The sun was high, the sky had no clouds, the day was hot. After weeks of rainy and cold weather, I found this to be a welcome break. I lay in a clearing among Oaks, Maples and a few Pines, enjoying the warmth. Curled up with my wing shading my eyes, I found myself getting drowsy. The breeze was fragrant, but it wasn’t as fragrant as I had hoped it would be. I smelled a human on the wind. A female human.
Perhaps if I don’t move, she won’t find me.
Nothing could spoil a pleasant day more than a human. They thought my kind to be monsters. The humans were the true monsters.
I must have dozed off, because the next thing I knew, she was there. Tapping on my nose.
*TAP TAP TAP*
Maybe if I ignore her, she’ll leave…
*TAP TAP TAP*
“Dragon! I demand you answer me!”
I shall count to ten…
*TAP TAP TAP*
“By the Holy Trinity, I demand you answer!”
“Save your threats, Girl. Your Trinity has no power to make me answer if I don’t want to.”
I uncurled myself. Knowing full well that I was the most magnificent and horrifying thing that she had ever seen. My bronze scales catching the light, and reflecting it on the trees. My teeth as long as her arm and white as the Sun. I looked down at her, she had fallen to the ground. She was rank with fear.
She was pretty enough for a human, in the same way that a cow is pretty to the one that cares for it.
“What do you want, Girl?”
She was silent.
“It’s not just anyone that would approach a dragon. You must want something that I can provide.”
“You are a blasphemous creature! How dare you mock the Holy Trinity!”
“But of course. Have you ever heard of a devout dragon? According to your kind, me and my kin are all demons and devils. Why should we care what you think of us? So, as I was saying, what do you want from me?”
“I want you to kidnap me.”
Her statement was flat, and to the point. Most surprisingly, she was telling the truth.
“And why would I do that? Every knight in the kingdom would be after my head.”
“Yes! That’s the point exactly.”
“I think you’d better explain more fully.”
“There is a Knight named George. He is not fit to have that title. I am promised to him. If I were to be kidnapped by a dragon, and the dragon killed him, I would be released from my father’s promise.”
“Again, why would I do that? And why is he unfit to bear the title?”
“I had my suspicions for years about him. They were recently confirmed.”
“Suffice it to say, he is a man who prefers the company of men.”
“Ah. To each his own, I suppose.” I said with a sniff.
“How can you say that? It is a perversion! It goes against everything that he has ever been taught!” she shouted.
“Who are you to say what lies in his heart?”
“What is in his heart is wrong! I don’t want to be married to a man who has those thoughts.”
“There are worse things than an unhappy marriage. Get married, give him a son, and then you can happily ignore each other for the rest of your lives.”
I lay back down and curled back up. She didn’t take the hint that I was done talking.
“Dragon! I demand your help!”
“And I have refused to give it. This matter is closed.”
“You haven’t heard the last of this. I will come back every day and be the gnat in your ear until you agree to help!”
“I won’t be here tomorrow. This is merely a stop on my way home.”
“I’ll find your home!”
“I doubt it. It’s a cave carved into a sheer cliff face, you can’t reach it unless you can fly.”
That shut her up. For a moment. She began to cry.
“No. No tears, Girl. If there is one aspect of humans that I cannot fathom or stomach, it’s their crying. Leave me in peace and go home.”
The crying only got louder.
I know what she’s doing. She’ll keep this racket up until I relent. If I do relent, I’ll have to face a knight. If I don’t, I’ll have to kill her to shut her up and that will release her from her promise just as well as killing the knight. She’d be easier than the knight, that’s for sure. But killing an innocent human…I wouldn’t be able to sleep comfortably for years if I did that…I’ll do it if she agrees.
“Girl. I just thought of something that would solve both our problems. I could kill you. That would release you from your father’s promise, and that would give this George reason to come after me. And, it would stop your crying.”
I didn’t think she could produce a louder sound than she was already making. I was wrong. She began to cry even louder.