We live in a city with a rich literary history: Sir Walter Scott, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ian Rankin, and J.K. Rowling, just to name a few. For date night this week, Blythe decided that we would become a part of this centuries old tradition by crafting an epic, dual author short story inspired by the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
Because there is no shortage of great coffee shops and cafes in the city, Blythe left it up to me to decide where we would take on this monumental task. Being a massive Potter fan (if you don’t believe me check out this post where I learned to fly a broomstick), the decision was easy: we would write our story at Elephant House,the place J.K. Rowling wrote the first Harry Potter books.
Below is the the most epic short story ever written (by two authors, in Elephant House, on the 12th of June 2016), and at the end I detail how you can share this creative date night with your significant other.
The Dragon of Loch Ness
Written by Blythe:
As the spring of 1376 began to show its face through the melting snow, Lord and Lady McNaughton started preparing their castle, on the shores of Loch Ness, for the busy months ahead. For decades the Lord and Lady had been responsible for the well-being of the people in the small lochside town of Drumnadrochit. The spring and summer months were a time for laughter, blossoming love, and most importantly building up the stocks of food in the castle to support the wee town in the winter months. As the air began to warm and the first flowers began to flash their colors, Lady McNaughton started her yearly tradition of opening all of the windows in the castle to let in the fresh air and sunlight that was so desperately lacking in the winter months. As the sun shown brightly on her face, she knew that this would be a wonderful year.
Written by Kaitlyn:
Life in the Scottish Highlands was never easy. For the few men and women strong enough to brave the frigid winter temperatures and biting gail force winds, spring and summer offered a welcome, albeit small, reprieve. Spring brought with it just enough warmth to keep newborn lambs alive, softer winds allowing a few crops to be grown, and extremely long days lifting the the oppressive veil of darkness that hung over the land and minds of the people in the winter months. As Lady McNaughton surveyed the countryside through her castle window, she couldn’t help but feel the life and joy of spring.
Outside, farmers were tilling their fields, children and dogs were playing, and a mother was shaking out her winter blankets. The hillsides had come alive as the light played in the glens filling all of the nooks and crannies once forgotten and covered by heavy winter snow. Lambs raced through the hills, happily playing while their ever watchful mothers grazed nearby. The scene brought the lady an indescribable sense of peace and contentment.
Suddenly, a new shadow appeared on the hills. The snow white lambs became grey as they were bathed in darkness. The Lady’s blood ran like ice in her veins as a woman screamed in the village below.
In that moment, everything changed.
Written by Blythe:
Lady McNaughton woke with a start. As she toweled the sweat from her forehead and calmed her breathing, she looked around the small room in Edinburgh Castle that she and the Lord were currently residents of. It had been nearly six weeks since they had fled their own castle in Drumnadrochit. Six weeks since the screams of villagers had pierced the smoke filled air on the shores of Loch Ness. Six painful weeks since they had watched the dragon of Shetland take up residence in the castle that they had spent decades building. Lying in bed in the early morning hours, Lady McNaughton made a decision. They would not spend the rest of their lives in fear. No! They would lure the dragon to Edinburgh, and slay him once and for all.
Written by Kaitlyn:
Dragons are driven by greed. It was greed and lust for gold that brought the Shetland dragon to the McNaughton’s castle. Lady McNaughton was sure that they could use that same greed to lure the dragon to Edinburgh. Dragons were a formidable opponent, but with the weaponry and man power at Edinburgh, the Lady was sure that they could defeat him.
After discussing the plan with her husband, the two brought the proposal to King David and the clan council. A long discussion ensued, but eventually it was agreed upon that the dragon needed to be dealt with and that a trap set in Edinburgh would be their best chance of success.
Written by Blythe:
Meanwhile in Drumnadrochit, the dragon died of a heart attack. It turns out villagers are very high in cholesterol.
As a kid, I always hated when the other kids didn’t play by the rules, but Blythe’s unexpected ending was so funny I was perfectly fine with it (after I almost died laughing)!
You don’t have to go to the coffee shop where the Harry Potter books were written if you want to have your own story writing date night, any coffee shop or even coffee in your own living room will do!
If you would like to write your own story, but are having trouble getting the creative juices flowing the guide below might be helpful:
- Time period?
- Names of characters?
- Mission or goal?
- Romantic side story?
If you are still having trouble getting started, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Medieval Adventure
- Life in Space (think Zenon meets Jedi training)
- Victorian Life in a Stately Manner
- Futuristic World with All New Technologies
- The Dream Vacation that a Couple Oddly Similar to Yourself Takes
- The Possibilities are Endless!
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