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Enter the Komodo

By Elizabeth Hopkinson
Jan 6, 2020 · 3,387 words · 13 minutes

A Komodo Dragon wanders around its enclosure in the hope of finding something to eat. They are the biggest type of lizard in the world and are found on a few islands in Indonesia.

Photo by David Clode via Unsplash.

From the author: Antimony needs a man like the Academy of Lagado needs a paper bicycle. As its new Chancellor, she is determined to bring the Swiftian institution into the modern world. So, why has a Komodo dragon arrived on her doorstep with a sign saying Marry Me around its neck? And how can she get rid of it? A lightheated story inspired by Gulliver's Travels.

If it was someone's idea of a practical joke, Antimony decided, then it wasn't very funny. By rights, she ought to have the creature quarantined immediately. Appearances of lizards (of any sort) needed clamping down pretty severely ever since the Projectors in Room 309 had got hold of that Escher print. One gecko out of place and the whole of Lagado's Old Quarter could be patterned over by suppertime. The public health risk didn't bear thinking about. But for some reason, she felt strangely...

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