These two pieces were written for the Six Sentence Challenge, with the prompt word of ‘edge’. One for fun and one for reflection, and a bonus film clip.
-edge as a suffix (extract from Wackypedia)
‘edge – border for a Cockney garden
Straightedge – Cockney garden border after trimming
Knowledge – from the Old English ‘know ledge’, seat in exam room adjoining the Precipice of ‘F’
Foreknowledge – (Golfing term) knowing when you are about to be struck by a golf ball
Sandwedge – cheese between two slices of bread, snack often carried by golfers
Priviledge – bench in rich person’s outhouse
On the edge of reality
When Alex opened the fridge, there was fresh food in the house, so he reasoned he must have gone shopping.
He must have done because he had less money than he did yesterday and he remembered Annie at the shop apologising for having to give him so many coins in his change
It was increasingly important to have these reference points, although sometimes he was not really sure whether a day or even several days had passed.
It was sufficient to Alex’s purposes that he believed he was alive and could appear sufficiently coherent, because his soul-grinding fear was that ‘They’ would put him away in some sort of institution one day.
He didn’t believe he was mad or demented as much as disconnected from constants and attachments, which in his more reflective moments he conceded could be seen as madness by some.
So he needed to be watchful and that seemed like a cruel and unusual punishment for a man who simply wanted to be left alone.