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A Cliff-Hanger Epilogue - Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus Week 90

Jenny Matlock

Welcome to Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus, a weekly writng challenge in which participants write a text based on a given prompt using a limited number of words. This is week 90 and we are to write a an epilogue to a two-part story that we have already written using 150 words. We may use extra pictures if we wish.

Before we read my text let us look at part I & II fom last week and the week before:

Part I:

Charles took the footpath up the hill overlooking the town and the bay. It was misty at twilight, but he could still see the reflections of the city-lights in the sea. It started to rain when he reached the top, which was above a wall of seabirds' nests. They dug into the limestone making it hollow and it could crumple under your weight and leave you hanging off a cliff, if you were lucky enough not to fall 400 meters down onto the rocks.

With pencil and notebook in hand, he heard a voice. Turning around, he felt the ground sinking. 'No!' he gasped. (Word count: 104)

[Text Copyright 2012 Christina Wigren]

Part II:

Crawling toward the voice, Charles came to firmer ground, but found no one there. Thinking he saw a light, he found the right path. It was then he heard the wall, where he just stood, crashing to the rocks. Safe at home, he wondered who or what had saved him. (Word count: 50)

[Text Copyright 2012 Christina Wigren]

Here is my epilogue or part III:

Charles thought: The voice got me to crawl away in time, and the light helped me find a path down the mountain. But I saw no one. I was alone.

A volume of the encyclopedia lay open on his desk. I don't remember leaving this here. Underlined in pencil were these words:

Gnomes are invisible, are able to lift heavy objects, blow air, shine a light and even speak if a human is in danger. You were lucky I could help you, Charlie! Best wishes from Fredrika.

How is the possible? thought Charles. This book was printed in 1904.

He looked again at saw more underlined text:

'Gnomes can also alter text in printed books. Look tomorrow and this message will be gone.'

Charles made a note of the page and just as Fredrika had promised, the message was not to be found the next day.

[Text Copyright 2012 Christina Wigren]


Word count: 147


Best wishes,



That's alright Jenny. You can almost throw any assignment at us and most of us will be able to write a post out of it. We will love you always!


Here is an epilogue to this epilogue. Talking about literary devices, I found this literary device in the 1950 film Harvey, starring James Stewart. There is a scene in which one of the characters looks up the word 'pooka' in a dictionary and reads a message inserted in the text from the Pooka himself. If a pooka can do this, why not a gnome?


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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Saturday Centus - a Mea Culpa AND another writing device

Jenny Matlock

Welcome to week ninety of Saturday Centus.

Please consider this picture as an official olive branch between us.

Mea culpa! Mea culpa!

Since I simply cannot bring myself to use the phrase 'my bad' as an apology, all that remains is for me to say,"I'M SORRY!!!! I'M A JERK!!! AND A LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Our nightmare of kitchen destruction happened last Friday when I wrote the instructions for week 89. And, yes, that is my excuse. I did write you could use 100 words for part two, but then I reneged and made it 50.

Mea culpa, mea culpa!

But I'm hoping this weeks challenge redeems me.

Please consider this both a formal apology AND a challenge for this week.

How about an 'epilogue' to your cliff hanger?

You know...a new writing device for the week.

Epilogues are an inherent part of any story or poem and are essential to the structure of any written form. The epilogue is an important literary tool that acts as the afterword once the last chapter is over. The purpose of an epilogue is to add a little insight to some interesting developments that happen once the major plot is over.


WORD COUNT - Since I cheated you on words last week, how about a few extra for this weeks prompt? Word count is not to exceed 150 words total.

The regular restrictions apply: PG, no splitting of the prompt, play nicely and visit the other entries, any style or genre of writing you prefer.

Please display my link button or just a hyper-link back to Saturday Centus. Be careful to link your SC URL to the Linky and not just link to your main blog.

E-mail me directly with ???'s or ask your question in a comment and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.

Feel free to link up anytime between now and next Saturday!

If you still like me, that is.

To quote one of our sweet Grandlittle's, I sorry.

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