Far off, in a deep meandering gorge in the Archipelagonian mountains, are the caves where the Time Dragons nest.
Ah yes, they are nesting, which means they are breeding. Soon there will be more. Did you not realise, fools, that TIME is no shallow plaything? Retro-futurism indeed! Ah, you can create a time that never was and never has been nor will be, but you do it at your peril.
As you merrily warp and bend and twist time into all manner of strange contrivances, don’t think there isn’t fallout. The seconds and minutes and hours that are squeezed out of your newly fabricated reality congeal together in the darkest unswept corners of your workshops and form around those discarded wires, fabric scraps, watch springs, gears and clock faces. Gradually they begin to take on shape. Wire bends to make claws and wing struts, springs unravel and form tails, paper, foil and packaging maché themselves into heads, limbs and writhing bodies. Bright, beaded eyes flick open, clawed feet scuttle and wings creak and flex in readiness for the journey.
Stealthily they insinuate themselves through the gaps in time caused by your meddling. Laboriously they make their way to the caves that open from those steep and jagged cliffs that form The Gorge. Patiently they coat the cave floors with lost words, clocks and (oh, these are their favourites) glittering watch chains – a hoard fit for a Time Dragon. Now their nests are ready. They have no more need of your detritus. These are independent beings now. They can give birth to new generations and fly forth wheresoever they please.
Perhaps some day a particularly intrepid traveller with a highly innovative airship might venture down into the gorge of which I speak, might peer into the lairs of these remarkable beasts, might spot them perching precariously upon rocks, twisting their sinuous necks and screeching, “Time no longer!” in hoarse, cracked voices.
Perhaps, though, the Time Dragons will venture forth from their sheltered hideaways and return to the lands their ancestors left. Their numbers are increasing and they are becoming bolder. Woe to you then, retro-futurists!
However should you decide to take destiny in your hands and indulge in some dragon-taming, three of these fearsome beasts are available from the SteampunkDollsHouse Etsy shop. Click on their photos to link to the listings. Lairs (as pictured) will also be available shortly.