Unable to sleep, Thaddeus gets a job as a chef in a local nightclub. It’s a throw of the dice and after a while he starts to hate cutting up the dead animals. Then he hears the smoky tones of the club’s singer Mavis and floats away. He is gone. He has to know this lady. From the toes of her sassy shoes to the tips of her lynxy ears, he knows she is the one. The one who will stop the nightmares.
Filling in the story and filling in the images:
A year or so ago, Thaddeus returned from the war on Landfall 6. He was in a bad way, unable to sleep and waking slippery with sweat from nightmare flashbacks. At the end, his base Dune Outpost had come under rocket attack and a sandstorm buried what was left of the base together with Thaddeus and his fellow troops, dead and living. All he remembers clearly is being hauled out of the sand by his platoon buddy, Coral.
Filling in my Inktober posts to tell T & M’s story in more detail …
Mavis finds a handkerchief on the dressing table. A lace handkerchief. Enraged by what she thinks is Thad’s “two-timing” tricks, she hires someone to “straighten” him out. Thaddeus can manage some fancy moves and wins the fight. But his heart is broken when he finds Mavis’s card in his attacker’s jacket.
I just couldn’t make myself end this story with Inktober 2020’s 31st prompt “Crawl”. Although maybe Mavis’s hand is doing a bit of a crawl. And you might think she should. Neither have I managed a good piece of text with the word crawl in it. So I’m not writing one. Let’s just say: The End.
So here we are. Mavis is the love of Thad’s life. Yet the very fire that drew him to her also led her to the wrong conclusion when she found Coral’s itty-bitty lace handkerchief. For Thad and Mavis the future is ominous. Because, for now, all that Thaddeus is willing to do is to track down Coral’s killer.
Inktober 2020: 30 – Ominous