This is a response to a Flash Fiction prompt from ‘Putting My Feet In the Dirt’, Writing Prompts hosted by ‘M’. Which can be found by following the link below.
THERE’S A DRAGON IN THE BATHTUB
by John Yeo.
George was a dreamy sort of a lad, he had just enjoyed a huge lunch and he’d closed his eyes and drifted off.
He found himself in a large castle, with a drawbridge over a moat. Thick walls surrounded him everywhere and from the battlements the view was stunning. He found himself exploring immediately and was soon in the great hall where there were shields hanging on the walls and a large round table. George wandered from room to room in idle curiosity just soaking up the medieval atmosphere.
He soon arrived in a room with a large open topped tub in the centre of the floor. He was puzzled because there was a distinct smell of burning coming from behind some large screens.
He peeped through a gap to see the strangest sight he’d ever seen.
There was a small insignificant dragon relaxing in the bathtub with his nostrils breathing fire.
George awoke with a start as his Mother came into the lounge complaining about his rugby kit, with a large Welsh flag lying in the bathtub where George had dumped them when he returned from school.
Rampaging across the continent the raiders laid waste to everything they came across, in their greedy lust for riches and power. The fearsome young leader was afraid of nothing and rose to every challenge that came his way. Tyrion had recently become the supreme leader after challenging, defeating, and dethroning the previous leader. Tyrion was fearless, Lord of all the valleys and sub-kingdoms that made up the Southern half of the continent of Grevillea. Tyrion’s relentless atrocities continued Northwards ruthlessly conquering and ransacking everything in his path.
The powerful army of raiders had taken up residence in a valley that contained an impregnable castle. Tyrion felt secure and rested for a while to take stock of his kingdom. He sent out emissaries to contact his lords in residence in the conquered lands he ruled over, to demand funds by way of heavy taxes on the populations. One by one, these powerful lords arrived with gifts of much gold, silver and precious jewels.
A stranger from the north rode into the castle that day, amidst these lords, on a pure white stallion, leading a mule train loaded with many bales of a soft material. A gentle unarmed man approached the guards and requested an audience with Tyrion.
The aggressive captain of the guard immediately arrested him and he was dragged before the leader.
“Who are you and where do you hail from?” Tyrion immediately asked the man, now in chains to prevent his escape.
“Sir! My name is Santana, I come from Pacifica, a peaceful valley in the North. We have heard much about you and we would like to trade peacefully with you. We have much to offer and I am sure we could learn much from each other. We are a very peaceful people.”
Tyrion smiled benevolently and thought long and hard before replying. “What is to stop us from overrunning your peaceful community taking whatever we want?”
Santana said few words in reply, “Why? Everything we have is yours for the taking without bloodshed.”
Tyrion said. “What have you brought on your mule train?”
“A luxurious new mysterious material that we use to construct our dwellings, very lightweight and very strong and waterproof. I would like to show your men how to construct portable castles to keep you safe wherever you go.” Replied Santana.
Tyrion ordered his release at once and before long many portable castles covered the plains surrounding the castle.
More mule trains had continually arrived, bearing the wondrous new material, and several days later most of Tyrion’s army were housed in comfort.
Tyrion then ordered his army to prepare to march on Pacifica the next day, laughingly he prepared for an easy conquest.
Santana was shocked, “Why?” he asked, “We are your friends a very gentle peaceful people!”
Tyrion laughed and relied, “I need the money to continue to fight and conquer.”
That night all was prepared and the army slept comfortably and peacefully before the morning’s march on Pacifica.
Then fire broke out around the castle a raging inferno spread widely and raged out of control from castle to castle. There was no escape from the flames. Thousands died, the only survivors were inside the impregnable castle. Then an iron clad army surrounded the valley and wiped out the few survivors, before they marched through the gates that were opened from within.
Tyrion’s guards were killed and he was dragged before Santana.
“How?” He begged as he was forced on his knees
Taking a double edged sword Santana smiled and said. “This is the iron fist inside a velvet glove! Exacting justice for your ruthless killing.”
Then with one blow Santana cut off the tyrant’s head.
I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story 05/10/2015, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the given opening sentence.
“Few knew about the castle hidden inside the island.” When this Island, complete with the built in fortress came on the market, few people were in the know. The sale was made discreetly and the well-respected estate agent was sworn to secrecy. Lawyers handled the sale and they did extraordinarily well out of the deal. It was a terrible shock to everyone to learn that this high level of security had been breached and the island was no longer habitable due to several well-placed explosive devices. Marg had supervised the raid. Delphine had piloted a hired aircraft and they were on the way back to the Brigadier’s, Mysterious Island. Luigi was on his Brazilian estate when the news reached him of the destruction of his new purchase in the North. He ordered an immediate investigation. A squad of well trained operatives were instantly despatched to interview everyone who had been involved in the purchase. Then poor Marg……
Copyright Written by John Yeo ~ All rights reserved
Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers ~ Writing challenge.
Hosted by Priceless Joy.
The goal is to write a story between 100-150 words (give or take 25 words) based on the provided photo.
This week’s photo prompt is provided by Sonya with the blog, Only 100 Words. Thank you Sonya!
by John Yeo
Deafening thunderclaps, with forked lightning striking the tower, torrential rain. A rude awakening as the huge storm ripped her from the dream that haunted her every night she could remember of her very short life. Always the same cold thick stone walls surrounding her, with a very thick heavy door that prevented her from leaving. Taunted daily by her captor who was out to break her spirit and force her into a marriage that she wanted no part in. The windows were slits in the thick brickwork sited just above the bed where she slept. One day a single horse galloped up to the castle walls.
“Hail to you!” Came a call. Excited, she was unable to clearly respond and pushed her pink scarf through a gap in the slits that served as windows. There was no sound and her captor allowed the young knight into the castle. Then she heard the sound of a dreadful sword fight with clashing of steel on steel. The heavy door to her tower prison was suddenly thrown open……
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