A story by @bonfire_stories
Art by @dctattoo_swe
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"Is it sleeping?" asked the boy, as the knight slowly approached the dragon. The rest of the people of the village had gathered a few feet away so close that a single flutter could have sent them flying.
The knight walked with long steps in the ford so as not to make too much noise. In front of him was a dragon. A real dragon. Of the same ones that already a few weeks ago had begun their migration towards the east. The same ones they weren't supposed to see until the following year.
But there it was eyes closed, half of the body inside the ford. Was it dead?
In a closer inspection, the knight noticed that it had a thick scar on its muzzle. It must have fought something. Another dragon? Possibly. But he still did not understand how it had ended up there, so long after the migration. "Hey boy, what are you doing here?" he muttered as he stroked his jaw.
The dragon barely grunted, as if too tired to pretend to be a threat. Its eyes opened for a second and glanced attentively at the villagers before closing again.
Then it tried to stand. The people were instantly disturbed and there was a shriek or two as the beast lifted its massive figure. But it could not even rise its head from the ground before falling again. "Are you so bad?" asked the knight in distress.
Then he noticed how, around his feet, the water in the ford began to turn red.
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