‘Cross Madcap Waves Pt. 1

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Hello!

After a week ‘off’, I was ready to get going with a new story.  Simon visited my Facebook page and left me an Eastery Pixabay image to be inspired by, so I got stuck in.

Again I have been instructed to use the Jimpix word generator (!!), so I went ahead and asked for five words to give me a title.  Vanadium would have been difficult to incorporate (Wikipedia informing me that it rarely occurs in nature and all…) but the other four looked promising. 

I cobbled together the title of this post, then hit the ‘generate words’ button again (once I had reset it to find me nine words to write my story around for today).  Weirdly, it came up with an event that actually appears within the Heptathlon it wanted me to touch on, and it spat out a nautical word.  Maybe this generator is warming to me these days…?

 

Heron   Heptathlon   Reporting   Polevault   Oxidation   Absorb   Stunsail   Ingot   Wail

I know it’s spring when a great white egret visits our pond. I always keep back a bit, I wouldn’t want to become lunch.

Bob has no such fear:  “Ooo! A heron!” he shouts, gambolling towards the water’s edge. My nickname for Bob is similar to ‘egret’ (he doesn’t care).

Bob is the kind of person who has a LOT of excess energy. He’s the first to sign up for insane things like the local heptathlon, reporting for gruelling practice runs at dawn and showing off by making the polevault look easy. Oxidation is his fix of choice, others seem to absorb his energised effluence or something. He can really enliven a room.

He’s too much for me.

I’m happy slowly unfurling each stunsail as I cruise the pond of a Sunday afternoon. (The herons don’t seem to bother the frogs while I’m sailing). I read myself adventure stories, where pirates spar over salty chestfuls of gold bars; each ingot steeped in bitter rivalry and treacherous deeds. I imagine the cries of the stricken sailors, the wail of a forlorn lover kneeling by her dying rogue – all while eating hot cross buns.

I’m all about the quiet life. March and April are quite busy enough for me.

 

Awww, I already have two main characters 😉 come back tomorrow and see what the generator decides I need to write around next…

 

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Departure Glance (possible continuation 1)

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Hello!

My weekend was fab, and yet ‘Departure Glance’ is still on my mind…

I did not generate any more words for today’s piece, but played with one storyline that presented itself to me 😉

My thoughts about this were that our protagonist was semi-conscious in the forest, but unable to move or properly open his eyes, and this conversation was taking place above his prone body:

 

“Is he hurt?”

“Not seriously.”

“How much did they pour in the fire?”

“Not enough, it would seem.”

“He’s strong, he always was.  Did I ever tell you he almost died after birth?  That infection should have damaged him but -”

“Yes.”

“I wish he could ju-”

“It’s not an option.  We have discussed this many times”

“I know.”

“We must follow the plan, no matter who you claim he is.  He is handsome, however.  He shares your strong brow.”

“You have unwed daughters, my lady…”

“Do you presume…?!”

“He could be taught and trained.  You could make him worthy.  I hear there are great places of learning beyond these shores.  Take him to the elders, they might see some promise too.”

“These sound like orders, Paraton.”

“Heartfelt suggestions, only.”

“A leader does not rule by heart alone.”

 

Do you think this adds to the story in any way?  What did you glean from the above?

 

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[Pic is from here]

 

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Departure Glance Pt. 5

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Hiya 🙂

So…

Day 5 of writing this week’s random story!

(Here are days one, two, three and four)

Shall we see what Random Word Generator gave me to progress the adventure with, then?

Today's words

 

 

Constant  Choke  Pattern  Contract  Medicine  Promotion  Crack  Venture  Epicalyx

My feet, unfortunately, kept up a constant throb as I tried to get comfortable on the sandy earth beneath my makeshift shelter.  I had started to feel a little breathless too, as if my woodsmoke was occasionally trying to choke me.  I put it down to the soaking I had received the night before, and gathered my cloak around me a little tighter while my eyes lazily watched the pattern of the firelight splay across the small beach.

I fell asleep a few times, but frequently startled myself awake, feeling as though I had just heard something move towards me over the sound of the rushing water and usual animal noises.  My pupils always took that split second to contract in the burgeoning light, and that was when I was convinced I witnessed something large retreating into the shadows – but it was gone as quickly as the thought appeared in my head.

