Friday, 4 June 2010

Saturday Wordzzle 112

Well, another weekend rolls around and it's time for another generous dollop of Wordzzle fun.

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The mini (gone gravity, variable, swinging on a star, gardening, trombone)

This is the final part of an ongoing story about a young blind seer who has had a vision of danger befalling a young man. She arranges to anonymously fund a holiday for him - only to discover she's sent him to the place where the danger was supposed to be. She catches up with him and they talk. Suddenly, a car comes careering round the corner of the road and, in his attampt to push the blind lady out of its path, the young man in injured. He wakes in hospital, having lost his memory. He is visited often by the seer.

The Seer speaks for the last time...

It’s been a whole year since Ian and I met. The gravity of friendship which initially drew us together deepened almost imperceptibly into something more serious, then finally into this: we are to be married. Tomorrow’s forecast is a bit variable, but whatever the weather throws at us won’t make any difference – it will be the best day of my life. I won’t paint up our future lives with the usual slushy swinging-on-a-star romantic imagery, I know there will be difficulties ahead of us. I’m blind, after all, and Ian still has problems with his memory from time to time which can be both hilarious and tragic by turns. We’ve pooled our resources and have got a little place for ourselves. It’s not much, but Ian can do a bit of gardening, something for which he has found a real love since he was encouraged to try it by his occupational therapist. We won’t lack fresh veg. at least. I’m not quite so sure about some of his other bourgeoning interests though. Ok, photography, I can tolerate, even though I can’t enjoy the end product, but lately he’s been talking about taking up music, learning the trombone maybe. We have neighbours, that’s all I’m saying. Anyhow, tomorrow will be the start of a new life. You know, the most curious thing about all that has happened is I’ve not had a single vision since I met Ian.  Am I saddened by this?  No, the visions were burdensome - especially when there was nothing I could do about them. So, I may not be a Seer anymore, but I predict that everything will be just fine.

The 10-worder (carpenter ants, freak, good as new, jelly beans, olive oil, scamper, champion, goose egg, pizza, ceiling fan)

New to Harold? The summary is here.

“Well that’s where the bomb went off,” said Mercury as the car rounded the final corner. In the middle of a largish piece of waste ground, there was a large crater with piles of dirt, fallen masonry and other disturbed rubbish radiating out from it.

“So where’s the demon got to?” wondered Prada.

“I imagine he would have thought it prudent to conceal himself, pending our arrival,” replied Teatime, who was himself straining to see out of the car window into the darkness. “He’s a bit dim, but he would know enough to keep out of sight once the police sirens started up.”

“Speaking of which,” said Mercury, “I don’t think we can hang around here for too long. Stop the car, but keep the engine running. Maybe it’ll realise we’re here and come out.”

Prada brought the car to a halt and they all waited.

“You could try phoning him,” said Teatime. With an annoyed why-didn’t-I-think-of-that grunt, Othello dug out his mobile and dialled. “No answer,” he said after a while, “Maybe its phone got damaged in the blast.”

“Or maybe it’s decided that this would be a chance to give us the slip, once and for all.” Said India darkly.

“Now look here!” cried Teatime, annoyed by the woman’s constant insinuations. “I don’t think that’s a very fair thing to say, given that he just saved all our lives. If he’d really wanted to get rid of us for good, he could have just run off, but he didn’t.”

India had the good grace to look abashed.

“Monkey’s got a point,” admitted Othello, “Let’s keep an open mind, shall we? I’ll send a text message, you never know.”


They had been travelling for just a couple of minutes but already they were out in the suburbs and, although he couldn’t be sure over the roar of the bike’s engine, Harold was pretty sure the sirens had been safely left behind. He was delighted to discover that zipping along the road in the dark, with the wind streaming though his hair was actually very pleasant. He’d have to get himself one of these marvellous machines!

The mysterious rider turned off the main road into a side street which rejoiced in the name Goose Egg Drive. It was a street of unremarkable family residences such as could be found in just about any town. About half way down the street, the rider slowed the bike and piloted it up onto the driveway of one of the houses. Ahead, a garage door was already rolling upwards and they slid neatly inside. They came to a halt in a very ordinary-looking domestic garage, complete with a pegboard of rusty tools, half-full tins of paint, packets of chemicals for getting rid of carpenter ants and all the usual bric-a-brac. Harold climbed off the bike, followed by the rider, who thumbed a remote control, closing the door.

Now that the rider was standing up, rather than sitting astride the bike, Harold could see that he or she was quite short – the top of his (or her) head only coming up to Harold’s shoulder. The rider reached up and lifted off the all-concealing helmet, to reveal a familiar knobbly brown head.

“Reverend Box!” exclaimed Harold.

“No. Mickey Mouse, who’d you think?” retorted the strange little man, setting down his helmet. “Come on in.” He led Harold through a door into the main part of the house and flicked on the lights. Bright fluorescent light flooded a tidy modern kitchen. The room’s ceiling fan began to turn lazily. After the night's alarums and excursions it all seemed bizarrely normal.

“You’ll be needing energy, no doubt,” said Box, “There’s some cold pizza over there and some olive oil in the cupboard if you need a lot of calories quickly. Don’t touch the jelly beans though, they’re all mine.”

