Saturday, 6 June 2009

Saturday Wordzzle # 66

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: swashbuckler, heads-up, dry martini, recovery, jungle gym, whiskers, bathing suit, spade, circular reasoning, abrasive

Heads up boys” cried Captain Whiskers as he somersaulted across the deck of the boat in his bathing suit, waving a plastic cutlass in an effort to look like a swashbuckler.

The abrasive boss of the cruise ship told him many times in a round about way that he was just a tad too enthusiastic, but circular reasoning just didn’t have the desired effect, he still used the boat like a jungle gym. Eventually the boss had to call a spade a spade and tell him straight to lay off the dry martini whilst he was working or he would find himself in recovery in the local hospital.

The Mini Challenge: butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, stagnation, chart, star crossed lovers, apricot brandy

Sipping her apricot brandy, looking as though butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, the author of ‘The Star Crossed Lovers’ checked the book chart to find out how her latest novel was doing this week, only to find it was still stagnating at the bottom of the list.


Kitty’s phone rang, it was her friend Jean giving her the heads up about a jungle gym she’d noticed for sale in the local paper, it was a bargain and Kitty had been looking for one for ages to install in the garden for her two kids. Since Ged, her husband, walked out on her and the kids she had become an avid bargain hunter, she had to be, money was tight.

The man at the other end of the telephone seemed rather abrasive but she made a note of the address, which was within walking distance, and said she’d be there about two o’clock to take a look. From his voice she imagined him to be somewhat of an ‘old colonel with huge whiskers’ type and was pleasantly surprised when the door was opened by a good looking man about twenty five. He looked a bit like Errol Flynn Kitty thought, a proper swashbuckler, the sort of man with muscles capable of wielding a spade. Putting on her ‘butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth’ face she made small talk while he led her through the house to the garden to view the gym, all the while trying to convince her with circular reasoning what a bargain it was. He explained that he had not long moved in and the gym was already in the garden but he didn’t have any children so had no use for it. The gym was just what she was looking for and David (the man) kindly offered to deliver and rebuild it in her garden.

“How kind” she simpered in a voice as sweet as apricot brandy.

Kitty wrote down her address and telephone number, the number on the pretence that he may not be able to find the house when really she was hoping he may keep it and ring her in the future for a date.

“I’ll be there about seven” he told her.

Kitty rushed to school to pick the kids up then hurried them home and gave them their tea after which she packed them off to her mother’s for a couple of hours. Taking a quick shower she changed into a dress that resembled a bathing suit it was that brief and quickly tidied her hair and put on some make-up. She just had time to check her astrological chart and pour herself a dry martini for dutch courage before he arrived.

The doorbell rang and Kitty almost fell over her own feet getting to the door. Opening the door with a flourish Kitty put on her sweetest smile which froze on her face.

“Hi, this is my partner Paul” he said introducing the man standing by his side. “He’s come to give me a lift.”

A partner? He’d never mentioned a partner, especially not a male partner!

Making a quick recovery from the shock Kitty showed them to the garden and ran upstairs to throw on a pair of jeans and a sweater.

“Back to stagnation for me” she thought “housework and looking after the kids, I’m never going to meet anyone! We were star crossed lovers, never meant to be.”


Mike Golch said...

Great posting,I take my hat off to you!

Dr.John said...

Three well done stories. I loved them all. The way you used very hard words in the five word story is just fantastic.
I liked the surprise ending on the last one as well.

bettygram said...

I liked all the stories and the drawings. The best for me was the Mega.

Sandi McBride said...

OMG! That was such a great post...I can't believe you put it together so quickly...

Raven said...

Loved them all. Wish I'd thought of Captain Whiskers. And the last one was just - well... I could relate.

Raven said...

By the way - thanks for the reiki. I'm feeling considerably better today.

Fandango said...

Poor lady ewanted a two for. She wanted the jungle gym and the guy. Life is rough. Great story though.
We dragons hate it when our writings stagnate but then we don't write books.

the watercats said...

lol!... loved the mega challenge.... nice irony! :-D

Salute said...

Well done. And a wonderful arrangement of words. Have a great weekend.

Richard said...

A clear case of defective "Gaydar", so sorry for the young lady. LOL

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

i got stuck looking at capt. whiskers and couldn't go on. i love him!!! more capt. whiskers please...

smiles, bee

Cloudia said...



Anonymous said...

Very nice and well written as usual :)

ForestJane said...

Awww, poor Kitty. She should have kept the kids at home... lol

Nice use of the words, in all three stories!

Dianne said...

poor author! drinking won't make it much better ;)

great as always lady

Travis said...

Ah well. I guess she could still be casually charming and catch his eye.

Good story!

Mama Zen said...

These are just fabulous!

Nessa said...

All three wonderful stories. I especially like the first one. Very amusing.

Stephen said...

I liked your stories. Captain Whiskers was a good character. The tourists probably like his show, even if his boss doesn't. In the second story, too bad the woman's book isn't doing well. Perhaps she needs to visit some talk shows. In the third story, at least the woman got her jungle gym. That's a start. Maybe some neighborhood kids will want to play on it and she'll meet a single father.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Akelamalu said...

Why thankyou Mike, how kind. x

Oh you're very kind Dr. John, thankyou m'dear. x

I'm pleased you enjoyed them Bettygram :)

Thanks Sandi, it takes me a couple of hours stopping and starting. :)

I have no idea where Captain Whiskers came from Raven! I'm so pleased you're feeling better m'dear. x

Yes Fandango she did want the man as well, shame eh?

So glad you enjoyed it Water Rats :)

Cheers Salute I hope you had a great weekend too. :)

Aye she was very disappointed Rich! ;)

I think you like the doodles more than anything else Bee! ;)

Aw thanks Cloudia xx

Gee thanks Thom :)

It was a bit of a waste of time getting the kids out of the way Forest Jane ;)

Drinking just makes her forget Dianne but only for a while. :(

Somehow I don't think he'll be interested do you Trav?

Why thankyou Mama Zen, I'm happy you liked them. x

Thanks Nessa xx

Yes, you're right Stephen, there could be a single man in the neighbourhood who would like Kitty! LOL

allee kat said...

Great! Enjoyed the reading and the writing! Awww...I hope Kitty is freed from stagnation and there's romance in the stars for her in the future!

Would like to see and read about the misadventures and adventures of Ms. Kitty again.

I'm a brand new Wordzzle participant, making my rounds this AM, reading the other participant's stories.

Akelamalu said...

Welcome to my blog and to Wordzzles Alee Kat, I'm so pleased you joined in.

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