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Rachael Ikins
I go to the fireworks every summer with a good friend of mine; it’s our thing. Last year, Brewerton. The summer before, we sat on the bridge in Baldwinsville.

I wrote a young adult fantasy novel a few years ago, being re-released as “Totems” this spring. The protagonist is a dragon. Dragons are just very dear to my heart. Not as scary monsters but dragons as something special and something good.

I just want to believe in magic.

I remember looking up at the fireworks last summer. And I was thinking of my character Gabrielle; the fireworks were coming from her. Then one exploded in the form of a jellyfish.

Sulfur scent, dragons
linger, glow like jellyfish,
spit smoke, float; fireworks.

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