Mercy Killing the Dragon by Autumn Nicole Bradley
Approx. 5,550 words.
Published on July 8, 2011.
The dragons held no sway over a people as great as the Rana. To prove it, they nailed a dragon to the walls of the city and left it to bleed, undying, for a decade. But no greatness trickled down to the children who lived in the shadow of the east gate, only the dragon's blood. When Maharta learns what true suffering is, he sets out to end the dragon's misery and atone for his people.