Midas’ Ink

As part of the summer activities of ELS, a creative writing session was conducted wherein participants had to write on the topic given below. The best entry from that event will be published on the blog as well.

-Pink Iguana

Midas’ Ink

Midas of Phrygia was an alchemist. In those days, the streets were full of alchemists and their useless apprentices. The people of Phrygia detested these alchemists. They called them sewer rats. Alchemists had earned this disdain because most of them engaged in fraudulent practices. They were like those quacks who had never performed a miracle. They could not even resurrect dead people, which was pretty commonplace. However, among these charlatans, there were few men of wisdom. They could mix a million potions and transform pewter into gold. Midas was not either of the two types of alchemists. His skill surpassed the skill of all those white haired ghosts who did not know what to do with stuff their gold could buy them (they generally ended up dead by synthesizing curare instead of elixir, their ingredients being similar). Midas could create tools that performed alchemy (proxialchemy). Among his most notable achievements is obviously his successful proxialchemy experiment with his own skin.

Now, it so happens that Midas was also an aspiring actor who liked to enact famous scenes that he had read about. So when he succeeded in his greatest experiment, he stripped away his golden clothes and ran naked in the streets of Phrygia, crying, “Eureka! Eureka!”. Unfortunately, nudity in public areas was a punishable offence by the conservative laws of those days. Moreover, anyone who mentioned Archimedes directly or indirectly in Phrygia could be executed because Archimedes was considered a heretic there.

Midas died a golden death because he touched the guillotine before his head was taken away from him. What a waste! The science of proxialchemy died with the death of Midas. Well, almost. There is a legend that Midas had created a quill which when filled with an alchemical ink spewed golden words, literally. In popular culture, this ink has been referred to as Midas’ Ink. Many believe that the quill and Midas’ Ink still exist…

You will tell me an interesting story which explains how Midas’ Ink travelled from Phrygia to Antarctica. You can use a series of steps with the final destination being Antarctica.

Word Limit: 600 words (NOT more than 600 words)

Estimated Time (to be taken): 60 minutes (THINK and write)


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2 responses to “Midas’ Ink

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