This was for the 750word .com challenge – 96 day streak!
To kick it off, I chose 3 words from flicking through Sherri S Tepper’s ‘Sideshow’ – a good book but haven’t finished it yet.
The words were: Humiliated, smell, skull.
Eck, Bill and Lack-Lack
A dreadful reek rose from the sacrificial pit. A stink of uncommon gruesomeness permeated the flared nostrils of the king’s chief poison taster, whose refined nostrils recoiled in revulsion. Eck didn’t notice any of it. Eck had lived among the stink for all of his short years, and all those yeas had effectively cauterised his inner sensibilities, so that the mere reek of the charnel pit from a distance mattered very little to him.
“What be it you’re looking for again, Bill?” Eck asked his companion.
Eck had never met anyone quite so fancy looking. Bill glared back at him, “It’s ‘Sybill’, you cretin. And I’m looking for a very special inhabitant of this disgusting location. I believe you call him Lack-lack.”
“Lack-Lack ain’t going to like visitors,” Eck said, “E’ll gobble you up.”
“Nevertheless, I must meet him. His knowledge is legendary.”
“And so’s his appetite.” Eck sniggered, “Ain’t no one going to see him without feeding him up.”
“I’ve made provision for that,” Bill said, “In my waistcoat, I have the finest steak from the kitchen. I hope it will be a sufficient reward.”
“Ee won’t like that,” said Eck, he-hawing like an old donkey.