The Legend Business #writephoto

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The Giant’s Esophagus

 Bill Pendle offered a hand to Jimmy Ropemaker. ‘See, not so bad.’ He heaved his friend up to the ledge and waved at the opening. ‘And the view’s ok, isn’t it?’

Jimmy took a moment to adjust to the daylight, switching off his torch. ‘This the Giant’s Esophagus, is it?’ He sounded both tired and skeptical. ‘Can’t see it myself.’

‘It’s clearer outside.’ Bill proffered a smile which Jimmy ignored.

As they scrambled over the rocky lip and down the short sharp scree slope, Jimmy said, ‘Why do they insist on these stupid names. The Giant’s Esophagus? What was it, the tunnel where we entered? The Ogre’s Orifice?’

Bill waited till Jimmy joined him and then waved his hand in the direction from which they had come. ‘See.’

Jimmy did see. ‘Ok, yes it looks a bit like a face. And if you were some uneducated, superstitious stone-age cave dweller then yes, you might think giant. But these days…’

Bill had his phone in his hands and fired off a series of pictures. ‘There are all sorts of tales about this place. Rumblings underground, the rocks shaking, gas escapes.’

Jimmy snorted as he looked at his companion. ‘Come off it, Bill. They’re easily explained. Volcanic activity. I know there’s none now, but thousands of years ago it would have been different.’

‘Legend says he eats lost souls.’

‘Good job we know better, eh?’

Both men froze as the ground began to twitch; they toppled over as if there was a rug beneath their feet being tugged. From their prone position they felt then heard a deep throbbing pulse of sound. As the sound built to a crescendo they braced themselves for the eruption, expecting imminent death either from vaporizing lava or a ball of fire. Instead a deep yellowy tinged gas cloud rolled over the lip of the cave and covered the two men. They tried not to breathe but they had to. When the cloud had gone, they were still very much alive and very confused.

Jimmy was the first to react. ‘Did you smell that? It’s very familiar.’

‘Chicken Jalfrezi?’

‘Sag Aloo? Tarka Dahl?’

‘It can’t be.’

‘Yes, it can.’ Bill smiled and open his rucksack, pulling out his paper. He flipped to the business page. ‘Here.’

Jimmy read the headline.

Food Giant Swallows Curry Group

This is in response to Sue Vincent’s latest picture prompt

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published three books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars and Salisbury Square. In addition I published an anthology of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand this summer. A fourth book will be out soon. This started life as a novel in a week on this blog and will follow later this year. I blog about all sorts at geofflepard.com and welcome all comments. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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26 Responses to The Legend Business #writephoto

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Not where I expected that to go… 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Helen Jones says:

    Oh dear… 😀 Very funny, Geoff!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. macjam47 says:

    Haha! Great ending.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. noelleg44 says:

    Not exactly what I expected but a great novel take! More please!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Nice. I really thought they were done for! Clever ending 😀

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  6. Erika Kind says:

    Hahaha……. that was the most amazing twist! You totally know what we all did expect. This twist is just too funny… haha!

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  7. jan says:

    Haha! The giant with curry breath!

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  8. Al Lane says:

    Haha! Brilliant!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Michael says:

    Most entertaining Geoff enjoyed your take very much…

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  11. Mick Canning says:

    Oh, Good Lord, Geoff!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. KL Caley says:

    Hehe! I love your twist endings Geoff – very good! KL ❤

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