Saturday, April 25, 2009

Raven challenge 60

Today I face another Raven's Challenge.

This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: preparation, tic-tac-toe, splurge, auction block, the bitter end, milk, papyrus, when the parade passes by, bill of lading, stone wall

Mini Challenge: polar bear, 20 seconds, get it together, spasmodic, antiquity

It took some preparation for Jennifer to go back home. She had to learn how to use a crutch, but she would not give up on her investigation into the double murders, besides the fact the man was after her. She would splurge on getting help. She was in this to the bitter end, no sitting back and playing tic-tac-toe.
Martin Flask related to her what had happened after her car went off the road. The man in the tan overcoat was on the passenger side of the car when Mr Lemer pulled up behind to aid after seeing the accident. He called for help and his cousin who was in the car with him at the time ran to Jennifer's car. The man in the tan overcoat ran back to his car and drove off. The cousin Sarah Jones thought that was odd, because his silver van, a 2006 Chev showed damage. He was leaving the scene of a accident so she got a license number. Sarah was the person with the diamond earrings in the shape of tigers.
The police now had a description from Jennifer and Sarah, and a license plate number. There was at this time no way to connect him with the murders, but this should enable them to move beyond the stone wall they had run into. A search of his residence, would be done.
Martin was waiting on Jennifer, trying to keep her off her injured foot. He brought her some milk and some cookies he found in her cupboard. He helped her open a package that arrived containing papyrus she wanted to use for a special project, in it was also the bill of lading. She was reminded of the expense, she would like to forget. Jennifer explained to Martin the writing on the papyrus would be a work of art that might by going on the auction block bring in enough to cover the expenses or more. She reminded him she did need to get that new printing press.
The doorbell rang, Martin leaped up quickly moving to the door. He check and found it was Mr. Lemer, so he let him enter.
"I have some facts on tan overcoat man, and some more on the murders. I put what I have on index cards." He lined up the cards he had in a row on the couch, feeling like a detective. Martin, Jennifer and Mr Lemer studied carefully when the parade past by of facts.

Since seeing animals that were not visible, and them having special gifts was a curse that was not revocable and was a curse from antiquity Sandy Shore was determined to live a life that was normal as could be.
She left the restaurant and drove past the Poets Corner, where fireman and investigators were going over the blacken remains. She could not get close with her car so she parked a few blocks away and walked over. Police prevented her from getting up to the building and she was forced to stand where the reporters and gawkers stood.
When Sandy Shore saw her penguin was spasmodic in the past, so she did not need to take more than 20 seconds to get it together when she saw the penguin placing himself between her and a polar bear.
The polar bear and a policeman were on the other side of the yellow crime scene tape. The polar bear was not a gentle appearing animal like the others she had seen. The polar bear was up on two back legs moving toward the small penguin. The bear did not pass the yellow tape, but it was not the tape that held him back ,but some unseen power of the penguin. The scene before her changed the peaceful conclusion she had come to about the curse. There were enemy invisible animals. Were there enemy people with the curse and were they responsible for the explosion? Why was she a target? She retreated making sure the penguin was between her and the bear who as she moved went through the tape confusing the policeman not able to see the action of the bear and penguin. Reaching the car she quickly entered and fastened the seat belt. She was glad for the protection of the steel. Not looking back she sped toward her home.


Akelamalu said...

The man in the tan overcoat will be found out soon! Great stuff!

Raven said...

Will be interesting to find out more about the man in the tan overcoat and what this mystery is all about...

As always, I enjoy Sandy Shore and her penguin... that mystery deepens too.

Nessa said...

Get away from the evil as fast as you can.

quilly said...

Oh! Both stories are really cranking up the suspense. Good and bad totem animals -- a concept I hadn't considered and think is a brilliant twist. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Excellent Betty...cant wait to find out about the man in the tan overcoat :)

Dianne said...

I'm so glad the penguin is watching out for Sandy

Melli said...

Oh! I can't WAIT to find out what Mr. Lemer knows! (do YOU know what he knows???)

Are you suuuuuuuuuuure there is NO way for Sandy Shore to get rid of this penguin? I mean, the penguin himself is a perfectly good penguin... but trouble just follows him EVERYwhere!

I am sO sorry I missed the version when the two stories collided! Darn!!!

bettygram said...

Melli gone forever are the stories written when one should sleep. It did have me going for a time. I felt i had a ghost in my computer.

gabrielle said...

Lemurs and tigers and bears, oh my! The plot thickens.
Thanks for a fun read.