Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Using Wednesday' Words

Words for Wednesday is a weekly writing prompt designed to get our creative juices flowing and our pens moving across paper.  This month River of Drifting Through Life (you can find her in my side bar) has provided the words.  This week is the last week for her and the prompts will be provided elsewhere in September.
It has been quite the challenge this month as River has provided us with some memorable words to use.
This weeks prompt words are:
Companionship, extenuating, complaisant, nuts, competition, computer, bedevilment, concoction, splat, eaves, clutching and institute.
Here goes:
“Well nuts.” Grace exclaimed as a sudden forceful knock on the door caused her to lose her grip on the wooden spoon she was using to stir a delectable concoction of apples and maple syrup.
“Now there’s a big sticky splat on my nice clean kitchen floor.” She growled.
Clutching the spoon and looking like fury itself Grace went to the front door.
“Why Sheriff” she exclaimed, “I didn’t expect to see you again so soon after all our excitement.  The funeral for Alan will be on Friday you know.  I thought I might see you then.”
“Grace,” the Sheriff gave her his most beguiling smile “what is that wonderful aroma coming from your kitchen?  I could smell it all the way out to the end of your lane.”
“Home made bread, fresh churned butter and Granny Parkers maple flavoured applesauce.  But, you didn’t come all the way out here to ask me that.”
“Well no.  There are some extenuating circumstances arising from the Deveroux house fire I need to talk to you about.  It appears, Grace, that you were related to the Deverouxs through your mothers line.”
Grace, complaisant as always, was getting the Sheriff set up with a goodly slice of buttered bread and a dish of applesauce.
“I looked it up on the computer, Grace” he continued, “You and a young lady in nearby Terrytown actually jointly own the old estate being the last living descendants of James R. Deveroux.”
Grace chuckled.  “My, my, what an inheritance; a burned out old hulk of a house.”
“And 500 acres of prime industrial land with access to the main highway.  This is land the big developers will go into competition for.  We’re talking big money here.”
Grace looked at him shrewdly. “There’s something you’re not telling me isn’t there? “
“Well yes, the young lady is currently living in an institute for the physically infirm.  Her parents abandoned her at birth.”
“How physically infirm?” Grace asked tightly.
“Oh she’s smart as a whip.  Takes college courses for amusement.” The Sheriff replied, “But,her face is deformed on one side and she walks with a crutch.  Almost looks……burned.”
“How old?” came through Grace’s gritted teeth.

“Twenty three now.  Lonely little critter.”  The Sheriff cast a sideways glance at Grace through lowered  lids. “The only companionship she has is a big amethyst coloured spider that lives under the eaves outside her window.  You and she would need to talk about what you want to have happen with the property.  Oh, and one more thing, just so you are prepared, her voice what with the disfigurement …. It’s a little …. how can I explain it?  it’s…sort of … gusty.


  1. I loved reading Grace's story, and marvelled at the twists it took.
    River's words were challenging - but fun. Granny Annie has offered to provide the prompts for next month, and can be found on your sidebar at Fools Rush In.

  2. Ah more of the story unfolds. You have used all the WFW words in a brilliant way. Bravo!

  3. Still just as good as the first reading :)

  4. Tough batch of words, you did so well with them! Interesting!

  5. Very good Delores, it leaves the door open for more to come, I like that.

  6. I thought the choice of words this week were quite hard ...
    Wow, you did so well. I enjoyed my read.

    All the best Jan

    1. Are you thinking of joining in yourself? We could use another writer 'on staff' lol.

  7. Well well well - are you sure that is the final episode of Grace's tale? I'm sure there could be more to come. Maybe pop her on the back burner for a while and bring her into play again in a few weeks time. Maybe a season 2 like a tv series 😊
    Thanks for the reads ~ Cathy

    1. Maybe our gusty voiced spider loving newcomer will make an appearance.

  8. Hi human, Delores,

    You sure did use those words real good. Some of those words were new to me. Thanks for the story and the increase in my vocabulary.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny 🐶

    1. Thanks Penny......I have a feeling you are just being your usual modest self and you knew all those words. I've been studying your powsitive writing style in the hopes of improving my own.

  9. Well done! Your story flowed nicely, used hard words in places that made sense. Now, what happens next?

  10. Super! I came here just to see how your story was progressing. As they say, "The plot thickens." Great job!

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