Partial Rough Draft: Salad

“Can I just have a salad?” the young dragon asked his mother.

The mother glanced at the corner where dinner was eaten. “No, there is a perfectly good meal in front of you.”

“But it’s squirming. You know I don’t like things that move when I’m eating them. Besides, it’s looking at me. Creepy.”

“If it’s that big of a deal, I will kill it for you and throw some lettuce on it.”

“No. I don’t want to eat something that once lived. That’s disgusting.”

Mother dragon sighed. Kids and their new ideas. What was she supposed to do with her son. She didn’t understand why her child wasn’t like all the other dragons, but she couldn’t let him starve. “Fine. You may go and find a village garden to ransack. If you’re going to insist on this then you had better at least destroy a house or two.”

The younger dragon nodded vigorously. “I promise. Maybe I’ll maim a few of the villagers while I’m at it.”

“You do that. Oh and release your dinner. The rest of us have eaten and I don’t want it to spoil.”

He opened the chained cuffs of the creature his mom tried to force him to eat. “Now, lead me to your village.” The dragon followed as the human fled from the cave.

This is the beginning of a flash fiction piece. I don’t know where I’m going from here. it might not even be the beginning. If I could think of an ended I would probably be in better shape. All I know is I’ve had dragons on my mind for a couple of days and when I sat down to do some FF, this is what came out. Nothing would sway me from the dragon path. I’m hoping now that I wrote something about them, I can move on to a non-fantasy story. Probably not. Now I’ll obsess with finishing this one.


  1. Have you read Dealing with Dragons by Patricia Wrede? I think some of the Land Before Time movies had some really interesting kid’s-level debate about whether or not to eat meat, too. Might give you some inspiration! 🙂

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  2. What is the motivation to “destroy a house or two”? Is part of your story going to involve the need for dragons to be intimidating? That could be developed. Or you could have the mother dragon insist simply that her vegetarian dragon bring back a fresh human without the destroying of houses. I’m saying this because the part about destroying houses feels troublesome. There needs to be a motive for that. You could develop that with, maybe, a history of why the dragons must be superfluously destructive. It might help develop your plot and give the vegetarian dragon a platform that its rebellion to dragon conformity stems from. Good luck. I hope you’re not offended by my comments. I love your idea.

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    1. The dragons in this story are normal typical dragons. Destructive. Killers. Generally mean. The young dragon is just a little different from the rest. I don’t really know where I’m going with it yet but hopefully will figure it out soon. Thanks for your questions and ideas. Any and all help is appreciated!

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      1. Whew! I’m glad you were not offended. I was just thinking that if the dragon is vegetarian then maybe its motivation for violence towards humans (meat) doesn’t exist and then possibly makes that dragon non-violent. Who knows, maybe he develops a friendship with the human that will be released. I really love your story idea. I find myself wondering what will happen next.

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      2. LOL, another note, you’ve also inspired me to follow 3 other blogs that you’ve mentioned on your site. In each case, I jokingly made a suggestion that we should have a chocolate and beverage charity for writers, lol. I think it sounds like a delicious idea.

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  3. I like the idea of looking at things from the dragons perspective. When I read the prompt I immediately thought of the beginnings of a story from the persons perspective. This is far more interesting.

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  4. This reminds me of a short play a friend wrote, about a teen-aged zombie who decided to be a vegetarian… but infinitely better because it has dragons! ^-^ I could see it as a sort of tongue-in-cheek look at classic dragon tropes and how annoying it is for dragons trying to go against them.

    Regardless of the direction you decide to go, I’m sure it will be fun. ^-^

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