“Now we can be together forever, Charlotte.”
“I hold you dearly in my heart, Thurren, but you are a dragon and I am a Princess. We can never be together, forever or otherwise. I will grow up and one day be Queen. You will grow large and mighty and be a prize sought after by every Knight in the realm.”
The two, secret companions since childhood, sat by Thurren’s Cairn, their favorite meeting place. The roses were in bloom and the vines crept up and around the stone pillar speaking of a love which could not be.
Charlotte we really can be together forever. Come away with me.”
“But how can I abandon my responsibilities, no matter how I may feel for you?”
“Actually Princess, but you already did, the minute we fell in love.”
Thurren’s Cairn stood near a pond. He took Charlotte’s “hands” and led her there to her reflection.
“It’s like ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in reverse. Your love for me has freed you.”
Charlotte gazed at her reflection with a combination of horror and fascination. She was now a dragon. She and Thurren would have to flee quickly to escape her Knights.
Written for Sunday Photo Fiction for July 2nd 2017. The idea is to use the photo prompt as the basis for crafting a piece of flash fiction no more than 200 words long. My word count is exactly 199.
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