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Excavation

Dafydd McKimm is a speculative fiction writer producing primarily short and flash-length stories. His work has appeared in publications such as Deep Magic, Daily Science Fiction, Kaleidotrope, Syntax & Salt, 600 Second Saga, Flash Fiction Online, The Best of British Science Fiction, The Best of British Fantasy, & elsewhere. He was born and grew up in Wales but now lives in Taipei, Taiwan. You can find him online at dafyddmckimm.com.

Eyes aglow, you tell me where the dragon is buried; so early one morning, before the autumn has waned like the moon, we go to dig it up.
You are more excited than I am, brightly singing as you walk, lamp already lit, shovel swinging in your hand, and your smile, your radiant smile, fuller than my gentle happiness.
We have grown up together, and that exposes my heart to you; and this is why it's so hard to look into your blue eyes, deeper than a summer afternoon, and tell you that what you thought an occult find is, in all its macabre elegance, just a sheep, dead in the muck of the culvert:
Scattered white bones.
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022
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