Dragon Town (348 Words)
For more than fifty years, every morning at eight o’ clock, Erin O’Lay had taken the dinghy around to see the dragon’s head. For much more time than that the dragon had floated on the great deep of a blue ocean. The sun had not set for some time, and while the sun was shining the dragon was content to sleep in her warmth. But when the sun set, the dragon woke, and the dragon had been not a little offended to find a whole town on its back. That was when Erin O’Lay first went out with the dinghy.
City Mouse (177 Words)
“I don’t like it,” said Nibbles. “It looks like a snake.”
“Oh, come on!” Flip raced towards the escalator, his whiskers trembling with excitement. “Everyone does it. Look at that woman. And she only has two legs to her, too. I don’t know how the human-folk balance.”
“They’re very big,” said Nibbles. “And we’re very small.”
Moonstruck (198 Words)
It wasn’t a fairy tale. The day after the wedding, she went back to her job as one of half-a-dozen lifeguards at the community beach. He had the early morning to evening shift at the grocery store. And sitting at her post in the burning heat, her eyes shaded by the brim of her hat, Carrie wondered if anything had really changed.
It hadn’t. She knew that. Yet something was different.
Of Dogs and Gremlins (178 Words)
It was a strange kind of castle to be hiding a princess in. It didn’t look very big. The general shape was square and solid, with four windows, a window on each wall, set very high on the ramparts.
“Are you sure we’re at the right castle?” asked Mr. Thornby.
The little gremlin nodded emphatically. It was the right castle.
The White Seal (356 Words)
The moon shone bright between a web of clouds. No one visited the island on nights like that, when the sea was a silver mirror. Stories surrounded that patch of rough land that sent shivers around a campfire. And yet there was a fire burning , the barest glow of gold under the dappled sky.
The pirates huddled around their small fire. It had been a successful run, but even so their tempers were muted. Only one of them scorned his companions’ nervous looks and low voices.
Three Winks and a Wish (185 Words)
“So,” said the genie, smiling. “Which one do you choose?”
Patricia looked between the three glasses unwillingly. The genie’s smile was not pleasant, a mix of malice and pleasure.
“It isn’t fair,” she said. “No way this decides what kind of wish I can make. How does that work, anyway?”
Finders Keepers (178 Words)
When Farmer Tye saw the dragon guarding a little brambly nest tucked under a bush, he knew what it meant. Baby dragons.
“You leave that nest alone, Farmer Tye,” said his neighbor and friend Jimmy Quinn. Jimmy was a carpenter and very conscious of his crucial role in the village’s upkeep, just as he was very conscious of Tye’s practical usefulness as well. To him, the stonemason was “Stonemason Tim,” the weaver was “Weaver Molly,” and the farmer was “Farmer Tye.”
Wood Watchers (99 Words)
Sometimes you are bathing in the forest. At other times, I am not at all certain that the forest is not bathing itself in you.
“Don’t look,” I said to Jack. “Keep playing. I think it likes you.”
The Gifts of the Merking (678 Words)
There was a king, called Oldan, whose power was so great and so feared that it seemed limitless. Land and sea were subject to his will. The source of his power was magic books he had found in the sorcerer’s cave, the sorcerer himself long-dead. Because Oldan was young and unwise, his power became larger to him than himself, and each day he tested it as if he couldn’t believe it was true.
Pegasus (99 Words)
“Are you scared?”
“Of course I’m scared,” said Juniper. “The—the sky is high and I’m not very tall!”