The cans in the bag banged against Mark’s leg as he examined the edifice’s entryway. It took a moment of examining the wall sculptures before he found it. The button was a well-disguised flower. He pressed it, and a hidden stone door ground aside.
Mark entered a hallway of slime-covered stone before the door closed behind him. Torches at the other end barely pierced the Stygian gloom. Damp moss brushed at his shoulders as his footsteps echoed like disembodied heartbeats. He passed spluttering torches assembled from bone, and entered a room carved from stone.
It sprawled before a computer monitor, insectoid hands clacking away at the keyboard. Its torso and headed reminded Mark of a Praying Mantis, although one with seven-fingered hands. Its swollen abdomen appeared like the body of a humongous octopus. Ten green tentacles swirled and coiled endlessly.
He approached the monster as cats yowled constantly from crevices in the stone. He pushed the felines and some kittens out of the way as he set the bag of tuna cans on the table. “The ingredients you required, Great Master, ” he said dully.
The beast grumbled blandly, “Haha. So not funny, Mark.”
Mark chuckled and turned to see what Jim was looking at on the computer. “Seriously, Jim?”
The beast held up two tentacles in a shrug. “What? I’m studying the internet to learn your peculiar human ways.”
Mark gestured at the furry swarm of cats. “I see you’ve learned our fascination with cats.”
“Oh yes. I love cats.”
Mark pointed at the screen. “And now you’re watching cute cat videos.”
“That’s what it is?” said Jim. A tentacle snapped out and plucked a cat from a crevice. Jim dipped the squalling animal head first into a bowl of guacamole. “I thought it was the cooking channel.”
Written for author Matthew Wright’s Mega Short-Story writing challenge. Look here for the original prompt: https://mjwrightnz.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/this-weeks-mega-short-story-challenge-14/