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The Princess and the Dragon -2013 Update by Dreamspirit The Princess and the Dragon -2013 Update by Dreamspirit
Short Story and Art Created on October 1, 2005
Revisited on June 22, 2013

Over the years, I've posted over 300 pieces of art on DeviantART alone, and aside from the pieces which have won Daily Deviations, the one piece that has consistently attracted the most engagement from viewers is a piece of art and writing I did way back in 2005. It's extremely touching to me that so many people have enjoyed it, but it actually has a much deeper story.

I recently wrote up a detailed blog chronicling the history of this piece (which reaches way back to 2003), so if you have a moment, I'd recommend checking it out. There are lots of pretty pictures, too!

I've long had some nitpicks about this piece, and decided recently that I’d take a couple hours and fix a few things on both the art and short story that had always bugged me so that I could share them with all of you. I opted not to change either very much, because I didn't want to stray too far from the original versions, which can be found here.


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"The Princess and the Dragon" - By K. LeCrone (aka. Dreamspirit)
Short Story Written on October 1, 2005
Revisited on June 22, 2013


Long ago, there lived a Princess, whose love to one of the castle guards was such legend that it was whispered about by both the royalty as well as the peasant-folk. While war loomed, however, the two knew they could never wed, but each worked as they might to bring an end to the fighting: he with his sword, and she, with her wise words which she shared with the king, and all who would listen.

When the war grew closer, the brave Knight was called out more frequently to defend their homeland, but for each time he answered the call of his countrymen, he was away for longer and longer periods of time. Regardless of what dangers awaited him, each time before he left he would gently kiss his lady on the hand and tell her how he loved her. He would speak certainly of how he would always return, and that she would always and forever been the one he returned to. "That is a promise I swear to, Milady," he'd say. And every evening, as the light began to fade, the Princess would climb to the highest tower in the castle, and look out: just hoping to get a glance of her knight riding home. It was there, high above the rest of the world that she would softly sing a tune the two of their heart's shared, as if it might perchance call him home if he couldn't find his way.

Days turned to weeks, turned to months, and she would pray for his safety, and hope for the day when the two of them could be reunited once more. Without fail, every evening she made her way up the spiraling stairs to the highest tower of the castle and sang out her wishes to the far horizon for her brave knight.

One day, however, a sinking feeling set upon her heart, and though she knew not why, she was certain ill-fortune had come to her knight. Not a moonturn later, she saw a rider-less horse slowly approach the castle, and she knew for sure there would be no happy ending to their story.

She wept, as a mother for the loss of her child, and though many consoled her with well-intentioned words, none of their words could soothe the hollow ache she felt deep within.

Daylight faded and the vibrant colors of dusk transpired to night and yet she stayed awake against her will. But as the first stars of the evening peered into the night sky, she crept once more to the tallest tower of the castle, as if she might yet find peace there that she lacked in her heart.

Her tear-filled face looked out over the eerily-still horizon. Though she knew there would be no brave figure crossing the grassy plains to return to her, she began to softly sing the tune she'd carried so often for her Knight. She closed her eyes and let the music fill her. Her heart poured into every syllable, and though her voice cracked and faltered, she would not let the melody be contained within her breast until the final phrase had passed through her soft lips and carried into the waiting darkness. Only then did silence again greet her.

But then, without explanation, a warm breeze caught her face and somehow bid her to look skyward. Heaven itself opened up and turned before her, pouring out light and a peculiar sense of otherworldly peace unlike anything she'd ever seen or felt before. As it did, a strange, ancient music seemed to play on the wind in tune to the rhythm of her beating heart. Like a dream, the heavens began to shimmer and move as if they were churned to live. And, like a ghost, they took shape before her eyes. A massive dragon's face and form manifested before her and floated effortlessly, watching her. Its huge, flowing mane moved gently with the wind, and its iridescent scales twinkled lightly. In one smooth movement, it wrapped its strong tail around the castle, and calmly looked down to the Princess, and smiled.

"Dear Lady, I've traveled through the lands of the living and the dead to find you again. Your song called to me, and even after a cruel sword felled my body, the song shook me and awakened who I truly am. I have the soul of a dragon, of the noble race that loves deeply and protects truly. And as in my last life, I pledge to you in this one: I will keep you safe from harm and always be with you. And when old age comes to you after so many more great deeds on this Earth, I will be here still, and on that day you will join me in the clouds, for you have the soul of a noble dragon as well."

The Princess looked up at the dragon, and through a tear-stained face she smiled, and believed.

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The amazing :iconemilysculpts: also sculpted a piece based on this painting and story that was given as a gift to me.

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:icondragonmagic17:
Dragonmagic17 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2016
This is so inspiring!
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:icondragonkiss114:
dragonkiss114 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh how beautiful!
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:icongriffiney:
Griffiney Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist
OMG!
Absolutely amazing!
I love the colors <3

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:iconslate543:
slate543 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Looks great :D
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:iconmystofeles:
Mystofeles Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is not going to end well.... (but looks so amazing....)
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, but did you have a chance to read the short story that goes along with it? ^_^
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:iconmystofeles:
Mystofeles Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
At your words I have gone back and read what was previously missed. That is a beautiful story and certainly changes the entire view of this pic! Sorry I passed this up before, wow. :D
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cRaZy9219 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
THAT CAN'T BE GOOD.....
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hehe. Did you have a chance to read the short story that goes along with it? :)
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:iconcrazy9219:
cRaZy9219 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
oh! right...
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:iconthegman0:
theGman0 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist
wow
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:icon10animallover10:
10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
That dragon is BIG O.O Awesome!
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! I really enjoyed trying to get across the sense of scale.
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:icon10animallover10:
10animallover10 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
you did a great job :D
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:icontarkheki:
tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
I remember this piece from way back there- and it remains a very distinct image that both reflects some of my highest regard for your skills and talents, as well as nostalgic memories of our first on-line engagements. :heart:
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm sending all SORTS of warm fuzzies right back at'cha! While I know it's unrealistic to revisit each and every piece, there was something about this one that really called out to me, and it is ESPECIALLY wonderful to share the experience with friends like you that have been there for me along the way. So thank you for your compliments and "Bernice-ness." <3

Here's to many more years of seeing each other blossom and flourish in all sorts of amazing and unexpected ways.
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:icontarkheki:
tarkheki Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
WORD SISTER!
May we delight in each others company and ART for EARS to come!!! :heart:
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:iconeddarkflame:
EdDarkflame Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful story to go along with the picture. wonderfully done :)
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed them!
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:iconapachegoboom:
Apachegoboom Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
- :iconsragondrink: that princess dont stand a chance
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hehe, did you chance to read the story that goes along with the art?
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:iconapachegoboom:
Apachegoboom Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No. But I go and read it.
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:icondreamspirit:
Dreamspirit Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well I hope you enjoy it. I can assure you the dragon wouldn't harm the Princess. ;)
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:iconapachegoboom:
Apachegoboom Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No. That knight won't.
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