Rated G: Contains Dragons, Wizards, School, and Fire (which is Awesome)
Squonk and the Horde of Apprentices
by P.M. Butler
Most dragons learn to love fire as soon as they come out of their eggs, when their parents celebrate their birth by spitting great gouts of flame into the sky; dragons often use fire to express joy. Or anger. Or surprise. Or boredom. Or the fact that they’re still breathing. Dragons really like fire.
But Squonk didn’t even know he could breathe fire. That’s because his adoptive mother, a little blue bird named Mrs. Tweedle-Chirp, didn’t know he could breathe fire, either–and even if she did, she certainly would have forbid him from ever doing it. Like most forest creatures, Mrs. Tweedle-Chirp didn’t like fire one little bit.
But her not-so-little boy was, indeed, a dragon. And while there are some things you can teach out of a dragon…
About the Author
Pete M. Butler is a writer from Pittsburgh. He penned the popular Squonk stories that began on Escape Pod and found their way to PodCastle.
About the Narrator
Wilson Fowlie has been reading stories out loud since the age of 4 and credits any talent he has in this area to his parents, who are both excellent at reading aloud.
He started narrating stories for a wider audience than his wife and children in 2008, when he answered a call for readers on the PodCastle forum. Since then, he has gone on to become PodCastle’s most prolific narrator.
He’s also narrated for many other podcasts, including all of the Escape Artists casts, StarShipSofa, Tales to Terrify, Beam Me Up, Cast Macabre, Dunesteef Audio Fiction magazine, and the Journey Into… podcast. He fits in all this narrating between his day job as a web developer in Vancouver, Canada, and being the director of a community show chorus called The Maple Leaf Singers.