Not feeling it today. She moans at her laptop while watching for telltale apocalyptic signs. Her mind traveling quickly crosses wires with the four horsemen and Ben-Hur. She wanders onward and back to 115 BCE. As a gladiator, she is bestiarii for certain and not venatores. Arena life in the ancient Roman Empire is unfair just like today. No words are cooperating. She is Omnisu, a sheep thief who has been sentenced to death by, “damnatio ad bestia” thrown to wild lions or tigers. Omnisu will not attempt to harm such exquisitely exotic creatures. He is not even a sheep thief. He had been trying to give an injured sheep some much needed medical attention when Barbinnos thought Omnisu was absconding with one of his prized flock–the black sheep with the white ears and tail.
The black sheep dies. It returns as a giant wild-eyed creature with a ravenous flesh lust on its mind. The carnivorous beast also is insatiably thirsty for sweet metallic blood. Behind a gorgeous backdrop of wine grapes (sorry had to put that in), well-dressed Romans are panicking in the streets. Omnisu is taken from the arena to be sacrificed to the colossal beast. Only that’s not what happens.
As buckets of acidic drool from the panting creature’s horrid mouth melt stone pathways, its crazed glowing eyes glaze over a duller black. It stares at Omnisu. It remembers a kindness. A gentle touch to its bleeding foreleg. A muddy pumice tenderly applied. The beast steps almost delicately toward Omnisu. The well-dressed Romans backpedal, some trip over their long robes and togas and they land in acid puddles. As tenderly as Omnisu had tended to its leg, the great creature lifts the panicking bestiarius up and flies away.
She can’t hear what Omnisu is yelling. Does he recognize the beast? What happens to the Romans whose asses landed in acid? The lions and tigers left unattended in the Colosseum were not fed before they escaped. She is bestiarii. A bestiarius. Slay the blank mind beast, fight for the words and get back to writing something of value. Omnisu needs you…
in a monster mood of late, this guy is mixed media done last year-thank you