And now on to the Trifextra Challenge. This weekend, we're turning to the literary greats, specifically F. Scott Fitzgerald, who once said: "Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke." A quick scan of current theory will tell you that the usefulness of the exclamation point has almost always been a source of contention. There are those who believe it a perfectly worthwhile member of the punctuation set, and there are (even more of) those who believe it simply has no place outside of dialogue.
The editors of Trifecta are certainly not linguists, but we have noticed, time and again, that an exclamation point often disrupts the flow of an otherwise smooth piece of writing. It almost instructs the reader as to how he or she should be feeling in response to the writing! (Saw that?)
This weekend's challenge is to give us a story or snippet of a story which includes, in exactly 33 words, a justified exclamation point. Make us believe that your exclamation point simply needs to be in your story. The writer with the most believable exclamation wins.