Thorfinn and the Dreadful Dragon by David MacPhail

Thorfinn and the Dreadful Dragon by David MacPhail

Author:David MacPhail [David MacPhail and Richard Morgan]
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 9781782505754
Publisher: Floris Books
Published: 2019-05-05T16:00:00+00:00


“Woah! Woah! Woah!” Olaf waved his arms. “You heard that man Hel. That dragon’s ferocious, he said. I distinctly remember the words ‘burn’ and ‘cinder’.”

“Oh, I’m sure she won’t hurt us,” replied Thorfinn. “Not if we’re perfectly nice to her. After so much time alone, she’ll be overjoyed to have visitors.”

Olaf stomped off in a huff. “Yeah, I’m sure that empty stomach of hers will be thrilled to see us!”

***

They pulled in at a tiny cove, the bow of the longship crunching against the pebbly beach. Thorfinn, Harek and Grut leapt over the side, while Velda slung her roll-o-boots over her shoulder for the climb.

Gertrude waved them off. “I’ll haves a tasty snack ready for yous ifs – I mean, whens – you comes back. A lovely boiled beetle stew!”

Olaf glowered at them from his spot near the prow. He had refused to come on account of not wanting to become a tasty snack himself.

“I thought you were a real Viking?” asked Velda with a grin.

“Yeah, a real live one, and I want to stay that way!” huffed Olaf.

The group were just starting to clamber up a track that led towards the cliffs when there was a whine like a slowly deflating balloon. “Hey, wait! You’re not leaving me here with these turnip heads!” Oswald shook his fists and yelled at Harek and Grut, “You must carry me, you bilge rats!”

“No chance, you old goat!” yelled Grut.

“Yes,” he insisted. “Or I’ll put pigeon poo in your ale!”

Harek and Grut stared fearfully at each other, then glanced at Percy, who was perched on the ship’s rail. Percy seemed to shrug.

“Tchoh! Alright!” snapped Harek. He and Grut argued over who would do the carrying. Being Vikings, they didn’t have any straws to draw, so they pulled beard hairs instead.



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