“Dad, do you remember a few years back when we read The Hobbit?” Stevie asked his father as they were walking toward his father’s office in the center of Laketown. It was Take Your Kid to Work Day and Stevie was thrilled to be spending the day with his dad. Whenever anyone asked him what his father did for work, Stevie would hem and haw and mutter something about how his father talked with people on the phone and worked at his computer, but he had no idea what his dad actually did at work all day long.
“Yes, Stevie, of course I remember,” his father said. “You loved that book. Why do you ask?”
“The dragon,” Stevie said. “Smaug, right?” Stevie grabbed his father’s hand and squeezed it tight.
“Yes, Stevie, the dragon’s name was Smaug.”
“What happened to Smaug, Dad?”
“Don’t you remember?” Stevie’s father said. “Bard the Bowman learned of Smaug’s one weak spot, a bare patch on the dragon’s belly and with his last arrow, Bard killed Smaug by shooting his arrow into that spot.”
Stevie looked at his father and said, “I think the bowman missed and Smaug survived.”
“Why would you say that, Stevie?”
Stevie pointed to the top of the building in which his father worked. “Because I think Smaug is perched on the top of your office building and he looks pretty angry.”
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. photo credit: Sean Thomas @ Unsplash.