Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #525

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 before and after each of your challenge words if you want them to stand out, but NOT REQUIRED THOUGH! Or, as cleverly done by a CCC-er you can CAPITALIZE the challenge words in your piece.

  1. Devote
  2. Gospels
  3. Hope
  4. Jubilant
  5. Hard boiled
  6. Bonnets
  7. Covenant
  8. Entertain
  9. Zest
  10. Parade

3 Comments on “Writing Prompts – Creative Copy Challenge #525”

  1. Anklebuster says:

    Jacob and I watched the last stragglers parade by in their mottled gray bonnets. The protest was on the eve of an historic vote authorizing medical caregivers to administer life-ending pills to everyone over the age of 49. This particular group was more vocal than others in their condemnation of the pending legislation.

    I had been trying to explain to Jacob why the hard-boiled revenants refused to accept the proposed Covenant of Jubilant Zest. It was rather difficult, as I barely understood the philosophies of the Lazarus party. They were more than a bunch of flat-line survivors; indeed, the revenants embodied the promise of immortality, the hope of the Grand Rejuvenation, and the horrors of soul transference. Their leaders would not entertain any laws that circumvented research into the last frontier: the so-called Fountain of Youth.

    “Listen, man. I did not devote my professional career to see my field dwindle away to irrelevance. From before the time of the Gospels, we have been taught that there is a season for all things. Jubilant Zest is simply the commercial manifestation of euthanasia, population control and genetic optimization.”

    Jacob retorted, “The zombies are an abomination, but they have rights, too. You can’t force them to take the death pills! It’s like double jeopardy or something.”

    I cringed at his political incorrectness. “Now, see here. Legal precedent has been set: after 30 minutes post-mortem, a corpus is no longer protected by human rights. Why do you think grave robbers are charged with desecration, rather than murder?”

    “Oh, bullshit! You Terminators trot that tired argument out whenever you run out of useful things to say. Why can’t you just tell me their reasons for not wanting the Jubilant Zest? You can’t, can you?”

    “Actually, Jake, it’s kinda tough to defend a group whose beliefs contrast so sharply with my own. The best I can do is compare them to the fetuses of the 20th century. The difference is, revenants have a voice. But, let me ask you, just because a dog barks, should we drop everything to see what it wants?”

    “That’s foul, Mark. I’ll bet your tune would change if you had a flat-line experience.”

    “That’s just it! I would not be me, if I were a revenant. You remember the old-fashioned DNR placards? Terminally ill patients used to beg the caregivers to not revive them if they went into cardiac arrest or had a stroke or whatever. As horrible as it sounds, some caretakers ignored those wishes and forced the patients to breathe through machines. Those folks were gone, you hear me?”

    “Mark, listen to yourself! Zombies ain’t gone! They feel, they think and they have made their wishes known. Now, I, for one, don’t think those wishes should be granted. But why can’t they just be allowed to die on their own terms?”

    “I give up, Jacob. You are asking questions that I just can’t answer.”

    We turned away from the debris of the parade and made our way back to the hospital. I had promised Jacob’s family that he would not be kept outside too long.

    • KathleenMK says:

      Mitch ~ I hope you and yours had a Happy Easter.

      What an entertaining read. You busted out a story using the words in their non-traditional way but in a perfect way!

      Once again, I chuckled my way through your ditty! (Thanks, I always enjoy a laugh with you and your characters.)

      Great concepts you bring up.

      I look forward to more.

      Write On,


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