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22 February 2009 @ 04:43 pm
Ficlet: Beginning to Crack  
Title: Beginning to Crack
Word Count: 300 words
Author’s Notes: Written for cw_ldws last week.

Crack.

The egg sitting alone, forlorn, in the nest rocked back and forth alarmingly as the first faint crack spiderwebbed on the green mottled surface. Charlie’s breath caught as it did so, his hand raising as if to reach out and steady it.

He aborted the motion, only just noticing that his hand wasn’t the only one suspended in the air like an unspoken apology. Excited, sparkling hazel eyes met his for a moment, full of the same breathless anticipation that sizzled inside him.

Crraaaccccck.

A chunk of shell dented outward, pecked away by the entity inside. “Come on, baby,” Charlie crooned. A beaky, leathery nose poked through the hole as he coaxed, and he hovered at the safest limits he was allowed.

“That’s our girl.” The woman added her own low, persuasive purr, and it tickled electric across Charlie’s skin. Her closeness startled him, and he realized he could smell her shampoo just under the musky dragon-ness of the nest.

CRACK.

With a sound that echoed in their ears, the dragonlet exploded out of the shell, sending pieces all the way to where they were standing. The Ithacan Blue-ridged Flattail gleamed wetly in the light, sprawled across the warm sands like a shiny piece of wrapping paper. A harmony of awe escaped the pair as they unconsciously took a step toward the beautiful new baby.

Hips bumped and they only realized then that they clung to each other, fingers twined in a tight sharing of this singular experience.

For the first time, Aislinn MacFusty smiled at Charlie Weasley, none of the characteristic anger and bickering present, her prickly exterior as cracked as the shell. Warmth began to unfurl in his chest, stretching its wings much like the beautiful little dragon was doing.

This was truly a day of beginnings.
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writersblock76 on February 22nd, 2009 10:17 pm (UTC)
Ooo, I liked this one! Yay for us making it through round one. :-)
It's better to fly and it's better to die: dragongelsey on February 22nd, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

*waves pompoms* Yes, yay us! Here's to the next round!
babsbybend: sunshinebabsbybend on February 23rd, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
Nicely descriptive; I like how you incorporated smells it the story. And I like your choice of icon for it!
It's better to fly and it's better to die: dragongelsey on February 23rd, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I tried to incorporate as much as I could in the small space.

I love the icon. *pets it* I want a dragon!
lyonzalyonza on February 23rd, 2009 07:30 am (UTC)
This was very nice dear. Now could you help me find my muse? Three months of non-writing on fics... I'm going crazy.
It's better to fly and it's better to diegelsey on February 23rd, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks, luv!

What do you want to work on? I can help you better if I know that... And I will help, if I can!
redvelvetcanopy: Dragon fire with maidenredvelvetcanopy on February 23rd, 2009 11:47 am (UTC)
Very nice, G. So many of your descriptors match with dragonlore (heat - sizzled, electric...).
It's better to fly and it's better to die: dragongelsey on February 23rd, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I like to try to use descriptors that go with the theme--watery stuff for water stuff, firey stuff for fire, etc ;)