I Accept, Mr. Butt

It seems as though Challenge season is upon us.  I say that not as a bad thing, merely as an observation.  Matty’s been doing some great Transmog challenges, we’ve got Mog Madness going on as we speak (Deadline to Enter the first round is Friday!), and Big Bear Butt presented a challenge for bloggers but asked us to refrain from posting until today.  Here was that challenge:

Write a short story.  I don’t care how short, or what kind of story, or even what form your story takes.  BUT…your story, poem, dirty limerick or whatever you choose to do must incorporate within it in some way the following words: Juicy, Slender, Vain, Shaft, Torch, Hidden, Star

A writing challenge?  Have at thee!

“Are you truly that vain?”

God I hated his voice.  It was like a shard of glass across my slender wrist.  Given everything else the bastard had put me through, though, his voice was almost pleasant at that point.

“Did you honestly believe every one of my spies could be found?  There are some who work for me for a reason and that is because they are adept at staying hidden.  Even the scrying eyes of the Kirin Tor can’t locate all my loyal…ahem…allies.”

I still don’t understand why he dragged the process out.  Perhaps final humiliation?  Maybe it’s because he really didn’t know what he wanted to do with me.

“I should torch this whole village just to make your suffer.  A simple alchemy recipe comes to mind that would engulf everything but you and you would see everything around you go up in flames.  That would be quite nice, but so would feeding you to Festus here.  Look at the way he salivates at the mere thought of dining on your juicy bones.  He knows the succulence your meat would bring.”

I look over at my star knife.  The weapon he made sure was the first thing taken upon my capture.  There is no point even trying for it now, even if it would be to slit my own throat in the moment and deprive him the pleasure.

“No, I think instead I’ll merely peel your flesh from your body.  Oh don’t worry, you’ll feel it all.”

He was right.  When the scalpel slipped into my forearm I remember the burning sensation.  But now I bleed upon this table, and I feel everything as the sands in my hourglass are all but gone…my life, my friends, my children, all fading from view.

What was that?

That was an arrow.  And another.  That one caught him, and I recognize the shaft.  It is Marcus.  I knew he would rescue me.  Pity he arrived too late…

22 thoughts on “I Accept, Mr. Butt

  1. The Godmother (@AlternativeChat) March 21, 2012 / 6:22 am

    I thought BBB’s words would point people a certain way, and I hoped people would pick specific instances like this to narrate on… after all, it is a vast and varied world in which we ‘live’.

    Ironic that both of us choose loss as a subject: even with Deathwing dispatched, there’s not much fun to talk about in Azeroth right now 😦

    Well done. I liked this a lot, and I’d like to know more.

    • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 6:25 am

      Thanks for the kind words…and yes, despite the possible option of proclivity based on the choice of words required it is interesting we both discussed loss.

      As for this story, I haven’t yet decided if it’s going to be an excerpt of something that is developing in the back of my head.

  2. tomeoftheancient March 21, 2012 / 6:51 am

    JD!!! Will there be another chapter? Please?

    My story went the obvious way as it’s in character for my Druid so I couldn’t wait to see where everyone else took it. I just hope you’re going to let us know how this story ends.

    • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 7:30 am

      Aw crap, what have I done….?

      Honestly, I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

  3. zwinglisblog March 21, 2012 / 7:53 am

    Wow, great job. It almost made me cry…just a little. But then again, I’m not secure enough in my manhood for that. 😉


    • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 10:06 am

      I’ll be secure enough for both of us.

      Now hold me.

      • zwinglisblog March 21, 2012 / 10:14 am

        LOL /hug /sooth

        • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 10:19 am


  4. navimie March 21, 2012 / 8:08 am

    I also am waiting for more! JD, you have your fans to think of don’t start things you don’t intend to finish!!!

    • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 10:10 am

      …if only you could see my WordPress Draftboard. lol

      • Effraeti March 21, 2012 / 4:44 pm

        I hear you there, JD. I think Navi and Ancient would really get on my case if they saw how many unfinished short stories I have on my blog’s dashboard…


        ~ Effy

        • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 6:15 pm

          Not even short stories…heck, I posted a story here right around the launch of Cataclysm that went nowhere.

          In all honesty, I just meant the sheer number of posts I write, or start, and they sit on the draft table for ages. Some make it to print, some get trashed, and others just continue to sit there.

          • zwinglisblog March 21, 2012 / 10:20 pm

            You need to pull a Cynwise…and just hit “publish” no matter what. 🙂


          • Effraeti March 21, 2012 / 10:21 pm


          • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 10:47 pm

            Don’t you think I’m busy enough at the moment? Shush you. lol

          • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 10:46 pm

            Some days I does and some days I think one post that day is enough 😉

            Thanks for the support though.

  5. Giltharak March 21, 2012 / 11:39 am

    I love reading all those short stories.

    Thx for sharing!

    • JD Kenada March 21, 2012 / 12:01 pm

      I respond in kind for taking the time to read my story. 🙂

  6. Effraeti March 21, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    I love it! It is short, and far more concise than I am capable of, but relays a story and emotion!

    @Ancient I am not sure how there could be a second chapter to this particular tale, but I agree… more short stories, JD! 🙂

    ~ Effy

  7. Matty March 23, 2012 / 12:29 am

    Do not think for one minute I didn’t read this. I read it at work, and loved it, and thought I posted a “love it” comment. Damn you, Technology Gods! Damn you to Hell!

    Okay. Whatever. It’s awesome.

    And drafts? Well, heck yes! Sketches and thumbnails abound!

    • JD Kenada March 23, 2012 / 6:09 am

      Thanks for the kind words Matty. 🙂

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