by Michael A. Hoffman II
Once upon a time a dragon was burning cities to its north and committing mass murder on an unimaginable scale. Now this dragon had previously been able to present itself as a lovable curmudgeon, but when the creatures of the western forest saw in their magic mirrors the burned corpses and the cries of the women and children whom the dragon had incinerated, they began to doubt the dragon and question their support for him.
Now the dragon was more subtle of all creatures, and it cast a spell as follows, "British authorities said today that they had thwarted a terrorist plot to blow up multiple airliners traveling between Britain and the United States and cause mass murder on an unimaginable scale."
By the dragon's enchantment the attention of the forest creatures of the west was shifted from the real life victims of his fire, to the imaginary contours of his fairy tale, and thereafter the dragon breathed his fire with renewed vigor and impunity.
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