'The' Arrested: Citizens Outraged

'The' Arrested: Citizens Outraged

A Story by Jason A. Skilton

--[[ 'The' has conducted its tyranny on the most commonly used words for long enough! But some do not agree. ]]--

___ once powerful and ___ most common word in ___ English language was arrested earlier this week. Authorities claim that this was a mistake, and will be fixed shortly. Many angered citizens conclude that something more sinister was behind ___'s arrest. 

Some claim that ___ A.N.D. (Anonymous Necessitation Department), ___ writerscafe secret police, busted down ___ door of ___'s apartment and arrested ___ on falsified charges. 

Others claim that ___ word's undisputed dominance over ___ English language has been a tyrant at ___ top of ___ charts long enough, and something needed to change in order for other words to have ___ equality they so desire.

No theory has been confirmed. However, ___ authorities also claim that they are looking into who exactly was ___ culprit behind this devious scheme.

Other organizations such as ___ S.S.C.W. (Secret Society of Cool Words), have banded together to protest ___ arrest of ___. Their efforts are proving rather ineffective, as ___ voice of reason for ___ S.S.C.W., Sir Rick P. McAstley III has refused to give up "___ third" from his name and has been charged with conspiracy.

© 2017 Jason A. Skilton

Author's Note

Jason A. Skilton
___ is a replacement for "the".

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Entertaining and clever.

I would suggest not explaining blanks, but incorporating something we all know like The New York Times, to make sure your reader gets it.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Augh! My third Rick Astley mention today! This was a clever premise, though. This short story was interesting and fun to read. It would be interesting to try to write an entire story with this. Well done, and keep writing.

Posted 1 Year Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Jason A. Skilton

1 Year Ago

You never have to give them up.
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Luther Calvin

1 Year Ago

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Jason A. Skilton

1 Year Ago

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Added on February 19, 2017
Last Updated on February 20, 2017
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Jason A. Skilton
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