Sunday Photo Fiction: Puff

Lydia was a wallflower. She was such a wallflower that other kids didn’t notice her. What she needed was a good friend, who would help her overcome her shyness and help raise her self confidence.

Remarkably, she made an unlikely friend, a dragon named, Puff. He followed her everywhere she went and finally, her peers began to notice her. In fact, they began to treat her as though they had known her all her life and she blossomed into a beautiful and self-confident young woman.

One day Puff said to her,

“I have to leave. Sadly, I have lost my magical powers.” He sighed and hung his head.

Lydia started crying, “No Puff. You can’t leave. I wouldn’t be able to bear it.” She sobbed, touching Puff’s kind and loving heart.

“Lydia,” he cooed, “You can do it on your own. Now, YOU have the power.” He touched her softly with the tip of his powerful tail. Suddenly, in a puff of smoke, Puff was gone, along with any memories Lydia had of her sweet friend.

She doesn’t understand why “Puff the Magic Dragon” is her favorite song or why she cries every time she hears it.


(197 words)

Photo Credit: Alister Forbes

Alister Forbes is the kind host of the Sunday Photo Fiction Challenge and gives us a photo plus 200 words and challenges us to write a story. This is my submission. Everyone is welcome to participate in this challenge. If you are interested, check out this link SundayPhotoFiction


59 thoughts on “Sunday Photo Fiction: Puff

  1. Such a sweet but sad story. Poor Lydia, if she could just remember the good times they had together, she may be a stronger person. Maybe she will find another Puff or similar in her life. Well done, Joy.πŸ˜ƒ

  2. This was a really enjoyable read, PJ, with a touching storyline. I love the way Puff becomes Lydia’s friend at her time of need and gives her the confidence to face life and other people. Although it has a sadness about it as Puff leaves, we’re left with the feeling that Lydia will be OK now. πŸ™‚

  3. I was also thinking about Puff the magic dragon. You did an awesome job of writing this piece. I love the way Puff gives his strength over to her. I am sure she will cope now that she knows how to do it.

  4. Beautiful! My mind was blank for this photo, but you did a awesome job! I have always loved the Puff the Magic Dragon song! I actually still have a stuffed seal that my sister made for me when I was little and sewed in a music box that played Puff the Magic Dragon πŸ™‚

  5. A fairy tale πŸ™‚ Thank you PJ πŸ˜€ I do hope someday Puff comes back and they find those memories again πŸ˜€

    • Thank you Ellespeth. Yes, he has given out so much of his magic that he doesn’t have any left and has to retire. But he has been looking forward to retirement. πŸ˜€

  6. Clever story. I trust Lydia remains strong and confident (but dangerous to be too close) and I hope Puff gets some powers back someday.

  7. A lovely story, and a wonderful message too!
    This reminded me of ‘Pete’s Dragon’ (all the memories have flooded back).

  8. Such a sweet story, Joy. The dragon would have been sweet and small (as he was able to go with her everywhere unlike other big dragons) like his name – Puff. πŸ™‚

  9. It’s so sad she lost her best friend. If only Puff had left one memory for Lydia to remember who had given her the confidence she lacked. I hope he comes back to visit her πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Lrod, and I understand. It is sad she lost her best friend and he is somewhere in her subconscience. She probably dreams about him and their friendship at night. They will see each other again when her life on this earth has ended.

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