Friday, December 04, 2009

Saturday Wordzzle Challenge: Week 91

This is week 90 of the Saturday Wordzzle Challenge. Anyone new to the process can refer back here to find out how it works. Not terribly pleased with my results this week, but at least I got them done. Looking forward to seeing what you have all come up with.

Thanks again to Argent for this week's words. They were:
edge, haven, sunglasses, sprightly, telling, frazzled, juicy, quartet, tied, necklace And for the mini: bees, crackling, wooden, staple, earful

My mini:

Despite the stunned, wooden expression on her face, Sandra Johnson was livid. For the first time in her life, she understood the expression "bees in your bonnet." Anger was crackling and surging inside her and she couldn't wait to give Marilyn Staples an earful about just what she thought of someone who would flirt with another woman's husband. Martin might not be much, but he was hers and she loved him.

The 10-word:

Georgette Haven was awed at the amazing change in her life circumstances. Who would have thought that the slightly frazzled, sprightly old man (wearing sun glasses on a cloudy day) would turn out to be her savior. Two weeks ago she had been at the edge of the abyss, hungry homeless, alone and in despair. "Your shoe's not tied," she has whispered to him, "careful or you might trip." Telling him had seemed like the right, natural thing to do, nothing special. He had stopped at her words, though, and she had bent down and laced it for him. A simple act of kindness. Now here she was in an opulent room, dressed in a beautiful gown, a diamond necklace hanging at her throat. Heads had turned as she entered the room. She wasn't sure, but she thought perhaps cameras had even flashed. She had never been anywhere so fine, never felt so beautiful. A string quartet played quietly in the background. Her host smiled at her with both kindness and admiration and pulled out a chair. "Ah, what a juicy story we make for the tabloids, my dear... the billionaire and the mystery woman. You think I'm a miracle in your life, but it is in fact the other way around. You awakened my heart with your pure kindness and now it is yours if you will have it." And she would. It was not about the money, either. He was the kindest man she had ever met, an angel on earth. She felt the luckiest woman alive... and perhaps she was.

My mega:

Edge Haven was the perfect retreat for healing frazzled nerves. It was late afternoon and Margaret lay stretched out at pool side, feeling relaxed and at ease for the first time in months. She temporarily set aside Sarah's Necklace, the juicy romance novel she had brought with her, to soak up her surroundings. The book, which was the 2nd installment in a quartet of romances by the same author was a bit disappointing. She had enjoyed the first (Wooden Idols) immensely, but she was having trouble getting into this one. Maybe it was the distractions around her. On her left she watched as a trio of bees hovered and darted among the burst of colorful, sweet smelling flowers that filled a corner of the pool area not far from where she lay. Across the pool the hot, sprightly young waiter was apparently telling a joke to a middle-aged couple in matching outfits (even their sunglasses were identical!) who were laughing uproariously. Off to her right a mother re-tied the straps on her teen-aged daughter while giving her earful about modesty and virtue. In another corner, another handsome young staff member had started a crackling fire in anticipation of the daily barbecue which was a staple of the "Edge Haven experience." Margaret took a deep breath and sighed. She was content. For the first time since Janie had died, since Mark had left her, she felt like she belonged in the world again. Odd that she had had to get away from it all to feel like she could be part of things again. She had thought he therapist crazy when he had told her to get away, had insisted and pushed until he broke through her resistance. She was would have to thank him for his wisdom when she returned to the world again. For now, she would just soak it all in and enjoy herself.


Words for next week's 10-word challenge are: sugar, mortgage, logical, roller skates, outlandish, Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, cumberbund, unexpected, photo album, scarecrow

And for the mini: tomatoes, turtles, basement apartment, circumference, make my day

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

Enjoy! See you next week.



quilly said...

Three really good shorts, Raven. I got into all of them!

Akelamalu said...

Oh yes Sandra, give Marilyn what for!

Kindness features in one of my stories today too. We're on the same wavelength methinks. :)

I'm glad Margaret found solace at Edge Haven. I'm sure there are indeed places like that. :)

DawnTreader said...

Good job... Liked the Edge Haven; it crossed my mind too to use that as the name of a place! but then I didn't

Maude Lynn said...

I like them all!

bettygram said...

I like all three, but the best was the reward for an act of kindness.

Argent said...

It's good to have you back - hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.

Once again, you've produced some lovely pieces with these words.

Your mini was really neat. You manage to cram so much meaning into such a compact paragraph and pack a puch, too!
I really liked the 10-worder - such an uplifting story and told in such a non overly-sentimental way.
I think I could use a holiday at Edge Haven, you protrayed it and Margaret's reaction to it so juicily!
Three corkers this week.

Dr.John said...

Three great stories with really happy endings. How wonderful is that.

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Fandango said...

We dragons think all three stories were well written.
The first one shows the human jealousy problem. Shame on humans.
The second that crazy romance stuff but it has a happy ending.
The last one shows the danger of love but at least she is healing.

Stephen said...

I liked your stories. The mini story about the woman who was mad about another woman flirting with her husband seemed very real. The 10 word story about the poor woman who tied the old man's shoe and then found out he was rich and wanted her in his life was very good. It's my favorite of the three. In the mega story, it's good that the woman was able to relax and enjoy herself, and recover some from what happened. Edge Haven sounds like a good place to be.

I'm running late again, but I got my own stories up late last night.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Don't Feed The Pixies said...

excellent stories as ever

You have given me much to think about with "yes virginia, there really is a santa claus"

That should be a fun one to dispose of! He he!