[A JDY 55-word flash fiction entry inspired by Dave Moore's "Can You?" challenge and by a 1982 hit song by "Horse & Oats." And, by God, this intro is more than half the total length of the story below. Dang!]
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Night remained throughout the terrifying ordeal of three careless missionaries caught by Mandingus pygmies. Trembling, they sweat rivers.
"Deliver us, Lord!"
Drums boomed. Oversized kettles boiled.
To thundrous cheers the chief surveyed the catch of these elderly men.
"Go in peace. No return!"
The tribesmen's yells stilled in shock.
"Cannibals need meat, not gristle."
Copyright © 2011 James D. Young