Random Words

In dark mood Sir Randolph Mapleworth descended the dozen or so steps to the oubliette, thankful that the door had been removed and there was now no way to bar the entrance.

It was agonisingly quiet. Sir Randolph felt no delusion about the suffering of his erstwhile ancestor, who had met his untimely end here; mute, unable to shout for help after having his tongue cut out. He felt an infusion of anger begin to boil at the infamy of the said ancestor’s brother-in-law, relieved only by the certain knowledge that the perpetrator had danced to the hangman’s tune.

Sir Randolph smiled wryly. Now this ancient enemy’s descendant was about to marry his sister. How was he to bear it?


This was my effort this week for our ‘Random Words’ exercise at one of the Writer’s Groups I attend. Everyone present suggests one word at random and we write a piece of no more than 150 words containing all the suggested words. This weeks words were: tongue, boil, delusion, oubliette, infusion, mute, quiet, and dozen.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ghostmoth
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 20:08:02

    Great result with such a difficult choice of words. I wrote a story based on the word oubliette which is one of my favourites.


  2. julespaige
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 20:28:25

    Oh, this is delightful. I can see steam comming out of Sir Randolph’s ears!


  3. becca givens
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 01:50:04

    Wonderful … one of these days, when I have a stretch of quiet, uninterrupted time and space, I want to try a similar exercise as this one or “Sunday Wordle” I often see. I am always intrigued with the results.


  4. NanLeah
    Jun 25, 2013 @ 06:18:01

    I really appreciate all the writing you share from your group.


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