Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Diabolical Deeds 3: The Forest

The third of Timony’s #DiabolicalDeeds challenges is to write a 100 word story inspired by the deity Humbaba and two prompt words.


In Akkadian mythology Humbaba  was a monstrous giant of immemorial age raised by Utu, the Sun.  He was the guardian of the Cedar Forest, where the gods lived, by the will of the god Enlil, who “assigned [Humbaba] as a terror to human beings.” The prompts are:

habromania – extreme euphoria
Herrenvolk – ‘Master Race’, superior nation

The Forest

“This timber’s gonna make me rich,” Bob told Gil.  Success thrilled his blood, made him dizzy.  “Stinkin’ injuns ain’t gonna stop that.”  He’d made sure of that.  Hired guns surrounded his loggers, kept the local tribesmen away.  Antsy critters had practically rioted when the first tree fell.  Couple o’shots sorted that out. He’d half split his sides watching them run. 

Might have to do it again, the racket were making with their chants.  What were they saying anyway?  Rum baba or somethin’.

Cocaine high, Bob didn’t see the tree that crushed him. 

Gil still swears he heard a lion roar.


David A Ludwig said...

Huh, that one's a little different--more modern and without the prompts I wouldn't have necessarily called supernatural presence in this story at all.

I do like matching the mythological up against the modern (or mostly modern), though in such cases I tend to favor the mythological to win.

Meg McNulty said...

I used a lot of different styles with these stories - with this one I was trying to think about what would provoke a sleeping deity... chopping down his forest was what!