Sue Vincent’s #writephoto prompt this week is
Science is wonderful at theorising. The dinosaurs died out because of an asteroid strike off the coast of Mexico. Krakatoa’s appearance led to a mini ice age. And so on. When an exceptionally large Tsunami appeared in the middle of a previously docile Pacific the men of science scratched cue-ball pates and donned white coats as they called for satellite imagery to assist them in unpicking Mother Nature’s latest conundrum.
Meanwhile another mother was equally vexed.
‘Horace, where in all Olympus are you?’
Athena felt a thunderbolt itching along her fingers and closed her fist; it had been a long day and leaving Atlas in charge of their son was clearly not a success.
The hunky god put his head around the portal. ‘Hello darling. Home so soon?’
‘Have you seen what he’s gone and done now?’
Atlas maintained a smile of sorts but the volcanic look in his wife’s eyes suggested he might be wise to postpone the pie, pint and game of dead planet toss which he’d hoped she’d let him go to for a day’s child care. ‘He was outside with his chimera. He said he was teaching it to eat its tail.’
‘Well look over there, oh attentive father. See that world you bought him? Earth? See what he’s done?’
Atlas peered. ‘Is that…?’
‘Yes. Horace seems to have used that big ocean to bath his bloody pet. Can you begin to imagine the chaos? Uncle Zeus will go bonkers when he finds out. It’ll mean another week of bloody sacrifices and you know he’s allergic to burnt goat.’
‘Ah. Yes. Well… what should I do?’
‘I think this might be a good time to finish cleaning the Augean stables once and for all, don’t you?’