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Three Things Challenge The Warning

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Three Things Challenge – The Warning

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https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/three-things-challenge-pl132/

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These are the prompt words for today. Thanks so much for hosting this fun challenge, Paula! 🙂

Recent prompt words:

organ, attic, watermelon

kindergarten, oak, champagne

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They had been warned many times, but the kindergarten kids didn’t care. They thought it was just a joke, and so they kept on with their fun and games.

Every generation before them did the same, and it eventually became a yearly tradition for the town.

The Watermelon Festival was always held in the month of June, while the sun was hot, and everyone wanted a break…something fun to do.

And so they would gather under the old oak trees in the town park. The children would run and play, giggling at their elders warnings.

Soon, from the open upstairs attic window of the old mansion located there on the park grounds, the eerie organ music could be heard. It was the requiem they were waiting for…for the person who’d grown the largest watermelon.  It was time to cut them open. Those sun ripened fruits, sweet and red, and juicy begged to be eaten.

The mayor called for attention, wishing everyone a pleasant day, a profitable year, and again repeated the oft told warning.

The ceremony began with the popping of champagne corks, sparkling bubbles poured into the grown-up’s glasses, and toasts were made.

The children were given huge slices of the watermelons, and they ate, dripping juice all down their arms, with sticky smiles. The warning went unheeded.

Don’t eat the seeds! You may be the next person sacrificed for growing the largest watermelon in your stomach.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Three Things Challenge # 36 – 41

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Three Things Challenge # 36 – 41

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Trying to catch up with the past few prompts from Paula’s Three Things Challenge. I just kept adding to the story…:)

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https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/21/three-things-challenge-pl36/

Today’s prompt: insomnia, meringue, basement

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/22/three-things-challenge-pl37/

Today’s prompt: zoo, aluminum, cocoa

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/23/three-things-challenge-pl38/

Today’s prompt: carpenter, mile, Jupiter

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/24/three-things-challenge-pl39/

Today’s prompt: limits, donation, eagle

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/25/three-things-challenge-pl40/

Today’s prompt: well, ballroom, cactus

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/26/three-things-challenge-pl41/

Today’s prompt: tears, grass, hologram

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So, after coming home from the zoo yesterday, I had a bout of insomnia. With nothing better to do, I went into my basement kitchen to make a pie. I love pie…chocolate being my favorite kind.

I got out my aluminum pan to make the pudding mixture in, and used plenty of cocoa to make it extra rich. When that was done, I cracked some eggs to use the whites for a fluffy meringue topping.

It didn’t take long at all, so when it was all finished I had to have a big slice of my fresh chocolate pie. Yum!

Now satisfied from eating up to my limits in pie, I was feeling sleepy, so went on up to bed. I dreamed of floating on a cloud of sweet meringue. But, as usual, my sweet dreams morphed into a more terrifying scene.

I floated on my meringue cloud all the way up to the planet Jupiter. It was a pleasant ride, sailing through the milky way, and only dodging a few meteors along the sky highway. But, I kept hearing a banging noise. When I looked down, I could see a bevy of carpenters hammering away, as they built a wooden ladder. It was already so many miles long it was about to reach me. I didn’t like the looks of this turn of events at all. What was I supposed to do?

Well, I was startled awake by a sharp pain in my foot, at this point in my nightmare. What the heck?

I turned on the light to examine my foot, and saw spikes embedded in my ankle, and my ornamental cactus at the foot of the bed. I must have thrashed around and kicked it off the window sill. I couldn’t hold back a few tears. I had to use tweezers and my eagle eyes to remove the painful thorns.

Later that day I went into my ball room …that is my walk in closet. That’s where I go to meditate, and consult my crystal ball. Don’t laugh…

I asked what was the meaning of my strange dream, and a vision emerged from the cloudy interior of the crystal globe. I saw a lovely green meadow of grass, and a hologram of my long deceased father. He was a master carpenter when he was alive, and now in this vision, I could see he was building the ladder to reach me. I felt there was something important he wanted me to know.

