“Bradley,” I bite back, “you use words like oscitate.”
I am, admittedly, getting pretty tired of my homework. And the vocabulary kick.
He grins and pushes up the living room window. “I shall affix a lacuna,” he announces. I roll my eyes. Bradley, as of last week, is a kid’s game show champion, and can longer bring himself to talk like the rest of us.
“What is he doing out there?” The unexpected, normal words pull me out of my impending math nap. I put down my book and join Bradley at the window. Past our own mirrored faces, we see our estranged grandfather, squirting lighter fluid on the neighbor’s house.
Bradly leaves me and bolts out the door. I run after him.
“Gramps!” he cries. The old man looks up at us and drops the plastic bottle.
“Bradley...” he looks confused. “Did you win?”
Bradley glances at me, and then nods. “Yeah, I won.”
A miasma, a noxious wall of realizations, hits me as I watch Gramps. The hero.
“You want to know perfect synchronicity, boy?” the old man slurs. He’s drunk.
But deft, as he lights the match.
And there you have it, my friends. Something I wrote!
As many of you have likely guessed, this was for the 2nd Campaigner Challenge. I had to use imago in the title, and include miasma, lacuna, oscitate, and synchronicity. For an extra challenge, I could (and did) incorporate a mirror, and make it 200 words exactly. Whew.
This was hard! Now I want to finish the story, expand it into something that breathes a little better. We'll see.
The winners of this challenge will be based on popularity (eek), so, if you likey, please go votey!
I am number... 141, it looks like.
My fingers are crossed!