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
“Those ones?” He twitched his head twice in the direction of the fire engine-red building that stood behind his back. Saying that it stood was an act of spoken kindness; the heap of painted wood and grimy glass barely managed to hold itself upright under the caress of gravity. “We don’t mess with the sodality bottled up in there. They stick to themselves, and we among us. A bunch of Coke heads, that’s what they are.” He leaned in and grimaced in the boy’s face. “And what is the only thing we drink, boy?”
“Dr. Pepper.” Jimmy whispered through his soft, brown teeth. “Only, ever.”