Freedom Day

Bark manAfter having terrorized the village for decades, the monster had finally been subdued and caught. The villagers took the still living creature to the swamp, where they plunged it into the murky, algae-surfaced pond up to its waist, anchored its feet, and secured one arm to a petrified tree.

The monster struggled for days, going so far as to attempt to gnaw its own left arm off at the shoulder, in a vain attempt to free itself, but it was to no avail, as its strength had been depleted during its capture. The struggle ended when, in agony, the monster perished.

But instead of sinking beneath the slimy green, scum-covered surface of the pond, the monster remained fixed in the position in which it had died. Ultimately, it became petrified, just like the petrified tree to which it was tied.

Now every year, on the anniversary of the capture and demise of the monster who tormented them for decades, the villagers return to the pond to celebrate Freedom Day.

This post was written for Sadjeโ€™s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Google.

27 thoughts on “Freedom Day

  1. Sadje November 19, 2019 / 5:31 pm

    This is a very interesting story Fandango. Thanks a lot for joining in the prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

      • Sadje November 19, 2019 / 8:25 pm

        Thanks! I have a little info on it which I will share at the roundup. Thanks for joining in!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Scottyโ€™s Keep November 19, 2019 / 6:54 pm

    What if this fellow had a mate. Are there some monster children is these folk’s future, maybe a litter. What if this creature wouldn’t stay dead, nor his offspring? What then?

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    • Fandango November 19, 2019 / 7:43 pm

      Then the villagers will be in deep doo-doo.


  3. Violet Lentz November 20, 2019 / 2:49 am

    Chewing off ones arm is a desperate move! Glad for the towns people he was unsuccessful. Nice story telling, Fandango.

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  4. Priscilla Bettis November 20, 2019 / 3:27 am

    I like this response to Sadje’s prompt. (And isn’t it the coolest, weirdest picture ever?) Yay for Freedom Day for the villagers!

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    • Fandango November 20, 2019 / 7:46 am

      Thanks. And yes, that picture certainly did stir the imagination.


  5. Jim Sponseller November 20, 2019 / 3:44 am

    Sounds like a terrible way to perish. Are they certain they got the right creature? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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