Just a warning, the language used might offend some people...
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience. ~Robert Fulghum
'This is killing me,' Gil said and chopped up another tree.
'Well, we did sort of deserve it,' Will replied through his grunts of effort.
'And?' replied Gil and gave a small shout as the tree that he was chopping down fell 'That's my ten done.'
'Wait a sec,' Will replied and quickly felled his own tree. He looked at the fallen trees. 'How the hell are we going to make this into proper firewood. It would be crap to burn!'
'You're asking me?' Gil replied and then started snapping off as many smaller sticks as he could and then put them in a pile off to the side.
'How the hell are we going to get this back to the cabin?' Will asked next as he started pulling out all of his own tinder.
'A wagon?' asked Gil. 'Good luck getting it in here through the trees,' Will muttered back. 'Too big?' He said suddenly holding up a stick.
'Put it in there just to annoy him,'' replied Gil. Will nodded and threw the branch into the tinder pile.
'Horse?' asked Gil.
'With Old Bob,' replied Will.
'Asshole,' said Gil. 'Wait a min, I have an old cloak with me back at the cabin. We could use it to carry the smaller things.'' He ran off to get it and Will continued with getting the timber off the trees.
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Two hours later and all of the tinder and branches were off the trees. Now all Gil and Will needed to do was actually chop the trunk into small pierces .
'One Axe...' Gil growled. 'I'll start to carry my pile back whilst you start cutting up the trunks. Once I finish, you pass the axe to me and then you can carry all your stuff back. You finish and we can swap over again,' Will suggested.
'Sounds good,' Gil growled and started chopping trunks up in the smaller pieces.
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Another five hours later and everything was finished. The two exhausted men went back to Halt (who was sitting there drinking coffee again).
'And what have you learnt?' he asked them both.
'Trees have splinters?' supplied Gil. '
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience?' said Will.
'No,' said Halt. 'Don't piss me off.'
I have decided to post a one shot everyday until christmas... Even during NaNoWriMo (which I have to stock up on sugar for...)
Anyone doing it?