Wednesday's Words on a Friday

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.

If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the prompts are supplied by Elephant's Child and can be found here.

This week's words/prompts are: 

1. stop 
2. reasonable 
3. best 
4. kind 
5. dragon 
6. drinking  

and/or:  

1. flower 
2.foster 
3. sing 
4. pieces 
5. darker 
6. thinking  

Here is my story:  

Neesa snorted gently, puffing warm air through her nostrils as she addressed the babies assembled before her. 
"It is especially important when going to the drinking hole to stop, look and listen. Never go alone and always post guards. You need to be very aware that not all humans are as kind and reasonable as they pretend to be. 
They will sing your praises, try to foster kinship, they will pretend to be your best friend, but there is a darker thinking to most of them. 
The very smallest ones are alright, they still believe in magic and fairies, they still play imagining games and delight in finding the flower rings the fairies have left behind for them. 

But," Neesa's voice became severe, " watch out for the older ones who have begun their schooling and all those even older, they are dangerous to us all. They know that capturing a baby dragon will get them a lot of that stuff they call money, when they sell any of us to the humans called scientists, and money is all they care about." 
Neesa snorted angrily and flames burst forth, causing a few of the babies to scuttle backwards. 
Sarsar, the oldest baby dragon, asked, "Why do the scientist humans want baby dragons?" 

"They study them trying to work out where the fire comes from," said Neesa, "and when the baby dies because they can't properly care for it, they cut him into little pieces, to learn how we are made, what we are made of! and they don't even think to ask permission!"

 Hearing this, all the babies old enough to leave the nest in the caves for a few hours each day, promised to never go near the drinking hole alone.

Comments

  1. Well done. Engrossing. But sad as all get out.

    🙁

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    1. Sandi; thank you. Sad that the humans want to catch them for money and dissecting.

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  2. Oh my, you have touched my heart of hearts, good writing. I've played along too! Mine is here
    the words in blue! https://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2020/04/sculpture-is-art-of-intelligence.html

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    1. 21 Wits; welcome to drifting and thank you. I'll pop over and see your story in a minute.

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  3. Neesa is right...humans are dangerous. Stay away from them.

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    1. only slightly confused; in spite of man eating animals etc, we humans are still the most dangerous animal on earth.

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  4. Nice job! Unfortunately, it's too true about how humans treat other species. Reminds me of the movie "Pete's Dragon," where those awful greedy people captured Eliot in the hopes of making lots of money. They even sang a song: "Money, Money, Money by the Pound." Good movie. A little sappy, but I like sappy. :)

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    1. Susan; Thank you. I haven't seen that movie, I'll see if my daughter can track it down for me.

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  5. Seen from a dragon's point of view, great idea. Let the dragons beware!

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    1. Charlotte; dragons certainly do need to be aware, there are so few of them left.

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  6. Lot of sad truth in that dragon tale. Be safe little ones, we can't be trusted.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; I hope these little ones survive, we humans are well known for being greedy and selfish.

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  7. How I wish we could be trusted.
    Neesa is very wise and I hope the youngsters remember her lessons.

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    1. Elephant's Child,; Neesa is wise because she has seen so much in the few centuries she has been alive. I hope the little ones all learn the lessons well. I think they will.

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  8. An excellent, imaginative use of the words, River. :)

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  9. We are a dangerous lot, even those of us who don't want to be.

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    1. messymimi; yes we are, and some much more so.

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  10. Lovely and well done.
    We should stop to think how we humans might act towards creatures more often.

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  11. Wise story. Sad but true. Gives one some time to think about...

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    1. Iris Flavia; yes, sad and true, but maybe more of us will think about how animals are treated and turn this around.

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  12. Well done! You reeled me in with the first line.

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    1. Val; reeled in eh? that's good. First lines should always do that.

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    2. Can"t say I have come in contact with dragons lately, I believe they appear on St Georges day this month breathing fire and brimstone. While serving in the Brit Royal Navy the word Dragon Mean"t "Mother in law."
      Makes me wonder how many dragons have commented on this post. Ha Ha.

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    3. Vest; I was born in the Year of the Dragon, so I'm a Dragon and my ex the 1st used to call me Dragon Lady.

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  13. I alway stop at the park on the way home from the shops for a rest and it is reasonable not to see a dragon drinking from the pond but it was the best surprise and kind of made my day.
    Merle..............

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    1. Merle; you can't see them because they are being careful and hiding from humans.

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  14. E. You mentioned in one of your earlier posts that Ghecko lizards are LUCKY. Now that is odd. Last night I saw for the first time ever a lizard about 3-4 inches long above the Lounge room curtains, This evening My son Chris came into the lounge where I was watching the TV, and told me the sad news that LUCKY our Pet Cockatiel Bird that we have had for 19 years after rescuing it from a Cat , had finally fallen off her perch, So sad.

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  15. E. So you were born in CXCL11

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    1. Vest 1952, sad that your pet cockatiel has died, but I don't think the gecko had anything to do with that.

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  16. great story! Our children were just the right age to watch Pete's Dragon. Dragons have gotten a bad rap.

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  17. Bill slapped his belly, letting out a belch of sulfur fire.
    "I gotta stop drinking. Cheap petrol is the kind that torches inside and out. What is the best petrol anyway?" Giving a big dragon stretch and yawn, Bill flew off.
    Gliding over a petrol station, Bill realized that the quality was reasonable, price not an issue. He decided he'd better get a refill. Can't fly on empty.

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    1. Susan Kane, I hope Bill doesn't burn out, cute little story. Dragons are very popular in my family, along with wizards, witches and fairies.

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  18. Poor little baby dragons. Nooooooooo!

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    1. The Happy Whisk; don't be worried, the baby dragons are fine and will stay that way.

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    2. That's wonderful! Happy New Day, River!

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  19. There is such sweet imagery in parts of this (and unsettling imagery in other parts!). I love the thought of baby dragons getting a lesson from their elder. There's also good advice here - beware of humans. We even do horrible things to lab animals who aren't rare or mysterious. Crap, now I've started a train of thought that's just depressing.

    Well written, as always, River. Your work is a pleasure to read.

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    1. jenny_o; thank you. I think most animals out there teach their babies, but how do we know what they are teaching them? Safety from humans I hope.

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