The 103 Proof Dragon

Avatar Author: Concerned Reader I ain't a writer right now, and I probably wont be one in the future, but I sure as hell enjoy the act of writing. I've only just started writing in the past few years, and even then have only produced short stories and s... Read Bio

Everett didn’t know if it was the 7 shots that made him do it, but all the same, he upended the uncorked bottle of whiskey and placed it back onto the statue’s waiting paws. The glass settled in with a clink, open top resting against the dragon’s fangs. Maybe if he hadn’t been seeing the world through an alcoholic haze, or maybe if the lights had been just a bit brighter. Maybe if the stars had aligned, he’d have seen the whiskey not running out onto the counter into a mess. Rather, he’d have seen the amber liquid running down into the dragon’s gullet. Soaking into the old fired pewter.

As the bottle poured it’s last, a gleam could almost be seen in the dragon’s eye. If Everett had been more lucid, he’d even have seen the dragon’s cheeks take on a rosey hue, and maybe, just maybe, he’d have heard the sound of a chortle. And then, if Everett hadn’t finally passed out, he’d have heard the crinkling of soft metal, followed by words not quite spoken.

“Well hot damn! Now that’ll put a fire in your bones!”

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  1. Avatar Concerned Reader

  2. Avatar Krulltar

    amazingly vivid description… even before I saw the picture. So what does a stainless steel zippo, a pewter dragon dowing a 1/5 of Wild Turkey, a empty prescription bottle of oxycotton, and a Tony Chachere’s original creole seasoning have in common? This ficly!

  3. Avatar Concerned Reader

    Haha, It’s actually Focalin.

  4. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    I love it! The story and the picture, the fact that Everett missed such a brilliant, brilliant last line. I also love the idea that the guy puts the bottle ‘pack’ in the dragon’s paws (not claws? huh) – as though that’s where he keeps his bottles. It’s such an amusing concept.

    I think you could have probably breaked that first big paragraph at *As the bottle, just to make it a little easier to read.

    Brilliant piece overall. Just brilliant. I’ll remember that image for quite some time. Thanks for the entry!

  5. Avatar Concerned Reader

    Oop, nice catch!

    And thanks for the kind words!

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