All things are interconnected, and yet sometimes it is
impossible to find the link between them, particularly where humanity is
concerned. Those who are no longer living can see these associations better
than those still bound to corporeal form.
Those of us who looked deeper into certain affiliations
became deeply unsettled by what we found. Forces of evil long dormant in the
waking world are quite active behind the walls of sleep. I and five other
appointed agents were dispatched by King Kuranes of Celephais to explore the
Cosmos and discover how we may yet save ourselves from annihilation or, worse,
enslavement to these malevolent tyrants.
I followed my research to the dead world of Zecor 6 in the
year 3121 where I found scientists of various species exploring the planet. The
more physically vulnerable among them were wearing protective gear; as I am a
spirit, there was no need for me to take such precautions.
One fellow clad in such a safety suit was happily humming a
zany little tune from my time. This nasty earworm proceeded to give me fits for
the remainder of my journey to this foul orb.
Wynona's got herself a big brown beaver and she shows it
off to all her friends
One day, you know, that beaver tried to leave her, so she
caged him up with a cyclone fence
This is my excerpt from the first tale in my WIP, The Ballad of Gerry Clifford, which I'd hoped to have published back in July, but both it and life have been unwieldy. Those of you who have been around the Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday circuit for a while may recognize the quaintly snarky or snarkily quaint banter of Ketil Nagel, a Swedish spectre who often finds himself in precarious peril.
You can find more adventures with Ketil and his friends in their debut novella.
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I liked your little poem, especially the twist at the end.ReplyDelete
I wish I could take credit, but that one was written by Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde of the band Primus. :-)Delete
LOL on the earworm. Don't you hate that when it happens. Intrigued by this snippet. Don't kick yourself for the delay. 2020 has been a time warp for all of us.ReplyDelete
2020 has been a particularly onerous episode of the Twilight Zone. Mr. Serling, could you call cut already? ;-)Delete
I wonder if he'll find the link he's looking for.ReplyDelete
Ketil generally finds more than he bargains for. :-)Delete
Is it bad of me that totally the wrong image first came to mind at that song? :)ReplyDelete
Nah. I'm pretty sure they intended for that to happen when they wrote it like that! :-DDelete
The ending cracked me up. Who'd have thought Primus would have such enduring appeal?ReplyDelete
Primus is eternal! :-)Delete
Way too many things came to mind with the "big brown beaver" line! But I enjoyed this snippet. Especially this Swedish spectre possibly judging the living.ReplyDelete
I did chuckle at the earworm. Every now again, when I'm in a rare mood and I think someone needs it, I will sing or hum to give them one.ReplyDelete
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