Sunday Photo Fiction is a weekly challenge presented by my old friend Al Forbes.
The idea is to write a short story (200 word max) inspired by what you see in his picture (below).
When I saw Al’s cool photo today I considered rerunning last week’s bellicose offering, to preserve some of my very limited creative juices.
Then I thought about this pair of hapless heroes.
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Gareth Gross is just five foot tall.
He weighs over twenty stone, almost 300 pounds.
Excluding his armour.
His friend, Leonard Longshanks, stands well over six feet, weighs just eleven stone.
They are on guard duty, again.
How can I be a decent sentry if I can’t see over the wall, complains Gareth, for the 500th time. Lift me up, Len.
Gar, I just can’t, sighs Leonard, for the 500th time. I’ll keep watch, you build the fire for the soup.
But tonight, for whatever reason, Gareth is not to be pacified.
He nags Leonard, continually, to his breaking point.
What do you want me to do, he roars.
I want you to help me, just once, to look over that parapet, right up beside you.
And what if the enemy sees you, chops your head off?
Then, insists Gareth, I will die happy.
Leonard unsheathes his sword, decapitates his friend.
And holds the head, staring in astonishment, up beside his own.