The Old Queen
The fence snaps.
She would have ignored the hatchlings,
But they taunt her.
She taunts them back.
The coward tastes as bad as he smells.
She ignores the small things,
and instead works on stealth.
Eventually, Rebel challenges the queen.
She is destroyed.
Eventually, the small things come back.
She is given a den that is comfortable
and often a few offerings,
but it’s still only boredom that awaits her every day.
When Red One opens her cage,
she feels that something is going to happen.
A much younger, healthier challenger can be beaten back
by a truly skilled opponent.
Especially if the defending queen has backup.
With a roar of triumph, the Old Queen leaves the human-home.
She has a kingdom to restore.