Saturday, 29 November 2008

Saturday Wordzzle # 41

The idea is, every week Raven (View From Raven's Nest) gives you between 8 and 10 words/phrases and you have to create a small but coherent paragraph using every one of them and the same with the mini challenge. You can do either, both or a megawordzzle using all the words, or even all three, it's up to you, you can post them on your blog or email them to Raven. If you join in go to Raven's and put your name on the Mr. Linky so other participants can come visit you.

Here's my efforts complete with my doodles.

This Week's Ten Word Challenge is: posthumous, flagrant, seven days a week, cheese and crackers, pyramid, civil war, clarinet, microwave, absent without leave, blue jeans

Scarlett didn’t believe the stories that her great, great, great grandfather had gone absent without leave from his unit during the civil war. Her granny had told her tales of his bravery, and the fact that he played the clarinet, over cheese and crackers when she visited, which she did seven days a week. Granny insisted that he was a hero and anything less was a flagrant lie!

When granny died she left the house and everything she owned to Scarlett. Sitting in granny’s old rocking chair Scarlett remembered the tales granny had told. She loved this old house and everything in it but if she was going to live here she would have to modernise it and the first thing she would get would be a microwave oven. Scarlett couldn’t cook, despite granny’s attempts to teach her, and the microwave was her friend.

Scarlett had lived in the house for 6 months and had made many changes but still managed to keep the character of the house. The rubbish skip in the yard was almost full, though she had sent a lot of the treasures she’d found to auction. There were just a few bits and pieces left in the loft to sort through so she donned her old blue jeans and climbed the ladder once again. She was almost to the bottom of the old trunk when she picked up a pyramid shaped box. Opening it carefully she gasped. There it was, the posthumous medal, awarded to her grandfather for his bravery above and beyond the call of duty. Granny was right, he was a hero not a coward.

Mini Challenge: sugar-coated, thermometer, tractor pull, evangelical, masquerade

Mike cursed and swore, unusual for an evangelical minister, but he was annoyed that the thermometer showed his temperature was too high for him to take part in the tractor pull for charity today. Even the effects of the sugar-coated painkillers were not enough for him to be able to masquerade as a fit man.


Today was the County Fair and Jessica was determined to be there. She had been working seven days a week lately but today she would be absent without leave and she didn’t give a damn what her boss thought, but she had rung in sick, just in case. She secretly fancied her boss which is why she worked more hours that was contractually necessary, but today she just needed a day off.

Jessica had slept in this morning and was now trying to decide what to have for a quick snack before she set off for the Fair. Rejecting a microwave meal she opted for a cup of coffee and some cheese and crackers. Jessica was in fact participating in the civil war re-enactment at the Fair, a pastime none of her colleagues knew about, and one she had been neglecting of late. Well all that was going to change from now on, she was going to have every weekend off.

She really enjoyed the re-enactments, getting to dress up and following the soldiers round tending to their pretend wounds, it was all done as close to the real thing as possible, even the fallen were given posthumous bravery medals.

There were other events taking place at the Fair such as stalls selling sugar-coated almonds, candy-floss, a local music group playing clarinets, and the police performing the amazing fete of a human pyramid whilst riding their motor cycles, with a seemingly flagrant disregard for Health & Safety issues.

Watching the tractor pull competition her eyes lighted on a cute guy whose blue jeans were wrapped rightly round his fabulous rear end. Jessica’s thoughts were anything but evangelical. If she’d been a thermometer her mercury would have been exploding out the top of her head. Suddenly he turned and caught her eye.

“OMG” she thought “thank goodness I’m masquerading in this re-enactment!”

The guy in the blue jeans was none other than her boss!


Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Well done! As usual.

Dr.John said...

Three good stories. Two of them with surprise endings and I love surprise endings.

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Yes, you always pull it out of the bag, don't you? Particulary loved the first one and it's sweet ending.

Daryl said...

So well done . you have a gift ...


Sandi McBride said...

You did it! Your worked in the words and they actually made sense lol! Well done!

bettygram said...

I liked the story about the grandfather war hero. Great job in all the stories.

Raven said...

Well done as always. I felt like love was in the air in that last one and am glad Grandpa was really a hero. I was kind of worried she'd find something less positive. Whew! Poor pastor. No tractor pull!

Raven said...

Forgot to mention that as always, I love your illustrations. They're very good.

Gledwood said...

Talking of petitions, I was minded to sign the Baby P one. Except I'm not convinced everyone involved in the case should be automatically sacked and prevented from working with children again... but hey they've collected over 1,000,000 signatures ...

Catch said...

haha...very cute Akela...I knew Jessica was going to run into her boos somewhere in that story!!!!!!

Catch said...

Finding Pam... said...

Akelamula, just a brillant use of all the words! I loved the first story best because Scarlet knew her was indeed a hero. Love the graphics too.

storyteller said...

You're the BEST with stories and doodles too! Have you ever tried NaNoWriMo??? You seem like a 'natural' ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

ciara said...

i say this a lot, but it's true, you never cease to amaze me w the cleverness of your stories. great job, ake :)

quilly said...

Okay, this is a great opening for a romance novel. Keep going ...

Sorry I came so late to the Wordzzle party. My wifi died today and had to be replaced, but I was almost in shock from internet withdrawal before we got it done!

Emmie said...

oh i love the gradfather story, so true to life :) I really enjoyed the detail you went into :) x

Akelamalu said...

Aw thanks Nickx

I'm pleased you enjoyed them Dr. John :)

Why thankyou Shrinky x

You're very kind Daryl, thankyou. x

I tried Sandi ;)

I liked that one best too Bettygram :)

Oh grandad just had to be a hero Raven.

A lot of people didn't do their job properly in the baby P case Gleds, they should be sacked!

LOL your typo made me laugh Catch :)

Yes it was a good ending for Scarlet Pam :)

I'd struggle to write anymore that a 55 or a short story Storyteller, but thanks for your vote of confidence. x

Gee thanks Ciara xx

I'm so pleased you enjoyed them Emmie x

tony said...

Hi Akelamula
I,m working on the
sugar-coated, thermometer, tractor pull, evangelical, masquerade one..its good.........but it keeps coming out like a Bob Dylan Lyric! (eg similar in concept to "jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule'... !)
I will work on it some more!!!

elena jane said...

those were fabulous! i want to start doing these again on my writing blog....i just need to DO it ahead of time ;)

nitebyrd said...

You and Jeff always have the BEST stories from these challenges!

Jo Beaufoix said...

Brilliant Akela. You are amazing at this. :D

Dianne said...

Granny is always right :)

your stories are always wonderful and your doodles really aren't doodles anymore - they are drawings and paintings.

Akelamalu said...

Good Luck with it Tony :)

I'll look forward to reading yours Elena, get cracking! LOL

Oh you're too kind Nitebyrd

Aw thanks Jo x

Yes granny is always right Dianne, and thank you for the compliment m'dear. xx

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