Copyright Georgia Koch [transformation]

The dragon lay facing southwest, this year his eyes had never opened, his breath was so faint you could not feel it. He had become so thin that his ribs stood out stark. For generations he had been on guard, protecting Elmet. Now old age was biting at his bones, and his scales felt so dry. The time had arrived for him to transform. Merlin smiled and called for the sword, he drove it deep into the heart of the old dragon. Tomorrow the King’s son would leave Elmet in a great ship. Tonight the dragon would sleep, whilst Merlin stood guard.


When I saw this prompt it offered me so many tales, but the death of Napoleon Bonaparte won out [a broken dream ] now it’s Merlins turn to talk.  Mike

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)

    A great tale… need to catch up with Merlin myself.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Not sure how safe it is to be around Merlin

  2. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    A wonderful tale. Note: Since the son belongs to the king you need an apostrophe…”King’s”



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Rochelle, wish you had been my teacher.

  3. Sandra

    I always find myself touched by the prospect of an ailing dragon. I cried buckets over Puff. 🙁 Good one.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Sandra, the dragon will live on in a new life and role. And one day will return as a dragon

  4. Dahlia

    Am not very familiar with dragon tales (or Merlin) – who is undergoing transformation and how?

    1. Michael Humphris

      This story was a very small fragment of a full length novel of magic. The dragon will transform into a very special boat

      1. Dahlia

        Awesome! Thanks for clarifying that 🙂

  5. patriciaruthsusan

    Thanks for the explanation, Mike. I’m not really familiar with dragon stories either. I know Merlin from the King Arthur legend. Good writing. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Suzanne for reading and commenting, unfortunately I do enjoy writing mystical stories. Mike

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