Post 1591. Wednesday August 30
The speckled monster it was called. Pock marked skin, bloodshot eyes and foul smelling breath. Folk died here, scores of folk who realised too late they'd passed close to the speckled monster.
They say it went away, but some believe it still lurks up there, disguised as creeping ivy waiting to strike again. Others say it moved on and found new ways to cause misery and destruction by inhabiting the minds of those who would do us harm.
Beware the speckled monster.
* In 1796 Edward Jenner, pioneer of the smallpox vaccine referred to the virus as ‘the speckled monster which grasped every opportunity to colonise the world’
Thank you, Rochelle, for once again hosting Friday Fictioneers and Roger Bulltot for the photograph.