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
“Shut yer mouth and avert yer eyes, boy,” snarled the sergeant in his tight, jack-o-lantern dyed wool uniform. His nine year-old ward trembled ferociously with eyelids pulled tighter than an aged starlet’s as drool meandered along his chin.
“Yer in the city now, boy. Stranger things await. I once saw…” The boy stared, unmoving. “Oh, forget what I saw, ye gnarly gapeseed. Come ‘ere, off we go.” The orange sergeant yanked him along the cobblestone square as the three-armed lady from the east bid him adieu with a slithering wave from all fifteen of her seductively red-tipped fingers.