Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Milly and the dragon

This is a page from my recently published book "Milly and the dragon."
It is a short story for children about a young princess and a wild dragon.
I would love for you to check it out and download the full book for free if you enjoy it.

Princess Milly was running through the forest with her long curly brown hair streaming out behind her.  There were tears sliding down her cheeks as she ran and her once pretty blue dress was ripped and torn.  The princess was crying because her pony Flickers had run away.  He had broken through the fence that surrounded the pasture and gone into the old forest which stretched out in every direction as far as the eye could see.
She had begged and begged her father to send out a search party of brave knights to find Flickers but he wouldn’t no matter how much she begged and pleaded.  He said the forest was full of dangerous creatures that would send even his bravest knights running in terror, there was no way he could risk the lives of his subjects for one little pony.  Men that went in there never came back, even Milly knew that.  Her mother loved to tell scary bedtime stories about all the monsters that waited in the forest for a weary traveler to wander in.  But this didn’t stop Milly from wanting Flickers back.  In tears she had stormed off.
Running to the stables as fast as she could but she found no comfort without Flickers there.  Darci one of the nice ladies who worked in the stables took pity on the upset princess and suggested she feed a couple of the other horses some apples to take her mind off Flickers.  But when she gave them the apples she could only think of the way Flickers had snuffled the pieces so greedily out of her hand tickling her with his long whiskers.  Right then and there she decided that the only thing to do would be to search for Flickers herself.  She was not going to let her pony stay lost in the forest forever no matter how dangerous it was.  “My father may not care but I do” she said to herself.
As quickly as she could she came up with a simple but brilliant plan and put it into action.  She told her Mom that she was going to play hide and seek in the castle with her friends and then when no one was watching she snuck into the forest and took off running.  Eventually Milly grew tired from all the running and she stopped to sit down on a rock and rest her legs.  Once she had caught her breath and wiped away the tear streaks Milly began to look around.  There were twisted trees all around and they cast dark creepy shadows upon the ground.  It was very scary and the forest was eerily silent, there were no chirping birds nor noisy crickets and the feeling of being watched was frightening her something fierce. 
Milly stood up thinking that maybe it would be best to just go back to the castle where there was a moat and high stone walls to protect her.  That however was when she realized she didn’t know which way she had come.  Everything looked the same and she couldn’t even follow her own footsteps, but this didn’t stop her trying and soon she was even more hopelessly lost.  Then she heard a low growling sound coming from somewhere close by.  Terrified she looked around wildly but there was nothing there, then the growling came again and a mean looking creature with sharp teeth and long claws jumped out from behind one of the trees.  Milly screamed then ran as fast as her legs would carry her, jumping over fallen trees and tearing through brambles which tried to snag her dress and scratch her skin,. She could hear the creature chasing her and it sounded like it was getting closer. 

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