Dragons Talk


This morning I finished writing a story for my monthly newspaper column in the Peterborough, NH Ledger-Transcript.  It had to do with dragons. The dragons that appear in our midst challenging us to pass. For me writing is one of the keys to getting by them.

This afternoon I returned home from work and was spending some quality time on our back deck when I noticed a dragon fly floating in our dog’s water dish.  The dragon didn’t look like he was taking a drink, but rather drowning. I had seen one before in this predicament, but not able to save it.

This one remained alive so I tried gently pouring out the water, but in the transition one of the wings bent back. I went inside and tore off a small slice of paper towel. Returning to the porch, I slid the towel toward the dragon-fly thinking I could I slide under it. The dragon grabbed on right away and held as I walked it to a nearby table.

As I sat in a chair watching I noticed its wings had returned to their proper place. Suddenly, the dragon fly fluttered them but didn’t go airborne. I watched hopefully as the dragon wiped its face.

After about five minutes, its wings beat rapidly and the dragon took to the air. As the dragon lifted over the roof of our house, I thought I heard it say something, but couldn’t catch what it was. No matter, now I know dragons talk.  This should come in handy next time I want to get by one.

10 thoughts on “Dragons Talk

  1. jhvn June 24, 2014 / 6:15 pm

    Wonderful story!
    The end reminds me of an anit-dragon story, and his flying away over the house saying,
    “Happy Christmas to all; and to all a good night.”

    • fictionfitz June 25, 2014 / 6:57 am

      I never saw Santa Claus and dragons in the same light, but then again I never suspected God had a dark side.

    • fictionfitz June 25, 2014 / 6:56 am

      Isn’t that true of most fears? Surely the dragon has allies and friends. Why not us? Familiarity does not breed contempt

  2. Carole Webber June 24, 2014 / 7:49 pm

    Should we be worrying about a man who speaks with dragons ?

    • fictionfitz June 25, 2014 / 6:55 am

      I would worry more about a man who speaks with God.

  3. Marilyn Armstrong June 24, 2014 / 10:17 pm

    Some dragonflies seem happy skittering over water. Different types, I guess. They are so beautiful and harmless to people … one of the very few insects of which I’m not afraid. Lovely post 🙂

    • fictionfitz June 25, 2014 / 6:53 am

      Thanks Marilyn, snakes and insects often bring fear, but not lady bugs, dragon flies, or orange lizards, at least for me.

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