Thursday, January 28, 2010

Rainbow Ends

This week's Three Word Wednesday calls for Beacon, Grieve and Kindred. Enjoy.

RAINBOW ENDS

Tom shot the flare at the rainbow. He thought if the rocket's trajectory arced along the bow, he could find the infamous pot o' gold. The smoke trail obscured the orange band, right on target. The explosion was awesome! Tom ran towards the glowing white beacon.

White hot flames leapt at the colored bars. Eight colors, each a separate beam, twisted into angry, smoking curls. A smoking lump of indigo broke off and crushed a chattering squirrel. Death by blue, Tom thought and giggled. His giggles turned into howls when he noticed the bawling leprechauns. Green and white striped leggings, leafy hemmed tunics, the tiny green men wailed and flipped and rushed forward and back from the glowing pot. Violet ash rained on their buckled hats.

Tom elbowed his way into the grieving green men, tried to approach the pot o' gold. Heat singed his eyebrows. The gold burned! His rocket melted the treasure.

Tom shouted at the leprechauns. "Come on guys! Use your magic! Shoot water out of your fingers or something, save our gold!"

As if one being, the green creatures turned to face Tom. Furrowed eyebrows contradicted exaggerated smiling faces—those smiles were not friendly.

Tom backed out of the circle, turned and dashed for yellow, its jagged end the closest to the ground. He jumped, pulled himself up and ran along the bright track.

Tom dared a peek behind him. The leprechauns swarmed, smudging every color into Kelly Green. The gap closed. Grit pelted his back, the back of his head, fell before him. The leprechauns threw tiny shapes, minute crystals refracting light in the brilliant sunshine. Tom ignored the pink hearts, yellow moons, orange stars and green clovers and focused forward, at the azure blue skies—

—the rainbow disintegrated before him. A small city appeared below the fading red. Tom dove forward, slid off the rainbow…

…into Killarney's. Green-clad creatures spilled onto him, knocking him off the bar stool, crushing him into the plank floor. Tiny hands pulled and pummeled, yanked and sparked.

"Guinness! Barkeep, for God's love, pour mugs for me mates!"

The green men chuckled, climbed off Tom, pulled him upright, clapped his lower back. One told a limerick, beer foam shot out Tom's nose. The leprechauns clanked glasses with Tom, kindred spirits, at least until the keg ran dry.

17 comments:

Marisa Birns said...

This was quite entertaining!

Hope the keg lasts a long time. They may have little hands, but those leprechauns can fight dirty, eh?

mazzz_in_Leeds said...

I haven't had a night like that for a while (well, not the green-clad variety, but generally speaking)

David Masters said...

Impressively done! I found the 3WW selection a challenge too far this week.

And I'm all for any story starring leprechauns.

John Wiswell said...

Rainbows ending and rockets firing? Somebody's been studying her Pyncheon for the 33 reading group!

I loved the exclamation to shoot water out of their fingers "or something."

Scott Clawson said...

I absolutely loved all the colors in this piece! What a fun read and full of energy. Great Job! :-)

Laura Eno said...

I think I just died laughing! Very funny throughout, then to have a cereal commercial shot in the middle of it! Loved this. Anyone will be your mate for a pint of Guinness, right?

Jay Thurston said...

This was hilarious! Very colorful, creative, the charging leprechauns adding a horror element to the comedic scene... wonderfully entertaining Peggy! I admit I did laugh out loud more than once.

Andy Sewina said...

Nicely! Bessie mates til the bottom of the barrell!

Tumblewords: said...

A wild tale, full of fun with mugs of truth. Enjoyed this!

Stan Ski said...

A drop of the black stuff...

livloveslit said...

This was magically delicious! I laughed out loud at the charms, and the whole story was wild and fun. There was lots of fast action and vivid detail and your description of the exploding colors of the rainbow really allowed me to see it. Trippy! ~ Olivia

theothersideofdeanna.wordpress.com said...

Wow! This is a fantastically entertaining story Peggy. As Olivia said, magically delicious! I could see colors bouncing around all over the place. Bravo!

Draco Torre said...

Too much silly. Seriously, laughing is painful. Nice cereal commercial.

ThomG said...

Serious fun, Peg. I liked the color details and the ending - perfect.

Eric J. Krause said...

A very imaginative story. It was quite fun to read.

Tim Remp said...
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Tim Remp said...

Opps Typo...

That was a fun and creative piece. An Irish Tale with an ending anyone can relate! Attacking the rainbow and the descriptions was a stroke of genius; loved the colors. I too enjoyed the commercial reference. I wanted to see the Trix rabbit to show up in the end