Saturday, 25 April 2009
Saturday Wordzzle # 60
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: preparation, tic-tac-toe, splurge, auction block, the bitter end, milk, papyrus, when the parade passes by, bill of lading, stone wall
Bill, of Lading Drive, was leaning on the stone wall eagerly awaiting 2 p.m. when the parade passes by and the auction block started. He was going to splurge on an Egyptian papyrus he’d seen advertised. He had to wait until the bitter end of the parade before he could cross the road. Preparation was not one of his strong points, so he had not bothered to bring a drink with him. Feeling rather thirsty he bribed some children, who were playing tic-tac-toe, to leave their game and go to the nearest shop to get him a carton of milk. The children didn’t come back with either the milk or his money!
Mini Challenge: polar bear, 20 seconds, get it together, spasmodic, antiquity
Searching the ice cave hoping to find an antiquity, Arnold was unaware he had about 20 seconds to get it together before a polar bear made one of it’s spasmodic visits in search of food.
Jack (Polar) Bear, a University lecturer specialising in Egyptology, was excited when he’d got talking to Abasi, the owner of a restaurant in Cairo. Abasi, who was also a guide at the museum, told him that there was a papyrus up for sale, which had been found just recently hidden in the stone wall of an already excavated tomb.
Abasi offered to arrange for Jack to see the antiquity, but it would have to be the following day as the museum was closed today because of some festival, so they would have to “wait until the festivities are over, when the parade passes by” he said. “Just give me time to get it together and make all the arrangements. The papyrus isn’t going up for sale at the auction block, it will be a private sale but I can provide a bill of lading to prove it’s authenticity.” he explained
Jack ate at the restaurant for four nights hoping, each night, that Abasi would tell him when he would be able to see the papyrus. Jack became friendly with the chef, who invited him into the kitchen to witness the preparation of his favourite dishes, he even played tic-tac-toe with the staff when the restaurant shut for the night. Of course he paid for the drinks for both himself and the staff, he hoped his bank account could stand the splurge.
The night before Jack was due to fly home Abasi had still not come up with the goods, he promised he would bring it to Jack’s hotel room the following morning before Jack had to leave for the airport. That night Jack awoke with spasmodic pains in his stomach, making him feel as though if he didn’t get to a toilet in the next 20 seconds it would be too late! The following morning Jack was feeling better and was able to drink a glass of milk, he hoped his stomach would be able to hold onto it. He waited until the bitter end hoping Abasi would come with news of the papyrus before he had to leave for the airport. Abasi never arrived.
Of course there was no papyrus. It was all a ruse to keep Jack coming back to the restaurant and spend his money. Abasi had told the chef to spike Jack’s last meal to make him sick, so that he wouldn’t be well enough to go back and give Abasi a piece of his mind.