“Pizza sounds good, thanks.” Harold flipped open the box and grabbed a slice. His recovery was going well, but the extra energy would speed him well on his way to being good as new.

Box leaned against the kitchen counter, his bike leathers creaking faintly, and faced Harold.

“So,” he said, folding his arms.


“OK, let’s head back to Aunt Aggie’s,” sighed Mercury, “Doesn’t look like our friend is going to show up now.” There was a murmur of agreement from the others.

As the car began to make its way through the dark, litter-strewn streets, Teatime began to worry. The explosion wouldn’t have been fatal to Harold and he’d certainly had enough time to scamper up to the waiting car if he’d been skulking abut anywhere nearby, so where was he? Had he, as India had so mean-spiritedly suggested, made a bid for freedom? Teatime considered himself a good judge of character and this scenario struck him as extremely unlikely . Grabbing the bomb and removing it to a safe distance was the kind of altruistic nonsense that would have got Harold labelled a freak down in the Basement – actually, most other demons probably thought that about him already, what with his eternal reluctance to involve himself in his father’s diabolical affairs. No, he had been right to act as the demon’s champion, for what it was worth. So, if he had not run off, did this mean that he had disappeared like the other demons? Now that was an upsetting thought - not because Teatime had any huge amount of affection for Harold (although he was sort of vaguely likeable in his simpleminded way), but because it meant losing a useful asset. Harold’s father had always meant for Harold to serve as bait for whoever was behind the disappearances, but his intention had been that the circumstances should be more controlled and that Teatime should be able to report back in a little more detail than he just disappeared, my Lord. He shivered. Harold had better turn up soon or there’d be trouble.


  1. A happy ending for the blind seer! And interesting developments in Harold's story.... Looking forward to what comes next. Thanks for sticking with wordzzles.

  2. @Raven - Yes, finally managed to draw the blind Seer thing to a close with, I hope, not too much indecent haste. I'm looking forward to doing new things with the mini each week now. Two ongoings is a headache. Harold rolls on as always. I really need to sit down and plan it all out properly. My big fear is that, because it's all sloshing about in my head, I'll forget something important and end up with a massive continuity error or plot-hole you could drive a bus through, and everyone will see it but me LOL. I quite like the episode-a-week thing. It's a different discipline and the real-time week that elaspses between episodes has an effect on how I'm writing the story. I think if I ever re-write this into a 'proper' book, a lot will change simply because the weekly time-gaps would not be there.

  3. I'm glad the blind seer ended up marrying Ian - it was as it should be!

    That Harold is so funny - I guess it's because he's indestructable that he doesn't consider danger. Everything is just new & interesting to him - until he gets bored. Hope Teatime doesn't get into TOO much trouble with Harold's dad - although he kind of deserves it.

  4. @Bug - Glad you enjoyed the Blind Seer thing. Yes, Harold is a big kid really - but he can afford to be if he's indestructible. I really must get him to eat more healthily, though, cheeseburgers and pizza is all he seems to eat - it's a bad example :-)

  5. Briliant as always. I missed the seer story, kinda sticking to harold. Its good you mentioned your planning. I was wondering how you wrote these. I just sit in front the pc and try to stay in my story arc and tic the wordz off as they direct my story. I usually write for about 3hrs strait, and then stick to what i have written. On the continuaty, i this week named "mr kent" bob, which is in fact the boss' name, luckily i saw it in time. I have the same problem with fact remembering. I have nearly written a complete novel in my head, and add to it daily, and its hell to remember all. I cant seem to start penning it down. Maybe after mr monroe has outlived his problems, or maybe i can push him into my novel. Ah well. I did enjoy your tale.

  6. @Smoke - Thanks for the kind words. I pretty much write each of these episodes the way you describe: I sit down and write and tick off the words. I've got an over-arching story made up for Harold and we're sort-of sticking to it although the words have blown me off course a couple of times. One day, I'm thinking of going back and re-writing everything properly, making it depper and fuller - I used to get moaded at for long posts, so I try to keep them to a reasonable length, but this does mean I can't include a lot of stuff I'd like. I hope you keep writing - I want more of Mr Monroe and more Bobby Danger.

  7. i liked the fact that the blind seer story ended with just the slightest hint of doubt - Harold and Teatime got me thinking about The Pixies classic track "Monkeys Gone To Heaven" today - though i douby Teatime would be heading that way: he seems to have his own agenda...

  8. @DFTP - Yeah, I don't like Hollywood endings too much and I'm glad to have finished it at last - it was only meant to run a few weeks. Teatime's deffo not going to Heaven - not unless they change the rules a bit :-)

  9. yeh.. what's teatime up to... (I never did like monkeys all that much)... and what's going on with the small fella and harold!.. this is such a great story! I imagine it like the original batman episodes... :-D

  10. @Watercats - Teatime has always had his own agenda (or Harold's dad's anyway) that Harold doesn't know about. It was mentioned in passing ages ago. He is tricksy though that one. Holy collection of etruscan snoods! I'm not sure this nonesense is up to the subtle standard of the classic Batman.


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