onsdag den 19. oktober 2022

Words for Wednesday -- Á Íslandi 37 - The Long Saturday 2

This meme was started by Delores a long time ago.  Troubles led her to bow out, but the meme was too much fun to let go, and now Words for Wednesday is provided by a number of people and has become a movable feast with Elephant's Child as our coordinator.

  Essentially the aim of this meme is to encourage us to write.  Each week we are given some prompts. These prompts can be words, phrases, music or images.
  What we do with those prompts is up to us: a short story, prose, a song, a poem, or treating them with ignore ...
  We can use some or all of the prompts, and mixing and matching is encouraged.

  Some of us put our creation in comments on the post, and others post on their own blog. This fun meme includes cheering on the other participants.

  And the more the merrier goes here as well, so if you are posting on your own blog then please tell us in the comments, so that all other participants, can come along and applaud.

The words appear on River's blog every Wednesday in October.


                                        And / or this picture

A shorter part for today. I have used only Outside. I promise more to come.

The bell in the  nearby village could be heard over the talking, and after the ninth stroke Knud rose. He clapped his hands, and in the ensuing silence he swished his wand: "Mál sameinast!" he said and continued: "Dear friends and fellow magicians. First of all the promised explanation. Rasmus was sleepwalking, erm sleep-flying you may call it, Helped on by a potion, his wife called hem, and he obliged. We have given him an antidote, but he's still on his way home to his wife. This time by his own volition, and accompanied by his mom, Hilde, and two other magicians, Finnbogi and Fiona to help him.
So even if we had planned the Wandsinging for today, too many of us will be missing. As I told, Hilde, Rasmus, Fiona and Finnbogi has left for their home town, and due to happier unforeseen circumstances - we finally found Aamu" Applauds and cheers interrupted his words. "Yes, we found Aamu," he continued. "And that's why Susan will be leaving in a short while. This leaves us with only 11 of the 19 surviving apprentices actually here today - and among those remaining only My is a somewhat trained wandsinger. Sometimes you just have to admit defeat," he said with a wry smile. "Too much has indeed happened for the last week or so. We have to catch up. We have to plan and organize. And when in a hurry you can lay the track as you go, but not for long. I am very sorry. Wandsinging won't happen today"

In the ensuing break Rósa and Susan looked at one another and rose. Their leaving underlined the seriousness of the matter and silence fell.  

"I think we need a day of restitution and fun," Knud said. Looking over the gathered magical community he saw only patiently waiting, trusting faces and impatient children.
"Instead of wandsinging we suggest a broom-race outside in the big meadow. Everyone who thinks he or she can compete should come to me and have their name and age written on a list. I can't race, as most of you know..."
My and Martine looked at one another and began laughing. A loud, happy noise in the silent Hall.
"Thanks for the confidence!" Knud said in a mock serious tone. "I am indeed better off as line-keeper, judge, and all that jazz. Martine will oversee the setting up of the course, My will be the one fixing the brooms, Heidi, Tage and Lis will man the kitchen, and we need all able and willing to tote, carry, saw, cut, hang, enchant, hex, douse, you name it."
The Hall erupted in applause.
"Now I'd like the old apprentices to rise one at at time and tell me where and with what they need help.
My is first."

My rose: "I need willing hands for potions making. and painting it on the brooms and casting of the relevant hexes. All who think they can do a bit there, come to me."

Slowly the hall emptied as old apprentices-turned-teachers left with an entourage of willing helpers.

6 kommentarer:

  1. I am smiling - and looking forward (as I always do) to more. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for your never faltering enthusiasm!

  2. Another really good chapter! When this becomes a book I will buy it for sure.

    1. Thank you ... but I am going to publish in Danish ... sigh - I'll send you a copy anyway!

  3. Boom-racing, oh yes, sounds like fun. But of course, one must do the work before the fun.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. They are going to have fun, but yes first dome work.


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