The Sleepwalk

Photo by: Al Forbes

Photo by: Al Forbes

Marjorie bought the wooden dragon at a flea market. Her son, Avery had been plagued with nightmares and he occasionally sleepwalked. As she tucked in the 8-year old, Avery gazed at the dragon with trepidation, “Aren’t dragons monsters?” he said.

“Not all,” said Marjorie. “Some are powerful magicians who protect children, like this one.”

The next morning, Avery wasn’t in his bed. Marjorie couldn’t find him in the yard. Near panic, she got in the car and began driving. She found him quickly, calmly waiting for her in a muddy field.

“It was awesome!” said Avery. “These monsters came. They wanted to take me away and replace me with a…a jingaling.”

“You mean a changeling?”

“Yeah, that’s it!”

Marjorie couldn’t recall teaching Avery about changelings.

“You were right about the dragon. He protected me. He grabbed me before the monsters got me and flew me away where it was safe.”

Marjorie smirked. “You sure you weren’t sleepwalking?”

“No way!”

Exhaustion soon overcame Avery’s excitement. Marjorie changed his muddy clothes and tucked him in. The dragon was still there by his bed. She paused to glare accusingly at it.

What she saw chilled her spine.

The dragon had muddy feet.

Written for Sunday Photo Fiction:

About EagleAye

I like looking at the serious subjects in the news and seeking the lighter side of the issue. I love satire and spoofs. I see the ridiculous side of things all the time, and my goal is to share that light-hearted view.
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27 Responses to The Sleepwalk

  1. luckyjc007 says:

    Time to take action…make the Dragon disappear and be prepared to explain it’s disappearance.

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  2. Lyn says:

    Marjorie doesn’t need to worry. She just needs to tell the dragon he has to return Avery back home if they go on any more midnight jaunts. Finding the dragon had muddy feet, would have been exciting (LOL for me anyway) 😀

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  3. Great ending with the muddy feet. I thought the mom should have been happy though. The dragon saved Avery from the monsters.

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  4. jwdwrites says:

    Great story Eric:-)


  5. James says:

    A chilling “Twilight Zone” ending. Well done.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. ceayr says:

    Excellent story, killer punch line.
    Love this one.

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  7. Great story with a delightful ending!

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  8. Joy Pixley says:

    Ooh, great reveal at the end! Seems like she acquired that dragon protector just in time. Lucky kid!

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  9. mandibelle16 says:

    Wonderful last line to your story. Sounds like an adventure. Good thing the little guy has protection.

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  10. The mom should be happy for the dragon saving Avery’s life. Maybe time for a cganhe of dragon-heart. Well written, Wicklund

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  11. Indira says:

    Seems to be a nice dragon for a change. Beautiful story.

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  12. Seems the dragon is doing exactly what she woanted it to do. I say feed it some cattle and let it stay

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