Friday, 6 November 2009

Saturday Wordzzle 88

Each week, Raven gives us a set of 15 words - 5 for the mini, 10 for the 10-worder or all 15 for the mega challenge. The idea is to create a passage which includes the words
You can go to Raven's Nest for the original rules of the game and some excellent advice.

This week's words were quite diverse and challenging as a result.

Most awkward: Canada Geese

The Mini (curiosity killed the cat, charming Victorian, railroad tracks, tower, salt and pepper)

I wonder what he will make of the message I sent him. I daresay he'll be interested to know why he's been sent a message in Braille – it's not like he's blind or anything. He doesn't know me – has never seen me to my knowledge. Nor I him for that matter, not physically, anyway. Curiosity killed the cat, they say, but as kids we used to add "yeah, but satisfaction brought it back again!" Silly, really. I just hope he's cat enough to decipher the message. I just had to let him know, let him know what I've seen for him: the charming Victorian tower, the old man with the salt-and-pepper beard, Oh, beware of him, beware! The future's not fixed, you know. We're not running into it on railroad tracks, we can change direction. Cliche? Yes, of course, but no more so than the cliche of a blind seer like me.

The 10-worder (Cute, come with me to the Casbah, bloodhound, respiration, Facebook, Canada Geese, modern, gravity, spider webs, sea shells)

New to Harold's story? The quick summary is here

Harold stared up at the bathroom ceiling, marvelling at the rather bizarre repeating seashells-spiderwebs-canada geese decorative motif running around the edges. He wanted to slide down under the water and fully immerse himself, just to see what it felt like. Needing no oxygen for respiration, he could submerge himself for as long as he liked. Teatime wanted to tell him something, though, so he had to content himself with floating in the hot scented water, deliciously defying gravity.

"You're probably wondering," Teatime began, "why your father, after leaving you in peace these many millennia, has suddenly seemed to take an interest in your education."

"I wish he hadn't," replied Harold, reaching out to fiddle with some distinctly modern-looking controls on the side of the bath. "Hey, I wonder what these do." He turned a gold-plated knob (the initials RD were engraved on it) and the water began to bubble energetically.

"Oh! Wow! A fizzy bath!"

"It's a jacuzzi," sighed Teatime, "Now do pay attention, old sock, this is important."

"OK, OK," sighed Harold, turning it off, "Sorry, you were saying?"

"There's something strange going on up here on the Brightside."

"Only one thing?" laughed Harold, "I could name at least -"

"Yes, yes, very funny," interrupted Teatime, "The thing is: demons are disappearing."

"Really?" Harold replied, "I bet those OGS guys are responsible, they seem pretty keen to get rid of our kind."

"No," contradicted Teatime, "It's not OGS. They can send you back to the Basement, alright, but this is different."

Harold sat up a bit and began paying attention properly. This was getting interesting.

"Different, how?"

"Well, as I said, demons are disappearing, and have been for a while. Baron Samedi is one. The demon that those frightful OGS goons that nabbed you were going after is another, and there are at least three others before that. Your father is very concerned"

"How do we know they've actually disappeared?" Harold asked, "It's not like we all keep in touch on Facebook or anything, is it?"

"Your father always knows where his children are, as you know – and he can't find Baron Samedi or the others anywhere."

This was shocking news indeed, unheard of.

"So where do I come in?" asked Harold. "I was told to come here and ensnare souls. I got one, you know? A young film star, I think she was - Lolita LaChaise. Signed up soooo easily...."

"Yes, yes, well done and all that, old bean," said Teatime dismissively, "But the real reason you're here," said Teatime, "Is to help me find out what's happening."

"Me?" Harold laughed, "Help you? That's rich, when all I seem to do is blunder straight into trouble at the first opportunity: first I manage to antagonise Baron Samedi, then get grabbed by OGS. I'm not sure that's the kind of help you need."

