Saturday, February 11, 2012
Timed Writing: 2/3/2012
Time: 5 minutes
Prompt: Some of the statues were alive
Source: Walter M. Miller, Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz
Some of the statues were alive, but most had died centuries before, when an electromagnetic pulse had swept through in advance of a long-forgotten occupying force. The live statues were recent additions to the courtyard and were trained to imitate the immobility of their lifeless neighbors.
Piven's favorite game, when he had visitors from abroad, was to take them to the garden of statues and have them guess which were dead and which only seemed so. When nobody was around, he would meticulously transplant spots of mold and tufts of moss from the dead statues to the living and then would polish and paint the dead ones in order to throw the players off.
Piven only knew which statues were alive because he had found his father's key one afternoon and had attempted to use it. All that happened when he powered up the key was that ten of the hundred statues had come to attention and the key had requested identity verification. Piven had promptly returned the key to its cubby in his father's desk. He had been careful to note which statues had responded though.
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