50 Words Thursday #24

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“The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance”

Good Omens, Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

The diving and snorkeling experience was out of this world. Mark and Tracy were so happy that the choose to come to Mauritius for their vacations. The brilliantly colored fish going about their way, not noticing the humans amidst them was something novel for them. Their guide/ instructor was very good at handling the novices and was expertly shepherding them from one point of interest to another. Suddenly, the coral seemed to move and the water got all murky. Tracy clung to Mark, and they both looked towards their guide for explanation. But they couldn’t see him in all that murky water. There arose giant waves in the ocean and the fish scurried in all directions.

” Quick people, follow me” came the voice of the guide.” We must leave these waters immediately ”

But what’s wrong?

“The Kraken stirs. And ten billion sushi dinners cry out for vengeance” came the reply.

Word count; 150

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50 Words Thursday #24

A prompt by; Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith

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50 Words Thursday #23

The Rules:

• Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!

• The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)

• Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

• HAVE FUN!

So here is this weeks picture:

And the Words:  “she added, hopefully, “how many things with angels on them are there here?” – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

 

The long corridor was littered with flower offerings. Most of them were in front of the statues, which adorned that side of the building. She stood there looking at them in awe. She hadn’t seen anything like this before. Turning to the man standing next to her, she added, hopefully, “how many things with angels on them are there here?” The curator was baffled for a minute then the light dawned on him. They really are not angles, Nell, these statuses are of great thinkers, queens and kings of the old times. They are here as a sign of respect!

Word count;100

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50 Words Thursday #23

A Prompt by Kristian of Tales from the mind of Kristian

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50 Words Thursday # 22 A gypsy’s life

This week’s prompt is coming from Teresa

Rules: 

• Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!

• Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.

• Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

HAVE FUN!

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We never stop anywhere very long.

Darren Shan, A Living Nightmare 91

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We never stop anywhere very long

On the go ever forever on and on

Sitting in a cart, selling the wares

Parked on the beach or a small town

Make no friends or enemies either

No connection no memories to dream

This is our life, the life of a gypsy

******

Word count: 50

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50 Words Thursday #22

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50 Words Thursday #21

The Rules:

• Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!

• The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)

• Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

• HAVE FUN!

So here is this weeks picture:

And the Words: “Her lips were red and perfectly shaped, her cheeks blushed prettily when she spoke.” – Neil Gaiman, Stardust.

I hope you enjoy this week’s challenge, please include a link to your posts in the comments section as Pingbacks no longer seem to work, at least not for everyone.

Happy Thursday Everyone.

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“Her lips were red and perfectly shaped, her cheeks blushed prettily when she spoke” Alice read these lovely words and wished that she was like this beauty. She was a pampered little princess of her parents, even her room looked like that of a royalty. But she still wanted more.

Word count:50

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50 Words Thursday #21

By Kristian

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50 Words Thursday # 20

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I always want to frighten them more.

(Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived In The Castle 38)

The castle is open to the public on every Monday. People queue up, pay an entrance fee and are given a guided tour by one of the oldest employ of the family, their trusted butler. Special places of interest are the towers, especially the north tower which is the highest. It faces the woods at the back of the estate and the view from there is quite gloomy. But there is a story attached to this which is a major tourist attraction. The butler tells the tale of the suicide of one of the daughters of the family long ago, embellishing it with gory details. He has introduced a villain in the story, of his own making and has also added other details to make it more believable.When asked why he would make an already tragic story more so, he would say brazenly “I always want to frighten them more

Word count:150

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50 Words Thursday #20

A Prompt by Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith

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50 Words Thursday #19– The trophy room

And here are the words:

`What do you call yourself?’ the Fawn said at last. Such a soft sweet voice it had! – Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Fawn and her mom were visiting great uncle Gerald. He lived in a huge house and had retired from the army around thirty years ago. The whole of the family stood in awe of him because of his hot temper. Though now that he was nearly ninety, he still had the power to intimidate others by just looking at them. Fawn’s mom was her favorite niece so she was invited to spend the Easter break with uncle Gerald.

Fawn was exploring the house when she cam upon the trophy room. She was horrified by all the stuffed animal heads mounted on the walls. It was barbaric and revolting to her delicate sensibilities. And amidst all this evidence of cruelty, she saw a beautiful Myna in a cage. As she went towards it, the bird started to sing .`What do you call yourself?’ Fawn said at last. Such a soft sweet voice it had!

