Saturday, June 6, 2009

Raven challenge 66

Today I face another Raven's Challenge.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: swashbuckler, heads-up, dry martini, recovery, jungle gym, whiskers, bathing suit, spade, circular reasoning, abrasive and for the Mini Challenge: butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, stagnation, chart, star crossed lovers, apricot brandy

Would a dry martini help in getting some recovery from the shock of the kidnapping of her companion from the gypsy curse, the penguin? She tried so hard to get rid of the invisible penguin, but it had become an aid, and in the solving the explosion at the Poet's Corner an necessity. A dry martini would not give her the answer to where to get $40,000 for ransom, or the answer as to whether she should even think about giving a ransom. The police of course could not be called.
She would have to get in contact with William and give him a heads-up, and even through he was no swashbuckler and a bit abrasive, he might be just the one to help.
Her mind just went crazy at this point, because she thought about William's invisible companion the Llama. She could not see the llama going against the polar bear. Maybe we could get the invisible polar bear and the hooded man by making them fall down laughing at the sight of a llama in a bathing suit, a flowered one at that." Oh come on girl,"she said to herself. "Get it together. This is serious."
Sandy called William ,he agreed to meet her at the jungle gym in the playground near her apartment. William brought along Stan who had his invisible panther. The panthers whiskers twitched as he traveled in a circular pattern around the jungle gym. Sandy felt better a panther was a match against a polar bear. Stan also was carrying a spade. Sandy was confused by the spade and even more so when Stan started using it, digging a hole in the ground.
Stan uncovered a bag and pulled it up and said," our $40,000,"
"What?" said Sandy. "We are not going to give them a ransom. "
"ssh Keep your voice down. I am hoping they are watching us and will believe that this is $40,000 I hid. They will accept that we put the money in the stuffed polar bear. We should go back to your apartment now."
Sandy had more wonderment when she saw a flock of crows fly over head.

Mini Challenge:

The words, butter wouldn't melt in her mouth, smarted , and Glenda cringed. She was aware of the stagnation in her life, and how embittered she had become. The words still hurt. If she had not just over heard them in a conversation she was not included in, except she was the topic of conversation, she would have had a stinging come back.
The charts said, by those who could read them ,that she and Fredrick were star crossed lovers.
What a load of ==that was. As she sipped her apricot brandy, Glenda remembered the short romance and the long time of loneliness. She loved strongly, but he could not have. They had a lovely date. He ended with the promise to pick her up for a show the next night and he left after a long kiss. He left and never returned or called. She filed a missing person report, after she had not heard from him in a weeks time. The police believed there was no foul play. No body surfaced. That was twenty-five years ago.
She had met him at work. She was still employed at the same place of work, moving up in her career which meant a larger and plusher office and a higher salary. Apricot brandy a perk of the job. She over heard those painful words as she passed through the workers lounge.
To add to her pain was a note on her computer that there would be a new CO Matthew Lang. They had passed over her again. He was not from this office.
A knock came and a door was quickly opened and her co-worker Marybeth came in with the new CO and introduced him. He might be called Matthew, but it was an older Fredrick. She could not help exclaim "Fredrick," with a gasp. Fainting makes for a quick exit from the situation.


quilly said...

I hope this Glendsa story is going to continue because I want to know where Fredrick has been all these years!

Batteson.Ind said...

another load of beautiful writing!... Love your last story and the fact that we're left wondering what will happen next!

Raven said...

Oh, I hope Glenda's going to have a happy ending... Hope the bad guys fall for the trick and the penguin gets rescued.

Richard said...

Great stories this week. Will there be a happy reunion? Whose invisible animal eats whose?

These are answers inquiring minds want to know.

Stephen said...

I liked your stories. Sandy has some help now, and maybe together they'll get the penguin back. In the second story, it looks like both the man and the woman got surprised, and the man has some explaining to do.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Anonymous said...

Great stories Betty. You did marvelous. I hope Glenda's continues :)

Dianne said...

I like the notion that fainting is a good exit strategy! that is brilliant

Melli said...

Fainting certainly worked for ME one time! The problem is, you come to, and then you still have to face it! I wonder where Frederick has been... and how he became Matthew...

You can't trust a crow... I hope Sandy knows that!

ForestJane said...

I hope she's ok after her faint!

And don't think I've ever had a job where apricot brandy was a perk... lol

Nessa said...

I hope the invisible animals get all of the bad guys.

I like your second story. I hope we see more. I'm very curious about what's going on.

CJ said...

Please, please continue your second story. We all need to know what happened to Frederick and why he suddenly showed up again.

allee kat said...

Great story-telling! The invisible animals are an interesting twist!

Looking forward to the continuing saga and hoping there's closure for Glenda.

Want to know why Fredrick changed his identity. He must have had good reason!

I just participated yesterday for the 1st time. I guess I bent the "rule" (?) and went beyond a short paragraph, but I had a blast with it.

Didn't go beyond too badly, I don't think. I really enjoy participating and being supportive of the other participants, so I hope that's what counts the most! A for effort?