Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Pathfinders: Egging You On

The creature peers at you in silence as you begin to move your hand toward the nest; then, as your fingers pass the rim, explodes in what seems to be an alarm or a warning, wings partially extended, head bobbing, eyestalks waving, scales puffed out away from its body, the once-pleasant chirruping sound now harsher and higher. Hunger outweighing sympathy, you remain unmoved by the display, and redirect your gaze into the nest, targeting the largest of the eggs there, while concentrating on keeping a tight grip on your rather precarious perch. The alarm call is repeating faster, now...louder, too...much louder...and as your fingers curl around the first egg, you notice that the sound is no longer directional, but seems to be coming from all around you, and there is another sound behind it, a rustling, like storm winds blowing leaves. You retrieve your prize and glance up at the enraged creature, realizing with a start that there are dozens, perhaps hundreds of similar creatures who have taken up the alarm call and come to the aid of the aggrieved parent, and they are covering all the branches within reach. More can be heard approaching from all sides. You are surrounded.

Do you:

Try to flee?

Replace the egg in the nest?

Break the egg into your mouth? Blog one

Attempt to scare off the creatures?

Drop the egg?

This post is part of Porky's Fantasy Blogwalk, a collaborative cross-blog Choose Your Own Adventure narrative, as well as a part of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge. If you have an idea for what comes before, write it, post it on your blog, and link to this post in one of your action options. If you have an idea for what happens next with one or more of the options (or if you have an idea for what happens with another action not yet listed) write it up and leave the link in the comments here. I will add the link to the appropriate option. The main adventure begins here.


  1. Things are getting problematic... Great build-up. The behaviour of the creature is well thought out too - the scales puffing out for example - and seems to me to be very fair, with them actually quite restrained considering the circumstances.

  2. Time to get cracking...