Three Things Challenge #119

Hello and welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll give you three words that will hopefully trigger your creativity.
No need to use them all if you don’t want to, simply read the prompt and see what it brings to mind.
You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the new logo if you wish.
There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave a link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly.
Bear in mind although the challenge will go out around 6.30am UK time, pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately if I’m late accessing my blog.
I look froward to reading your responses.
Have fun!

Your three words today are:


Here’s my contribution:

She pummeled and kneaded in time to the rhythm of the church organ at Sunday service. There was nothing like the smell of fresh bread and she was trying her hand at one of the recipes in her new cook book.

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Finish the Story: Fourth installment of The Jungle

“Finish The Story” is a challenge thought up by TeresaGrabs (formerly the Haunted Wordsmith) .  She offers a bit of a story (the starting part) and then tags someone else ‘continue the tale” and they tag someone and so on…it can continue for quite some time or become truncated if someone doesn’t pick up the ball they’ve been tossed.

Today Melanie tossed the gauntlet in my direction to provide the fourth ‘piece’ of a jungle story gone mad.

These are Teresa’s rules:

FTS rules:

  1. Copy and paste the story as you receive it.
  2. Add the next segment or choose to finish it.
  3. Tag someone for the next installment.
  4. Have fun and let your imagination roam free.

Note about time frame: There is a one week time frame per tag to write another installment or accept/reject an invitation to contribute. If you accept but cannot contribute within a week, that is fine but please leave the tagging party a note. I check contributing posts for messages between tags to make sure I don’t miss an installment.  TG

Here we go with the story so far then:
Image provided by Teresa

Sweat dripped from the tip of Matthew’s nose as he paused under a kapok tree, scanning the thick jungle floor for ants. He didn’t want to go through that experience again.

“Come along, Mr. Howard,” the guide called, waving his arms. “Camp is just a few more kilometers.”

Matthew sighed and wiped his face with his sleeve. Go find yourself, they said. Travel the world, they said. You’ll have a great time, they said. He groaned as a howler monkey sounded in the distance setting off a cacophony. Sudden movement by his foot startled him. “What in the devil is that?”

Crawling out from under a large fern, a small creature with long brown and white fur paused and looked up at Matthew.

“Hey, Carlos!” He waited for a response. “Carlos! Guide! Hey!” No response. The jungle that engulfed him had suddenly become very quiet. Nothing stirred except his imagination and growing concern that he was now lost in the rain forest, surely to be eaten by a stray jaguar or wayward tiger. “This isn’t a movie, man.” He chuckled and glanced back toward the ground where the creature was only to gasp when he saw …

Sadje continued

when he saw that it had grown quite a bit in that short time. It was looking inquiringly at him. It’s large anime type eyes giving him the feeling as if it was understanding what was going through Mathew’s mind at that moment. Mathew started to feel as if he was in a dream world. It cannot happen in real life, he thought. This is a jungle, not a Hollywood movie set. Just then the creature started blinking its eyes in a rapid, Morse code-like manner while pointing towards a clearing in the vegetation. “What the hell!” He thought and started following the creature. The guide was nowhere to be seen anyway.

In a while, they reached a circular clearing in the jungle, over-hung with thick rope-like tree vines. The creature gestured with its eyes and limbs for Mathew to climb up the tree, using one of the vines. When he reached the thick branches, he found a platform had been built there and more of the creatures roaming about there.

Tentatively he landed on the platform testing its strength. It felt solid enough to bear his weight. Mathew was not sure that he was in a dream or reality and made another crazy decision.

Using gestures and simple words he asked his new guide what was happening and where he was. To his intense astonishment……..

Melanie’s bit


….astonishment the being spoke in crisp English tones.    “You are in a place.  A place of sights and sounds…”  the being recited the entire opening spiel to “Twilight Zone” (the retro TV version with Rod Serling).   Matthew stared and wondered about the efficacy of that sketchy burrito he’d had for lunch.   It was all the economy fare airline offered and he had been hungry, but really?   What had they laced that thing with?  A little LSD?   The striped creature’s eyes boggled.  It shook its head, a little sadly.   He could almost hear it thinking “What a sad thing man is.  No trust.  No imagination..”   Maybe this WAS the ‘Twilight Zone’.   Except with humidity.   And a lot of lush plant life.   

Matthew started for the vine ladder to exit this surreal castle in the sky.   The brown and white furry creature with the googly eyes moved swiftly in front of him and the rest of the herd (?) surrounded him in a tightly knit circle.   They all shook their heads in a NO! gesture.  Synchronized.   Matthew almost expected them to leap into an intricate ballet and Esther Williams to appear, water dancing her way …………….

