During October we will be sharing passages that we’ve written independently from the same prompt.
- enchanted mariner ducks
- striped scarlet luminescent work-coats
- low relief with pubic hair
- the feathery roots of his water hyacinths
- “Stop quoting Lewis Carroll at me!”
- tear a larynx
I sat in Doctor Entenman’s waiting room, hoping the décor wasn’t indicative of his qualifications as an otolaryngologist. All the others in town were closed for the holiday. The artworks showed truly horrific taste, made more sickening by the realization that the good doctor was himself the artist. A garish neon abstract took up most of the wall facing me, and was accompanied by a plaque bearing its title: “In which the enchanted mariner ducks out of the saloon to escape constables attired in striped scarlet luminescent work-coats.” Above my head was a matted atrocity, a low relief with pubic hair, evidently meant to signify the feathery roots of his water hyacinths. I heard raised voices, first a woman shrieking something about being behind schedule, and then a man bellowing “Stop quoting Lewis Carroll at me!” I supposed I’d chosen a bad week to tear a larynx.
bonus points for using them in order!
The great artist and his assistant stood by in their striped scarlet luminescent work-coats while the phalanx of critics examined his latest creation.
“You say it’s called ‘enchanted mariner ducks,’ and yet I detect nothing of the waterfowl in its design,” said the most unctuous of the bunch, a man known to be overly fond of the feathery roots of his water hyacinths, if you know what I mean.
“Curious, isn’t it,” said Hieronymus Warhol.
“This is clearly a bas-relief, and yet under ‘medium’ you have declared that it is ‘low relief with pubic hair.’ Not only is that not a real medium, it’s also disgusting!”
“Curiouser and curiouser,” replied Warhol.
“Stop quoting Lewis Carroll at me!” cried the critic.
“As soon as you tear a larynx,” drawled the artist. “Preferably your own.”
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