Journal entry, 2/4/14 (entered 2/5/15): Justice Minotaur and Mr. Cornwall began the evening by playing the classic game Ants in the Pants. Things seemed to be going well until the third and decisive game, when Mr. Cornwall made several brilliant plays consecutively and was obviously on course for winning the game and, therefore, the match. At this point Minotaur picked up the plastic pants and “accidentally” dropped them into a huge cauldron of boiling pine sap.
Turning their attentions to something artistic rather than competitive, the two then decided to make a mosaic. Using fresh pentagonal-shaped goat meat patties, they began arranging these into a pattern, aiming to have something that in the end would look like the main home at the Hermitage in two dimensions. Where the shapes did not tessellate, Minotaur, in one of his trademark displays of zealotry, ladled pine sap into the interstices. This gave the artwork a smooth, refined look but unfortunately caused the entire project to become permanently affixed to the surface of the dining room table. Realizing this, Minotaur became enraged and drew a scimitar sharpened to military grade with which he attempted to destroy the table. Finding that his blade repeatedly was becoming lodged in the wood, he ordered Mr. Cornwall to retrieve a hatchet, with which Cornwall then finished the job by cutting the table into kindling.
The wreckage of the table and the aborted craft was then fed piece by piece into a hot fire that was already going in the stove. The sizzling sound and scent of the flame-licked goat meat caused both Minotaur and Cornwall to become nostalgic. In the end both experienced a full emotional purgation.