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Friday Fictioneers: Rest Now, Sweet Isis

The photo for this week’s Friday Fictioneers is another great one:

Copyright: Claire Fuller

Interestingly on my drive in, I was missing Roger Zelazny, so this is my 100-word ode to him.

Set was on a rampage. Again. Horus had been out drinking—He and Anubis slayed the ladies up in the clubs—and upon his return was loudly proclaiming his greatness. Everyone knew the story, but after a few beers, Horus would start to reminisce, blathering on about trouncing Set back in the day. As they continued their eternal argument, Osiris pulled Isis closer, wrapping his wrappings about her. They both shuddered as Ra joined in the revelry, always happy to stoke the fire. Isis closed her eyes and rested against Osiris, wishing they’d spent the money to soundproof the catacombs.


  1. rochellewisoff January 30, 2013 6:56 pm

    Quite an inventive little gathering.

    • AR Neal January 30, 2013 6:57 pm


  2. claireful January 30, 2013 8:14 pm

    Those damn gods can be so noisy. Nice idea.

    • AR Neal January 30, 2013 8:31 pm

      Very true! Ask Zeus and the boys… 🙂

  3. deanabo January 30, 2013 9:44 pm

    What a terrific idea for this prompt!

    • AR Neal January 30, 2013 9:47 pm

      {curtsies almost gracefully} Thank you Deana!

  4. wmqcolby January 30, 2013 10:36 pm

    Hahahahaha! I like his one. All Egyptian, all the time! Great!

    • AR Neal January 30, 2013 10:41 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I had a blast writing it 🙂

  5. train-whistle January 31, 2013 4:25 am

    this was fun.

    • AR Neal January 31, 2013 5:21 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  6. Sandra January 31, 2013 8:50 am

    Original take on the prompt and really well done.

    • AR Neal January 31, 2013 5:23 pm

      Thank you, Sandra! I enjoy your musings as well 🙂

  7. Jan Brown January 31, 2013 12:53 pm

    Loved this! Clever and very amusing. Well done!

    • AR Neal January 31, 2013 5:24 pm

      Thank you, Jan!

  8. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) January 31, 2013 9:41 pm

    Soundproofing the catacombs. These noisy gods. 😉

    • AR Neal February 1, 2013 12:43 am

      Truly!!! 🙂

  9. sustainabilitea January 31, 2013 10:19 pm

    That was fun! When our girls were little and we would read the Greek myths (must have missed this one), we agreed that having gods with powers but who acted like (or worse) than people would NOT be good thing. You just proved the point. 🙂


    • AR Neal February 1, 2013 12:43 am

      Ha! Like we say in our house: Be sure to use your powers for good, not evil 😉

      • sustainabilitea February 1, 2013 12:44 am

        Good idea! 🙂

        • AR Neal February 1, 2013 1:10 am

          Just wished it worked more often… 😉

  10. gretchenfogelstrom February 1, 2013 12:22 am

    “wishing they had spent the money to sound-proof the catacombs.” Awesome. Totally could see the scene.

    • AR Neal February 1, 2013 12:43 am

      Glad it worked! Thanks, Gretchen!

  11. David Stewart February 1, 2013 1:50 am

    That’s a great look into the secret lives of Egyptian gods. I’ve seen a couple (including mine) use Greek themes, so it’s nice to see something a bit different.

    • AR Neal February 1, 2013 2:12 am

      Thank you, David–enjoyed yours as well!

  12. annisik51 February 1, 2013 11:45 am

    A new twist on the age-old tale of problems with noisy neighbours!

    • AR Neal February 1, 2013 1:43 pm

      Very true! And noisy relatives!!

  13. Joe Owens February 1, 2013 4:19 pm

    Even the gods get on each other’s nerves. AR you have spun a wonderous tale.

    • AR Neal February 1, 2013 4:32 pm

      Thanks Joe! I had a ball writing it 🙂

  14. YJ February 1, 2013 6:25 pm

    I had to do some research on this one to better understand

    • AR Neal February 1, 2013 6:28 pm

      Hopefully what you found helped? I tend to move toward the obscure sometime, but try to include links in my posts for those who don’t take those trips with me 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      • YJ February 1, 2013 9:50 pm

        I could not really remember the details of behind each character. It made a big difference for me. You are welcome.

        • AR Neal February 1, 2013 9:53 pm

          I am glad. You have a nice blog also! I look forward to reading more from you 🙂

  15. newpillowbook February 1, 2013 8:22 pm

    A very clever story, and I enjoyed your “soundproofing the catacombs” punch line at the end!

    • AR Neal February 1, 2013 9:52 pm

      🙂 Thank you!

  16. Shirley McCann February 2, 2013 1:07 am

    Cute story. Enjoyed it.

    • AR Neal February 2, 2013 1:19 am

      Thank you Shirley!

  17. dmmacilroy February 2, 2013 9:00 am

    Dear AR,

    Was Mr. Zelany a fan of the gods after hours stream of consciousness?



    • AR Neal February 2, 2013 3:42 pm

      That is a great question, Doug. He wrote a book called Creatures of Light and Darkness about Anubis and some of the others that, so many years since I read it an fell in love with it, that he just might have 🙂

  18. Sarah Ann February 2, 2013 2:07 pm

    A great take on the prompt. Made me smile.

    • AR Neal February 2, 2013 3:45 pm

      Thank you, Sarah!

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