Story Wonders: Inkygirl and Ash the Sky Dragon

Topics: Catscreativitywords

“What if my cat were a reincarnated dragon?”

For years, I’ve been following Debbie Ridpath Ohi, otherwise known as Inkygirl. She has a solid practice of throwing up sketches in Instagram, sometimes even out of food in her #foundobjectart. They are tiny slices of her art that make me smile and a practice that feeds her creativity.

Not long ago, I wondered if I couldn’t do the same with a sketch and a snippet of a story.

Here is my first attempt, dear people. Bear with me. This could get messy. But I’m hoping it’s at least a little fun for you, too. (Man, I had fun with this!)

I wrote this one on the Steering the Craft repetition exercise and that ‘what if’ I found curled up in my lap one morning.

“The Crime”

Ash the Sky Dragon leaned down to butt his head against the nose of Seymour the Sea Dragon where he sat in the shallows of the loch.

“You know She isn’t going to let you get away with this,” said Seymour. “And what about me? What if She finds out I helped?”

Ash ignored him and pushed toward the worried dragon.

The moment their heads touched, the colors in the loch shifted from slate grey to a deep purple and then, for the briefest of moments, a pink hue flashed. The color of a late winter sunrise, it started at the two dragons and spread across the impossibly deep lake faster than Ash could unfold his wings.

“You worry too much Seymour,” said Ash. He butted his head against Seymour one last time. Then he   broke the Cardinal Law against sky dragons in the sea, tucking in his wings and diving into the loch. 

Seymour shook his head. “She isn’t going to let you get away with this.”

About the author: Karrie Zylstra Myton is a blogger, essayist, and aspiring author who writes for the wild joy it brings on the best days and the hard lessons she learns about life on the worst. After crafting stories in the ridiculously early morning hours, she chases her two sons, cuddles with cats, and laughs with her husband about how crazy life can get in middle age.

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