Friday, July 24, 2015

WedWord: Adventures of Lord James St. John


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Kansas City Library
David wandered through the library, seeing if any book caught his eye.  So many, so little interest.  He picked up Boy Scout First Aid, letting it open to any page, and then reading aloud. “Apply….an-ti-sep-tic…What...” he tossed it on the table. Enough Boy Scouts for me.

Another book flipped open, and David began reading. 

“…entombed in sand, boxed in by towering columns, Lord James St. John had to quell the feeling of doom.”
  
Well, that’s not bad.

David found a chair and stretched out, his feet resting on the library table.  Enjoy yourself, enjoy air conditioning. 

“St. John stepped forward, immediately caught by a net, work of an ancient civilization….This whole trip had been a big gamble, he had known from the start.

“With just a few cuts in the decaying rope, James St. John tumbled down into a cavern, dark and dank after many centuries.  A cobwebbed torch was visible on the craggy walls, and he struck a match….

"Ahead was a pedestal, on which stood the object of his search…a beam of light streaming from overhead upon it...

Oh, no.  Really?  Really?


Does this look familiar?

But on David read.  “St. John retrieved a counterfeit item from his battered leather bag to replace the treasure.  Snatching the treasure and swiftly setting the fake, St. John chuckled as he beheld the ancient jug.

Wait for it…wait for it…

“James St. John raised the jug up into the light.  It was truly a hideous but opulent object, with amber and bone chips inset in the priceless gold.  Then the ground rumbled beneath him, with…”


Well, Jimmy boy, happy trails…David tossed the book on the carpet and left.


Every Wednesday, River posts 6 to 12 words to be used by any blogger who wish to enjoy a break from the serious stuff.  Use these words to write fiction, prose, poetry, flash fiction, etc.  Either post it on your own site and link it back to River's delightful gentle stream, or make your addition to her blog site comment section.

The bold words above are this week's words.  Hope you enjoyed how they were used.

Also, many thanks to Delores at Under the Porch Light who started this writing stir up, and to Elephant's Child who took up the slack when Delores' computer went all wonky.
Go on, with it!  Fling yourself out into the unknown!



20 comments:

  1. Thanks, leave us wondering do.

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    1. He will escape, escape again. He never gets to keep any treasure. Oh well.

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    1. Sure sounds like he could be. Attitude, etc.

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  4. I love the way you tackle these challenges. So much is happening in blogger land on Wednesday and your posts are definitely my favorites. It is good to be back and enjoy the talents and/or every day happenings of my blogger friends. Thanks for sticking with me.

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    1. there isn't any place I would rather be: reading your blog, seeing Samson take over the chair, Faith ever faithful, your view of the desert. All excellent, esp. you.

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  5. I hope David learns (quickly) how wrong he is. So many books, so little interest????!!!
    Those books could take him places and show him adventures which would make this one look like a kindergarden picnic.
    Can you tell I was caught up in all of your wonderful word play?

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    1. David's disdain and self-absorption will prevent him, unless he changes, from so many of his own adventures.
      I have had students like this...so frustrating.

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  6. David sure has some issues to work through

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  7. James St John is a bit of a scoundrel, yet even he couldn't hold David's attention.
    I like this a lot.

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    1. Lord James will continue with his adventures, but David will view the book with disdain, for a reason....

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  8. Not a very dedicated reader, is he?

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    1. David seems to be one whose adventures will not be found in a book.

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  9. Gah, I know this kid. :/ Thankfully the time comes when they improve. I have faith. :)

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    1. Male students I had suddenly found reading when the books were scary and/or funny. R.L. Stine's Goosebump series was invaluable in the mid-90s. Then Star wars-like books. Let's hope something snaps.

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  10. What a delightful use of the words! I love how you associated the word antiseptic with the Boy Scout First-aid manual - and thanks for sharing the photo of the Kansas City Library. So cool, as were the other buildings I found, when I clicked on the link!

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    2. Glad you enjoyed the bit about Boy Scouts Manual. Had fun with the words, and the library. Will have to visit that library someday--amazing!

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