Written for Trifecta: Week 101. Story begins after the image.
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Humor
Word Count: 333
When magic returned to the world in 2014, wyverns came with it. The small dragons carried a powerful poison in their stings, but that same poison, administered properly, could cure 1,000 people of cancer. The Wyvern Harvesting Department (WHD) soon formed and the creatures were slaughtered for their cure.
Headquarters sent our team to a home in Piedmont. They said a wyvern lived there and, curiously, wasn’t killing off the whole neighborhood.
Jack and I rang the bell at the house in question. We worked in two-man teams. I fired weapons. Jack was the wizard, the best in the country. A middle-aged man opened the door. I flashed my badge. “WHD. We’re here for the wyvern.”
He opened the door wide. “Hope you updated your will.”
“We can handle it. We’re professionals,” I said.
“I’m not talking about the wyvern.”
On the back patio stood a 14-year old girl, April, with pink ribbons in her hair. Behind her, an 800 pound wyvern crouched. It’s tail poised to strike. Instantly, I was in combat mode. “April! Don’t move! A wyvern is behind you!”
“YOU’RE NOT TAKING PINKY!” screamed April. A bolt of lightning erupted from her finger and slammed Jack into the wall.
The wyvern curled a protective wing in front of April.
“Jack!” I said. “It’s a pet! Can you believe it?”
Jack stood up, smoke curling from his shirt. “So you wanna play rough, eh?”
“You can take her, Jack!”
She launched a telekinetic spell and hammered Jack into the wall, hard enough to crack it.
“Boo!” I teased. She’s kicking your butt!”
“No way! I’m gonna…” He collapsed.
This was going badly. “April. We only want the poison.”
“Sure, but cutting off his tail will kill Pinky!”
Sadly, this was true. But here was a chance that never existed before. I held up a syringe. “Would Pinky ‘let’ you take some with this?”
The gambit worked. Pinky…and Jack, survived. Cancer has been eradicated. April grew up and is fighting giant-sized dragons.
Author’s note: Before writing this, I watched a episode of A Football Life that covered the life of Chris Spielman and his wife, Stefanie Spielman. Stefanie battled breast cancer and won. She formed the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research. She and Chris raised millions of funds for research. Chris Spielman gave up his football career to be with Stefanie while cancer attacked her again and again until she died in 2009. Her story inspired me while writing this.
More about Stephanie Spielman here. More about the fund here.
Each week, Trifecta provides a prompt to write between 33 and 333 words from the 3rd definition of a word. This week, the word was “Boo.” Here’s this week’s prompt. http://www.trifectawritingchallenge.com/2013/10/trifecta-week-101.html