This is the 33rd installment of Paragon of Virtue, Fred Johnson's adventure in the Kingdom of Sunday. Not sure if I'll post mine this evening or if I'll wait until tomorrow, but thought I'd put Mr. Linky and the words up awhile on the off chance that someone besides me may want to participate.
The MUSE is apparently vacationing in the tropics (boy do I envy her), so for the moment, I'm just going to post the words and Mr. Linky and do my exercises either later this evening or tomorrow. Sorry. I'm just stumped at the moment.
Saturday afternoon: The MUSE continues to be hiding out of reach. I have been avoiding facing this without her all day. It's 3:23 and I'm finally going to start to at least try to write something. My apologies for being irresponsible and not posting anything yet.
5:22... Finished. I really had to twist myself in knots to get some of the words to fit this week... and alas, I fear it shows. But... I'm done, muse or no muse.
Here are links to the previous episodes. If you need/want to catch up, click here for the 1st installment, 2nd installment, 3rd installment, 4th installment, 5th installment, 6th installment, 7th installment., 8th installment, 9th installment, 10th installment, 11th installment, 12th installment, 13th installment, 14th installment, 15th installment, 16th installment, 17th installment, 18th installment, 19th installment. 20th installment, 21st installment, 22nd installment, 23rd installment, 24th installment, 25th installment, 26th installment, 27th installment, 28th installment, 29th installment, 30th installment, 31st installment, 32nd installment...
Words for this week's 10-word challenge: accountable, amber, quake, layers, graffiti, emerald, eager, weighty, fluke, blanket And for the mini: conscience, charitable, claustrophobic, cargo, companionship
Back in the toy shop, Bubbles and McFlash were trying to offer comfort and companionship to the emotionally overwrought Count Brave Heart, who was distracting himself from his hopes and fears abut his mother by going through agonizing pangs of conscience and unloading one by one the cargo of his life's misdeeds prior to his recent redemption. Watching him, Bubbles found herself surprised that should could have such charitable feelings towards the man who had done so much harm, including killing the father of the child in her womb. Truth was, that much of what he had done had been controlled by the evil perpetrated against him by his own father. She supposed that if the Bird of Paradise could forgive him, she should be able to do so too. With that thought, she lay a hand on the Count's shoulder and said. "You are forgiven." And she meant it. As if to re-enforce her words, the child in her womb made it's presence felt with a massive kick. "Oh, my," she gasped..."I think my baby is getting claustrophobic. Come, Good Heart" she said, laying his hand on her swollen belly,. "Take your mind off the past and feel the pulse of the future." The look of delight on his face would have melted even the hardest heart.
Meanwhile, outside the cave, the team was proceeding with caution. Cane and Parchment - shielded with magical protection - had entered the manor house with no problem, finding it a few chairs covered with layers of dust and some worn moth-eaten blankets. The walls were unaccountably covered with a kind of graffiti, which on closer inspection, the wizard recognized to be a series of magical curses. It was an odd fluke of luck that he also recognized their source - a weighty volume of truly execrable spells written by a particularly odious sorcerer named -Quillard Quake - thought to be long dead. "Off to seek advice. Back in a flash," he said and vanished briefly and returned carrying a large black tome and a smaller turquoise one. Leafing through the first, he found what he was looking for... "Here it is! The Amber Enchantment.... yes, yes.. vile... yes... Now let's see what we can find about counter spells in this one," he said, turning to the smaller blue book. "Devilishly clever, the Count's father and his minions. The Amber enchantment is particularly difficult to counteract when matched with emeralds.... but not impossible, my friends, not impossible. Paraphrase, I believe we could use a few more dragons in our quest. Can you call some of your oldest and wisest to join us?"