Song Title Challenge #37: Eye of Shiva – Therion

It’s time for this week’s Song Title Challenge.

Write a short piece of fiction, around 300 words, using the song title as your story title but don’t listen to the song.  You can pick your own genre or use the one suggested to me.  Remember to link back to this post so I can find yours.

If you would like to suggest a song title for a future post, you can do so from the challenge page.  You can also leave a suggestion on the Facebook page.

This week’s song is Eye of Shiva by Therion and the genre is Crime/Mystery.  It was suggested by bumblepuppies.

Eye of Shiva

“I have to see you.  I cannot tell you why over the phone.  It concerns the Eye.”

The Professor’s voice had sounded strained, his tone urgent.

The Eye.  I wish that cursed stone had never come into my life.

The day we finally unearthed the entrance to the temple had made all the weeks of toiling in the Indian sun seem worth it.  And to top it all the Professor had selected me out of all the graduate students to accompany him inside.

Our Punjabi guide had refused to go beyond the antechamber.  He had babbled something about a curse and had run off.

“Ignorant heathen!” the Professor had said.  “Come, Sally.  Our destiny awaits.”

I had followed him inside without a word.  We had passed through two more chambers and then we saw it.  Upon the altar, in the exact centre of the temple, stood a sapphire as big as my head.

“Professor, is that…”

“Yes, my dear.  The legendary Eye of Shiva.  Today we make history.”

And his “we” had been sincere.  He had shared credit for the find with me and I had become a bit of a minor celebrity in the archaeology department.  Naturally it also gained us our share of enemies – I quickly learned that academia is a cutthroat business and archaeology is the worst.

Now I found myself outside his office with a cryptic message my only clue.  There was no answer to my knock, so I tried the handle.  The door swung open soundlessly.

The Professor sat behind his desk.  A glance was all I needed to tell that he was dead.  Pulled forward by some macabre fascination I moved closer.  His right hand held an antique letter opener.  Scratched into the wood of his desk a single word:  “DESTROYER”.

Copyright © 2014 Herman Kok

7 thoughts on “Song Title Challenge #37: Eye of Shiva – Therion

  1. I didn’t know anybody else knew about Therion! Awesome band. I think their specific sub-genre’s ‘heavy mithril’, but I stand corrected. Operatic metal – very much a Scandinavian/European thing. I listen to a lot of it. (Coincidentally, my sister lives in the same town in the Netherlands as the vocalist for one of the bigger Dutch bands of this genre, though their sound of late has been more 80’s pop-rock.)

    1. Bumblepuppies is constantly introducing me to new bands. Some of them I forget about as soon as the week’s challenge is done 😉

      The European bands, be they pop, rock or metal, tend to have a distinctly different approach and sound as opposed to the American and even British bands. I wonder if it really only comes down to commercialisation or whether the European culture and cultures is the bigger factor.

      1. Ah. Okay. Was afraid you’re thinking the past few weeks’ stories didn’t count as “writing” 😉

        Still haven’t figured out why your next suggestion is a dirty trick, unless it’s that it is a perfect title for fantasy and you’re making me write a horror?

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