It was that first warm, sunny day of spring when Blake and Jake ditched their chores to explore the local caverns. It was a perfect day to play hooky, or so they boys thought as they headed for the woods.
“Come on! That new cave I found is near the lake in the back of Basq Hill Bend,” older brother Blake shouted as he ran ahead, deep into the hills towards the lake.
The lake was the pristine kind that one reads about in Arthurian legends, but on the far side sat a menacing, cragged hill with a large gaping mouth that begged errant boys to enter.
“I bet there’s an underground river that feeds the lake down there,” Jake informed his older brother expertly from the opening in the earth when he finally caught up.
“Who cares! Let’s look for gold or other loot.” Blake shouted back from inside the dark cavern.
“Shouldn’t we have some climbing equipment or something?” Jake hollered back from just outside the earth’s cragged grin.
“We’re not going up!” Blake shouted back.
Before Jake could enter the cavern, a thunderous roar responded to Blake’s disturbance. Jake ran to his brother’s screams and watched in an ecstasy of terror as a one-eyed giant ate his brother. Jake stood frozen in fear until the giant’s ring shimmered off the stalactite as the beast licked his fingers.
“I’ll save you for tomorrow,” the giant grumbled satisfactorily plucking Jake from his spot; hanging him from a stalactite before stomping towards the back of the cave for a nap.
Today’s trifecta haunting is inspired by the Tartalo, a one-eyed giant who eats people and sheep.
1a : a state of being beyond reason and self-control
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