Zelda's Inferno exercise: "I love you like a dinosaur fossil"

Zelda's Inferno exercise: supported free-write on the (delightfully odd!) phrase "I love you like a dinosaur fossil". It's not close to a finished piece but there's definitely some bits here I like.

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
stony and ancient

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
the original material replaced, over the centuries, with something less alive but more durable

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
the flesh long gone, just the skeleton, the bones, the structure of the thing remaining

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
dug up after centuries of quiet burial

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
brontosaurus they say never existed, struck retroactively from the records

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
in a museum where the kids come by and ooh and aah at the reconstruction wired together in a back room by scientists based on scant evidence and best guesses, missing pieces filled in with plaster models

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
armor-plated ankylosaurus
or
terrifying rending velociraptor

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
ancient traces of a path abandoned by evolution
I love you like a dinosaur fossil
long gone but still captures the imagination

I love you like a dinosaur fossil
thunder lizard love
I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil I love you like a dinosaur fossil
I love you like a dinosaur fossil
some terrifying, some placid, some gigantic, some tiny, in the seas, in the air, occupying every ecosystem for a hundred million years

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