Sir Archie the Bold was the very last dragon slayer. If you’d ever met him you would understand why… every time that dragons were mentioned, Archie hid.

For a dragon slayer, Archie was of a rather diminutive build. He had to stand on a block to mount his pony and he wore armour that previously belonged to the twelve year old son of a warlord. His broomstick-thin legs, adorned with knobbly knees, knocked together with fear at the mere mention of dragons. His muscles were so flaccid it was a miracle he could raise his broadsword more than an inch from the ground, let alone battle a dragon.

There came a day, however, when the pint-sized slayer could no longer shirk his knightly responsibilities. He was cornered by a desperate group of villagers, crying “Archie, Gwendolin the Ghastly is killing our kids.”

Archie may have been a bit of a coward, but he’d always had a soft spot for children, probably because they were easier to look in the eye during conversations. Anyway, his conscience wouldn’t allow him to ignore a child-killing dragon, though his cowardice was begging him to flee. Reluctantly, he pulled on his armour, mounted his pony, and rode towards the field where the great dragon, Gwendolin the Ghastly, unfurled and stretched her great wings, the colour of deepest obsidian, on a distant hilltop.

Archie was sore afraid. The open pasture had no walls to hide behind or bushes to skulk in. Archie heard a soft bleating and, squinting his eyes to the setting sun, he spotted a herd of goats.

His brow puckered… hatching a plan was such a rare occurrence. “I know,” he said to the nearest goat, “If I disguise myself as one of you, I can hide in plain sight.”

He rode back to the village to gather supplies, then returned to the field in his disguise, with weapons concealed. He mingled with the goats, whimpering fearfully. 

That night, Gwendolin gloried at the succulent kid she plucked from the field and roasted to a crisp, golden brown.

Poor Archie was never seen again.

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Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary (@emily-oleary)
7 months ago

Archie, Archie, Archie… brains you have not ?

I love this. Such a brilliant play on words to make such a funny little story ? Let’s hope Gwendolin never realises what it was that made her meal so tasty, or she may really go for the kids!

Emily O'Leary
Emily O'Leary (@emily-oleary)
7 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

I think mine would give even Gwendolin a run for her money ?

Orlando Sanchez
Orlando Sanchez (@orlando-sanchez)
7 months ago

Poor Archie…I had a feeling he was doomed from the start lol! Great play on words…a shame Archie never figured it out. Really funny!

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Linda Rock
Linda Rock (@linda-rock)
7 months ago

Poor Archie, hopefully he will be remembered as a hero who lost his life defending the kids, albeit kid goats! I love the character you created Carrie and his story was really funny. Good job!

Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills (@greene-m-wills)
7 months ago

Poor Archie used the same trick Odysseus used to escape his Cyclop but in his case it backfired spectacularly! I love your story because even as somehow tragic it still made my day!

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Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock (@daisy-blacklock)
7 months ago

This really made me smile. It reminded me of an old fairy tales I read when I was younger. I love the alliteration of ‘Gwendolin the Ghastly’. It was a rather humorous, yet tragic story. Great job Carrie!

Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe (@eric-radcliffe)
7 months ago

Hi Carrie, another fun story, as Emily said, poor Archie – brains you have not.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

This was an entertaining and juicy story to read, Carrie. At least, to the villagers Archie died as a hero, sacrificing himself for their children.
I have a theory: maybe Archie’s hidden weapons got stuck in Gwendolyn’s throat and eventually killed him. (It has happened to humans that they die from fishbones that way.) That would make him a dragon slayer, at least posthumously.

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Wicke Aliquis
Wicke Aliquis (@wicke-aliquis)
7 months ago

Poor lad. This is such a fun twist on both the prompt, and the idea of a dragon slayer. The fact that he’s the last has me wondering if his predecessors were equally as cowardly… ?

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago

Very funny story, Carrie. Silly Archie.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
7 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

You’re welcome, Carrie  ? 

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

A nice epic story. I feel so sorry for Archie.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate (@thompson-emate)
7 months ago

Forgot to say he lived up to his name, Sir Archie the Bold. ?

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