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The Red Dragon

A Microfantasy

By Stephanie HoogstadPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
The Red Dragon
Photo by Pawel Czerwinski on Unsplash

The world was on fire. That was how the mighty red dragon wanted it. A sea of lava surrounding him on his island of molten rock, and a flaming cosmos swirled above his head.

He absorbed the heat and serenity in utter solitude. Neither predator nor prey could survive the fire like he did. He lifted his head in pride at the thought. He was the last living creature in all the world.

He did not care how he would eat. He did not care how he would survive beyond this moment. He alone had lived through the carnage that had made the world his paradise, and he would enjoy it until his last breath.

A rumbling ripped through the air, causing the earth beneath the mighty red dragon to tremble. An unnatural wind whipped about, extinguishing the fire all around him and turning the lava to crust. The dragon shivered as the stars above him disappeared into complete darkness

He roared into the void, but nothing answered back.


The tiny red dragon awoke from his dream. He swatted at the air, trying to fight off the void that had surrounded him in his sleep. His claws made contact with a snout, and another dragon’s foot kicked him in the face.

He looked around to see, in the darkness of night, that he was surrounded by his clutch mates. The same clutch mates who beat him and made him eat the least of the scraps because he was the smallest. The same clutch mates that eyed him because their mother always snatched the fattest piece away from them and gave it to him as a treat anyway. The same clutch mates he would be stuck with until the day that they finally learned to fly and went off to start clutches of their own.

He snuggled deeper into their warmth, imagining that it was the fires at the end of the world.



About the Creator

Stephanie Hoogstad

With a BA in English and MSc in Creative Writing, writing is my life. I have edited and ghost written for years with some published stories and poems of my own.

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  • JBaz2 months ago

    Revenge is a dish best served...HOT? I like that he snuggles in and dreams of the endof the wolrd and is content with that.

  • Awww tiny wittle red dwagon, may your dream come true one day, sooner rather than later. Loved your story!

  • Celia in Underland3 months ago

    Oooo I felt so sorry for the little red guy. Brilliantly crafted Stephanie and completely captivating all the way through 🤍

  • Shirley Belk3 months ago

    I love the dragon mom! Fierce little one, dream on!

  • Randy Baker3 months ago

    Finely crafted! You pulled me in quickly and held me there. Not everyone can pull that off with a microfiction.

  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    Are dragon dreams prophetic? 😁🤔

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Nice! I was quickly invested and want more, lol.

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