Fear is a funny thing.
I laughed at it once.
Then it laughed at me.
It bellowed, I cowered,
hiding under a table, shaking, palpitating.
Then it smiled and flew around me
Like a dragon gliding through the air, masterfully.
Its eyes fired up like amber embers
Bright jewels burning with fierce flames.
Protruding teeth jabbed into its jaw.
Its tight scales shimmered with a mesmerising glow.
Rainbow colours danced upon its back and feet;
For a moment I marvelled.
Its belly was a furnace brewing fire.
Smoke streamed from its nostrils,
not only me but all life around it.
Plants lost their strength and wilted.
The heat of its fire burnt me.
I curled up feverishly
Madness overtook me,
Realising my fate was to be eaten alive
by a monster others only dream of.
Had this creature been built by their dreams
Scale by scale?
Had they concocted this horror by their tales of the dragon,
Had their lores energised this beast, making it a reality?
Was it feeding off their fantasy?
Whatever its origin, it was with me.
I was the morsel, he the predator
There was no room for kindness, no space for mercy.
His only goal was to burn and devour.
My laugh was gone, my strength faded
I considered offering to strike a deal
with the creature
To evade capture
But to be its puppet,
for it to be my master,
was a far greater fear.
Its tongue licked me.
Sanity left me.
I appealed for mercy but it opened its mouth wide
and laughed a terrible laugh.
I saw inside its belly
I saw the fires of hell
I waited for it to consume me…
But its jaws did not wrap around me
Its teeth did not pierce me
Its claws did not strike me
It’s fire did not burn me.
Instead, Fear suffocated on its own smoke
It cooked itself from within, charring black
The light in its eyes went out as its strength faded.
It heaved for breath on the ground before me
I almost felt sympathy for its weakened frame,
for the loss of iridescent colour that had danced upon its back.
This was Fear in its fulness.
In fulness of time it had devoured itself.
The dragon burnt itself out.
I puzzled over Fear, its effect and power.
I didn’t know why it had come to an end so swiftly
But I considered that it had not been sent by the Highest authority
It had come of its own accord
And so it had trespassed and destroyed itself
when it waged war.
For I had called on the Name above every Name
and made an allegiance with the King over all.
He turned my captivity, taking captivity captive,
and brought down the dragon.