Friday, June 06, 2008

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week Sixteen

It's week 16 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. I don't know about anybody else, but I thought this week was really hard to do.... and I came up with the words so I have nobody to blame but myself. For next week's challenge, three of the words came from Jay Simser. If anyone else wants to send me some suggestions, I'm more than open to them.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: spaghetti, larkspur, Prilosec, roaring lion, adamant, green green grass of home, paradox, filibuster, face cream, trout fishing And for the Mini Challenge: jury of ones peers, barking dog, a wing and a prayer, liver, sprained ankle

Here's my ten-word offering for this week.

“Where the hell is the Prilosec,” Alex shrieked like a roaring lion. Frantic, he pushed aside face cream, band aids, Vaseline, and a host of other things in his desperate search. “You’re killing me, Susie. I don’t know how many times I have to tell you that spaghetti and my stomach don’t mix. I’m adamant about this. No more spaghetti.” In the other room, Susie shook her head. Oh, the bitter paradox of it all. Here was this selfish son of a bitch screaming at her about killing HIM, when she had succumbed after weeks of his virtual filibuster on the subject and had given up her longed-for vacation in Aruba to end up here in this hellish cabin so he could go trout fishing and she could wait on his sorry butt. Oh, how she longed for the green, green grass of home and her beautiful garden. The larkspur would be in bloom right now and she could be sitting on the patio with her feet up, sipping a nice glass of wine and enjoying a lovely meal of whatever she wanted, delivered to her door by some local restaurant. Many thoughts, many retorts raced through her mind as she listened to her husband’s petulant rant. Images of him buried under a mountain of spaghetti, drowned in tomato sauce flitted through her mind. But she would exact her revenge at another time. Instead, she answered mildly, “You chose this vacation, dear. If you don’t want spaghetti again tomorrow, I suggest you catch some fish. “

And my mini challenge:

Jumping quickly over the wire fence, Martin managed to avoid the barking dog. He had, it seemed escaped the grip of justice on a wing and a prayer and as well as a sprained ankle. But he had escaped. He had no desire to face a jury of his peers. Few, he thought, would sympathize with a lily-livered coward like himself for stealing from a little old lady, especially in the cause of paying off his bookie.

And finally the mega challenge:

Larkspur Lingwater hummed happily to herself as she removed the thick layer of face cream and gazed contentedly in the mirror. It was one of life’s odd paradoxes that now that she was no longer young and pretty, she none-the-less felt happier about herself. It was one of life’s miracles that two things as unlikely as a barking dog and a sprained ankle could have converged to bring love into her life when advanced years should have guaranteed perpetual loneliness. Nor was it theirs a love of desperation or solitude. Henry was all she had ever dreamed of - a roaring lion of a man, passionate, stubborn, adamant about his beliefs. But he was kind and tender too. One minute he could be filibustering on some topic like the obscenity of torturing ducks in order to harvest their livers and the next he would be waxing eloquent on the American legal system and the virtues of being judged by a jury of one’s peers. Where she had lived her whole life on a wing and a prayer, he had about him a solidity that was comforting without being stifling. Her make-up now complete, she blew herself a kiss in the bathroom mirror, popped a Prilosec (just in case the trout fishing expedition had not born trout and they were reduced to an meal of spaghetti) and headed for the kitchen just in time to hear the voice she so loved joyfully singing (that’s what he called it anyway) – the green, green grass of home. Then the door burst open and the love of her life announced, “Your hero has returned.” ”And you have brought fish, brave boy!” “So I have my love, “ he chuckled, sweeping her into his arms. “Tonight we shall feast.”

This week's vanity wordzzle used the words: Protuberance, fiddlesticks, Tai Chi, fundamentals, Persimmon tree, courageous, glow, top hat, tired, fountain

Fiddlesticks!” Jack Moscowitz muttered softly to himself. “Fiddlesticks times 2 and then some. I will never get it right. Never.” He was tired, but his skin was still glowing from his recent workout with Master Yin Lee. He leaned against the water fountain and drank deeply. The water slid comfortingly down his throat, but did not quench the deeper thirst of his soul, and he looked down bitterly at the protruberance that was what remained of his right leg. Mr. Yin Lee was teaching him the fundamentals of Tai Chi, teaching him also the mysteries of Eastern philosophy. Mr. Yin had told him he was courageous. He did not feel courageous. He felt helpless and emasculated by the loss of his leg. He had been a dancer, you see, before the accident and Fred Astaire, in top hat and tails had been his idol, his vision for his own future. Now he could only wobble gracelessly. The magic was lost. He was lost. Mr. Yin was not helping. “Be like the Persimmon tree,” he had crooned this evening and gone into a long, silly tale about the tree and its fruit. Jack did not want to be like the Persimmon tree. He wanted to be like Fred Astaire. But he never would be now. “Fiddlesticks,” he muttered again and then wondered what Fred Astaire would have thought about Persimmon trees. And feeling inexplicably comforted, he put on his coat and headed home.

Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: prenomial, inexplicable, tangerine, masks, chocolate cake, panorama, librarian, Stonehenge, meek, florid

And for the Mini Challenge: vituperative, bunny rabbit, house warming, sanitation, triangular

Thanks for playing. For those who are new, here are some guidelines to make the process more fun.

Enjoy! See you next week.



Jay Simser said...

I LOVE THEM. and Ms Larkspur Lingwater may be coming over to visit the Systers on Bailey's Buddy. - All the way across the continent from Sunny beautiful San Diego. j

Raven said...

Hi... glad you enjoyed Larkspur Lingwater. I love it when I come up with a good name. Glad you are having fun in San Diego.

Betty said...

They're all good. I can't decide which one I like best.

Seraphine said...

My brain fizzles just to attempt a sentence with prenomial in it. I rub my elbows with cream. I stare in the mirror. Generally, I'm the only perfect driver on the highway. I don't deserve a postnomial title for any of that.

Jeff B said...

There's something about spaghetti and Prilosec that just seem to go together. I did the same pairing in one of my stories too.

And very clever bringing the ten word and the mega together with a common thread. Well done.

Akelamalu said...

I love the names you make up Raven - so creative!

Odat said...

I laughed too when I saw Larkspur Lingwater....
I enjoyed all your stories, as usual.

Richard said...

I liked the internal dialouge in the first story and the line about better catch some fish. Of course Larkspur Lingwater is just plain precious. One get's a very clear mental picture of a woman with that name.


Anonymous said...

Raven, I'm going to be a little late with my Wordzzle this week. I'm gone all day today. Back tomorrow when I probably will do mine... :D

Gene Bach said...

Saw your deal on Jeff's blog and decided to give it a try. Pretty cool idea!

Dianne said...

I like the contrast yet continuity between the first and the mega!

and yes! spaghetti and Prilosec do just fit each other so easily :)

Jay said...

Larkspur Lingwater is one of the best names anyone has come up with yet! Great job!

Prilosec was invented because Spaghetti exists. No doubt about that.

Raven said...

hi betty - so glad your joining us again.

seraphine - what I do with words like that is put them onto a poster or find some way around using them meaningfully... hope you'll try your hand. It's really fun to do.

jeff b - as I have aged, spaghetti has become my enemy. By body simply punishes me cruelly if I try to eat it. It does seem to go with Prilosec. Maybe on some unconscious level that's why I put both of them onto the list.

akelamalu - making up names is fun, especially silly names. I was very pleased with Larkspur Lingwater.

odat - thanks. I'm so glad you've joined the wordzzle gang.

richard - thanks. I had a hard time with this week's words. Don't know if it's the words or the state of my brain. The Larkspur Lingwater name cheered me up when it arrived.

maryt - we'll be watching for you. Hope you have a great day today.

gene bach - thanks for joining in. I enjoyed your wordzzles.

dianne - thanks. Spaghetti and prilosec to go together - at least for me these days. I hate taking things but I do cave in once and a while with Prilosec.

jay - you are no doubt correct about Prilosec.

Leighann said...

Hi Raven, I'm a new to the Wordzzle world, I sure hope I did it right!

Thanks for hosting this, I've been reading them for quite some time but never got enough courage to actually give it a try myself. Until today, that is!

Kimmie said...

Hi Raven!

I just got mine finished. I had so much to do from early this morning I am playing catch up! LOL! I hope you will come by and read my Wordzlle.

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Anonymous said...

Raven, my Wordzzle is up! It's terrible when real life interferes with my virtual life online! :D

Lee said...

Hi Raven, I discovered you again coming over from David's place to see your PoTD. Then I found the wordzzle. Don't know if I did it all correctly but my 10 word one is up. Thanks for starting this. I have some friends I think I'll share it with.