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Ficlet: Merry Chase - Words in the Heroes' Tongue
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Ficlet: Merry Chase
The next chapter of ‘Tabula Avatar’ is progressing well and should be ready soon. I’m off work for two weeks and there should be new chapters of ‘Dojo Hard’ and ‘Life, Resumed’ also; but in the meantime here is yet another in my series of Where did Olaf the Troll go? ficlets, started in answer to a challenge at ‘Twisting The Hellmouth’. This time it is a 300-word piece in which Olaf is sent to a classic British TV show that ran for 30 years and was successful in the USA too. PG-13.


Merry Chase


The world to which the witch’s spell had sent Olaf was strange indeed. Only two other men lived there, one old and bald and the other younger and plump, but there were many maidens of surpassing beauty.

Food there was in abundance. Much of it was strange to him, although tasty, but oft times his eating would be interrupted by an accident in which it spilled upon the clothing of one of the fair maidens. Or an accident would result in the outer raiment of a maiden being torn from her leaving her clad only in scanty undergarments that well displayed her shapely form.

Then music would spring up, from a source unknown, and a chase would begin. He would pursue the maiden, or she would pursue him, and the other men would likewise join the chase. The other maidens would get caught up in it, and a long line would form, and the pursuit would continue until the music ended. Then he would catch a maiden, or one would catch him, and they would engage in a vigorous and delightful bout of merry sport.

If the other men met with similar success at the end of the chase he knew not, for their conversation was strange, and though he asked them what world this was their answers made no sense.

Sometimes Olaf wondered if the witch had slain him and this was an afterlife. It was not Valhalla, for there was no battle eternal, but it was an acceptable substitute. A true paradise, even without crops to burn and dwellings to pillage, for the daughters with whom he made merry sport were indeed most attractive. He was satisfied and well content even if his questions remain unanswered save by the plump man’s cryptic words ‘It’s the Benny Hill Show’.

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Current Music: Randy Randolph and James Rich, 'Yakety Sax'

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julia_here From: julia_here Date: October 31st, 2006 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
I was about a third of the way into this when I sat up and said the last five words...

Julia, HEE!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 2nd, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
zanthinegirl From: zanthinegirl Date: October 31st, 2006 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Hee- that is bad!
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 2nd, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!
spikereader From: spikereader Date: October 31st, 2006 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Heee - and you just know what tune has taken residence in my brain now, don't you. *sigh*
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 2nd, 2006 06:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Randy Randolph and James Rich, 'Yakety Sax'?
diachrony From: diachrony Date: October 31st, 2006 07:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hee! I figured it was the "Benny Hill Show" right away.

My parents used to watch that. I was younger then and found it mortifying ... I was quite a prudish and easily-embarrassed teenager. ;)
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 2nd, 2006 06:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you!

I never found the Benny Hill Show to be particularly funny - but I sometimes watched it just for the pretty girls.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: November 1st, 2006 06:32 am (UTC) (Link)
Benny Hill! I haven't seen that show in years; it's the first place I ever saw uncovered breasts on TV. Not that the nudity was the most memorable thing about it ...
speakr2customrs From: speakr2customrs Date: November 2nd, 2006 06:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't remember any uncovered breasts - I must have missed that episode.
ozma914 From: ozma914 Date: November 2nd, 2006 08:23 am (UTC) (Link)

I think the censors missed that episode, too

It was one of those typical chase scenes, and at one point Benny opened the door of a very small building -- I seem to recall it was an outhouse, although I could be wrong -- to reveal a topless woman standing there. That's all I really remember about it; I was about 18 at the time, so you can imagine what part stuck in my mind. It was a shock because this was a local independant broadcast station, and breasts over the airwaves was a *huge* no-no -- especially back then. I've always wondered if anyone lost their job over that one.
anidada From: anidada Date: November 7th, 2006 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
*cracking up*
spikes_heart From: spikes_heart Date: December 12th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm in a commenting frenzy tonight! Ah, Benny... I miss you. Loved the ficlet. I so enjoy all your little crossovers.
bogwitch From: bogwitch Date: January 7th, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
At least it keep him quiet!
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