IN THE LAND OF THE GIANT GERBILS

Floating along on a bed of epicurean marshmallows, Malcolm IV, king of the giant gerbils, nibbled on a lovely stilton and ordered the destruction of Paris by his army of flying pigs armed with lances and flame throwers.

In the Kingdom of the Glowing Eggs, the latest crop of chimeras – half voluptuous maidens, half capybara – hatched and sucked on the teats of the mountain gorillas, who whispered immutable songs of myth and lore.

A giant ant, pink and blue and spraying formic acid from it’s stomach, tore him limb from limb.

He woke up shrieking.

‘Nice trip, Malc?’

‘That’s some bad stuff, man.’


Copyright David Stewart

Written for Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields (more details HERE). The idea is to write a short story of 100 words based on the photo prompt (above).

To read stories of 100 words based on this week’s prompt, visit HERE.

Also linking with #FOWC – Fandango’s One Word Challenge. Today’s word was: Immutable


For the month of April I am taking part in the A-Z blogging challenge, and am posting about my State Trilogy novels each day, including plots, themes, characters and the writing and publishing process. So if you’ve read the books, or haven’t but might be interested in them, I hope it will be of interest to some of you. All the posts published so far can be found HERE.

77 thoughts on “IN THE LAND OF THE GIANT GERBILS

      1. I agree with Neil, it will be a huge loss if you depart FF, and I always enjoy your work, but at the same time it should never feel like a chore. I hope after a break you might feel inspired again and return – and in the meantime I hope you will still be writing other bits and pieces on your blog and elsewhere to keep the creative mind ticking over. Take care.

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  1. ‘What’s Iain on?’ I was asking myself while reading and then I laughed out loud. Still chuckling… what an imagination you have.

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      1. I took a trip once, via peyote in a Native ceremony… NEVER again! It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. Just extremely whack!

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  2. I don’t want any of what he had. All I could think is which half was voluptuous maiden and which half was capybara lol Great trip, Iain but only on the page 🙂

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement CE, means a lot. Who knows? Currently trying another round of literary agent contacting with my latest book, with not much hope of success, but you never know. Glad you are enjoying the small volume, it seems so long ago now that I wrote most of them.

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  3. Haha, wow that was trippy just reading that. I guess you’ve got some good psychedelic marshmallows there. 🙂 I was thinking how entrancing yet terrifying it would be to live there, so I think you captured the right tone pretty well.
    -David

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  4. Ha! You had me going…loved the twist. Personally, I’d want my money back for that trip – frightening myself is not recreational in my book! 😉

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