The short story “The Dragon” by Cynthia Forder has a linear plot structure, as the narrator has a conversation with her friend Bob which changes their relationship. 

The story begins in medias res, with the two characters sitting on the porch and enjoying the view. The beginning shows Bob and Kay have different views of the world. Bob is focused on real-life experiences such as college and his career, and Kay is stuck in her own fantasy world:

It was a porch-sitting night, so Bob and I moved out to the swing. Bob liked the swing, and sometimes he rocked it so hard that I felt seasick. We could see the city from the porch. At night, the lights made it look beautiful. The oil refineries looked like castles from a children’s book. Some even brea...

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