Sunday, April 26, 2020

Chocolate on an Icy Day

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Violin music scratched from Miss Violet Ramsey’s record player, volume turned up high, pouring music directly at her head. Her deaf ears scarcely heard even a note, which did not seem to be a problem.

By the window where Miss Violet sat, she stroked her calico kitten and sipped hot cocoa topped with melted marshmallow.  "How about we have another, Kitty?" as she set a fresh cup next to six empties. It had been a long cold day, and six cups were nothing.

Violet had barely taken a sip, when she cried out, “Oh, look, Kitty!  There’s another one!”  Even with her glasses steamed and fogged, Miss Violet did not miss a man  in a dark overcoat as he rushed by on Albany Lane, now a very slippery street.  


When he tumbled and cursed, Miss Violet giggled and marked another hash mark on her writing tablet. “That makes 13 today!” Marshmallow spittle splattered onto Kitty, who was not in the least bothered by it.  

Her joy was disturbing on so many levels.


This is a re-post from Nov. 29, 2012.  The italicized underlined words are from a Wednesday Word challenge, established by Delores, who stepped away from blogging. Delores handed the torch off to Elephant's Child and Drifting through LifeNew word challenges can be found at their sites.



40 comments:

  1. You've got to take your fun where you find it!

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  2. Six cups of hot cocoa seems t be a bit much. But now I want one too.

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    1. Maybe she needed the caffeine of chocolate? The abuelita above is from and advertisement for bitter chocolate in Mexico. It is as like a flaky stick. Break off a bit and it dissolves immediately. Add sweetener as desired.

      I fixed some, and it was amazing! Within minutes my head burst out in a migraine.. But it was good. Violet must have needed the caffeine.

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  3. I truly enjoy your short stories. It is neat how you get down to the nitty gritty by naming the street and splattered Marshmallow spittle to give the story a 'real' feel. I like it.
    Stay safe. With the title I thought you had just had a 'cold-snap.'
    From HERE,
    Sherry & jack

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    1. A cold snap would be great! OUr temp has been 90+ for some reason.

      Short stories are fun. The wed.words present a challenge to use the unrelated words!

      Are you in the East coast heat?

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  4. People watching can be a great source of enjoyment. I suppose it just depends on what you're looking for.

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  5. The Words for Wednesday are found on many sites now. I hope Delores likes seeing her meme maintained.
    It is perhaps wrong of me, but I do like Violet. And don't most of us have a mean streak somewhere?

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    1. Who says we don't? Maybe it is hidden most of the time, but explodes out to take out a few people.

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  6. I always love your prompts! Well done!

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    1. Writing is fun. Taking those unconnected words and tying them together--that's fun.

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  7. She sounds like the scary old lady on the street.

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  8. Ya don't suppose she went out in the night and watered down the sidewalk to add to her entertainment? Cute story.

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    1. Hm. That would be evil, wouldn't it? But, who cares?

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  9. When you cannot go outside, you take the entertainment you find, i would think.

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    1. That is what I am thinking. Violet found fun with hers. I don't know what mine is.

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  10. No real harm done. It's not like she threw open the window so they could hear her laugh!

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  11. Six hot chocolates? I'd be running to and from the bathroom all day long and probably half the night too.

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    1. I would be too. I won't speculate what Violet does.

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  12. Why do we laugh when someone falls or stumbles? We don't laugh if they fall off a building or ladder. What if someone falls or slips when falling and hits a lamp post or tree, or is hit by a bus, or car, or train or an elephant even. Do we laugh then? What if the ladder slips and it falls down a mountain, or a ravine or a water fall or ... What if ... What if ...

    Confused? I am!

    God bless.

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    1. Only an intelligent person like yourself would go there. Ravine kinda showed that you are suffering from this lack of social interation.

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  13. My kind of lady speaking of which I'm eating Kit kats right now, :)

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  14. After seeing 13 people slip and fall outside my window, I'd be laughing too. Now that's entertainment! :)

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  15. I used to love what you did with those word challenges and this one is no exception.

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  16. Well, THAT reminds me of a clean but non-PC joke...

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    1. Well it had to do with an establishment for "disadvantaged persons" behind a fence. A passerby heard voices chanting '16, 16, 16,' and he decided to peek through a knothole to see what tomfoolery was up. His reward was a finger in the eye and a new chant of, '17...17...17..."

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    2. OH, this is awesome. Would love to be there and say '18...18...18'

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  17. You can't help laugh at people falling on their bums. It shows you we are all kids at heart.

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    1. Always a giggles at first when it comes to younger people, and then it changes.

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  18. I think that I knew Violet Ramsey while growing up.

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