“the great thing about dungeons and dragons,” i tell my friend, “is you can be anything you imagine.”

“the great thing about dungeons and dragons,” i tell my friend, “is you can be anything you imagine.”

 

and once i was a boy, once a pyromaniac. once

named for a seabird curtained midflight. once i

spoke three languages, played seven instruments,

banished a five-headed dragon god. sharp-toothed.

sleepy. i was a liar, then lawful good. a lullaby.

well-mannered. disaster. i carried a deck of marked

cards. burned chainmail into my arms. on accident.

all paladin. all freckled. once i cheated death. an

echo. braced my body for the end and won. i was

fanged. tusked. i was a daughter. i was a son. a sun.