A Dragon for Christmas

by M.D. Neu

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Carmen is eleven years old and wants to get her dragon. Since she was seven years old, she understood two things. One, she was going to be the strongest Dragon Keeper there ever was. The second was that she was going to marry her best friend, Mattie.

As Christmas approaches the magical charms Carmen has to use to fight off her curse are taking a toll on her health. But that can’t stop her from taking her final test to become a Dragon Keeper. If she passes her test she gets her dragon, if not, she has to start all over, relying on different magical charms to fight the curse for her. That is something Carmen doesn’t want to have to go through. The testing is difficult and charms make her sick. Carmen has decided that if she doesn’t get her dragon this Christmas she’s not going to go for a third attempt, even if that means she can’t marry Mattie when she grows up.

A Dragon for Christmas

Book Info

Author: M.D. Neu

Release Date: December 18, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-947904-67-5

Format: ePub, Mobi

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Category: Romance

Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Theme: Seasonal, Young Adult

Word Count: 12600

Pages: 40

Sex Content: N/A

Pairing: FF

Orientation: Lesbian

Identity: Cisgender

Excerpt

A Dragon for Christmas
M.D. Neu © 2017
All Rights Reserved

“Carmen, mija, you awake? Do you want something to eat?”

I open my eyes. “I’m not hungry.”

“You need to eat. How do you expect to keep your strength?”

I don’t respond. The magical charms upset my stomach to the point where I can’t eat. I know they are supposed to fight the curse, but do they have to make me feel so bad? Even the ones my dad helps to create. They all suck.

Mija?”

“I’ll eat something later, I promise.” I have to respond, or Mom’ll keep bugging me. All I want to do is rest.

I glance out the window to the training yard. This year, I’m getting my dragon for Christmas, and I’ll have different charms that hopefully won’t make me feel crummy all the time. That’ll be good. I thought I was going to get it a few years ago when Mattie got hers, but my bonding with the Yellow-Tip Dragon didn’t stick even with the fancy charms the Master Dragon Trainer created.

It sucked after the Yellow-Tip was gone and I was cleared of its influence. I had to start the whole testing and training process again. It was either go through the process or have the curse come back full force, and I really didn’t want that to happen.

Oh look, an African Tiger-Stripe just flew by the window.

There are all kinds of different dragons that people can get, like the California Green Belly—that’s what Mattie has. I’m hoping for the Blue Bottom from Lake Tahoe or the Mountain Poppy—it’s a pretty orange. I suppose I shouldn’t be picky as long as I get a dragon. I have to remind myself not everyone can get one. You have to be born special, like me. I forget the exact day, but back when I was seven, my folks and the Master Dragon Trainer told me I was going to get my very own dragon. I was so excited because I met Mattie around the same time, and I realized when we grew up I was going to marry her.

I watch the dragons flying around down in the training yard amongst the trees. Seeing the other kids playing with their dragons, I wish I could be with them. It’s not cold and there isn’t any rain today, but I’m stuck in my room, recovering from my last round of tests. I shift in my bed for a better view out the window, but I can’t see Mattie or Gary, her dragon. She must be with her parents.

I hope she comes by. She smells like strawberries, and her smile and laugh make me feel better.

When I talk about marrying Mattie, my dad tells me to focus on my dragon first. My mom doesn’t like me talking like that. I think it upsets her, but I don’t get why.

When I tell the DTs (Dragon Techs) about me and Mattie, they smile and remind me I need to focus on my testing and training.

Dragon training is important, but so is being friends with Mattie. Why can’t I do both at the same time? I guess it’s because the training isn’t easy and I get tired a lot, but if that’s what it takes to get my dragon, then I’m gonna do it.

I shift again, unable to get comfortable. I’ve been in this room too long and need to get outside and move around. If I were at home, I’d be in my own room. My bed is huge and fluffy with lots of pillows. Mom let me pick them out myself. I love my house, it always smells like freshly baked bread. Well, it used to, before I started training for my dragon. Now it smells funny, like the training center. My mom is always cleaning and doesn’t want to bake anymore.

