"Dragon!" The knight stumbled the last few yards into the Main Chamber. "I've got it!"
A trail of smoke welcomed him. Father Dragon's golden eyes glowed as he stirred up. "Is that you, Botchious?"
"Sir Botchious," the knight corrected. His ragged tunic and cloak revealed an armor with more cracks than a puzzle. A trail of blood stained the right side of his face and glued his dark locks together. His left hand pressed tightly his right arm but he spoke with pride. "Please don't forget I'm a Knight of the Gallant Order of the Invincible Fist."
"Right." Father Dragon muffled a chuckle and propped his chin on his claws. "Sir Botchious, did you find it?"
The knight took his left hand into the bag at his side and produced a little book. "Here it is! The Black Book of Arcana Malum Incantatem Totalis et al. It is amazing that something so small contains the summary of all evil spells ever whispered by the devil."
"Did you read it already?"
"God forbids my pure gaze ever lay on such foul content! But I heard here is the secret to conquer death, to bedazzle the mind, to shift shapes and learn all secrets of the world. It also contains the nasty Wipe-Out-the-World Curse."
Father Dragon pinned the little black book in one of his claws, unimpressed. "Yeah, I've heard that too."
The knight continued. "It has a magic protection that makes it impossible to destroy but rumor has it there is one way. It must be taken to the Wasteland of Hopelessness where the Sapphire Ice of Everlasting Frost is. Its cold will freeze the book and-"
A loud burp interrupted the knight's passionate speech. Sir Botchious gawked in disbelief at the book catching fire. Sulfured wind sprayed him with the ashes.
Father Dragon took his claw to his snout. "Sorry for that. Gas problem. Now show me the Black Book of Arcana Malum Incantatem Totalis et al."
"What? You just destroyed it!" Sir Botchious fell on his knees and raised his left arm up. "Praised be the Gods, the world is safe! I lost my wife, my friends, my horse and my dog in this quest. I lost an eye, half my teeth and a kidney too but my mission is fulfilled." His voice broke by tears mixed with laughter. "Now I can die in peace!"
Father Dragon scratched his head. "What are you talking about? That was only the pocket edition! Um... Sir Botchious? Is that your arm that just fell off?"
Tassin looked at the back of the page, turned it again, and then crushed it and tossed it behind him. "The statue of the Knight of the Gallant Order of the Invincible Fist is here as a reminder. To ensure a successful mission, learn everything you can about the book you want."
Celebrate LifeVikLit. Each Friday we post something we wish to celebrate achieving or doing during the week. It can be writing/reading or life related. You can find the list and join us here.
Last week I said I was pulling for a miracle. As part of my effort to get it, I will make a small modification to the way I do this Meme. Instead of listing what I did during the week, I will list every week ten things I love about Life. The challenge is not to repeat myself and mention things that meant a vivid joy when I lived them. So here it is my first try:
1. The colors of the sunset.
2. The diamond-like glittering of the sun when reflected over the sea.
3. The scent of jasmine in the evening.
4. The sound of the waves when reaching the beach.
5. The rainbow that appears when it is raining but the sun can be seen too.
6. Laughing with all my family until our sides hurt and there are tears in our eyes.
7. The music of a good group of mariachis singing by my side.
8. Finding shapes in the clouds.
9. The scent of bread coming out of the oven.
10. The scent of the soil after it rained.
Do you have any celebrations today? Make of today the greatest day of your life!