The Tale of the Duck Dragon
Hello young traders, today I have a story for you. It all started in the city of Abuda. In that city there lived a young boy named Ali Kassim. Ali was a merchant, and sometimes he made a good bargain but he wasn’t very popular and wasn’t very wealthy. So one day Ali was looking for a bargain and he herd a story of the Duck Dragon of the desert. People say that the Duck Dragon holds all the treasure in Arabia, and the most valuable jewel in the world the jewel of the Duck Dragon. The merchant who was telling the story Saw Ali and said “You there, Ali Kassim I want to give you an offer.”
“I’m listening.” Ali said
“I’m seeking a strong man who can go out to get the jewel of the Duck Dragon. All I want is the jewel you can have the treasure.”
“Hmm, that is an interesting offer, let me sleep on it then you will have my decision.”
So Ali went home to his mother, they ate figs and talked about the offer. “yes Ali do it!” his mother cried. “We need the money and besides that you are a strong man you can do it.”
“Ok, mom just let me sleep then I will decide.”
The next day Ali returned to the merchant and said
“Will you give me food and supplies?”
“Yes, Camels, Swords any thing you want. But I do have to advise you about a few complications.”
“Oh, that is all right.” Ali said nervously
“Ali, along your path there many monsters, so be careful of them.
Also there is one more person going after this treasure his name is Abodu Abi, he is a dangerous man so kill him before you get to the cave.” The merchant said “You leave tomorrow.” So Ali went home and prepared fore the day ahead.
Ali left the following day, he had a map to guide his way
the map said Ali would cross a dessert then a valley on to the hills and to the oasis cave. So Ali crossed the desert but wen he got to the valley Ali was stopped by a giant sand snake. Ali got off his camel and said “giant sand snake I’m Ali Kassim I wish to cross this valley, so let me cross in peace.” But the sand snake snapped at Ali anyway but as Ali was about to draw his sword Abodu Abi came riding in first he beheaded the snake and pouched it’s head and rode away laughing.
Ali was mad. The merchant had said to be careful of Abodu. With that in mind he rode on toward the hills. When he got there he met Abodu, but Abodu was trapped in the pit of a desert sand lion. Ali looked at Abodu and said “Abodu you are very unwise for getting trapped there.”
“Ali”, Abodu began “You are as slow and as dumb as a old starved dessert rat!”
Just as Abodu said that the sand lion began to emerge, then it rose from the sand but didn’t see Abodu it saw Ali it struck at Ali then ate his camel. Abodu escaped during all the commotion. Ali fought with all his might, and eventually slain the sand lion. Ali had dulled his sword and lost all his supplies and don’t forget the camel.
Ali walked on foot for three hours until he reached a oasis.
He walked until he found a brook. This brook was not on the map, so he decided to follow it up stream. Ali followed the stream until it formed a pond Ali sipped some of the water, it was warm and it smelt funny so he left the strange pond later to see it was a hot water spring. Ali walked until he found a waterfall, so he climbed the rocks around the waterfall and peered over the top, it was a giant geyser! Then Ali looked down at the waterfall and saw the entrance to a cave behind it, he hoped right in. As Ali looked around the cave opened in to a large cavern. Well Ali needed a fez, sword, vest, belt and a shield wouldn’t hurt. he spotted few dead bodies in the corner and he took all he could.
Ali looked at he many passages trying to decide which one to walk down. Suddenly he herd a voice “Ali Kassim, be gone from this place. The dragon’s treasure is mine!” Ali knew that voice, it was Abodu’s Voice, so Ali said “Abodu Abi come out here and fight like a Muslim .” Suddenly Abodu jumps out of a crack and attempts to stab Ali.
As Ali and Abodu fight a shadow is cast upon the floor, the Duck Dragons shadow. The two merchants look in horror as the Duck Dragon rises from it’s den. First it snaps at Abodu and then it mutilates him and drops the bloody carcass on the cold floor. Ali runs behind a rock. Just then I walk in to the cave, I was there to kill everything and return home with the jewel. I hid behind a rock, but the dragon herd me come in. In a jiffy it smelt Ali and breathed fire on Ali’s rock, Ali ran for the next rock but the dragon got him. First it shredded his torso in half and let the bloody, pulsating body fall to the ground. But then I snatched up the sword Ali dropped and sliced open the dragons stomach, spilling it’s intestines on the cave floor.
So when it was all over I bagged the gold and the dragons head and flew home on my magic carpet, here it is… it shrunk in the wash. So remember, stories don’t always end the way you think Thank You
PS you know that guy I was going to give the jewel to … he is washing dishes five days a week in the castle I own now. looser!