Get fixated on a particular reference point


Geoff craned his neck and looked up at the building.
‘Soon they’ll be everywhere,’ he muttered. ‘Pinkman and Grist Associates, sweeping across the financial district like Genghis Khan, destroying everything in their path.’
‘Not if we stop them,’ said Felicity, quietly. Geoff shook his head.
‘We’re like unarmed Chinese peasants,’ he said. ‘They’ll run us down on horseback.’
‘But the antitrust investigation...’ began Felicity.
‘Useless,’ Geoff interrupted. ‘Like a bamboo hut. They’ll lie to the regulators, they’ll lie to the courts, they’ll do whatever it takes and come out clutching the still-beating heart of the bonds market like a newborn Genghis Khan emerging from his mother’s womb clutching a bloodclot – a story which, whether apocryphal or not, indicates the high regard in which Genghis Khan’s capacity for bloodthirstiness was held by his people.’
‘I know,’ said Felicity. ‘That’s what you always say.’ She stared down at her shoes, made of the same kind of leather as Genghis Khan’s saddle would once have been. Geoff’s gaze was still on the skyscraper above them.
‘How tall would you say it is?’ he mused. ‘If you got two hundred Genghis Khans and stood them on each other’s shoulders...’

8 comments:

  1. This line "clutching the still-beating heart of the bonds market like a newborn Genghis Khan emerging from his mother’s womb clutching a bloodclot" is classic J. Stickley. I wish I could figure out a way to work that line into everyday conversation.

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  2. "That's what you always say."

    HHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!

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  3. lol this sounds like it was written by someone who took a couple of muscle relaxers first XD

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  4. Genghis Khan is the new King Charles's head! :-)

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  5. 'That's what you always say'

    oh my god, I can't stop laughing

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  6. The last line had me in stitches...

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  7. I just discovered this blog today and I cannot stop reading! You are a gifted and hilarious writer! Give me more!

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  8. Oh I can't take it any more, I can't take it. I just laughed so hard I have tears rolling down my nose. Tears not unlike those shed by the few survivors of Genghis Khan's ruthless sweeps across the wide Mongolian plains.

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