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Rated: 18+ · Short Story · Fantasy · #2231141
A wizard helps a wise woman.
Long Ago


Decimus Guiser poured tea for his guest. Although they had known each other for a long time, this was the first time she’d ever come to his hovel. He had been in the middle of an intricate spell, when shouting and the pounding of a stick started.

Marking his place, he shook his head.

“On days when I could use a guest to keep me company, no one ever comes. But today, I’m very busy and what happens?”

Hurrying to the door before his visitor pounded it down, Decimus threw it open. He was startled to see Alcona Oaken standing there with her hawthorn staff raised.

“Why, Alcona! What brings you here in such a tizzy?”

The wise woman was panting for breath, but she still berated him for taking so long to answer.

“My apologies, come in! Tea?”

Alcona hobbled to a seat near the fire, while the wizard bustled about getting tea. After placing a small table in front of Alcona, he brought the tea and placed it on it. Pulling up a chair across from his visitor, he looked at her.

“Your color is much better, my dear.”

“Decimus, only you can help me!”

“What do you need?”

“A dragon. Don’t you have one?”

“That was a long time ago!”

“Well, either you do or you don’t!” she snapped.

“Why do you need a dragon?”

“I need to rescue a princess!”

“Ah, I see. In that case, I do have something you can use.”

Going to his cupboard, he took down a large jar and brought it to the table.

“This is the dragon I used to be,” he said giving her the container.

“What? You were a dragon?”

“Simply release it from the jar and it will grow to full size and help you.”

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