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Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday's Flash (AHHH AHHH) Fiction: The Slyph and the Dragon


Recently, I received some magnetic poetry stuff. This was upon my fridge this morning, invented by the roommate, which then inspired:

The Sylph and the Dragon

The sylph wandered down the darkened street, the fuzzy violet light from the hornet-buzzing neon sign reflecting against the wet pavement, the rain slick streets aglow as if a small void-black ocean were made of mirrored ice. Weak flesh-born sylphs such as he weren't afraid of the dead hours of night. In fact he reveled in them. This was the time to reveal his beauty in the wee hours, and the painted creatures that crawled about in drunken stupors, living upon the highs of short skirts and long jackets, or the almost bare flesh that grew sweaty and fever warm within the confines of nightclubs.

These human creatures of the night were so very alive.

And also gullible as ten hells.

Aethlstan could scent a young dragon at ten paces. This one, however, was so ravenous that he caught a whiff nearly a block away from the trendy nightclub, this one full of gimmicky half-clothed kabuki mask wearing thin girls. But the young dragon stood near the alleyway to the back entrance, his eyes full of lust-fire and his face tattooed in hot-coal orange laden swirls so intricate that it seemed to obscure his almost knife-edged features of cheek and jaw. These pretty humans saw a dangerous man in the way that damsels were supposed to like slightly bad-boy, motorcycle riding, leather clad, Rebel Without a Cause type men.

But Aethlstan knew better.

The dragon was hungry.

A young girl was standing next to him, giggling with the nightclub's kabuki mask lifted to the top of her head. Other couples were writhing in the shadows, giving their nighttime lusts an outlet with dark strangers.

Dinner.

Aethlstan rarely became involved. But he would have no recourse but to act.

"You really own the club?" said the girl.

"Three," breathed the dragon. "I'm rich as fuck."

The dragon leaned into her fleshy body, and the girl giggled again. When the dragon moved his lips toward the hollow between her shoulder and neck, Aethlstan moved with the speed of the air-ridden of his kind, flesh burdened though may he be.  He hit the dragon with a tight fist to the jaw, and quickly followed with a kick to the midsection. A flare of swirling red-hot fire blazed from the dragon's skin.

"Choose some other hunting ground, ryu-dragon," Aethlstan growled. "I have named you."

The girl screamed as flames licked from the scarlet-black eyesockets of the dragon. As she turned to run away shrieking like a wounded crow, Aethlstan was struck by a sense of irony at his chivalry.

"Sylph," croaked the dragon. "Flesh-born. I have named you."

Sirens echoed in the distance. Human justice in a human world.

They both bowed to one another, as if to equals before a battle not yet engaged. Their battle was now written for the future.

Both fled into the night.

500 words

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