A Golden Opportunity

Beaker Pottery Museum of prehistory and early history, Berlin Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3. License: Alfons Aberg

Just as the previous contract was about to end, I saw a position advertised at the local museum. Here, in Wessex.

Okay, so it wasn’t paying much but that was expected; a small museum, a pimple compared with the V&A. More relevant, the museum housed a good portion of the finds from the Royal Barrows of Salisbury Plain. The gold was amazing. But it wasn’t just that. The Beaker pottery, the Grooved Ware, the polished stone axes, the flints. I get as excited about that as most women would get about a new lover. My fingers trembled as I updated my c.v.; I could scarcely control the pen as I completed the application form. Oh, and I so wanted my writing to be immaculately tidy. In a job like this, it matters.

I was short-listed for interview. And, gosh, when I remember, I was tight with anxiety.


147 words for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt

An excerpt from Priory Project, a Sci-fi/Fantasy posted weekly back in 2015

About crispina kemp

Spinner of Asaric and Mythic tales
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25 Responses to A Golden Opportunity

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    Expertly done. I thought you were living it.

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  2. Dale says:

    This felt like it was a sharing of a true experience, Crispina. I would have sworn it was about you.
    Brilliantly done.

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  3. Sadje says:

    Great story telling.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jen Goldie says:

    As I read this I was hoping you got the job. Now I see it was a fantasy. Well done 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I too thought this was about you. Mission accomplished, no? 🙂

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  6. Joy Pixley says:

    Lovely excerpt: really puts me the character’s head and feel her excitement. It made me want to go to that museum, too! And to wish I were qualified to work there…

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Brian Bixby says:

    Take all the above as encouragement to rework The Priory Project. Though that will present challenges, since you sort of sidewise into the Asaric universe.

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