Friday, November 13, 2009

Raven challenge 89

Today I face another Raven's Challenge.
Words for this week's 10-word challenge are: officer, candid, drowning, turtles, sugar-coated, prospecting, shame on you, recliner, luggage, brains

And for the mini: paragon of virtue, cats-in-the-cradle, swamp, sprinkles, garbage

Charlie Johnson was walking indignantly down the side walk. He promised him, yes he did, he promised to let him go his grandmothers. He was pulling his luggage behind him. Packed were all that was necessary for his stay, swimming trunks, goggles, and water shoes. He packed it himself. He was promised when it still had snow, to be able to stay at his grandmothers, when the weather was warm and they, his parents ,would be off work. That was today.
He asked but his father stayed in the recliner, making no effort to call grandma. His mother was still in bed. He would walk there. He couldn't wait to catch the turtles in the lake by grandma's.
Joe Johnson was talking to the officer. He gave the officer a photo. June Johnson was angry at her husband. "You would think that anyone with brains would be able to look after a six year old ." Both parents were scolding themselves.
The officer was open and candid, there was no sugar-coating the danger the child was in. Prospecting for the child was more difficult than for gold. There was the possibility of drowning in the near by river, or abduction by some sick minded person. The ringing phone drew the attention of everyone in the room. Joe got to the phone first. It was his mother, who started her conversation with" Shame 0n you." A very tired, and hungry child had found his way to her door. All were glad and thankful that Charles was safe.


Nessa said...

Thank goodness Charlie is safe. Never forget your promises to a child. Good story.

Long Overdue

Raven said...

Go Charlie! This has the ring of truth. Glad he made it safely.

Anonymous said...

Thank goodness Charles was safe. Well done my friend :)

Reston Friends! said...

Well done! As a parent I know well that Charlie will probably milk this for all it is worth..."I made it myself!" he'll think. And the next adventure will be even MORE!

Argent said...

Nicely done! I'm glad theolittle one made it safely. I'd be a lousy parent and my kids would be wandering around all over the place. You used the words really well.

quilly said...

When I was Charlie's age, I walked two miles to the library by myself because the grownups couldn't be bothered to keep their promise and take me. Never underestimate a determined child!

Excellent story!

Akelamalu said...

OH my, I started sweating for Charlie's safety! Thank goodness he was safe and well.

Great 55 Betty, well written and believeable with great use of the words.