Imagine what might happen if certain words were haunted. This was one of the challenging prompts set by ‘Inspiration Monday’ this week. Here is my 250 word story.
Nobody is quite sure when that particular word became a problem. There are rumours that JK Rowling may have had something to do with it, but nothing could be proved.
First sightings of its unusual nature came in 2013 when a child in Somerset complained to her teacher that it was constantly moving across the page and making rude noises. Within weeks it was playing havoc in all printed materials. Sir Harry Potter, in a letter to The Times, said that the word had leapt off the front page of his newspaper, flew around his head several times before disappearing down the back of the sofa, refusing to come out.
Parents across the country were becoming increasingly worried because the word was climbing out of their children’s story books and whispering some rather rude words in their ears.
By the beginning of 2014 things had got to such a point that the government was forced to act. Laws were raced through Parliament banning the use of this word.
Now, almost 20 years later, there is hope that a cure has been found. Scientists have been experimenting with the word and by all accounts it is responding well. So much so that I have been given permission to use it here. For the first time in 20 years I am able to write the word ‘ ‘.
Oh dear! Where’s it gone? If you are reading this post please take care. It could be anywhere. Best start by checking down the back of your sofa.
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