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Chapter 3 | The Princess and the Dragon
The next morning, the High Council assembled around a huge olive wood table in the Great Hall, tucking into jugs of iced coffee, stacks of fresh croissants and plates of fruit. King Emmanuel’s specialty was breakfast; unlike most teenagers, Amelia had great enthusiasm for getting out of bed.
After Amelia’s great-great-times-something grandparents won their war, the Crown rescinded absolute power to a publicly elected High Council of eleven people plus the monarchs—or ten people, if there was only one reigning monarch. An uneven total of councillors ensured there was always a tiebreaker… and someone to referee impromptu football matches. The citizens of the Kingdom of Mirrors lived, peacefully, for generations… until the Sapphire Dragon arrived and the fairytale ended. At present the High Council had four members, only three of whom held Amelia’s respect. The other eight members travelled south to slay the dragon the previous year and were now incapab
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Chapter 2 | The Princess and the Dragon
‘Lovely fish soup, Dad,’ Amelia ventured, as she sat down to dinner with her parents later that evening. The family ate in the ancient, drafty castle kitchen. Ever since the head chef and kitchen staff moved away to find jobs in more prosperous parts of the Three Kingdoms, her father assumed the role of castle cook. Amelia could see zero olives, which meant he was having a good day. After his stroke, Amelia took on most of his responsibilities so Queen Hazel didn’t need to double her workload, but he insisted on running the kitchen. Across the table, her mother attacked a loaf of bread and tried not to raise her eyebrows. Amelia dipped her spoon into the bowl. ‘Wow. I can really smell… garlic?’ King Emmanuel was an enthusiastic chef, but the people of the Kingdom of Mirrors generally survived on what they could afford, which was bread and olives. There are a great variety of ways to serve bread and olives, but they all require imagination, which King
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Chapter 1 | The Princess and the Dragon
The Kingdom of Mirrors, the loudest, southernmost and most magical of the Three Kingdoms, filled the bottom third of the crescent moon with olive trees, fishing boats and about ten thousand mirrors. It was ruled by the Durante line of the House of Stars, whose family tree was dotted with the types of people whose exploits are written into ten-minute songs about burning cities and eccentric fashion sense and enormous acts of courage in the face of fire-breathing dragons. Princess Amelia, the youngest of the Durante family, knew from early childhood that she, too, would one day have to defeat a dragon.
Nobody initially expected Amelia to face the dragon in question, partly because she was a girl and partly because she had been born second in line to the throne. Her older brother, Prince Nicholas, was both dashingly handsome and perfectly capable of embarking on such a heroic quest by himself. Unfortunately for Amelia, by the time she reached her teens Prince Nicholas found himself indisp
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Prologue | The Princess and the Dragon
Not all fairytales have happy endings. Some end with a marriage, which could be a happy ending or a happy beginning, depending on how you look at it. Some end neatly, which could be a happy ending or a sad ending but is more often quite a boring one. Then there is this fairytale, which ends neither happily nor neatly.
The island of the Three Kingdoms, tucked away at the edge of nowhere and surrounded by violent sea on all sides, slightly resembles a crescent moon and greatly resembles the sort of place you could find silver-tongued elderly ladies with a tendency to cast enchantments and witty young men with a tendency to embark on valiant quests and declare themselves heroes. There are surprisingly high levels of hygiene and health and safety given the lack of electricity and standardised paperwork.
Several thousand years before the witty young men and the hygiene standards, the Three Kingdoms was merely a small, volatile, pocket of ocean. One afternoon the earth sneezed, accidentally
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The Sea Witch's Revenge | Part III
The next day Roger didn’t cross paths with Jimmy once. Given the size of their school, this was a cause of mild concern. Perhaps Jimmy had made it home only to realise he was insane and hallucinating mythological creatures and skipped school to recover. That’s what Roger had considered. But at the end of the day, as Roger headed for the gates, Jimmy caught up with him.
‘Granddad gave me this.’ Jimmy pulled a small bronze telescope from his pocket. ‘I told him everything, and he admitted he had a ‘brief romantic encounter’ with a sea witch at some point during the 1940s. I refused to ask any more questions. He said that explained why I had refused to go fishing with him for the last six months. He was quite relieved, actually, he thought I was distracted over a girl.’
‘What a relief,’ Roger agreed. They did not speak again until they reached the beach.
There she was, lurking in the surf. Her hair, on second viewing, appeared to
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The Sea Witch's Revenge | Part II
‘Are you here to steal the coral?’
‘Maybe,’ Roger replied. Jimmy stuffed his hands in his pockets.
‘That coral carries a curse. If you touch it, you’ll never be able to go near the sea again.’
Roger found he was not surprised. In fact, if he examined his feelings, he would discover that he was more shocked that Jimmy knew his name.
‘I can prove there’s a curse,’ Jimmy said after one of those awkward silences that gets worse the longer you leave it. ‘I mean, if you want to know I’m not lying.’
‘All right.’ Roger followed Jimmy down the path he had taken from the beach as seagulls danced above them. Not ten feet from the shingle, Jimmy stopped. He gazed at the horizon as he waited for Roger to understand.
‘You got cursed,’ Roger realised. ‘You… can’t go near the sea anymore?’ To be honest, they were
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The Sea Witch's Revenge | Part I
Once upon a time, there was a boy who wanted to be a merman. He knew it was supposed to be the other way around — a mermaid wanting to become human — but the heart what it wants, and he wanted to own a tail, breathe underwater, and talk to fish.
After years of longing and days walking along the windswept grey harbour and unforgiving grey beach of his miniature coastal town, a chance encounter brought him a step closer to achieving his only desire. As he trudged home from school along the shore, boots hitting pebbles a hair’s breadth away from the water, a voice interrupted his thoughts.
‘Child, will you do me a favour?’
He whirled around and found himself nose to nose with a… a crone?
‘I’m a sea hag, dear,’ said the creature soothingly as if she (it?) could read his thoughts. ‘You know, a standard mythological being of the ocean with various magical powers and a penchant for deals with humans.’ Her chalky skin was speckl
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... Stories About Unlikely Heroes.

