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AMAZING

Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Flash Fiction #8


Kristie Lynn Higgins


Text Copyright © 2019

Ebook Edition


Cover Art © 2018

The Enchantress created by Arthur Wardle


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AabiLynns Dragon Rite

A Tiny Baby Dragon Hatches

Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Horror

Flash Fiction #15


Kristie Lynn Higgins


Text Copyright © 2019

Smashwords Ebook Edition


No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by an information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author.


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Chapter One

Welcome


Welcome to my Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Horror Flash Fiction, very short stories to tickle your fancy. These Flash Fiction pieces are a brief glimpse into one of my worlds. The following story, A Tiny Baby Dragon Hatches, is a peek into the fantasy action-adventure dragon series. You can start reading AabiLynns Dragon Rite #0 Dragons Brood with a complimentary ebook by Clicking Here.

Or go to


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Thank you for checking out this brief story and enjoy.


Chapter Two

AabiLynn’s Dragon Rite

A Tiny Baby Dragon Hatches

Steam shot up from a small pool of water as a tiny baby dragon hatched into the world. The dragon was very small, the size of a man’s pinkie. It was one of the smallest of the dragon species. The baby dragon peered up and saw three children looking down at it. The siblings, two boys and a girl between the ages of five and seven, had scared off one of its parents so that they could take a gander at a real live dragon. Dragons were very rare in the Northern Grass Plains, and it was even rarer to stumble across a nest. One of the boys picked up a stick and poked the dragon, and it instinctively called out for its mother.

“Stop!” a voice that wasn’t one of the three children called out.

The two boys and the girl turned to see one of the neighbor’s children had followed them. She, Cara, was about four and had a stunted left arm and leg but still managed to climb all the way up the large hill. The three children never played with her, seeing her deformities as a weakness.

“Do not hurt the baby lizard,” Cara spoke.

“Lizard..?” the one boy spoke. “This is no lizard but a–”

“Don’t tell her,” his sister ordered. “Let her think it’s just a lizard.”

“Don’t hurt him,” Cara repeated. “Let him go back to his mother.”

The second boy said, “What if she tells our father we were playing with this… lizard?”

The baby dragon scurried away as the children argued.

“We will get a whipping,” the first boy said and picked up two more sticks, handing them to his brother and sister. “We should make sure she tells no one.”

They started toward Cara when the mother of the baby dragon arrived. She had been out hunting while the father watched over the egg. The female dragon of this particular species had a special gift that the male did not. The mother dragon roared a tiny roar at the three children and when they didn’t heed her warning, she spat fire at their sticks and caught them all ablaze. They screamed and dropped their sticks and ran for home, leaving Cara standing there staring at the mother dragon.

“I am sorry,” Cara told her. “I was too slow to stop them from poking your baby. Is he all right?”

The mother dragon got a sense that this child from the Tribes of Man was special so she left Cara alone and returned to her baby. Cara watched the dragon mother leave and saw how much she cared for her child. She yearned for such affection from her own family but that affection had yet to come.

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AabiLynns Dragon Rite

The Sky Of Dragons

Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Horror

Flash Fiction #16


Kristie Lynn Higgins


Text Copyright © 2019

Smashwords Ebook Edition


No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by an information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author.


Love Fairy Tales & Fantasy? Check out my complimentary books

Monster of Monsters, Dragon Rite, AaBack’s Grim,

& BOTB Mystic Rose

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SOG Series


www.KristieLynnHiggins.com


Chapter One

Welcome


Welcome to my Fantasy, Science Fiction, & Horror Flash Fiction, very short stories to tickle your fancy. These Flash Fiction pieces are a brief glimpse into one of my worlds. The following story, The Sky Of Dragons, is a peek into the fantasy action-adventure AabiLynns Dragon Rite Series. You can start reading AabiLynns Dragon Rite #0 Dragons Brood with a complimentary ebook by Clicking Here.

Or go to


www.KristieLynnHiggins.com/DRSeries.html.


Thank you for checking out this brief story and enjoy.


Chapter Two

AabiLynn’s Dragon Rite

The Sky Of Dragons

Cara had finished all her duties as a slave for that day and sat upon a hilltop overlooking the valley her master lived in. Horses neighed as they grazed a short distance from her. She was twelve and had been given to her master to pay off a debt her father owed. Her father had no love for her or his third wife but they at least treated her better. Cara laid back on the grassy hill and stared up at the clouds. She had heard the son of her master talk of a Dragon Rite that he and two other boys would be participating in tomorrow. Cara would ride along with them to cook for her master and the three boys while they took part in the Dragon Rite. One of the clouds took on the form of a dragon, and she envisioned herself riding on its back to freedom. Cara closed her eyes and felt the wind on her face as she and her dragon soared through the sky. There was no place that she and her dragon couldn’t venture to. She opened her eyes. Girls were not permitted to participate in the Dragon Rite and no slave could. Her dreams of freedom were just that… dreams. Cara sat up and winced as a few bruises old and new complained to her. She kept her gaze to the sky… in her thoughts she was free. She was free as those who soared on dragons.

