Sunday Storytelling is a new series where I post a piece of fiction each Sunday. It might be a complete short story, a snippet of a work in progress, a character sketch, a response to one of the thousands of creative writing prompts I’ve collected through the years. Most of them won’t be polished or “final,” so feedback and criticism is welcome, but please be constructive in your comments.
The first thing to know is that dragons are shy by nature. They are not necessarily aggressive, but they are known to be territorial and will defend their nests.
You might be surprised to learn that dragons, especially females, tend to have a sweet tooth. Honey, caramel, agave, even simple syrup will tempt them.
The young ones, while still shy and cautious, tend to be more curious than those who have reached maturity. If you can be patient, and can convince their mothers that you pose no threat, a young dragon may, over time, creep closer and approach you.
If the dragon straightens up on its hind legs, that’s a good sign. If it drops to all fours, head low and rear end raised, you need to back away. Quickly. Do not turn your back, though. Hold your hands out in front of you, palms down, and maintain eye contact as you retreat.
Dragons prefer beer or mead to water. If the dragon you are pursuing has stood up, you may present a flagon or horn of your offering. The dragon will bow his head in acceptance; you should then place the flagon at his feet.
It is important to proceed at the dragon’s pace to show respect. Patience is perhaps the most important tool a dragon-catcher must possess. Always speak in a low, but firm, voice. Sudden, loud, or high-pitched noises tend to aggravate dragons. Allow the dragon to touch you first.
Never attempt to climb on the dragon’s back before he has given you clear signs that he will allow it. Depending on how much previous contact the dragon has had with humans, he may not even be aware of the practice.
Comments, feedback, and constructive criticism welcome…