Trifecta: Antiquated

“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3: one that is impractically large, out-of-date, or obsolete

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  1. Jeanna says:

    Oh, nice! You’ve given such detail in the words you’ve chosen.

  2. Not to be messed with, obviously!

  3. sandra tyler says:

    I’m a similar dino, maybe because I love to draw — miss that tactile with all the technology.

  4. sandra tyler says:

    love all the variations on the modern dino I’ve been reading! I think we’re all still one in one way or another (for me, it’s keeping a wall calendar)

  5. Tara R. says:

    Experience trumps youth. I liked the calmness Aiyan showed through his deliberations. I almost feel sorry for the new fortuneteller.

  6. Tina says:

    Silly youth! They know not of what they speak. I loved the details in this–especially a certain quote!

  7. jannatwrites says:

    This was a cool story. I really like the paragraph describing him writing the spell and tossing it into the fire. Nice!

  8. if it weren’t for the old ways, we wouldn’t have been able to conjure the new! the ‘dinosaur’ had a nice comeback with the curse (; well written!

  9. Shuddering. I wouldn’t want to be cursed by him.

  10. Well done! The Star Wars reference topped the wit and tone off perfectly 😉

  11. Trifecta says:

    Thanks for linking up with Trifecta this week. Great use of the word. I like hearing him repeat the word dinosaur, and I loved how you ended it with him going back to his diagrams. Nice work! Hope to see you back tomorrow for the new prompt.

  12. sonya says:

    Excellent!! I love this one. Can’t wait to read the rest of the story.

  13. Jester Queen says:

    I love the way you use the star wars quote to show how much evil this guy harbors.

  14. Michael says:

    I loved the Star Wars reference as well. Very nice, and appropriate. 🙂

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