Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
-- Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5
Here is my story using the first 6 challenging words provided by Elephant's Child: abacus, bookshelf, cursory, delicate, eclipse, finery.
(It would be fun if any of you wanted to continue my story using the second six words: gigantic, healthy, innocuous, jaundiced, kitchen, linger.)
NIGHT OUT FOR CLARICE by Granny Annie
The thief entered the room with stealth. She took a cursory glance around the huge library. There were many antique books on each bookshelf. Clarice was not after a book. She was searching for a very old Chinese wooden bead abacus. She did not plan to take the abacus with her either. She knew this vintage arithmetic calculator was placed in a position that, when moved, would open the hidden safe.
The beam of Clarice' flashlight skipped around the room. It created shapes of the full moon, a half moon and even a moon in eclipse. At last, she spotted the old abacus. She approached the delicate object and carefully turned it. Nothing happened. Then she lifted it. Again nothing happened. Clarice began to move the beads attempting to work out a combination. She tried placing the beads in an order of the owner's birthdate. At that moment she heard a click and turned to see the door to the vault opening. Clarice tiptoed carefully toward the slowly moving, heavy door. She gazed in wonder at the valuable jewels and finery that awaited her large tote.
THE END...or is it.
Feel free to use the second set of words to continue my story. What might happen to Clarice?
Thank you E.C. for using the second six words to share this great ending. Hope others might accept the challenge as well.
Elephant's Child has supplied the challenging Words For Wednesday for May. I am still bogged down but hope to participate before the week is over. Hope you who have the time will participate. Here are the words: This week's prompts are: