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by on January 27, 2014

This week’s Trifecta prompt was to write 33 words based on the picture below. I decided to write about Constance, before she became a guardian angel. A flashback, as it were. Enjoy! 

Thomas Leuthard / / CC BY


“Crudmuffin!” Constance swore. All that time poring through St. Expeditus’ Journal. The whole morning spent translating a single knotty Aramaic verb. Not a word about the treasure. She was out of coffee, too.


Photo credit: Thomas Leuthard / / CC BY

  1. Sort out the coffee and get stuck back into the books! Good piece.

  2. you certainly added a mysterious element of excitement!

  3. No treasure AND no coffee?! Talk about adding insult to injury. 😉 By the way, crudmuffin cracked me up. I might have to use that one.

  4. If I was out of coffee I’d also be likely to yell out ‘Crudmuffin’!

  5. We’ve been watching that show on the History Channel about Oak Island. Has me thinking of treasure! Fun take!

  6. kathy29156 permalink

    Sounds like a whole lot of work and getting no where. You captured the essence of frustration perfectly!! ♥

    • It is frustrating when one can’t find the treasure one was looking for, indeed. Thanks for the comment!

  7. KymmInBarcelona permalink

    St Expeditus’ journal??? Hahahahaha And crudmuffin as swear word.
    You are a funny man, Michael!

    • I didn’t create crudmuffin; I heard a comedian use it in a list of relatively clean swear words. It has a certain poetic ring to it, no? 😛

  8. When you are on the hunt for treasure, frustration comes easily. More coffee and a never-say-die attitude will serve Constance well. Good job with the prompt. 🙂

  9. I wonder if Indiana Jones had problems like this…

    • I wonder. I don’t recall him being much of a coffee drinker in the series, but then, maybe he picks it up in the 4th one. which wasn’t that great anyway, or so I hear…

  10. i like that kind of swearing. enjoyable story.

  11. Lyssa Medana permalink

    This made me smile. I loved the note about the coffee. That brought it to life. LM x

  12. crudmuffin – ewww. hehe. but i like anything that has muffins in it 😛 i’m torn!!

  13. This is great – I love seeing what everyone picks up on. Did you see that second cup of coffee on the bench? Likely, it’s empty as well.

    • I missed that, actually; but I did see the water bottle on the other table. Hopefully that’s not empty; being out of coffee and water would be sad indeed.

  14. Wow…. “crudmuffin.”

    Nice take on the post!

  15. You had me at “crudmuffin”. 😉 Awesome work!

    • “You had me at crudmuffin” would be a great opening line for a novel, I think…. 😛

  16. Ooh,a treasure hunt-the best-get that coffee,pronto 😉

  17. Nice! I like how you make her seem so ordinary – that is, she could be any one of us. Especially since we know that she turns out to be not ordinary at all. Great job.

    • I’d like to think that anyone could go on to be a guardian angel. It’s a very democratic post. 🙂

  18. I hate when that happens! Especially the bit about running out of coffee. 🙂

    • Ironically, I’m really not much of a coffee drinker myself; I prefer soft drinks like Mountain Dew or Mello Yello. 😛

      • I’m usually a tea drinker, but sometimes there is nothing better than a really good latte.

        It’s funny how coffee has become such a cultural icon for North Americans, even the ones who don’t drink it. 🙂

  19. Draug419 permalink

    I prefer blueberry over crud…haha This is so imaginative!

  20. That is the best curse I’ve heard in a long time.

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