Once upon a mid-life fairy-tale, there existed an eccentric, reasonably attractive and sometimes happy, emerald green dragon.
She shared her time and life amongst a mixture of deity’s, menageries, stories, rights and wrongs. She was often confused because of these blends and would make terrible life affecting decisions; despite her animal friend’s warnings! Dragon’s are noble creatures yet very stubborn unfortunately!
Her emerald green radiance was caused by dust created (accidently) after her massive rear connected too heavily with a mound of sad emerald gems left carelessly by long gone Rabbits, Dogs, Sheep, Roosters and Ox’s; all the wrong types of lovers for a Dragon! These encounters turned Dee from a lovely passive, naïve, fun loving, pink Dragon into the skeptical, pessimistic and mistrusting green one she’d now become.
Despite her green demeanour though, her heart was still true and honest. Painfully honest. Yet another unfortunate Dragon trait! To survive now, she decided to put up with anything.
After many drawn years nesting with an indifferent Dragon who continually chased his own tail, was cruel with his loving and left her with scars from his emotionally critical bites, she’d often cry rivers of tears which flowed sadly over her. This caused her beautiful scales to finally rust; turning them from a subdued summer into an all too soon, mellowed autumn. Pretty, actually, when observed from a distance but when seen close-up, the scales appeared flaky and dry. Parts of her now would blow away with any breath of animosity.
To help survive her torment she’d bathe at the pool of intrigue and imagination; soothing her aching body and broken heart from the complications caused by her corroding life. Whilst dipping there one day, she met Muroidea. Appearing only as an apparition; his words, his sentences flowed like glue to somehow mend her broken heart, although, she new too well, they could never be together.
Nevertheless, she was finally able to survive each day, freed by the confidence she’d found at the pool and by the loving, poetic words of a Rat.
Basically a story of how I ‘survive’ my day to day rigmoral incorporating the Chinese Zodiac and other ‘metaphors’ to portray it.