The True Adventures of Jay B R Wokky, Web Serials

Jay B. R. Wokky Ch. 26.1 — Bandersnatches

CH 26.1 — Matthew, Mark, and Eli walked back down the path. There had been no sign of the dragon, the fair maiden had turned out to be ugly and bad tempered, and all their boasting about killing the dragon and bringing home a princess had been in vain.
“Now what are we going to do?” Mark asked glumly. His brothers didn’t answer him.
When they had almost reached the bottom of the path, they stopped to examine the bodies of the two beasts that lay in the trees.
“These bandersnatches are huge,” Matthew said. “I wonder who killed them?”
“They’re very ugly,” said Mark.
“Almost as ugly as that girl back there,” said Matthew. The two boys chortled.
“Aren’t you going to say something, Eli?” asked Mark. There was no answer.
When Matthew and Mark turned to their younger brother, they found him studying one of the bandersnatch’s heads, with a puzzled look on his face.
“What is it, Eli?” asked Matthew.
“You know,” Eli said.  “Without the clumpy body, feathers, and long, skinny neck, this head looks almost exactly like a dragon’s head. I mean, look at the shape of the skull, the eyes, the hard ridges along the top of the head. The scales are a bit smaller, but very similar in color. The nostrils and teeth are the same. Isn’t that interesting?”
Matthew pushed Eli out of the way and stared down at the bandersnatch’s head. “I think you’re right. In fact, I think we’ve found the solution to our problems.”
“What do you mean?” Eli said.
Mark grinned. “It’s brilliant! We take this head back home, tell everyone the dragon is dead, and here’s the proof.”
Matthew and Mark slapped hands together. “And we can say that the fair maiden had already been eaten.”
Alarm rose in Eli. “But that’s not true. And besides…”
Matthew scowled at him. “We told everyone we were coming out here to slay the dragon. They all cheered for us at the parade. We were heroes. Do you want to go back home looking like a fool?”

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