The Giant Egg, by Boris Glikman
The Giant Egg
Where exactly the giant egg was found is no longer remembered clearly.
What is certain is that an egg of such a size had never been observed before and it dwarfed the sightseers who gathered to gawk at it. The immediate instinctive reaction was to attempt to crack it open right where it lay to see what was within, but a voice screamed out above the din of the excited crowd that something rotten, perhaps even a half-decayed gigantic monstrosity, could be inside.
It was therefore decided to drag the giant egg to a nearby beach so the sand could absorb any putrid liquids that might leak out once the shell was broken, and the ocean could then be used as a trash can to dispose of every trace of this aberration’s existence.
Engineers arrived on the scene to draw plans for the most effective way of breaking the shell. Environmentalists gathered to ensure the surrounding land would not become too contaminated, should the egg release any foulness. Scaffolding was erected all around the egg, upon which an army of labourers hammered relentlessly at the egg's thick, concrete-like shell.
No one can recall how much time it took for the workers to make even the slightest dent in the shell or how long it was before the first visible cracks appeared on the surface of the mysterious egg. The spectacle of the egg unveiling its secret was just so overwhelming that all other details faded into obscurity.
An awed hush swept over the crowded beach as the inner contents slowly came into view. Some could not bear the stress of the suspense and turned their backs; others even ran away. But those who stayed to watch are unanimous in their recollections of the wonder of the moment when a golden star, bathing the surroundings in soft light, drifted calmly out of the broken shell and settled cozily upon the horizon, as though it had always belonged there.
Boris Glikman is a writer, poet and philosopher from Melbourne, Australia. The biggest influences on his writing are dreams, Kafka and Borges. His stories, poems and non-fiction articles have been published in various online and print publications, as well as being featured on national radio and other radio programs.
11/10/2016 09:14:05 am
Thank you for publishing it Lorette, much appreciated. This is a surprise indeed, to see Vladimir's painting!
11/10/2016 10:10:27 pm
What a beautiful conclusion!! Like being surprised by unearned, unexpected joy!
11/11/2016 01:08:57 am
thank you Mary - I did mean for the ending to be a surprise but I wasn't sure if the painting revealed the ending in advance.
12/4/2016 07:35:40 pm
I bet if people today did find a giant egg like in this story we would send as many technical experts to control the possible impacts of cracking it.
12/4/2016 08:14:38 pm
Well, Norbert, in the story there were environmentalists monitoring the cracking process.
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