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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