Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 90

This is week 90 of the Saturday Wordzzle Challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works.

Just a reminder that there will be no Wordzzle next week. We'll return on December 4th with words which have been graciously supplied by Argent. The Dragons will be pleased, I'm sure, that they are all single words. None of my nasty multi-word phrases. Thanks Argent. After another struggle with today's words, I'm starting to think maybe there should be a rule that I'm not allowed to come up with the words any more.... Looking forward to seeing what other's have done with them.

This week's words were: love is a many splendored thing, trucks, inspector, symbols, rising, organic, liberation, costly, smug, naughty And for the mini: the nature of the beast, identical, charcoal, braggart, vacation

My mega:

Inspector Amberson Trucks couldn't help himself. Curiosity was the in the nature of the beast as they say and even on vacation the police detective in him was on the alert. And there was something about the smug, loud-mouthed braggart at the table next to him in the costly suit opining loudly on topics ranging from organic food to animal liberation that had his suspicions rising by the minute. As their escort gabbed on about charcoal broiled steak being a symbol of the decadence of the human species, the women with him, who looked like identical twins, fidgeted uncomfortably in their seats. They seemed uncomfortable in their fancy clothes - like naughty children who had broken into their mother's closet. Madeleine Trucks, meanwhile, sat watching her husband. She knew the signs, knew that if she didn't find a way to divert him, the next days would be spent investigating ordinary people he perceived to be felons. Frustrating as it was, she couldn't help loving his imagination and his passion. She had once told him that he should write mysteries but he had been unamused. Eventually they had come up with a code to try and pull him back and she could see it was time now to act. "Amberson, my love," she whispered, tapping him on the shoulder, "Love is a many splendored thing, but it has its limits. You owe me $100 for every minute you spend inventing work while we're on vacation." "Melly, my love," he replied, "I married a wise woman. Consider me duly chastised. You know I can't afford that price."

The mini:

The vacationing Braggart Brothers were identical twins whose band, Charcoal and Gray, had recently released their first album. Must to their amazement the album - The Nature of the Beast - had gone platinum almost over night. They were trilled of course, but had not anticipated the nature of fame. Reduced to dining in their room and sneaking out at night, they were now hoping to come up with disguises which would conceal both their identities and the fact that they were twins. "Fame," they both muttered in unision, "is not what it's cracked up to be."

The 10-word:
love is a many splendored thing,

Nancy Naughty as the other truckers called her - her real name was Nancy Nawton - could feel her temper rising as the smug inspector (humming "Love is a Many Splendored Thing) as began the process of slowly, slowly, slowly torturing her with continued delays. Ever since she had turned down his request for a date six months earlier, he had harrassed her at every turn. Each time she reached his check point, he inspected every inch of her truck six times and in between refrains of that stupid song, peppered her her with absurd quibbles, even questioning the symbols on the crates of organic produce she regularly hauled to market. Every time he stopped her truck, he gave her a hard time. He had even gone so far as to red flag her with the other inspectors causing her untold embarrassment and time. The delays were costly not just to her but to the farmers who trusted her to get their food to the market as fresh as possible. Today she had arrived with a pre-set plan. On arrival she had begun transmitting video of the inspection process to the chief inspector's office. Fifteen minutes into the process, when the station phone rang, she knew she had won. No longer smug, the inspector barked curtly, "your free to go." Liberation at last! "Love may be a many splendored thing," she laughed, climbing happily back into her truck, but so are friend in high places."


Thank you again to Argent for coming up with the words for December 4th... after our US Thanksgiving break next week. I love a break from coming up with words/phrases.

Words for next week's 10-word challenge are: edge, haven, sunglasses, sprightly, telling, frazzled, juicy, quartet, tied, necklace

And for the mini: bees, crackling, wooden, staple, earful

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

Enjoy! See you next week.



Argent said...

Raven, these were three great stories this week. I love the little code that Mr and Mrs Anberson had - I should have one like that for my hubs! And a lovely compact lesson in the negative side of fame. The lady trucker in the third is a feisty gal - I like her!. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

DawnTreader said...

Raven, I'll be back later to read your stories.

Just a note now in connection with posting my link, to tell you and others that from this week, I'm moving my Wordzzle contributions from The Island of the Voices to my new "fiction" blog Wordly Efforts. All my previous episodes of the Slumber Party Mystery have been moved there too, and there is also now a Summary, which is linked to in today's post.

Right after that job, the hard drive on my desktop computer crashed! Luckily I also have my laptop, and I had my original photos backed up. Just a reminder to everyone - don't neglect making backup copies of things of personal value...

Akelamalu said...

LOL we both used the song title as a code and Braggart brothers! Great minds think alike eh?

Love your stories Raven.

Mine's up but I'm off out for the day shortly so will visit everyone else tomorrow.

DawnTreader said...

Back again to read your stories, and I have to say I really think this week you've outdone yourself, they're just excellt... I think my favourite is the mini, but it's really hard to choose one over the others this week!

Reston Friends! said...

Twins and fame...

You say you struggled, but I think you won! Good job Raven!

And Happy Thanksgiving! How will you and the kitties celebrate?

Dr.John said...

As usual you did a fantastic job with very bad words.
The first one is a masterpiece of working all the words seamlessly into the story.
I love the use of twins in the second.
But the third had such a marvelous ending. In the end good triumphs.

Mama Zen said...

I love that last one!

Reston Friends! said...

For some reason, the first time I thought I linked, it didn't link...we're linked now though. Hope you enjoy our stories!

Fandango said...

We dragons enjoyed all three stories but like the last one best of all. We hate smug officfal type people that throw their weight around.
You did a good job creating one.

MommyWizdom said...

Raven, I loved the band name Charcoal and Gray!!!

I enjoyed your stories very much! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving - see you in December!


Stephen said...

I found the mega story very interesting. I can't help but wonder if this is the one time he might have been right. In the mini story, I liked the name of the band, and I can very easily imagine how fame can cause problems. It was amusing, too, how they wanted to look different but then spoke the same thing together at the end. I enjoyed the 10 word story, about the lady trucker getting hassled by an inspector, and her winning in the end. Some people like to throw their power around too much, and it's good he got caught at it.

I'm running very late, but I have my own stories up now.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Reston Friends! said...

I would like to encourage all the players to visit all the others...there aren't that many of us...and I have twin sister writers who look forward to your comments (I don't care if you comment on mine, but don't let Charly and Kit down!)...

everyone enjoy their week off!

bettygram said...

I liked your last story the best. She took down the bully.
I am sorry i am late but I became ill right after putty my name in. Not quite well yet but trying to catch up