Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Adventures of Lord James St. John

Books:Literature 1900-up, [Boy Stories]. Group of Seven. Various publishers. Seven adventuretitles from the 1930's targeted to boys such as W... (Total: 7Items)
adventure stories 1930s
Another hot day in Kansas City began by 9 a.m., and David sighed.  Why the hell did we move here?  Why? Chicago to Kansas City was a leap of insanity, especially in July.

David found himself on the library steps, trudging up into the brisk cool air of books and tables, musty and old.  

Purposefully, David headed back to where he had last tossed “The Adventures of Lord James St. John” onto the floor.  The book, of course, had been shelved by some over-zealous librarian.  Even so, he caught the sapphire blue spine among other lined up remnants of insipid adventure fiction books.

Sitting in a dark corner on a battered leather chair, David experienced a surge of anticipation.

“…the ground rumbled beneath him... as he raced ahead of the cave-in, only to sense burning vitriolic acid mist surrounding him, engulfing him.  The air morphed into a freezing mixture, combined with rotten egg scent of  liquid sulfuric acid…

Oh, come on!  Sulfuric acid AND gaseous nitrous oxide?  Together? Ancient tribes would have no knowledge…Idiot writer…Do your research, why dontcha? David sneered.

Misfortune loomed as the fumes waved over him.  Coughing through a torn shirt sleeve, he had an epiphany. Holding his breath, he crouched and crept along the craggy cave floor, breathing through the rock and dirt.  

Stay low, stay low…out of the mist…David whispered.

 A light gleamed ahead, a source of rescueSt. John tumbled and rolled into the bright daylight.  He snatched grass and twigs to pull him the rest of the way until he could escape the fumes. Lord James revived just enough to see his worst nemesis towering over him. Lord James St. John groaned.

David smirked. Well then…this was unpredictable. He should have been taken captive, tortured, or something.

A tall man glared down at him.  “…had to take another gamble, didn’t you?...A man who finds  misfortune, unworthy to bear the colors of the St. John banner…”

James lost consciousness blessedly, but when he came to, the man was still there, still haranguing at his son.  “…you impertinent worthless…."

Can’t he just shut up…just shut up…David growled.


First you deny the privilege of serving Queen and Country…A PACIFIST….”

David groaned. His dad.  Just silly plot twist.  Come on, really?

Lord James William Arthur St. John, puffed out his medal covered chest. “Why, in my day…”

Lord James St. John gazed through a haze at the self-proclaimed hero of martial glory.  Before passing out with a fading smile, he whispered, “You peacock you…”

David chortled.  Flipped a few pages ahead, Lord James St. John was already on another adventure.

Why not?  He took the book to the check-out desk.

The underlined words were provided in 2015 from Wednesday Words, maintained by several talented bloggers: Elephant's ChildRiverDelores. Over the years, the words have been challenging and entertaining.

After editing and rewriting and then editing more, this emerged. It was a load of fun, but then, isn't writing just that?


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55 comments:

  1. Susan:
    T His makes me think of the time when Dad used to take me to the library with him.
    Dad was an avid reader, and I soon followed suit.
    The anticipation factor when finding "the right book" and then having that library card at the front desk was like a ticket to some far-off sojourn.
    Those were some great times...for both of us.

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    1. My g-mother took me on my first visit to the library. I can still smell that musty book scent, hear our footsteps on the marble steps. She bought me a library card. I used it a lot.

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  2. It was my great grandpa Hilley. A county judge of some kind. He told stories around the fireplace in his farm house, I became a lover of story tellers. Your writing reminds me of him, except your words outreach his vocabulary. Upon losing my hearing I went from professional story teller to a wanna-be writer.
    I am increasing my vocabulary about a word a year. LOL You are helping....
    Love it.
    Sherry & jack in Virginia country, a state big in our Independence!

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  3. And of course "St. John" must be pronounced in the British way -- "sin-jen." Rip roaring good stuff, pip pip!

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    1. Sin-jen absolutely! that was my thought exactly.

