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King Arthur woke from his dreamless sleep, to return in Britain's Time of Need.
Again.
He stretched, rubbed his face, and reached out to the land that had called him.
"Symbol to unite around? Again? I told you, as long as they need that, they can't be helped."
He laid down again.

A mummified warrior sat at the back of the remote cave, cradling the legendary Sword of Power.
I took it.
'hold me' a voice said, 'and any order you give will be obeyed'
I grinned, then paused.
"Did they hide here to die?"
'yes'
"Why?"
'you will know all effects of your orders'

The Selkie knew too many stories of deceitful men. This one, pleasant as he was, clearly hid something.
"I must go," she said.
He let her.
But he howled when he saw her change: "Come tomorrow!"
When she did, under the full moon, a huge labrador jumped into the sea to greet her.

Beneath the ruined temple of some long-forgotten god, its cellars remain.
A heavy door. A corridor, dank and dark. You find it: a well lit library. In one of the comfortable chairs, a Fear Eater sits.
"Welcome. Do you mind me eating while you read?"
You smile, and nod, at peace.

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Beneath the ruined temple of some long-forgotten god, it's cellars remain.
A heavy door. A corridor, dank and dark. You find it: a well lit library. In one of the comfortable chairs, a Fear Eater sits.
"Welcome. Do you mind me eating while you read?"
You smile, and nod, at peace.

"If I seem tall," he said humbly, "it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants."
"Yes. Your boots have hobnails," a giant said.
"Shush," the humble man said. "I'm talking."

"Aarrryoo..."
It sounded almost like someone spoke, but I was alone in the kitchen.
"Aryoalrr..."
I opened the fridge.
"Are you all right?"
I stared at the sourdough.
"Did you just talk?"
"I've been with your family for generations. What's wrong?"
I told it. It's a good listener.

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"Aarrryoo..."
It sounded almost line someone spoke, but I was alone in the kitchen.
"Aryoalrr..."
I opened the fridge.
"Are you all right?"
I stared at the sourdough.
"Did you just talk?"
"I've been with your family for generations. What's wrong?"
I told it. It's a good listener.

Once the rough surface was smoothed, he inspected the amber. Some air bubbles, one containing something sparkly.
It moved.
/where/
He heard the voice in his head.
/no/
"What?" He stared at the spark.
/my children are gone/
"What are you?"
/I was a god/
The spark faded.
"Wait!"

The pentagram glowed an eerie shade of greenish orange, and a figure appeared inside the sigil.
"What the- You!"
The demon who had performed the summoning might have blushed. "Er. Hi. How are you?"
"You summoned me?" the warlock exclaimed.
"You never summon me any more, so..."

I stared at the blank page, bereft of ideas. As I had been for a week. A week! I'd never-
*ding*
Grateful for the distraction, I checked the message. From myself? From next year?
"Hi, I know it's hard to be creative right now. So I'm paying forward backwards. Here's an idea..."

... and on the empty marble plinth letters there were written in gold that said thus: Whoso pulleth this statue from this stone, they are rightwise rulers of Britain.

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... and on the empty marble plinth letters there were written in gold that said thus: Whoso pulleth this statue from this done, they are rightwise rulers of Britain.

"Wide doorways," the prince wrote.
"To frame your dramatic entrances," the architect of his new palace wrote back.
"Gentle slopes, no stairs," the prince wrote.
"To better display your grace," the architect wrote.
The prince eyed the wheeled chair that gave him freedom.
"Yes."

"What news from the world of men?" the dragon asked.
The witch gave him a look.
"Ah, the world of humans," the dragon said.
The witch told him.
"I see," said the dragon. "Hm. It was your grandmother who taught me to 'do no evil'."
"I know. Is that enough?"
"It is not. Let's go."

"I found this ring inside a fish I caught. Is it magic?"
"Let me see," the witch said. "Hm, yes. When you wear it, whatever is done to you will also be done to the other person."
"Sweet! I shall ask for so many hugs!"
"But that-"
"And wear it at the protest march."
"Excellent!"

"So, do you think one day robots will have human rights?"
"Perhaps," the robot said, "but first I want to see all humans have human rights."
"What do you mean? All humans do have human rights. It's in the name."
"Then I first want to see all humans considered human."
"Oh. Yeah."

"Have you ever wished you had legs?" the sailor asked.
The mermaid thought about it. "No. Why would I want to?"
The sailor cleared his throat. "Well... To dance?"
"On a flat floor? When I can already swim?" She laughed. "No. Have you ever wished for fins?"
"Not until now."

"You want to give in," the vampire whispered softly, "give up, surrender to me."
"No, sorry, I don't feel any inclination to do so," the robot said.
"Well, it was worth a try."
"Thank you," said the robot, "but it seems I do not have a soul."
"No! We haven't disproven it."

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"You want to give in," the vampire whispered softly, "give up, surrender to me."
"No, sorry, I don't think feel any inclination to do so," the robot said.
"Well, it was worth a try."
"Thank you," said the robot, "but it seems I do not have a soul."
"No! We haven't disproven it."

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