Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge # 396

This is a writing prompt. Bet you can’t do it! Take the 10 random words below and crush writer’s block by creating a cohesive, creative short story! And remember: after (if) you finish entering your submission into the comment field, highlight your words and click the bold button to make them stand out and help you determine if you forgot any words. (If you’ve missed previous writing prompts, we BET YOU CAN’T do those, either.) NOTE: Our bolding plugin is gone, so you’ll have to put<b> before and </b> after each of your challenge words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH.

  1. Demure
  2. Desuetude
  3. Dissemble
  4. Dulcet
  5. Ebullience
  6. Efflorescence
  7. Incipient
  8. Ineffable
  9. Labyrinthine
  10. Palimpsest

6 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge # 396”

  1. meg says:

    A circular ceremony

    In the Labyrinthine of words
    The Palimpsest hides old under new
    We dissemble what is old unused not needed
    For the dulcet tones of what is now correct.
    Political correctness needs no age to be current.
    The ineffable of lost words is untangible like
    Tasting an uncooked pie of childhood.
    Desuetude relics remain to be washed scoured
    And turned into demure facts of today.
    The ebullience almost efflorescence of hidden truths
    Turned crystal dark with over writing turns to concrete fact
    To incipient history untold and all that is left
    Is ineffable myth.

  2. Anklebuster says:

    Dr. Francine Masterson, normally quite demure, could scarcely contain her ebullience, as the efflorescence clarified the hidden symbols in the Pharaoh’s palimpsest. Although the context was mundane, she knew damned well that the hieroglyphics dissembled that they revealed the secret map to the tomb of Amenemhet III. Indeed, the papyrus contained another startling revelation: Aten, a sun god of the Egyptian pantheon, was the true precursor of modern Judaism!

    Her research into the myths, legends and politics of Egypt, circa 5th century BC, had led to the discovery of the ancient scroll. Her background in symbology and linguistics aided her efforts in extracting the cleverly-worded transcription. As she read between the lines of the recorded messages from outpost commanders , Francine realized that the requests for gold, food and reinforcements were a complete fiction. Designed to encrypt not only the instructions for traversing the immense labyrinthine structure attested to by the Greek historian, Herodotus, the document also explained the reason for the structure. As she had explained in her paper:

    The ineffable name of YWH, itself a container for the inscrutable Aten, was created to bolster the spirits of warriors wounded in battle. With the incipient occupation of Canaan looming, the Pharaoh (Amenhotep IV) changed his name to Akhenaten and elevated Aten to national prominence. In so doing, he inadvertently gave the Canaanites implicit permission to unite under a single deity—the last thing he wanted to see in a conquered people..”

    Armed with the coordinates from the text and, flush with grants and pledges, she and her team had flown to the exact center of the lost thaumata that rivaled the Great Pyramids at Giza.

    As expected, the site gave no evidence of existence of the Egyptian Labyrinth. Even back then, the world wonder had begun showing signs of desuetude, although many of the palaces within the maze were well-maintained. Francine instructed her crew to begin gridding the site.

    Two days later, Francine fed the grid into her customized Cartesian Calculator software, along with half a dozen complex queries that she hoped would pinpoint where to dig and how deep to go. In less than ten minutes, a dulcet beeping tone beckoned her and the rest of the team. There on the screen, shimmering in green, was the sepulchral center of the maze: the tomb of Amenemhet III. More startling, though, were the moving bodies, the campfires and massive throne.

    The Exodus! Had they stumbled upon the lost tribes of Israel?

    • KathleenMK says:

      Mitch ~~ You may see that I am on my knees, bum resting on my heals arms arising and lowering in homage to you and your splendid ditty!

      And so did they find the lost tribes? I hope the next challenge reveals the answer!


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