The Story of Owen
dragon slayer of Trondheim
Young adult fiction
Bards and bardism
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I never understood teenagers who escaped to their rooms and hid all the time. If they didn't know what their parents were up to, how did they hope to properly evade them?
After World War II, when automobiles became a staple of Western culture and the dragon population boomed thanks to the glut of carbon emissions over Europe, the United States, and Japan, there were a bunch of car-related tragedies in rural North America. It wasn't so bad in cities or in Europe, where the population was concentrated and there were always more appealing targets for dragons to go after than a lone car. But in the countryside, a carbon-burning car was one of the most dangerous places to be. After a dozen years of debate on whether to allow teenagers to drive, the government finally implemented an education program to teach young drivers how to drive defensively, providing the basics of what to do in case a dragon tried to make off with your car while you were in it.
A botched dragon slaying can be something of a disaster. Since dragons enjoy feeding on carbon emissions and do so whenever possible, a messy dragon slaying with multiple leaks can cause upheaval in a local environment. After Rome defeated Carthage, for example, the legionnaire dragon slayers went out of their way to butcher dragons improperly in the area around the fallen city. The resulting desert eventually spread to cover most of North Africa.
"It will let Owen learn how to track dragons properly, and it will keep you out of the library, where you might get into something you're not supposed to."
"Let me get this straight," I said, having swallowed. "You are sending me out in a minivan whose date of manufacture predates the year of my birth, so that I can watch two dragon slayers track down enormous fire-breathing animals, in an effort to prevent me from spending time in the library?"
"There's no supervision in the library," Dad said.
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