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Where we went on our holidays #20

The Black Cock of the Woods with a Thousand Chics

Slovenia is a truly beautiful country, with grim castles and quaint villages perched on her high hilltops. My wife Josje was driving me and our son Tom.
"A panoramic viewpoint should come up soon," Josje announced in her best tour-guide voice. "At least the TomTom thinks so."
Our navigation aid had its own ideas about roads: two days before it had almost stranded us on an road that decided to turn into a trail fit only for mountain goats.
Tom pointed. "You just passed a sign with 'VIDIK'. That means 'Mirador'. Nice things to see." Tom is quite multilingual by now.
Josje made one of her patented U-turns and we shot into a side-road.
It started to climb immediately, shaking the whole car and enveloping us in a dust cloud.
"Well," Josje said, "the man at the office, he told us that the extra insurance covered everything."

A man stepped from the shrubs, lifting a hand in the universal stop-sign. He was tall, with a long lugubrious face.
"I hope that isn't a forester," Josje said. It wouldn't be the first time we had trouble with a foreign official. She lowered her window. "Yes?"
"You are going up? A beautiful view there! Most beautiful. But take care not to annoy the cock."
"The cock ?" I asked.
He jumped up and down, flapped his arms and then lifted his face to the sky. "Cock-a-doodle-doo!" he yodeled. "Beware of the Black Cock of the Woods with a Thousand Chicks!"
"Thank you ever so much," Josje said and closed her own window. 'I guess every village needs its idiot." She chuckled. "Dangerous chickens, here we come!"
Branches scraped the roof and small pebbles rebounded from the window screen.
"The insurance covers everything," Josje muttered. She didn't sound quite sure.

Suddenly the road was flooded with chirping chicks. Hundreds of them and each the size of a turkey. They jumped on the hood, ran across the roof. Josje braked and the car slewed across the road, stopping in a veritable  storm of downy feathers.
Tom turned around, craned his neck. "They are also behind us. They fill the whole road. Better keep the windows closed. They look kind of angry."
And then it happened. A cock-a-doodle-doo! that made windows rattle, loud as the thunder right above your head. The Black Cock of the Woods with a Thousand Chicks emerged from the trees and he was quite, quite annoyed.
'Holy Antonius!" Josje cried. She started out as a good Catholic girl and while we aren't very religious, there a some things we believe in.
A clawed feet tore the windscreen wipers off and left the front window starred. Josje put the car in reverse and hit the accelerator.  A thud! and the roof of the car bent down, showing the imprint of a monstrous bird foot.
'Go, go, go!' I heard Josje mutter and we careened around a bend, climbed the sides of the hollow road and then slipped back. Suddenly we were back on the paved road.
'Perhaps we should skip that view?" Tom said.

"I see you met the Cock," the man of the Hire-a-car said. "Wow! Bit the bumper right in two." He chuckled. "Our wildlife is real wild."
"There is no problem?" Josje asked. 'We don't have to sign anything?'
''Why? You took out the extra insurance. That covers even cocks."

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annewipf Featured By Owner May 30, 2016
Well done. :D

Just a question, please: why did you put it into the macabre & horror category ? :confused:
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taisteng Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
it is Lovecraft related even if it is humorous, a variant of his Black Goat of the Woods with a thousand young. And you have to admit that this isn't exactly a friendly cock.
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annewipf Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
:D
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Writer
One thousand chicks!
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taisteng Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You are right of course, but hens sounded better
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Writer
Maybe both!
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taisteng Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I rewrote it with Chicks instead of Hens and it works better. More in accordance with the Mythos, too.
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Michel-le-fou Featured By Owner May 29, 2016  Professional Writer
My word, dear friend. Actually, because Shub-Niggurath had one thousand young. Great! I'll review it.
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