In case you haven't noticed, we chose to "swap" dragons at Christmas, so she has my short story and I have her poem.
AUTHOR LOUISE FINDLAY
Louise Findlay writes fantasy (generally short stories) and inspirational poetry. She enjoys reading and writing about mythological creatures such as angels and demons but has a soft spot for vampires. Louise is currently in the midst of writing a vampire novella about two vampire clans whose deputy’s clash in a big way, entitled A Spy in the Sagax Vampires.
She generally writes ebooks but she’s apart of a few anthologies which are in print and plans to release a print version of a collection of poetry at Christmas time this year.
The Magic Christmas Dragon and other poetry tales
How we percieve dragons is a very personal matter. To me dragons are almost fluffy dog-like beings, they trot along their handlers and respond to everything he or she will ask them to do, just like any other golden retreiver.
In Louise's world, dragons are fierce, they have a strong will and they can read. They are noble and intelligent, cunning at times. Well most of the time. These dragons want to destroy the sense of comfort that comes out of Christmas, they try to make humans understand how weak and helpless they really are. So they try to shatter Christmas, ruin winter landscapes and crush happiness.
Unfortunately for them, elves aren't having any of that! Elves tend to save the day, every single time. They know how to stop the dragons, they use magic and wit and every time they manage to change things for the better. Christmas is safe and saved once again.
This leaves the dragons hurt, crushed in a way. And so the sense of justice turns into a sense of understanding, empathy. The dragon is the creature to feel sorry for, he's no longer the foe, he is the victim of his own bad deed.
I really enjoyed the book, becuase it showed me once again how diverse the concept of dragon can be, how utterly close to humanity it can come, how much people do not differ from dragons after all.
Louise Findlay is a very intellingent author: it's easy to make the reader loath or love a character. It's terribly difficult to provoke loathing for a character at first and turn it into deep affection later on.
Have a taste of Christmas.
The Fey Save the Day
A Magic Christmas Dragon Tale
The dragon that lived in Winta Cave, had another Christmas to rue.
The fey planned to save the day but did he know that too?
With their magic they had a plan, it was quite cunning too.
The dragon never stood a chance, oh this day he’d rue.
They snuck behind him in his cave, careful to avoid him.
With bated breath, they wait to strike, oh how they abhorred him.
Fast asleep, it was time, time to destroy him.
Oh how the fey adored, heroes of a whim.
“Sprash na dah” the spell cast, ready to kill him.
The dragon awoke and started to sneeze, he was allergic to them.
“Oh no, we’d better retreat” for the fey were small in number.
“Oh yes, flee now” they skedaddled on out of there.
The dragon then thought to stop, not such a great idea?
“Next Christmas” he thought.
He’d sneezed and fought, it was time to sleep now.