Trifextra, Week Fifty-Eight: Through the Looking Glass

Frederica and Baris were beside themselves as they looked through the one-way glass; Olivia sat in the middle of the padded room, her jaw set like stone. Psychiatric hospitalization was the only option.

I took a bit of liberty with this week’s Trifextra prompt. Here, let me walk you through it in case you haven’t caught it yet.

  • We were, as usual, directed to use exactly 33 words. Check.
  • The prompt was to give a “response using the word stone as one of your thirty-three words.  You can use any definition of the word that you’d like, but we are specifically looking for serious, well-conceived entries.” Check.
  • The good folks there pointed us to the third element on the periodic table (Lithium), for which a very heavy medication is named (therein lies the tie with psychiatry…).
  • Since the Trifecta/Trifextra challenges use a three-fold approach (duh.), I used the names Fredrica, Baris, and Olivia. Click here to see what trait those three names share.

(34) Comments

  1. Sad when it gets to that point. There must have been a whole lot of back story to Olivia’s story for her to be in the padded room. 33 words that say a lot more than a mere 33 words normally does. Well done. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Tom! Yes, one does not end up in a padded room on a whim. Usually…Olivia may appear again at some point; let us hope that she has found favor with Madame Muse 😉

  2. There’s a whole story here. Nicely done. I especially like the image of the parents on the outside, struggling with that decision.

  3. as a parent, that is a humbling terrifying place to be. I don’t want to imagine it, but your words brought me to a place where I could…just for a moment, and that is where your talent shines.

    1. {curtsies awkwardly} Thank you Kir; my son has special needs and while we have not had to go as far as this story, we know what the inside of a psychiatric facility looks like. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Oh,oh,doesn’t look good for any of them-more so for Olivia!A great insightful piece ,Andree’ into the problems of a psychologically disturbed patient & how it effects their caregivers or family & all this in just 33 words-wow!

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