Symbols from Antiquity

PHOTO PROMPT © Kent Bonham

PHOTO PROMPT © Kent Bonham

It is so quaint when the peasants talk about the giants or wee-folk that came before us.  Being a learned man I have read books of antiquity and know about the ancient empire. I marvel at the ruins our forefathers left, not fear them.  So I laughed when the simpleton said he found some fairy writings.

The laugh left my lips when I saw page after page of obscure symbols.  What was it, a book of magic or necromancy?

The first page was readable.  “’Fantastic Figures Coloring Book’, printed in NYC, 2018.”

Great luck, I had another artifact for my collection.

Word count = 100

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32 thoughts on “Symbols from Antiquity

  1. Dreamer of Dreams

    Such a wonderful take on the prompt, Trent! I like the idea of our artifacts turning into collector’s items in the centuries to come!
    Engagingly written story, especially these lines:
    “So I laughed when the simpleton said he found some fairy writings.
    The laugh left my lips when I saw page after page of obscure symbols. What was it, a book of magic or necromancy?”

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I do wonder what people of the future will think of us. And if, as in this story, there is collapse and a “dark ages” for a few centuries, what will people think of what they find?

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks. I was thinking about medieval Europe and how the uneducated may have thought Roman ruins were something more. Perhaps it was an even deeper collapse and history becomes myth, like many of the Greek myths and legends that are based on events from the 12th and 13th centuries BC. They looked at the ruins and thought those people in the legends must have been giants.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Corina! As i said in other comments, I’ve never tried the coloring books I see the appeal. Coloring my own drawings sometimes puts me into a zen state. I’m sure it would be the same with coloring an adult coloring book.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks Robyn! I’m planning on putting out a self-published book of short fiction in the next few months and then continuing to look for an agent for my novels.
      I’ve seen some really cool coloring books but I haven’t used one. I can understand how they can be so relaxing and soothing.

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      1. Blog Woman!!!

        Well, I can’t wait to see your book!

        AS for colouring, I’ve always loved it in some form or another, from those actual books to make-up to painting walls and furniture. It has always take me to a place of pure meditative zone. Must. Get. A. Book. now. :) When you can’t do much physically, what a great escape!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I’m sure it is a great escape when you are restricted physically. As I just wrote in another comment, when i draw and color or shade my drawings I go into a zen state where my mind is as blank as possible.

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      1. Prior-01

        Yes T – oh and I think there is a trend for the informal therapeutic use for coloring these days- saw some mandala ones (?) and some different symbols on some pages!
        The “learned man” line was when I was hooked into this short piece!

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        1. trentpmcd Post author

          I’m a learned man and don’t fall for any of those wild superstitions, like the simpletons believing that the people of the 21st century actually flew!
          Yes, a lot of people use coloring books for therapy. I can see it – it is almost like meditation.

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          1. Prior-01

            Yes – the simpletons! Ha! And for me – I prefer to “doodle” for relaxing or while thinking – Making rows of plants cells or drawing an onion root tip – or swirls – boy do I like my swirls! Lol
            Oh and the moves the “Trent” sign in our area! I will have to show you the latest picture of it –

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            1. trentpmcd Post author

              I like drawing for that too. Or just sitting and playing the piano without thinking or walking or…
              Yep, you’ll have to put up the “Trent” sign. I haven’t been great at reading, so if I miss it, let me know you put it up.

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