Not skin deep – © mmSeason
© mmSeason 2008
First the story – and below, its genesis.
Erik the Swede was getting on a bit, but when a mugger swung a flick-knife at him he managed to dodge. He was not killed, but scarred.
In shame he fled south and in the desert of Tunisia joined a band of dropouts. Their first reaction, as everyone else’s, was alarm – but they developed tolerance for his features.
So it was that Erik the Swede found his niche. When they were done with their laddishness, the brigands were pleasant men. And when age conquered him, their gentleness had no limit.
This was kick-started by a crossword puzzle. The Across solutions, read left to right, were:
phenomenal • Eric • Swede • getting on • lacerate • dodge • brigade • stepson • Tunisia • ??? • alarm • drop-outs • tolerance • niche • done • gentlenessThe ?? was one I didn’t even note down because I didn’t know what it meant. A word you don’t know doesn’t generate images in your head. But the rest did, and making the most of artistic licence I very quickly came up with the sequence of events above. (Another trick I enjoy for fun is reading across two columns of a newspaper article and, with a little grammatical leeway, making a new narrative out of it.) What odd muses do you use?