I began to wonder if I should return to the village in search of medicine, my adventure-seeking and self promotion of just a few hours ago seeming absurd in that grey dawn of unease. 

Eventually, there came an almighty noise that I couldn’t explain away, and simultaneously three trees seemed to crack like mere twigs and plummet into the sand.  As my brain took this in, an elongated, scaly snout appeared from where the trees had once stood (at the height of a large horse) followed by two semi-webbed, scaly feet and the start of what looked like a long body.

The creature seemed to be about to venture towards the water’s edge, but I gasped a little too loudly and it turned its attention to me.

As it locked eyes with me (and I realised I hadn’t turned to stone) I had sudden visions of the flowers I had mutilated as a young boy, as well as all the strange names for the different parts of ‘flora’ that my mother had then painstakingly gone over from a complicated book of my father’s (to try and foster within me a little respect for nature).  Would my shirt collar be left circling the meaty hole where my neck once was: a sad epicalyx to my missing head, as this beast callously cast it into the falls…?

Somewhat understandably, I made up my mind not to wait to find out.

 

I am undecided whether to leave the story on this cliffhanger, or to forge ahead with the ideas that are swirling to answer the loose ends…one thing is for certain, however: I’m not writing anything over this weekend. Hubby and I are getting out with our friends on Saturday night and will be having a lazy day on Sunday 😉 so we’ll see what my preoccupations and workload are like on Monday.

So…this may or may not be the end of ‘Departure Glance’.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it, anyway!

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Departure Glance Pt. 4

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Hello!

So is this the penultimate section of this week’s story, or will it reach into the weekend?!  Let’s crack on and see…

(Here are parts one, two and three if you missed them)

 

Pyramid   Ministry   Paradox   Shift   Role   Easy   Secretion   Revival    Agony

That first night, it rained.

I had become frustrated with the task of properly constructing a tent for myself, having walked a fair distance and conserved as much food as possible, so I had slung the animal skin across some low hanging branches of a tree in a rough pyramid shape and curled up on the earthen ‘floor’.  I awoke in a puddle, a steady drip just behind me, where the wind had obviously caused the roof to slide. 

I moved closer to the trunk of the tree, first rescuing my belongings and firewood from the deluge as best I could.  I felt in need of ministry by morning: every joint seemed to protest at the slightest movement.

However, a young man can easily create a paradox within his mind at will, creating a seismic shift in his thinking when he wants to assume the hero role once more.  After something to eat, and in the warming sun that follows a storm, it is easy to laugh at a bad night and tell yourself that it built character.  Grandfather’s stories told of many such nights and the hero always survived.  There was nothing foolish in the path I had chosen for myself. 

There was tree sap (or some other less savoury secretion that I didn’t dwell on) staining my clothes.  I am now wearing proof of my struggles, becoming a man in the wild, an expert in overcoming obstacles.  I felt wonderful!

My spirits’ revival buoyed me through the whole of the second day, but my feet were in agony by the time I reached the falls, nonetheless.  My pride still made me take the time to fashion a shelter much more fitting for a male brought up in my village. 

Predictably, my second night brought no rain.  But it did furnish me with a different kind of adventure…

 

Oooo, let’s see what ‘adventure’ I can conjure up from tomorrow’s words, eh?!

*crosses fingers for lots of adjectives…*

 

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Departure Glance Pt. 3

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Hey 🙂

(Here are parts one and two if you missed them)

 

Outlook   Pocket   Suggest   Spot   Rate   Extension   Ball   Deposit   Visible

The positive outlook only wobbled a little while standing on the hill above the village; cheese and bread in my backpack, sharp pieces of flint in my pocket – first sunlight glinting off the little stream that wound past my sleeping mother and her fears of abandonment…

Everything seemed to suggest ‘routine’ down there.  Each tidy dwelling had its spot for drying clothes, and a designated area to cook and socialise.  There was always someone ready to rate how productive you were on any given day, so everyone kept busy and contributed as best they could. Each home was an extension of the next; a village journeying homogenously through whatever lay ahead. 

I could just make out the figures of some of our neighbours, checking fences and feeding animals.  The ball of my right foot started to ache, and I was surprised to become aware that I was straining to see so much when I had, just an hour or so before, been so ready to escape that life.

