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Splinterwick and the City of Peace (Teaser)
The Yobanashi Girouette
Oct 7, 2017
4 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!5Jt5da0GhzQ8jsdQ1Cu9posted on PENANA

There once lived a poor man on the outskirts of a town.copyright protection10PENANA8pH4ot9Tiz

He woke up early in the morning, the same as his neighbours.copyright protection10PENANA0oiutwEudV

He earned his bread as a peasant, the same as his neighbours.copyright protection10PENANA344nwhdyTI

He came home to his family at the end of the day, the same as his neighbours.copyright protection10PENANAH27p7vSgpb

He was not too fat, nor too thin.copyright protection10PENANAPqz8U3FzyS

He was not too tall, nor too short.copyright protection10PENANAvCWzZtQd1K

However, there was one thing that set this man apart from his neighbours.copyright protection10PENANAVJM28Ty0aY

This man owned a Dragon egg.copyright protection10PENANAcZoL7jPMSn

He kept it hidden from those around him, but sought to hatch it and raise it himself.copyright protection10PENANAFnZBWY5Nc6

However, the man was poor, and thus could not feed the Dragon when it hatched.copyright protection10PENANAx7Qk9YeIZo

The man's Dragon slowly starved, in spite of the man's efforts.copyright protection10PENANAGbn5XvoMih

Then, one day, a stranger wandered into the town.copyright protection10PENANA9XF9zC8Fpk

Sensing the man's plight, the stranger bestowed riches upon the man, and raised him from the dust.copyright protection10PENANALXrChBAwjA

Exalting, the man lavishly spent his newfound wealth upon the Dragon, feeding it feast after feast.copyright protection10PENANAU0Lh5INuv5

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection10PENANALF3qOD2Xis

The Dragon ate everything the man gave it, and grew bigger.copyright protection10PENANAh4pIGHkgdE

Still, the man continued to gorge the Dragon, delighting every time its size increased.copyright protection10PENANAQ8ECqKldeQ

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection10PENANAj0wmrlZtii

Eventually, the Dragon grew so big and hungry, that the man could no longer satisfy it.copyright protection10PENANAWzmmi23Cjh

To appease it, the man used his entire fortune he had come across to feed it, but it was not enough.copyright protection10PENANAhapVMPG83U

The Dragon roared and growled, calling for the man to cure its insatiable hunger.copyright protection10PENANAZmVvJmQIQ8

In desperation, the man fed his friends to it.copyright protection10PENANA0MIn80pcDI

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection10PENANAuVTTRFJxNN

Yet still the Dragon hungered for more.copyright protection10PENANAsM9niTJ8BA

Next the man fed his relatives and family to the Dragon.copyright protection10PENANAhCmZZv0pHE

He thought to himself, "Surely, now, the Dragon will be satisfied".copyright protection10PENANA8bz15qHPYu

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection10PENANADqhNNzGxIi

However, the Dragon would not be filled.copyright protection10PENANA7ZUuZUZ0kH

The man then spoke to the Dragon. He asked it:copyright protection10PENANAEsTeuYFbOD

"What is it you further ask of me? What more must I give you?"copyright protection10PENANAGr3XeRxUpg

Then the Dragon ate the man.copyright protection10PENANAcxf72f21fm

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection10PENANAJUPC9jBOvp

The Dragon's name was Greed.copyright protection10PENANAsbRw96oH1N

*******copyright protection10PENANAXdldlnsopI

"Well, how did you like your bedtime story?" A man said, poking at a sputtering fire.copyright protection10PENANAK8DAKMUlBp

"I didn't like it one bit" a child said, pouting.copyright protection10PENANAL4ADAJJYqK

The man was tall and thin, as if he had been stretched out by his years. Although he didn't appear particularly old, his features looked as if they had been weathered by rough living, adding years to his appearance. He had coal-black hair, faded grey eyes, and both a sharply pointed chin and ears. His clothes were rough and faded, with nothing but patches and faith holding them together at certain places, which, combined with his unshaven face and worn boots, spoke of a life of travel. On his head he wore a tattered peaked cap of a navy hue, and he kept a knitted red scarf wrapped tightly 'round his neck in an attempt to ward off the cold.copyright protection10PENANAMoY7Bku3IU

The child, wrapped in a blanket across the fire from the man couldn't have looked more different. She looked about the age of six, with glossy brown hair, shining green eyes, and cheeks that still held the rosy tint of childhood. Despite the shabbiness and apparent poverty of her companion who slept in his outfit, she was dressed in her own tidy pair of pajamas, with a change of clothes laid out next to her for the morning.copyright protection10PENANAMt2p3NcX8O

"Feh, a good tale like that is wasted on a brat like you" the man said, laying back against a tree and covering his eyes with his hat.copyright protection10PENANAmUSXxsGhr7

"Papa, why don't you tell any happy stories?" the girl asked, poking her head out from the blanket.copyright protection10PENANA1dv0k7kPa2

"It's not a matter of happy or sad stories." The man said, lifting up his cap. "I just tell true stories. If they're sad, I guess that's simply because the truth is often sad. Besides, I told you to stop calling me that. My name is Splinterwick. Nicholas Splinterwick."copyright protection10PENANAJXvMnzzzwI

"Too long!" the girl said, frowning. "Papa is Papa!"copyright protection10PENANAoTCgQaJxra

"Look kid." Splinterwick said. "Just because I found you doesn't make me your dad, alright? I'm only going to take care of you until I can find someone who'd take you in."copyright protection10PENANAFtnatIiOys

"Papa is Papa." The girl repeated, yawning and sinking back into the blanket.copyright protection10PENANAQhqm4NVDns

"Feh, have it your way, I don't really care." Splinterwick said, shifting his position. "Just go to sleep already, if you're too tired to walk tomorrow, I won't carry you."copyright protection10PENANAlLlY2b8LJA

The only response the man received was soft snores coming from inside the blanket.copyright protection10PENANAVo4jzy2RmA

"Asleep already?" The man yawned. "I suppose I should follow suit."copyright protection10PENANAkdSKAWywzV

"Good night, Primrose" the man whispered.copyright protection10PENANAYUHkTJv2ue

"Good night, Papa"copyright protection10PENANACqDHKcfM3C

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