PodCastle Miniature 009: What Dragons Prefer

By Dayle A. Dermatis
Read by Loupe Savich
First appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine

“Dragonslayer,” he greeted, his smile slick beneath his well-oiled mustache. “Thank you for coming to aid us in our time of terror.”

“I prefer ‘Dragonseeker,'” I said politely. “It is not enough to have the skills to slay a dragon–one must learn about him as well. To know one’s enemy is to destroy him.”

And most people knew so little about dragons. I knew, for example, that dragons only fed once every twenty years, and then usually only one human. Is that such a bad thing, really, when wolves kill so many deer in the forest to survive, or humans kill sheep because roast mutton is so tasty? But people panicked if they saw a dragon glide far overhead on the highest currents, or if they caught a faint whiff of its acrid scent when the wind turned just right.

Rated PG. Contains draconic lechery.

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16 Responses so far

  1. 1

    Cyvarwydd » “What Dragons Prefer” podcast! said,

    August 24, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

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  2. 2

    J said,

    August 25, 2008 @ 4:33 am

    moderately amusing

  3. 3

    Slye said,

    August 25, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

    I loved the story, though I find it odd that the Mayor would hire the dragon seeker when he is obviously benifitting from the dragons presence.. or thinks so anyways. Maybe His wife finally got upset?

  4. 4

    Bingorage said,

    August 26, 2008 @ 2:33 pm

    What type of dragon do I need to procure, for an outbreak of mimes?

  5. 5

    The Great Geek Manual » Geek Media Round-Up: August 26, 2008 said,

    August 26, 2008 @ 7:04 pm

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  6. 6

    George said,

    August 27, 2008 @ 10:25 am

    I chuckled aloud at this one. Brilliantly succinct expression of a neat twist! Best Podcastle miniature so far!

  7. 7

    Hyperion said,

    August 29, 2008 @ 3:43 am

    A delicious little mouthful.

  8. 8

    scatterbrain said,

    September 1, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

    I simply adore this piece–what I like about it the most is that the real vilian isn’t who you would expect…

  9. 9

    Sandra Wickham said,

    September 1, 2008 @ 10:45 pm

    I thought this story was extremely clever and well written. I definitely enjoyed it!

  10. 10

    Dayle said,

    September 2, 2008 @ 7:05 pm

    Thank you all so much for your kind comments! This was my first professionally published story (way back in 1994) and I’m so chuffed to have it released as a podcast! 🙂

  11. 11

    Ogion The Ski-napper said,

    September 11, 2008 @ 2:25 am

    See, I always said podcastle was run by wannabe raving man-eating feminists and here’s the proof!


  12. 12

    Zergonapal said,

    September 17, 2008 @ 5:49 am

    I think the story was very predictacle, still enjoyable thought for all that.

  13. 13

    Spork said,

    September 22, 2008 @ 6:47 pm

    Sexist and predictable. Men are bad, lecherous, rapists. Women save the day by destroying the bad men.

    This could have been a fantasy film produced and aired by the Lifetime Movie Network.

    It was crap.

  14. 14

    Rachel said,

    October 1, 2008 @ 2:54 am

    Sigh, Ogion. I know you didn’t mean that literally, but it does weird me out that the stories which people highlight as misandrist are mostly all stories chosen by Steve — including, as you might have guessed, this one. 😉

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    Edward said,

    October 27, 2008 @ 7:40 am

    Rachel, it is also funny that you and Steve point out the fact that you didn’t accept all of the stories bought by Steve, but as soon as one of those gets called misandrist, it’s all Steve’s fault.

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