Gold & Misery: A Monday Motivations Flash Fiction

The incalculable wealth of the room was evident from a first glace; thousands upon thousands of gold coins and gilded relics stacked and scattered in chaotic heaps.

Upon these precarious heaps, with scaled eyes closed to the stale cavern air, the dragon slept as he had for eons now.

He was alone, the last of his kin, surrounded by riches he couldn’t spend, and a life he couldn’t share; the treasure would never sate his misery.

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I read the 3 themes specified over on Esther Newton’s Monday Motivations and was instantly hit with this image.

The themes were: Misery, Sleep, Gold.

It might be a tad cliche, and might be a tad inspired by the Hobbit, but still… Dragon’s are awesome! A big thank you for Esther for running these Monday Motivations, I’ve followed them for awhile but this was only my second time taking part. My first ever go can be seen here: Creation

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11 thoughts on “Gold & Misery: A Monday Motivations Flash Fiction

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  5. Short and detailed. It’s cliched, you’re right. It reminded me of the dragon in Raymond E. Feist’s Magician (which if you haven’t read, you should!) Though, the last line was well-written enough for me to look beyond the cliche.

    “He was alone, the last of his kin, surrounded by riches he couldn’t spend, and a life he couldn’t share; the treasure would never sate his misery.”

    Riches he couldn’t spend, and a life he couldn’t share – yes, that’s really good. Succinct and full of emotion. Nice rhythm to it, too.

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    1. Thanks, Harry! Sometimes cliches are cliches for a reason, I suppose? Haha. And sometimes we like to read something a little familiar. The prompt just burnt the image into my head so I had to take part. Thanks for reading!

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