Major Antonius Julius Argus Xerxes Part-2

Written by walter

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Major's strutting behind the flock was truly majestic. He had a tailored hat made of black-fur karakul cap and two foxtails on either side, flip-flopping with each gait. He could raise the tails upward in a manner that the tapered ends of the tails would stand slightly perpendicular forming two horns. His eyes were green; nose, medium and lips normal. Antonius Julius Argus had grown a grayed beard, always kept trimmed. He was robust and tall, six foot something. In spring-summer, he wore a coarse white tunic, reaching his hips. While shepherding, he would hang his binocular around his neck. Additionally, he had a blue sash on his right shoulder holding a heavy bayonet-type knife in its holster. He wore black knee-high leather gaiters on his army issued jodhpurs to protect his shin against thorns. He always wore army boots. In wintertime, he would hoist on his stiff black felt cape. The last indispensable object he would never part with was his stick: one-and-half-meter-long thick heavy hardwood stick with a large knot at the top.

In the afternoons, while away from his base camp and the flock ruminating, Antonius Julius would find a flat boulder overlooking the landscape. Before climbing the boulder, he would call his meticulously trained dog, "Captain". Captain would stand still and wait for the command. "Jennet, here." Now, Captain would lead the donkey to wherever Antonius Julius was standing. Antonius would never eat stale bread; he would bake his bread on a portable iron pan hung from packsaddle.

At lunchtime, Major Antonius Julius would remove his personal sac, loaded on Jennet, and take out the dough he had placed in a plastic bag. Next, he would make a campfire with a bundle of dead twigs and bushes, gradually gathered while walking behind his flock, all placed carefully inside one of two counterpoised large wicker baskets on the back of the donkey. Then, he would balance the convex pan on the rocks placed on either side of the fire. After that, he would go to Jennet, and depress the faucet button of his water bag; wet his hand with water and take out the liquid soap, placed handy in a pocket on the saddle and would thoroughly wash his hand and dry on the towel hung from the saddle. Afterward, he would spread the dough on the pan and wait until the bread turned brown. Later, with the aid of a wooden spatula he would overturn the bread. Now, he would take out his lunch bundle; untie the knot and place the hot pleasant smelling folded bread inside; wrap it up; release his water bag. Before climbing the boulder, he would put his hand down in the basket and take out two balls of thick dough specially prepared for Captain and Lieutenant. Major would place the balls on a clean flat stone, and call, "Captain, Lieutenant, you begin first. Bon appetit." Finally, he would climb the boulder.
(to be continued)

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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