Friday, May 09, 2008

The Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week Twelve

This is week 12 of the Saturday Wordzzle challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works.

The words for this week's ten word challenge were: florist, grave yard, sausage, magnificent, soap opera, linguist, columns, volume, French, canvas And for the Mini Challenge: suspension bridge, veracity, lunch, multi-faceted, house of ill repute

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

Sandra sat contentedly savoring a lavish lunch of sausage and eggs, her favorite soap opera, Columns of Corinthia, playing on the TV. Armand, the magnificently handsome French linguist (who was actually an evil spy) was trying to seduce Amanda at the local florist where she was buying flowers to bring to her late beloved fiancée Jeremy, at the grave yard. Little did she suspect that Jeremy was not really dead but suffering from amnesia and that the linguist/spy trying to seduce her was actually canvassing for information on the not-so-late loved one. I could write volumes, she mused, on how incredibly stupid, illogical and annoying soap operas are, but instead, I watch them religiously.

And here's my mini challenge:

Veracity Jones was a multi-faceted entrepreneur. She was a published writer and singer/songwriter who ran a house of ill repute and also worked as a short-order cook for the lunch shift at her best friend’s diner – called The Suspension Bridge Bistro because it was – you guessed it – right off the exit from the big suspension bridge.

And the mega challenge:

Driving across the long suspension bridge Barbara glanced in the rear view mirror where Sausage, their little daschund was – mercifully - sleeping peacefully. The seat next to her was piled high with magnificent lilacs. He would have hated something formal from the florist and the last canvas he had painted was her leaning against a huge stone column with lilacs in purple and white filling up the whole rest of the scene. Thinking of that made her feel better, somehow and she put her favorite CD – Anne Murray singing “You Needed Me” - into the slot and turned volume as high as it would go. What a soap opera their life together had been. When he had rescued her from Veracity’s House of Ill Repute all those years ago, she could hardly believe that someone so multi-faceted, so talented had chosen to love her. Painter, writer, linguist – he had fallen in love with her (her!) and had been forever after, not just her husband but her hero. Today at the grave yard she would have her last lunch with him – a bottle of wine, a round of cheese and a loaf of French bread. She would plant the lilacs in hopes that they would wrap him in sweetness until the end of time and then she would say good-bye and abandon her rescuer - as he had abandoned her - to the grave forever.


This week's vanity wordzzle used the words: woman, hut, uttering, dense, spew, gusts of wind, wanderer, fields, forest, angels, songs

The bent old woman squatting in the doorway of the dank, ugly hut looked to be a thousand years old. Her liquid dark eyes fixed on me with such intensity that I was pinned to the spot. The words she was uttering in her dense, guttural language were unknown to me. They spewed out of her like gusts of wind circling the wanderer. At first the sound was so strange to me, I thought they were curses being hurled against me, but as she went on, I was swept away to rich green forests and fields of blossoming flowers. And around me were angels in all shapes and sizes, and as I looked again I knew that I was privileged because this wise old woman was singing me their songs.

Next Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: sergeant, lunatic, peanut butter and jelly, cyber space, flattery, musician, auspicious, cardinal, paprika, flowering plum tree

And for the Mini Challenge: sinister, magazine, American flag, rain storm, chess board

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

Enjoy! See you next week.



Akelamalu said...

Oh just fabulous - all of them! You tell such good stories Raven. :)

Richard said...

I really liked your Mega today Katherine. Poignant and with some humor - a dachsund named "Sausage"

Rich said...

You are so talented! I am glad you got me started on these. j

Raven said...

akelamalu, richard, jay - thanks to each of you. Our numbers seem to be fading with the arrival of Spring. Glad you are still enjoying the challenge. I am too, though I had to push myself to do it this week.

maryt/theteach said...

Oh Raven, I hope people will pick up. I forgot to sign in til now. Mine's been up all day! :D

maryt/theteach said...

My Wordzzle as usual is at Answersa to the Questions

Anonymous said...

I had fun with the big one again - here's A fun-packed evening with Claude.