Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Turkey and the Lizard

This is another story that I did for a message board for a thread that was normally concerned with comically constructing new words and definitions. At that time people were taking turns writing short stories containing a short list of words given by another user. The story is changed slightly here in that it is broken up into several paragraphs instead of being contained in just one.

This story was one of several that I did for my post 989 on that message board. The other stories were separate from this one, with their own lists of words. Along with containing the words from the list, this particular story was supposed to have a Thanksgiving theme. The list of words for this story: psychic, rocks, carnival, lizard, tofu

This story is dated 5:04 AM, November 29, 2006, Arizona time (MST).


The turkey was worried. Things weren't the same around the farm. Too much of a carnival atmosphere. First the carving of horrible faces into the pumpkins (what could THAT mean?), then the dressing up in strange costumes. What could be next?

The turkey decided to consult a wise lizard that lived on the top of a tall mountain. The lizard was said to be psychic, and could foresee the future. So the turkey climbed the tall mountain, which in reality was a pile of rocks perhaps seven or eight feet high (well, it was tall to the lizard).

Arriving at the top, the turkey bowed down before the lizard and gave him an offering. The lizard stared at it. "Tofu? You brought me tofu?"

The turkey said, "Well, they don't really like to have me in the kitchen (or the house, for that matter), so I snuck in the kitchen and grabbed the first thing I could. Sorry."

The lizard stared at the tofu some more and finally broke off a piece and nibbled at it distractedly. "Well, what is it you want then?"

Hearing the words, the turkey, who had looked as if he might like to hide under one of the rocks, brightened up somewhat and explained the situation.

Finishing the story, the turkey said, "And so I would like to know something of the future, and of what may be my fate."

The lizard stared at the turkey for a long time and finally said, "I foresee a great giving of thanks."

Greatly relieved, the turkey profusely thanked the lizard and then made its way back down the mountain (well, sort of mountain).

Watching the turkey go, the lizard took another bite of tofu and mused to himself, "Perhaps I should have said 'a great Thanksgiving.'"

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