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Topsy Turvy Challenge June 2020: Travel To Another Country

‘Uh, Saffron?’ said Lucas, his voice disappearing into the hot, musty darkness. ‘Where are we?’


‘That’s not fair,’ complained Lucas. ‘We can’t see anything.’

Pockets, guys, check your pockets.

‘Oh,’ said Clara, swinging the beam of light from her newly discovered electric torch around the small, highly decorated room carved out of sandstone. ‘Egypt!’

Bingo. I knew it wouldn’t take you long to figure it out.

‘Look at this,’ she breathed, brushing her fingertips over the exquisitely carved artwork. ‘It’s beautiful.’

‘What,’ said Lucas flatly, bringing Clara’s ancient Egyptian daydreams to a crashing halt, ‘is that?’

He was pointing his torch at a large, almost human-shaped box lying horizontally in the middle of the room.

‘Ooh, a sarcophagus,’ cried Clara, dancing over to it. ‘We’re in a burial chamber!’

‘We’re in a what, now?’ said Lucas, paling in the torchlight. ‘You mean there’s a body in that thing?’

‘It’s probably a king,’ said Clara, eyes shining as they took in the detailed hieroglyphics. ‘Isn’t that exciting?’

‘Uh,’ said Lucas.

Clara flipped the torchlight around the room again. ‘We must be hundreds of feet underground.’

‘Saffron,’ yelled Lucas, Clara flinching as the sound reverberated around the room. ‘You know I hate enclosed spaces. This isn’t funny.’

Funny? It’s not supposed to be. I thought you’d find it interesting.

‘You thought wrong,’ he replied, breathing heavily as his eyes darted around the small space. ‘Get us out of this underground death box. Please,’ he added as an apparent afterthought, remembering his manners at last.

‘You go if you want,’ Clara said. ‘I’m having a great time.’

‘You are?’

‘Yes, it’s fascinating.’ She beamed happily upwards. ‘Thanks Saff, this is fun.’

Lucas threw his hands in the air. ‘I guess I’m outnumbered, then,’ he groused.

Look, I have an idea. How about this?

Lucas and Clara looked around the large, open room they suddenly found themselves in. It was flooded with sunlight and filled with ancient artifacts.

The Cairo Museum. Not an underground death box, and still filled with interesting things.

‘And dead bodies,’ said Lucas sceptically.

‘Can’t win them all,’ said Clara, her eyes gleaming. ‘This is perfect, thanks.’

No problem. Go educate Lucas about Ancient Egypt for me, would you?

‘Sure thing,’ she said, grinning. ‘Come on, Lucas, let’s learn about mummification.’

She dashed off, with Lucas unenthusiastically in tow.

Mummification? Oh, he won’t like that...


Never mind, Lucas, maybe the next prompt will be more to your liking?

Regardless, we'll find out in a couple of days time! Thanks for reading :) x


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