Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Bowels of Hades

Where to even begin?

Water had begun pooling in the sink, and assorted bits of mung were floating out of the drain and swirling around in the increasingly murky puddle. She switched on the garbage disposal and a fountain of even darker "water" geysered out of the other drain.

She fetched the plunger, holding it somewhat at arm's length while carrying it to the kitchen. She had never really been one with the tool. Grimacing and trying (she realised later) not to breathe, she stopped up the other drain and seated the plunger. Holding down the plug with one hand, she wielded the plunger as best she could with the other - not well enough, it turned out, to unstop the drain, but more than amply to send more of the disgusting sewage-y soup out of the sink in a spray of putridity. (yes, I'm allowed to make up words for this)

Ironically (or perhaps simply in an ominous foreshadowing of things to come) it was only the previous day that her husband had shown the children how to perform this exact operation. She attempted it again with the help of her oldest child. More than once the drain gurgled rather encouragingly and she held her breath (twice as hard) in anticipation. But fate, it seems, is not only a cruel master but a connossieur of good jokes, and the only real result was highly inappropriate giggling from her child, and quite a lot more mess.




To be continued. . .

10 comments:

cindra said...

OMG_sounds familiar...good luck. I hope whatever it is, it is something you two can fix inexepesively.

armalicious said...

Oh. No.

Ugh.

Sorry for this lady. Totally.

Delton said...

yuck, I don't like the sound of this story so far...

Jayne said...

I think I saw that movie on the late,late,late horror special last week...
Just remind her - if the monster only looks dead,RUN THE OTHER WAY!!!

Grundir the Implacable said...

My plumbing seems to back up all the time these days. I think it's all the hobbits I'm putting down the disposal.

Candace said...

Cindra - Thanks! The next installment is just around the corner.

Arm - thank you :) More to come!

Delton - It was not a good story at all to be in. :-P Next time I'm chosing something more exciting and less smelly.

Jayne - Run the OTHER way? Crap! If Only she'd known!

Grundir - One can never be too careful with Hobbit carcasses, dear Grundir. And they do go down the drain oh, so easily. At first.

Winters said...

Oh, a plumbing cliffhanger, C! Splendid...

Also, you have here introduced me to the word "mung," which is one of the best words I've ever encountered. And there's more if I scroll up!
:)

Candace said...

I'm actualy writing the part after that now. I didn't know how much people could handle at once. ^_^

No mung in your vocab? Actually, as I wrote this, I did ask myself whether this was a real word, or just one we've been using for so long that it SEEMS real. ^_^

Michael C said...

Please forgive me. I have missed a few blogs. I will catch up. I have become so undependable this week.

Candace said...

No problemo, Michael. I go through periods like that myself rather frequently. :)