There’s one problem with that. Death can’t be killed. Give credit where it’s due though; they try, and try drunk. On the way they meet a disfigured old man. They are quite rude to him, but he reveals that Death is down the road in a secluded area. Chaucer doesn’t deny the fact that this old man is Death himself. Off the three men go, and instead of Death they find gold. Carrying lots of money in their money would be too obvious. They draw straws and one of the men takes his portion of gold and hides it away.
With their own devices, the two other men devise a plan to kill the first man and take his share of the gold. The lone man figures they would do it and buys poison to mix with celebratory drinks and bread. In the end, the two kill the poison buyer and drink. Both die. The moral of the story is greed is the root of all evil.
I’ve put the story in the modern world, as you can see. That was the point of the project. I had to change a few things. First, unless the Bubonic Plague is weaponized by man, there will never be an epidemic again. We have the cure. Contagion inspired me. Super-flu is more realistic. I read somewhere online (great source I’m using huh?) about a flu going through hospitals. It is invulnerable to all antibiotics. But that could be a case of misreading. I never did find the article again.
The BB&T stadium is in the process of being built on Church St. and Queen City Forward’s office has a great view. When I wrote it, I thought it would be an interesting place to hide diamonds. Isaac’s plan is based off of my own observations after a long night. No one is around the stadium. Better yet, Isaac works there, so access is easy.
The distrust among the three men happens as quickly as it does in The Pardoner’s Tale. It took one look at gold before all three of them decide to kill each other. Diamonds were my preferred weapon of choice this round. With what little (zero) research I had done, diamonds are still worth a lot. And even silver is worth more than gold…
I’m writing an extended edition because local Charlotte author John Hartness is editing Big Bad 2 and I want to take a crack at the oldest form of evil.