This is my answer to the writing challenge.

As I ran to the security office I remembered the great fan of King Phillip the ravenous.  King Phillip had commissioned a giant iron fan to be built back before electricity was invented.  This fan was supposed to cool his entire banquet hall and although the engineers had told him that it would be far easier to build one out of wood he insisted on building it out of iron.  It took 40 peasants to turn the gears and keep the banquet hall cool but the fan served its purpose.  This giant fan was the centerpiece of our medieval banquet collection. (It used to be the medieval weapons collection before the new curator but I have already gone over all of that.)   If I could lure the troll under that fan I might be able to drop it on him. 

I locked the security door and put in a call to authorities where I was put on hold.  When the operator came back on the line she asked if I was sure it was a troll and not another rat.  I heard her laughing as she hung up.  I grabbed my sandwich figuring if the troll had been locked up for hundreds of years he was probably pretty hungry, and if I was going to survive this it was up to me.  The security room has access to all the scaffolding in the museum through a pull down ladder.  The day shift likes to walk the overhead scaffolding especially when there are women with low cut blouses touring for the day.  At night there really is no point so I hadn’t been up there in a few years. 

I could hear the troll banging on the security door as I made my way towards the giant fan.  The scaffolding ladder pulls right up into the ceiling and then a panel goes over the hole so I was pretty sure he wouldn’t figure out what had happened to me.  But I moved quickly none the less.  Upon reaching the fan I realized the bolt holding the entire contraption in place had been welded.  And with nothing to break the weld I was discouraged.  But then I realized each of the 5 blades was held in place by a primitive cotter pin if I could somehow hammer one out I could drop a 500 pound iron blade on that troll.

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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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