Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop
Happy Holidays, everyone!
My short story, The Once and Now-ish King is included in the anthology; it is a story about what happens with King Arthur returns in the time of Albion’s greatest need, as the legends say… only the trouble’s on it’s way and he’s still just an infant!
Here is a sneak preview:
The first thing that Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Future (well, Now-ish) King did upon his rebirth into the world at the moment of Albion’s greatest need, was to open his shrivelled red mouth and squall out: “Oh hell, no.“
Which startled his Mother quite badly, you’ll understand, as she had just put him to her breast for his first little feeding. She shook her head and glared balefully at the IV needle in the bend of her elbow, ignored her new son’s outburst, and went about her task.
The second thing that Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Now-ish King did upon his rebirth into the world at the moment of Albion’s greatest need, was to consume his body weight in breast milk. After which, he soiled his nappy, burped quite dramatically, and took a wee bit of a nap.
Getting born was hard work, you know.
The next thing that Arthur Pendragon, the Once and Now-ish King, did upon his rebirth was to wake up and ask to where that good for nothing senile git of a wizard had gotten. Nobody else was in the hospital room with Arthur and his new mother, so he had to repeat it a few times to convince her that she was not, in fact, hearing things. “Great ancient sorcerer with the beard?”
“What, Dumbledore?” his mother asked, trying to make her eyes the size of regular eyes again, rather than saucers. She wasn’t quite succeeding. “Or, um, Merlin?”
“Yes, Merlin!” Arthur shrilled, then frowned because his voice hadn’t been that high since, well, since the last time he was a baby. In a more sedate, and what he hoped was a more kingly tone, he went on to clarify: “Who the hell else would I mean?”
“I, uh, I’m sure I don’t know, dearest,” his mother said, and started to cry.
Arthur felt quite bad about that, because she seemed a nice lady, especially since she had just put up with him in her womb for nine months. He resolved to be a bit gentler with her thereafter.
Comment below to tell me about your favourite hero to enter. Winner will be selected on December 24th.