Still, I’m lucky. I don’t live far from one of the best dragon training campuses in the country, the Packard Family Dragon Foundation. It’s amazing, and right next door is this big fancy college. I hope to go there when I get older, but my dad wants me to go to his school where he teaches. Anyway, I have time before I have to make that choice.

A Gilroy Glider soars by my window. It’s double the size of the African Tiger-Stripe and is a solid brown color. So cool.

There are three humungous dragon-breeding centers here as well, so I’m doubly lucky. I’ve gotten to go to the big facility in San Jose, where we live. It’s huge and filled with at least one of every type of dragon. Mattie and I went there once during one of her extended stays at the center while she was training. We had such a blast.

Mattie’s family has to come from Reno for her training. Now that she has her dragon, she only needs to come and make sure the bond is holding and ensure she and her dragon are getting along. They also check her charms to make sure they are still assisting with the dragon bond. Sometimes they need to exchange them for stronger charms.

I can’t wait for that.

5 reviews for A Dragon for Christmas

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Pongratz

    All Carmen wants for Christmas is to have the dragon of her dreams. Well, that and to feel better. Carmen is cursed, just like her best friend Mattie was. The only way for her to feel better is to get her dragon and bond with it. Will she get her dragon for Christmas? Will she be with Mattie forever like she’s always dreamed?

    A Dragon for Christmas is a short story that I would call fantasy light. Dragons exist and are bred to help those who are cursed, but other than that it’s set in today’s time. The reader journeys along with Carmen over the years during Christmas time, which happens to be an important time of the year for her.

    I really liked the family dynamic that Carmen had. I can definitely remember feeling the same way about my parents when I was a teenager. I also liked that we got to experience several Christmases and Carmen’s personal growth. Everything flowed really well and was easy to read. And I mean, come on. Dragons!

    Ultimately, I would recommend this short story to anyone who is looking for a nice light read that is both entertaining and heartfelt.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Barbara Russell

    Carmen, a girl who lives in the lovely city of San Jose, is cursed. Unless she bonds with a dragon like her best friend Mattie, she’ll die. That’s why Carmen wants a dragon for Christmas, a dragon who will share his life with her and make her strong again. She also wants to marry her best friend, but her curse stands in the way.
    This short, fantasy story is beautifully written with a gorgeous cast of easy relatable characters. M. D. Neu evokes strong emotions from the reader in this lovely, touching story. I strongly recommend it to anyone who loves dragon, a love story, and a touch of suspense.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    A Hall

    A Dragon for Christmas is a novelette that follows Carmen from 11 years old on her journey as a Dragon Keeper. I thought at first the story was going to be that rarest of things, a mid-grade LGBT+ book, but the story follows Carmen much further into her life, flying through Christmases, as we see her childhood crush on Mattie bloom into a relationship in adulthood.

    The dragon aspects reminded me a little of How to Train Your Dragon, but in a contemporary setting. There are some nice details about the different types of dragons and charms. The real world and fantasy elements blend well. And the voice of Carmen ages convincingly with her.

    I would have liked to understand the curses that the Dragon Keepers suffer from better, which for me was the only flaw in the story. The first half of the story with younger Carmen was well developed, but the second half, with older Carmen, felt a little rushed. Having said that, it’s still an enjoyable read – a fresh, light-hearted contemporary fantasy/love story with a lesbian main character.

    (I received an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.)

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Such an adorable read for the Christmas holiday. A perfectly written, light-hearted story that can be shared with the entire family, with a surprising amount of twists and turns that keep you turning the pages.

    Will Carmen get her Dragon for Christmas? You must read to find out!
    Highly recommended!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    TJReed

    A wonderful story of hope and love, M.D. Neu’s A Dragon For Christmas is a must read for the Holiday Season. I know I’ll be wanting my dragon for Christmas this year!

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