In His Defense
Robin tried to remain calm, but he felt as if his entire
body was clenching into a fist as he followed his new companion to meet the extraterrestrial
scout who had erroneously decimated his life. Robin Roberts changed irrevocably
on the day that Betsy was taken from him. Although, as Nyarlathotep had
observed to Robin’s chagrin, Robin had remained good at heart, he was much
quicker to let his temper show and much more willing to do things outside the
law to earn a shilling or two for a meal and a pint at the pub and a place to
Robin realized that he was squeezing Betsy’s hand much too
tightly, as he had when they first encountered the Mi-Go scout in his
ridiculous rumpled disguise on that fateful October day in 1880. He started to
apologize, but Betsy’s gentle smile and soft squeeze of his clawed fingers let
him know that she understood.
The group approached a Mi-Go pruning roses in a colorful lakeside
garden. Robin and Betsy’s guide spoke to this Mi-Go, buzzing in a language that
Robin didn’t understand. Betsy approached the pair, and Robin realized that
this gentle gardener was the being who had wreaked havoc on his existence. That
such a bucolic creature could cause heart-rending pain through its actions
“Mickey, I’d like you to meet Robin,” Betsy said.
Betsy’s voice seemed far away and Robin found himself
wondering if the whole journey to this utopian world designed by alien
creatures for the benefit of certain hand-selected humans was a dream and he
would wake at any minute and find himself back in the dreadful Dream House,
alone and more broken than ever.
“A tender trap, innit?” Robin murmured, his speech slurring.
“Oi, you’ll not fool old Robin Roberts a minute more, yer bastards! I ain’t
joinin’ yer band, Nyarlathotep, yer crusty old filet of cod, and that’s a fact,
Jack! Yer can open me dome and pluck out me John Wayne, but I’ll never be yer
Betsy gave a horrified cry as Robin collapsed to the warm,
soft ground, the late afternoon sunlight highlighting his green-gray canid
“He’ll be all right,” the Mi-Go called Mickey reassured her.
“He is simply in a state of shock. I imagine it is difficult for him to accept
this new beginning as reality when he has lived for so many years in darkness
and uncertainty. I regret the part that my actions played in causing his
“I fear he may have fainted to prevent himself from decking
you, Mickey,” Betsy revealed. “Robin is a gentle soul by nature, but he has a
fiery temper. I believe that he does forgive you, but he is still hurt and
“I understand, my sister, and grieve for the pain I caused,”
The sun set, and the first of three moons began its ascent,
glistening off the pristine lake surrounded by the gardens of a terraformed
paradise on the edge of the Universe.
October Spooky Writing Challenge: Trap
Putting My Feet in the Dirt
In His Defense
Start your story with two characters watching a sunrise and
end it with one of them seeing the moon reflecting off a lake.
Robin and his friend John are ghouls, a race of Undead
creatures that subsist on decaying human flesh. Ghouls are either born as
ghouls or become ghouls following the death of their bodies through arcane
Nyarlathotep is the creation of H.P. Lovecraft, initially
appearing in his 1920 story of the same name.
The House of Lost Dreams appears in the Land of Lost Dreams
scenario in the 1996 H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreamlands supplement for the Call of
Cthulhu RPG published by Chaosium.
The Great Race of Yith is the creation of H.P. Lovecraft,
initially appearing in his 1936 novella, The Shadow Out of Time.
The Mi-Go or Fungi from Yuggoth are the creations of H.P.
Lovecraft, appearing in his 1929 sonnet “Fungi From Yuggoth” and in his 1931
story, “The Shadow Out of Time.”
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