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ImageSharon
Sep 20, 2013 1:45 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
New thread, fun story! We came from here:

http://cubits.org/bluegardens/thread/view/75933/


And to continue with our page 52, fifth sentence game, here's our story. If you don't recognize your phrases, then I'll go through and italicize them tomorrow. Have fun!!

Quotes through the day 9/19/13:

Stanislas Toad was seated in cushy comfort, legs stretched out in front of him as he contemplated the friends to his right and to his left. Stan was presently serving again as Vice President, seemed that he and Frank usually took turns. Nobody else wanted the responsibility. And so it was Franklin L. Frogue who commanded his attention at the moment.

"When they got re-established in the U.S., they began to meet for a reunion each summer," Frogue was saying, "look at the taskbar and you will see the buttons of two programs. One connects us to the crew, the other to our home base. You can radio the crew of the Athena that you're coming, although I'm almost certain the message won't go through. If we hadn't been on the trip to the reunion, we wouldn't be in this predicament."

With those words, a new vitality came upon the group, energizing them, making them a little defensive. It was what they needed, Toad thought, but it had been a long time coming. They had been stuck in this same spot for the entire months of summer, and winter was certainly not far away. If they didn't leave soon, it would be the end of them. Cushy comfort notwithstanding, they would not survive the cold of winter. Their kind never did, they required heat to survive, freezing conditions would be fatal. The scene before them was idyllic for now, but it too was dying, drying, and their shelter was sinking inch by inch into the muck and mire that they could not escape. The light was fading even now, and though the white foamy substance that was wrapped in a clear plastic cover continued to hold them in comfort, it was becoming somewhat soggy with time. They had found food through the torn opening of the window, curved as it was following the contour of the ceiling, but time and the sun had also very nearly sealed it, and though they had tried, they had been unable to create a larger opening. It was the metal surface of the ceiling that also prevented the sending or receiving of a signal. It was futile, Toad thought, but Frogue continued to bring hope and vitality to the group.

For Frogue, the truth was all around him, if he would admit it, but it felt as if he had stepped back in time, to an era where family and a sense of community were priorities. Where neighbor helped neighbor and people felt responsible for one another. He felt responsible for this group.

Occasionally they heard voices above, behind and around them. Only Stan could interpret the voices, only he had been educated in human existence, only he had been taught the meaning of words. It was the hearing and understanding of the words that made Stan know, their hopes and their efforts were futile. Just this morning he heard words that only he understood, and with them, his hopes faded: "Or maybe the little ones are lucky enough to get as far as the kitchen table with the rest of the mail --hopefully not on top of a radiator or near the woodstove; even the heated house itself is anything but inviting to a seed--and then into a drawer, perhaps."

"We seldom had more than four inches of snow cover at any one time."

"Never use the outside door when it's cold."

It was those combinations of words that told Stan their fate was sealed. The voices were talking of cold and snow. And though he knew if he and his group could get into the building that must be there, they could survive, even only near it, or in its shelter. But they could not get out of the container that they found themselves sealed inside. It had been a game. They were young and small and they were hiding from those on the air/watership; they'd found the cylindrical shaped object with the soft cushion inside, hid there for awhile and fell asleep. When they woke, the mothership was gone and they were too scared to venture outside their shelter. They grabbed food through the torn opening, they watched and were swift to grab it as it flew by. And they grew. And grew. Until now there was hardly enough room for the 5 of them. And no way out.

Sam, the fattest of all of them, was talking again: "I do my best, you know I do, it's just that I'm always hungry!"

"I like that kind of honesty and straightforwardness," said Franklin, it isn't your fault. We had no idea we'd grow up so quickly. We were young, playing a game, it's nobody's fault."

Stan thought they sounded like children, and though he had been designated Vice President, he said nothing. He knew it was too late. He just hoped death would come quickly.

He heard more words coming from outside their curved den.

"The blooms will soon become mummified," the older voice said.

"Oh look, Mom, there's the pail, the one we lost months ago. Remember when you told me - Toast some of the bread in the pail, Polly, you said. Remember that, Mom? And I told you then that Joel lost the pail, even with the loaf of bread inside it. Remember Mom?"