The words came to me from out of the ether…

“Don’t eat chocolate pie right before you go to bed. It will give you nightmares!”

I laughed, and vowed if I baked another pie, I’d make it for a donation to the local free food kitchen.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Green Gunk – Three Things Challenge # 33/34/35

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Green Gunk – Three Things Challenge # 33/34/35

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/three-things-challenge-pl33/

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/19/three-things-challenge-pl34/

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/three-things-challenge-pl35/

Today’s prompt: earthquake, vanilla, pillbox

Today’s prompt: guitar, forest, caviar 

Today’s prompt: stockings, radio, algae

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I felt the earthquake seconds before hearing the emergency announcement on the radio. I’d been through earthquakes before, so wasn’t overly concerned. However, the shaking and undulating kept on for quite awhile this time.

I was still in my stocking feet, but I knew my earthquake survival tips. First, though, I grabbed my pillbox. If things got too bad, I’d need my medications.

The rumbling continued. Living as I did near the redwood forest, I hoped none of the ancient trees would topple over. I was surprised to hear the radio still playing guitar tunes in between warnings and updates.

Things in my house started falling now, including my spice rack that had been hanging on the wall in the kitchen. A bottle of vanilla broke open. It smelled really nice, and I’d have enjoyed it more if I could be sure my house would still be standing when this was over. My expensive jar of caviar was next to bite the dust, as it were. That smell wasn’t as nice, but it did make me hungry. I adore caviar on toast points, and vowed to get another jar soon.

And now it is over. I stood up, checking for more damage. Outside others were coming out of their houses, too. We weren’t prepared for what we saw. A giant crack in the earth was right in front of our houses…the street was one long fissure. It had swallowed up the cars, the sidewalks, and everything else in it’s path. There was some kind of green gunk too, that was creeping up the sides. It looked like algae to me, and I didn’t want to get near it, so I went back inside to start cleaning up.

The radio was still playing, but I froze when I heard the next warning. They were saying the green algae was all over town…suspected to be highly radioactive. We were to stay indoors, sealing up any doors and windows so it wouldn’t contaminate us.

Well crap…where did I put the duct tape?

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Three Things Challenge # 29/30

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Three Things Challenge # 29/30

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/14/three-things-challenge-pl29/

Today’s prompt: merchant, danger, lavender

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/15/three-things-challenge-pl30/

Today’s prompt: rocks, oregano, carburetor

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It was 1971. My friends and I were rolling down the road, singing along to the songs on the radio. We had no forewarning…

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Ding-a-ling-a-ling

The little golden bell tinkled as we entered the shop. We’d never seen this place before, but there it was, exactly when we needed it, appearing out of no where.

You see, our van had broken down, now forlorn on the side of the road as we’d traveled the highways and byways. Adventure was our motto, but how could we continue now? We needed a mechanic.

This place didn’t look like a garage, but maybe we could call someone. There was the scent of burning incense and oregano, or maybe something a little more enticing, wafting in the small room. The merchant, came out of a back area. There was something strange about him, though, as he never spoke a word to us at first. He picked up two, lavender painted rocks from the counter, which he struck together three times.

“Your carburetor is fixed,” he said.

Well, we thanked him and left money for his help, as we stepped back outside to our van. It started right up, and we took off back down the road.

Now, you may think this was just a hallucination on our part, but it happened. Talking about it later on, we all said we’d felt an aura of danger about the man we encountered. We were all glad to be on our way.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

Three Things Challenge # 27/28

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Three Things Challenge # 27/28

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/12/the-three-things-challenge-pl27/

Today’s prompt: divorce, umbrella, octopus

https://lightmotifs.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/the-three-things-challenge-pl28/

Today’s prompt: nose, Alabama, sailboat

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Divorcing myself from living on land, I bought a sailboat. My goal was to just follow my nose, have fun, and  sail to all kinds of interesting places. I started sailing off the Gulf Coast of Alabama on a sultry summer day. The waters were calm, and there was a breeze just right.

