Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Brawl at St. Ann's

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One of many Irish Female Saints

The Ladies’ Auxiliary of St. Ann Church were engaged in vigorous debate 
about page 37 of “Secret Life of Saint Dymphna” when all hell broke loose.
Father Gary threw open the doors in a small book room, crying, “Someone has broken into our church hall!”

Caught between horror and mirth, all stood up, racing to the church hall. Auxiliary president, Mrs. Girth was last to take off running, the only one with mirth bubbling within, smiling at rear ends ahead of her.  Her thoughts were random and full of disdain. Her mind flooded with words:

Ha! Mrs. Garson! ...you did not know anyone saw you having a romp with that handsome altar boy behind table skirts in this very room! …and Miss Maulder, you wretch!  Stealing holy wine, swigging it down after service! Really!  I could smell it on your breath!

The herd had reached the hall, each searching the room.  Mrs. Girth hung back, watching, smirking. More words rolled through her thoughts:

Ha! Ms. Barton!  No one knew that it was you who wolfed cartons of butter pecan and moose tracks ice cream…but I saw you.

The search revealed nothing.  The book club resumed, whispering and speculating. Mrs. Girth watched them, knowing that someday all truths would collide and she, as always, would be there to observe.



The Wednesday Words meme was started by Delores . The italicized and underlined words are those given to writers to challenge themselves. 

This was started by Delores who tired of computer battle.  It has since been handed over to volunteers to present the writing prompts.  Six or twelve words, photo prompt, or a sentence prompt would be given to challenge bloggers to step beyond their genre. 

It is great craic.

From YouTube


30 comments:

  1. You left out the squirrel... jk!

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    1. Ray Stevens was too busy to visit St. Ann's Church.

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  2. There's one in every crowd! (and book club!)

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  3. I wonder if she was the one who broke in...

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  4. I had never heard the story of this young saint. OUCH! I always get a kick out of your short stories, and the neat use of specific words. Love it.
    Good imagination. I know you could tell some great 'good night' stories.
    Sherry & jack

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    1. I believe that we both could spin some yarns.

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  5. As a perennial watcher I warm to Mrs Girth. And love your use of the prompts.

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  6. I certainly hope Mrs. Girth didn't observe any of the ladies chase Father Gary around the church, and catch him by the organ!

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  7. Somehow, I was waiting for someone to find out Mrs. Girth had a few not so nice secrets, too. Loved how you used the prompts.

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    1. I do love to play with words. Mrs. Girth probably has some other victims. But, she is surely open to discovery.

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  8. Nice story. I think that you the further adventures of the club might be interesting.

    I had never heard of Dympha. These stories of saints all end badly :)

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  9. Haha loved the story, and wonder if it's true. ;)

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  11. Well done and entertaining use of the words. I think I have known a few Mrs. Girths in my day. They usually spill the beans when it suits them.

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    1. Life with Mrs. Girth would be probably stressful.

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  12. Mrs. Girth sound like an interesting character. :)

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  13. These challenges are fun. I did the one this week on Elephant's Child's blog. Well done with this one, Susan.

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    1. I read your comment and it was excellent! Thanks for the comment.

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  14. Ah, to be so busy minding my own business that i have no time to think ugly thoughts of others. People who do that tend to be not very nice.

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