The Word

Jeff told her the word to use to get through the door of the club. It seemed silly to have to know some secret word to get into a bar.

Once she was inside, she realized what the mystery was all about. This wasn’t a bar. This was some kind of drugs and sex den. There were . . .

Please leave a comment with your first 50 words on the topic “the word.”


Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

4 thoughts on “The Word”

  1. The helicopter went past, its motor purring away, into the distant skies.
    A loud wail issued from my arms- “papaaaa!!!!”
    Puzzled, my neighbour stopped midway, putting out the clothes on the line,hands frozen.
    “Why is she calling papa?”
    I sniffed, and mumbled from behind invisible lumps -in-my-throat.
    “But why papa?”
    The baby in my arms howled louder.
    “For heaven’s sake, Rajni,stop saying the p-word.”
    I blurted out.
    “She thinks it was he who flew away in the copter.”
    “Oh, I see”. Rajni immediately comprehended, and resumed her wringing and hanging of clothes, albeit with an air of remorse.”Deepu has got a new set of building blocks, want to take a look at it baby?” She added helpfully. The wailing stopped abruptly, and my daughter regarded Rajni with interest, wet eyes squinting ,in the morning sun,across the balcony.
    “I will send her over later, thanksda.” I sighed and turned in.

    Ever since Paul left for his Afghanistan Deputation, it has been like this. Every morning , she insists on seeing her elder sister board the school bus, then she will wail at every passing motorised vehicle, presuming her father left in one of those.And I have two years of this ahead of me. I slumped on the sofa, feeling totally dejected.

  2. Jenny sat quietly on the church bench and swung her small legs back and forth. The minister kept talking about God’s word. “The Word of Christ”, he had said. She sat and waited, hoping that he would finally tell her what that special word was before the mass was over.

  3. Every time I hear the phrase, The Word, I think of the Bible verse from the New Testament…”and The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.” Now, I’m not that religious, and I don’t go to church on a regular basis, but it was all that Catholic school teaching that remains with you forever and ever, Amen. See what I mean?

  4. “La palabra?” asked Ms. Gomez.
    “La palabra… la palabra, what does la palabra mean,” Casey asked in return.
    “La palabra means ‘the word’ Senor Allen,” said Ms. Gomez becoming more frustrated by the moment.
    “Oh yeah, the word. La palabra for apple is mantequilla,” said Casey with a satisfied smile.
    ” Ay, Dios Mio! No senor Allen, mantequilla es la palabra por ‘butter’. Manzana es la palabra por ‘apple’.”
    “Oh, Sorry,” said Casey.
    And he returned to his video game.

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