Being a Dragon isn’t easy #microfiction #flashfiction

Jane Doughtery has found another intriguing image this week for her microfiction prompt


So what is inside a dragon’s egg?

‘Bloody hell, John. I know this is an Easter marathon but it’s bad enough doing it dressed as reject dragons from Game of Thrones without juggling a sodding egg the whole way.’

‘Love, it’s going to double our sponsorship, see.’

‘No I don’t see. If you want to carry it, that’s you call. Now I need a pee and I have no clue how long that will take me.’

‘Janice, wait.’

‘There’s one thing I can’t do right now and that is wait. Don’t move. I don’t want to lose you in this crush.’

John watched her go. Lose me in the crush when I’m dressed as a seven-foot dragon? As if. He smoothed his rubbered hands round the large gold ovoid. Would she buy it? She’d bloody better.

‘Right,’ Janice held her rubber claws under her arms as she tried to dry her hands. ‘So, go on then, explain about the stupid egg.’

It’s Rhodri’s idea.’

‘Right. So it’s stupid.’

‘Yes. No. Thing is the rugby club have said if we pass the egg between us at least once every 500 yards they double our money.’


‘Yes and at the end we can eat it. It’s actually a chocolate egg.’

‘Yes well I may not be Mrs Einstein but I worked that out. Double you say? Is this punishment for having a Welsh boyfriend?’

John nodded, not that it was the most effective gesture.

The marathon itself was awful. The course undulated, the drinks’ stations were cramped and both Janice and John chaffed dreadfully. Grimly though they passed the egg between dropping it several times but never tearing the paper. Each drop and John’s heart raced but there at least luck was on his side.

At the end, Janice held the egg and threw it on the ground. She ripped off her dragon’s head and let out a guttural scream of pain and frustration. ‘You and your bloody marathon, these stupid suits and that awful horrible nasty egg.’ She stamped on the now misshapen ovoid. ‘You,’ each word was accompanied by another stamp, ‘are,’ each stamp ripped the paper and vaporised the chocolate, ‘utterly,’ Janice slowed and peered at the gooey brown and flaky gold mess on the pavement, ‘hateful.’

John was on his knees, helpless to stop the tirade.

Janice bent and eased something from the gloop. ‘John? What’s this?’

He looked up at his girlfriend. ‘A ring. Will you marry me, Janice?’

She goggled at him. ‘Did you get me to run a marathon as a dragon with some cock and bull story about playing rugby with an Easter egg just to pull this stunt at the end?’

He nodded. He had no more to give.

She wrapped her arms around his neck. ‘Of course, I will.’ With her nearest hand, she scooped up the chocolate and wiped it across his face. ‘You utter sod.’

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published three anthologies of short stories and a memoir of my mother. More will appear soon. I will try and continue to blog regularly at about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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40 Responses to Being a Dragon isn’t easy #microfiction #flashfiction

  1. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Geoff Le Pard with his response to Jane Dougherty’s prompt.. So What is inside a Dragon’s Egg. Dragons do it in style…

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  2. Is there no end to the sweet, lovable stories this picture can produce? Loved it 🙂

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  3. Another gem Geoff. 🙂

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  4. Anabel Marsh says:

    Please tell me this is actually an episode from the life of you and the Textiliste. I would so like to think that! 😉

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  5. davidprosser says:

    Punishment for having a Welsh boyfriend? Oooh, below the belt there Geoff.

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  6. What a fabulous prompt photo. Love your story. Hugs.

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Excelled yourself again sir I loved it!! Brilliant end twist!!

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  8. willowdot21 says:

    Reblogged this on willowdot21 and commented:
    Geoffle at his twisted best, meant in the best possible taste!! 💟

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  9. tlryder says:

    Much applause. Since my kids go to anime conventions where I actually see people dressed up as dragons, this was extremely real, delightful, and close to home for me!

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  10. I saw that end coming though – a little Le Pard romance 🙂

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  11. D.e.l.i.g.h.t.f.u.l. Every bit of this story a huge surprise and super entertaining. 😀

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  12. Norah says:

    How romantic. Oh Geoff. You must be a romantic at heart. Now we need to hear the true story of how you proposed to the Textiliste! Was it really worth the effort of the planning and suffering the tirade? What’s next for these two?

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  13. Phil Taylor says:

    Hilarious and perfect for the prompt!

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  15. Helen Jones says:

    Ah, romance and dragons, two of my favourite story ingredients 🙂 Nicely done, Geoff.

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  16. merrildsmith says:

    Awwww–a sweet twist at the end!

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  17. Ooh ahh Missus. Punishment for having a Welsh boyfriend? I suppose the way the Welsh team are playing at the moment they’d be better throwing a gold-wrapped Easter Egg on a marathon. And come Boxing Day those Easter Eggs will be in the shops. 😀

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  18. Ali Isaac says:

    Haha! Although why he wanted to marry someone so miserable is beyond me! Lol!


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