The Time Dragon

Photo by: Jade M. Wong

Peg saw the dragon the first time when her mother gave the clock to her. She was frightened at first, but then it began speaking to her.

“I’m a Time Dragon,” it said.

“You keep time?” she asked.

“Close. I remove danger in those times when you need me.”

Years went on. The bad apple she ate could’ve poisoned her, but she wasn’t harmed. A day later an apple appeared at the 3 o’clock position on the clock. Peg knew, the Time Dragon removed that danger. She crashed her bicycle at 13 years. Broken bones had been possible, but she escaped with only scratches. A bicycle appeared at 7 o’clock on the Time Dragon’s clock.

In college, Barry seemed a good boy. He was never late for a date, and always brought her home on time. Peg trusted him, but when Peg got pregnant, Barry disappeared.

Peg finished her degree with difficulty. College and child-rearing are competitors for time. She got a good job and rose swiftly through the ranks. Soon she became company president and earned a six-figure salary. Barry reappeared, wanting her back. Just as quickly, he stopped calling.

“Who’s that man in the clock?” said Mitchell, Peg’s son.

The man in the dragon clock kept hours with his arms, minutes with his legs, seconds with…well, he appeared in great pain.

“That’s your Dad,” smirked Peg.

“Why is he keeping time?”

Peg scowled at the clock. “That’s all he’s good for.”
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Written for Sunday Photo Fiction: https://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2017/04/16/sunday-photo-fiction-april-16th-2017/

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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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11 Responses to The Time Dragon

  1. Joy Pixley says:

    I bet the dragon clock feels bad about not protecting her from that jerk Barry in the first place. I guess he fooled the clock, too!

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  2. Lyn says:

    Bet he wishes he could call for “time out.” 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. What an excellent story. Simply loved the sardonic humor here. Good writing, as is always.

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  4. Hahaha that made me laugh. Then again, it’s from you. Of course it was going to make me laugh. Good story again Eric.

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