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Golden Heart: A Fairy-tale by Blake Turner


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Golden Heart

Once upon a time there was a large city surrounded by a plump, green forest which had a crystal-clear lake in the middle of the forest. On the other side of the city, there was a large mountain filled with many precious gems. One day when the city people were getting ready for their jobs and morning commutes, a thunderous roar broke the silent morning. The citizens looked up into the sky to see a bright, red dragon circling above the mountains. After circling above the mountains for several minutes, it finally landed in one of the many caves.

The villagers, all too scared to go back into the mountains for their daily commute, called upon the royal guards to come and help. The next morning the royal guards showed up with a small platoon led by the knight Sir Handsoap. As he rode into the city on his pure white horse he loudly proclaimed “I am Sir Handsoap! I have brought my platoon to come and slay the dragon!” The villagers all cheered loudly and Sir Handsoap took off to slay the dragon.

The platoon departed and started to head for the mountains. After a few hours of waiting, the villagers all watched the mountain intensely. Some citizens screamed while others started to cry as smoke started to erupt from multiple caverns. Soon after the smoke stopped, a horse covered in soot slowly trotted through the city. That same evening, the dragon’s voice boomed through the caves. “You shall bring me something valuable or I shalt not leave this cave!”

The wealthiest of the villagers gathered their jewels and garments that they all thought were valuable and sought off to the cave. One by one each of them entered the cave only to be thrown out by the dragon. After a day of failed attempts, the villagers all sulked back to the city crest fallen. Months passed and every villager would walk up to the cave with something valuable.

Again, the dragon emerged from the cave and roared, “You have one more day to bring me something valuable or I will turn this city to ash!”

The city folk all cowered in fear, for almost every person in the city had attempted to bring the dragon something. All but one person. Seth, who in a city full of rich, is poor. Seth lives on the streets and begs for food or money day by day. His parent’s unknown to all—he is by himself.

On the last day, the boy goes up to the dragon’s cave and waits in the mass of city folk giving their offerings to the dragon. One by one each are sent from the cave all crestfallen. Finally, it’s Seth’s turn. He walks over to everyone in his rags that he wears for clothes, and the city folk look over at him and say, “Be gone kid, you have nothing of value to offer to the dragon.” They all chant in unison but Seth doesn’t back away. “I do have something of value, not everything valuable has to be gold or expensive” he retorts to them. The dragon upon hearing this crawls towards the entrance of the cave.

“Show me what you have” the dragon roars.

Seth holds up a small bracelet made from plastic and wooden beads. “This bracelet was given to me by my parents before they left, and I’ve held on to it just in case they come back one day.”

The dragon eyes the bracelet and gives out a hearty laugh. “Now this is valuable. You are the first to even attempt this. For that I will leave and let you keep the bracelet.” The dragon leapt out of the cave and flew off leaving them all behind. After that, the villagers cheered and threw Seth a party showering him with riches, love, and acceptance.

-Blake Turner

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