Monday is when I tackle some Five Sentence Fiction. Feel free to take Lillie McFerrin’s challenge to write a five sentence story based on a single word prompt. The word does not have to appear in your five sentences, just used for direction. This week’s word is Locked.
There was no return address, no note, no indication of where the package had come from. Once freed of it’s wrapping she was dazzled by a box of unparalleled beauty, intricately decorated with elaborate parquetry, inlay, relief carvings, gilding and the finest of smith work. An artfully engraved latch adorned the front and worked into the design were the words operor non patefacio. The accompanying key, also exquisitely crafted, slid smoothly into the lock and turned the tumblers without resistance allowing her to throw back the lid releasing a torrent of evil and pestilence. Had Pandora been brushing up on her Latin she might have known that the phrase on the lock meant do not open.
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I have no idea if operor non patefaciois is an accurate latin translation for Do Not Open. I relied on a free online translator for that so anyone who knows better is welcome to provide a better translation.
If you enjoy flash fiction challenges stop by each week to participate in my writing challenge offered every Tuesday. Take your pick from two, yes that’s right, two different prompts that I will be providing right here weekly.