As a participant in the Platform Building Campaign, I've been asked to come up with a 200 word story that includes miasma, lacuna, oscitate and synchronicity. Don't know what these words mean? You're not alone. This is the best I got.....
“If you can get past the miasma that emanates off the freshly dead and examine the corpse at the microscopic level, you’ll appreciate the beauty of synchronicity that happens between bone resorption by osteoclasts, the formation of the lacuna, and subsequent ossification that’s achieved by osteoblasts,” he said with flowery hand gestures. As though dramatizing the lecture made a rat’s incisor that much more interesting and poetic. Any moment he would pull out puppets and break into song.
The only word she retained from that entire sentence was ‘dead’. Two steps away from it, medical school was supposed to make you smarter and here she was losing brain cells with every second of boredom trapped in the front of the class. A class entitled The Calcification of Bone. It didn’t sound like a winner when she picked it but it was either that or Introduction to Music, the elective where you could literally clap for credits. Her father would not have approved. And that was the point of all this.
“No more oscitating, young lady.”
Now everyone was looking at her. She snapped to attention, misunderstood the problem and passed the rest of the hour red faced and perfectly still.
Entry no. 191
Entry no. 191