Charybdis – A to Z Blogging Challenge

Image taken by Roberto Vongher. Used under a Creative Commons License.

“Ran aground?”


“Ran aground!”


Ran aground.


A better fate than what else was at hand – I chose Scylla over Charybdis. Caught between a rock and a hard place. Which do you choose? The path of least suffering.

I ran aground.


Better than into that gaping maw.


She grew, and swelled, and swallowed. Doing her father’s dirty work.


Where currents meet she stalks her prey – a whirlpool as her mouth opens, catching the bait.


Scylla loomed, jagged.


I remembered well the advice of ancients, “Hug Scylla’s crag—sail on past her—top speed! Better by far to lose six men and keep your ship than lose your entire crew.”


Between a rock and a hard place.


I chose what I had to.


Written for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, today’s letter is the letter ‘C.’ For those of you coming ’round for your first visit, the theme of my A to Z is “Under-Represented Monsters.” Pretty sure that Charybdis hasn’t really been mentioned recently other than as an (now old fashioned) idiom: Between Scylla and Charybdis (now: between a rock and a hard place.) Additional text has been lifted from the ancients. In this case from Homer’s Odyssey. Oh, and I managed to squeeze in one of this week’s BeKindRewrite prompts: Catching the bait. The image is of the Costa Concordia after she ran aground (what a sexist convention, by the way. Why are ships gendered?) Comments and criticism always welcome!

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6 thoughts on “Charybdis – A to Z Blogging Challenge

  1. Interesting little story. The writing is poetic, and suchs you right into the thoughts of the character. Great job. 🙂

  2. Well paced. Awash with peril!

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