Saturday, June 26, 2010

found petrified tea leaf diary


[excerpts of un-earthed long lost diary of a Professor Montrose K. Higgens, noted meek Twentieth Century Archeologist]

Tuesday, June 18th, 1929

Pretty much same as yesterday, although stagnant dust down here in central catacomb more irritable to my inner ear. Dressler, claiming more credit than ever since discovery of first stoned tea leaf, in all his heaving bulk like Babe Ruth on a hot dog eating binge in the dugout, is irritable as always. His wheezing after shuffling only a few feet is monotonous, although I suppose I could always find him useful in future as a canary in a mine. A 380 pound canary.
Worth noting?: on way down stone steps, in the beam of my torch, never noticed it before, discovered puzzling hieroglyphic of one-eyed magpie grasping some unfamiliar writing tool in its beak. What in the Sam Hill did magpies and script have in common thousands and thousands of years ago? Puzzling.


Wednesday, June 19th, 1929

Beloved, Oh, I miss your smile. And sweet clear blue Summer afternoons dancing with you, Beloved, on the rotted gazebo like nobody was watching. And, in the night, the way you gasped when shooting stars fell.

Thursday, June 20th, 1929

Nothing to note today, except, I suppose, I thought I heard humming similar to ‘ Camptown Ladies’ from the mummy’s tomb behind me. Dressler thinks I’m a wing nut. Can’t say I blame him, but sweet mother-of-pearl it surely raised the hair on the back of my neck. Turned work bench facing tomb. Will start carrying loaded gun tomorrow.

Friday, June 21st, 1929

[Last known entry. Indistinguishable smudged ink mostly, except..]…and Dressler all bent out of shape [smudged] caught me using his toothbrush clearing away finer debris from my prized discovery. I said brushing brings out the finite green tint like his [smudged], and I’d buy him a new toothbrush once we sailed back to States in October, but he remains humorless and catatonic, sat reeking of kerosene with those deep vacant eyes.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I’m going to pry open the hummer’s tomb, shove him in, and nail the lid.
Bastard.

14 Comments:

Blogger Helen said...

That dastardly Dressler! A novel approach to Willow's photo! Like this very much.

6/26/2010 3:51 PM  
Blogger signed...bkm said...

Love what you did here....beautifully done......bkm

6/27/2010 3:32 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

haha. wonder if Indiana Jones ever tried that...smiles. a delightful magpie!

6/27/2010 4:34 PM  
Blogger chiccoreal said...

Dear Vagabond: Excellent character development; Professor Montrose K. Higgens and Dressler are vividly sketched and described through the Prof's diary. The terseness of the Prof versus the dull Dressler feed the imagination! Thoroughly enjoyable read! Love the antagonistic relationship; most entertaining!:)

6/27/2010 8:03 PM  
Blogger Tumblewords: said...

Wonderful. I could have read more and more!

6/28/2010 12:42 AM  
Blogger steviewren said...

Too funny! I would think it would be easy to go a little stir crazy trapped in a tomb with a crazy character and a dead man. Camptown Races from the tomb...funny stuff.

6/28/2010 9:12 AM  
Blogger Lyn said...

Definitely time to get in touch with Indy..and the Tomb of Doom...

6/28/2010 9:38 AM  
Blogger willow said...

Don't shoot! It's just me...doo-dah doo-dah!

6/28/2010 2:51 PM  
Blogger Everyday Goddess said...

great story!

6/28/2010 4:42 PM  
Blogger Catalyst said...

A great story, indeed, Vagabond. Good character development in such a short space. As is often said here in the Magpie community (flock?), I'd love to read more about this duo.

6/28/2010 8:23 PM  
Blogger RNSANE said...

This was a great story. Won't future generations be surprised to find a modern man in the mummy's tomb?

6/29/2010 3:57 AM  
Blogger RNSANE said...

This was a great story. Won't future generations be surprised to find a modern man in the mummy's tomb?

6/29/2010 3:57 AM  
Blogger TALON said...

I'm amazed by everyone's creative take on the toothbrush photo.

This was great! Wonderful details and description and such sharp characterization. I would have loved to read Saturday's entry :)

6/29/2010 11:26 PM  
Blogger ~T~ said...

Believable characters, creepy setting, fun story!

6/30/2010 12:21 PM  

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