1.) a mythical creature generally represented as a huge, winged reptile with a crested head, enormous claws and teeth and usually spouting fire.
3.) a fierce, violent person.
I am the dragon, viewed as evil by all. I have no feelings. I'm a fearsome beast, horribly vicious and bloodthirsty.
All one must do to be a hero is to slay me and save the princess.
I hoard treasure. I am a villain. The bad guy.
But what if the princess
Grew tired of her parents that never understood
Why she got upset when they insisted she marry a prince
(Who could never really love her, not properly)
And came to me with tears in her eyes?
What if I had compassion on her
I'll build you a tower.
I can protect you from bothering princes and mean grandmothers and kings and queens
And you can see the stars out your window
You will always be with me
And you will be safe.
(I thought for the thousandth time how truly beautiful she is;
I'm no prince, but even a dragon
Could see that.)
All right, she said.
But then one day, what if
A prince came
With a sword so shiny it hurt
Hurt even more when he killed me with it
Hurt when I heard the princess' sobs
Right before I passed
And the prince swept her off her feet, despite her tears
And insisted that her brain was simply addled
From the tower
As she stared back at her shattered safe haven, as her worst nightmare came true
She'll pretend to be happy, like she does
Maybe she'll even end up loving him
But my memory will surely fade,
For no one could care for a dragon.
What if I was simply trying
To protect the princess?