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 Post subject: The Pinch [Story][Open]
PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:45 pm 
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The Pinch
by Disguised Goblin
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Three goblins were sitting on some rocks. One sun was setting, the other one was rising. It was hot. It was always hot on Khrov. Even rain was hot on Khrov. But it hadn’t rained in a long, long time.



Fat goblin said “Hungry.”



Tall goblin looked at him, opened his mouth, then closed it. He nodded instead.



It had been a long time since they had eaten. There was never much food on Khrov. It was always hot. Things didn’t grow well here, especially up in the mountains. And Khrov had a lot of mountains.



Tall goblin said “Thirsty.”



Fat goblin swallowed air. His mouth was suddenly dry. He tried to speak again, but it hurt. Fat goblin nodded instead.



The wind was blowing out of the south. It was a hot wind. The winds were always hot on Khrov. This wind, though, was hotter than usual. This was the Sun’s Thumb. The Sun’s Thumb always followed behind Crimson when it set in the north. And Crimson was setting now.



Fat goblin said “Hot.”



Tall goblin nodded. He didn’t try to speak.



Then the winds increased. A new wind was coming. This was the Sun’s Finger. The Sun’s Finger always pushed ahead of Scarlet when it rose in the west. And the Sun’s Finger was always hot.



Tall goblin said “Bored.”



Fat goblin nodded.



Both goblins looked at the third. Masked goblin looked back. Somehow, his mask looked sad.



Masked goblin said “Soon.”



The Sun’s Thumb and the Sun’s Finger were about to meet. This rarely happened. The suns of Khrov moved without telling one another. They never spoke. Sun’s Thumb always followed Crimson. Sun’s Finger always led Scarlet. Ten years pass between the meeting of Thumb and Finger. Ten years passed since last these three goblins sat on these rocks. Ten years passed since last these goblins were hungry and thirsty, hot and bored, on the suns-scorched mountains of Khrov.



Masked goblin said “Now.”



The gushing of Sun’s Thumb, rushing toward them from the south on its way to catch up to Crimson, suddenly surged forward with all its power. The air was alight with a mystical energy. Sun’s Thumb always carried a dull, red tint. From the west, Sun’s Finger rushed onward to herald the arrival of Scarlet. Sun’s Finger always glimmered with a ruby’s glow. And when Sun’s Thumb and Sun’s Finger met, the sky erupted in a shower of cascading, brilliant light.



Masked goblin jumped off the rock and walked over to the chasm. It was deep. It was dark. On most days, it was too deep and too dark to see down into the chasm. It was always too deep and too dark. Except today. Except when Sun’s Thumb and Sun’s Finger come together in the Pinch, the name given to the High Mountains of Khrov.



Masked goblin stared down into the illuminated gorge. Fat goblin and tall goblin walked over to him. Khrov was not their home. They had been born in other places, on other worlds. Fat goblin and tall goblin looked at their friend, and then they looked down into the chasm. They saw, just barely in the flickering light of the sky, the pile of goblin bones.



Masked goblin said “Family.”



Fat goblin and Tall goblin looked at their friend. They saw two small drops of liquid trickle from the bottom of Masked goblin’s mask. Khrov was not their home. It had never been their home. And it had not been their family that had been murdered and thrown into the deep, dark chasm at the top of the Pinch. It had not been they who had been tortured and tormented until they finally, desperately escaped not just their oppressors, but the very bounds of the plane of Khrov itself. It had only been Masked goblin.



After just a few, short minutes, the Sun’s Thumb and the Sun’s Finger moved past one another, and the light faded. The goblin bones were covered once again by the darkness of the deep chasm.



Masked goblin whispered “Rest.”



For several minutes, Fat goblin, Tall goblin and Masked goblin stood there and said nothing. They were hungry. They were thirsty. They were hot. Masked goblin nodded, and they left Khrov.



It would be ten years before Sun’s Thumb and Sun’s Finger met once more. It would be ten years before the Pinch would light the world with fire of Crimson and Scarlet. It would be ten years before Fat goblin and Tall goblin were hungry, thirsty, hot and bored, all at the same time. It would be ten years before Masked goblin greeted his family once again. And in ten years, when the heat and light of Khrov disturbed their rest again, Masked goblin would be there to greet them, and bid them farewell.



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