A Stone Sponge

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Flash Fiction  |  House: The Imaginarium
A short story of less than 250 words.

Cover image: Zan Ilic on Unsplash.

Submitted: August 08, 2019

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A Stone Sponge

The gargoyle opened his left eye then his right. It was no easy task with eyelids made of solid stone. Once the dust had settled he blinked, yawned, stretched out his wings. Only then did he look around.

From his position high up on a stone column he had an extensive view of his surroundings. The reason for his waking soon became evident. Thick black clouds were rolling in across the land, joining together to form an unnatural seething mass. There was no wind. The clouds should not have been moving at all.

Fully awake now, the gargoyle tensed. The electricity in the air made his entire body quiver with anticipation. His timing would be crucial if he was to thwart this attack.

Simultaneous thunder and lightning shattered the silence. The old walls of the building trembled from the force of the rumble but the gargoyle stayed focused...waiting...waiting...

Silver lightning sliced through the darkened sky. There could be no doubt that it was heading straight for the ancient building.

The gargoyle stretched out his neck, opened his mouth wide and sucked up the lightning, letting it flow around his body inside and out. His body creaked and groaned but not one single crack appeared. His appetite was insatiable, his body a stone sponge.

And then, as suddenly as it had started, it was over.

Another attack successfully defeated, the gargoyle settled back and closed his eyes once more.


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