Friday, September 12, 2014

Wednesday Words: Those Jagged Peaks....That Unctuous stuff

rocky-mountain-peaks
Source:myrockymountainpark.com
Sentence Challenge

The pointed peaks rose sharp and jagged like spears of ice.  Really high peaks, really sharp ice and rock.  Pete viewed the daunting challenge before him, shivering in his boots.  His wife came behind him, dragging a sled loaded with supplies.


Silently they considered the challenge.

Clearing her throat, Katherine announced, "I ain't gonna climb up that..."

Pete replied without hesitation, "Me, neither.  Let's go get a pint at that trading post---my treat."

They turned and trudged back to the rough hovel where warm and happy mountain men roared and drank heavily.

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Six Word Challenge

When Princess Bridget developed a mysterious rash, the doctors at that time shook their heads in bewilderment.
  
skin disease
source: incurable skin diseases

Finally one suggested, "You know, Bridg, I've heard of salve that will heal you.  Send your best investigators to both hemispheres to find this salve.  They MUST be fluent in at least seven languages down to grammatical accuracy!"

Another doctor exclaimed, "I know just the guys!"

Down in the rat-filled tavern, two such men huddled in the corner, knowing their many sins would catch up with them.  Two strong castle guards grabbed the two reprobates---sinners of the worst kind---and hauled them before the doctors.

  Going on this mission would absolve them of all past crimes.

So off they headed, around this way, back down that way, until finally they discovered the South American tribe which had just the salve.  With great intensity of purpose, they bowed before the doctors, extending the odoriferous unctuous salve to them.

The princess sighed in pure bliss as the salve was applied.  The two now-sin-forgiven-future-sinners backed to the door, ready to tell the doctors one more thing.

"Just one thing, princess,"  one sinner/reprobate stuttered.  "The side-effect of this salve is that you will smell like this for the rest of your life..." and then they escaped, jumping on the fastest horses awaiting, and rode off into the sunset to be safe forever.

Credit must absolutely must be given to Delores for providing the bold underlined words AND the sentence prompt.  You can access the other participants of this Wednesday Words challenge by clicking on the train tracks in the right side-bar.  Enjoy!

25 comments:

  1. They were wise to take off as they did...poor girl...rash free and stinky for the rest of her days.

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    1. Stinky...but rash free...but stinky...

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  2. A little stink to take away sin and help out, worth it, for them at least haha

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  3. I like the way the second one ended! Run, boys.
    Although the people in the first one were smart. Heck with climbing the mountain.

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    1. I never understood the urge to climbing mountains, but then I am more up for writing, movies, good books..

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    1. Absolutely! Frost bite, avalanches: not for me.

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  5. Big smiles. I think that I would prefer stinky to rash free though. Which makes me wonder just how selfish I am - my comfort seems to be more important than other people's noses.

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    1. Comfort always goes before etiquette. Hand them a jar of Vicks to smear under their noses...

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  6. That is a perfect question re: Bridget. Would she be vain and distressed or would she be satisfied with being relieved?

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  7. I've often looked at mountains and thought how cool it would be to be on top, but getting there is not a mission I'd care to undertake.

    That rash is pretty extreme.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. If there were an escalator to the mountain peak, you and I and many others would be up there.

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  8. Dear Susan, your imagination, as you know, always impresses me. But what I thought of today was the joy children in a classroom or children in their beds must experience when they say,"Tell me a story!" and you do. Peace.

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    1. The best thing I enjoyed about teaching were the students as they listened to a good book being read to them, or engaging them in a story I told. The language was enriching and their reactions were delightful.

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  9. Love the jagged peaks story, turning back in favour of a beer was a good decision.
    That mysterious rash looks so very painful, relief from that might just be worth smelling oddly for the rest of your life.

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    1. When I had Shingles, I would have paid major money for relief from the pain and eruptions.

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  10. Oh boy, that might not be a great trade-off. A princess should not be repugnant. ;)

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    1. Who knows? She might be as ugly as a barn door, but the odor would definitely not work to her advantage.

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  11. My attitude towards mountain climbing is exactly the same as that of your characters: Mountains are best appreciated from a distance. Let's go grab a beer.

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    1. When visiting our daughter in Switzerland, we took gondolas/cable cars up the mountains, to look out on the unattainable peaks off the distance. And we could look down on the valleys where the cows were grazing. No mountains for me. Cows, okay.

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  12. When ever there is trouble, I always say, "head for the hills, boys."

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    1. I wonder from where that phrase originated?

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!