Finish That Thought #31 (Judge's Comments)
Prompt: Fingers trembling, [s]he slowly unrolled the ancient document.
Special Challenge: Include a sentence in a foreign (not English) language
My friend MurMade and I wrote about our characters Jamison and
Courtney from a Role-Play we're doing together about a cranky researcher
and his ever-helpful assistant who are bent on uncovering an ancient
secret civilization, the Rinald. This is my take on Jamison's
findings in the sacred cavern. Her take on Courtney's is here.
Fingers trembling, he slowly unrolled the ancient document. Its edges
had worn thin with time, the inked characters almost fading before his
eyes as the lantern light exposed their hidden message for the first
time in centuries. Black dots crowded his vision and his temples
throbbed. ‘Breathe,’ he had to remind himself. Slowly the throbbing
ebbed away and he continued unfurling the cracked papyrus.
did you find?” the ever-present secretary inquired from behind his
shoulder. Jamison threw a glare at her before returning his attention to
peeling open the document. Thankfully, Courtney could take a hint. She
stepped back a pace and turned her attention to a rack of scrolls along
the chamber wall, the lantern light just barely illuminating the
His whole life’s work had been dedicated to this
moment. The seminars, the books, the dusty articles on forgotten library
shelves, interview upon interview with archeologists, researching
countless fairy tales of legends that held more truth than anyone could
have guessed--- all of it had been to prove that this ancient
technological civilization existed. This ancient paper found wedged into
the Book of Knowledge would solve it all.
Jamison bent doubled-over the gilded stand that the ancient novel rested
upon, his 6’7” height much of a nuisance in this tiny cavern. The
language of the scroll was all but dead in this day and age, but not
impossible to decipher for the Rinald expert. Tracing the characters in a
caress with his long fingertip, he struggled to translate the first
“Οκτώ κιλά ψάρια και δύο μπούσελ πατατών,” he read slowly. He blinked.
a translation for that?” Courtney quipped from her side of the room.
Jamison glanced at her, then down at the papyrus, then back at her again
in bafflement. He regained his composure into its natural sulk.
Immediately, her curiosity peaked and she hurried over. “Well, what does it say?” she asked breathlessly.
“It’s the answer,” he said sarcastically after a dramatic pause.
“The answer to what?”
“THE answer. To life, the universe, everything!”
Courtney’s cheeks glowed with excitement. “Really? Is it really? Well tell me, what does it say?!?!”
thrust the paper in her face, his features contorting into a deep
scowl. “Eight pounds of fish and two bushels of potatoes. Some low-life
Rinald scribe was using a receipt as a bookmark.”