A lot of letters…

…for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt.

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Alphabet Land is an odd place. For a start, most countries have one capital, but Alphabet Land has 26. It is governed by the Vowels that skilfully hold together its diverse community of Consonants. 

Most lead separate lives, but some of them live together quite naturally. C’s and K’s get on well as do Q’s and U’s. There are several P’s with S’s who are silent partners. Twins abound, double D’s and double T’s being among the most common.

Recently there was a problem with a crowd of brutish X’s and Z’s whose actions were becoming intolerable.

An emergency meeting of the Vowels was held where it was decided that they needed to be separated.

The first to offer their services were the Hyphens, after all, they were used to keeping groups of letters apart. The Full Stops thought they could possibly call a halt, and the Colons and their junior partners the Semis felt that they might at least be able to slow things down a bit.

Unfortunately, their efforts to halt the X’s and Z’s wicked ways were unsuccessful and so the  Brackets were sent to catch them. They were taken to court and warned they’d be sentenced if they refused to abide by the Law of the Letters.

They promised not to congregate in a crowd again.

The Numbers had been brought in from an adjoining state to help decide if their pledge added up to anything and some had certain doubts, but as the Plusses outnumbered the Minuses it was decided to set them free. 

Outside the court, the Y’s questioned the decision, and unsurprisingly the P’s held a meeting of their own in the toilet.

Right now all is calm and quiet at Scrabble Square and Crossword Corner.

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27 thoughts on “A lot of letters…

  1. Sadje Nov 28, 2022 / 11:51

    Love this Keith. Very cleverly written my friend. Thanks for joining in.

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    • Keith's Ramblings Nov 28, 2022 / 14:18

      I’ve been sitting on this story since writing quite a while ago just waiting for an opportunity to use it, and you provided the perfect prompt! Thanks, Sadje.

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    • Endless Weekend Nov 28, 2022 / 22:31

      I echo these sentiments: clever, creative, and simply ingenious! As I was reading it, it reminded me of Mark Twain’s story about the consequences of over-simplifying the spelling and eliminating “unnecessary” citizens (letters) from your Alphabet Land 🙂

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  2. beth Nov 28, 2022 / 12:13

    Love this! I’m a huge fan of alphabets so this really spike to me

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  3. Suzette Benjamin Nov 28, 2022 / 20:04

    Brilliant!!
    “They were taken to court and warned they’d be sentenced if they refused to abide by the Law of the Letters”
    – fabulous!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. hilarymb Nov 29, 2022 / 11:14

    Brilliant Keith – fun to read and clever too … love it! Cheers Hilary

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Audrine Max Dec 1, 2022 / 01:11

    that was super creative and wonderful!

    Liked by 1 person

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