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Friday, 30 October 2009

Raven's Wordzzle Challenge # 87

Raven's Wordzzle Challenge # 87

plumber, autograph, Florence Nightengale, a chill wind’s a blowing, watering hole, sleek, triplets, backwards, surface, tension, parrot, free estimates, French fries, carpet, Braille, silver-tongued bandit

Note on the words: Picking up the link to #87 today, I find that I made a mistake when picking up the words from last week. I took surface and tension to be meant as separate words. I don't have time to rethink and rewrite today so I'll just make apologies and leave them as they are in my story.

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Lost track of the story? I don't blame you. (You blame me, if that makes you feel better.) Click on the label SlumberPartyMystery below the post to find all previous episodes. This week's Chapter 34 picks up the thread way back from Chapter 28. In between, we have been following Lt Skittles and Diana visiting the Brigadier General (Diana's grandfather) at the hospital, and having coffee together in the hospital cafeteria, and going to the Modern Arts Museum. (If you missed last week's episode, which I'm afraid came in rather late, you'll find it here.) 

Now it's high time we get back to check on dr Adam Challenge...

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The Slumber Party Mystery
Chapter 34 – Adam's Saturday Adventures

Dr Adam Challenge's Saturday had not started well, and did not seem to be getting better. During Lieutenant Skittles' unexpected visit in the morning he had tried to remain calm on the surface, but their talk had left him with a lot of tension. After Skittles left - advising Adam not to leave town - on top of everything, Adam discovered that his toilet was out of order. He called several plumbers, repeating the same questions feeling like a parrot, but none of them would give free estimates on a Saturday. Finally he got in touch with one sleek silver-tongued bandit of a plumber who promised to come and have a look at it the same evening, but at four times the normal cost. In spite of the sunny day, Adam felt a chill wind blowing.

Right after that, just as Adam was contemplating going to his favourite watering hole and get himself a drink and some French fries for lunch, he got an emergency phone call from a patient having triplets. Adam found her lying on the living room carpet and there was no time to get her to the hospital. He had to deliver the babies himself. Luckily everything went well, in spite of one of them coming out backwards. The husband, before following the ambulance in his own car, compared Adam to Florence Nightingale and asked for his autograph in triplicate, to give to each of the children later on. He also wanted it in Braille for the children's grandmother but Adam said he would have to get back to him about that.

Watching the happy father drive away, Adam suddenly felt a lot better about himself. After all, the Brigadier General had not died; and today he had helped bring three new lives into the world.


Argent said...

What a great post! It seems you picked up on plumbers being silver tongued bandits - think others have done too, it must be a world-wide phenomenon. Most ingenious use of the words.

Reston Friends! said...

Nice weaving of the words into the continuing story. That's my biggest problem -- I know where the story wants to go but it often doesn't want to go with Wordzzle words!

So glad Adam got to do something positive and life-affirming!

Dr.John said...

So your character has a life away from Detectives and Generals . That's a nice development.
Well done.

bettygram said...

Well done in continuing the story with the words. I have been away so will have to catch up.

Raven said...

Aw... this was lovely. Lucky you thinking surface and tension were separate words! Alas, I knew better since I'm the lunatic that came up with surface tension. Why on earth do I come up with these awful things? But back to the important stuff. Wonderful job as always. I'm glad the doctor is feeling better about himself. Looking forward to the next episode and Skittle's budding romance.

Fandango said...

Dragons just come out of the egg without all this nonsense. The Doctor seems like a pretty good character. The mystery is now is there a mystery?


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