Dec 8thWriting Prompt: Unsafe Place

Let’s write a scene that describes a character interacting with an unsafe place in a city, like a harbor or port.

“Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.” –Ben Kenobi

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Think horrible places inhabited by sailors and criminals, shady merchants, run down taverns, prostitutes, conmen looking for marks, and strong arm robbers.

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The sight of such endless avenues of fishy-eyed vacancy and death, and the thought of such linked infinities of black, brooding compartments given over to cob-webs and memories and the conqueror worm, start up vestigial fears and aversions that not even the stoutest philosophy can disperse.”

— H.P. Lovecraft

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“Human madness is oftentimes a cunning and most feline thing. When you think it fled, it may have but become transfigured into some still subtler form.”

— Herman Melville

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So then, seeing that they were all mad, I drew my sword and cleft the judge’s skull; then I cut my way out of the court, and seeing the high constable’s stallion tied near by, I rode for the wharfs, where I thought to find a ship bound for foreign parts.

— Robert E. Howard

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Published by Bryan Aiello

Raised on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bryan served in the Army, graduated from the University of South Florida and now calls Brooklyn home. For more of his fiction and updates on his podcasts, follow him on Twitter: @bryaiello and Reddit: /u/voyage_of_roadkill.

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