This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – PATH
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If you leave Glasgow heading west, then swing northwards along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, you travel through places like Crianlarich and, eschewing the Oban road, wild Rannoch Moor, ghost-ridden Glencoe and eventually picturesque Glenfinnan, probably my favourite spot in Scotland, and you might realise that during the past couple of hours things have not been quite the same, that people are more relaxed, and the pace of life is somewhat gentler.
This is because you are now in the West Highlands, where the very passing of time is regarded differently, where there are, in fact, only three measurements of said time, which I will attempt to illustrate by asking you to imagine yourself at a bus stop in, say, Drumnadrochit, asking a local when the next vehicle of transport will appear.
It’ll just be a minute, is the first possible response, accompanied by an encouraging smile and a nodding head, indicating that your wait will in all probability not extend past the next major mealtime, and that, with a little patience, you should be on your merry way relatively soon, and certainly before darkness drifts along.
Aye, it’ll likely be along in a bit, is the slightly less optimistic answer, usually with a vague wrinkling of the brow, suggesting that although it is confidently expected that the aforementioned bus will appear, you might take the opportunity to attend to any call of nature and perhaps partake of significant sustenance in the interim.
Och, that could be a while, emphasised by breath being sucked in through teeth, tells you, with great clarity, that you will in all probability die here of starvation or old age unless you take alternative action, such as hiring a unicorn or, less romantically, a car.
The upside to all this is that, before you succumb to the pull of ‘civilisation’ and call your nearest friend in Edinburgh, London, or Milwaukee to come and fetch you, you have the potential to briefly follow an alternative path, one of enlightenment, through life, to make any number of new friends, to discover the joys of single Malts, and perhaps, if you are of a musical bent, even to learn to play a pibroch.