I present proudly, my son’s longer version of his story “Icestorm and the Frozen Bananas”. I think it’s great that he’s writing – and that he’s willing to share it with all of you.
It’s also interesting to see the process here. This degree of change between the first draft and a final drabble is actually very similar to my own process, though I’ve internalized a lot of it now.
Icestorm and the Frozen Bananas
Once upon a time, there was an ice dragon. This dragon had hunted humans for generations. His name was Icestorm. Many brave men have hunted the creature, most of them have failed, costing them their lives. Icestorm roams the lands turning crops to ice.
One day a boy, named Gentlewind, ran through the forests of banana trees. He was fourteen and on a mission to slay the dragon. The towns folk thought the boy would surely die because of his love for nature.
Gentlewind climbed up the icy mountain and stood at the entrance to dragon’s lair.
“WHO GOES THERE!” boomed the dragon. “ARE YOU ANOTHER BRAVE WARRIOR COME TO DEFEAT ME?” it asked, mockingly.
“No mighty dragon, I am Gentlewind! I have come in peace!” Gentlewind answered.
“COME HERE GENTLEWIND, LET ME SEE YOUR FACE!” he said. Gentlewind walked in to the dragon’s lair. When he entered the dragon looked at him. surprised to see a mere boy. “WHY HAVE YOU COME HERE BOY?” the dragon asked.
“I have come to ask that you stop eating humans.” Gentlewind said.
“AND WHAT AM I TO EAT THEN BOY?” he asked.
“Bananas, there are plenty of those.” Gentlewind replied. “Here I’ll go get some for you to try.” Gentlewind said. Running as fast as he could. he grabbed a few bunches and ran back. “Here… try… these.” he said trying to catch his breath. The dragon took the bunches, froze them, and ate them.
“MM… THESE TASTE DELICIOUS!” the dragon exclaimed.
And that is how the dragon became friends with the humans. And boy were the monkeys in for a surprise!