I write for young children, mainly picture books, so when presented with the words: imago, lacuna, oscitate (not found in my British dictionaries or in my Winnie the Pooh collection!), miasma and synchronicity, for Rach’s second campaign challenge, I hesitated. However, not one to quit without a fight, I decided to stretch my age range up to MG and launch into some Sci Fi. Here is my 200-word piece of flash fiction. (#1 can be read here).
“Gloria virtuti resonat tamquam imago”
“I know it’s Cicero, but heck, I almost flunked my Latin exam last summer,” Matt said, unrolling the scroll.
“Geez, what sort of a loser of a Junior High teaches Latin?” asked Jed.
“Don’t ask,” groaned Matt, “but it may come in handy if we are to get any clues from this manuscript as to where Jenna is.”
“Woah, you really believe she’s there don’t you? In Ancient Rome?” Matt ignored the scorn in Jed’s voice.
“Look, Jenna and I have spent hours in the Met Library and, well, she was convinced she had found one of those manuscript lacunas. If the synchronicity is right, a time vacuum is created,” Matt tried to explain.
“Dude, what century are you in?” Jed derided.
Matt coughed, and began to translate:
”No virtue could hide the vile miasma of the omen. Decaying and corrupt, only the sacrifice of one fair and far removed from this epoch, can hope to free the populous from this curse.” Matt’s finger traced down the scroll, beyond the hand-scribed letters, into the lacuna. The scroll oscitated a nano-second of void.
The boys jumped backwards to avoid the quadriga chariot clattering over the cobbles of the via Appia.
Thanks for reading.. I am #88 if you want to visit the link on Rach’s page.