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The Wanderer

Prompt photo by Ted Strutz

The minuscule worm munched and munched away with vigour. In particular he chewed with relish on the oldest hand made paper. His favourite was a two thousand year old bible. Its ancient pages were bound with gummed hide, that was soon turned to dust. Then he started nibbling happily away at Genesis, disjointed words and phases, they all pleased him. Deuteronomy gave him stomach ache, but he nibbled on. Joshua and Job, they all succumbed. The worlds oldest bible turned to dust, as generation after generation of insects munched quite happily. High in the remote mountains of Ethiopia.

A picture of the entrance to my local church.
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    1. Neil, I struggled with this prompt, my story was based on two private libraries that I have visited, where most of the books had been spoilt by damp conditions, even though the books in both places were behind high quality glass doors

    1. Hi Iain, I struggled with this prompt, my story was based on two private libraries that I have visited, where most of the books had been spoilt by damp conditions, even though the books in both places were behind high quality glass doors. I do enjoy visiting really good old libraries

    1. Hi Keith, my story was based on two private libraries that I have visited, where most of the books had been spoilt by damp conditions, even though the books in both places where behind high quality glass doors. I do enjoy visiting really good old libraries

    1. Hi Isadora, I loved visiting really old libraries, however I struggled with this prompt, my story was based on two private libraries that I have visited, where most of the books had been spoilt by damp conditions, even though the books in both places were behind high quality glass doors.

  1. I like Deuteronomy giving him stomach ache. Interesting, too, that you’ve located the earliest bible in Ethiopia. Are you thinking it may have originated with the eunuch baptised by Philip?
    And what a beautiful entrance to your church, with that glorious blossom!

    1. Hi Penny, I was thinking about a section of the Old Testament found in a monastery Ethiopia, however my memory is faulty at the present time, due to a resolving severe infection. I do walk by the church almost every day and enjoy how it changes with the passing seasons

  2. So sad, but I understand why Deuteronomy gave the little guy a stomach ache. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely photo of the entrance to your church, Michael.

  3. Oh no! At least it went to a good cause. This gives me so much cringe for all of the ancient books and scrolls lost to time though. I will NEVER forget or forgive the Library of Alexandria. Fun, light-hearted story

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