Saturday, October 17, 2009

Raven's Challenge 85

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: early morning light, Pinocchio, mist, leaves, sandy, coffee, walking, traffic, pray, stomach
And for the mini: train, art, admirable, cotton, fluffy





The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

In the early morning light Agent 012 looked less like a green man from space and more like a sick human being as he had breakfast coffee with his wife. Soon his boys would be getting up and his stomach knotted up at the thought.
“It’s a good job” he thought.” that I’m not Pinocchio as my nose would be ten feet long with all the lies I need to tell to explain why I’m green.” He had concocted a story about touching something in the basement of the store where he worked and had caught a fungus infection that turned him green. Then before they could really think it through he would offer to take them to the carnival where they could ride the rides and get some fluffy cotton candy. He was admirable in his ability to lie , for him it was a real art. Still he thought that he should pray that the boys will believe him. So he did.
By the time the boys got up the morning mist had lifted and he could see the sandy spots in the back yard where lawn was supposed to be. He couldn’t remember which boy was supposed to have fixed those while he was gone but this was not the time to holler at them. He leaves the entire problem for a time when he will no longer be green.
Traffic was sparse in the morning and soon they were walking around the carnival grounds. The younger son wanted to ride he train that went all the way around the carnival passing through several fake tunnels. The older boy wanted to ride the rides that cause adults to heave. Both got what they wanted.
The boys were having a great time but Agent 012 was getting snide comments like “ Hey buddy you escape from the freak show?” and “ Where did you park your saucer”. He was so happy when it was time to go home.
But on the way a policeman stopped him for driving too fast and asked to see his driver's license. He was then told to get out of the car as the man on the license wasn’t green.
This was not going to be his day.

The ten word challenge-Bad Morning

Wilhelm V. Pinocchio or Sandy as his friends called him was having coffee when the phone rang. The message he received caused his eyes to mist . He rushed out into the early morning light waking as fast as he could to the car. As he leaves he begins to pray that traffic will be light so he can reach her before she dies. His stomach churns as he thinks of Nancy, the love of his life, falling from her balcony to the ground below. Every bone broken the hospital said. No chance of recovery the hospital said. Would die soon the hospital said.
He picked up speed. He had to get there. He had to tell her he loved her. He was so glad that traffic was moving so fast.

The mini challenge- A New Begining

It was the worst accident in the history of the county, fifty five injured , twenty seven dead, thirty one cars involved. The freeway was filled with commuters rushing to meet the Bluebird Morning Special train. It was always on time and it never waited for anybody , not even the regulars. In some sense they were to blame for the accident. The city’s leading art critic died that morning on his way to work. He left a wife and three kids.
The response of the emergency center was admirable. Two helicopters hauled the living, as soon as they were located, to the nearest hospital. Ambulances arrived to take the less badly injured to the hospital as well. It was some time before the dead were removed.
He awoke feeling like he was floating on fluffy cotton, the result of the shot the nurse gave him to kill his pain. They had decided when he was brought in that he had no chance so they made him as comfortable as possible and moved him into a room with another dying patient. They figured she wouldn’t mind and they needed every space in the emergency room for the ones that could be helped.
He forced his eyes to open and he looked over at the bed next to his. Nancy he said and extend an arm.
Sandy she said pushing her broken bones to make contact. They joined hands and together they died.
Their entwined souls rose slowly from their bodies moving toward heaven.

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

8 comments:

Thom said...

Poor Agenty 012...It sorta sounds like the difficulty you went through with getting your identity. Let's hope he can figure out how to explain this one :)

jabblog said...

Oh my - what an imagination!

Argent said...

Life certainly has its ups and downs for Agent 012. I do love how you weave in his domestic life so neatly with his adventures.

... and what a bitterweet story of Nancy and Sandy. I kind of saw the ending coming, but it was still actually quite moving for all that. You paint well, my friend, with light deft brush strokes. A joy, as always.

Reston Friends! said...

I wondered what kinds of comments Agent 012 would get being green at the fair!

And the other two: Ouch! So much for the peaceful emanations from Raven and Phrog!

At least they're united in eternity.

Akelamalu said...

I imagine it would be very hard to explain why one was green, Agent 012 has his work cut out!

Oh poor Sandy and Nancy. At least they went together. :(

Raven said...

Poor Agent 012... he does have a rough life. I loved your last story (continuing the 2nd). Nothing more romantic than tragic lovers dying together. Well done.

DawnTreader said...

Oh, you do have the ability to write quite different kinds of stories...! Very moving, the last two-together-ones. And now I have to go in search of last week's 012 story which I missed, and see if I can understand why he is green...

DawnTreader said...

OK I had to go back two weeks. I don't knwhy I missed that!