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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Taste of Dragons

I'm Beth Caudill. I write fantasy and paranormal romance short stories.  As a teenager I devoured Anne McCaffrey's novels.  I loved many of her worlds not the least of which was Pern.  Who didn't dream of having their own dragon to fly them around?

Here is an excerpt from Dragon's Mate, by own take on dragons.

Chapter Two

Images of people swirled by faster than she could process as Lord Petra twirled her around the dance floor. Laughing as the music stopped, she allowed the leader of the Earth Dragons to escort her away from the excitement. They stopped at a nearby concession to get some juice. Enjoying the afternoon revelry, she could appreciate the tradition which included a day celebration before a private moonlit ceremony.

“It is a good day for a joining. Prince Marcus is a lucky man to win your hand, Karee,” he said conversationally.

“Yes, and I’m lucky to have him.” She gave him a dazzling smile trying to cover up the fact that she was a fraud; they both deserved so much more than a passionless marriage.

Suddenly an inhuman scream disturbed the celebration. Turning towards the sound, Karee was horrified to see a sky-blue dragon plummet to the ground, causing tremors across the whole area.

“By the stars, we have to see if he’s okay,” Karee cried.

“Come. I will take you there,” Lord Petra told her before moving off and changing into his dragon form in a swirl of greenish-brown mist.

Stepping into his clawed hands, she sat carefully to avoid snagging her silk dress on his olive green scales. When she was settled he took off, quickly covering the short distance to the downed dragon. Karee reveled in the wind blowing around her and the breathtaking sight of the landscape as seen from the sky. All too soon, Lord Petra was landing next to a very chaotic scene.

People scrambled around the downed dragon, some trying to help while others were running from his snapping jaws. Taking charge, Karee immediately yelled, “Stop! Everyone back away and give the Dragon Lord some space.”

The people quickly retreated, relieved to be far away from the dragon’s teeth. The dragon snaked his neck back and forth, snapping at anyone he thought too close. Occasionally, he would try to flap his wings, roaring whenever the left one moved.

“So what are you planning?”

Jumping at the sound of Lord Petra’s voice in her head, Karee stared at him a moment wondering how she could have forgotten about his presence. Hard to forget about a massive reptile standing next to you, yet the only dragon that occupied her thoughts was the one across the field from her.

Buy Link: The Wild Rose Press
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Debby said...

I want my very own dragon. I have dragon bracelets and necklaces and earrings. But they can not substitute for your very own.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Na said...

I haven't read an dragon story yet and I'm intrigued. It's different from the paranormal creatures I usually encounter.

Beth Caudill said...

Debby - Growing up, I used to idealize Unicorns. But now wolves and dragons are what I want. A wolf to run with and dragon to fly upon.

Na - Thanks. I hope you enjoy a taste of dragons.

Jean P said...

Don't come across too many dragon stories, this one sounds very interesting. Very interested in reading it.

Stormy said...

Dragons are such elegant and mystical creatures. They come in so many colors and sizes. I can see why you are fascinated by them. Is Karee human or she a dragon shifter as well?

Beth Caudill said...

Jean - Thanks. I hope you enjoy it.

Stormy - Karee is human. I also that dragons hoard things. I'm a bit of a packrat. :)