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Topic: Write for the FANTASY and/or SCI FI Genre (10/16/14)
- TITLE: Glint
By Dougie Henningsen
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Her mother caught one of those bits of light in her eye. Snorting, she ducked her head out of the way and chuckled. “I shall name you Glint, little one.”
A month later, Glint had built up her muscles, and was the liveliest hatchling Amethis had ever raised. She had already explored the rather large cave completely. Glint was still small, but had the fierceness of a dragon three times her size, and believed she could hunt, if she was only given the chance. This morning Glint woke up with a plan. She pounced on her mother, screeching, “Good morning! I’m hungry! Don’t you have to go hunting?”
Amethis squinted into the morning light, “Yes we do Glint, if you’re hungry we can go a little earlier than usual.” Boreas and Flare, Glint’s older brothers, groaned.
Amethis turned to Glint, “Alright, Glint, we’ll be back soon, stay here.” Glint nodded, and her family soared out. Glint waited a moment, then, wiggling her tail, crouched and leaped into the air. It took longer than expected to find prey, and the sun was at its highest point in the sky when she spotted a rabbit. Glint dove and opened her talons. Grasping the rabbit’s back, she broke its neck with a well-aimed bite. Flapping back to the cave, with the rabbit hanging underneath her, she crowed, “Now Mother has no choice but to let me go hunting with her!” As she assigned herself numerous titles like ‘Rabbit Slayer’ she heard a ferocious roar from the village below. “Mother!” Glint screeched, and dove towards the village.
Landing in a bush near the center of town, she peaked out. Her mother and brothers were surrounded by angry villagers. Amethis roared again, “Give me back my hatchling you fools!” and unleashed waves of rippling fire into the sky. The townspeople shouted and began throwing ropes over Amethis and Boreas, while another group trapped Flare in a corner, poking him with pitchforks.
Glint gasped. They must have come back to the cave when I was gone and thought the villagers captured me! She realized. I have to save them! Glint snorted to clear her head and stealthily snuck through the foliage until she was next to her mother. Amethis’ sides were heaving with rage. Glint crawled up to her mother’s ear. She whispered, “Mother it’s me, Glint!” Amethis snorted to show she heard. “I’m going to bite the ropes that are tying you up!”
Glint snipped the ropes with her razor sharp teeth, then slunk over to Boreas and Flare, cutting their ropes as well. Then Glint flew into the air and spat sparks at the huddled villagers, who were deep in discussion. As the sparks touched skin, they howled and looked up at Glint. While they were distracted, Amethis, Boreas, and Flare leaped into the sky all shot towards their cave.
When they were safe in the cave, Amethis turned to Glint, her eyes smoldering with rage. “Where were you?” Glint, tail drooping, picked up her rabbit and dropped it at her mother’s feet. Amethis, looked at Glint, her gaze softening. “You went hunting? On your own?”
Glint nodded, “I wanted to prove myself, so you would let me hunt with you. I get so lonely and bored when you guys are gone. I’m sorry Mother, I just—”
“It’s ok, I forgive you.” Amethis bent and touched Glint on the nose. “The truth is I didn’t want you to hunt because I didn’t want you in danger. But I’ve seen you can handle yourself, so from now on, you can hunt with us.”
Glint’s eyes lit up, she danced around, shooting tiny flames into the air. “Thank you Mother! I can’t wait for tomorrow!”
Amethis chuckled, “Oh ho, don’t think you’re getting away with disobeying me, hatchling. Tomorrow you will fire-polish the cave from top to bottom. Understand?”
Glint groaned, but then flung herself at Amethis, hugged her leg and whispered.
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