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Splinterwick and the City of Peace (Teaser)
The Yobanashi Girouette
Oct 7, 2017
4 Mins Read
No Plagiarism!EHTStl4FYvEiKQhrHWuXposted on PENANA

There once lived a poor man on the outskirts of a town.copyright protection29PENANADWbpTnsyQv

He woke up early in the morning, the same as his neighbours.copyright protection29PENANAZudSnGesmc

He earned his bread as a peasant, the same as his neighbours.copyright protection29PENANAY0uJRLayIF

He came home to his family at the end of the day, the same as his neighbours.copyright protection29PENANAwlBIKu5d3V

He was not too fat, nor too thin.copyright protection29PENANAJ2qWUOD8g0

He was not too tall, nor too short.copyright protection29PENANAle0PYSB8qj

However, there was one thing that set this man apart from his neighbours.copyright protection29PENANANXFpFqTKEX

This man owned a Dragon egg.copyright protection29PENANAGnZ6kUUY2b

He kept it hidden from those around him, but sought to hatch it and raise it himself.copyright protection29PENANAYnqZdoRPxi

However, the man was poor, and thus could not feed the Dragon when it hatched.copyright protection29PENANA9kfPKUfEFT

The man's Dragon slowly starved, in spite of the man's efforts.copyright protection29PENANABlhAsCunBx

Then, one day, a stranger wandered into the town.copyright protection29PENANAyzVZy8nqYV

Sensing the man's plight, the stranger bestowed riches upon the man, and raised him from the dust.copyright protection29PENANAI7gXW0ScEy

Exalting, the man lavishly spent his newfound wealth upon the Dragon, feeding it feast after feast.copyright protection29PENANA6fToQm0kJC

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection29PENANASibNhKWFbV

The Dragon ate everything the man gave it, and grew bigger.copyright protection29PENANAAT2QRZRKcv

Still, the man continued to gorge the Dragon, delighting every time its size increased.copyright protection29PENANAiiLcGByHWi

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection29PENANAjOAvCSgzxr

Eventually, the Dragon grew so big and hungry, that the man could no longer satisfy it.copyright protection29PENANAu8lxZcwQXJ

To appease it, the man used his entire fortune he had come across to feed it, but it was not enough.copyright protection29PENANAmf17rIIZpE

The Dragon roared and growled, calling for the man to cure its insatiable hunger.copyright protection29PENANAiJtSf5LvEj

In desperation, the man fed his friends to it.copyright protection29PENANAX9riGrvdis

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection29PENANAWEHXL9Fu95

Yet still the Dragon hungered for more.copyright protection29PENANA8rPCj4H4zm

Next the man fed his relatives and family to the Dragon.copyright protection29PENANAoxvPPchlpz

He thought to himself, "Surely, now, the Dragon will be satisfied".copyright protection29PENANAOmdwkZFZtO

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection29PENANA5CfUezYWEy

However, the Dragon would not be filled.copyright protection29PENANAi25OSV09gq

The man then spoke to the Dragon. He asked it:copyright protection29PENANAI5MWB6Vg6o

"What is it you further ask of me? What more must I give you?"copyright protection29PENANA5c0l6fV5bA

Then the Dragon ate the man.copyright protection29PENANADtDJiwEjFV

Munch Munch, Chomp Chomp, Gobble Gulp.copyright protection29PENANAJo0wlCDhTJ

The Dragon's name was Greed.copyright protection29PENANAFYWGk2Wg87

*******copyright protection29PENANAQMBuvT0acG

"Well, how did you like your bedtime story?" A man said, poking at a sputtering fire.copyright protection29PENANA5W56tqJ6HC

"I didn't like it one bit" a child said, pouting.copyright protection29PENANAQnBM4VP0bX

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 protection29PENANA82JJwfCxpP

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 protection29PENANAdvMiBfJklr

"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 protection29PENANAXcPyYTuOUF

"Papa, why don't you tell any happy stories?" the girl asked, poking her head out from the blanket.copyright protection29PENANAL2IvLfKoM9

"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 protection29PENANAe0F0jhf2BB

"Too long!" the girl said, frowning. "Papa is Papa!"copyright protection29PENANAuzNj7McBA7

"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 protection29PENANAhma0RWfCk2

"Papa is Papa." The girl repeated, yawning and sinking back into the blanket.copyright protection29PENANAMy2rzmIOok

"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 protection29PENANApSTdb0ZoCz

The only response the man received was soft snores coming from inside the blanket.copyright protection29PENANAwTVGTNC9qX

"Asleep already?" The man yawned. "I suppose I should follow suit."copyright protection29PENANAbcweD5AmUZ

"Good night, Primrose" the man whispered.copyright protection29PENANAHkSAx4Bxtd

"Good night, Papa"copyright protection29PENANA7Z72G1Qjbg

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