Saturday, May 23, 2009

Raven challenge 64

Today I face another Raven's Challenge.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: albino, trench, marble, assistant, Indian, What's that supposed to mean?, sound first principles, the key thing, moat, curtain Mini challenge: under the surface, doomed, grand design, temple, aspirin

This is a continuation of Sandra Shore's Curse.

Sandy felt frustration at communicating with the police. She knew who set the explosion at the Poets Corner. This information came to her in a dream, hard for the officers to accept that as a reliable fact. To tell them that her invisible penguin also knew it to be true would send them into laughter, and her, detained for observation. She would have to track down that hooded man on her own, well not really on her own she had the penguin as an assistant.
She would have to use sound first principles, that would be the key thing. The changing of the hooded sweat shirt from a dark color to a many colored one, what's that supposed to mean? There was an Indian museum near that shopping mall where she saw the man in the many-colored sweat shirt, and she could go back to the Comic Book Shop to ask to see if anyone recognized a man in a hooded sweatshirt that had many colors. The more she thought about it there were a number of little shops she could inquire about the man. Her first step now was to go back to the shopping mall via car, not foot this time.
First she decided I will go to the Comic Book Shop, because the man seemed familiar with it. There appeared to be no one there until an man came from behind a curtain behind the marble counter. He had a spike hair style died in orange and blue. His tattooed arms were visible as he was wearing a blue jean vest. On the wall above the man were enlarged copies of comic book cover pages. The one that struck her was of an albino tiger protecting a small boy from a polar bear on a bridge over a moat in front of a castle. It was a reminder of her encounter with the polar bear at the Poet's Corner.
"I have a question of you. Do know a man in a hooded many colored sweatshirt? "
" Why? Are you the Police?"
"No, I just want to talk to him. I followed him in here yesterday, but did not get close enough to talk."
"Followed, You were chasing Him."
"Yes, I need to talk to him."
The clerk said"hmph," and turned away.
Sandy felt that she was getting no where, so she asked," Do you have a copy of the comic book up there. Unseen Heroes?"
He silently went over to a near by table with boxes of comic books and pulled out a copy of Unseen Heroes by Ino Trench.
Sandy paid for the book, and left the shop. She went into the other shops, and no one identified the man in the Multi- colored sweatshirt.
Disappointment swept over Sandy as she returned to her apartment. The comic book her only possible lead and that was a very slim hope.

Mini Challenge:

Unseen Heroes would be an ordinary comic book to the average person, but Sandy saw there was more under the surface. The writer wrote about a grand design. The heroes were invisible and were part of a group that met at an ancient temple. Although each victim seemed doomed an invisible hero would step in and save them. What was different is that the heroes where just not humans but part of the animal kingdom. Sandy needed an aspirin to study this comic book further.


quilly said...

Very interesting twist. I've always thought comic books were coded. Many of them are too weird not to be!

Akelamalu said...

Of course the answer has to be in the comic book - I hope she finds the hooded man!

Mine's up too.

roughterrain crane said...

Interesting story. I guess the man in the colorful sweatshirt has studied how to make himself invisible from a book written by Prof. Chameleon.

Anonymous said...

Excellent Betty. I find it odd tht the clerk just turned away after asking if she wss a cop, but there again, she wouldn't have thought of the comic book if he pursued it. Great turn of events :)

Raven said...

Very interesting developments. I look forward to the next installment. Superlative use of the words. I like the name Ino Trench. Well done.

Finding Pam said...

Betty, this is such a wonderful story. It flows so easily and makes sense. I hope Sandy finds her answer in the comic book as well.

Dianne said...

Sandy reminds me of the character from the TV show 'The Medium' - it just dawned on me today

she is resilient and determined, I really like her

Richard said...

Loving this serial. Is the penguin one of the unseen heroes?

Melli said...

Oh MAN! The plot thickens... I never would have thought of those comic books!

Alice (in BC Canada) said...

I wish we all could find answers to life's questions in comic books, lol. I think I need an asprin now too. Have a wonderful weekend, Betty!

Melli said...

JOY to you today, dear Betty!!!

gabrielle said...

And I becoming quite fond of Sandy. I love the way she trusts her intuition and her animal allies. I am enjoying the twists and turns and look forward to the next installment.

Stephen said...

I enjoyed the story about Sandy finding the comic book. Perhaps it will have a clue to the next direction to take, and she will then have an idea on how to proceed.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA