Day 12 of the challenge!
My theme is NIFTY NUGGETS. Little nuggets of writing based on a photo, a phrase and an object, which is designed to encourage lean, tight writing. I’m aiming for a word count of under 300 words.
Thank you to L.Diane Wolfe for providing the beautiful photo prompts. You can visit her blog to check out more pictures.
PHRASE – patterns traced on paper
OBJECT – trunk
Doctor Martin was no fool. He set about creating an elaborate greenhouse which would be the norm for a wealthy upper class and aspiring botanist.
Anything to the contrary would be foolish, and draw unnecessary attention to the piece of land. With this in mind, he set about devising the transformation, with the utmost care.
The regulated interior temperature was set to nurture the leafy luster of hundreds of plants. The humidity had to be perfect. After months of detailed care, the plants flourished and the eminent doctor heaved a sigh of relief.
He was satisfied with the end result.
Now he could turn his undivided attention to the real project, at the centre of the greenhouse.
A trunk containing a variety of old documents, including an ancient scroll, had been unearthed.
Highly classified results arrived via private courier.
Expert analysis concluded that the high quality parchment dated back to the 1600s. It also bore faint marks that formed a sort of pattern or code.
He opened the handbook and turned to the section which dealt with humidity. The sub-heading glared at him: factors to be considered in determining an optimum level of relative humidity for the display and storage of parchment.
Tomorrow they would continue digging…
It was only the beginning.