Friday, April 12, 2013

Chronicles of the Dragon Cave from A to Z: "K" is for Knight

Tassin stood near the statue of a kneeling knight. He held a single sheet on his hand. Carmelita held the camera and waved her hand. He started reading.
 "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 Life

Celebrate the small things is the brilliant idea of VikLit. 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!


  1. So funny! Poor Sir Botchious...
    I love the things you chose to celebrate this week. They're all lovely and poetic, and they made me smile. :-)

  2. All those things are great, although I have to be immune to the lovely bread smell, as I've given up bread :(

  3. This was great, you do spin a funny and compelling tale. Reminded me a bit of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

  4. The pocket edition! Surprised he didn't bring back the Cliff Notes.
    Those are wonderful things to celebrate.

  5. I feel sorry for the Knight. Who wrote the tale, the dwarf or the dragon?

    Loved the things you are celebrating. Right now its icy and cold out which makes me less inclined to celebrate anything.


  6. Lol.... "That was the pocket edition!" You are just too funny for your own good FD...

    Ah... Such the sensitive and romantic dragon.... We should all appreciate those things!

  7. Big Smiles and LOLs here. Sir Botch-ious...he botched it...fouled his pure gaze, right down to his To-tails. What a great WordManipulator/MisSpeller you are. Please include a KEY for them in your 'Pocket Edition'. Your readers will want to know everything possible about the book we will definately want to read.
    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

  8. @Lexa: Thank you! Yeah, well, legend says he got a reward for his effort anyway.
    @Rebeccah: Me too but I still enjoy the scent.
    @Nick: It was actually a line from Monty Piton's that inspired this story. :)
    @Alex: You made me go look what Cliff Notes is. I learned something new.
    @Jo: The dragon came up with the tale but the dwarf is old and can't relay on his memory to tell it.
    @Michael: You flatter me. :)
    @Sue: I'll keep it in mind. :D

  9. LOVED your list of things to celebrate!

  10. Knighthood is no walk in the park, for sure. :)

    Loved your list of celebrations. What a great idea.

  11. Oooh, I love your celebrations post - all my senses feel alive, and ready for a beautiful day of sights, sounds, scents, and family time. Thank you for sharing! (I think I need to go make some bread now)

    And knighthood is tough.

  12. Another great installment on your tale. I've failed at the Small Things Hop so far this month, but I vow to step back in by next week. Well, not vow, but make a small promise.

    I savored your Small Things today.

  13. That book of spells idea gave me cold chills! But the thought of fresh baked bread made me feel more relaxed!

  14. The pocket edition lol

    Love the list. And yes, mariachis are awesome! Now, I almost feel like having a drink or two and start singing 'Con dinero y sin dinero' :D

  15. Super post Al. Loved reading it. Like the idea of the Book of Spells.

  16. Greeting,

    Yes, it's me, Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar! :) A wondrous tale and I have a fondness for knights. Your celebrations of life are truly thoughtful. I celebrate going into the garden and um...well nature does call :) Speaking of knights, I remember this.

    Sir Galahad and Sir Lancelot walked into 'Yee Olde Inn'. "My good innkeeper. We require a room for two knights.", said Sir Lancelot. "That's fine. You can pay for your lodgings upon your departure." replied the innkeeper. The next morning, Sir Galahad and Sir Lancelot, approached the innkeeper. "My good man" said Sir Galahad, "we wish to pay for our lodgings." Looking rather perplexed, the innkeeper responded, "Oh, I thought you wanted a room for two nights?"

    Be well and smile, my friend.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny :)

  17. Your posts have me smiling by the first line and long after I leave. I think I'll celebrate that.

  18. Your celebration sounds wonderful! What I wouldn't give to spend hours walking along the shore of a beach today! Have a nice weekend, Al:)

  19. @Isis: thanks!
    @Masked Mom: No, I guess not but things are easier now. :)
    @Tyrean: Thanks, it was great to do the list.
    @Lee: Thank you. I've failed to do many things this month, but I too expect to go back in track next.
    @Elizabeth: Don't worry. The book was destroyed. :)
    @S.K: That's such a great song too!
    @Rachna: I'm glad you enjoyed. :)
    @Penny: I think I should go out to the garden too. Not to do the same thing you did but because it's sunny. :D Good joke!
    @LD: We'll celebrate then!
    @M.J. You too, my dear friend! Bring the beach with your imagination. It works too :)

  20. Oh I love the smell of fresh baked bread too! Fun story as always!

  21. What a lovely list and beautifully written.

  22. Oh that poor knight!

    I love the smell of fresh baked bread. I need to make some this weekend.

  23. Oh no! Poor Sir Botchious!! He tried so hard. :(

    But I love your list! My favorite smell is the earth after it rains.

  24. "To ensure a successful mission, learn everything you can about the book you want."

    Boy, those are some BIG words. Take out "book" and insert {word of your choice} and that applies to just about anything in life. How many times have people failed at something simply because they were unprepared? Don't answer that. Rhetorical question.

    I love your list because it is the simple things. We all need to appreciate those more often. When we do, we can start to appreciate all things more.

  25. Every part of this post is gas! I love it! And your list is a great idea, I should check! Father dragon, you're made out of scales, but you seems to be very romantic as well!

  26. I feel a bit bad for the knight.

    Your list of celebrations is very poetic. It brought a smile to my heart.

  27. You had three scents in your list...which made me regret not having a sense of smell. Some days it just sucks! :)

  28. Poor Sir Botchius!
    Love your list and I'm still hoping for your miracle. :)

  29. I like your twist to the Celebrate blog hop--it's a lovely list. :)

  30. @Julie: I would have a bakery but it wouldn't be good for the diet.
    @VikLit: Thanks!
    @Diane: It's a sweet scent.
    @Karen: But he entered Heaven. ;)
    @Robin: You nailed it. :D
    @Franny: HAHAHAHAHA. True. It is! :)
    @MPax: He didn't die in vain. And I'm glad you smiled. :)
    @DL: And to think my memory is strongly scent driven.
    @Julie: Thank you very much, Julie. :D

  31. Fantastic blog and great idea about listen your 10 things. I love it.
    I'm celebrating the release of my new cover for The Jade Dragon under "J" (running behind) but the good news is I'm catching up, on the A to Z Challenge.

  32. hehehe... I feel sorta bad for the knight, but I can't help but laugh. The way you wrote that... "Sulfured wind sprayed him." Too funny!

    #atozchallenge, Kristen's blog:

  33. Amazing uses of the five senses to Celebrate Life. The smell of Jasmine at night is pretty cool. And thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

  34. Great story, Al, and I hope you -do- get that miracle! :)

  35. I love your list. Nature lifts my spirits all the time.

    Great piece.

  36. Poor Sir Botchious... ;)
    I love the diamond-glitter of the sun on the ocean and I hope you find your miracle.

  37. Great story! It left me wanting to read more. I will be back. :) I'm visiting from A-Z Road Trip.