Last week, Ben found himself trapped inside a tree. Lost in the dark. With a goblin.
The goblin’s knife mercifully relented and stopped poking Ben’s stomach.
Ben staggered forward, hands outstretched. He expected a rough interior of the tree to brush against his hands; instead, the smoothness of a black pearl greeted his fingertips. “Woah!” He leapt backward.
By his left side, the goblin chortled. “Not in Kansas anymore, boy.”
“Get me out of here.” Ben stumbled through the black.
“Wander all you like. It’s a big, vast ocean to see. We’re trapped together, you and me.”
Ben chewed his lip. The pain helped focus his thoughts…he hoped. He swung his arms, this way and that, seeking the goblin.
“Not even close.” The goblin laughed. “You really can’t see worth a damn, can you?”
Ben punched the air. He tumbled forward and landed on his face. He groaned.
The goblin kicked his side. “That’s what you get for trying to catch–Hey!”
Ben grabbed the goblin’s ankle and jerked. He twisted toward the smaller creature and slammed his elbow into the goblin’s gut. He leaned heavily on his tormentor. “Listen…” He tilted his head. “Huh, I don’t even know your name.”
“What difference is it to you?” The goblin’s breathing came out in sharp wheezes.
“If we’re trapped together, I might as well know your name. What harm could it do?”
“You want to bind me, is that it? Use my true name against me?” The goblin squirmed beneath Ben’s forearm. “Well, it won’t work. That blasted wizard’s already got me locked under his sway.”
“Really?” Ben leaned back, relieving a bit of the pressure.
The goblin snorted. “Like you care.” He spit. The glob of mucus and saliva landed with a wet plop somewhere to Ben’s right.
“Maybe I do.” Ben shrugged. “Maybe we can help each other.”
“You’d trust a goblin?”
Ben turned toward the sound of the goblin’s voice. It echoed in the cavernous dark. Shadows drifted across an inky sky.
So, what do you think will happen? What do you want to happen? Was it too short? Too long? Too unfunny?
Yep, that’s right. I’m soliciting comments and suggestions. I may even use them. No matter how wacky, zany, nerdy, or weird. No matter how serious, fanciful, or sci-fi. It’s a choose your own adventure. You choose what happens next.