Giant at large

Photo curtsy of J H

Photo curtsy of Jean L Hays

Who would build a house in such a jumble of rocks. Certainly not me. When I started building my dream home on this ridge, it was covered in grass and wild flowers. I thought that I had found paradise. How wrong was I.

Within a week of my starting to build, the first jagged rock arrived in the middle of the night. There after, each night another rock would turn up. I built fires and placed burning torches all around but never caught sight of my nemesis. How was I to know the land belonged to a giant ogre.

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  1. Sascha Darlington

    The ogre was unexpected!

    1. Michael Humphris

      It turning up surprised me to. Thank you Sascha

  2. Kalpana Solsi

    The last line was a total surprise.
    A building was being constructed near my home. The building would collapse each time (thrice). Somone told the engineer that earlier a cemetry was there and spirits were disturbed.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Kalpana, I would not build over a cemetery, they should be respected and not disturbed,

  3. Keith's Ramblings

    I’d be out of there pretty fast before a rock landed on me!

    ‘Retribution’, my short story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Me to Keith me to.

  4. granonine

    Ogres are somewhat grouchy, so I’m told 🙂 Good story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Definitely grouchy if you tread on their toes.

  5. Alicia Jamtaas

    This is delightful! I enjoyed the idea of a giant ogre. Your story made my day.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It was lovely to read your comment, thank you Alicia

  6. patriciaruthsusan

    Trick that old ogre. Start building a rock wall. Leave a Thank you note for him. A good story with humor as an ending twist, Michael. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      Building a wall is a great idea, however the ogre says that China tried it without success.

  7. subroto

    Got to be careful of Ogres, they tend to violate the building codes 😉

    1. Michael Humphris

      They certainly do 🙂

  8. Iain Kelly

    Living in a ogre’s dumping ground! Great imagination.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Iain

  9. rochellewisoff

    Dear Michael,

    Thanks to the media, when I think of ogres I think of Shrek. 😉 An ogre’s land is not a place to homestead, is it? Nicely done.



    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you so much Rochelle,

  10. Bear

    Good one, Michael!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Bear,

  11. msjadeli

    Good way to drive someone off!

    1. Michael Humphris

      That is true,

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