This is my answer to the writing challenge.

I found my flashlight and gripped it like Arthur’s sword knowing it wouldn’t do any good.  This beast saw me in the dark and snarled an angry grunt as it approached.  I readied myself for death as my mind searched for an escape.  When he was about two arms lengths away from me he leaned in his breath is what I imagine it would be like to be farted upon by a hippo.  I gasped and turned on the flashlight.  Now I know you think you know what a troll looks like but let me tell you your notions are wrong.

 If there is anything merely hideous about a troll it is the dried snot surrounding the flared nostrils the size of tea cups.  The rest is far worse than that.  The face is not symmetrical it is angled to the left something like John kerry the American politician.  Only one eye is quite large and the other quite small.  The eyebrow appears to have a mucus membrane and this is true for both.  The skull bone is jagged and protrudes in several unusual places.  The teeth appeared sharp despite the obvious decay and instead of a tongue there is a small creature with its own head and eyes and vicious fangs that is capable of extending 2 feet 9 inches from the troll’s mouth.  I will tell you how I know that in a moment.   The skin is more like fish scales than human it has a kind of silvery tint and a green color with a touch of pink.  It actually is an attractive hue when the light shines on it just right something like a rainbow trout.

The disposition of this troll was decidedly hostile but I thought back to the carvings on the tomb and remembered that he had lived peacefully with humans in the past.  So I attempted diplomacy.  Though scared out of my wits I offered a cheerful hello and welcomed him to the museum of antiquities of an unusual nature.  If he had ever spoken English he offered me no hint at it as he let out a roar like a lion.  As a member of the Security detail of the Museum of antiquities of an unusual nature we were allowed to pick out and purchase our own flashlights.  At the time I chose the one I currently own I was thinking maybe I should buy the 7 D battery super mag light with the reinforced steel casing.  But I decided at the time of purchase it would make more sense to purchase the 3 battery civilian model due to the fact that I would have to carry it on my bicycle everyday and it would be a great burden.  I really wished I had gone with the bigger flashlight.

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  • Sandra A Flowers on Jun 19, 2009

    Brilliant detail,never a dull moment in the story,love the layout and progession of this, an awesome job!!

  • Duff D Moss on Jun 21, 2009

    When will they ever learn – do not take weapons and devices of torture from museums – fools!!!

    Great response to the challenge dude. I hope you play the next round too.

  • Andrew Davies on Jun 22, 2009

    You made me laugh quite a bit, I loved the bit about wandering around in the armor being caught on the camera.

  • Rod Ferrandino on Jun 22, 2009

    Well, I was going to take our summer campers to the Smithsonian, but now I’m not so sure. Funny,funny,funny.

  • rutherfranc on Jun 22, 2009

    mmmm.. you sure you are the security there or the curator.. you are so knowledgeable of every artifact there…

  • Darla Beck on Jun 23, 2009

    Wow! This is a great story! I enjoyed reading every word of it.

  • BradONeill on Jun 23, 2009

    Thank you guys for reading it I appreciate all your comments.

  • Bo Russo on Jun 23, 2009

    Only got about halfway and was informed to get off the computer,will try to get back to it tonight.

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