Saturday, July 18, 2009

Raven challenge 72

Today I face another Raven's Challenge.

This weeks Ten Word Challenge is: corn pone, delegation, nectarines, happiness, 12 going on 13, prancing horses, magenta, butterflies, fragmentary, arthritis

For the mini challenge: lavender cowboy, over the moon, preparation, zebra, area rug

As she entered the room she glanced around,the table was just the right size for Misty Leaf, and she gave a sigh of relief. Usually the tables in waiting areas were very small, made for toddlers. Misty wanted an area to draw, and sitting in a chair was cumbersome. Misty was a bright 12 going on 13 year old. Her time in a waiting room was because her grandmother was part of a delegation at a convention on arthritis. She was staying with her grandmother while her parents were overseas. She knew that she would have a long time just waiting and she came prepared with her drawing materials and a lunch, corn pone and nectarines
The waiting room was filling as Misty arranged her material. There was a small toddler table which two youngsters,a boy and girl, occupied. A boy Misty's age joined the toddlers showing them a book from which he read to them.
At first her ideas were fragmentary ,but soon Misty's art began to take form, with bright colors. Prancing horses were surrounded by magenta butterflies. Flowers bloomed everywhere in many hues. The toddlers and the boy with them came over to the table where Misty was working. Misty drew the toddlers,Caleb and Lisa, into the picture. She drew Caleb with a butterfly net running among the flowers. Lisa with a big smile, showing her happiness, was picking a flower and holding it out to Randy the boy who was with the toddlers.
A pile of paper began to form as Lisa told a story, and Misty would illustrate the story. Randy and Caleb would add a little to the story also.
Randy, Caleb and Lisa shared their lunch with Misty and she shared her lunch with them. They were all a little sad when the adults returned. They were happy playing with the horses and running in the fields, and the day was just too short.

For the mini challenge: lavender cowboy, over the moon, preparation, zebra, area rug

Mini Challenge:

It was not his imagination, but this house had strange noises. Harry Fisher debated with himself
as he laid in bed whether to check out what he was hearing or to remain as safe as he could in bed. He got up. He walked around using a flashlight to check out the rooms. He found no intruders or ghosts. Now he could rest.
There they were again the bumps in the night He knew that unless he checked he would get no sleep, so flashlight in hand he made a tour of the house he inherited from his uncle Jim. He had the same results as the last night, but he could get some sleep.
Tonight he decided to do some preparations before he got into bed.
Under the area rug in the living room he put peanut shells , put up a motion censor, placed baby monitors in each room, and had the CD player set up to play "Lavender Cowboy." Now he went to bed sure that he would know before morning, who was making the noise. He slept peacefully.
The CD player did not play, he heard no peanut shells cracking, or unusual sounds from any rooms. The neighbor talk of haunting must be causing him to hear strange sounds at night. Tonight he would just go to bed and not let any noise bother him. Harry pulled the covers up to his chin and he closed his eyes. There came a loud crash. His resolve left him and he grabbed the flashlight and ran out to find a zebra in his living room. Feeling he was crazy, or over the moon, he called a friend, a young women he met named Sandy Shore, who had told him about a penguin she saw.


Raven said...

The penguin has a new friend! Cool. I loved your first story. Very lovely. I always wished I could draw. One of my favorite ever books is one called My name is Asher Lev by Chiam Potok. Great wordzzles.

Anonymous said...

Ah the joys of being a child. Such innocence and just utter fun. Well done. So Harry knows Sandy and now knows about her penguin. Well done my friend :)

Richard said...

The invisible animals are pranking him, huh? Loved the first story as well.

Argent said...

Lovely visual writing!

Stephen said...

I liked the first story very much. It brought back good memories of being a child and drawing and coloring. I also liked the second story. Is the zebra invisible, too?

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

quilly said...

That first story was so sweet! I loved it.

I suppose a zebra in the living room would make a few crashing noises. Sandy to the rescue!

CJ said...

So all the things that go bump in the night are really invisible animals? Amazing! But how does one know they are penguins or zebras if they are invisible?