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Everyday Drabbles #488: Dragon Knight

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He inherited the dragon from his father. Or more accurately, the dragon chose him to be his father’s successor. The creature was clearly intelligent, but it made little effort to communicate and seemed to speak no language.
It just stared at him with its bright, questioning eyes.
There were old stories of knights riding dragons into battle. His father would never speak of such things, and it had made no overtures.
The boy couldn’t command the dragon, but being chosen made him want to do better, pursue justice, and protect the innocent. Things were going just as the dragon hoped.

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Everyday Drabbles #487: Temple of Darkness

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When she was chosen to be a priestess at the Temple of Darkness, she felt deeply honored and overwhelmed. Of the kingdom’s great temples, it wasn’t so prestigious a placement as the Light Temple or the Water Temple, but she was sure they were going to seal her up in the Earth Temple or make her sweat in the Fire Temple.
The other acolytes openly pitied her. It was not a glamorous assignment. But she wasn’t afraid of the dark.
But it was a long time and many bruised ankles before she learned the trick of not bumping into altars.

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Everyday Drabbles #486: Corpse Coffee

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Waking the dead was a complicated and difficult process. Those who studied the non-blasphemous arts often assumed it was just a matter of making the right infernal pact or carving the right dread sigil under the new moon.
But as he arranged his tools, the necromancer meditated on the difficulties of his craft. The reagents required were rare and had to be expertly prepared to have the proper effect.
And most importantly, you had to give the dead reason to stir from the comfort and safety of the grave.
As the coffee finished brewing, the zombies queued for a cup.

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Everyday Drabbles #485: Robot Dinosaur

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“We can’t bring dinosaurs back to life – so we went in a different direction.” The lead engineer lifted the drop cloth and revealed a robotic dinosaur skeleton underneath. On the other end of the video call, his employer furrowed her brow.
“It’s smaller than I was expecting.”
“This is just a prototype, of course. We’ll be able to scale up once we get into production.”
“And they’ll be completely lifelike?”
“Well, our team will have to make some guesses on their behaviors, but yes. When were you planning on opening the theme park?”
“What theme park?” his supervillain boss asked.

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Everyday Drabbles #484: Serenity

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At fourteen, she awoke as a conduit for mystical power. By saying the words and performing the dance, she could call forth destruction. Or, she could remake reality in her image. It was a terrifying destiny, and she wasn’t ready for it.
Worse, her power made her a beacon for beings that would misuse it for their own ends. She was stalked by parasites that could sniff out her potential. She couldn’t save the world yet, but she could protect it from herself. She could punish those that would misuse her gift.
In the name of The Moon, she vowed.

Everyday Drabbles #485: Peace Unit

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They built them bigger during the war. Ten story behemoths with nuclear reactors and onboard AI were launched into the void to tear at one another while their creators sat in gardens drinking cocktails.
I tracked one to the icy shore of a desolate moon. It was damaged beyond repair but still powered. We talked for a long time, then I ended their suffering.
These days we’re smaller and sleeker, but certain design elements remain the same. They call us ‘Peace Preservation Units’ now.
I resumed my patrol, vowing once again that the humans would pay for all they’ve done.

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Everyday Drabbles #482: Lost City

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When the ancient city of magic vanished, there was much discussion about what happened to it and why it disappeared.
Philosophers opined that their power must have displeased the gods, and they destroyed the city in their wrath. They invented tales of tidal waves and volcanic eruptions to explain the missing city-state.
Time passed, and the world moved on. The city faded first into the mists of history, then the fog of legend. After a few centuries, nobody believed it had existed at all.
Which made their invasion when they phased back into this plane of existence all the easier.

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Everyday Drabbles #481: Gourmet Witch

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She was considered something of an epicurean among magic users. She hated brewing her potions and elixirs in big iron cauldrons, as was customary.
Not content to reproduce formulae from grimoires, she could usually be found in her kitchen, studying and practicing.
She sought out other methods, and mastered techniques that she claimed were faster, easier, and produced better effects. She infused reagents using the Sous Vide method, and developed serious knife skills for chopping herbs.
The traditionalist witches claimed that experimentation would only lead her to ruin, but she became well known for the effectiveness of her witch’s roux.

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Everyday Drabbles #480: The Prisoner

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He was captured and enslaved by giants when they raided his village. He was still a child when they carried him off, and thus they thought him pliable.
At first, they put him to work in the mines, but he showed an aptitude for cleverness, so they taught him to brew potions and mix blasting powder.
He kept his head down and cringed with every quaking footstep as his masters walked past, and they thought him cowed.
He waited, and watched. And when he was ready, it only took one properly placed charge to bring their whole mountain tumbling down.

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Everyday Drabbles #479: As the World Turns

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The ancient Greeks believed the world was held aloft by the titan Altas. As scholars discovered the sciences and learned more about the world, humanity abandoned this belief.
But human belief is a powerful thing, and gods don’t vanish in a puff of smoke.
The titan held his sphere aloft, tirelessly spinning the Earth. It was another perfect day. Suddenly, it seemed to him that he blinked, and rather than standing at the center of Creation, he was passing through it. Rather quickly.
He struggled to hold on as the discovery of gravity suddenly accelerated the Earth to 108,000 kph.

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