"Joel, oh Joel," called Mrs Pepper. "Come see if you can fish this old pail out of the water. It's no good anymore, it's trash, but we need to get it out of this drying pond before it freezes. Just use a limb to pull it out then toss it into the burn pit out back. It's no longer good for anything, just trash.

Joel found a limb, hooked a branch to the handle of the pail.

"Sure feels heavy, Ma! Feels like it has something in it!"

"Just fish it out Joel, and when you toss it into the burn pit, there are some other old cans out back. Just toss them in the pit, too."

"Pewww, Ma, it sure stinks," said Polly.

"That's why I said to toss the other heavy cans on top of it. Pa will get to burning it tonight when Ben gets home to help him.

The pail, clear lid intact, sailed through the air and landed with a loud thump in the burn pit. The pit's bottom layer of sharp rocks cut through the rusty pail in many places; it buckled and nearly flattened, hissing with the power of the catapult.

Franklin Toad was cushioned by the inflated bodies of his companions. Bruised and no doubt injured, he carefully pulled his way to the now larger opening and worked his way free by stepping first on the limb of one and then on the plump belly of another, neither of whom was moving. His head stuck through the opening of the pail's lid.

"Ma, hey Ma! Wait, Polly, don't throw anything on top of that pail. There's a frog coming out! Look at him, Polly, look at him! Fattest frog I ever saw!" yelled Joel. "I'm going to catch him, make a pet of him, look at him hop, Polly, look at him go!"

The end.
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Imageirisarian
Sep 20, 2013 6:33 AM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA
irises
Hurray!
Imagevic
Sep 20, 2013 6:57 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Oh, I LOVED this and the picture at the end was GREAT! Bravo Sharon - what a WONDERFUL writer you are Hurray! Thumbs up Thumbs up

Thank you for this big smile on my face Big Grin and thank you for the new thread too!

DD that is 41 is going through her swatch faze again Rolling on the floor laughing She wears 2 or 3 swatches on her arm each day - just like in junior high school Lovey dubby

In the words of Rod Stewart - may we all stay Forever Young!

Larry, congrats on the rain and we have an 80% chance of rain tomorrow. The next time Sharon does this, please add a sentence from YOUR book!

It's Friday, enjoy your day! I sure will - this time last year I was sitting in an ICU waiting room at a Level 1 Trauma Center an hour away, waiting to see Hank - I'm so blessed, thankful, and grateful we're all here!

Group hug Group hug
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SunnyBorders
Sep 20, 2013 7:01 AM CST
Name: Charlie
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Zone 5a
Thanks for morning smiles, Sharon.

Thanks, Vic, great day to you and yours too.
ImageMaryE
Sep 20, 2013 8:09 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Sharon, you are amazing! What a cute story you wrote from that unrelated jumble of sentences!

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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Imagevic
Sep 20, 2013 8:10 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Is she just the best at her craft or what? Thumbs up
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ImageSkiekitty
Sep 20, 2013 9:16 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
wow

To make something that makes perfect sense out of a lot of jumbled garbled nonsense.

I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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ImageLarryR
Sep 20, 2013 10:01 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
I'll go back and read the story in a bit.

I have to get something off my chest first. I'm still in shock as I write this. I just had a call from the UI Press, my publisher. This morning they discovered that the first 16 pages of the color section of my book are missing. They're trying to determine how widespread the error is, but suspect that all the books printed are defective. I was scheduled to give a reading tonight at a prestigious regional book store where famous writers from across the country and the world give readings. It has, of course, been cancelled. It's a real nightmare, since there is no way to let all the folks know who were planning to attend. I've contacted those whom I know were planning to be there, but there are many, many others who will arrive in Iowa City tonight to attend the reading and find that it has been cancelled. Grumbling Other scheduled readings are on hold until this mess is cleaned up. Not a very cheerful way to start the day. Thumbs down
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Imagevic
Sep 20, 2013 10:04 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh dear Larry - I'm so very very sorry. Are there any options or recourse for this? Good Grief! Makes me sick to my stomach - I'm so sorry Crying Group hug
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ImageLarryR
Sep 20, 2013 10:19 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Thanks for your concern, Vicki. At this point it's just wait-and-see. I'm sure I'll find out soon what the printer's plans are.

