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  • Keywords
    • child abuse,
    • incest,
    • dragons,
    • spirit guides,
    • alternate worlds,
    • mythical realms,
    • family secrets

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Not a Fairy Tale
by Jacalyn Lewicki

For millennia, selected juvenile dragons from the Seven Kingdoms of Saridon have been commissioned to cross the dimensional boundaries to Earth on missions to accompany gifted or unique humans through their lives to their destinies. Over the years, as dragon society has changed, the original purpose and intent of this Shadowing have been lost, but the programme, entrenched in Saridonian tradition, continues, although much reduced in magnitude. Banpine, a young Silver Iridescent dragon, is sent to Earth to Shadow a human girl named Lydia, born in Saskatchewan in the mid-1950s into a modest home and apparently ordinary family. But things take a dark turn when his young human becomes the victim of sexual and emotional abuse. When at last Lydia reveals the crime to her siblings and mother, she finds herself trapped in a web of duplicity as they attempt to preserve the fiction that their family is whole and functional. As Banpine supports Lydia, helping her to survive the atrocities committed against her, the dragon and human forge a relationship unique in the annals of the Shadow Programme—one that ignites an earthshaking reformation in the dimension of dragons. Not a Fairy Tale is a sophisticated adult fantasy that attacks individual and social apathy toward the suffering of others, making it clear that those who deny or ignore the existence of acts of aggression are as culpable as the perpetrator. It shines an often-uncomfortable light on the way that blind adherence to tradition and devotion to the status quo silence the oppressed and perpetuate abuse. With or without the help of dragons, healing can only begin with speaking and being heard.

Jacalyn Lewicki describes herself as “a poet under the watchful eye of more than a hundred dragons.” Not a Fairy Tale draws on her own life experience, with much of the dialogue built from things actually said to her, though the heroine’s responses are often things she wishes in hindsight she had been strong enough to reply. Jacalyn wrote Not a Fairy Tale both to heal and to be a tool of healing for others. She hopes her writing may provide fuel for others through survival to thriving, as well as ignite a flame in those in a position to support those struggling. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Jacalyn now lives in North Central Alberta with her husband, their cats, and her dragons. She is fascinated by geology, meteorology, sociology, psychology, religious studies, and political science. Her numerous hobbies include but are not limited to gardening, landscaping, knitting, tailoring, golfing, and kayaking.


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