On a pleasant spring day at the county fair, a man was standing on a platform behind a table upon which were placed a number of items purported to be ancient artifacts. There were maybe a dozen people standing in front of the platform attentively listening to the man’s spiel. “I have in my possession,” the man said, “a very special, extremely rare bottle that was found at an archeological dig in the Upper Nile region of Egypt beneath the site of the great Sphinx of Giza. As were the habits of the ancient Egyptian deities, they would fill bottles such as this with the mystical nectars of the gods and bury them deep within the ground at holy sites.
The man paused, held out the bottle in his hand, and looked around at the people standing before him. “Today, my friends, I am willing to part with this valuable bottle to the highest bidder. I am prepared to offer the powerful potion contained in this ancient artifact to the one among you who is ready to partake of its magic with just a twist of its cap. Who will offer one-hundred dollars to experience something truly meant for the gods?”
Jack and his best buddy Sam were among those in the audience. Sam poked Jack and said, “Hey, Jack, should we bid on that bottle?”
Jack leaned over and whispered to Sam, “No way, Sam. This guy is a total charlatan.”
“How do you know that, Jack?” Sam asked.
“Simple, Sam,” Jack said. “They didn’t have bottles with twist-off caps in ancient Egypt.”
Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (possession), Ragtag Daily Prompt (bottle), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (upper), Your Daily Word Prompt (beneath), MMA Storytime (habits), and Word of the Day Challenge (twist).