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OK, NOT a mixed-race dragon.

Title: Exchange Student
Genre: Fantasy
Wordcount: 600
Notes: Inspired by this thread. I tried hard to imagine what a cross-breed dragon would be like, but ended up transplanting one dragon in another dragon's nest instead. Oh well!

As she glided through the winds, Jin San felt her scales clattering against each other. They were made for winds. They were made to guide her through soft breezes and thunderstorms. The air would pass over her skin, over her scales, blowing behind easily.

But not here. There was not just wind here, there was ice in the air. Ice. And Jin San used to complain about snow in winter? Snow made the skies hard to see, but at least it didn’t pierce through her scales into her skin.

She should have taken the advice of that Northerner, and eaten more. Built a layer of fat under her skin, to insulate her from the cold. But that would have entailed letting some muscle go, too. Jin San was vain. Proud of her slim, whiplash body and the curves she made through the sky. It was her form that was her greatest asset.

The dragons here were different. Here, her form didn’t matter. Not the delicate whiskers on her face, trailing like whispers on the wind, not her horns, not the elegant rudder her tail made. No, they were more impressed with the iridescence of scales, and they compared wing sizes.

Jin San did not have wings. Before she was selected to come here, to this strange mountainous range in the West, she did not even know that she, as a dragon, needed wings. She was well-versed in biology, enough to know that all dragons could fill themselves with hot air that enabled them to lift off, and her scales and the sleekness of her body wended its way through the air, much like the snakes on the ground used their scales and muscles to push themselves along the ground without feet.

Here, the dragons puffed themselves up like round balls, particularly the males. She admitted that when they did that, it showed off their muscles particularly well, and she appreciated muscle. But she had never thought she needed wings. They watched her pityingly, and the males in particular grew aggressive and constantly asked if she needed help, wingless creature that she was. As if to be wingless was to be pathetic and helpless. She had been here a year, and surely, she had shown herself to be more than capable. Of course, there was the issue of the cold, but she didn’t complain about it much.

She approached the top of a mountain, where dragons her age were schooled. Many of them were on the cliffs, chatting amongst themselves, some of them clustered over carrion meals. Recess was almost over, and it would be back into the warm caves. Jin San liked to fly during recess – it kept her warmer than if she had merely stayed among her peers.

One of them lifted his head and saw her descent. “Watch out for that tree!” he called.

Jin San sighed, landed gracefully by using the tree to slow herself, her talons catching on specific branches strategically so when she had finally released the hot air in her belly, she was wrapped around the tree, in what was called the Landing Embrace. She was proud to have mastered it.

She trotted up back to the cave mouth. “I told you to watch out for that tree!” Nostrjwaljr told her merrily.

She ignored him, and went into the cave, back to the Cavern of Learning, not so warm as the southern sea. Everyone else loomed over her, their bodies bulkier even with wings folded, taller than her slender form.

It was only three years, she reminded herself. She had two more years left.

Comments

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stephiepenguin
Jan. 20th, 2010 11:18 am (UTC)
too adorable! i love jin san, and i love the arrogance of those western dragons. :o)
fantasyecho
Jan. 21st, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Thanks =) Not all the Western dragons will be like that, of course. These are just juveniles. I was going to put in a mentor dragon, but I decided to cap this at 600 words.
jolantru
Jan. 20th, 2010 11:19 am (UTC)
I like this! Much love! :)
fantasyecho
Jan. 21st, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Thanks!
ardwynna_m
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Aw, cute. Shadows of the Asian girl getting attention she isn't in to, maybe? And the usual Western way of assuming there's only one way to do something.
fantasyecho
Jan. 21st, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Haha, not just Asian girls, from what I can tell. I'm lucky enough that I didn't get that much, but it happens so often, I felt I needed to give a hat tip.
mistressnaoko
Jan. 20th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Might write a quickie based on this tomorrow. :d When I awake from slumber. XD
fantasyecho
Jan. 21st, 2010 01:57 am (UTC)
Woo!
mistressnaoko
Jan. 21st, 2010 02:21 am (UTC)
*nom noms you for inspiration*
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fantasyecho
Feb. 7th, 2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Thanks!
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