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                   --Lee Pound

Day 95 - The Dragon

It lurked in the deepest dungeons of the castle. Legend said it had been there for centuries and that from time to time it erupted in fire and death.

The locals called it the dragon of Lantilly.

Nobody had ever seen the dragon. Nobody had ever heard it. All that anyone knew was that deep under the castle there was a dungeon and there the dragon lived. At times the castle shook and smoke could be seen rising from windows close to the mountain.

But nobody had ever seen it.

On certain days, the locals spent an entire day placating the dragon. They offered food and water, left on the farthest side of the castle. It seemed to have worked since the dragon never attacked them. They guessed that if they continued placating the dragon they would all be safe.

One day a young child decided that he just had to see the dragon. He snuck into the castle late one night and using only a candle, climbed down the stone stairs deep into the castle, deeper and deeper, the air growing stale as he went. Finally he reached the lowest stair and entered a room about 10 feet square. There were a few bones but nothing else. That was the lair of the dragon.

He climbed back out of the castle’s depths and that morning he asked his parents, “What if there were no dragon?”

His father looked shocked. His mother said, “Don’t say such things. Even the thought of there being no dragon could arouse it.”

“I know that there is no dragon,” the child said.

“If you say that again, I’ll spank you,” his father said.

“I’ve been there,” the child said. “There is no dragon.”

His father and mother sat in silence. Finally his father said, “An overactive imagination.”

The child never mentioned the conversation again. When he was grown, he simply never participated in the annual placation of the dragon, saying that he did not believe in it. The other villagers continued the ritual and considered the young man to be eccentric because he didn’t believe.

And nobody ever did see that dragon, nor did the dragon ever cause good or harm to the village.

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