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.

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  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!