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Saturday, 27 June 2009

Raven's Wordzzle Challenge #69

For the rules of the game,
and for more stories,
go to Raven's Nest.

The Slumber Party Mystery
Chapter 16
- The Letter

Mini challenge: motorcycle, grandiose, summer, flying off the handle, blue jays

Lt. Skittles was beginning to question seriously whether he really had the right qualifications for his job. Right now, he felt he would need to be a psychatrist to be able to sort out whether this young girl was suffering from serious grandiose delusions, or just babbling. How do you continue questioning someone who has just informed you that she thinks of herself as "the goddess of the hunt"? In combination with the summer heat, he felt himself dangerously close to flying off the handle. He looked desperately around the room for inspiration, but all the strange objects in there were no help at all. That picture on the wall, for example, of two blue jays sitting on a motorcycle… Actually, anyone could go crazy growing up in a place like this, he suddenly thought.

Ten Word Challenge: Chorus line, clam chowder, apples, jack-in-the-box, puddles, Iran, quarry, housekeeping, speed, letter

"Look here," he started to say, but was interrupted by the butler appearing like a jack-in-the-box, carrying a tray with a letter, a glass of water and the aspirins that Skittles had asked for earlier.

"Oh, Bumblebee!" exclaimed Diana. "You're a darling, you always know exactly what I need!" She rose from her chair, took the pills and emptied the glass, before Skittles had time to even blink. "I'm so sorry you have to do all the housekeeping this weekend, but of course we shall have to change the menu for this evening. Do you think you could manage to whip up that clam chowder of yours instead? And I was thinking of asking you to make raspberry tart for dessert, but if there aren't any raspberries, you could use apples instead." She was talking with such speed that Skittles suddenly got the impression of watching a chorus line, except of course that she was performing solo.

"May I suggest bass instead of clam chowder, miss?" asked Bumblebee. "And by the way, I thought you might want to know that Puddles is back."

"Puddles? Who is Puddles?" said Skittles, hoping for some useful information at last.

"Oh, I'm so glad! I was wondering whether I would have to go out on a hunt again, with her as quarry," said Diana. Turning to Skittles, she added: "Puddles is my cat, a Persian. Like from Iran. I mean, Iran used to be Persia, you know. But don't worry, I don't really hunt cats any more, that was just an attempt at a joke." She took the letter from the tray that Bumblebee was still holding out to her. "Oh, excellent!" she exclaimed. "This is the blackmail letter I sent to myself. And the right postage, too."


Author's note:
Readers feeling as confused as Skittles at the last sentence are advised to look back at chapter 12 (wordzzle challenge #65), and also at chapter 15 (wordzzle challenge #68).


Dr.John said...

I love the on going story. You have developed the characters so well. I feel sorry for the poor detective.

Raven said...

This was just fun to read. I'm looking forward to next week's installment.

Richard said...

Skittles needs some profiling and pyscho assistance with this case. The blackmail letter to herself was a great touch.

Stephen said...

Skittles sure is having a difficult time. Even his aspirin and glass of water got stolen. He may or may not be making any real progress, but at least he's finding out some interesting things. I enjoyed reading the stories.

Stephen from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Akelamalu said...

Another good instalment, I really enjoyed it. :)

Reston Friends! said...

I think I need Skittles' keep up! Very well done, very fast paced. I could almost hear Diana rushing through those lines without taking a single breath!

CJ said...

I've been thinking that Skittles and Agent 012 (by another Wordzzle writer) might get together. With 2 heads, they might solve a case.


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