Recently I guested on the Beer and Bacon Babes blog with Through The Rainbow, a tale of a witch, a dragon and some magical mayhem. I explained that the two main characters were in my head already, and that was all because of the story that follows.
I have an awesome friend (who may or may not be a dragon) on Twitter, where he goes by the name Of The Wilds. He writes amazing dragon fiction himself. The ladies in his stories are NOT wilting violets enslaved by their dragons – quite the opposite. He was feeling a bit fed up one day and wondered if anyone would tell him a tale of a maiden kicking a dragon in the unmentionables, to cheer him up. How could I not oblige?
Have you ever tried writing a story on Twitter? it’s a great exercise, getting it to break at 140 character intervals. Anyway, here it is, edited slightly but very much the same as I tweeted it. Introducing Ellie and Arith… :)
Ellie’s voice echoed round the cave entrance. But he didn’t appear.
‘Damn,’ she muttered. ‘Where is that dragon?’
A beating of wings and a roar sounded from above. With a flourish, Arith landed on the soft riverbank. His regal walk up to the cave was rather spoiled by the squelching of his talons in the mud.
‘What do you want, witch?’
Ellie glared at him. ‘Have you been talking to the castle firedrakes again?’
Arith swished his tail, red scales shimmering in the weak sunlight.
‘I am a noble creature. I should not be indentured to a mere spell caster.’
The young sorceress crossed her arms. ‘Firstly, you wouldn’t be indentured if you hadn’t done what you did. Secondly, that bunch of reptiles up at the castle has ideas above their station.’
The dragon flared his nostrils. ‘Do you mean the humans, or the firedrakes?’
‘Both. And thirdly…’
‘Yes?’ Arith was affecting a bored tone, one hind leg in the air, idly scratching an itchy shoulder.
He didn’t notice Ellie stepping closer. Until a fiery pain shot through his loins, causing him to howl and fall over in the sludge.
‘Thirdly, don’t ever call me a mere spell caster! I am Elenore, the River Witch!’
‘Oww!’ A few startled cormorants flew off their nearby perch on the rocks. ‘You kicked me in the balls!’
‘I’ll shrivel them off if you speak to me like that again!’
Arith curled up, licking his tender testicles and grumbling to himself.
Ellie suppressed a giggle. Arith was indeed a beautiful, noble creature, but right now he was just like any male after a kick in the stones. She knew it galled him to be in servitude to a witch, especially one as young as her. It wasn’t forever, though. She would demand his respect, but she also valued his friendship.
‘Oh, stop complaining.’ She gestured to the cauldron, already set up in the cave mouth. ‘Do me a favour and light this thing. Once the morning’s work is done, we’ll fly up to the castle and have some fun.’
Arith’s ears perked up at this. ‘Do you have some mischief planned?’
‘How about we go and annoy the firedrakes, and I damp down their fire when they try to flame us?’
A grinning dragon is a sight to behold. With a toss of his head, Arith flamed the branches under the cauldron.
‘At your service, Mistress Elenore.’