Riel Rosehill is an author of short stories with a passion for writing speculative fiction and exploring LGBTQIA+ characters. Currently, she is working on her debut novel, a riveting fantasy adventure, along with a short story collection.
The Fire Within
There weren’t always dragons in the Valley. They dozed in the back of our minds, awoken by the sparks flying towards the starry sky over the campfire where stories brought them to life. Fairy tales of kidnapped maidens and heroic sons, and ancient legends told by the veiled nuns when they came down from the mountains. In the stories shared, they lived far away, in the periphery of our world, on top of the snowy peaks of the sharp mountains surrounding our village, in dens so high we would never dream of climbing. Down in the valley no one had ever seen one. They were mere fables, conjured up by the wandering minds of creative folk, and we comforted ourselves with the belief they weren’t real.