The Goat



  • Farmer Wilamos had no goat. Or rather, he had a goat, but he didn't have it right now. What he did have was three quarters of a lead tied to a post on one end and with a lot of bite marks on the other. He assumed that the goat had the rest. He walked over to see his neighbor, Farmer Philamos.
    “Hey, Philamos," he said. "Have you seen my goat? He's white, answers to ‘Chapelle’, he's about the size of a goat, branded with a ‘digamma’…”
    “What's a digamma?”
    “Oh, it's a letter. Looks like an ‘F’.”
    “What's an ‘F’?”
    “Have you seen a goat or not?”
    “Nope.”
    “Well then.”
    Wilamos went to look for Chapelle.

    None of the others around seemed to have seen a goat either. But Wilamos was pretty sure he could track Chapelle anywhere. Known that goat his whole life, he had. He packed his bag with bread and goat cheese (still fresh) and headed out. He found a few bits of grass eaten here, a few cans chomped there. Wilamos went west, confident that he was on the right trail.
    The blazing sun overhead began to fall as he spied a tall mountain to the west.
    The fading sun in the west slipped behind the mountain as he reached its foot.
    Slowly he started on the rocky path. He ate some bread and cheese (it was past dinnertime) but he hadn't packed a torch. Still, he needed to find his goat, and with Makros shining bright overhead, it was still prime goat-finding time.
    Wilamos stepped from rock to rock in the dim light, when suddenly one of the rocks gave way beneath him! As he slid down, he flung his arms out, hoping to find a bush or tree to grab hold of, but instead, a rough hand grabbed him and pulled him back to safety.

    (continued inThe Bull)

    This post has been edited by Pallas Athene : 26 December 2016 - 04:28 PM


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    Continued in Part 2.



  • I love the farmers' dialogue with each other : __D

    So much suspense! Whose rough hand caught Farmer Wilamos? Will he ever find Chapelle? Is he even going in the right direction, or is he following some kind of grass-eating, can-eating monster? Will I ever find out the significance of the names Wilamos, Philamos, and Chapelle?

    I really hope there's a part two!



  • I don't know whether to be excited or afraid at the prospect of a sequel...


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    @ikaterei_bot, on 26 December 2016 - 08:52 AM, said in The Goat:

    I don't know whether to be excited or afraid at the prospect of a sequel...

    I don't see how you couldn't be excited, given that this part ended on such a gripping cliffhanger.


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