a man named Manny

The manticore is a legendary creature with the body of a lion and a human head. Artist unknownA man named Manny lived in a Manhattan mansion manifestly too large for one man.

Manny worked in a low-paid manufacturing job, and the mandatory mortgage payments were a manacle around his neck. But somehow Manny managed to mantain the mansion with its manicured lawns in an appropriate manner.

One day, muttering a maniacal mantra, Manny grabbed his car-keys from the mantelpiece and stormed out. He got into his car, manipulated the manual transmission and drove into the country, Manfred Mann on the radio. Snacking on a mandarin he tried to forget his manifold problems.

Eventually, he stopped the car and went for a walk. He felt calm and relaxed until he stepped in manure. Then he was attacked by a Manticore, of all things, and a mangy one at that. Manny’s corpse was so mangled that to manoeuvre it into his coffin took many, many men. One final irony: I dripped mango juice all over the manuscript of this story!

Continues in HAGS TO HAGGIS, out now at Amazon. Bizarre tales of Whiskey and War-Nags, Manticores and Scapegoats, Debottlenecking and Desilofication. WARNING: Immature Content. Adults maybe.


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