Here’s this week’s entry into Monday’s Finish the Story flash fiction challenge, run by Barbara W. Beacham. This challenge gives you a picture prompt and the first line and asks that you finish the story in 100-150 words. The given line is in italics.
The Prophet’s Words
“I see absolutely everything,” Draeg answered, glaring at the man invading his sanctum, “past, present and future. And it is true – the treaty with your people compels me to answer your questions.”
The sun was at its peak when the man arrived, disturbing the most potent dreamtime. From the flouncy clothes and measly bag of tribute, he was obviously a townsman who’d heard tales of the dragon prophet. He hadn’t, however, heeded the warnings.
“I,” the man announced pompously, “am embarking upon an overseas venture. Will it be profitable, Wyrm?”
Draeg huffed a wisp of smoke. His response was carefully worded. “A great profit will be made from the venture,” he said.
The only requirement was truth and truth he spoke. A profit would be made but not by the arrogant merchant.
Finally alone again, he settled back into the dreamscape with a sense of satisfaction. The pettiest vengeance was always the most enjoyable.
Word Count: 150
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