PEARLS ARE NOT GOOD TO EAT

by Tari Gwaemir
A domestic moment.

"Those are gems, not sweets, my dear," Laurence told the dragon, who was flicking a curious tongue over a long strand of pearls.

"I know," Temeraire replied, lifting his head with dignity. "I wanted to...well, I only thought--" He lifted the necklace with a delicate swipe of his claw and gave it a longing look.

"What is it, Temeraire?" Laurence prompted.

"They smelled a little like the sea." Temeraire dropped the pearls delicately back into the jewelry box and sat back on his haunches.

"Perhaps they do, my dear," Laurence replied and silently made a note of the jewelers' name. A bracelet of large pearls...with ocean-blue sapphires...yes, that would do nicely for Temeraire indeed.

END

Temeraire belongs to Naomi Novik.

Written for 31_days theme exchange 2006, from the theme list compiled by Sophia (sophiap).

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