Saturday, February 7, 2009

Raven's 49

Today I face another Raven's Challenge.

Next Week's 10 Word Challenge: author, Wall Street, rage, lemons, channel changer, cookies and milk, candelabra, Pine Cone Motel, illusory, fluffer-doodle.

Upon hearing that Mark was living in Couldbe without his parents, Mrs Hanson began to take over the mother role. There was not enough room at their small home, so she arranged for a room at the Pine Cone Motel. She brought him cookies and milk in the evening. Mark was content in being mothered in his illusory shape.
Mark found that the Pine Cone Motel was unusual. Couldbe was dated but this motel looked like it was thousands of years old. A candelabra sat on a grand piano which was played by a young woman in a formal,in the evening hours. People who were not staying came and sat and listened with the guests. His room was clean and cared for. On an old fashioned TV the Universal Channel could be picked up. Using the channel changer he flipped through the channels, and everything was available.
Mrs Hanson in her usual habit, came bringing cookies and milk. Carol joined her and they would visit with Mark. Mark had grown a taste for lemons, but with the cookies and milk his newly created stomach produced, what Carol called fluffer-doodles. This evening they were watching watching TV, a talk show. They began by interviewing a broker from Earth's Wall Street. Their attention was not focused on the show, but the next guest drew Mark's full attention. He was dressed in the science officer jump suit of the Horizon. They introduced him as world renowned author , and scientist . The book he was selling was titled "Zonic Threat" Dr. Peterson related his story about his capture and torture, and his escape. He took questions from the audience. The audience was sceptical. The host of the show threw in his questions in a ridiculing manner.
"Surely Doctor you can't expect us to believe that there is a species, not humanoid, that can shape-shift,read and control minds, and mentally destroy objects from miles away? Do you have someone to verify your information? What makes you think that they have any desire to come and conquer our world?"
The questions at first irritated him, then he grew more and more angry at those who would not understand the danger they were in. He answered the last question in a rage.
"Ask Captain Clark of the Horizon. His adopted son is a Zonic. He had no control over him and he is roaming free in our universe. He can destroy every planet, and every species. His name is Mark Clark"
Mark had told the Hansons the truth about his father being a captain of the Horizon and his mother a councilor on the space ship. That he was alone in couldbe. He had not told the full truth. The truth that he was not human, but a crystal. The truth that he could shape-shift into any form. The information he had not shared now blew up in his face.
The TV was turned off, and the room fell silent.

Mini Challenge: war, wooden shoes, flabbergast, chimera, vodka martini

The rain hit the window pane hard. The wind could be heard wailing. Sandy Shore decided this would be the perfect day to look through her grandfathers old trunk, which she was storing in the storage room in the basement. Putting on a sweater to keep her comfortable in the cool damp basement, she descended the stairs.
She unlocked the trunk, and looked over the contents. There were pictures from world war two. He had brought home a pair of wooden shoes. The thing that flabbergasted her was some photos in an worn envelope. There was an article and pictures of a chimera. Along with the pictures was a photo of a penguin. Could the penguin be a chimera. That got her thinking about doing more research on chimeras, and wishing for a vodka martini.


quilly said...

Excellent story telling! Your writing is getting sharper and clearer!

You have taken afer Dr. John leaving us on the edge of our seats in that cliff hanger! Poor Mark!

And if I had a penguin following me I'd probably take up drinking vodka martinis, too.

Raven said...

I love the last line of the mini. Poor Mark, I hope it works out for him. I look forward to next week's installment.

Dianne said...

if anyone deserves a martini it's Sandy

perhaps the penguin could use one too ;)

Richard said...

The exposure of the Zonic threat. It's about time. Loved it long time.


Lu' said...

Good stories. I like the story from couldbe.

Alice said...

Two very interesting stories this week. Well done. I see you have also written Quilly's Word Challenge. I will return later to read it as I don't want to read others until I've written my own. Have a wonderful day.