New beginnings

Photo prompt curtsy of Dale Rogerson.

Photo prompt curtsy of Dale Rogerson.

Endre saw the crack in the ground and the thick brown pungent liquid oozing forth. Those who had lived here before Endre’s people arrived called it flame giver. They believed that a powerful dragon slept beneath and said that they had heard the dragon grumbling.

Endre prayed to Thor that the dragon stayed below the surface, for last night he had heard and felt the dragon move. Yes the ground had moved and shaken, cracking buildings. The door to Endre and Atrikd’s home had spit and shelves had fallen. Precious belongings had broken. With one last glance, Endre crossed himself.

A fine day at Mevagissey

A fine day at Mevagissey

This Post Has 55 Comments

  1. neilmacdon

    I liked the glimpse of his beliefs. I wasn’t sure why he’d cross himself though – that seemed inappopriately Christian

    1. Michael Humphris

      I absolutely agree Neil, but that’s where my muse took me, perhaps he was hedging his bets!

  2. Varad

    The mind believes what it wants to. Is this a part of a longer story, Michael?

    1. Michael Humphris

      It begins to look like it might be…The inspiration for this snippet comes from a novel length story I penned ten years back!

  3. Sandra

    Very imaginative and graphic take on the prompt, Michael. Well done.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am grateful Sandra, thank you.

  4. ceayr

    Strange piece, Michael, and a strange Catholic who prays to Thor

    1. Michael Humphris

      My muse saw a character who is hedging his bets!

  5. Susan A Eames

    I don’t think it’s going to end well. Interesting take on the photo prompt, Michael.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now you have me worried for Endre. As I did feel somewhat constrained by the word count limit.

  6. Dale

    I imagine he crossed himself in a desperate attempt to pray to ALL the gods…
    Interesting take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You got it in one Dale… thank you for the prompt, it challenged me. I am looking forward to reading the all the differing takes on this picture

      1. Dale

        Fun stuff!

        1. Michael Humphris

          Thank you Dale

  7. Rowena

    Liked this, Michael and the mythology of the dragon living under the surface. Up at Byron Bay where I’ve been on holidays last week, there are snakes hiding in the undergrowth instead.
    Best wishes,

    1. Michael Humphris

      I hope the snakes stayed well away. I google Byron bay, it looks interesting. And somewhere that I would enjoy swimming if there are no sharks.

  8. granonine

    Love the imagination here. One can almost feel that old dragon moving in his sleep. As for crossing himself, that surprised me, too. I guess he was just trying to cover all the bases 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      He has found his new homeland challenging. And found himself as you rightly supposed covering all the bases. Thank you for a great comment

  9. Brenda's Thoughts

    I love a good dragon tale. Very entertaining piece, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Brenda. I was well challenged by the word count limit this time. So I really appreciated your feedback.

  10. Iain Kelly

    I think he may need more than prayers to save him…

    1. Michael Humphris

      He may Iain. But I hope not, as I am expecting my muse to write about his descendants. I am looking forward to reading the differing takes on this week’s prompts.

  11. Alicia Jamtaas

    I like where your muse took you, sign of the cross and all. I say, when a dragon is at your door, call any god available!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Alicia

  12. Abhijit Ray

    May be Endre’s life has changed for good. He has found oil.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Abhijit

  13. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    In a crisis I can see him praying to anyone who would listen. I liked that little detail of crossing himself. Imaginative and nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, I always appreciate your feedback

  14. Keith's Ramblings

    This is not going to end well methinks.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Time will tell Keith,

  15. Violet Lentz

    Uh oh, sounds like a shaker is on it’s way.. Nice write Michael..

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Violet.

  16. draliman

    A bit of an earthquake and he’s struck oil! A nice take on superstitions.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Draliman, I appreciated your feedback.

  17. Jelli

    Ohh, a pending volcanic eruption, I suppose. Great Story. A nice take on an old legend, too.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Jelli

  18. gahlearner

    Not all early christians were convinced that the older gods didn’t count any longer, so the crossing himself seems perfectly logical. Great armosphere of wonder and threat.

    1. Michael Humphris

      You got me in one, thank you Gabriele

  19. plaridel

    i think it was an earthquake but i give him the benefit of the doubt.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Plaridel, I will let him know if I can catch up with him

  20. Na'ama Yehuda

    May the dragon remain asleep … (crossing oneself can’t hurt, I suppose… ;))

    1. Michael Humphris

      It rarely hurts to cover all options. A dragon can be unpredictable

      1. Na'ama Yehuda

        Yeah. Dragons are … well … mercurial … 😉

  21. 4963andypop

    I like the dragon explanation for earthquakes near volcanoes. Makes perfect sense.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I do enjoy writing about dragon, good and bad.

  22. michaelwynnauthor

    I’m not sure if Christianity has a monopoly on crossing oneself, it seemed perfectly natural in the context of the story and I didn’t notice the anomaly, if there is one, until it was pointed out. Imaginative take.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Michael, I do enjoy writing and thinking about dragons.

  23. Kalpana Solsi

    Human mind is very powerful and frail at the same time. good story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is so true, thank you Kalpana

  24. Anshu Bhojnagarwala

    Not sure if crossing oneself would help, but what’s the harm – you never know!

    1. Michael Humphris

      True you never know, thank you Anshu

  25. theministryofshrawleywalks

    I initially thought they had an oil well outside their front door, is that what could be happening?

    1. Michael Humphris

      I did envisage oil seeping out the ground, with a higher word count I was hoping to develope this story further. Hopeful I may still do so. I was pleased to read your comment, thank you.

  26. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    Love the mix of beliefs… maybe when you are in peril you need both Thor and God

    1. Michael Humphris

      I guess one does, thank you Björn

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