Saturday, July 25, 2009

Raven's Challenge 73

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: riverboat, procrastinaton, drank, demons, invisible, candle, enough, film stars, summer job, computer
For the mini: general demeanor, surprisingly, masked man, reach, standards

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

Poor Agent 012 understood this was no time for procrastination as in a few moments he would be blown to bits and all of the oil storage depot would go up in flames. The timer that would set off this wave of destruction was just out of his reach . The fact that he was chained to a barrel of explosives didn’t help any as it was just too heavy too move. “First things first “, he thought and raised his foot to be level with the timer. Then he pressed a button on his shirt and a foam shot from his shoe engulfing the timer and surprisingly stopping it. Agent 012 breathed a sigh of relief and then set about getting loose. First he thought about using the blow torch in his watch to burn through the chain but then he realized that it might make the barrel hot enough to explode. So he used his shoe phone to call for help and the Agency sent a crew to free him.
The explosives were removed and Agent 012 looked for clues. There were, of course, no fingerprints and the explosives were part of a batch stolen from the Army Warehouse in Las Angeles . He did find stuck on the bottom of one of the barrels a brochure for the “Masked Man Riverboat”.
It was one of those places where people drank, gambled, and watched shows put on by pretend film stars that were really college students with a great summer job.
Having no other clues Agent 012 decided to pay a visit to the riverboat. He noted, at once, a man whose general demeanor suggested by anybody’s standards that he was wrestling with invisible inner demons. Agent 012 invited him to sit and have a drink with him. The man poured out his story .
It seems he was a computer programmer by trade. His job was very stressful so he decided to take a four day holiday on the riverboat.
Agent 012 thought the guy doesn’t understand stress . Computer programmer doesn’t hold a candle to secret Agent for stress. He also decided there was nothing to be gained from this guy and turned to leave. He didn’t notice him put the powder in his drink.
It looks like this might not be his day either.

The ten word challenge-Good Job?

Sorting pictures of film stars on a computer was not Felicias idea of a great summer job. She had tried for that wonderful job on the riverboat but they didn’t think she had enough talent. The person that had the job before was fired for procrastination and because he drank on the job. This , she decided, was the kind of job that drives you to drink . After a while you begin to see dancing demons in the computer pixels that make up the pictures. She wished they would stay invisible as it made sorting hard. Sometimes she pretended these were paper pictures and she was sorting them by candle light but it didn’t help much.
She was sure if she didn’t quit soon she would have to spend everything she earned on a psychiatrist. But she could take up drinking.

The mini challenge-Good Crook

The masked man that was robbing the local banks seemed to have some kind of standards he went by. First of all his general demeanor was surprisingly polite. He always said “ Please give me the money”. And he always said “ Thank you when he got it”. He never reached over the counter. He never pushed anybody. When he shot the bank guard in the foot he said he was sorry several times. He was as polite and kind as a masked man could be. The paper’s took to calling him “ The Gentleman Robber” and people were almost sad when he was caught.

All fifteen words in one sentence -Haunted

Surprisingly he believed that the riverboat , home of his summer job, was filled with invisible demons , the ghosts of former film stars, real enough to carry a candle just out of his reach and that of the transparent masked man whose general demeanor was outside of all standards for third level ghosts and so his procrastination and the fact he drank too much got him sent back to his computer job in the office.

Of course the dragons were busy today you can see them HERE.

Just a Reminder- Portrait of Words Stories are due Tuesday. Click HERE to see the pictures.


Raven said...

I believe your robber and my robber may be the same person. Poor Agent 012... he does seem to have a knack for trouble.

Argent said...

That robber sure gets around doesn't he? I really liked the Agent 012 story too!

Stephen said...

I liked your stories. Agent 012 sure has a lot of interesting gadgets. He may need them again pretty soon. I can empathize with the woman in the ten word story, as I used to find it easy to find faces in patterns on ceiling tiles and other things. In the mini story, perhaps the Gentleman Robber will get time off for good behavior. In the all in one sentence story, it sounds like getting fired was a blessing.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

CJ said...

I liked your "gentleman robber" this week.

Did you ever see the movie "The Grey Fox." Richard Farnsworth played a gentleman bandit ---based on a true story. Farnsworth had been a stuntman for many years and never got more than a line or 2 in a movie until he was past 50. I loved him in this 1982 film. In fact, I'm going over to Netflix right now and order it ---haven't seen it for a while.