#SampleSunday Origin of Dragons from SAGE

Here is the story Andrin’s grandmother/dragon tells him of how dragons came to be. It’s from Silver and Iron, Book 3 of my Sage fantasy trilogy.

Origin of Dragons
Silver and Iron, Book 3 of Sage – Excerpt
by Marian Allen

SilverandIron180Long, long ago (the dragon said), there was only One Dragon. The earth was her body, and the moon was her pearl; the waters of heaven and earth were her lifeblood, and the sun was her heart. One day, to amuse herself, the Dragon created Time. Then she knew that she was old and she knew that she was lonely.

The One Dragon then took scales of the five colors from her body: red, green, blue, black, and yellow; scales soft, like cloth, because she had no enemies. She spun the scales into thread and knitted little dragons, using her talons as needles. She invited her three friends to come help her celebrate the end of her loneliness.

They all came: Tortoise Spirit, Phoenix Spirit, and Unicorn Spirit.

“These children of yours will live in the world,” said Unicorn Spirit. “They will need protection.”

Tortoise gave the little dragons armored scales. Phoenix gave them fire. Unicorn gave them back what their mother had lost – freedom from the shackles of Time.

“My children are wiser and stronger than I am,” said the One Dragon.

“Then come with us,” her friends begged her, and she agreed.

One Dragon left her body and became Dragon Spirit, and her children were the first dragons. They were all the dragons there were and all the dragons there would ever be. Every so often, one of them would discover Time, and would leave its body and join its mother as part of the Dragon Spirit. So, to keep dragons in the world, the first dragons created Translation. A human who learned what a dragon must know – patience, acceptance, courage, joy, and freedom from enslavement to Time – could be Translated into a dragon. And these dragons are the strongest of all because they, being partly human, can be aware of Time yet take no notice of it.

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A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Write an origin story for a mythological or imaginary creature.


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I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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