Remember the Dragons

Posted: February 19, 2017 by J.A. Prentice in Flash Fiction
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Great wings, black as night, spread out across the sky, so vast that nothing could be seen through them, not even a shaft of starlight. Claws dug deep crevices in the dry earth and whole forests burnt, leaves glowing red and sun-bright, trees turning to ash, blown away on the breeze. Roars like thunder shook the world, making even the mountains quake.

But heroes came with their shining swords and one-by-one the dragons were slain. They fell before iron and reason. Perhaps they saw that there would be no place for them in the world to come.

Dragons can only exist in the untamed wild, in the unknown places on the maps. When the maps were filled out, their natural habitats slipped away, one after the other.

There came a day when not even their bones remained, the graves of these ancient giants forgotten under the foundations. They had been wiped almost entirely from the earth.

Yet they still remained: in pages of storybooks both old and new, in paintings vast and bold, in carved wood. Their talons were still sharp, their wings still vast, their fire still terrible.

And in these little things, we remember: there were dragons once.

Word Count: 200

This is for Sunday Photo Fiction. Photo credit to A Mixed Bag.

  1. Iain Kelly says:

    Nice piece. Although dragons are mythical creatures you could apply this to some of the sources facing extinction today.

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  2. James says:

    I suspect dragons have been misunderstood. Some time ago, I wrote a story with that theme.

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  3. ceayr says:

    Great piece.
    Dragons are cool and misunderstood.

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  4. Marie says:

    Love this! Beautifully written! Yes, in our tales and legends the heroes and the villains live on.

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  5. Steve Lakey says:

    Dragons are too special to be forgotten.

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  6. They are still lurking out there somewhere I’m sure. A really enjoyable read.

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  7. Well told, the story of dragons lost to man’s greed and survival instincts.

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  8. Dragons defintiely do still exist. ou have bearded dragons, water dragons and things like that 🙂 They have survived and hide in plain sight now

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