I resisted the urge to deposit my heavy pack on the grass and watch my mother discover I’d left.  I was not entirely convinced that I wasn’t visible from the ground and, anyway, that was sure to crack my resolve. 

I averted my gaze from the village, and kept walking.

 

Come back tomorrow and see whether our protagonist keeps heading into the great unknown…

 

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Departure Glance Pt. 2

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Hi!

This is what Random Word Generator gave me today:

words for today

We are on to the second instalment of this week’s story; here is part one if you need it!

Flavor   Future   Foundation   Module   Breakdown   Stake   Extreme   Hilarious   Struggle

I never really sought out adventure, but I got such a romanticised flavour of expedition and ‘the unknown’ one summer by helping Grandfather with the horses (for he had hurt his foot and was ordered to rest it as best he could for about a month) that I suddenly felt that my future lay beyond the village; and with Grandfather’s teachings as a foundation I could make my way in any terrain.

I started talking to the men who had explored beyond the next few villages, and got them to outline each module of kit they had taken with them – then I asked them to give me a breakdown of exactly what had been the most useful in tackling any difficulty they had come up against.

I kept my plans from Mother.  Father had gone missing a few years back, so I knew she’d naturally assume my life was at stake. “But, knowing me, I’d not do anything extreme; just reappear in under a week and regale everyone with pitifully hilarious accounts of my struggle to even keep a campfire lit” said my less confident side.

It is best to try to get these things over with, however, once they enter your head.  I of course would hate to sit and wonder “what if…” instead.

 

See you tomorrow for part three…

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Departure Glance Pt. 1

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Good Evening!

Gemma gave me a picture prompt on my Facebook sticky post today, and asked me to use Random Word Generator to conjure up all my words for this week.  Thanks Gemma!! 😀

Prompt pic of Icelandic waterfall

(This particular waterfall is in Iceland, you can read about it here.)

As usual, I asked for five words initially to get my title; then changed the options so that I could have nine words to inspire my first instalment.

Title word mix

I chose ‘Departure Glance’ as my title because it seemed to have more possibilities than any other combination 😉

Then I got stuck in with today’s ‘big nine’:

Today's nine words

 

Reptile   Turn   Relative   Judicial   Wander   Shower   Mixture   Dismissal

My Grandfather used to gather us all and tell us legends of the ‘reptile of the falls’. It had various abilities: could turn you to stone, or hypnotise you so you went back and murdered every relative you had; that sort of thing.  There seemed to be no judicial wiggle room for the creature – wherever he decided to wander in our lands, he was deemed to be up to no good.

As he continued to shower every impressionable young mind in the village with these exciting myths, Grandfather looked on inscrutably while we responded with a mixture of dismissal and a healthy respect for the waters’ edge.

There was a pilgrimage of sorts, taken by older teenagers with rebellion on their minds, once every year or so.  Mostly they came back disappointed and poured scorn on Grandfather’s stories.  But occasionally there was a tragedy that left us all a little unsettled, and looking over our shoulders more often when alone.

 

Join me tomorrow for Part Two!

 

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Expressive Cloth Pt. 5

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Hey!

So we have come to the last part of the story!

(Here’s the rest-scroll down for the instalment you need)

Textfixer gave me these:

Textfixer words

 

and off I went 😉

 

Violence   Vixen   Groan   Greasy   Binocular   Allowable   Expert   Guideline   Bounce

According to Abe and his colleagues at the FBI, this ex of hers had been violence incarnate.  He had kept tabs on every woman he had ever been with, but appeared particularly obsessed with Mary.  She’d never really talked about him, and always liked to come across as a self-assured ‘vixen’, so I was shocked when Abe told me it had got as far out of hand at one stage.

Abe said that the first sound Mary had made when they found her was a groan.  She’d been tied up on the floor of a greasy, run down kitchen in a back alley.  Apparently, she’d been beaten so badly her binocular vision was affected permanently – if I had known that I would never have performed with her.  It gives me palpitations even now when I think of how lucky we were every night…

Her ex was not the kind of man to let such a prized ‘possession’ go easily.  She was pursued across state lines many times and only had a few years of peace while he was behind bars for something else.

There were miniscule margins for errors allowable in the plan.  Gavrill was an expert at illusions, and meticulous in his planning; so I tried to quell my anxieties that night.  Gavrill had gone over every guideline with Mary and me numerous times, and we had managed to keep the specifics from Maria.  She had to believe her mother was falling to her death, too.  That was the part I really hated about the plan, but it needed to be that way to keep her safe.

