Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday Centus - With Apologies to Peter, Paul and Mary

Time to let the imagination run free once again. It's Saturday Centus time, hosted by the always gracious Jenny Matlock. Jenny provides us with a prompt, and her merry band of Centusians writes a micro story of 100 words or less, exclusive of the prompt. The only rules are to use the prompt in it's entirety exactly as written. No splitting the prompt! It's ok to split infinitives, but DO NOT split the prompt! Also, no pictures and no profanity. This is not the place for your R rated meanderings :)

This weeks prompt: "If I had a hammer..."

My take. Hope you enjoy!

The sun was slowly sinking as I made my last turn around the square. Grand old buildings stood sentinel, Victorian dowagers passing judgment on every passing citizen. A sudden breeze whispered through fallen leaves on the courthouse lawn. What a glorious evening for a stroll through this beautiful old town. Peaking into gleaming shop windows, I admired the artwork at the gallery, the book display at the corner book shop. I crossed the empty street to see what had moved into the old Hoffmeier building. A candy shop! The window beckoned, displaying a veritable wonderland of luscious hand dipped chocolates. If I had a hammer ...

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28 comments:

smArtee-Pantz said...

Loved it fantastic...!!!you really had me hooked after "sun was slowly sinking"....!!

Bookie said...

Beautiful writing...I felt like I was walking right with you, could feel that night breeze...!!!

James said...

That was great! I'm amazed by how totally got into the story so quickly. You sure have talent!

Judie said...

Great post, Kat! Now that everyone is asleep, I am heading to the kitchen to retrieve my stash of extra dark chocolate! And I don't even need a hammer!

Deborah said...

Wonderfully written .. and I'm with you on the hammer mmm! :o)

gautami tripathy said...

You made my mouth water!

that hammer

Anna said...

Lovely atmosphere of a stroll though a sleepy little town in the evening. Makes me think of Shepherdstown, West Virginia or Leesburg, Virginia before it got discovered by the yuppies.
Yes, I have a sweet tooth too.
But please don't inspire others to commit crime, even if it is just breaking a store window. What looks easy in the movies, costs so much in real life.
Take your hammer and a thumb tack (It is never enough to just use your thumb to use a 'thumb'-tack) and post a paper sign on their bulletin board: 'Looking for a room to rent in this lovely town. I have no pets and I don't smoke!'

Best wishes,
Anna

Anna's SC Week 23

Cheryl said...

Sweet and decadent Kat.

nimaruichi said...

What a sweet ending!

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

I'd have some chocolate :)

Love this and always look forward to your stories.

Viki said...

I always love reading your very descriptive Centus'. Sounds like it would be a great town to walk through. Good job.

RawknRobynsGoneBlogWild said...

You're a great writer, Kat. I love this one (of course). Please, take my hammer. It's for a very worthy cause. I just ask that you share.
xoRobyn

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a fun ending to your story, Kat! That chocolate must have looked so tempting! :)

Sue said...

Oh, I liked the feel of this, Kat....like a picture I wanted to crawl into.

=)

Bonnie said...

I loved "Victorian dowagers" as I have a particular fondness of Victorian architecture.

Great job! Bonnie

razzamadazzle said...

Oh, the power of candy. I detect the "twinkie defense" coming. Nicely done!

Teresa

xinex said...

What a clever way to add it to the story. You must have gotten all A's in English and composition when you were in school, Kat. Just to answer your question....Yes, I painted the big oil painting above the sofa on our family room wall. Thanks for your visit....Christine

Terra said...

LMAO, this was brilliant. I felt as though I was on the street too - and I would have wished for a hammer at that window too

DesignTies said...

Oh yeah, a hammer would be super-handy!! :-)

This prompt reminds me of a story my aunt told me about a friend of hers. Her friend wanted to renovate the bathroom, but her hubby said NO. So she got out a sledgehammer, took a few whacks at the BR walls, and her hubby had no choice!! :-)

Kelly

P.S. I agree, a ghost chair definitely belongs in a cemetery house!!

jeff campbell said...

Kat...this is quite good indeed...so evocative...I was walking with you...Peace and blessings

My name is PJ. said...

First of all, lovely imagery!

Second of all, I completely understand the yearning for a hammer under those circumstances!!! :)

Lynn said...

Another good one, Kat!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Wonderful as usual, Kat! I am picturing your little town! And...yes, I'll take a hammer, please! Nothng causes strange urges like the need for chocolate! lol Hope you are having a good week...hugs...Debbie

Jane said...

I'd bring the hammer for luscious chocolates!!! (I have been craving good chocolate for days...) You have a lovely style of writing...you truly bring the reader right along with you with your word pictures. It's a gift!

Thanks for your kind words re: my most recent post. It's wonderful to meet those with whom you have shared thoughts, family, and prayers...and it's amazing how easy it is to converse with these "strangers". I hope that one day, I will have the opportunity to meet you...in person.
Hugs,
Jane (artfully graced)

xinex said...

Thanks for the much needed prayers for my mom, Kat. She pulled through so they worked. She just got home a few hours ago...Christine

jfb57 said...

Tut, tut! Fancy choosing chocolate over art!! ;) I'm with you there! Great idea!

Jenny said...

I'm coming! I'm coming! Keep guard. I have two hammers! One for you and one for me!

And a couple of big bags and lots of baggies, too!

What a fun use of this prompt!

You totally made me smile here.

And I suspect Mary would have just joined us with a hammer of her own!

cj Schlottman said...

i was with you every step of the way on this very visual stroll - the buildings, the dowagers, the courthouse so real. the candy store? sorry i didn't have my hammer on me..................cj