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  4. Sounds like a pretty good story!

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    1. Lord James St. John had some Indiana Jones like adventures.

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  5. I love anytime I can use my imagination and let it run free. Words that describe in vivid detail add to the fascination and imaginative play. Great story, Susan. Happy Independence day, too.

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    1. My son was the basis for David. At that age, my son was always irritated about something. When he was wrapped up in a book, all was good.

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  6. This is so creative, I love it. And like others have said it reminded me of visits to the library with my parents when I was a kid. I was always so excited to go and start on another adventure with my chosen book!

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    1. Going to the library was like entering a magic place.

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  7. Sure shows how the library can spark the imagination.

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    1. While I miss the card catalog (brown wood chest with small drawers holding the cards that direct to the right #), computers are great. It does take away that fun wandering though.

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  8. Libraries are the beginning of many journeys. I went to the library today to pick up some books. :) Book review podcasts are great too. Listening to one then quickly checking the ibrary to see if they have it. If not ILL the book. :)

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    1. going to the library stirs up so much. When I found there were multiple books from the same author, I mentally leaped for joy.

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  9. My parents instilled a love of books in me. The library in our small town braced itself for our weekly visits. Seven of us came in looking for something new to read.

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    1. It is thrilling to picture 7 kids searching through books.

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  10. Of all the things my parents gave me, a love of reading and an introduction to the magic within a library, are the gifts I treasure most.

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    1. My parents were avid readers. that instills a love for reading.

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  11. Yes, I do seem to recall this. It was a bit of a series, wasn't it?

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    1. I wrote two follow=ups, bad writing. This time, I combed through the words and kept only the ones I enjoyed writing.

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  12. The library is a fabulous place to lose yourself on a hot summer day, and some of those serial stories were very overblown but fun.

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    1. Many sequels can never equal the charm of that first book.

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  13. I hope you had a good 4th.

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  14. Excellent storytelling. I love David’s observations as he reads, especially about the chemical mix.As other commenters have observed, libraries are special places.

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    1. Thank you, Brian. My son would have said something like that.

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  15. Ooh! Weekly trips to the library were the best part of summer. Ours was quite small, one room, over the firehouse. Definitely musty. I was allowed to check out two books a week. I went on many adventures with Trixie Belden. My favorite was The Mystery at Bob-White Cave.

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    1. I read my way through all the Nancy Drew and Louisa May Alcott.

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  16. Hi Susan - what a wonderful tale you've crafted ... loved it. Thankfully we had lots of books at home - as the local library was too far ... but I've always enjoyed them and now use ours here in Eastbourne, which I can walk to! ... great use of EC's words ... have a great weekend - cheers Hilary

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    1. We have a library here at our 55+ community. There are always people there, sometimes putting together a puzzle, reading.

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  17. I well remember the many, many times I escaped summer heat and winter rain by stepping into the town library, reading until closing time then walking home with an armful of books as the sun went down.

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    1. the library has give me so many good memories.

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  18. Why are there more books than people in libraries?

    God bless.

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  19. I'll always love going to the library, but the experience sure is a lot different from what it used to be, isn't it?

    Great use of the words. I was right there in the library with you.

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    1. The library has changed, became more electronic. But, it still has the library experience.

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  20. That was very entertaining! David's comments were like RiffTrax.

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    1. Thank you, Alex! That is a true compliment






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  21. This was a great story. I remember how much I enjoyed them when you guys used write them often. And you are so right, writing is a lot of fun.

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  22. Some of my earliest memories are of going to the library when I was young. The librarian would make me go and wash my hands before touching the books. I was already taking out books on various aspects of natural history, and sometimes she would have put one aside she thought I might like. That was a long time ago.

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  23. brilliantly done dear Susan

    so engaging and intriguing ,loved it

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  24. awesome article,
    thanks for sharing and have a nice day

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  25. Fun, the idea of the story within the story. I felt like I was leafing through the book with him.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Having fun while writing is the best.

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