The Friday Fictioneers is a friendly writing challenge hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The task of the challenge is to write a story in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Reciprocation is the life of this challenge!
The Bestest Gift
Five-year-old Shelley was happy. Her bestie had been visiting, bringing flowers and a balloon. Being sick didn’t feel so bad any longer.
Alone again, Shelley stared at the balloon and dreamed of flying high up in the air. Suddenly, with a loud ‘pop’, the balloon burst.
“Mum!” Tears welled up but dried quickly when Shelley saw a small dragon clinging to the balloon’s string. It stared into her eyes and exhaled tiny puffs of smoke.
Oh no, Mum thought. That beasty imprinted on my kid.
“May I keep him?” Shelley beamed.
“You’ll have to, Dragongirl, he’s yours forever.” Mum sighed.
Get well soon, Rochelle!
About the filial imprinting: I declare dragons to be related to dinosaurs. They in turn are related to birds and several bird species (i.e. geese, ducks) imprint strongly on the first large moving object (ideally a parent, or sometimes a person) they see.