On this blog I want to point out a very strange and original short story by Orson Scott Card. I read it many years ago within a compilation of short stories on dragons. An they are very bizarre dragons. Female dragons, at least some of them appear to have human form, if you omit they grey skin, flying powers and sizzling spit. The male dragons seem very “standard” dragons and they are small. But they all appear to want to dominate the world, starting from a small city called Hierusalem.
In the story it appears that only one very old dragon remains, And he spends the last of his energy growing a penis large enough to, and in inseminating the queen (yeah, dragons can mate with humans). But the butterflies, who are the natural enemies of dragons and some sort of fundamental spirit of the land, call upon a man to reach the queen as she gives birth to a she-dragon and kill the babe. But he can’t. The dragon looks too human, and for that he becomes the unwilling lover of such dragon who with his help gives birth to many dragons to take control first of Hierusalem and then of the world.
As ever, I’m not fond of the evil dragon stigma, however I must admit that this amazed me from the start. It was quite different from what I had become accustomed to expect. Even the evil of the dragons was not the usual evil. It was more like something you would expect from devils or even faeries. It is completely surreal, down to the poor queen lost in her own palace. An interesting piece to read for those who like to feel a bit shaken and disturbed by a story.