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Drabble: Sacrifices by Rose Blackthorn

by specklit

Saerlyn entered the glum village. Rumor said a dragon hunted here, demanding virgin sacrifices to sate its hunger. Saerlyn had heard otherwise, that “sacrifices” had been sold for gold in secret.

The headman Jefane, well-fed and oily, held court before his thatch-roofed house. He drew lots for the next offering, and girls dressed in white waited in terror to hear their fate.

“No more maidens,” Saerlyn said, interrupting the proceedings. “The dragon hungers for heartier meat.”

“How would you know?” Jefane scoffed.

She transformed, scaled and clawed and hungry, smiling. “Who better?” The headman was more gristly than he appeared.

Author’s Note: Saerlyn is a reoccurring character for me, and one of my favorites. As a woman or a dragon, she is impulsive and oft-times doesn’t think of consequences. But that said, she is invariably good.

Drabble: Beginner’s Luck by Rose Blackthorn

by specklit

Valent flourished the wand, concentrating, and stage-whispered, “Draconis.”

The dragonfly on the golden orchid displayed iridescent wings and gazed at him from multifaceted eyes.

He shook the wand, frowning at it balefully. It was a simple enough spell, and he knew he had the power to perform it.

“Draconis!” he insisted, waving the wand exaggeratedly before pointing at the dragonfly again.

The tip of the wand quivered within an inch of the insect.

The dragonfly preened, rubbing dainty feet over sparkling eyes.

Valent gritted his teeth and brandished the wand angrily. “Draconis!” he shouted.

Behind him, a third dragon appeared.

Author’s Note: I find it interesting when people are so focused on one single thing, that they completely lose sight of everything else.

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