Friday, March 27, 2015

Wednesday Words: Old Miz Guthrie and the Fire

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Arsonist squirrel
A moratorium was now placed on church potlucks. The last one caused a flash fire when the Barbeque Pit exploded, sending miscellaneous pork bits and ribs, along with Bob’s Secret Ingredient (lots of whiskey) flaming sauce, flying over to Old Miz Guthrie’s tiny old house.

Old Miz Guthrie heard screaming coming her way, and then smelled the barbeque fire on her roof.  “Oh, Lordy, Lordy!  My house ‘s afire!”  As fast as a squirrel on a live wire, she scampered out the door, wringing her hands while the fire department extinguished the barbeque flickers of flame.

No damage done, Old Miz Guthrie thanked everyone, shushing them away, and hurried back inside.  Looking around at her immaculate, nicely decorated home, she raced down the steps to her basement, which was packed with fire-proof chests of gold coins, jewelry (oh, how she love nice jewelry), and packs of one-hundred bills. 

Unbeknownst to the community, Old Miz Guthrie was quite a spendthrift made possible by her late husband’s last bank robbery in 1955 in Chicago.  I better get outta this town.

The next day her brother Raffert showed up at night with a big van and they moved everything from the basement during the big school dance.  Just before she closed the front door, Old Miz Guthrie turned the cooker on high, with bright flames crawling to a dishtowel.

The town mourned for her. Damned BBQ sauce.

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Kudos to Delores at Under the Porch Light!  These six underlined words were a challenge for me this time.  Just could not find a common thread to weave through and tie together.
Moratorium? Congratulations, Delores!  You got me.
Ahem.  If you would like to access her site and read other participants, please click on the lonely grapefruit in the sidebar.  And, please, join this challenge!

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    1. Secret lives revealed allow for just about anything.

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    1. I hope they drove far. I don't know what precautions banks took to "follow" the money.

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  3. Thanks so much, Susan, still struggling with the sequel, but won't give up!

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    1. You are tenascious, Carole! I know you will see the sequel through.

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  4. You have me looking at immaculate housekeepers with a whole new perspective...

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  5. Great story. I wasn't expecting it to go that way.

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    1. Good! I like to twist and tweek a little!

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  6. "sunken treasure"!! I want to read more about Miz Guthrie and her ill-gotten gains.
    You did very well with this week's words.

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    1. Thanks, River. They were hard--squirrel with miscellanious?

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  7. We never know what goes on behind closed doors...

    Great story.

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    1. I know! One has to know when to stop pouring the whiskey!

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  9. That was one heck of a good story. You really made that happen in my head. Good job!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. So happy you enjoy it. You know, some people like to eat squirrel. I wonder if the 2nd squirrel is pre-cooked?

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