Once Upon a Time

© A Mixed Bag 2011

Once Upon a Time

Words 200

It was a carefree life.

I was the pampered child, the adored sibling the student of the year.

Friends were my life and I was the life of the party.

There was no need to conquer the world – I was on top of the world.

But something – someone was missing.

Someone of my very own, someone to love, someone to care, to share…

Fate was kind.

I found the one perfect for me in every respect.

We yodeled, tap-danced and ultimately waltzed through our rollicking wedding.

I now had a kingdom of my own.

That’s when the trouble began.

Lured by the lust of a good life, I fell deeper and deeper into the trap.

A bigger house.

A bigger car.

A bigger family.

A bigger loan.

Gone were my carefree days.

All I did was work and work.

Endless cycles of earn and spend.

Earn and spend.

Earn and save – for the near and the distant future, for children and children’s children.

Chained to the grindstone, squeezed into a straitjacket I underwent transmutation.

And that is the story of how I turned from a blue-eyed boy into the fire spewing dragon king of today.

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Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Alistair Forbes for the photo prompt and hosting the challenge. To read the other stories inspired by the prompt, click here.

 

For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 153

 

 

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