The bird’s song was so melodious that it gladdened Fawn’s heart. But she still couldn’t ignore the hunting trophies on the wall. And the bird was caged too. She decided to take up the issue with uncle Gerald. Cage in hand, she went to find him.

Word count =200

In response to;

50 Words Thursday #19

Hosted by Kristian

The Rules:

• Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!

• The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)

• Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

• HAVE FUN!

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50 Words Thursday #18

Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith says; When Deb Whittam retired from hosting 50-Word Thursdays, Kristian asked to pick it up and offered me a spot as co-host. Obviously, I jumped at the opportunity as I love this weekly prompt. Last week he was host, so this week, I am hosting. My prompt will go out at Midnight GMT on Thursday, and a recap will be posted by 10:00 PM GMT next Wednesday.

Rules: 
**Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
**Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.
**Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
**HAVE FUN!

Elmer Gantry was drunk.

—Sinclair Lewis, Elmer Gantry (1927)

The stage was set. And the cast was ready for the first rehearsal. The main lead, Elmer Gantry was being played by a student, Williams who prided himself on his acting talent. When the time for the most important scene of the drama was being portrayed, Williams had a lot of difficulty in doing the scene. It was rehearsed so many times and every time there had to be a do over. Exasperated, the drama teacher came on stage and addressed him, ” Williams, Elmer Gantry was drunk, not sick. You have to make it look real” Williams was quick off the mark with his ready wit. ” Mrs B, I haven’t ever been drunk, so I have no idea how a drunk person behaves” Mrs B could see the justice in this statement, so she asked one of the junior teacher to play the lead, as he knew to act drunk.

Word count ;150

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50 words Thursdays #18

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50 Words Thursday #17

The Rules:

• Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!

• The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)

• Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

• HAVE FUN!

 

So here is this weeks picture:

And here are the words: “It was difficult, on the whole, to know how reliable they might be” – Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie.

Rows of Sphinx line the entrance

Donating treachery and cruelty

Beware for these are neither human nor lion

Neither gentle nor kind to their enemies

These statues are here as a reminder

To be on your guard as this world can turn on you

For they are tricky and merciless

Word count; 50

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50 Words Thursday #17

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50 Words Thursday #16

When Deb Whittam retired from hosting 50-Word Thursdays, Kristian asked to pick it up and offered me a spot as co-host. Obviously, I jumped at the opportunity as I love this weekly prompt. Last week he was host, so this week, I am hosting. My prompt will go out at Midnight GMT on Thursday, and a recap will be posted by 10:00 PM GMT next Wednesday.

Rules: 
**Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
**Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.
**Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.
**HAVE FUN!

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and ne’er was a creature so true and so loyal

Dav Pilkey, God Bless the Gargoyles

High on the roof he sat. Most people thought it was a statue carved in the stone. A relic from olden days. But a few knew that it was very much alive. A creature which came to life in the dead of the night only. It watched over the city. Keeping the criminals at bay. It’s aspect was repelling but it’s nature was true and ne’er was a creature so true and so loyal. When invaders were trying to enter the city by breaching it’s wall, these gargoyles came to its rescue. And a very few people knew the secret.

Word count; 100

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50 Words Thursday #16

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50 Words Thursday #15

Hosted by Kristian

The Rules:

• Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!

• The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)

• Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

• HAVE FUN!

 

So here is this weeks picture:

And the words:

“Ah! The Wonder House! Can any enter?” – Kim by Rudyard Kipling

The visit

“Ah! The Wonder House! Can any enter?” Stacy squeaked in excitement, as she stood in front of the little store selling oriental treasures. It had statues of all kinds and sizes. Stacy had come on a holiday to Honk Kong with her husband and they were exploring the tourist attractions when she had spotted this quaint little shop, called “The Wonder House”. Rob wasn’t too keen on buying stuff for which they would have to find space, first in their luggage and later in their home, but he humored her and they entered the shop.

The shop keeper was a man of undetermined age. He showed whatever Stacy pointed too and gave a brief history of that object. Suddenly Stacy spotted a tiny jade Buddha in a corner and asked to be shown it. The man seemed reluctant to comply but on their insistence he brought it out and placed it on the counter. “Sir I must warn that this statue is not for everyone. It has some powers attached to it which cannot be controlled by everyone” This statement piqued Stacy’s interest and she bought it after a lot of bargaining.

Nobody’s heard from the couple since.

Word count; 200

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50 Words Thursday #15

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