Here are Rachel's rules for this one:
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!
I did it. I used every one of the words, referred to a mirror, and all in exactly 200 words, baby! Here it is, in tribute to Halloween coming up next month (which is my favorite holiday):
Far From Imago
Brittney sat on the couch, her nerves on edge from Patches’ ceaseless growls. Except he was in the dated bathroom, growling at the mirror this time instead of at the basement door, a door Brittney had just barricaded with several concrete blocks to keep from opening on its own. The knob turned in the empty silence, grating her nerves.
Patches barking at the mirror was nothing to oscitate at. Brittney couldn’t help glancing at the rusted vent in the wall. The vent from the basement. An eerie, otherworldly feeling swept over Brittney like never before, pricking the hairs at her arms and neck. More than ever she didn’t want to be in this miasma of a house.
“Patches,” Brittney said, quivering, her nails digging into the couch fibers.
In perfect synchronicity the dog’s snarls deepened into barks, the vent leading from the basement rattled as if trying to break loose, and the bathroom faucet shot on full blast of its own accord.