|Hi there, Mage .
I figured, as I read it in order to decide who I would vote for, I should drop you a review with some thoughts I had about it.
I'm just going to start off with a quite statement that I couldn't find anything mechanically/grammatically wrong with this piece.
Being that it is flash fiction, I do understand that there is not much allowance for character development, but putting it as a first person story made it a lot easier to get some understanding of the character, later identified as Merlin. I felt you were able to do this through sentence structure and word use, which showed the focal character to be a well-learned person.
The story did feel rushed, but - again - given the restrictions of flash fiction, the pace really couldn't be improved without making the story feel lacking. Even with the heavy pace of flash fiction, the story had a nice, easy to follow flow to it.
I guess my one complaint, or perhaps my own lack of knowledge, would be concerning the dragon. I admit I am not as knowledgeable about the lore revolving around Camelot, so that may cause it, but I was left wondering why this dragon cared about Camelot being in ruins.
I did like the establishment of this being prior to King Arthur - at least, I believe it is as I have never heard of a black castle being involved with Arthur.
Over all, I still believe this is an excellent example of flash fiction. You have all the basic elements of a story and tell the tale without making it sound like a record of events.
Well done, and good luck.
My review has been submitted for consideration in "Good Deeds Go Noticed" .
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