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Birthday greetings and a Drabble - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Birthday greetings and a Drabble
I haven't posted at all for over a week, and I've missed a few birthdays.

Belated happy birthdays to sarcasticbitca, Sandy aka sp23, and treiza.
On-time Happy Birthday to bloodshedbaby.

I'm plodding away at my entry for ludditerobot's "Scatterlings and Orphanages" Africander ficathon. The story is called "Lonely on the Mountain" and it's set in Malawi, where I lived for six years, but despite that advantage it's still not coming easily. It’s due on the 19th; but I go back to work on the 16th and so effectively that's when I've got to have it finished. I don't think I'll ever sign up to a ficathon again.

However during a discussion about the ficathon ludditerobot mentioned having written a drabble about Xander stuck in the Sahara and so I decided to do one as well. This is the result. 100 words, rating G.


The Riddle of the Sands


Xander trudged across the burning sands. He was making very slow progress. Six hours walking had got him perhaps two miles across the treacherous surface.

At long last he came to the oasis that he sought. A Sufi mystic resided there and dispensed the wisdom of the ages. Xander slaked his thirst in the cool water, although it tasted suspiciously of camel urine, and then approached the wise man.

“Tell me, wise Sufi,” Xander implored, “how can I make progress on foot across the desert?”

“It is a simple matter, oh one-eyed traveller,” the Sufi revealed. “Walk like an Egyptian.”

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quinara From: quinara Date: January 14th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
*snort* as per usual.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 15th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
gillo From: gillo Date: January 14th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dearodearodear...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 15th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh!
gillo From: gillo Date: January 15th, 2006 12:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Omigawd, your icon! ::squeals again::
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 15th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was once going to be a story to go with it - but I decided to do 'Shellshocked' instead. If only I had the time to continue 'Shellshocked'!
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: January 14th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 15th, 2006 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ffutures From: ffutures Date: January 15th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC) (Link)
How does Xander know what camel urine tastes like? Been drinking in demon bars?
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 15th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, there are no yaks in Africa, so ...
enigmaticblues From: enigmaticblues Date: January 15th, 2006 01:58 am (UTC) (Link)
*groangiggle* Oh, that was so bad it was good.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 15th, 2006 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
evilawyer From: evilawyer Date: January 15th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Arf. A question: Does the water suspiciously taste of camel urine because only camels are around and Xander just assumes it's camel urine, or does he (frighteningly) know what he is talking about.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 15th, 2006 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! I thought that the answer to the camel urine question is best left to the imagination of the reader. It could be either of those options; choose your own interpretation.
talesofspike From: talesofspike Date: January 15th, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're an evil man! At least you only made us read 100 words to get to the punchline, though.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 15th, 2006 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
ayinhara From: ayinhara Date: January 16th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
I loved the punchline, leaving the computer to do other things humming the Bangles amusing song, Walk like an Egyptian. It had a very amusing video too. And the figure skater Rosalynn Sumners did a wonderful routine set to that song.
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 17th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
treiza From: treiza Date: January 16th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey, thanks!

and hee! love your africander :)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: January 17th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
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