Jakkit's Ferocious Mount

Beyond Centauri July 2004 Fantasy, 2,000 words

Jakkit has an impossible dream of growing up to become a dragon-riding Flamerider Knight, though he's just a kitchen boy who works in the castle gardens. And Flour, Jakkit's runty, mutant dragon, is hardly Flamerider material either. But a draco who can't roar, fly, or breathe fire has to be good for something... and Jakkit needs to figure out what, before the castle gets impatient with Flour's growing size and appetite and kicks the both of them out.

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