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.


Cloudia said...

Jack "Polar" Bear indeed!
You are so clever.
Today I live up to the award you gave me. Thanks again, Ake.

Cath said...

Oh you are so good at these! Not just words but phrases as well, slipped in as neatly as if between two sheets....

Ordinarily Just Me said...

You are positively diabolical. I liked the little twist there at the end.

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Cloudia I'll be right there to read your meme. :)

You're very kind Cath thanks m'dear. x

OrdinarilyJustMe - thanks I think? Though I'm not sure, as you say I am diabolical!

Dr.John said...

Three great stories but all with sad endings.

Dianne said...

Bill, of Lading Drive - is inspired!!

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

have a great weekend honey! i know i will! ha ha ha

smiles, bee

Fandango said...

we could have told him never trust children
We would eat that polar bear.
We really think that that restaurant owner needs eating as well.
Great stories.

Raven said...

Well done. You have to feel bad for poor Jack (Polar) Bear.... Kind of mean of them to take his money AND make him sick... I hope Bill, of Lading Drive had better luck, though his day wasn't starting out so well.

Akelamalu said...

Yes all sad endings this week Dr. John :(

Thanks Dianne :)

You too BeeYou go get 'em Fandando!

Jack was a fool Raven ;)

Jeff B said...

I'm in the camp of "loved Bill, of Lading Drive"

Great way of thinking outside the box.

tony said...

Greetings Ake!Have A Fine (sunny?)weekend! Regards

the watercats said...

nice story! I especially enjoyed your mini challenge, the idea of the hungry polar!

Travis said...

Enjoyable as always!

Thom said...

Brilliant every single one of these. I love that they all deal with food and drink and deception. Great work.

Aloha :)

bettygram said...

Good stories. I felt sad that the children took the money.Abasi must have been very much in need of customers.

Julia Smith said...

Love your polar bear doodle. And the kids taking off with the milk money made me laugh!

DawnTreader said...

Very good stories and great use of words. I, too, applaud "Bill, of Lading Drive"...! :)

Shrinky said...

Ah, such a clever little demon you are, you never disappoint, do you? I love how you always manage a twist at the end. Well done, once again!

Mimi Lenox said...

These really keep the brain turning. I like the Polar Bear one.
You have a wonderful imagination!

maryt/theteach said...

Akalamalu, I think it takes a lot of creativity to write SHORT Wordzzles. It's much harder...Do you agree? Your Wordzzles are marvelous and short! :)

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Jeff :)

Yes it is Tony!

I'm so pleased you enjoyed them Watercats :)

Cheers Trav :)

Aw you're very kind Thom thankyou. x

Naughty children they were Bettygram!

The polar bear seems to have a gammy front leg Julia, did you notice?

Why thankyou Dawn. :)

Glad you enjoyed them Shrinky x

I've tried writing longer ones Teach but I lose the plot! I couldn't ever write a novel. :(

Donnetta Lee said...

Happy endings another time--but such nice writing now. What an imagination! I enjoy your writing so much. D

gabrielle said...

Bill, of Lading was pure genius. I’d love to follow the children to see what they do with the milk money.

Enjoyed the clever twists. You have a wonderful imagination!

Salute said...

Hope you had a great weekend and a blessed week ahead.

Akelamalu said...

Aw than Donnetta how kind you are. :)

The children probably spent the money on sweets Gabrielle! Glad you enjoyed the stories. :)

And the same to you too Salute x

Stephen said...

I liked the way you worked in the words with "Bill, of Lading Drive" and "Jack (Polar) Bear". I also liked the stories, even if they did end with the person getting cheated. I enjoyed the mini story, too.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

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