Throughout the Platform Building Campaign, Rachael is holding a couple of challenges. I didn’t partake in the first challenge, so I thought I’d try my hand at the second challenge. And what a doozy it is!
Here are the rules:-
Write a blog post in 200 words or less, excluding the title. It can be in any format, whether flash fiction, non-fiction, humorous blog musings, poem, etc. The blog post should:
- include the word ‘imago‘ in the title
- include the following 4 random words: ‘miasma‘, ‘lacuna‘, ‘oscitate‘, ‘synchronicity‘
If you want to give yourself an added challenge (optional and included in the word count), make reference to a mirror in your post. For those who want an even greater challenge (optional), make your post 200 words EXACTLY!
So after searching frantically in the dictionary, I came up with something using all the requirements in the challenge. Here’s my entry:-
MY SWEET IMAGO
I struggle not to oscitate as I watch another one being wheeled in. It has been a long night; this will be the last.
I gaze upon the face of the man in front of me and my hands become clammy. The miasma emanating from his body fills my nostrils. His mouth is open; a dark lacuna releasing its final scream. That mouth had kissed me longingly; hungrily, the touch of his hands a sweet caress.
Childhood memories flitter through my mind of lazy summer days and melted ice-creams, of promises to be together forever, always. Recent memories of drug abuse and alcohol induced stupors; promises that they would never happen again. Tears do not form behind my eyes and cloud my better judgement. They did not a few months ago when I last said goodbye. They will not fail me now.
A slow smile creeps upon me; he would have loved the synchronicity of this moment. It’s like holding up a mirror; only his choice of drug was different to mine. Were they really the cause of all his lies, deceit and ultimate betrayal?
I take a firm grip upon the scalpel and begin to cut.
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Winners of this challenge will be determined solely on the basis of your votes. If you like my entry you can vote for it here, (I’m No.102), where you can also check out others. Best of luck everyone!