Saturday, 4 December 2010

Keyhole Blogfest

This is for the keyhole blogfest, where the idea is to post a description of somewhere that a particular character lives, and everyone else gets to guess as to the type of character. This one may seem a little odd at first, and technically I end up describing three rooms (those familiar with this particular batch of stories may be able to guess the names of the first two occupants from the context) but hopefully it will make sense:

Further on still, and frankly pushing the limits of what it should have been able to fit behind a florist’s shop, were what appeared to be living quarters. Opening doors revealed a neat, modern looking room with just enough in the way of ornaments that it would have had a feminine touch but for the samurai sword on the wall, followed by the sort of elaborate, heavy carpeted rooms that could have belonged to a country house. Brian identified the owners of those quickly enough, and tried the next door down.

It was open, and pushing the door ajar revealed a room that spoke of a life that had been… eventful, to say the least. A corkboard had faded maps pinned to it, most of them featuring notes that said things like “Lost city-found” or “Here be dragons? Where? I looked all over” in very familiar handwriting.

The furniture was robust, and obviously hadn’t been used in months if the dust was anything to go by, while most of it was covered in a mixture of old, leather bound books and the sort of ornaments that you only got from a life of fighting assorted monsters. The stinger of a giant scorpion served as a sort of paper spike on a desk, while a bowl of assorted teeth had the words “Do NOT drop” written on in quite large writing. There were watercolours on the walls, featuring griffons and were-beasts, minotaurs and more dragons than even Archibald Mathers could have contemplated.

Brian was just working his way through them, when from nowhere, he started to get the feeling that he had done something very wrong by coming in here. It probably had something to do with the largely untouched state of the room. It felt almost shrine like in the way it had simply been left. It also had a lot to do with the fact that there was a frighteningly accurate portrait of Spider sitting in amongst the other paintings. It seemed to scowl down at Brian, telling him that he had no right to be there, and that there would be trouble later. It was a lot for one painting to achieve, but even so, Brian was almost happy when he heard Violet calling out to him.

9 comments:

Madeleine said...

I'm rather stumped on this one. All I can think of is a Bruce Wayne type superhero character's abode? Am I warm? Great you've joined in the fest. :O)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

It sounds like my friend Paulette! She makes leather bound books, loves swords and anything dragony and she's a fab artist. You should meet her! <3

She's a martial artist and has had photos taken of her in a cook position holding her Samurai sword. She's also a writer. :P

~Elizabeth :)

Margo Benson said...

I love this - and particularly like conjuring watercolours with a bowl of teeth!

Ellie said...

Ooo...I not sure either. It's definitely someone with a magical connection, I think. Very intriguing!

MorningAJ said...

Sounds sort of mage-y. Or one of the Fey trying to live as a human....

It's definitely intriguing.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

ROFL! I meant COOL position, not cook! Oops. I'm so embarrassed.

The Words Crafter said...

This was very interesting and, being only a visitor, I'm unfamiliar with these stories. The bowl of teeth and fighting monsters.....mmmmm, I'd love to know the answers!

Dominic de Mattos said...

Those assorted teeth which must NOT be dropped are surely the dragon's teeth from Jason and the Argonauts!

OR

The sort of treasure that Indiana Jones is bound to find!

Summer Ross said...

Hey I'm late posting and commenting, but I really liked your entry- I'm not going to guess since it's already been revealed but I really enjoyed reading it. my favorite line was: "The furniture was robust, and obviously hadn’t been used in months if the dust was anything to go by,"
My entry is now up, sorry for the belated posting of it.