Too Dark to Read

by Throat Wolf
originally published at 03:08PM on Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Cindy slid down the dragon’s throat in a glutinous mass of rice and seaweed. Ugh, she thought. Sooner this is over with, the better. She reached into her hair and pulled out the small orb that she’d tied there before entering the cave, and said the activation phrase.

“Outside of a dragon, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dragon, it’s too dark to read.”

The orb glowed and flashed, and suddenly she was standing on a marble floor in the middle of a spacious room. In the middle was a crystal ball on a pedestal, currently showing the interior of the dragon’s stomach. “Wow, he wasn’t kidding about his ulcers.”

“Are you all right down there?” the dragon’s voice boomed through the crystal.

“Oh, uh, yes, I’m digesting, thanks!” Cindy yelled back, tapping the “mute” glyph on the ball.

She pulled the instruction tome out from under the table and flipped through it, trying not to get rice on it. “Aha, healing magic.” She tapped more glyphs, and the dragon’s ulcers began to feel much better.

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