Saturday, February 11, 2012

Timed Writing: 2/4/2012

Time: 10 minutes
Prompt: They harassed me so that sometimes
Source: Henry James, The Turn of the Screw

They harassed me so that sometimes it was all I could do not to throw them in a stasis chamber and forget them for a day. Nobody had suggested that adopting a trio of velvemotes would be easy. "Active and entertaining," the little half-normal monstrosities had been called. Think tribles with tentacles and mental capacities somewhere between a goldfish and an astrophysicists. They had been all the rage with the monied elite a few years back, and then, as quarantine regulations relaxed, velvemotes had made inroads to the commoner homes as well. I hadn't even considered one for myself, but given my history of adopting abandoned xenos, I wasn't surprised when the rescue agency called with a "remarkable opportunity." I found the trio quite revolting when I met them --  I still do, as it happens. But that's most of why I agreed to take them. I had hoped that my sister would find them equally revolting, and would consequently pay me fewer visits. My plan backfired -- my sister fell in love with the creatures and came to see them almost every day. Unfortunately, she is not licensed to care for anything of greater than point-two-five intelligence, so I can't just give them to her and be done with the project.

(about my timed writing exercises)

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