In this series, I will take the Word of the Day from Dictionary.com and craft a short piece of creative writing around it. My goal is to embrace the meaning of the word in some unique way, all the while trying out different styles, rhythms and characterizations. It is as much an exercise in creativity as it is an exploration of grammar. Enjoy!
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By Alex Seise
AD INFINITUM ET ULTRA read the plaque in front of the statue. The man it depicted was squat with massive pectoral girth, though his armor clearly contributed to the perceived heft of his upper torso. The armor itself was fascinating; cold and smooth and carved with care, it deviated only at the waist. There, it cinched into an accordion-style corset, allowing mid-section protection and flexibility. On his legs, his sleek armor flared toward the bottom of his matching boots, a formidably streamlined appearance. The joints throughout were accentuated, and other decorations punctuated the suit’s appearance.
His head sported a massive helm that was forged in glass. It encircled his chiseled, bold face, which stared out with large, unblinking eyes toward distant nothingness. Behind his helm, an odd pack was slung over his back; its contents were unknown to those viewing the statue in the gallery.
The boy taking it all in was amazed by this gallant warrior, a man whose likeness alone instilled patriotism and courage. But it was time for him to go home, and his mother reached down and placed her hand in his.
“We have to leave, Woody,” she said, gently pulling him. “It’s late and your father will be home for dinner really soon.”