Friday, October 21, 2016

Week in Seven Words #309

They're all in flames except for the destroyers. He hunts for mine, and I for his, across the war-torn grids.

He's assigned an essay on the Battle of Gettysburg, and chooses to write it the length of the Gettysburg Address, 272 words. It reads naturally, without too many adjectives thrown in for padding.

The cold rain has crawled into my socks.

We play to 100 points. As soon as we're both close, he lies on the floor, hands flailing, so that if I win, he can say that he let me.

The harpsichord music is fury and frayed nerves. Forked lightning kept in a crystal vial.

For the sake of inefficiency, they invite us to an in-person orientation. We spend fifteen minutes signing in, finding our seats, and picking up a thin packet of information we could have received via email. Following a ten-minute PowerPoint presentation chock-full of information already contained in the packets, the Q&A session begins. Crickets chirp. We leave.

Cuddling on the couch, because it can't already be time to say good night.


Brian Joseph said...

I find it personally timely that you choose 'battleship" as one of your words. I recently finished Barbara W. Tuchman's The Guns of August. In that book several battles between these giant ships are described.

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Hila,

The weather has certainly changed to that damp autumnal feeling, which makes all my clothing feel clammy when I have been out walking. I really don't like my feet getting wet though, that has to be the most miserable feeling!

I also dislike presentations where the speaker simply reiterates what is in the written document - just for those of us who can't read!! There's a reason why those Q&A sessions are cut short, just in case someone (usually me) is actually willing to show their head above the parapet to ask a question or present a challenging opinion which isn't part of the prepared document and which the speaker either can't or won't answer.

Great words as ever, thanks for sharing :)