When I anchored here and there in my travels, I’d sit on deck under my umbrella. It was relaxing to just take my time to read, write, or sip some refreshing drink. When I got tired, I’d go on scuba diving tours. I hoped to someday see an octopus in among all the beautiful tropical fishes of the deep waters.

It’s a good life, and I’ve never regretted exchanging land for the open seas.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

 

WE ARE DOOMED

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WE ARE DOOMED

*written first*

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Earth was in the grip of a cosmic awakening. The shift in the universe was like a wave of terror, washing over humanity. People of all countries gathered in groups to gaze at the stelliferous sky, even as those beautiful stars lingered in their moribund state. When each one burned out in turn, a slight shivering episode overtook our bodies, our plasma running cold in our veins.

Much like in a penny dreadful novel, our sedate lives were turned upside down in an instant. Now we must learn to fend for ourselves. There will be no more communications between our world and theirs.

We are doomed.

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*written second*

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Journal entry #131

November 28, 2016

As I sit here, gazing into the dark stelliferous sky, I am compelled to make a special reference to what could be humanity’s last days.

One-hundred thirty one days ago, no one knew it had begun. Slight at first, then fast, the damaging, atmospheric waves washed over our Earthly home, rendering us moribund, even as we continued our daily activities.

The change in the cosmos was gradual, until, like a penny dreadful novel, the final episode left us shivering, our plasma running cold in our veins.

I now grip my pen to keep it from shaking, so I might continue to write my own famous last words…

We are doomed.

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So, I wonder…which version do you like best? 🙂

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This is for Mindlovemisery’smenagerie

Wordle # 131 … 11/28/16

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/11/28/wordle-131-november-128th-2016/

We were to use at least 10 of the words provided in this list:

  • grip
  • wave
  • stelliferous … having or abounding with stars
  • moribund … in a dying state; near death; on the verge of extinction
  • slight
  • episode
  • penny dreadful … a cheap, sensational novel of adventure, crime or violence; dime novel
  • fend
  • sedate
  • plasma
  • reference
  • famous

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2016 BS

AM I CLUMSY or WHAT? – for Wordle # 117, July 11, 2016

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AM I CLUMSY or WHAT? for Wordle # 117, July 11, 2016

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/wordle-117-july-11th-2016/

We are to use at least 10 of the prompt words to write a story or poem, or use artwork. The words this week are: itch, turnstile, narrow, bribe, shiver, plush, benign, destruct, chamber, ambisinister (clumsy or unskillful with both hands), ephemerid (an insect – mayfly)

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photo from pixabay

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AM I CLUMSY or WHAT?

I know I’m clumsy, but really, do they have to call it ambisinister? That sounds so bad, like it’s sinister to be clumsy. hahaha…Not so much sinister to anyone but me.

Take the other day. I was minding my own business, going shopping. I had to actually take the grimy subway to get to the shop I wanted to visit. Well, I doubt they ever sanitize those turnstiles you have to go through. I tried pushing my way through without touching anything, but ended up falling through the gate. I skinned my palms as I landed.

As soon as I could, I washed my hands, but it didn’t help. By that time the itching had started. I was shivering, and burning up with a fever, too. It felt like a thousand ephemerids were crawling under my skin.

I went to see my doctor, who said it was just a benign rash, and it would go away in a few days. I left the doctor’s chamber and walked down the narrow hallway. I’d had to bribe him for some medicines to alleviate my symptoms.

I told him I’d buy his little girl a plush toy animal, when I was able to go shopping again. That was why I was going shopping in the first place. My little girl wanted the same cute toy. I had to delay her happiness, all because I had such a day of destruction.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2016 BS