‘Dragon’ By Vivien Huerta-Guimont

The title Dragon is an homage to the term chasing the dragon. A line often used for heroin users chasing a high to escape the hardship in which life can sometimes erupt into. Danny, our protagonist, is a teenage girl with autism. She has a habit of breaking into odd reflections in the middle of conversations. Her life has been a series of conflicts ever since she was thrown out of her home at such a pivotal time in her development. Externally she wanted to steal her sister’s college savings to buy heroin. Internally she wanted to enact revenge on her family. She formulated a plan on the rooftop of a building across the street from her old apartment. When she is met with the ordeal of her choices, she is almost stopped by her father’s grip and her mother’s pleading. At this moment, she gets the confrontation she wanted to have with her family. A confrontation building within her for two years. To her dismay, she had hoped to run into the exact cruel words that broke her when she first left, but instead received the softness and regrets her parents held for her. Danny’s character growth develops in the wrong direction. At this moment, she chooses violence over forgiveness. At this moment, she chooses to go down a darker path.

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