"I daresay we can put the former down to inexperience and the latter down to just plain bad luck." said Teatime, soothingly, "Who could have known that an OGS Spotter would just happen to be hanging around the railway station as you came through. The odds against that were pretty enormous."

"Even so," said Harold, "I don't have much real knowledge of how this place works."

"No," agreed Teatime, "But you look like a human so you can go wherever humans go. I can't wander around on my own: humans don't take kindly to animals running about the place. But if I'm with a 'human' I can be his cute pet monkey. D'you see?"

"Aaah, right!" cried Harold, "So you'll be like a detective, a bloodhound on the scent and I'll be your faithful assistant! Oh, now this could be interesting! We could have secret codes like come with me to the Casbah or something!" This looked to be way more fun than trying to get humans to turn away from the Light – as if they needed any help from him to do that, anyway.

Teatime rolled his eyes. It was going to be a long mission.


  1. OOHH!!!.. the plot, as they say, thickens... :-)
    liked the canada goose sneaking in, I think I've seen that border somewhere. Now there is the Braille thing to suspend my ghast too... with this fererro roche you are spoiling us :-)

    p.s: what was the name of that film that "never give up.. nevrr surrender" comes from again?.. It was brilliant in the stupidest way..

  2. "..the rather bizarre repeating seashells-spiderwebs-canada geese decorative motif running around the edges."

    What a great way to use those words - I wish I'd thought of it!

    So who's involved in getting rid of the demons then? Can't wait to find out. :)

  3. Oh dear, I already spend enough time on the internet!

  4. Oh more mystery. I also liked the use of spider webs, seashells and geese.

  5. The Harold story is just getting better and better. And I love the bathroom decorations.
    Enjoyed the first story as well.

  6. First story was well done.
    I just love Harold and teatime. Now they have a real task. You are so creative.

  7. Another fine edition! Thanks for giving me something fun to read on a Saturday night.

  8. Love the blind seer and Harold's story - as always - is delightful. I like this new turn of events. Can't wait to find out what comes next.

  9. He he - just had enough time left at the library to catch up with Harold. This is getting really interesting...

  10. Once again, a huge thank you to those who read and/or commented – it's the fuel in my literary tank, so to speak.

    @Watercats – The decorative border thing was downright lazy on my part. Originally, I just had the seashells/spiderwebs in there but I got to the end of the episode and had canada geese left over, so I just shoved them in. Mind you, I'm not saying someone wouldn't have such a tasteless thing in their bathroom.... Oh, and the filum was Galaxy Quest which I lurve!

    @Akelamalu – Perhaps I should try to draw that crazy border, quite a few people picked up on it – not quite William Morris, I'm thinking.

    @Friko – You have my sympathies, there isn't enough time in the day for all the stuff I want to read.

    @Bettygram – That border again! I think I'm going to market it. Thank you for your kind words.

    @DawnTreader – I'm pleased you're enjoying Harold's story. I'm finding it a challenge to keep it on track though with the very odd words we've been getting lately.

    @DrJohn – Thank you, you are very kind. I just hope I can deliver a good story now I've laid the groundwork.

    @Bug – You're very welcome and I hope your Saturday nights are as enjoyable in the future.

    @Raven – One of the things I love about Wordzzling is where the words take you sometimes. I had no intention of ever doing a multi-part thread and I've now ended up with two. I daren't do any more or the dragons will be upset. I think I've already driven them away as they don't appear to have visited this week.

    @DFTP – Thanks, I hope to keep enlivening your library time for many more weeks yet – or you can come over to mine and get a printed version – your choice.

  11. I thought the concept of having a blind seer in the first story was interesting. We know now, too, why the message was sent. The person who got the message needs to get it translated, though, before it's too late. It was good to find out some of the mystery in the Harold and Teatime story. Harold seems delighted, too. Now there's an additional mystery, the disappearance of the demons. Both stories were good.

    Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA


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