Saturday, November 14, 2009

Raven's Challenge 89

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: officer, candid, drowning, turtles, sugar-coated, prospecting, shame on you, reclinder, luggage, brains
And for the mini: paragon of virtue, cats-in-the-cradle, swamp, sprinkles, garbage

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

Agent 012 entered the Spider Webs Tower and asked to see the manager in the background the song Cats-in the Cradle sung by Harry Chapin was playing.. He called the local police and told the Officer in charge that he needed some help in clearing the building. When the Manager came he was perfectly candid and sugar-coated nothing. He told him that an international terrorist named Haz-mat was planning to blow up the building and might even be in the building at this time.
He then gave each police officer a picture of Haz-mat and had them seal every door but the front one. They were then to go through the building and see to it that everybody left through the front door. As they looked for Haz –mat they were to watch for brief cases , backpacks, or luggage that didn't seem to belong to anybody but that might contain a bomb. He then began to show Haz-mat’s picture to the employees.
The janitor said that looked like the man from the electric company but that man had all the right papers and seemed like a paragon of virtue. He said that some man with no brains had been prospecting in a local swamp and hit an electric cable and he needed to check out our electrical system to see if it had any effect on it. He also instructed me to keep everybody else out while he checked for their safety. He told me that if anybody got hurt he would be drowning in paper work. I think he is still down there.
Agent 012 hurried to the basement where he found Haz-Mat hunched over a pipe. “ Shame on youAgent 012 said “ Trying to blow up all those innocent people. But I have cleared the building and all that you can kill are you and I.”
“Wrong! Stupid one! “ Haz-mat said.”This building like most of the others on this area was built on an old garbage dump that contained sprinkles of almost everything from rotting turtles to decaying reclinders. As they have rotted a pool of Methane gas has arisen under the entire area. This pipe loaded with explosives goes down into the gas. When I push this button “ he said, showing Agent 012 what looked like a garage door opener button.” It will blow up everybody for an entire block.”
It really didn’t look like this was going to be Agent 012’s day.

The ten word challenge-Listen to Mama

Wilhelmina Candid was the owner and the brains behind the Greater Turtles Pet Company. In her little shop along with the usual cats, dogs, parrots and fish she had every kind of turtle you could think of. She had land turtles and water turtles and even one very rare Drowning Turtle from the West Indies . She was always on the Web prospecting for new and different turtles. This month she had directed her publicity officer to set up a contest so that visitors to the store or to her Turtles website would have a chance to win a beautiful new reclinder or a set of perfectly matched luggage.
The store was filling up and Welhelmina had never been so happy. This caused her mother to tell her that she needed to remember that there was often a calm before the storm.
She became quite agitated and said “ Shame on you Mamma for trying to ruin my day”.
The next day one of the turtles had strange spots and looked strange. She called the vet and the vet came immediately.
The vet said “ I suppose I should have sugar coated this but it looks like we have to close you down until the turtle is tested and we can be sure the rest of the shop is not infected . It seems to have a rare bacteria that can kill every pet in the shop and has been known to spread to people.”
The storm had come.

The mini challenge- Listen to Mama

William (Bully) Sprinkles , never a paragon of virtue, sat behind his desk in his Cats-In-The-Cradle Pet Company absolutely filled with joy at the customers that were coming in. Since the closing of his primary competition on the other side of town his business had more than doubled. It was worth the entire day he spent in that swamp wading through garbage looking for a sick turtle. He even lost his best pair of gloves, stuck on some kind of thorn bush. And when he found the miserable thing it didn’t want to go into the carrying crate. The rotten little thing even nipped his finger. Breaking into the shop at night and replacing her turtle with his had been the easy part. A fifth grader could pick that lock and no alarm system. What a trusting fool. Yep! Everything was going well for old Bully.
The next day the vet met with Wilhelmina and told her the good news. “As long as the turtle was in his own enclosure the other animals could not be infected. They had to touch it or be bitten by it to get sick. Now did any of your staff get bitten or touch the turtle with their bare hands? Humans get sick from this bacteria , really sick for a long time.”
She responded “ No they all wear a special leather glove with a plastic lining.
“ Then all I have to do is a quick check of the other animals and you can reopen”, the Vet said.
“ See Willy! The sun always shines brighter after the storm” her mother said.
Yes Mama! She replied smiling.
On the other side of town Bully didn’t make it in to work. In fact he didn’t make it out of the bathroom. He was sick . He was really sick.
Too bad his mother wasn’t there to tell him.” What you sow you also reap.”

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

One more note. I am on new medication which prevented my sleeping last night. I am so tired that I doubt I will do any blog visiting today.


Akelamalu said...

OMG Agent 012 got there too late? It wasn't Friday the 13th was it?

I didn't know there were so many different kinds of turtles.

Poor Bully he really should have taken precautions. Is there a cure or will the bit prove fatal?

Nessa said...

It looks like HAZ-MAT has the upper hand.

An epidemic in the pet store. Is it the tortoise flu?

That Bully sounds like a bully.

Long Overdue

Anonymous said...

ACK...poor Agent o12. Let's hope he thinks of something to save the day and have a better day :) Good for Bully...lesson well learned I hope. Well done my friend :)

Reston Friends! said...

I'm sure Agent 012 has a trick up his sleeve but I can't imagine what at this moment! You've got him pinned!

Turtles, turtles, everywhere . . . fun reads.

Raven said...

Poor Agent 012... but I have no doubt he will find a way to thwart the evil Haz-Mat. As for William Bully Sprinkles, I do love it when a villain gets his just desserts.

Argent said...

Oh, no! Agent 012 at the very edge of danger yet again! How can he possibly escape this time? Great use of the words in this episode! And I was ratified to see that that conniving rival petstore owner got his. Great reads again this week.

bettygram said...

Fowled again, poor agent 012.