Crunchy with Chocolate
An Anthology of Dragon Stories
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It has been said that one should never meddle in the affairs of dragons—for you are crunchy and taste good with chocolate.
Come enter the dragon’s lair and roll the dice. Within these pages you will still meet some of the biggest, baddest predators ever—but if you are lucky, you will also discover some that have a sweeter side.
Meet a dragon with a soft spot for hard luck cases and another who is a hopeless romantic.
Enjoy a musical battle between a dragon and the specter of one of the greatest guitarists to ever play.
Meet a dragon in trouble with other magical creatures because he enjoys hanging out with human children.
Join a mother and daughter and their teams of dragons on a dangerous cross-country race.
Reconnect with an imaginary friend – who is not so imaginary and escape the isolation of the pandemic.
So enter in BUT tread carefully—remember you are crunchy and taste good with chocolate.
My story is titled “The Princess and the Dragon”
If you think this story is a standard handsome knight rescues damsel from fierce dragon tale, think again. Here is a sneak peek to give you the flavor:
Suppose that, like Cyndrith, you happen to be the child of an ambitious mother joined to an insolvent father, a young lady of high birth, better than average looks, and broad but unorthodox education. As fate twists—only slightly assisted by your own and Aunt Vellie’s peculiar talents—you catch the eye of a neighboring prince at a time when he’s under pressure from the relatives to consider his duties. Your problems are solved. Right?
But further suppose that you do the obvious and necessary, you snag your man, and then you wake up the next day or week or month to find the honeymoon is over and you discover that your handsome, charming husband is a terrific dancer but an incompetent prince? And worse yet, your father-in-law, overjoyed that junior is finally settling down to business, and having just enough mens sanus left to realize that he’s losing it, decides to retire to Bath to take the waters, leaving the kingdom in the hands of your sweet but unqualified husband.
Cyndrith found the literature dealing with her particular problem scarce; the old legends insisted that everyone tended to live happily ever after, but her story looked likely to be a short, brutal tale — a leader who is hazy on the difference between cavalry and chivalry can generally expect an early and traumatic retirement.
Clearly, Cyndrith will have to take care of her own rescues, including confronting a rather unusual dragon!