9 June, 2010
Somehow I seem to have fallen out of fictional inspiration lately, having difficulties finding the time and inspiration to focusing my mind on it.
It is still my hope and intention to some day get back to the Wordzzle game and finish off The Slumber Party Mystery story.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Raven's Wordzzle Challenge # 88

Raven's Wordzzle Challenge # 88

Cute, come with me to the Casbah, bloodhound, respiration, Facebook, Canada Geese, modern, gravity, spider webs, sea shells, curiosity killed the cat, charming Victorian, railroad tracks, tower, salt and pepper

The Slumber Party Mystery
Chapter 35 – A Curious Phone Call

What Skittles actually said to Diana when he asked her to have lunch with him was "Come with me to The Casbah", referring to the Algerian restaurant by that name a few blocks away from the Modern Arts Museum.

Diana, for some reason, said she thought it was very "cute" of him to say so. When he asked her why she said that, she just smiled and said "Curiosity killed the cat". He did not dare ask again. Then Diana asked if he was on Facebook. John said no, and she said no matter, she could show him how to set up an account – he would soon learn.

On their way out, they passed another work of art in the entrance hall.. Skittles found himself rather liking this one, which was called "Sea Shells and Spider Webs". At least he could see what was what in it.

The Casbah restaurant, as Skittles knew from before, was in a charming Victorian style building. On each of the tables, they had little tower-shaped containers for salt and pepper. Skittles had always liked those.

Just as they sat down, Diana's cell phone rang. Skittles listened anxiously to the part of the conversation that he could hear.

"What do you mean, respiration problems?!" she gasped to the person at the other end. Skittles immediately thought of her grandfather, and found his bloodhound police instincts aroused. This sounded like a situation of gravity that might be requiring their immediate presence back at the hospital.

However, what followed did not quite seem to fit.

"But what on earth was she doing on the railroad tracks?" said Diana.

After listening a while longer, she said "Okay, we'll talk more later," put the cell phone back into her handbag, and turned to Skittles with a deep sigh and tears in her eyes.

"That was about Puddles," she said. "It seems curiosity killed the cat for real this time. Apparently she was hit by a train while chasing Canada Geese along the tracks."

Skittles did not know what to say, but reached out over the table and patted her hand, rather clumsily.



  1. Aw, how sad! You wove a beautiful spider web of a story yourself this week and I'm enjoying seeing how things with Skittles and Diana develop.

  2. The poor cat. Those geese will get you in trouble all the time. Skittles did well in his comfort of Diana.

  3. Good job with that but too bad about Skittles. I will have to try this exercise some time. It tests your creativity, that's for sure.

  4. Long , Long, Long
    well written but long.

  5. I commented earlier. perhaps skittle can figure out how it vanished.
    I think the mystery now is is there a mystery.
    But Skittles seems to be moving toward romance.

  6. A little sad but romance in there too! I like it. :)

  7. You do this so well! Poor Puddles... But I love the tender delicate way you reveal the hearts of your characters and make us love them.

  8. @ Fandango - The chapter is no longer than usual. You dragons are just sulking because there was nothing but salt and pepper on the table today! Go chase some Canada Geese, but keep away from the train. We don't want to see any more dragons with broken wings.

    @ Dr John - How WHAT vanished? You have me worried. Has anything vanished from my story that I don't know about? It is in YOUR story that a whole village vanished... Shall I send Skittles to look for it?

    @ Everybody - I strongly suspect neither the dragons nor Dr John nor perhaps anyone else will be returning to pick up those comments, but I could not resist writing them anyway.

    If not the individual chapters, the story as a whole IS getting frightfully long. Fearing that it will be longer still before I manage to disentagle myself from it, I am working on a summary (thanks for that idea to Argent). Hoping to be publishing it with next week's episode.

  9. I return to pick up comments. I think you're right about the dragons - I think being hungry makes them a bit cranky. They scroched me last week over the length of my post which was actually shorter than the previous week's.

  10. Oh nice. Someone did return! This I find to be one of the big challenges of the blogworld - finding out who expects the comment section to be a dialogue or not... I remember that dragon comment over at your place last week. I also thought that a bit unfair. Raven will have to put in some more food words soon!