Coldly Calculating: Three Score and Ten

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A.L. Mabry will be your host each week as we probe the darker corners of your imagination. This series is meant to help feed your mystery/horror muse, so try to give us chills! The prompt is open to interpretation, but try to include the phrase somewhere in your piece.

This Week’s Prompt

Threescore was a common unit of measure like “dozen,”  “score,” or “gross.”  Threescore and ten would translate to 70 and in the day it was common it referred to a lifetime. I think for most of us, our MCs are younger but take us to their future. Take us to “threescore and ten.” What is the highlight of their lifetime? What do they fondly remember or deeply regret? I like it dark, don’t be afraid to push the envelope.

The rules are simple:

  1. Read the prompt and the history behind the phrase.
  2. Write a story 700 words or less answering the challenge.
  3. Share the URL to your story in the comments OR, if you don’t have your own blog, share your story in the comments. Either way, it will be seen.
  4. Add trigger warnings where necessary. Keep vulgarity to a minimum.
  5. Have FUN!
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A.L. Mabry is an Executive Editor for Our Write Side. As an author, she enjoys writing in all genres and forms, even grocery lists. She is an artist and Wiccan who has an obsessive love of vampires, kilts, and blue butterflies. She is passionate about many topics and her posts are often laced with the snarky sense of humor one acquires from raising five teenagers, all at once. In her downtime, she can be found with her loving husband, Shawn and their children. She maintains her shreds of sanity with yoga, tea, and cats.
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2 thoughts on “Coldly Calculating: Three Score and Ten”

  1. Adan Ramie says:

    My story is in the universe of a space opera I will be releasing later this month. [The link to this story won’t be active until tomorrow.]

    1. Adan Ramie says:

      Correction: It won’t be live until Wednesday morning. Scheduling blog posts is fun! …ish.

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