As the night drew nearer, I knew I couldn’t watch.  Even with Gavrill’s assurances,  I couldn’t help thinking of his son and how bitterly he was still missed…

Mary and I planned to use my car afterwards to get her to that late flight.

When I heard the news I ran, and somehow expected it all to be part of her ‘farewell flourish’.  People were saying that the audience watched her head bounce up horribly, which ultimately caused irreparable damage and killed her very quickly.

Maria did not touch Mary’s limp body, and I have never seen her cry about it.  She’s just thrown herself into work and doesn’t want me to be sad, either.  “She died doing what she loved” she says.  She’s so much stronger than me.

As I watch Maria going through Mary’s routines in those same costumes, I can almost trick myself into believing we never lost her.  Mary’s expressions and mannerisms live on in our daughter as if somehow Mary’s spirit is woven into the ceiling of the big top itself; breathing her essence into everything Maria undertakes.

 

Thank you again to Michelle for choosing the inspirational photo, and I hope you will all join me after the weekend for another story based on a prompt (which I always need your help with, so please visit my Facebook sticky post challenge…link is below).

See you soon!

 

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Expressive Cloth Pt. 4

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Hello!

(Here are parts one, two and three)

These are the words Textfixer pumped out for me today:

Textfixer words

Phenomenal  Blame   Heroes   Dolphins   Invention   Jack-knife   Friend   Federal   Hectic

There was a phenomenal amount of press coverage when mum died.  Most of the tabloids seemed to hint at dad being to blame.  Like all tragic heroes in life, he still thinks that way.  His name was cleared pretty quickly, but he regrets not being there that night.

I was there, however.  I saw what she did.

“Even dolphins are not monogamous, it’s not an intelligent move to stick with just one lover” he’d said afterwards, gesturing towards the big pool across the grounds.  “It’s just an invention of your romantic mind to think she was all mine.  But I loved her.”

I couldn’t comprehend him at the time, and I still struggle with that point of view.  It had all seemed so simple as I watched her jack-knife to the floor.

Our circus family gathered round us, dad had a friend from university in some federal position that quickened the autopsy; and we were ok again.

Life soon became hectic as my talents were recognised (at long last).  I could do all of mum’s stunts, and I brought Marco on board to help; unfortunately, dad refused to perform with me.  It was not quite how I had envisioned it, but no matter.

 

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Expressive Cloth Pt. 3

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Hey 🙂

I still have no real idea where this story is heading, but it seems to be the father talking in tonight’s piece.

(Here are parts one and two if you missed them)

 

Camel   Meat   Prime   Beads   Hangover   Mushroom   Melt   Behold   Illegal

“In my country, there are camel butchers!”

I am not convinced that this argument should have mentioned the animal’s meat; now not only the keeper but the beast itself was grumpy.  I swear that camel could understand everything us humans said.

This is a prime example of why I don’t live here.  Any time, day or night, there seems to be a passionate exchange.  I know these are performing people, but it wears on me.  The sequins and beads I can handle, but I like to retreat after the show, not earn a bruised hangover by having a punch-up behind a trailer – while high after Madam Vogera’s ‘special’ mushroom stroganoff…

I stood watching the strong words escalate, biding my time to step in and calm things down.  It is what I do, how I made their icy stares melt when Mary first brought me here.  I care about them all, I care about their troubles and see how hard they work.  I know they are family to each other in every sense of the word.  Lo and behold, just as I thought my services were needed, Ammon said something so ludicrous in his anger that  Gregor leaned against his camel and roared with laughter; which made Ammon follow suit.  Then there was the shaking of hands and a promise to share whatever illegal herb was to be added to that night’s evening meal.  I was again glad that I would be heading home for a microwaved meal and some tame television.

 

I read this on Wikipedia about camel meat.  I’m not going to try it any time soon, though.

I wrote today’s piece with eldest going absolutely crackers in the background, so I think the tenses are out and I was also quite surprised it hung together at all…

I am hoping tomorrow’s words boost my imagination and I figure out what the point is behind all this chat the two speakers have given us so far.  C’mon subconscious, do your stuff 😉

 

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