London Short Fiction: The Modern Fire Of London

By Londonist Last edited 111 months ago

Last Updated 15 March 2015

London Short Fiction: The Modern Fire Of London

Continuing our series of short fiction set in, or influenced by London. This week’s story is by eight-year-old Spike Poyton.


One normal day in London, a large scaly blue Dragon came out of the River Thames and walked about the city centre. The Londoners were terrified, as the Dragon said "Ah...Ah...Ah…” and sent a fireball out of his mouth, setting fire to the trees in Hyde Park.

The police tried to chase the Dragon but he said, “Ah…Ah…Ah…” and set fire to their cars.

The Dragon walked on and again said, “Ah…Ah…Ah…” and the London Eye went up in flames.

The firemen were really busy putting out all the fires, so The Mayor came to politely ask the Dragon to stop. The Dragon looked at the Mayor and said, “Ah…Ah…Ah…” and the Mayor got on his bicycle and cycled off before he was toasted.

Then a little boy said, “Listen! I think the poor Dragon has a cough.”

Everyone listened as The Dragon said, “Ah…Ah…Ah… Tishu!” and set fire to Tower Bridge.

The Vet from London Zoo came and gave The Dragon some medicine.

The Dragon went, “Ah…Ah…Ah…Thank You!” and no flames came out of his mouth.

The Dragon was very happy to be cured of his cough, and gave all his gold and treasure to the city to repair everything.

The Queen of England was very happy and built The Dragon his own cave in The Tower of London so he could live there happily ever after, guarding the Crown Jewels.

Copyright, Spike Poyton, who also drew the excellent picture.

We’re still after your stories, which you should send to [email protected]. Entries must be no more than 1,000 words, and must be set in London, or strongly inspired by the city. Full details here.

Previously in this series

For children/by children

General London fiction

  • Mark: A struggling actor becomes a hero of the people.
  • The Guardian of Travellers: Victoria Coach Station passengers take the advice of a sage.
  • Graphic Novels: A celebrated novelist finds inspiration in Shoreditch Library.

London at Night

Christmas in London


London razed

Transport tales


  • Two Four Eight: Lance V Ramsay envisions an Orwellian dystopia in the lingo of future London.
  • Old Nichol: Jill Fricker evokes the woes of the old East End.
  • Clissar: Grazia Brunello dips into the future of north London, through a glass darkly.



  • The Perfect Gift: A Christmas fairy tale in which London’s statues come to life, by Katherine Wheston.
  • The City Inside: Tom Butler has some curious metropolitan anatomy.


  • Jazz Code and the Tube: The ambivalence of dating, by Jenny Mackenzie.
  • A Free Man: Melanie White’s flash fiction piece considers a recently single guy at a bachelor party.
  • Clean Living London: Ursula Dewey rolls her sleeves up for some housework.
  • Swipe Right: Does Tinder have the answers? By Heidi Scherz
  • The Writer and the Dancer: Close encounter at a flat party by Vincent Wood.
  • St Peter’s Gate, Knightsbridge: A nocturnal romance at closing time, by Theo Klay
  • First: A romance begins inside a London gay club. By Lance Middleton.
  • Natural Disasters: Can you find love at the supermarket checkout, when your customer’s buying porn? Yoel Noorali enquires.
  • NO! SUSHI: A relationship breaks down during a Japanese leaving party, by Clare Kane.

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