Matthew shook his head vigorously, causing a small ripple of dismay in the creatures and a widening of the tight circle that surrounded him.    “Okay then, I’ll stay!” he exclaimed, “But you have to tell me WHAT YOU WANT!   Can you take me to your leader at least?!”     The beasts/creatures all pointed at the first googly eye that Matthew had encountered.   It smiled, which was creepy, given it had a snout instead of a mouth exactly…  There was a loud CRASH and all the heads turned (in synchronized motion obviously)…Matthew leapt up and turned around rapidly to see…

This is where I come in………….

a huge hand snaking into the tree top from above where he and his new companions were situated.
The creatures bolted leaving him alone to face the music. Those searching fingertips were getting dangerously close.
Matthew had no weapons and did the only thing he could think of when the hand closed around him.
He opened his mouth as wide as he could and brought his teeth down hard.
The bellow was like nothing he had ever heard in his life as he was immediately released. He slid awkwardly down the vine to the relative safety of the jungle floor and out of reach, even if it was only likely to be temporary.
He had an audience as he tried to catch his breath and slow his rampant heartbeat. The creatures stood in awe and started to bow at their saviour, chanting something which he hoped was his name in their native language.
Matthew was both embarrassed and pleased at his new status, but knew there was more to this scenario than met the eye. His jaw hurt and he could taste blood, but wasn’t sure if he’d jarred a tooth loose or it was that of the hand he’d bitten. Either way his head started to spin and he felt himself falling.
The creatures gathered around him and before he knew it, he was lifted up on hundreds of shoulders like some kind of Gulliver and carried further into the jungle where…………………

OK, I’m stopping here and giving someone else a go.

Jim, I’m tagging you. You’ve got a good imagination and I reckon you can do the story justice. Looking forward to reading your addition.


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Saturday Six Word Story Prompt (6WSP) #21 – January 18, 2020

Prompt for Week #21 (January 18, 2020 – January 24, 2020)


We are all special to someone.

Written for

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Saturday Mix – Mad About Metaphor, 18 January 2020

This week Sarah’s dipping her toes into the pool of METAPHOR. Our challenge is all about the use of metaphor in our writing. You will need to use the metaphor provided in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our metaphor this week is:

– You are my sunshine.

Are you someone’s sunshine?
Have you found your own personal sunshine in your partner or a beloved pet?
I’ve referred to sunshine in an earlier post today already.
The song says ‘You make me happy when skies are grey’, but I can recall instances when someone in particular has walked into a room and you felt everyone’s spirits lift.
I can also remember a foster boy’s smile dividing his face when he realised his Christmas gift of a ghetto blaster was his to keep, not on loan for the duration of his stay.

Sunny smiles and happy memories.
You are my sunshine, know how much I love you, and the sunshine will never fade.

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Weekend Writing Prompt #140 – Anew

Thanks to Sammi for setting this Saturday challenge every week.
You can find out more here

The ache comes back anew.
Two years have passed, but it seems like minutes ago that Mum started another journey.
I am content to think she is reunited with my Dad.

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Headline grabber: 18 Jan 2020

I’ve just seen this on Yahoo (link)

Apart from the Andrex toilet rolls (I paid £3.75 for 9 in Tesco this month and they are actually the same price in Lidl at the moment) and Weetabix which was over £2 a box when I was last interested, the article also lists the following
” Alpen original muesli (750g), Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice-cream (500ml), Dolmio bolognese sauce – original (500g), Innocent pure fruit smoothie mangoes and passion fruits (750ml), Knorr stock cubes vegetable (8x10g), Mr Kipling cherry bakewells (six), and Sure Men Motionsense 48hr anti-perspirant – active dry (250ml).”

Now you know me, always on the hunt for a bargain being on a strict budget and all, so I was interested in this, especially as when we do our main shop, we have access to four major supermarkets and split our list between them.
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Two Years On : 2018 – 2020

It’s two years ago today that my Mum passed away.
That text message will be forever etched in my mind as I felt the bottom drop out of my stomach and splash on the floor.
I was glad I’d been able to speak to her and tell her I loved her a few days before and also that she had received my most recent letter telling her the same.

I remember so many things,  like when Humphrey turned up and I wanted to protect her from knowing I had cancer. I told her about my op though, even showing her my scar when she guessed what it was all about.
It was funny how she came to me in a dream when Dick was being flushed out, telling me that everything would be OK and not to worry. That was before knowing I would be having a mastectomy, but everything has turned out alright, just as she said.

There are reminders of Mum every day, from swans on the drainage ditches to rabbits in the fields, and of course there will always be the doughnut machine. Whenever I see one, I see Mum standing by the window in the cottage watching in fascination and feel the tears threaten, but they are happy tears as is the memory.

I don’t know where the past two years have gone. It seems longer and yet so recent. I look in the mirror and there she is looking right back at me.

I found this quote last year, which is very apt as January 18th is Winnie the Pooh Day.
I’m not sure how Mum felt about Pooh, but I remember Hubby and I making her a Teddy Bear in one of the souvenir shops on our travels and we presented it to her complete with ‘Chloe’s’ official adoption certificate for her birthday.

I know you and Dad are watching over us Mum and we are doing OK.
I miss you both so much and will light a candle for you today, making the hearts swirl.
Wherever you are, your smiles are eternal and warm my heart more than any sunshine.


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