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Watersnake, Firesnake

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Published: 2007
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,412 / 10 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.8
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 508
Added to site: 2007.04.25 16685
License: by-nc-nd

he egg inside, and placed it back in his dresser drawer.

Chan closed the drawer, and walked across the hall to his parents' bedroom. They lay on the bed with their arms behind their backs and their feet bound together. Dirty rags had been stuffed in their mouths. And instead of looking happy to see Chan, theirging one day between the fence and the west side of the house for grubs to feed to his pet chameleon, Rainbow. It was a warm July day not long after his tenth birthday. He often went there because it was cool and damp from the shade of the trees, and the worms seemed to like it there. He never took more than he needed, then he thanked the grubs for sacrificing their lives so that Rainbow could remain living and being his pet. Chan was very kind-hearted when it came to grubs.

As Chan was digging with his stick, he hit something hard and it made a loud clang. He brought the stick down again and heard the same metal noise. Chan thought it might be treasure, since his aunt had found a jewelry box filled with pearls in her garden last year. He scrabbled and dug for ten more minutes before uncovering the egg. It was heavier than it looked.

The egg was the size of a goose egg, but black with flecks of silver and red running across its surface. When he held it, a warmth spread throughout his body, and he had the momentary impression of flying. It seemed to be unbreakable as well, since it remained whole after Chan tripped over his own shoes and dropped it on the ground.

He snuck back to his room and set the egg on a small pillow, then surrounded it wit

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 2 reviews: ***
Sardo Weems

A fantasy story about an unlucky Chinese boy who finds a mysterious egg. It's fairy tale-like and dream-like, which means anything can happen without much reliance on reason or the laws of nature. It's not a fable, there is no moral, so it was kind of hard for me to justify the story.

The writing is craftsmanlike.


Good fantasy short story set in China about a little boy who finds a magic egg. Has a fairytale feel to it.



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