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
Outside the glass doors, they stood, peering. Puffs of steam rose above their hooded scalps, pooling in a ghastly cloud before seeping into the pre-dawn. Some shuffled fervently; others glowered with little enthusiasm. The hour drew near.
Numbers turned. Clocks ticked. Doors opened. Crowds rushed.
The siege of Macy’s was on. This Friday, for the first time in many, the print on the ledgers would flow black as squid ink.