Thursday, May 23, 2019

Words for Wednesday 5/ 22/2019

This month Elephant's Child is hosting Words for Wednesday with words used from contributors assisting. Please go visit her and participate or just enjoy the stories. It's a lot of fun.

Here are this weeks prompts.


Ironically*
Trove*
Reflecting*
Visit*
Dressing gown*
Buttercup*

And / or

Chronic*
Slippers*
Stretching*
Chuckled*
Technical*
Practice*

A continuaton of last week's as everyone seemed to really like Erla and her odd family (as do I!). And I asterisk the words as I use them so the flow of the story remains.

Once they were fed from the pantry and it was restocked, Erla stayed for her usual visit. She sat down with Merlin and Trilby in the parlour (they hated the term "living room" they were anglophone snobs). They liked being read to and had a particular interest in English best sellers of which there was a trove at home from her father's time there.

Her knapsack was stretched to the limit always between the cat-food, her lunch and the books. She had fetched their dressing gowns of course, Merlin's buttercup yellow, though, ironically it didn't suit him, and Trilby's plaid complete with their 8 matching slippers. Merlin had chronic affectations and insisted on using a long cigarette holder when she lit one of her mother's purloined cigarettes for him. He stretched and chuckled appreciatively on the damask sofa while Trilby rolled his eyes at him as he reclined on the footstool by Erla's feet.

They all agreed she had had left off at the beginning of Chapter 9 of P.D. James' latest. Trilby had a crush on Adam Dalgliesh, her poet detective, much to the amusement of Merlin, who held steadfast to the long practice of his hidden worship of Erla who seemed to him perfection itself, though technically, of course, there was never a chance of reciprocation, or was there? She seemed to split her devotion evenly between himself and Trilby but he secretly gloated over the gift of the cigarette she brought him and imagined this marked something extra in her feelings for him. And with this, in true British fashion, reflecting thoughtfully on the cigarette, he was content.

"The coast was battered by the remains of the shipwreck, planks and masts, deckchairs, shattered lifeboats," she began "And, could that be a body sprawled bloody and bleeding on the rocks?"

She looked at them both, her eyes round and frightened, her hand on her chest. They purred in absolute contentment. Another body. Wonderful.

13 comments:

  1. Loving this - and will confess to having a weakness for Adam Dalgliesh myself.

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  2. Yes, the story unfolds. I like the more sprawling, leisured tempo of this chapter - but of course you got us hooked with last week's chapter. Now you're the boss.

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    1. Thank you Uglemore. I am enjoying Erla and her doings along with the clever cats.

      XO
      WWW

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  3. WWW you are feeding us chocolate- the more you give us, the more we want. At least I do lol
    A cigarette smoking long haired wearing a dressing gown and slippers idolising a young girl (well at least we think she is a young girl) listening along with his short haired companion as she reads detective stories to them! Love it!

    My contribution can be found HERE

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    1. Thank you Cathy, I am hooked myself, can hardly wait to see what happens!

      Now I'm over to yours to see what mischief you've been up to!

      XO
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  4. What strikes me about your prose is the odd names, such as Erla and Trilby.

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    1. I love inventing names Gigi, I used Erla in another short story I wrote a while back and I've always loved Trilby as an animal name if it suits (i.e. Trilby hat).

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  5. This is perfectly lovely! The secret lives of the cats :)
    Well done.

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  6. Loving it, WWW! More!

    If Adam Dalgliesh were played by Martin Shaw, as in 'Death in Holy Orders' - then the line forms on the right dear Trilby - behind us! (Love me some Martin Shaw - we are re-watching George Gently series at present.)

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    1. Ah George Gently, I remember that one T. He never seemed like a cop which was so appealing. And of course Morse. Boy I loved Morse.
      Have you seen Shetland? I find it unusual in that it is way better than Anne Cleves' books. Interesting premise. And of course scenery!!

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  7. No, not yet, but maybe soon! We saw "Hinterland" - probably similar - and enjoyed that.

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