by Kit Hamada
Mage Hellebore spoke of birds that lay their eggs in Heaven: the younglings hatch as they plummet earthwards.
I was practising scrying in the high tower when I saw the iridescent black egg drop from the sky.
Even if it began to hatch now, it would be too late. I cast a keep-safe spell and prayed that it took. I was an apprentice still.
The egg lay at the base of the tower, miraculously intact. As I held it, it rocked and crackled; the monster began to emerge.
Too late, I remembered how the story ends: in fire and destruction.
Author bio: Part-time writer; full-time dog walking robot.
Valkyrie is part of 101 Fiction issue 11.