"Curiosities " drabbles by Jess Cowburn

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Dr.Jones and the Dragon

Curiosities

Dr. Jones was a respectable man. He repeated this continuously, inside the golden kiln that was his captor’s home.
A fierce bellow emerged from within the beast,
‘You’, it seethed, ‘are a doctor?’
‘Y-Yes?’ he squeaked
The dragon shifted its astronomic weight, revealing a hoard of golden riches.
‘I’ve tried to stop but I can’t help myself.’ The beast wailed. ‘You need to help me stop hoarding.’
Jones stared dumbfounded, his glasses slid down his nose onto the floor.
‘Help me and you will be spared.’
Jones hastily agreed, failing to mention he was actually a doctor in archaeology.

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The Siren and the Sailor

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‘I’m sorry but aren’t you supposed to be beautiful?’ The sailor asked the siren.
The ship was now in splinters atop the siren’s nest and the crew had been digested.
‘What?’ She snapped ‘I am perfection.’
The sailor shrugged, I’m not so sure.’
The siren slumped on the squishy blood sopped deck.
‘Is it my nose? It’s my nose isn’t it?’
‘Oh no, your nose is fine.’
‘You think I’m not perfect?’ She was confounded.
‘Darling, you’re average at best.’ He grinned.
She found she liked this funny sailor. Her appetite now somewhat diminished, she wouldn’t eat him just yet.