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Literary Bracket

Eric Prister | Thursday, November 5, 2009

Using brute force, swift flying and craftiness, the Dragon was able to overcome the powerfully magical but arrogant Merlin on his way to the Final Four.

“He underestimated my abilities,” the Dragon said after the match. “He thought he could just waltz into the arena and use his hocus pocus to take me down. He was dead wrong.”

Merlin began the match in the forest, trying to neutralize the flying ability of the Dragon. The Dragon, having seen this before, began patiently burning the forest down with his fire breath.

“The forest took stamina,” the Dragon said. “Merlin thought I would get impatient. Once again, he underestimated me.”

n fact, Merlin was the one who became impatient, and growing tired of waiting, exited the forest to face the Dragon head-on. The Dragon instantly rose to the skies, as he had so often done throughout the tournament.

Merlin began launching spells into the air, trying to knock the dragon back down to the earth, but the Dragon was simply too quick. He dodged the shots with ease, biding his time once again. His patience, coupled with Merlin’s arrogance and frustration, soon paid off.

“I knew that if one of his spells made contact with me, I wouldn’t have much chance,” the Dragon said. “It was even kind of lucky that I was able to dodge them all.”

The Dragon then took offensive measures, swooping down occasionally and driving Merlin closer and closer to the water’s edge, unbeknownst to the unprepared wizard. When he drove him close enough, the Dragon struck.

Dodging another of Merlin’s barrage of spells, the Dragon landed and blasted a stream of fiery breath towards Merlin before he could generate another spell. Merlin had to react instinctively, jumping backwards into the water.

Catching him off guard, Merlin tried to steady himself on his new terrain, but this was just the opportunity that the Dragon needed. He snapped at Merlin’s staff, breaking it and destroying Merlin’s only source of power.

“After I broke his staff, I had only one thought on my mind,” the Dragon said. “Lunch.”

In a gruesome display of annoyance on the part of the Dragon, he ripped the unarmed wizard limb from limb before devouring him completely.

“I think he got what he deserved,” the Dragon said. “He has been arrogant throughout the tournament, and he believed that he could outsmart me just as he outsmarted his other, non-human opponents. Dragons resent the belief that we have less intelligence than those miniscule humans, even those with magic. If he was so smart, he would have known that.”

Merlin was unable to comment after the match.

The Dragon is set to face Godzilla in his Final Four matchup, a clash of two oversized lizards with a ferocity that can only be described as cold-blooded and calculating. The Dragon said he understood not to underestimate his opponent.

“Merlin didn’t believe I had the intelligence to defeat him,” the Dragon said. “I won’t make the same mistake. I have to be on my guard. He destroyed Tokyo, for God’s sake.