Wasp without any E's

’I’m not going to no summit’, says Wasp, as his guiding mountainy man pulls on his crampons.
‘You go on’

Wasp’s mountainy man, known as Tinka, looks at him oddly vacant, sucking air from a plastic mask and iron tank, pausing to say,

‘You standing on a king of our world’s mountains and you aint going to try a summit run?’

Wasp nods, ’Wasn’t a goal of my trip Tinka’.

Tinka looks at him.

‘You know why I’m known as Wasp Tinka? You didn’t know my dad did you?’

Tinka nods and stands up and looks afar, pointing to a pathway to follow. Wasp climbs on to cracking snow and starts to go up into clouds of mist and frost.
Tinka follows.

An alarm signals on air tanks as Wasp stops and points, moving out of sight. Tinka stops too and holds Wasps nylon chord, huddling into a mountain crack for grip.
Waiting. Waiting in cold mist. His mind agitating.

But as his mind jumps from worry to worry, Wasp shouts from rolling mist. Tinka follows his command and pulls blindly at nylon chord. A body drags up snow as Tinka hauls in nylon loop upon nylon loop. Wind swats away mist and Tinka has a vision of Wasp lifting a rigid, cold, old, long ago dying body to his back. Its arms stand out amongst such a backdrop, bands of black and gold surround all limbs, an old mountain climbing outfit looking as a flying wasp would look, black and gold rings craving adoration as it warns of ominous stings.

Wasp flops to comforting snow
‘Tinka, say Hi to my Dad’, Wasp says grinning, his Dad’s body still on his back, finally. "you can call him Wasp Snr’.

Forgot to submit to Twisted Tales 350 word challenge with prompt of Wasp.
I also had to submit a story to another forum where the challenge was to write a tory without using the letter E.!!!
I got lazy and combined both of them during lunch today :) Here it is, and i bet no matter how many times I’ve checked, there’ll be a little sneakly ‘e’ hiding in there somewhere !!!


  • SimplyRed
    SimplyRedalmost 4 years ago

    Hi there…you clever clever man…great write and not an E in sight…..brilliant :))

  • there was one! I told ye ther’ed be a sneaky little fecker in there! I’ve swatted it away now :)

    – Cathal .

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 4 years ago

    Oh wow what a different take on the prompt Cathal !
    And a very inventive one at that.
    A cold storage funeral snow plot is an interesting but just a tad macabre for me!
    He was d-e-a-d? Otherwise that frostbite is going to be murder me thinks….

  • Very hard to say ‘dead’ without using an ‘e’ i’ve discovered!

    – Cathal .

  • sandra22
    sandra22almost 4 years ago

    Bloody amazing Cathal, fantastic chum

  • cheers Sandra, actaully good crack trying to write without certain letters! makes you explore a whole lot of words !

    – Cathal .

  • MtnRainbows
    MtnRainbowsalmost 4 years ago

    I found an e but I refuse to point out where it is… sorry friend. I’m just like that. Saying there’s not suppose to be an e you sort of throw down the gauntlet for me. And my mind is geared towards finding hidden stuff so it just popped out at me. I bet you left it in there on purpose.

  • Sandy, I spotted the little bollix! cheers :)

    – Cathal .

  • rjpmcmahon
    rjpmcmahonalmost 4 years ago

    Ha ha I luv it, there are 2 e’s, but hey great piece :-))

  • NO !! I’ve only found one !!! ah jaysis now its buggin me (boom boom :) )

    – Cathal .

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestalmost 4 years ago

    Snuffed it ….. hmm nope
    deceased….. definitely not
    mortally wounded …… nearly not quite
    All out of breath ….. sigh ..
    Not living!!

  • not living !!! excellent !

    – Cathal .

  • rjpmcmahon
    rjpmcmahonalmost 4 years ago

    lol I am always open to graft my friend, let us say a few quid for the answers. :-))

  • ah yes I see it, the ‘climbers’ outfit !
    Feck it, I’m leaving it there as an homage to E :)

    – Cathal .

  • TheVarcii
    TheVarciialmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant Cathal. Your a cheeky devil combining the two challenges, and you did it so well. :-)

  • ian osborne
    ian osbornealmost 4 years ago

    Great story Cathal and a good job without them ’e’s. I’ll have to have a go at Rick’s little challenge!

  • MtnRainbows
    MtnRainbowsalmost 4 years ago

    I figured you would! It was a really good write!

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