I had an idea floating in my head.
The setting would be a village. A girl is chosen to give to the dragon or minotaur so it doesn't destroy the village. None of the girls that have been offered, have never been seen again, alive anyway. This girl is different as she goes willingly to spare the other girls and the dragon or minotaur realizes this as she doesn't fight like the others have so he questions her. (Yes, it can talk. :) ) So, she finds favor with the dragon or minotaur and he leaves the village alone.