Saturday, December 05, 2009

Raven's Challenge 91

It is Saturday and time to play with words supplied by Raven's Wordzzle
This Week's Ten Word Challenge will be: edge, haven, sunglasses, sprightly, telling, frazzled, juicy, quartet, tied, necklace
And for the mini: bees, crackling, wooden, staple, earful

The Mega Challenge as
The Ongoing Adventures of Agent 012

Agent 012 was happy the Haz-mat case was all nicely tied up.. He felt somewhat frazzled from almost being blown up and really looked forward to a week of vacation. He looked forward to a crackling fire in the fireplace and his wife sitting next to him on the couch. He could hear himself telling her how glad he was she was his wife and how much he loved her. It would be his little haven away from the world and the criminals in the world.
On the way home he stopped and bought a beautiful necklace for his wife and sunglasses for the boys. He also picked up a quartet of juicy steaks for a very special meal. He would grill. When he reached the edge of his property he could hardly control his excitement. He exited the car and walked with a sprightly gate to the door.
That’s when his dream crashed as opening the door was not his wife but her mother and she was holding her blessed cat. She immediately gave him an earful. “ He shouldn’t leave his poor little wife alone in these dangerous times”, she said. Then she continued but Agent 012 stopped listening. She might as well have been talking to a wooden cigar store Indian as to him. But it didn’t seem to bother her. Just as certain as bees buzz and birds sing she hollers and cajoles poor agent 012. This has always been a staple of her visit. If he had listened he would have heard:
: Your boys are growing up without a father they’ll turn out as drug using crooks. Mark my words!
You weren’t even here to carry in my bags and you know how bad my back is.!
Your poor wife should leave you and come home and live with me.
Even my cat doesn’t like you.
Well I’m here and I’ll shape you up.”
This was not going to be a great vacation after all. He almost preferred to face Haz-mat.

The ten word challenge-Fazzled

Poor Helen was frazzled. The normally sprightly lady had been replaced by one that could hardly walk. It was two days after Christmas and she had worked the returns counter in Oscar”s Haven Department Store. All day long people had been telling her what was wrong with all the things they were bringing back.
“ The fringe on the rug wasn’t tied right.” That lady hit her in the head with the rug trying to show what she meant.
“ The sunglasses made you see crooked”
“The necklace was 1/2 inch too short. The package said it would be 1/2 inch longer than it was.”
“It was supposed to be a DVD of a quartet but there are only three people singing on it”
And so it went on and on until Helen was right on the edge of a total breakdown.
But the day end and she promised herself that she would never work the return counter after Christmas again, no matter what kind of juicy bonus the store offered her.
Life was just too short for such nonsense.

The mini challenge- the Terrible Mrs. Grovel
Horace had four hives for bees. The honey they produced were a staple in his diet. It was important to him because of his rare ,hereditary condition called Wooden’s Enigma . If he didn’t get fresh honey he would end up with an earful of puss and could hear this loud crackling sound all the time. But with the fresh honey everything was fine.and he had no problems.
Life would have been perfect except he lived next to door to Mrs. Dorothy Grovel who absolutely hated bees. She constantly harassed him trying to get the hives dismantled. She threatened to take him to court for harboring a nuisance . In every way she could she made his life miserable. She really hated bees.
Horace was sitting in Joe’s Coffee shop having a cup of coffee when Helen came in. She sat down next to him at the counter since there was no other seat available. Thry got to talking and discovered that they had something in common , namely Mrs. Grovel. She must have returned every Christmas gift she received and was angry about every one. Horace share his problems with her and the bees.
Helen and Horrace begaqn to date after that and a year later they were married. They almost invited Mrs. Grovel to the wedding since without het they never would have met. But reason prevailed and they didn’t.

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


Akelamalu said...

Oh poor Agent 012, he's in for a bad time with the mother-in-law from hell!!

Mrs. Grovel sounds like the neighbour from hell - she wasn't related to Agent 012's MIL was she? LOL

Nessa said...

Mrs. Grovel - matchmaker. She'd be pissed.

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Argent said...

Oh, no, mother-in-laws can be very intimidating. My own M-in-L didn't like me at all and it took years for us to apprach anything like friendship. 012 should have taken the family away somewhere.

I would never work in a shop - or any job that involved dealing with the public, people can be so very trying at times. Helen must have had the patience of a saint. Mind you, she did get a husband indirectly from her complaining customer.

Artful use of the words this week for three crack(l) stories.

Raven said...

Loved all three. Poor Agent 012 never seems to catch a break, does he? Well, I guess that's not really true since he always survives the un-survivable. Liked Helen's job story (very funny) and am happy that she and Horace found love through the unintended actions of Mrs. Grovel (GREAT name).

Mama Zen said...

Poor Agent 012!

Melli said...

Ohhh POOR 012... ya know... he doesn't deserve that... he just really doesn't! That poor man tries sO hard...

I am soooooooo with Helen! They could NOT pay me enough to get me to take THAT job! Noooooope. That's a job for 012's mother-in-law! But at least Helen met Horace ... and that's the GOOD part! I do like happy endings!

bettygram said...

I am glad that Horace found Helen.
I feel sorry for O12, he needs to have time away with the family,