Sunday Photo Fiction: Grandmother’s Secret

Sunday Photo Fiction: Grandmother’s Secret

© A Mixed Bag 2011
© A Mixed Bag 2011

Danielle was enchanted by the dragonflies dashing about her head. The small creatures, zooming from place to place, captivated her attention. Quick as lightning, she could barely keep her eyes on them. How she wished she could touch one. Danielle extended her finger in the air. Immediately, one of the elegant creatures rested on the tip.

“Quickly Joe, take a photo.”

Using his iPhone, her brother Joe captured several shots before the dragonfly flew away.

Later that day, Danielle visited her Grandmother and showed her the photo of her and the dragonfly.

“Just call me the mother of dragon…flies.” Dany laughed at her own joke.

“You come by it naturally, my dear,” said her grandmother. “I am the mother of dragons, and these small creatures are nothing less than the remains of those great beasts.”

Dany noticed her grandmother was reading Game of Thrones again. For as long as she could remember, Grandma Dany claimed to be the real Daenerys Targaryen, brought to this world on the back of very own dragon. Her parents told her this was nothing more than the delusions of an old woman, but Dany knew better. The truth was living in the basement below.


Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge to write a short, 200-word story inspired by a photograph. This week’s photo was provided by A Mixed Bag.

 As a side note, writer’s write from their own experience and this story is no exception. There is always a little truth to the writer’s story. As reader, it is up to you to sort between fantasy and fact.

Dragonfly 3
© Spauldis 2017


18 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Grandmother’s Secret

  1. They must be living in a mansion. Imagine keeping Drogon silent in the basement. This was a good, fun take on the prompt. And good to see the Khaleesi is still alive and kicking. Cheers, Varad

    1. Good question. I picture this story in my home state of Oklahoma and we have a lot of livestock. Maybe some just go missing. Thanks for reading!

  2. Interesting spin on the prompt! Grandma Dany sounds like a very interesting person — and whether that’s the real story or not, I wouldn’t go looking in her basement without her permission. 😉

  3. Just in time for Game of Thrones to return next week.

    I love this story. I love dragons, and dragonflies are so majestic as well. I prefer those to the damselflies.

    1. Thank you! I was inspired by my daughter and her ability to get one to land on her finger. It sort of unraveled from there lol

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