starry sky over a lake and mountains; a bright light just over the horizon.

The Dragon and the Owl

Each night, deep in the mountains, a Dragon counted his treasure; each morning he wanted more.

One evening he flew over a lake. Looking down, he spotted diamonds, but his greedy talons caught only water.

An Owl watched him all night, swooping and diving among the stars. “How beautiful,” she thought.

Not all treasures can be held in the hands.

This week we were asked to write an original fable in exactly 51 words, excluding the moral at the end. Check out the rest of the stories on the YeahWrite microprose grid!

17 thoughts on “The Dragon and the Owl

  1. Katie E. says:

    I love how the two characters are foils of each other on either side of your moral, that one enjoys the beauty she experiences and gains the treasure of that enjoyment, while the other seeks enjoyment in the wrong places and is still discontent.


  2. Stacie says:

    I love this imagery. I was expecting the owl to think the “diamonds” in the water were beautiful, not the swooping dragon. You always make every word count in your micros and I learn something every time I read yours.


  3. MichelleH says:

    I loved this. Your description of diamonds on water and a swooping dragon made a picture pop immediately into my head. I also liked the way you handled the lesson. I thought it would be something about greed, but you turned it into something lovely without making it feel gimmicky or disjointed.


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