I did not think of the character limit ramifications when coming up with that title.

Anyway. Dragonnovel is done! You can read up to chapter three on here:










The rest is going to be available through my Patreon, because I want to make an ebook. I did a (long) post on my main blog about it, and you can see an overly-detailed breakdown of how we're gonna make that ebook on my website.
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I stand on stools to reach high shelves, write a blog and sometimes make some arty things. Newer fan fictions are up here as well.

You can commission work and suggest stories by supporting me on Patreon: www.patreon.com/FrancescaBurke

MCR fans: I'm also the girl who runs The Webways, so if you have any questions or submissions, send me a note!

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PS If you're going to download or use my work without paying a few pence for a non-watermarked download in my Etsy shop, please don't tell me in a comment when I link you the download. If you don't want to pay people for their job that's your business, but at least have the manners not to rub it in my face, yeah?
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Cerulaen Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Hey thanks for the watch, I really appreciate it!!
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ToBeQuiteFrank Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2018  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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horsecrazy89 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks for the fave!
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ToBeQuiteFrank Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! I actually featured it on an MCR fansite I run, as our MCRmy art of the week for this week (on TheWebways.net's Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook's pages. I credited you of course. :)). I liked the colouring. :)
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horsecrazy89 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015  Hobbyist
Wow! Thank you so much!
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ToBeQuiteFrank Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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keh-arts Featured By Owner May 6, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thank you for watching my gallery! :)
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ToBeQuiteFrank Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional General Artist
You're welcome. :) I bought a postcard from your Etsy last year (the one with the spider) and your work's really cute so I looked you up here too!
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keh-arts Featured By Owner May 7, 2015   Traditional Artist
Oh, thank you very much! I'm really glad you like it, I keep meaning to do some more little cartoons like that : D
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ToBeQuiteFrank Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
I liked that it's pretty much every internal conversation I have when there's a spider in the room... maybe you should do a sequel where it takes 45 minutes to pluck up the courage to put it in a glass and set it free/put it out the window!
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