Friday, March 14, 2014

Wednesday Words: Nefarious

Town of Nefarious, Wyoming: pop. 4957 ---953

"Come Sick, Leave Healthy"

At the turn of the 1900s, Nefarious had been a boom town.  Seltzer Springs brought in wagons full of health seekers to use the springs, eat peculiar food, and spend money.

Alas, the Springs started to dry up along with the tourists.  Around 1993, the population itself dwindled.  Then one day, few boys were playing in the empty waterbed.  They screamed in delight, ran back to the mayor, Ol' Doc Kinkaid, who confirmed their big find.  He took to kids to his house and locked them in a closet.  "I'll let you out when the city council men get here."

The council men came quickly as there had been little to do lately.

The boys told them and led them to the creek bed.  "Look, Mr. Jenkins! Look!"  And there it was: the bones of an immense prehistoric boa, 50 feet long with the circumference of 8 feet.  Silence fell.  There was more to be found as they walked along the dried stream lined with dinosaur bones.
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In the quiet dining room of the widower Jasper Fillings way out of town, all men along with the boys sat around the dining table and a plan was hatched.  "In two weeks time, we must re-construct our miserable little town to make it look like it did back in 1890s.   Stores must occupy the empty old stores....and anyone known to be a gossip and who has relatives who are gossips must be confined.  Phones ripped out, Facebook and such shut down...secrecy is the key. Boys?  You wanta help or be locked up in the old boarded up classroom out in the Old school?"

The town without the gossipy kind threw muscle into renewal.  Quilts were ordered from China, tags removed, with new tags added "Hand-sewn by Louisie May Smith".  Rusty tools and blackmith shop restored.  Jars and jars of jams, preserves, and candles were ordered.  The labels were stripped off, and new ones put on:  Mrs. Nefer's Homemade.... My...Oh, the work. Nefarious appeared to be frozen in the late 1800s.

The gossipy type were sent on a 21 day cruise to Hawaii in the Holland American vee Dam. 


Finally, the paleontologists were summoned.  Two wise men, then four, then more:  all agreed that this was the biggest titanoba ever found, and joy overflowed as they walked down the creek bed.

A lackadaisical bearded old man was paid to sit in an old chair with his feet propped up on the sidewalk railing.  Curious tourists with full shopping bags asked him how long had he been there.
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"Heck if I know,"  he answered and then aimed some tobacco spit at the nearby spittoon.  Sometime he hit the mark, sometimes he did not.

Please forgive me if there is a town/city named Nefarious.  I checked every where and this did not seem to be anywhere.  If there is, I do beg for your forgiveness.

27 comments:

  1. Love this Susan! You went all out with the prompt. You rock :) and that's a helluva boa.

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    1. It was shown on I think the History or Discovery Channel. Truly big!

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  2. That's a great name for a town! And quite a creative story, going from living-giving springs to a boa bones.
    And is that snake in the photo real???

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    1. Real in a reconstructed sense. You know how those geeky paleo. guys are. Get a few bones and extrapolate.

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  3. That is one big arse snake. They were quite nefarious indeed with their plan

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    1. Hurrah! You connected nefarious with the moral compass the town members followed. Yup, one monstrous dinosaur snake to be sure.

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  4. Fantastic. I think this may be your best short ever (that I've read that is).

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    1. Dang! I forgot to put the credit to you at the bottom!! I am so sorry. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Sadly there are several gold-rush towns in California that have gone a similar route to save their towns.

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  6. A towns got to do, what a towns got to do - if it is to survive anyway.
    Another briliant take on the nefarious words that Delores tortures us with.

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    1. I Love Delores' words--they always take about a day of thinking and playing with the words. She is sometimes a wicked girl.

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  7. Brilliant! Extremely enjoyable.

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    1. It is fun to play with Delores' words. there is always a thread to run through them.

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  8. That's a snake and a half!
    With all that tag and label switching, Nefarious certainly lived up to its name.

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    1. And to its history with Seltzer water cure...snake oil for a price.

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  9. By FAR their most nefarious crime was buying quilts from China and labeling them "homemade." Did it pain you like a snakebite in the jugular to even WRITE that ?

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    1. I visited Branson, MO, and was so eager to see their quilts--the stuff of legends. BUT the sign said, "Quilts from Branson Design" and they had the "Made in China" label. So upset. So angry.

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  10. Hokey smokes, that's a scary display.
    The story is a good one. :)

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    1. Can you imagine that thing being something roaming the rivers?

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  11. Leave it to you to put the quilt part in but you know quits made in China could never pass for homemade. tee hee

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    1. Those quilts look like a first-time quilter's effort. It might trick some tourists, but not you nor me.

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  12. Note to all: Delores @http://ramblingsoftheterminallyaging.blogspot.com
    provides these six words for a poem, prose, flash fiction--whatever the writer wishes. She is sometimes evil in her choices, tantalizing (nefarious), and always faithful.

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  13. I will add Nefarious to the trip of my dreams.
    Thanks, Susan!

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    1. Of course, the jellies are $10 more expensive, and the beer is $25 a pint. But it is Nefarious, WY!

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