BOUND BY A DRAGON
LINDA K. HOPKINS
The dragon turned its head and seemed to look straight at Keira. Pulling her arm out of her sister’s, she drew herself upright and stared straight back, meeting the golden eye of the dragon before it turned its enormous body in a slow, fluid motion and lazily flew towards the mountains.
A dragon has moved into the neighborhood of Keira's small, medieval village, unsettling the residents as they fear for their safety. All except Keira, who is fascinated by the creature, both dangerous and beautiful. But when Aaron Drake decides to take up residence in his ancestral home of Storbrook Castle, set deep in the nearby mountains, Keira finds herself unsettled by the handsome stranger. Why did he decide to move to Storbrook, almost eighty years after it was last inhabited, and does the dragon really live in the caves below the castle?
As she watched the mighty beast before her, the dragon bent its neck into a graceful arch downward, bringing its face closer to Keira’s eye level, its golden cat-like eyes watching her intently. Keira quelled the desire to step back, instead keeping her feet firmly planted as she continued to gaze at the dragon.
“Why did you take me?” she finally asked, shuddering at the thought of what might have been. She lifted her hand to her cheek, feeling the sting of scratches scored down her face. A flash of sharp teeth made her draw in her breath as the dragon replied with a growl.
“I’m sorry Keira,” it said. “I should have been there sooner. When I think of what that boy was about to do …” The dragon stopped and pulled in a breath. “I shouldn’t have left him alive!”
Keira trembled at the thought. “But why?” she said. “What does it matter to you?”
The dragon stared at her for a long moment, until finally it breathed out a sigh, sending sparks flaring from its nostrils. “Come closer, Keira,” it said.
Keira hesitated, wondering what the dragon intended to do with her.
“I’m not going to hurt you,” the dragon said.
She looked at the mighty beast before her and suppressed a shudder. Its claws rested on the ground, razor-sharp and menacing. She could see its pointed teeth and knew that it could rip her to shreds in an instant, or burn her to a crisp with one hot breath. One swipe of its massive tail could send her flying through the air, or leave her broken on the ground. Keira knew that the dragon could wield mighty power with barely any effort, striking fear into the hearts of many brave men. But as she looked at the dragon, gazing into eyes that blazed like the fire it breathed, she felt her fears slowly melt away.
What inspired you to be a Writer?
I have always loved stories, the way a few simple words can move you. I love how they can evoke love and rage, yearning and disgust. The way a story can take you to whole new place you have never been before, and leave you feeling intimately connected with the people you met there. It was this love of stories, flights of the imagination, that made me want to put my own tales down on paper.
What do you listen to when you write?
What is your top ten favorite books?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Spanish Gardener by A. J. Cronin
In the Beginning by Chaim Potok
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
The Spanish Bride by Georgette Heyer
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer
What's your favorite sub genre to write in?
What advice would you give to an Aspiring Writer?
Don't allow anything to distract or dissuade you from following dream.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Linda K. Hopkins lives in Calgary, Canada, with her husband and two great kids. When she's not writing, she's usually reading (a great pastime when you are trapped in a snowbound landscape eight months of the year!), tinkering on the piano or just living life!
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