February 28, 2015

Au Canada, and the Australian Army



Hey.

Five (or three) minute sketch of some girl while we were waiting for the Greyhound. Five minute colouring done during the ride to Ottawa.

The amount of work I need to catch up on both horrifies and repels me, so naturally I will put it off for another half hour.

It's really amazing how over two centimetres of snow automatically delays buses by at least fifteen minutes, up to an hour and a half, in a city where it snows every year.

Anyway.

Something short and sweet today. Unfortunately, I cribbed the majority of it from Lewis Carroll, because I'm not well-versed in history of any kind.


The Australian Army

     The pebbly mass moved fluidly across the keyboard, like sentient, chunky molasses.

       "What... is that?" Riley asked.

       "Army ants," the old man said.

     Riley frowned. "Ew."

     A wall of text began appearing on the laptop screen.

       "Guillaume le Marron, whose clause was written on dried wood pulp, was soon surrendered to by the Heptarchy, who wanted horse chestnuts, and had been of late much accustomed to threading and striking. Edcar and Morwin, the earls of Mercia and Northumbria, declared for him: and even Stigand, the patriotic arch-bonsai of Chestnutbury, found it advisable to go with Castan Aescin to meet Guillaume and offer him the string. Guillaume's chestnut at first was moderate, but the insolence of his Normans..."

     Riley thought this was a little confusing, but decided not to mention it for fear of hurting the ants' feelings, as well as avoiding certain, painful death.

     The old man chuckled. " 'Guillaume le Marron', tha's clever. For ants, tha' is." He pulled a package of chocolate-covered raisins from a pocket. "Want one?"

     Riley looked at the little black candy, then back at the ants. She felt slightly sick. "No, thank you."

     He shrugged and popped a couple into his mouth. "Come on then," he said, "th' koalas are over there."

The end.


The third of the Globetrotter Stories. First, second, and fourth installments.