Superstition and Tradition
An Unexpected Feast
As Little John, Ketil, and Yitzy made their way to the
second story of the House of Lost Dreams, they came upon an illuminated
ballroom with a long table containing a preponderance of food fit for both the
living and the Undead. They stood outside the doorway pondering the situation.
“I has reason to believe that Nyarlathotep has conjured this
feast for us,” the snarky Swedish spectre mused. “Only an idiot would think
otherwise. However, I cannot fathom why he chose an American Thanksgiving
feast. None of us is American, and Yitzy is not even from Earth.”
“Should we investigate, Ketil?” Little John wondered. “Surrounded
by the Dorothy Lamour frame, the va va voom looks loike a beautiful paintin' of
a diamond feast. Of course, it could 'eaven and 'ell be a trap.”
“I imagine that it is a test of some sort even if not a trap
as such,” Yitzy surmised. “I find it odd that although there are only three of
us the place is set to accommodate several hundred guests.”
“We could give it a pass,” Little John proposed. “It does
seem a bit much, which increases the bloomin' chances of it bein' a trap,
daan't ya fin'?”
“I think that this overly opulent setting is quite on brand
for Nyarlathotep,” Ketil replied. “Although he prides himself on being in tune
with the inner motivation of those with whom he is fucking, he is used to
setting traps for greedy arseholes what craves excess. Thus, he sees fit to
bludgeon us with more food than we could consume within a month, forgetting
that Yitzy and I do not even need to eat. Well, since he went to the trouble of
conjuring this feast, I suppose it would be impertinent of us not to content
ourselves with this plethora of provisions.”
“Perhaps something in this room will prove to be a catalyst
for our mission,” Yitzy surmised.
“Either that or we must content ourselves to realize that we
shall keep being pulled on a thread by the Cosmic Trickster, his equally
manipulative daughter, and a vampire goddess whose greatest pleasure is draining
the life from her victims,” Ketil mused. “Perhaps Nyarlathotep has been kind
enough to leave us a tablet upon which to compose our clever plans. Or perhaps
he leaved an arrow somewhere in the room with a sign declaring ‘the key to the
third lock is this way.’ I have a desire to be propelling that beastly vase on
that platform at his head, or to turn into an eagle and fly away from this
house of insane fuckery.”
“Be careful wot ya say abaht wantin' ter turn into summit else, China Plate,” Little John cautioned. “Rilpu thought it would be sugar and spice ter 'ave German Bands and bacon and eggs, and she went and turned from a Joe Blake into a 'uman-like twist n twirl.”
Nyarlathotep is the creation of H.P. Lovecraft, initially
appearing in his 1920 story of the same name.
October Spooky Writing Challenge: Superstition
Putting My Feet in the Dirt
Write about someone telling their family that they won’t be
continuing in the long-standing family business.
This story was submitted to the Reedsy Weekly Writing
Contest on 27 November 2020.
The Daily Spur: Idiot
Fandango’s One-Word Challenge: Impertinent
Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie: Wordle
Reason Thread Life Goddess Prove Catalyst Bludgeon Keep Reflect Doorway
Ragtag Daily Prompt: Preponderance
Words for Wednesday
This week's prompts are:
Tablet Platform Arrow Frame Content
Vase Eagle Ballroom Propelling Brand
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