#FridayFragment: 06.12.2019

Papyrus text: fragment of Hippocratic oath: verso, showing oath. Via Wkimedia Commons.

The monster stared her in the face.
“I’m going to eat you up!” it growled.
She wrinkled her forehead.
“Why would you want to do that?”
The monster blinked. It took a deep breath.
“I’m going to eat you up!!” it roared.
“Yes, you mentioned,” the girl said. “But you’re not answering my question: Why?”
The monster rapidly batted its eyelashes. They were quite long, thick, and silky, the girl noticed. It opened its mouth.
“Don’t!” the girl said, holding up her hand. “If you’re going to say you’ll eat me up, just don’t. I’m getting tired of it.”
The monster shut its mouth with a snap and looked bewildered.
She put her hands on her hips and faced it.
“So, come on, answer me. Why do you want to eat me up?”
The monster gaped a few times like a goldfish.
“Be–because…” it said finally, in a voice that sounded suspiciously like a squeak.
“Thought as much,” the girl said with satisfaction. “You’ve never thought of anything better to do, have you?”
Almost unwittingly, the monster shook its great scaly head.
“All right,” she said. “Let’s work with this.”

Author: quillandqwerty

writer, editor, maker of things

8 thoughts on “#FridayFragment: 06.12.2019”

    1. Hmm, he was meant to be more of a monster-monster – but actually, Cookie Monster works too. Now I’ve got quite a different image in my head – two stories for the price of one!


    1. Trying to picture girl- maybe 10-12? Realize I’m ethnocentrically biased as I see her as blonde with braid s- could also be because you’re German and I think of German. fairy tales . Also, I had blonde braids when little

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      1. I did too. But I hadn’t pictured this girl as blonde – hadn’t exactly pictured her at all, actually. I think I could see her brown-skinned/black-haired… She’s definitely in that pre-teen range, and she’s a no-nonsense kind of person. She ain’t takin’ no gaff from no silly monster.


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