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Sneak Peek

AabiLynn’s Dragon Rite #0

Dragon’s Brood


Sneak Peek


AabiLynn’s Dragon Rite

#0

Dragon’s Brood

Egg Hatchlings’ Ritual

Prequel Teaser


Book One Of The Series


Kristie Lynn Higgins

© 2014, 2019



Kilauea Caldera and Volcano at Night were both created by Jules Tavernier



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AabiLynn's Dragon Rite

#0

Dragon’s Brood

Egg Hatchlings’ Ritual


Book One


Kristie Lynn Higgins



AabiLynn (uh'bee'lin): woman of a sorrowful song


Prologue

In an age of magic, the Stygian Legion moved against the land of Athenia during the first reign of men. The Stygian Legion was an army of warlocks under the command of King Viiss. King Viiss wanted to enter the land so he could steal a large jewel and open a doorway to the Void, a world of demons. They would have conquered Athenia if not for the dragons aligning with tribal men. Their combined forces of sorcery and steel repelled the advance of the Stygian Legion, and King Viiss returned to his kingdom defeated and empty-handed.

Now during the third reign of men and a time of peace, young humans were brought to the land of dragons within Athenia. The young humans participated in the first ceremonial acts of the Dragon Rite. Many went but few were chosen.

Chapter One

AabiLynn


The sun peeked over a grass-covered hill and brought morning to Thatchman’s farm. There was a bit of a chill in the air as spring forced winter out. Thatchman harnessed his horse and prepared to continue plowing his field to make it ready for seed. He still had two days of work before he could sow. Thatchman finished buckling the last strap on the harness when he noticed dust rising in the distance. A group of riders approached his land, and he expected they would come. He went over to the hut that housed himself, his third wife, and his four children. Three were by his first wife who suddenly disappeared and the other child was by his second wife who passed on about five years prior in childbirth. Thatchman grabbed his spear and returned to his horse.

His third wife, Hellen-Mary, attended to the pigs along with his youngest and only daughter, Cara-AabiLynn. By tradition, women of the Northern Grass Plains Tribe carried their mother’s name as their second name to honor the one who bore them, so Mary was the mother of Hellen and so on.

“Girl, bring the bucket of slop the rest of the way for me,” Hellen ordered as she set the bucket down and leaned against the fence to rest her weary and very pregnant body.

Cara hobbled her nearly five-year-old body toward the only mother she ever knew. Cara had been born early which caused her left arm and leg to be stunted. Her leg, inches shorter than her other, caused her to limp but since she was born this way, she knew no different. Her arm bore the brunt of the deformity. It was about half the size of the other and appeared to others to be of little use. Cara hurried over to Hellen, grabbed the bucket handle with her strong hand, and lifted it into her arms with the help of her other hand. For a child her size, the bucket of yesterday’s unwanted food was huge. Its water slushed about the bucket as she walked the last ten feet to the gate. Part of the slop splashed her brown dress which was already stained by a week’s wearing. Hellen waddled over, holding her back and opened the gate to the pigpen. Cara entered and walked across the cool muddy ground to the trough, and then she lifted the bucket as high as she could and poured most of the slop into the trough while some of it spilled onto her bare feet. She started back with the bucket and fell as her shorter leg sunk too far into the mud. Cara didn't cry, but she got back to her feet and made her way to Hellen. Dark mud covered her face and along with nearly every inch of her front. Cara thought it would be fun to play in the mud, but she knew Hellen would disapprove.

“Look at you!” Hellen complained as she took her apron and wiped her dirt-stained face. Hellen questioned once she finished, “What am I going to do with you? You are nearly as useless as the old sow in there.”

She motioned to the large female pig in the pen, and Cara turned and stared at the creature that was three times her size and what her father called infertile. She didn't understand why they considered the pig useless or what the word really meant.

“I am sorry, Hellen,” Cara stated as she bowed her little head. “I am sorry I am useless.”

The riders neared the farm, and the horses’ hooves thundered across the dirt road. Hellen noticed the riders and straightened her dress and hair somewhat as Cara hid behind her. The lead rider halted his horse, and the four others with him also did so in turn until they stopped behind their leader. The five men with swords approached Thatchman on foot. All the riders were clad in leather from the band around their heads, to the vest that covered their bare chests, and to their pants and boots. Thatchman kept his spear at his side with the blunt end resting on the ground ready to use if the men decided to draw their swords.

“Bork,” Thatchman cautiously spoke as if he greeted a wolf he'd surprised in the woods who may be hungry.

Bork was the leader of the Northern Grass Plains Tribe which Thatchman and his family belonged to. Most of the tribesmen raised horses, yaks, and/or sheep. Thatchman was one of a few farmers who tilled the land.

“Thatchman, you know why I am here?” Bork questioned.

He nodded, and then he replied, “You have come to collect.”

Bork looked at Hellen and noticed the small child hiding behind her, and then he turned back to Thatchman and asked him, “Do you have the silver?”

“I do not,” he replied.

