This little fable is for Rochelle Wisoff’s Friday Fictioneers.
100 words exactly.
PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Once upon a time, a peaceful giant was slicing a fallen tree to make a soup, when the world changed. The little men with their high-pitched whiney mosquito voices were back. This time, there were lots of them, and they were armed. Bemused, the giant bent his head to hear what they were shouting. They put out his eyes. In his pain, the giant ran. When he tripped over a mountain and fell, they finished him off, and another bit of beauty was lost to the world.
Moral: Little men with weapons should not be left in charge of worlds.
This short story is inspired by Sue Vincent’s Thursday photo prompt.
And after thirty thousand years of enchanted sleep, when the giants had finished their battles and their feuds, Balor opened his one eye and his lips parted. Daylight shone between his jagged stone teeth waking the warriors who had lain sleeping, forgotten, on the smooth, broad expanse of his tongue. His jaw ground slowly open in a roar of triumphant laughter.
After so many years, so much had changed. But Balor did not regret the old times stolen from him by the enchanter, captivated as he was by the sight of the herds of fat cattle in the valleys and the sheep on the hillsides. His brain, still dulled by his long sleep did not remember why it had been cast upon him, nor the magician who had made the magic. Forgotten too were the warriors fallen asleep with him, the little men he had fought and conquered before the drowsiness fell upon him.
He frowned as a vague, uncomfortable memory surfaced. The dullness hung tenaciously beneath his heavy brows, longer than in the quick minds of the warriors, and before his smile had time to fade and his jaw snap shut, the little men with their sharp swords and long spears had swarmed over the rocky teeth and scaled his craggy cheeks.
In the last instants before the sharp swords put out the light in his one remaining eye, and the long spears found and snuffed out the light in his brain, the giant remembered the words of his geis.
“Stern-faced is Balor the invincible. In laughter lies his death.”
The world belonged to the little men after all.