This week’s piece for Phoenix Writers was 200 words to include a foreign word or phrase. Here is my Evolution-inspired slice of silliness:
A Word in Your Shell-like . . .
Sitting on the stubble-like grass of the island, Darwin tried to get comfortable. He held up the completed sketch, comparing it to his subject.
“Hmm, Chelonoidis nigra . . .” he said to the large shelled creature before him.
He was startled to hear The Giant Tortoise sigh, as it lurched forward and used its tiny white teeth to snatch the pen from his hand, before petulantly spitting it out on to the ground.
It watched the pen skitter away across a rock, turned back to Darwin and said, “Why don’t you just say ‘Tortoise’ like everyone else?”
The tortoise nibbled a shrub. “Oh, now you’re quiet?” he said, chewing. “3 weeks I’ve had to listen to you yapping on about this theory of yours. Try to get a conversation? Nothing.”
“But . . .you can’t talk.”
“Maybe I . . .evolved.”
“That’s not possible,”
The tortoise shrugged. “So, when are you going to stop worrying about upsetting the Christians and finish the book?”
Darwin became sombre.”I fear they will lose their faith.”
“They’ll be fine. Survival of the fittest, mate.” The tortoise winked, swallowing the last of the leaf. “Cheerio,” he said, turning away towards the beach.
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