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Draconia - A World First

Friday 7th June, Story #159/366

By L.C. SchäferPublished 6 days ago Updated 4 days ago 3 min read
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"Are we nearly there?" Toby kicked the back of his dad's seat.

"Nearly, son," Simon replied. He couldn't blame the kids for being excited. Dragons! This was the only way to see one. None in the wild for centuries, believed mythical for ages. This was the only Park of its kind.

Check-in was lengthy, and included watching safety videos. Kids fidgeted. Staff soothed.

"Couldn't we have done this online?" Simon grumbled.

At last, the crowd filed into the first Dome, every kid visibly fizzing.

A voice in their headphones told them this was the Temperate Zone, listed a series of species found here, and recommended they look right to see the first. It slunk among trees, blue scales shimmering. It opened its mouth to show rows of long, narrow fangs, and flared its bright mane.

Chubby fingers poked at the blue-green screens to help them identify it. On finding it was more likely to spit a sort of acid than flame, most kids lost interest and moved on, parents not far behind.

The second enclosure contained several youngsters, scampering up and down tree branches and sparking at visitors. The third contained two; huge, glorious, and shining... and asleep. A sign taped at eye-level read, "Do NOT tap on the FireGlass".

The next was enormous, covered in mud-coloured scales and intimidating spines. Tail lashing as they approached, it loosed a huge ribbon of flame, reflected in the childrens' owlish eyes.

It was shortly after they entered the next dome that the klaxons sounded, followed by distant screams. Safety videos forgotten, people milling and panicking. Doors sealing, FireGlass shutters descending everywhere, preventing anyone (or anything) from escaping.

Simon sprinted to the nearest exit, shouting "Help me!" to nearby families. Together, they worked to jam the mechanism, and then everyone scrambled to get through. Shoving, trampling.

Claws clicking on the smooth floor behind them caused fear to ripple palpably through the crowd. Dragonflame killed those nearest the doorway instantly. The floor on either side burned and melted. The dragon flamed again, burning itself a hole large enough to force its way through.

That night, dragons wheeled across the sky for the first time in hundreds of years.

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Word count, excluding note: 366

Submitted on 7th June at 21.40

*Quick Author's Note*

First, and most importantly:
thank you so much for reading my story! The ha'penny that Vocal will toss in my hat for your eyeballs landing on this humble piece will be well-spent. Might buy a football club, like Ryan Reynolds.

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  • Cody Dakota Wooten, C.B.C.3 days ago

    It's like Jurrasic Park, but with Dragons haha. I'm digging it! Fact of Life - Everything is better with Dragons 😎

  • John Cox5 days ago

    Wow! Jurassic Park meets Harry Potter. Loved it!

  • Lana V Lynx5 days ago

    Oh wow, it gave me chills. Dying by dragon fire is not my idea of fun at the zoo!

  • Cathy holmes5 days ago

    Oh boy. Now the world is in trouble.

  • Yayyyyy, they're free!!! So happy with the ending hehehehe

  • This should be another name for "interesting story telling." write the next one soon. Lol.

  • Caroline Craven6 days ago

    Yikes! Love the line about scales clicking on the floor. There must be a follow up to this one surely? Please!

  • JBaz6 days ago

    So interesting, I love this concept and the potential for a future story is excellent. You packed a lot in this short story

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