When Antony meets the big dragon he's lucky to live to tell the tale. But he does survive the encounter, and thanks to the dragon's hoard of treasure becomes very rich very quickly. Oh yes, and he also takes an egg that he finds. An egg that wasn't supposed to hatch.
But the egg does hatch, and fortunately for Antony the young dragon is friendly. They become fast friends, and everything is going well...aside from the fact that Vici (as he named the young dragon) has a better taste in poetry than Antony. Oh, and except for the fact that together they get kicked out of the city: there hadn't been a law against keeping a pet dragon before, but one was instated pretty darn quickly after Vici's hatching.
I won't tell exactly where the story goes after they are run out of town, but I assure you that it only gets better.
It's a really fun read, and I highly recommend it. It will have you laughing, and is well written.
Novik's story Vici is one of many short stories in The Dragon Book. I'm roughly halfway through the book, and am thoroughly enjoying it. I have to return it to the library tomorrow, but I definitely plan to get ahold of it again in the future to finish reading it.