The Starving Activist is the sometimes-home for words. AR Neal (that’s me) finds them, cultivates them, and leaves them here. Enjoy.

Scribe's Cave Picture Prompt: Elixir

"Are you sure about this, Margaret? I mean, aren't radioactive things supposed to be ... I don't know ... dangerous?""Oh, Barbara -- you worry too much. Just like your Alfred, Larry works with isotopes and all that, all day long. Do you think he would have gotten this for me and called it a wonderful elixir if it was dangerous?""I don't know, Margaret. You two were at each other's throats just a few weeks ago. I thought Larry was going to kill you. Those were your words: 'He was so cross, I thought he might kill me' is what you said.""You worry too much, Barbara. Look -- it's got distilled water! I heard that's good for age spots!"

One must watch out for cross husbands and radioactive water. I offer these 117 words as warning for this week's SCPP. Click the photo and link up. Before it's too late.

Scribe's Cave Picture Prompt: When the Cure is Worse than the Illness

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