Great story, Sharon. Didn't expect Stan to play such a major role. Big Grin
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Imagemcash70
Sep 20, 2013 10:43 AM CST
Name: Margaret
BC, Can.
Larry, I am very sorry to hear about your book, how very disappointing that must be for you. Sad Group hug
ImageSharon
Sep 20, 2013 10:51 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Thanks about the story. Smiling
And thank you for playing along with me yesterday. We'll do it again, or something similar. Or maybe one of you wants to be the story writer if we do the same thing??? That would be just fine.

Vic, I'll be celebrating Hank with you today! It's been such a good year for him after all the worry and fear of a year ago. Life is so fragile and so precious.

Larry, for every bit of joy life gives us, there's usually something deflating to follow. On the good side of that, it's only momentary and will be fixed and all will be well again. I'm so sorry it happened. I hope it doesn't ultimately affect the sales of the book. I don't think it will.

As you saw from the time above, I slept very little last night. Second night in a row. So I plan to catch a nap or two today, no other plans. Not sure why I'm having trouble sleeping, not a thing going on that worries my mind.

Hope your day is so good.

ImageLarryR
Sep 20, 2013 11:14 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
vic wrote:It's Friday, enjoy your day! I sure will - this time last year I was sitting in an ICU waiting room at a Level 1 Trauma Center an hour away, waiting to see Hank - I'm so blessed, thankful, and grateful we're all here!


Group hug Group hug

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As a gardener: When planning for a year, I plant corn. When planning for decades, I plant trees. When planning for life, I train and educate people.


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ImageSkiekitty
Sep 20, 2013 11:14 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Larry - OMG, how HORRIBLE!!! Words can't describe how horrible this must be for you!! Long long time ago, when I was in college (mid 90s), I was in a "Creative Writing: Fantasy/Science Fiction" class. We were going to have a sit-down with some authors as one of the teachers was Jack Williamson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Williamson). One of the presenters was to be Roger Zelazny (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zelazny). However, like week before the presentation, Mr. Zelazny passed away due to cancer, and his agent didn't tell us! It was horrible to find out that one of my favorite authors, whom of which I'd been dying to meet in person (brought in all my books by him for him to sign if he was willing), dying like that!

I hope that your publisher makes it up to you some how!!!

Things like this make me happy I'm in CO: http://news.yahoo.com/co-makes-massive-rescue-pet-friendly-0...
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ImageMaryE
Sep 20, 2013 11:43 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Good grief, Larry. How could such a thing happen? How could they have not double-triple-quadruple checked the pages before it went to press? So embarrassing for you, having to deal with their mistake!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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ImageSharon
Sep 20, 2013 11:47 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Larry, does UP of Iowa have their own in house print press, or do they send the books out for printing?
ImageSharon
Sep 20, 2013 12:52 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
RAIN!!!!!! Gorgeous beautiful heavy rain. So heavy I can't see the neighbor's house. I love it!!!
No storms, just rain. A real downpour.
Imagevic
Sep 20, 2013 1:21 PM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Whoo Hoo! and with us having a 90% chance of it tomorrow, I bet it's heading this way Hurray! Hurray!
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ImageSharon
Sep 20, 2013 1:35 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Sending it straight to you, Vic. It's tapered down now, a light drizzle, but it sure poured for about an hour! Love it!
ImageSkiekitty
Sep 20, 2013 1:44 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
You probably finally got our rains... it builds on the mountains every day, pounds the flooded areas (again), and then heads out east. Haven't seen rain all this week, but my yard is still really really wet, so don't really miss it too much (well, *I* miss it, but yard doesn't need it). And it's too late for growing anyways.
Never be afraid of a scar. It just means that you were stronger than something that tried to hurt you.
My new Etsy shop - handmade jewelry by ME!! http://www.etsy.com/shop/OjodelGato
Buy some of my photos! http://www.catsonkeyboards.com
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