Million Character Story
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“The Lucky Knight”
"What was I doing?" I asked myself, "outside in the garden, inside the hot tub at this ungodly hour?" I shuddered, thinking of all the village tales I had heard since moving to the village. Whilst I was lost in these thoughts, I heard footsteps coming up the driveway….. at least I thought I did. Was my mind playing tricks with me? Then along the plateau before the garage, a dark figure approached and I could see the outline of something striding stealthily towards me. I seemed to hear voices and the running of a car engine on this cold winter’s night whispering “wisha wisha” secretly as the figure approached. With each step, I froze harder in the waters of the hot tub pretending that I could not be seen. At this unearthly hour and in this state, I hoped and prayed that this was just my imagination or the effect of the bottle of wine I had downed the night before along with 1000mg of depakote - my new drug imposed on me by my professional advisers after 23 years of taking lithium. I am a habitual drug taker, but this is purely medicinal to curtail my condition. Without them, there is no telling what might cross my mind. In fact, what was that? No wait….where am I? Hang on…..I think there is someone approaching, or something- that smell is putrid. Biting my fingernails, I pinched my nose with my two thumbs. I knew this was no illusion, as even I could not conjure visions of such an unearthly stench.
I silently slid to the other side of the tub and put myself behind the cover. The moment anything moved, I intended to hold the horse in front of me and with all my strength rush towards the back door fleet of foot and sinewy; naked to nature. But in the darkness I knocked over the horse which made a dreadful noise. Everything went quiet. From the far side of the tub I continued staring into darkness. The nothingness extended into outer space and beyond. The red planet hung in the sky like a portent of things to come on this dark winters night, as though to pierce it with my eyes, which were popping out of my head.
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