Saturday, February 27, 2010

Mr Knightley's Picnic - afterwards 2

... She looked up and screamed in horror.

A body hung above Emma’s head. The dead man’s body was mangled horribly. All of the limbs had been ripped away and claw marks covered the entirety of the torso. The only unmarked spot on the man was his blood splattered face. His face was frozen in a death mask with his blue eyes wide with terror and his mouth open in a grotesque, silent scream. As Emma processed this horrific sight, her stomach lurched as she made the final realization: that the man was hung with no rope, but with the dead man’s own intestine.*

Emma fell to her knees on the mossy ground and vacated the pigeon pie, cucumber sandwiches, and strawberry lemonade she had eaten earlier from her stomach.

Mr. Knightley was horrified as well, but kept his composure. He recognized the man as “Mr. Johnson, a kind man of good measure [who] had set out the night before on the simple errand of fetching an apothecary for his ailing wife” and had never returned.**

Mr. Knightley produced a silver blade from the cuff of his sleeve and looked around to see if the beast was still in the area. Emma realized that this was no ordinary beast, but could not think of what it could be. Mr. Knightley gallantly helped her up, still keeping attention to his surroundings. He heard a twig snap as someone tread on it out of sight, followed by the growl of a large animal. He threw the blade towards the source. The beast bellowed loudly in pain and charged at Mr. Knightley and Emma.

to be continued

* This scene was found on page 34 in Emma and the Werewolves by Jane Austen and Adam Rann and is elaborated upon by the author.

** This passage is found on page 34 in Emma and the Werewolves by Jane Austen and Adam Rann.


Emma and Mr Knightley's Encounter
part 1
part 2
part 3 - end

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