Saturday, 18 April 2009

Saturday Wordzzle # 59

The idea is, every week Raven (Views 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: prefix, art festival, income tax, chicken noodle soup, jump rope, Dutch Treat, flowering plum tree, bats in the belfry, diamond earrings, tigers

“Come to the art festival with me?” Jane begged her friend Mel.

“You know I’m not into that sort of thing” retorted Mel.

“I’ll let you borrow my diamond earrings anytime you like and we could have lunch at the ‘Bats In The Belfry’ restaurant afterwards, you love their chicken noodle soup” bribed Jane.

Meeting at the ‘Prefix’ gallery the following day Jane paid their entry fee then broke the news that “I can’t afford to pay for the meal at the restaurant. I’ve just filled in my income tax return and finances are worse than I thought, so it will have to be a Dutch treat.”

“Typical, you got me here under false pretences” complained Mel.

“Oh shut up you’ll enjoy it” said Jane.

Sitting in the restaurant later Mel shook her head. “What a load of rubbish! How can anyone call a sculpture of a pile of kid’s jump ropes and a tiger’s skin art? There was only one thing remotely artistic and that was the painting of the flowering plum tree.” said Mel.

“Yeah I agree” said Jane “but the artist was dishy wasn’t he, and I got a date with him!”

Mini Challenge: book club, organic tea, the cow jumped over the moon, paragon of virtue, wench

Jilly sipped her organic tea as she listened to the children reciting nursery rhymes at the afternoon book club in the library where she worked.

“Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon…” they chorused.

She loved her job at the library and her colleagues thought she was a paragon of virtue, which she was, most of the time. What they didn’t know was that she spent weekends as a serving wench for a company that specialised in organising medieval banquets come orgies!


Alice was in her late fifties when she met Claude at the book club. She was a spinster who had given up all hope of finding her ‘Prince Charming’. Her first impression of Claude was ‘he’s got bats in the belfry’ but she soon realised what a nice person he was, a veritable paragon of virtue.

Claude was a similar age and old fashioned, which Alice found endearing. Claude called her wench and insisted on paying for everything, refusing her offer of Dutch treats. Their friendship blossomed as they took long walks in the park, where they would sit watching the children feeding the ducks on the lake and playing jump rope. Claude introduced Alice to organic tea at a little coffee shop called ‘The Cow Jumped Over The Moon’. He took her to art festivals and the zoo, where he regaled her with his knowledge of the tigers and other big cats. Claude introduced her to his amateur dramatic group ‘Prefix’ where she became a valued member. When Alice was having trouble completing her income tax return Claude took over and filled it in for her

“What more could a girl want ?” thought Alice.

Six months later Alice was in love with Claude and was sure he felt the same way. He told her he’d booked a table at their favourite restaurant, The Flowering Plum Tree, as he had something he needed to tell her.

“This is it” thought Alice “he’s going to ask me to marry him!”

They had just enjoyed a bowl of chicken noodle soup when Claude presented her with a small gift box. Excitedly Alice opened it to find a pair of diamond earrings . Claude took Alice’s hand and instead of the proposal Alice was expecting he explained

“I love you Alice. If you were a man I’d marry you, I’m gay you see. I hope we can still be friends? ”

“Of course” said Alice, trying not to sound too disappointed. “Oh well, a girl can’t have everything I suppose” said Alice to herself.

I'm off on another jaunt today (will blog about it next week) so will get around to reading everyone on Sunday.


Dr.John said...

Three good stories and great pictures.They all have a bit of a sexy theme.
I liked the last one best.
Such a sad ending. Girl finds boy. Girl loves boy. Boy loves boy.
So sad.

pinklotus said...

Nice stories... Dr. John's right... the third one has indeed a sad ending but it was funny!

I had fun reading your stories... I'm still smiling now thinking about the third one... It's really a funny story!!!

Fandango said...

Great stories. Great pictures. I wish we could draw.
You humans so caught up in sex and gender. It just makes for a sad story in the end. We dragons don't even marry.

Finding Pam said...

I enjoyed all three of your stories and the doodles were so fantastic.

Have a wonderful trip.

Raven said...

Well done as always. I had to feel bad for poor Alice, but at least she got a friend and a pair of diamond earrings... Your illustrations get better and better all the time. Your cow is awesome.

Richard said...

Well, you sucked me again. I didn't see Claude's revelation coming. Bravo.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

change the ending! please! (just kidding!)

smiles, bee

The Crazy Object B. and The Crazy Object J. said...

Very nice. I liked Your pictures with the story. Especially the Cow.
I liked your wordzzle last week but i didn't get to comment.


Anonymous said...

You outdid yourself this week. These three were all excellent. I can't even pick my favorite one. Wenches in every single one of them. Brava Akelamalu. Perhaps, however, Alice has made a friend for life and there is nothing finer :).

bettygram said...

I felt sad for Alice but a good friend will be a greater value.

Cloudia said...

You have real talent!
These things are always taut with an unmistakable "twist" at end.

Alice (in BC Canada) said...

Noooooo!!!! Why do I always get the guys who later say "I'm married" or "I'm gay"? Why? why I ask you!!! Oh.. wait a minute, it's another Alice. Wheeeew!! hahaha.

lettuce said...

did you know, in France - rather than "bats in the belfry" they say "spiders on the ceiling".
cool, no?

Maggie May said...

Good, compact stories.
Have a good time away.

Akelamalu said...

Yes the last one does have a bit of a sad ending Dr.John. but they do remain good friends. :-)

Welcome Pinklotus I'm happy you enjoyed my stories. :)

Dragons don't marry Fandango? How sad. :(
Glad you liked the stories and doodles.

Thanks Pam glad you enjoyed them. :)

Alice didn't do so badly did she Raven a friend and diamond earrings? ;)

I'm so pleased the twist worked again Rich, thanks for reading m'deario.

LOL can't change the ending Bee cause there wouldn't be a twist!

Why thankyou TCOB I'm so pleased you enjoyed them. :)

Aw thankyou Thom how kind you are! Yes Alice has a friend for life now. :)

You're right Bettygram a good friend is always welcome.

Akelamalu said...

OH thankyou Cloudia - Your praise is very welcome m'dear. x

LOL no it's not you my dear Alice!:)

Spiders on the ceiling? That's different Lettie!

Cheers Maggie :)

Julia Smith said...

I love your doodle of the bats and the belfry! Really love it.

The first one's pretty funny - love the art made of mixed media - jumping rope and tiger skin! LOL!

The last one is bitter sweet. And I loved it.

Nessa said...

I love the special added touch of your pictures.

Akelamalu said...

Aw thanks Julia I'm so pleased you liked both the stories and the doodles.

I enjoy doing the doodles almost as much as writing the stories Nessa :)

Stephen said...

I enjoyed all the stories. I liked the twists they all had at the end, too. The last one was a little sad, as she was hoping to get married, but at least she has a friend who likes to buy her expensive gifts.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Akelamalu said...

Welcome Stephen and thank you. I'm so pleased you enjoyed my stories. :)

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