Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge # 557

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. Re-activity
  2. Ventilation
  3. Contaminant
  4. Hygiene
  5. Aggregated
  6. Exposure
  7. Potential
  8. Probable
  9. Compliance
  10. Risk


7 Comments on “Writing Prompt – Creative Copy Challenge # 557”

  1. Chet says:

    “Your risk of exposure to a contaminant was largely a consequence of your hygiene,” the orderly explained. “Wash your hands often. Eat and drink only what we bring you. Take your medication as directed. Don’t try to leave the floor.”

    I noticed that he said nothing about the ventilation, the role the vent played. He never did. Maybe he was ignorant of its purpose and took it for granted, like the window, the closet in the corner, the single bed. Or maybe he was instructed to ignore it, to encourage us not to see it. But I did, lying there on the thin mattress day after day or wandering around the day room, talking about nothing to the other subjects. I hated all the vents. They lurked over us like birds of prey, potential dispensers of infectious agents. Or poison, should the doctor need to clear out this batch and start over fresh. If you were sensitive enough, you could feel the many deaths that had already happened here. If I could, and if I had the necessary equipment, I would seal the gratings over, force them to push their noxious vapors down the hall to the next ward.

    But sealed vents would quickly be discovered by the nurses who came by unannounced, inspecting everything. To tamper with the set up of my rooms was to risk being out of compliance with the study protocols and then you became a variant and variants quickly disappeared.

    “It is the aggregated environmental influences the doctor has to study,” said the orderly. “The re-activity of the variables, when combined in different modalities will lead to a probable cure.” Then sensing the determination of my inner resistance, he appealed to guilt or fear. “Outside these walls, people are dying.”

  2. Anklebuster says:

    Barb was counting on the fact that most consumers were blissfully unaware of the chemical laboratories continuously burbling in their armpits. In fact, the planned Zombie Apocalypse would not be possible if people resorted to proper hygiene on a daily basis. She reviewed her notes from last night’s experiments.

    The normal reactivity of thioalcohol–a smelly by-product of bacterial breakdown of sweat molecules–was too low to be a catalyst for the Heimdall Effect. Barb compared the ratio of esterization to the level of ventilation and found that crowded public transportation was the baseline for potential exposure. Obviously, that ruled out shopping malls as vectors. She took a quick glance at the scatter plot of aggregated concentration levels and gasped with shocked delight. The trendline clearly showed a positive correlation between metropolitan pollution and passenger count per conveyance.

    Barb fired up her laptop and searched for the calculations. After adjusting the data by removing commuter trains and air-conditioned subway cars, the new plot was denser and even more pronounced. Her mind raced as she imagined scenarios: hot summer evening rush-hour; traffic jams; contaminant introduced via aerosol. She was almost giddy.

    If the Heimdall Effect could be triggered in just one smoggy, hot industrial city, she was certain that CDC would quickly figure out that the risk of infection was more probable in urban areas. The resultant political fallout over what was bound to be perceived as socio-economic discrimination would ensnarl any efforts at finding a cure. The zombie disease would have plenty of time to overrun a region, as the community leaders struggled to come into compliance with containment protocols.

    Now, she just had to find a practical way to introduce the contaminant into targeted buses.

  3. Chet says:

    Mitch, I buy this 100%. Just the right touches of biological detail. Did you Google ‘armpit chemistry?’

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