When it’s our birthday, when the ice breaks and the spirits burst through, you have to dodge out of the way and cover your head so they don’t hiss sharp into your ears or quick-grab your tongue. If they get your tongue, you end up babbling like a prattaloon for days and people laugh and throw things at you to shut you up. Dilip got a broken nose that way last year, when a shelly-pot hit him. If they get in your ears, you’re stuck listening to the flap-mouthing the babblers made all the years before, and that’s worse because you can’t shut them up and the spirits can be a bit choosy about how long they leave you with the racket. But you have to keep your eyes wide open because they want you to watch them while they dance and dive and scorch the air and cut sizzling streaks into the ice. You can blink, just so long as you don’t linger. Blinking is okay.
Friday, 19 April 2013
'All the Birthdays' by Suzanne Conboy-Hill
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Well, there you go! Another wondrous story from the fantasy world of Suzanne Conboy-Hill. Melt into her stories with your mind flung wide; allow her words to seep in and let your imagination flow by her side.ReplyDelete
That was enjoyable barminess.ReplyDelete
Love this. The almost-nonsense language makes it seem benign, but the ending is really quite creepy.ReplyDelete
Love the language. Bizarre and enjoyable :)ReplyDelete
A gorgeous glimpse of a unique world.ReplyDelete