The Epic Hangover

“I woke up famished, as if I hadn’t eaten anything in centuries. My throat was parched, and my head throbbing with pain so intense that I thought that I’d pass out.

I managed to stand up somehow, and started looking around desperately for food, any food, but there was none to be found.

I staggered outside my room, and tried to call out to someone to get me food. But my throat was so parched that I could hardly even croak. And the pitch-dark surroundings meant that I could not see anyone.

It was then that I saw it.

A warm, shiny, yellow, spherical dish.

It was calling out to me, as if it knew me from before, as if it belonged to me.

I walked up to it as if in a trance, and gently lifted it in my hand.

And that, O Great Zeus, is how I ended up accidentally eating the sun,” confessed Helios abashedly.

Standing amidst the other Gods, Apollo smiled slyly. Spiking Helios’s drink had indeed been a masterstroke.


174 words.

Note: My basic 5-minutes research on Sun Gods tells me that Helios used to be the original Sun God, but at some time in the past, Apollo took over. This story attempts to explain how the takeover might have taken place ๐Ÿ™‚

Certain legends also say that both Helios and Apollo were the same, but then where is the fun in that?

Written as a part of Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers, hosted by Priceless Joy. The challenge is to write a flash fiction story based on the weekly photo prompt, in 175 words or less. This week’s photo has been generously contributed by Goroyboy. For more information on the challenge, visitย HERE. To read other stories based on this weekโ€™s prompt, visitย HERE.



About anuragbakhshi

At the age of 40, I decided to exit the corporate world, and enter the world of stories as a full-time writer. Wish me luck!
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13 Responses to The Epic Hangover

  1. yarnspinnerr says:

    Yu-ga sa-ha-sra yo-ja-na pa-ra bhaa-nu
    Leel-yo taa-hi ma-dhu-ra pha-la jaa-nu (Hanuman Chalisa)
    A little spin of the Bajrangbali tale, Nicely done.

    • You know, I was actually going to write the tale as is, with the boy feeling hungry, searching for the ‘safe’ red fruit in the forest, and finally, attempting to eat the sun. But then, when I sat down to write, something else came out ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Iain Kelly says:

    Those classical Gods did love a good feast and party! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. James says:

    Ha. Those ancient gods were just as “playful” as we human beings.

  4. Great mythical story! I hope he has learned his lesson about not drinking too much. ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. dorothy says:

    Nice! I am a fan of Greek mythology! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Ellespeth says:


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