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Through the thickly-wooded forest walked a young man.  He was dressed in the plain garb of his city’s poorest inhabitants, but there was something different about this boy.  He was finally going to be something more than a farmer, like his father.
For in his hands he carried a large stone.  He could get so much money from it; it was a crystalline sapphire color and shone like the wings of an iridescent Morpho butterfly.  It weighed at least ten pounds; the boy with the dirty brown hair was now struggling to carry it as he had already been walking for at least two miles.  He couldn’t have ridden his horse out here at such a late hour, even in the dark.  There was too great a risk of being followed.
He brought his light eyes down on the stone, which he smiled at gingerly. “This will solve all of our problems,” he whispered happily, cherishing the words that would change his unfortunate life.  With a burst of adrenaline, he took several quick steps forward and noticed several tree markings that he had made long, long ago.  Even in the dark, he could find his way on from here.
The boy’s leather bag slipped from its position on his shoulder for about the thousandth time.  He stopped briefly and pulled it back up.  In that moment of silence he heard a slight rustling in the woods to his left.  Chills ran up his spine, and so he didn’t hesitate in the slightest to run forward toward his hiding place.
He threw the stone headfirst into a small tunnel of brambles and vines, quickly following it.  He pushed it along for almost ten feet before it gently rolled down a shallow slope and into an open space of about seven or eight feet in circumference.  It was grassy and warm, despite the fact that the sun hadn’t reached it for at least three years.  That was how long ago the boy had constructed it by himself.
It was his own little place to be alone, no matter what was going on around him or in his life.  It was his sanctuary, his true home.  There he could think deeply, speak aloud to himself, and hide treasures that were his and only his.  No one, not even his two brothers, knew about it.  It was his one secret.
And so here he placed the large sapphire rock, perfectly smooth and such an elegant shape.  It rested alongside a silver knife and notebook full of drawings that no one else would ever see. “I’ll take you to the market in the morning,” the boy said pointedly to the rock, pointing at it and smiling, crawling back through the bramble tunnel and sprinting back through the trees to his family’s house in the city.
Resting in the darkness in the dirt, the dragon egg stirred slightly, barely enough to even be noticed, barely enough for even the breeze to care.
I got into the second round of the third annual tournament over at :iconwriters--club: :la: This is my entry, with the theme "Sanctuary." :D

Info here: [link]

I also entered this into a contest-themed contest! :la: check it out here: [link]

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Feanor-the-Dragon Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whaoh!!! :wow: Shivers down the spine!!!
You must continue this one!!!! Seriously! I must know what happens next! :eager:
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwwwwwwww :love: I'm glad you like it so much!!! :D
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SourAir Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa... :faint: It's so powerful, but it gives such a peaceful feeling at the same time... I really like this! :iconfukojumpplz: Great work! :la:
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awwww thanks!!! :tighthug:
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SourAir Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! ^^
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I couldn't help but be reminded of Paulo Cohelo's "The Alchemist"... wow...
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
hahaha
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shehrozeameen Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
hahaha :)
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iKestrel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist
This reminds me of Eragon...
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
lol that's awesome! :D
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iKestrel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist
=D
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usererror41 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
:D I so knew it was a dragon egg from the description (and your love of dragons)! Good story, glad to see you made it to the second round. So did I.

Best of luck for the contest.
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you did, did you? :XD: awesome! :la: thank you so much, and since you went on too, I doubt I'm going to win anything now :XD: hahaha
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usererror41 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Maybe, maybe not. We shall see. I honestly think you've got a shot at this.

Shall we make a little wager? If you make it through a round that I don't I'll write you a story about dragons that I'm sure you'll love. If I make it through a round you don't you'll have to read my book (currently 7 chapters, but I'll soon add a couple more) and critique it. If we both make it to the final prompt we both win. I'm also open to other suggestions for stakes, and it won't bother me if you decline the wager. I just think it might be fun.
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like the bet's on, huh?! :dummy: WHOO! Or do we have to see if one of us wins the third round? :aww:
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usererror41 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Oh, it's on :iconitisonplz:

Whoever makes it into a higher placement:

1st place (obvious winner of our wager)
2nd place
3rd place
honorable mention
not selected

If we tie somewhere in there then we both read/critique the other's book.
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
DEAL! :iconyeahplz:
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usererror41 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
Good luck!
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks! :D you too!!!
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ooh, that sounds very fun :iconnudgeplz: we should totally do that!!! :dummy: how about if you win I read your book and critique it, and if I win you read my current book and critique it (it's short so far too ;))

:la:
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usererror41 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Sounds good.
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome ;)
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ninjakookies Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so good!
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :iconiloveyouplz:
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ninjakookies Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem dragy!
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TheWritingDragon Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:love:
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ninjakookies Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconhuggleplz:
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