You might remember that I have a story in this anthology, which is one good reason for promoting it. Another is that Christine Haggerty also has a winning story included.
Here is an excerpt from her story:
The End of Everything.
Tucking her wings above her spine, The Seeker landed heavily on the street, her dragon blood still thick as mud from The Sleep. She watched a few humans pause and look around, confused as the earth trembled beneath her weight.
Humans always forget at the beginning of The Dying. We dragons are magical and alien to them, gone so long that we are nothing but myths.
She sniffed at the decay of the landscape, the once green world crusted over with asphalt and cement. The humans reminded her of rodents, scurrying through the maze of their artificial dwellings and instinctively avoiding her. She stretched her neck and fluttered her wings as far as the buildings on either side would allow, amused at how blinded the humans could be by simple disbelief.
The Seeker’s breaststone warmed. Living crystal embedded in the dragon’s chest sensed the faint signature of an aware mind as a girl shuffled out from between two tall dwellings.
The Queen. The dragon lowered her head to peer at the girl more closely. Instead of the pride and strength the dragon expected to find in the human queen who was chosen by the breaststone, the dragon saw nothing but weakness and fear. The girl hung her head, her stride unsteady beneath her stretched womb.
Within the collective memories of dragons since The Dawning, I cannot recall a queen so frail. The Seeker tried to ignore the doubt that wove its way through her sluggish blood, and looked away from the dark hair that hung limply over the girl’s narrow shoulders.
The Destroyer. The Seeker scanned the stained landscape for the other dragon, the male who was born only to be a sacrifice. She needed not only the power of his breaststone to carry the queen, but also the male spirit the stone contained to breed a new generation of dragons.
This is the official Dragon Tempest blurb and the buy links if you would like to splash out on a copy.
The Dragon Tempest offers a collection of short stories in a variety of fantasy genres, including dark, light, adventure, and epic. Creatures from all worlds abound: dragons, angels, centaurs, witches, gods and goddesses, and those lurking below the water’s surface. Whether you’re moved by tales of battle and bloodshed, suspense, humor, or enlightenment, The Dragon Tempest will leave you craving more from each author. Such a diversity of great fantasy tales to enjoy will leave no room for disappointment.
Allison D. Reid
1st Place Winners
Wilson F. Engel, III
2nd Place Winners
Deborah Jean Anderson
J. Abram Barneck
3rd Place Winners
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