Odei wore a smile, and little else.
He rarely did.
His beard bristled with indignation.
It often did.
The targets of his indignation could range from a slow-boiling kettle to attending police officers, as it did tonight.
“Why should I?” he thundered, his voice booming above narrow, cobblestone streets, bouncing, echoing between the leaning, terracotta apartment blocks surrounding him, the shock of it temporarily stunning the pale spectre of the sergeant, blocking the roadway.
“Why should I put my arraioa clothes on? I’m in a state of nature, txortalari!”
He was drunk.
It’s hardly an anomaly, when you’re a thunder god.
More like the standard, run-of-the-mill condition.
His cheeks held that healthy red colour that showed how much he’d had to drink. Around three bottles of Vi Negre, maybe another of Cava. He was rolling drunk but still standing, as storm clouds boiled overhead, twisting and curling alongside his rage.
“Calm down, Odi, come on, let’s go.”
I tried to drag him away, but if he doesn’t want to leave, he doesn’t leave.
His thundering continued, his words slurring and disjointed, “Force o’ natcha…beautiful…”
“We know, Odi,” I whispered, “we know. Come on now.”
Reluctantly he surrendered, leaving behind the ertzaina, still gawking, as though he was hanging on every word.
“Oh, Lamia, my love, I am sorry, so sorry,”
I held his weight on my shoulders, dragged him home.
There are advantages and disadvantages to be a goddess.
Written for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, as part of my series on Under-represented Monsters. Technically Odei is not a “monster”, more a personification of a force of nature – he is a personification of thunder for the Basque people in northern Spain. A thunder god. Lamiak are monsters/goddesses, though. All the italicised words are Basque words – ertzaina means policeman, arraioa means fucking and txortalari means fucker. Apparently. Here is a page of Basque swearwords (handy!) I also used the Trifecta Writing Challenge prompt Colo(u)r and the BeKindReWrite prompts We Know, Hanging on a Word, and Anomaly. Comments and criticisms always welcome!