Last year for Valentine’s Day I wrote stories from my characters to their significant others and this year I decided to write one again. Coming on the heels of Christmas, this essentially means that I spent 3.5 straight months writing and drawing gift art, but the outcomes forth both holidays was worth it. VDay 2019’s story is a retelling of a classic fairytale with my characters and Nezumi’s playing all the roles. Due to length, I’ve split the post into two parts.
Angel Hunt and Streifen present:
[Professor Sowerby sits by a large stone fireplace in the Castlekeep, a thick, leatherbound book with gilded edges open on his lap. Snow flies in the night outside the cased window, and frost rims the glass panes in swooping swirls of white. Sprawled on a bed before the wizened dragon professor are Mitten, Ikiri, Captain Sassy Pants, and Lock. Wrapped in an array of blankets, the children wait intently for the Professor, but the elder dragon doesn’t move.]
Mitten: Hello? Story?
Sassy: [flings the blankets aside and scrambles up to her knees, peering at the Professor] He’s… asleep!
Ikiri: Professor! Sir! [He reaches out toward the dragon.]
Professor Sowerby: [startles awake] Yes, yes, where were we? Right: And they all lived happily ever after.
Mitten: But you didn’t even start the story!
Professor Sowerby: Well of course not, child. I was just checking to make sure you were paying attention. [Mitten frowns, but gathers up his plush star toy and hugs it to his chest.] Yes, now… This story is a time-honored tale of the realms. A story told and retold through the ages, but diminished nonetheless.
Sassy: Is there treasure?
Mitten: Sword fights? Flying bears? Dragons? No, better yet, stars? Are there oceans of stars?
Sassy: Aren’t you a Dragon? Why would you want to hear stories about them?
Mitten: Because Dragons are awesome! [Sticks out his tongue, and Sassy sticks her out right back at him.]
Ikiri: Are there sorcerers? Gods? Fey creatures?
Professor Sowerby: Let us hear the story and we shall see what happens. [He resettles the book on his lap and prepares to begin the story.]
Professor Sowerby: [turns his ancient gaze on the youngest child] No. There are absolutely no Emilies allowed in any stories.
Sassy, Mitten, and Ikiri: Oooooohhhhhh…
Professor Sowerby: But this story does have many things, so let us begin…