Runaway Dragonette: A BBW Paranormal Shapeshifter Dragon Reality TV Romance
Book 1 in the Paranormal Reality TV Romance series
The First Night
"WILL you accept this nose ring?" Verity repeated it over and over under her breath as she stood on the paving stones of the castle courtyard. Twenty-six dragon shapeshifter suitors would soon arrive. The Earth reality TV videos showed human bachelors and bachelorettes handing out roses to those who would continue on the journey towards finding mates. But roses would confuse the dragon bachelors. In dragon form, they might eat the flowers, thorns and all and then belch fire. However, gold in any form got all the dragons' attention big time.
Verity's curves, prized on the Dragon Planet, were on ample display as she stood in her human form. She wore a sparkling ice-blue gown that matched her eyes. Her dress artfully molded to her in front, open nearly down to her waist and cut almost as low clinging to her backside, although her long black hair covered most of the skin revealed in back. Verity didn't shiver from the cold, despite the thin fabric. Her dragon blood ran hot. Any trembling was completely due to nerves.
"Will you accept this nose ring?" she muttered again. It was a simple enough phrase but she just might mess it up.
Torches burned in the courtyard in front of the quaint old castle. It was a historic site, not a working fortress, a confection of towers and spires perched on a remote mountainside. Lights from the village at the foot of the mountain twinkled in the darkness below. Verity would stay here for the next nine weeks.
Modern lighting illuminated the center of the courtyard where Verity would greet each bachelor dragon in turn as he arrived. Cameramen, sound crew, and assistant producers circled around the edges of the courtyard. The whole planet was watching. Her every word and move were being recorded.
Tonight, Verity was The Dragonette, a bachelorette shapeshifter on a Journey to Love. She was also the Dragon King's daughter. She stiffened her spine. She took a deep breath of the pine scented air carried by the breeze up from the forests below.
Each of the bachelor dragons would introduce himself as he arrived. The camera crew roamed around her, waiting for the men to arrive.
Her relatives would be shocked to find that Verity had a secret plan. Simple, straightforward Verity, who everyone knew was pathetically bad at the basic dragon skill of planning and executing devious strategies. She didn't have a detailed plan. More like the ghost of a hope. This dating show had thrown everything into chaos. She needed to stay alert and look for her chance.
Verity planned to watch for an opening to break out of her gilded cage before it was too late.
The king made sure Verity watched every episode of every dating show he could import to the Dragon Planet. Now that she was on her journey as The Dragonette, Verity knew what her sin was in the language of the reality dating show world.
She was most definitely Here for All the Wrong Reasons.
Still, as she stood waiting for the first man to arrive, she was curious about the cream of the crop of her planet's shapeshifting dragons.
© Lynne Murray