The lion and it’s handler

Prompt from Wildverbs

Prompt from Wildverbs

Carol watched Derek at work, his fearless demeanour had fascinated her since she had first arrived at the circus. Derek had more hair than any man should have, and how Carol wanted to run her fingers through it. So she volunteered to enter the ring cage when the lions where present. But Derek had eyes only for the lions.

But Carol knew that she could play the long game, so she allowed her hair to grow and grow. In time she would have a mane to rival any lion. Mandrake had watched her carefully for a long time, although he did not see her as a threat. Today when Derek cracked the whip, it’s tip brushed Mandrakes nose. Angered Mandrake was stung into action. He leapt from his stool and picked Carol up by her hair and deposited her at Dereks feet. If his growl could have been translated, it would have been: “wake up and get on with it son”.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Iain Kelly

    Ha, lions are indeed wise animals!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Indeed they are…

  2. Abhijit Ray

    Even a lion understands what Derek does not. Poor Derek too focussed on taming lion!

    1. Michael Humphris

      Indeed he was, but Mandrake had his measure.

  3. JS Brand

    Good story, Michael, with a surprise ending. It’s nice to have a twist that’s more about humour than horror.

    1. Michael Humphris

      I was also pleased that this story turned humorous. At first I thought that Mandrake was going to eat Carol.

  4. anuragbakhshi

    Ha ha ha, smart lion. I loved how you used the names of Mandrake the Magician and his evil twin Derek in this story 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am honoured by your comment, but the name Derek was to be the next name used within my dream series. In this story, sadly, I was only sketching out his past life within the Blackpool circus. As for Mandrake I am quite unsure where the name came from !. Perhaps somewhere deep in my psyche, although to my knowledge I have never read any of the relevant comic strips! It is quite ‘magical’ that I should have linked the names together

  5. Keith's Ramblings

    A hair-raising start and an amusing ending! Delightfully different Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am only pleased that the story worked. Thank you Keith

  6. JoHawkTheWriter

    Hahaha. Sometimes I wonder how humans stay at the top of the food chain, given how dense we are sometimes. Great story.

    1. Michael Humphris

      So glad you enjoyed it, I set out to write something quite different …

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