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Anthony Blackshaw, 29 Mar '13

“For Christmas Dad I want a dragon.” said Suzie one night as she sat on his lap.

“Not a toy one, a real one that flies and breathes fire, and if I don't get one, next year I'll be bad.”

“Oh” said Dad.


“I'm not sure that Santa has any dragons, they'd eat up his reindeer and stomp on his elves.”

“What about a doll's house? You don't have one of those, or that game that you wanted, with the hungry hippos?”

But to all Dad suggested, Suzie screamed “NO!

“Oh” said Dad.


So ignoring her Dad, Suzie took pen and paper, and wrote...

Dear Santa,


Suzie, 54 Evergreen Close

Then she gave it her Dad and demand he send it, “Off to the post office you go.”

“Oh” said Dad, and he put on his coat.


When Christmas eve came Suzie went to bed early, but not before scoffing the mince pies laid out.

“Those were for Santa.” said Dad, when he caught her.

“Oh” said Suzie, “You should have said.”


Next morning Suzie rushed to her presents, but her stocking was empty and the Christmas tree bare.

DAD!” she screamed, “Where are my presents?”

“Oh” said Dad, “They must be somewhere.”


Then all of a sudden came a roar from the garden.

My dragon!” screeched Suzie, and she ran to the door.

“Wait” called Dad as he bumbled his way down the stairs with a yawn, but Suzie ignored him and opened the door.

“Oh” said Suzie as she looked up and saw, a dragon with wings and smoking nostrils.


Dad flew down the stairs but all that he caught, was Suzie snatched up by the dragon's great jaws.

He ran to the door to tell off the dragon, but the dragon took flight and was soon out of sight, and that was the last of his Suzie he saw.

“Oh” said Dad, as he closed the front door.

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  • Anthony Blackshaw said...

    Written and spoken at Christmas for my niece :)

    It resulted in us spending the rest of the afternoon drawing dragons whilst she amended the story slightly - to involve a princess who shoots the dragon with a cannon (which she happens to carry around with here discreetly). But don't fear, the dragon recovers in hospital and later helps a granny whilst roller skating in the park (the dragon that is - obviously the granny wouldn't be roller skating.)

    I couldn't make it up - seriously I couldn't!

    • Posted 7 years ago
  • Angela Watt said...

    Really enjoyed this @Anthony Blackshaw and particularly liked the ending. Kind of one of those be careful what you wish for moments. Liked where your niece took it to too.

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Anthony Blackshaw said...

    Hi @Angela Watt, thanks for your comment, I'm glad you enjoyed it and as you highlighted there's definitely suppose to be a lesson in there. Though whether my niece will have picked up on that, or decided to ask santa for a dragon next year I'm not entirely sure :)

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Shirley Golden said...

    I thought this had a great rhythm to it. Loved the long-suffering dad and the ending.

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Jennifer Manwaring said...

    Hi @Anthony Blackshaw, I've got to say that I really enjoyed this. I love the rhythm and the fantasy element. Also the dad is great. You have a beautiful voice so please keep on with the audio! x

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Anthony Blackshaw said...

    Hi @Jennifer Manwaring, thank you for your kind words and encouragement.

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Meredith Linden said...

    This was a fun story and I loved that you created it for your niece and told it to her. Your characters were so clear.

    • Posted 6 years ago
  • Ross Tarran said...

    Can't believe I've only just noticed this - I need to visit Burrst more regularly! ;) Good job - it seems to be almost exactly half-way between prose and poetry - there are definately a few places where lines end up rhyming, not sure how intentional that was. Reminds me of the Dr. Seuss stories!

    • Posted 6 years ago