Down the Corporal Udder Teigue-the-Fool sighed and ordered another beer…
A loud cheer erupted in the back room so he sidled over, pint in hand, to investigate.
An already unsteady Big Bee was holding court.
“First I told ’em the jib-jabs don’t prevent infection, nor transmission, and then I told ’em to get another one because they’re really jolly effective!”
The back room erupted once again…
“One can always rely on the word ‘jolly’. In my experience, it never fails!”
The room erupted again.
“Way-Hey-Errr – the Jolly Ro-o-gerrr,” sang Teigue-the-Fool over, and over, above the raucous hubbub…
The back room eventually became uncomfortably quiet.
“Say what?” said Big Bee eyeing Teigue warily.
“Skull-and-Cross-Bones,” said Teigue, “The flag of pirates.”
“What of it?” said Big Bee.
“Just saying,” said Teigue.
“Well, don’t,” said Big Bee, “What are you doing here, anyway?”
“Oh, merely dropping off my old gear,” said Teigue, indicating his bag full of costumes.
“Let’s see,” said Big Bee…
A dozen mitts began to paw, and grapple, over the now redundant garments of state contained in Teigue’s hold-all, as he turned, left the room, and headed for the door…
“Ship of Fools,” laughed the barman waving Teigue off the premises.
His un-supped pint was eventually sunk… by someone.
A Questionable Science:
Love and Death in the Time of COVID
by Stuart France and G. Michael Vasey
‘The Gallows and Gibbet Inn’, proclaimed the sign, which singular nominal ought really to have aroused, if not my shackles then, at least my suspicions.
Too late, Anu was already tugging me over the threshold into the warmth, and the light, and the sound of voices, and music…
…They were all in there!
Black Jack Davey… Teigue-the-Fool… The Miller’s Son… The Sorcerer’s Apprentice… H.R.H. the Lord of the Elements, and one-hundred-and-one other far less savoury characters.
Most of them in their cups. Reprobates all! And what a tale they had to tell.
If you have ever wondered why all the public houses were shut.
You had better pull up a chair…
Get on the right side of history before its too late!