“Phrenology and palmistry? You must be joking.” The new fortuneteller leaned in Aiyan’s doorway, flipping his tarot cards in a smooth stream from hand to hand. He looked contemptuously at the yellowed hand-drawn diagrams on the walls. “You are such a dinosaur.”
Aiyan smiled vaguely at him and nodded, eliciting a disgusted snort. “Whatever.” His visitor whirled away, leaving the curtain hanging askew.
Aiyan straightened it. “Dinosaur,” he repeated. He turned back to his desk, humming lightly to himself, and sank into the worn wooden chair with a creak. He picked up a brush out of the jar and a piece of translucent paper from the drawer. “Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer’s ways, Lord Vader,” he murmured pleasurably. “Your sad devotion to that ancient religion has not helped you…”
He dipped the brush into the ink. In quick, sure strokes he inscribed a string of symbols onto the thin strip of paper, the wet ink gleaming black in a series of fat curves and sharp lines. He picked up the paper by the corner and waved it gently until it dried, then, in a sharp movement, tossed it into the fireplace. The curse flared briefly as it took flame, sending a burst of golden light flying up the chimney, and was consumed.
Aiyan smiled placidly and went back to his diagrams.
Welcome to this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge! This week called for 33 to 333 words on the third definition of the word DINOSAUR (noun):
1: any of a group (Dinosauria) of extinct often very large chiefly terrestrial carnivorous or herbivorous reptiles of the Mesozoic era
2: any of various large extinct reptiles (as ichthyosaurs) other than the true dinosaurs
3: one that is impractically large, out-of-date, or obsolete
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