Wednesday's Words on a Friday

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.

The aim of the words is to encourage us to write. A story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.

If you are posting an entry on your own blog, please let us know so we can come along and read it.

This month the words are supplied by Margaret and friend and can be found here.

This week's words are: 

1. sully
2. chagrin
3. funambulist
4. heavy
5. lowering
6. sand


1. ablutions
2. wasting
3. saucy
4. perpetual
5. moonstruck
6. cigar

here is my story:

(With apologies to Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files and the characters Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.)

(singsong voice) “Scully, don’t you sully, my reputation…”

“Mulder, there you are, I’ve been looking everywhere,” said Scully

“Well I’ve been right here, singing, dancing, having a great time.”

“Mulder, you’re skipping along the top of a brick wall, what on earth are you doing?”

“Don’t you recognise this Scully?” said Mulder “I’m a funambulist, and the trick to it is keeping in perpetual motion, otherwise you’ll fall.”

“Mulder, you’re not making any sense, you’re even scaring me a little bit. What’s going on?” said Scully.

“I’ve been feeling fantastic ever since that doctor injected me. I have no idea what it was he gave me, because I thought I’d better escape while I had the chance, but I’ve been feeling like a carefree kid.”

“How did you manage to escape anyway?” said Scully. “The police had this place surrounded for hours and couldn’t find a way in. They decided it was empty and left.”

“I don’t know,” said Mulder. “All I know is I was running away from him and he cornered me in the ablutions block and as he stabbed me with the needle, my elbow flew up and broke his nose. So I jumped out the nearest window and here I am. What is this place anyway?”

“It’s the old mental hospital, supposed to be empty since it closed twenty years ago,” said Scully. “Now stop wasting time and get down off that wall.”

Mulder stopped skipping around and sat on the wall instead. “I’m suddenly feeling very heavy,” he said, lowering himself to the sand that separated the wall from the road. He lay down and looked skywards where the full moon beamed down at him. “Look at that Scully,” he said. “I’ve been moonstruck.” Mulder then rolled over as if to fall asleep. “I’m so tired,” he murmured.

“Mulder, you can’t sleep now, we have to get you to a proper hospital.” Scully wrapped her arms around him and tried to help him to his feet. “Ah Scully, you saucy wench. I knew you couldn’t wait to get your hands on me,” he said.

“Stop that crazy talk Mulder and get up on your feet. We need to get you to the hospital so we can find out what you’ve been injected with and get you sobered up,” said Scully.

Mulder struggled to walk with Scully’s help and they made it to the car. She strapped him in and began the drive to the hospital. Along the way, Mulder started singing a nonsense ditty about cigar smoking aliens, before suddenly falling asleep and snoring loudly.

To Scully’s enormous chagrin, she found herself smiling at his sleeping form. He was her best friend and she was relieved that he had managed to escape. Perhaps when he woke he could tell them more about that weird Doctor and what he thought he was doing with his experiments.


  1. I'm not a fan of X-Files, but I liked your story!!

    1. fishducky; I love the X-Files and never got to see all of it while I was doing mum things, so now I'm watching my way through all 11 seasons.

  2. Loved this. A very different take on the prompts - and fun.

    1. Elephant's Child; thank you. I had fun writing it.

  3. Never watched X-Files but knew enough to follow along. Had no idea how you would work funambulist in but you pulled it off with the help of an interesting drug.

    1. Arkansas Patti; I wasn't sure about using funambulist but got it in there.

  4. We never missed X-Files. Now we see it on TV.

    Wonderful story.

    1. Susan Kane; it isn't on tv here now, maybe on one of the pay channels, but I don't have pay TV. I do have a daughter with the box set and several usb sticks to put it all on.

  5. Well told! Hope they figure out what he was given and can reverse it.

    1. messymimi; I'm pretty sure Scully can work it out, she's a medical doctor with some training in forensics too.

  6. Another good story, with the words tied in unobtrusively.

    I had to look up funambulist and ablutions. I'm usually pretty good with words, but thought the former might be a person who really enjoyed moving around, and the latter I guessed had something to do with bloodletting. Even though I realize that is phlebotomy.

    1. Val; I do like to get my words as unobtrusive as possible, so the story just flows along and pulls people in, if I can.
      I thought everybody knew ablutions, it's an old word for washing oneself.

  7. No need to apologise to Chris Carter, River. He's probably already scouting you! :)

    Well done!

    1. Lee; while I'd be flattered, I don't think I'm up to writing screenplays, but if he chooses to copy my idea, maybe he could give me a tiny credit line.

  8. Excellent, but whoever came up with ablutions and funambulist is just plain mean.

    1. joeh; I don't think so. I see it as a way of expanding our vocabulary and writing ideas. I did have to skip the challenge one week earlier this year when I cam across words I'd never heard before and couldn't find them in any of my dictionaries.

  9. Oh, now, you had entirely too much fun writing this. (And I had fun reading it.) Good job!

    1. Susan; I had an enormous amount of fun. I could possibly use these two characters for future stories, but that depends on the words.


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