Saturday, 9 May 2009

Saturday Wordzzle # 62

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: gentle spring rain, mammoth, soap opera, worry, bubble gum, garden gate, seizure, of Biblical proportions, paralysis, wrinkles

Cindy Cartwright, the star of the soap operaBubble Gum Chronicles’, leaned on the garden gate getting soaking wet, in what was supposed to be gentle spring rain. She wanted to grimace but had succumbed to botox for wrinkles resulting in the paralysis of her facial muscles, which prevented her from making any expressions and made her look as though she’d had a seizure.

“Turn the damned rain off” she screeched to the director “I’m going to end up with a mammoth cold!”

“Don’t worry” shouted the director “it will stop in a jiffy.”

Unfortunately for Cindy and the director, the special effects technician had just discovered an electrical fault of biblical proportions, which meant the whole studio had to be shut down before it flooded.

Mini Challenge: operatic, stuffed animals, anger management, biographical, paint splatters

In her best operatic voice she boomed out the instructions for making the stuffed animals to the children in her craft class. Patience wasn’t one of her virtues, in fact there were times when she considered going to anger management classes because she lost her temper so often, especially when the children got covered in paint splatters. She was hoping the semi-biographical novel she was writing would be a best seller, if she ever got it published, and make her rich enough to give up teaching.


Sitting by the garden gate enjoying the sun Emily felt the first splashes of gentle spring rain. Quickly gathering up her book and folding her chair she made her way inside. It was only when she looked in the mirror that she discovered she was covered in paint splatters! Tut-tutting she went out into the garden again to see where the paint could have come from. There was the bubble gum kid from next door painting her window frames and managing to get the paint everywhere except where it should go.

Emily called Tina the bubble gum kid because she only looked about twelve and dressed the same age, in fact she was 25 years old with three children. When Tina and the children first moved in Emily, being the good neighbour that she was, called with a homemade cake as a housewarming gift. She couldn’t believe Tina was the children’s mother at first, as she looked so young, but after hearing Tina’s life story over a cup of tea she decided she really admired her and they would become friends.

Tina’s story had the magnitude of a soap opera. She had been pregnant at 16 and married to a man who, from all accounts, needed to go to anger management classes. She had three children in the space of four years, one of whom had seizures, another had slight paralysis and she’d had debts of biblical proportions. When the youngest was five she left her husband taking the three kids and moved to the south coast to this little run down cottage next door to Emily. She had taken on the mammoth task of renovating the place, whilst earning a living selling the stuffed animals she made herself whilst the children were at school.

Tina was a worry to Emily, she joked that it was Tina’s madcap ways which had resulted in the extra wrinkles on her 68 year old face. Emily didn’t have any children, in fact she’d never been married, and she loved Tina’s children with a passion, her life had been made richer the day Tina and the children moved in next door. She took pleasure in taking the children to school for Tina and looking after them when Tina was out at fayres trying to sell her toys. She encouraged Tina to join the operatic society because she discovered she had a beautiful singing voice and suggested she write a semi-biographical story, which Emily then took to a friend who got it published, giving Tina another income.

Emily and Tina were like mother and daughter – a situation that pleased them both. Tina and the children were inconsolable when Emily had a heart attack and died. They owed her so much and truly loved her.

Two weeks after the funeral Tina received a letter from a solicitor asking her to make an appointment to see him regarding Emily’s will. No-one was more surprised than Tina to learn that Emily had left her cottage and all her worldly goods to Tina. What was even more surprising was that Emily was in fact an heiress who owned properties all over the country – Tina was now a very rich woman and Emily had died happy.


Anonymous said...

Poor Cindy...LOL and that teacher...hmmm I wonder how many teachers really think that. Your Mega was excellent. I so love that Emily had died happy. Wonderful as usual. :) Aloha my friend and Happy Mother's Day to you :)

Nessa said...

Your first story was so funny and your last story was so sweet. I love a happy ending.

DawnTreader said...

In your last story there's really material enough for a whole novel! :)

Raven said...

These were all wonderful, but I really loved the last. My kind of fairy-tale. I fell in love with them even in those few paragraphs.

Not sure what was going on with Mr. Linky but he is up again and I've added your name.

the watercats said...

Love the last story, a beautiful little cast of characters and a heart warmer too. cheers for sharing!

Jeff B said...

A great big Ahhhhh... for that last story.

tony said...

When I Was young I was That Bubble Gum Kid!Great Writing as usual!Have A Grand Weekend!

Richard said...

I liked both, but fell in love with the bubble gum kid.

See, when I met my wife she had 3 young kids. That was 28 years ago and we're still going strong.

Only thing missing in our lives is the rich auntie or heiress thing.

Great stories this week.

Finding Pam said...

I love how you can write such short stories that touich my heart. You are very talented. I loved all of the stories. Just a joy to read.

Happy Mother's Day,

Travis said...

A wonderful happy ending!

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

oh i just love a happy ending!

smiles, bee

Julia Smith said...

I think your long weekend did wonders for your twisty endings - so sweet! It's good to keep us on our toes, Akelamalu!

bindhiya said...

Happy Mother's Day Dear.
I loved both stories....


Cloudia said...

You are such a joy, Akelamalu!!

gabrielle said...

I loved reading about the relationship between Emily and Tina So heartwarming how mother-daughter relationships form so naturally.

Happy mother's day!!!

Akelamalu said...

I work with teachers and quite a lot of them think that way Thom! :#

I'm happy you enjoyed them Nessa :)

How kind, thankyou Dawn :)

I'm so pleased you enjoyed them Raven. Thanks for putting me on Mr Linky. x

I liked the characters too Watercats. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Ahhhhhh Jeff ;)

I can imagine you as the Bubble Gum Kid Tony! Thanks m'dear. x

Oh Rich that's a love story! Maybe you do have a rich auntie out there some where. ;)

Why thankyou Pam you're very kind. Happy Mothers Day to you too x

Yes, I like a happy ending for a change Trav :)

Me too sometimes Bee :)

I thought I'd have a change this week Julia, glad you liked it. :)

Happy Mothers Day Bindi, glad you enjoyed the stories. :)

Aw thank Cloudia xx

It happens sometimes Gabrielle and when it does it's truly heartwarming. :)

buffalodick said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Stephen said...

I enjoyed reading your stories. The first story, about the soap opera, was funny. In the second story, little kids will make messes, and since the teacher seems unwilling to accept that, it's probably best if she does manage to get rich and retire. The third story, about the mother and three kids who moved to a cottage next to an old lady, was nice. I think they enriched the old lady's life more than they could ever know.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Mimi Lenox said...

Have I told you lately what a fabulous blogger you are?

Happy Mother's Day!

Akelamalu said...

Thanks Buff x

Welcome Stephen, I'm pleased you enjoyed my stories. :)

Aw thanks Mimi, Happy Mother's Day to you too. x

Just a Plane Ride Away said...

How do you do this?! Clever girl ;-) I wish your stories could go on and on...

Akelamalu said...

Aw thanks JAPRA :)

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