Viktor von Valkyrie: A Cautionary Tale by WinonaCookie

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The story of Viktor von Valkyrie – such a tragic tale! Born in the farthest reaches of the Slav Republic, no one in Viktor’s village could read or write. Yet somehow Viktor managed to take Ph.D.’s in astrophysics, anatomical biology and theoretical mathematics at Oxford – all before he reached age 27. He achieved a full professorship by the time he was 30 – the same year his hearing began to seriously decline. Convinced of an undergraduate conspiracy to drive him mad with their persistent mumbling, he devised a revolutionary ear trumpet and managed to have it surgically implanted. Although it made sleeping unspeakably awkward, it also enabled the good professor to hear small children eating cornflakes several miles away. In retrospect, this was most likely the first hint that something was seriously amiss, but von Valkyrie’s brilliant inventions, like the autonautical dirigible – the first vehicle to successfully negotiate land, air and water travel – distracted colleagues and friends from that knowledge. However, as Viktor continued to have himself altered in alarming ways, even his most ardent supporters had to admit that he was most certainly deranged. On the eve of the unveiling of his stunningly elegant airship, the Vampyricon, Viktor appeared with set of fully functional mechanized bat wings sprouting from his shoulder blades. With such a disturbing appearance, no one could glean much from his increasingly convoluted lectures. When a species Titanus giganticus land beetle emerged from his cerebral cortex, the college elders knew something had to be done. A plot was hatched to lure the professor to an exclusive asylum hidden away in the Swiss Alps, but of course Viktor overheard every detail of the plan. Packing up his fantastic inventions, he vanished as suddenly as he had appeared, although sightings of the flying scholar have been reported from Prague to the very tip of the Siberian Peninsula. If you see the shadow of his wings overhead, whisper a hello. He will hear you.

When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • WonderlandGlass
    WonderlandGlassabout 6 years ago

    Fantastic… when is the book of collected works to be forthcoming? I want to put it on my wishlist. Peace

  • lindybird
    lindybirdabout 6 years ago

    I’ll be sure to watch for Viktor—and his dirigible. I hope he doesn’t “drop” any messages while airborn—the way seagulls do…..
    Love your work!

  • UtaM
    UtaMabout 6 years ago

    Love the work and the story just adds a wonderful twist to it.

  • Cleburnus
    Cleburnusabout 6 years ago

    please publish all these tales!

  • Lydia Marano
    Lydia Maranoabout 6 years ago


  • Jeff Clark
    Jeff Clarkover 5 years ago

    Wow! Story and art are so well concieved and executed! Wonderful and enchanting work all around.

  • WinonaCookie
    WinonaCookieover 5 years ago

    Thanks :-).

  • Frances Perea
    Frances Pereaover 5 years ago

    Fantastic & love the story too!

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