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The Saga of Dane Wulfdin: Readings

Excerpt from Chapter 12: Bash & Pang

(William P. Robertson)
November 8, 2010
William P. Robertson & Fiona Ingram

After Dane kills evil Queen Shera, he must find a place to hole up for the winter.  He locates the perfect hideout only to learn that it's occupied by a filthy ogre and his wife.  Now, he must drive off the giants or freeze!

Dane stole a look at the filthy ogre that lived beneath the tower. The brute was taller than Gogmagog and much broader. He had a horn protruding from the top of his skull and one green eye that flashed like fire. His skin was the color of a fetid carp and was covered with carbuncles. He wore a robe of uncured animal hides crudely sewn together with sinew. The hides added to the giant's reeking odor.

When the hulking brute bellowed again, an ogress waddled from their nest to join him. She was the epitome of hideous with long, stringy hair and dugs that hung down to her waist. she was as wide as she was tall and so fat that she could barely walk. She wore a necklace made from the skulls of men, but not one stitch of clothing.

"Oh, no, not more cursed giants," croaked Dane. "Doesn't anyone live in this enchanted land that isn't evil, huge, or bellicose?"

The ogre had keen ears, and his head swiveled in the direction of Dane's voice. "You over there!" he rumbled. "Bash hear you. Come out!"

"And what if I don't?"

"Bash find. Bash kill. Bash eat."