“A lad back at the shop makes them. Pretty good advertising, eh?”
Norstar Recyclers Director Paul Sweet was showing off the artwork to his neighbor Quentin Choi.
“I guess so, Paul. Seems bit fanciful. What else does he do?”
“Specializes in extinct beasts. Working on a Stegodon right now. Says it reminds him of home.”
“Extinct pygmy elephant I think.”
“Any chance I could meet him? I may want to commission him to make something for a client.”
“Dunno. He’s pretty shy.”
“Have a talk with him and see, will you?”
“Sure enough. Time to head back to the office. I’ll drop you on my way.”
Paul silently recalled the day he’d first met the strange creature while on a camping trip. He was terrified until the large reptile spoke. He’s very old and a long memory covering half a million years. The book he’s helping Paul write will revolutionize the knowledge of prehistoric Australia, though he could never tell anyone it came from a freakishly evolved Komodo dragon.
I wrote this for the FFfAW Challenge for the week of 11-07-2017 hosted by Priceless Joy. The idea is to use the image above as the inspiration for crafting a piece of flash fiction between 100 and 175 words long. My word count is 174.
I had a tough time with this one until I Googled “australia dragons” and came up with this bit of history. Since the Live Science article mentioned the Stegodon, I thought I’d throw that in as well. The names I used have no relation to actual personnel at Norstar Steel Recyclers.
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