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“Mwahahahahahahaha!”

The laughter was met with a long-suffering sigh. “All right, Frank,” said the other canary, “let’s hear it.”

“Hahahaha! At last I have come up with a plan with which I will visit vengeance upon the feeble humans! My time has come! Mwahahahahahahaha!”

The other canary ruffled her feathers and edged away. “Is there any chance at all that I could persuade you not to tell me about it?”

“Hahahaha! Of course I’ll tell you about it!” Frank paused a moment to preen himself, then puffed his feathers up as he once again burst into a bout of maniacal laughter. “Hahahaha! My plan is this! When they lower me down the deep shaft again, get this, I’m going to play dead! Hahahaha!”

The other hesitated for a moment, dumbstruck – a moment too long, as it turned out, for Frank’s laughter could not be contained through so long a silence.

“Hahahaha!”

“Uh,” said the other canary, before Frank could start laughing again. “What, exactly, is that going to do?”

“Don’t you see? They’ll think I’m dead! They’ll think they killed me! The guilt is going to eat them alive!”

“Right,” said the other, “but they won’t have actually done anything to you. How are you supposed to have died?”

“From the air! They’ll think the air isn’t safe to breathe, and they’ll be so scared they’ll run away out of the mine! Hahahaha!”

“I’ve got to admit the air’s pretty bad down here,” admitted the other. “It’s almost plausible. I just don’t really see what you’re hoping to get out of all this.”

“That,” said Frank, “is because you have not yet heard the most brilliant part of my plan. I call it: Phase Two! Mwahahahahahahaha!”

“At the risk of your actually telling me and my having to hear it,” said the other canary, wishing she had a palm to apply to her face, “what, exactly, is phase two?”

“Mwahahahahahahaha! When they come back, I’m going to rise from the dead!

The other canary waited a moment in silence, hoping the brilliant part was yet to come. She waited in vain.

“Can you imagine their faces when they see me? Hahahaha! They’ll think I’m a zombie! They’ll probably be afraid I might bite them! They’ll think I’m the seed of an entire apocalypse! Hahahaha!”

“You know,” said the other, “you just might be on to something there.”

“I knew you’d – wait.” Frank stopped laughing abruptly. “You’re agreeing with me? You think my plan is good?”

“Oh, no,” said his companion. “I just think it’d be horrifying to find out that you hadn’t died.”
Written for THE GAUNTLET. Third challenge: MINER DETAILS (1500 words or less.) Spin a tale of harrowing danger and drama occurring in a mine. Pick (haha) a four-syllable word you will use eight times, and a eight-syllable word you'll use four times over the course of your story. Also, all of your characters are dinosaurs.

My words are, of course, the laughter. I actually wrote an entire other story with a bit more drama (though about the same amount of danger, really) using the words dematerialisation and invisible, but it was such complete garbage that I would very much like for it die in a fire. It is not to see the light of day.

Halfway through the month, a third of the way through the gauntlet. I'll have to step up the pace a bit.

Wordcount: 433

Scrapped 27.05.2018
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
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this was amazing I loved it thank you xD

-Lyrrie
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2018   Writer
Glad to hear it! :giggle:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017
:rofl: That closing line. I knew something like it was coming, but I thoroughly enjoyed it anyway. Well done! 
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017   Writer
Glad to hear it! :XD:
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dragoeniex Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017
So I actually quite like this, but it's killing me, GDeyke. :XD: I can't figure out the dinosaurs, and I know (courtesy of SCFrankles' comment) that the challenge is being met, and I'm dying to know how. Help?
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2017   Writer
On a complete technicality, birds are dinosaurs. :XD: It's the "everything descended from X is also X" school of taxonomy.
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SCFrankles Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Do you know, I was reading this and thinking, 'It's such a clever idea using canaries but where are the dinosau-- Ohhhhh.' Very well-played ^___^

I also particularly liked: “At the risk of your actually telling me and my having to hear it,” said the other canary, wishing she had a palm to apply to her face, “what, exactly, is phase two?” 
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017   Writer
I'm here to follow the letter of the challenge, not the spirit. ;) Thank you!
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WindySilver Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I think it's clever to have the laughter as the four-syllable and eight-syllable words! And I absolutely love the ending line: “Oh, no,” said his companion. “I just think it’d be horrifying to find out that you hadn’t died.” Frank sure needs some cold water for that burn he just got! :XD:
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GDeyke Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017   Writer
Thanks! :XD: I was worried that using laughter instead of proper 4- and 8-syllable words would be a bit cheap, but at least it works.
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WindySilver Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! Cheap or not, it does work. Plus, the challenge didn't say you couldn't do it the cheap way :giggle:
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