It’s my pleasure to share a Japanese myth-inspired drabble today by Chris Bannor. Chris has 3 drabbles in Mythical Creatures of Asia, and also features in Southeast Asian Fantasy Drabbles.
They ran from the village, their feast of charcoal and embers complete. They danced in glee, the noisy basabasa of their wings giving away their identity. They disappeared as soon as the villagers came to investigate the sound. The young boys tried to chase them, but they lost the trail long before they reached the bamboo groves.
In the darkness, their banquet finished, the basan pranced around their nests. Their chicken-like feet circled, round and round, crimson comb flopping from side to side. Their bright, colorful plumage showed in brief flashes as they lit the night with their fiery breath.
Chris Bannor is a speculative fiction writer who lives in Southern California. Chris learned her love of genre stories from her mother at an early age and has never veered far from that path. She also enjoys musical theater and road trips with her family but is a general homebody otherwise. You can follow Chris on Facebook @chrisbannorauthor or at her homepage at www.ChrisBannor.com
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