yes dragon. I am the son of Asklath. Blinded by the horror I witnessed as a child. I can hear better, smell better, walk quieter than any man on this earth. I have stood in front of you for the last five minutes, and you didn’t even see me.”
Hope you liked my tale.
Oh, before I take you back to the present, I need to mention that I will be interviewed about my book Journey of Tara by Kelli McCraken on Para Your Normal’s Blog Talk Radio show Monday at 6PM. Please be sure to tune in and ask me anything.
Well almost anything.
Ok, are we ready to go back?….We missing anyone? Hmm… thought there was one more…oh well, hold on!