Old World Customs

Zrolt bent in half; crinkled his tentacles. Although he lacked the same appendages as the assembled dignitaries, he hoped his efforts at imitating formal gestures passed.

A bright figure, resplendent in the same hue that graced Zrolt’s planet’s bog pits, crinkled its breathing orifice in response. Zrolt’s translator told him this meant pleasure. Or amusement. Or, in 14% of cases, djr,osk.

He hoped it did not indicate djr,osk.

The bright figure spoke, moving more of its appendages as it did. Zrolt ingested a gland, a sure sign of boredom. Why did these sort of functions always entail old world customs?



In response to Carrot Ranch‘s prompt to write a story about old world charm.

August 22, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about old world charm. It can be nostalgic or irreverent. You can invent an “old world,” return to migrant roots or recall ancient times. Go where the prompt leads you!

Respond by August 27, 2019. Use the comment section below to share, read, and be social. You may leave a link, pingback, or story in the comments. If you want to be published in the weekly collection, please use the form.  Rules & Guidelines.


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12 thoughts on “Old World Customs

  1. tnkerr August 27, 2019 / 10:29 pm

    I’m smiling over here, I’m smiling.

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      • tnkerr August 27, 2019 / 10:34 pm

        My God… I hope not!
        How are you today, Ms Owens?

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        • Chelsea Owens August 28, 2019 / 6:33 am

          Well enough. I hope to catch up on writing and reading sometime this decade!

          How are you?

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  2. Liz H August 28, 2019 / 1:04 pm

    Holy cow! What a great take on the prompt…omg,roflmba!

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  3. Charli Mills August 28, 2019 / 5:57 pm

    You have me laughing, Chelsea! Laughing my djr,osk off! Clever writing.

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    • Chelsea Owens August 28, 2019 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks, Charli. Felt like going silly this time around. 🙂


  4. S. Chersis September 2, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    For it to mean ‘djr,osk’ would be must unpleasant.

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