Drabble Babble Challenge: Dinosaurs Edition

April 2016

Drew had a pet

by Leonie Hauri

Drew had a pet dinosaur named Alfred.

It was imaginary, of course, but being six-and-a-half, imaginary pets were not unusual. His friend Jane had a pet rhino.

What was unusual was the things Alfred told him. Like how granny was going to break her knee and Jane was going to move away. Everything Alfred said always came true.

So one day Drew asked what was going to happen to him when he grew up. Alfred looked at him funny and said, "I don't think you ever will."

"Will what?"

"Grow up."

Three days later Drew was hit by a car.

Rubber Dinosaurs

by Amanda P. X. Sim (Gryffindor)

"Let's pick a friendship token each!" said the girl with long dark hair. She beamed at her two companions, holding up a tiny red brontosaurus. It was their first trip to the city together.

Written behind the frame was "Many happy returns, with love from both of us". The girl with brown curls placed the precious photo on the mantelpiece, right beside her little blue pteranodon.

The dusty old box was filled with a random assortment, but the girl with short blonde hair noticed the small yellow stegosaurus. It had been years. "Hey, let's meet up for coffee," she texted.

Long Ago

by Adelaide Nyx (Slytherin)

Long ago, there was a species called the Cachee-Belle, or Shay for short. Shay was an awkward creature, with disproportionate limbs and awkward hair patches. Obviously, there were prettier species of dinosaurs, but she was the only existing Cachee-Belle. She went through the first years of her life being teased, but despite everything, she was always nice and happy. Shay woke up one spring morning, after hibernation, and she looked completely different! She had changed from an awkward creature to a beautiful dinosaur with beautiful green scales and pretty silver eyes. As her name says, Shay was a hidden beauty.

My Dinosaur the Rotary Phone

by February Fortescue (Slytherin)

I own a rotary phone which still rings and can be answered, but can't dial out because of modern technology. Imagine that: a working phone over forty years old.

Granted, this dinosaur, even if it could dial out, takes a long time to dial a number, has no speed dial, no redial, no memory, no caller id, no call waiting, and no lit up dial. It does make some awesome sounds when you dial, however, and it is very heavy, so if you ever need to defend yourself from an intruder, you can always swing the receiver like a weapon.

One Day

by Leonie Hauri

One day, Deran Shuk told his father he was going to be an paleontologist.

Ten years later, Deran met a beautiful woman at a dig.

Two years later, they married.

One year later, Timothy was born.

Five years later, Timothy told his father that he was going to be a paleontologist too.

Deran remembered the hot, dusty days. The cold winter nights. The days spent searching for dinosaur bones with no luck. The hours spent arranging each bone fragment. The time wasted.

Deran opened his mouth to speak, looked into his son's trusting eyes, closed it, and smiled. "Sounds great."

My Dinosaur: 1950's TV Lamp

by February Fortescue (Slytherin)

According to my grandparents, who are now deceased, back in the 1950's when television was new, people were convinced that sitting too close to the screen would harm your eyesight. Almost everyone purchased a television lamp to be placed near the television set. The lamp didn't give off very much light, but it counteracted any potential damage to your eyes.

Fast forward to 2016. If you are lucky like I am, your grandparents purchased a sleek black panther lamp and passed it down to you. This lamp looks amazing with my living room d├ęcor and is wonderful for mood lighting.