“That is a problem,” Bork stated. “I cannot give you any more time.” He scanned the area around the hut, pen, and field but saw no one else there. Bork said, “I shall have to take from you something of equal value.” He looked at the distant hill and then to the roads winding behind the farm, and then he questioned, “What of your sons? Where are they? They usually work the farm with you,” Bork spoke, and then he stated, “I could take one of them as a soldier for a year.”

“They are not here,” Thatchman said, and then he added, “They are visiting my brother.”

“Convenient, I would say,” Bork muttered, and then he stated, “Your crop is a season away.” He looked at the pen, and then he questioned, “What of your pigs?”

Thatchman replied, “I have four young ones and one large one.”

The day before, Thatchman sent the piglets’ mother with his sons as they headed for his brother’s farm a couple of valleys away. He wouldn't give up a fertile sow, not for a gambling debt.

Bork walked over, looked over the feeding beasts, and then he said, thinking the sow was the piglets’ mother, “I shall take the large one for payment.”

“One moment, my lord,” Hellen spoke as she walked over to her husband and whispered into his ear.

Thatchman’s eyes lit up as if he had never even thought of such an ingenious idea, and then he said, “Bork, why not take my daughter, Cara.”

“Your daughter?” Bork uttered as he turned and looked at the young girl. “Would you not prefer to give me your pig?”

Cara ran over to Hellen and hid behind her again.

Bork looked her over a second time before she hid herself, and then he stated, “She is too young to give to one of my older sons or soldiers.”

“Take her as a slave,” Thatchman said. “She is a hard worker.”

“And deformed,” one of the other riders exclaimed.

“He is right,” Bork stated. “She shall be limited to what she can do and unsightly to give as a wife even to one of my slaves.”

“You could always make her a breeder when she comes of age,” Hellen spoke, then turned, and positioned herself so that Cara stood in front of her.

“Breeder?” Bork questioned, and then he asked, “She is the fair AabiLynn’s daughter, is she not?”

“Yes,” Thatchman replied. “She is my beloved’s child.”

Hellen glared at her husband when he mentioned the wife before her, and then she squeezed Cara’s shoulders, taking out her jealousy of the dead woman on the child.

Bork peered at the girl, not as she was but as she would be. In the Northern Grass Plains Tribe’s tradition, male owners slept with their breeders to create slaves with no inherent rights. Bork had wanted Thatchman’s wife AabiLynn when she first appeared in their territory, but she married Thatchman instead. It created much strife between the two men until AabiLynn died.

“AabiLynn’s child,” Bork muttered to himself, and then he thought maybe Cara might turn out to be as beautiful as her mother. “Are you sure you want to give up AabiLynn’s child? She is your daughter.”

Thatchman glanced at his wife, and then he answered, “I am sure.”

Bork turned to one of his riders and told him, “Grab the child, and let us take her back to the plains.”

The rider nodded, and then he went over and scooped up the child as she attempted to flee from him, limping as fast as her little legs would allow her. She kicked and beat at him with her arms and legs, and then she turned to her father and Hellen and screamed for them.

“Hellen! Hellen, help me!” Cara cried out. “Help me, Hellen! Hellen!” She managed to free herself of the rider and drop down to the ground, and then she ran to her shouting, “Hellen! Hellen!”

Cara fell down as she overstepped her stride but quickly got back up and continued for the woman as she cried, “Hellen! Hellen!”

The woman turned from her and headed for the hut, allowing the child’s pleas to fall on indifferent ears.

Cara cried all the more, “Hellen! Don't go, Hellen!” She fell again and this time Cara didn't get up as she shrieked, “Mamma! Mamma!”

Hellen paused in her tracks as the maternal words left the child’s lips and rattled her very core. Never once had Cara called her mother. Hellen had never taught her that name but insisted that Cara call her Hellen. It allowed her to place some distance between herself and the other woman’s child. Thatchman’s sons were old enough that they easily called her Hellen. Cara must have picked up the word from the nearby farmer’s children as she watched them play. Hellen started to turn toward the child, but then she realized Thatchman had already given her to Bork. Whatever feelings might have been sparked by the child’s utterance was now too late. There was nothing she could do about the debt or the payment; it had been completed. She placed a hand on her belly. She might just be too emotional because of her own coming baby. Hellen continued walking to the hut as a tear streaked down her cheek. She wiped it away as she wiped the memory and the name of the child from her mind. Hellen placed a hand on her belly again. She would soon have a baby of her own to replace any emptiness caused by the forgotten one’s departure.

When Hellen ignored her pleads, Cara turned to Thatchman and called out to him, “Daddy! Daddy!”

“Quiet, child!” Thatchman scolded her. “You are no longer mine.” He turned from her and walked away as he mumbled, “You were never mine.”

As both of her parents abandoned her to her fate, Cara lifted her tiny hands and wept into them. The rider easily picked up the child and carried her to his horse, and then he, Bork, and the other riders headed back toward the plains. Cara cried herself asleep and slept the whole way back to Bork’s abode.

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Monster of Monsters, Dragon Rite, AaBack’s Grim,

& BOTB Mystic Rose

The first ebook or two are complimentary for each series.


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