Peter was excited about showing off the dragon he had made for the oral book report he would be giving to his class.
It took Peter only a few days to read J.R.R. Tolkien’s book, “The Hobbit,” But even with his father’s help, it took nearly three weeks to build a model of Smaug, considered to be the last great dragon of the Middle-Earth.
Peter and his father worked together almost every night when Peter’s father came home from the office, plus several hours each weekend, until they had finished the model. They even constructed a fulcrum-like mechanism, which enabled Peter to manipulate Smaug’s head to swing both up and down and from side to side. Peter was so proud.
On the day of the book report, Peter carefully put the dragon into a large cardboard box, and Peter’s father drove him to school. Peter got up and gave the oral book report and then unveiled Smaug to the oohs and aahs of his classmates.
After school that day, the class bully demanded that Peter give him Smaug, which Peter reluctantly did.
A few days later, the class bully was reported missing, never to be seen again. Neither was Smaug.
Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt from Susan Spaulding. Photo credit: A Mixed Bag.