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by on April 11, 2018

“I’m sorry, you did what?”

“I chained up you know who.”

“I’m sorry, Sis, you’ll have to be more specific. There’s way too many people with unspeakable names nowadays. There’s this Dryad I know, real stuck up, and she’s going on and on about how no one can say her name now because it’s too magical and mysterious and I’m like, girl, it’s not all that and a box of ambrosia, Iknow what her real name is-”

“Thanatos, okay? I chained up Thanatos.”


“Yeah. That’s why I got to roll this rock.”

“Well. That was stupid.”

“Thanks for the encouragement, ‘rope.”

“Well, what did you think? The guy’s Death, Sis. You can’t just go picking on Death.:”

“Well, I did. Thus the rock.”

“So, what, you have to roll the rock to the top of this hill?”

“That’s what they told me.”

“Doesn’t sound too bad.”

“Yeah. I got a bad feeling though.”

“Okay, look, I’ll help. It’s just a stupid rock, how hard can it be?”

“Thanks, ‘rope.””

“Just promise me you won’t do anything else stupid like picking on You Know Who, okay?”

“Yeah, yeah, I promise. You don’t got any of that ambrosia around, do you?”

“Sorry, but it’s not on the menu. Elektra took the last of it.”

“Oh. Ah, well. It’s just I wanted a snack. Rolling this rock and all…”

“I’ll check with Elektra. Maybe there’s some left.”

“Thanks again, ‘rope. You’re the best.”

“You too, Sis. You too.”

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  1. Great take on the story. I love the back and forth, and the idea that the number of people who “cannot be named” keeps increasing over time as everyone gets in on the action — too funny!

  2. I’m a fan of good dialogue, and this was great. Short and sweet. 🙂

  3. Great take on the prompt. I always enjoy a Sisyphus story 🙂 Poor Sis.

  4. Your dialogues are great. Do you do script writing as well?

  5. I’d never thought of the effects of Sisyphus’s sentence on poor Sisyphus’s wife. It’s like he was cheating with a boulder.

  6. I loved all the references here (you hooked me when you worked HP in), and that you didn’t just give us dialogue, but somehow gave us the feel of action through dialogue.

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