Third entry to Lady Antimony's GhoulsGalore challenge. This week's monster is a gormagon and the word is “absquatulate”.
The villagers whispered to one another in fear. They bustled around the knight and the Village Elder, uttering words and broken sentences: “monster”, “huge” and “ate my cow”. The knight listened to the villagers and their Elder, deciphering the truth from the flurry of words. If they spoke truthfully, the monster was an odd sight to behold: six eyes, three mouths, four arms and eight legs. He had faced monsters before, but never anything like this.
The villagers led the knight to the mouth of the cave where the monster supposedly slept. The knight unsheathed his sword and called out to the monster. It answered with a mighty roar. As the monster appeared into view, the knight started laughing.
“You absquatulate when you see that coming?” The knight laughed again, poking the gormagon with the tip of his sword. The monster’s six eyes narrowed. ”You’re afraid of that! That’s ridiculous, the things has two arses and a aarghh—”
The gormagon sat down with the broken knight in its jaws. It threw back its head and swallowed the man, armour and all, then turned and walked back into its lair. The villagers watched silent.
”Let’s put up a new notice,” one sighed. “Wasn’t that the fifth knight?”
“Sixth,” The Elder said, ”I think the monster is appeased for a while.”
A loud burp thundered through the air, followed by flying pieces of armour.