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by on June 26, 2012

This post was written for the Trifecta Writing Challenge, prompt one, which was to use the Lewis Carroll quote, “What I tell you three times is true”. Enjoy!

Light, dim and yellowy, traced across the dusty chamber wall. Fillmore Streamlet was not at all impressed by the immensity of the history surrounding him. “Oh, look,” he commented into his radio, “an ancient inscription. Joy.”

Cyan sighed patiently. “Could you tell me what the inscription says, please?”

“Sure,” Streamlet replied. “There’s s a little man, and a thing like a banana, and….oh, wait. It’s hieroglyphics. You’ll want a picture.” He produced a miniature camera from the tiny plastic cow on his keychain and snapped a photo. Cyan, on the other end, ran it through her vast computer database of ancient languages. “Hm,” she said. “It says…’what I tell you three times is true’.”


“Ah…” Cyan mused. “Perhaps if one says a certain word three times, the door will open. Or it could be literal; if you say three times, the door opens. Or-”

Actually, her third theory would have been correct, thus giving her immense job satisfaction, such that she would be inspired to donate a few dollars to a local charity which would have been just the amount they needed to donate new books to a neighborhood library, one book of which would’ve inspired a young woman named Amy to follow her dream and join NASA, thus being the right person in place to save the world from the Asteroid Disaster of ’34. Except none of that happened because Fillmore Streamlet decided to skip past the deciphering and go for the direct approach. Not even listening to Cyan anymore, he pulled three Post-It notes from his pocket and attached them to the chamber wall. Then he stepped back.

Cyan paused to ask what he thought about her theory. She heard silence for a second, then a loud whoompf. “You blasted the door again, didn’t you.”

“Yep. Treasure’s right inside. Wonder what the tax rates are on a room full of ancient Egyptian gold artifacts?”

“Fillmore, you take the fun out of everything.”


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  1. I’m glad to see more of this pair, they’re entertaining!

    • They’re as entertaining to write as they are to read, I can assure you. πŸ™‚

  2. Fun! I’m pretty new here, are they recurring characters?

  3. What a crazy guy. Clearly, he’s a treasure hunter and she’s a true (if secret) lover of the beauty surrounding them .Too bad about the impending asteroid, though, and Amy’s career.

    • Yes; if only he had listened to her. Alas; his poor communications skills have doomed us all.

  4. I do hope you’ll write more with these two. I am dying to know what Cyan’s third theory was!

    • As it happens, Fillmore and Cyan return in “Treasure”, the story I wrote for the second prompt in this challenge. I’ll have to revisit her third theory at some point; I don’t even know what it was. πŸ˜›

  5. ah shoot, i can’t remember what the commercial is for, but it reminded me of it. a string of occurrences take place because a person doesn’t have the product… anyways, i absolutely love these characters and the personalities you have given them. (:

    • sounds like the DirectTV commercials where if you don’t do DirectTV you end up reenacting scenes from Platoon with Charlie Sheen. (Don’t reenact scenes from Platoon with Charlie Sheen). πŸ˜›

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