A March 2021 53-Word Story Prompt - "Fossils"
“Curiosities & Various Sundry,” caught my eye in electric-lime. Inside, a plethora of oddities priced to sell: Megalodon Shark-Tooth—Authenticity Guaranteed! [$9.99], Ancient Gall-Mites—Preserved in Amber! [$5.50 two-fer $10.00], Alien Footprint—Immortalized in Plaster! [$19.99]. Credit cards accepted!
I left with something more elusive. A pack of Teaberry Gum. Cost? One quarter.
By Lisa H. Owens
Inspired by a March, 2021 53-word story prompt.
Challenge: The Ides of March is familiar. Beware! However, “ides” does not come up that often elsewhere. That makes it a fossil word: in use thanks to a particular phrase, but otherwise obsolete. Ides is kith and kin with “petard,” “druthers,” and, well, “kith”—relegated to the dusty files of lingual archaeologists. Good “riddance?" Without further “ado,” write a 53-word story about fossils.