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. Sadly, Delores has now closed her blog forever due to other problems.

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 prompts are supplied by Elephant's Child and can be found here.

This week's words/prompts are: 
1. sunless 
2. drawn 
3. forgotten 
4. brisk 
5. thousand 
6. gold  

and/or: 

1. delicate 
2. walk 
3. aggressive 
4. word 
5. witch 
6. stop 

Here is my story: 

Roger Putnam watched as Molly Bakker's brisk walk brought her towards his desk. For a woman with such delicate looks, she sure could move in a hurry, he thought. 
He noticed her mouth drawn tight and puckered like someone had drawn the purse strings tight. He paused in his typing, prepared to greet her with the civility she demanded, but she began first. 

"Mr Putnam! clearly you have forgotten our deadline!" "Ummmm, which deadline is that?" said Roger mildly. 
"The thousand word story on that supposed witch who demands gold cross her palm for every prediction most of which declare a sunless future for the world if we don't stop the incessant polluting. Now stop what you are doing and get to work on that story. We need an aggressive counter attack to make her retract her statements!" 
"Yes, Mrs Bakker, I'll get right on that," he said ripping the current sheet of paper out of his typewriter. 
Satisfied, Molly Bakker turned a neat circle and repeated her brisk walk back into her room.  Roger Putnam made a note in her file and a suggestion that at the next session the psychiatrist try to find out more about the "supposed witch". 
It wasn't at all unusual for Molly to come up with crackpot stories and theories, but the witch was a new one. 
He checked the time her next dose of medication was due and signed off the chart, to be handed over to the next shift straight after the dinner rounds were done. 

Comments

  1. Now that was a totally unexpected take on the prompts.
    I do hope that Mrs Bakker is able to get her message across. She is right about the incessant polluting. Perhaps Mr Putnam and the psychiatrist need to listen to her, rather than make judgements.

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    1. Elephant's Child; Mrs Bakker is living in a psychiatric hospital, only occasionally making any sense. Every day she is "someone else" with a different agenda. In this case she believes she is the editor of a town newspaper.

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  2. It was good of Roger to humor her rather than point out she was not in charge but in a group home for the unstable. She wasn't all that crackpot about the pollution though.

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    1. Arkansas Patti; Roger is familiar with Molly Bakker, he has worked there for several years now. She is right about the pollution though, must have been a bit more aware than usual while watching the tv news.

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  3. Molly, the Witch has even got me shaking in my bare feet! Well done, River. :)

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    1. Lee; Molly isn't the witch, and there probably isn't one. Molly is delusional and living in a psychiatric hospital.

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  4. Good one...but, what's a typewriter?

    And yes, you got me.

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    1. joeh; ha ha, Roger uses a typewriter just so the older inmates at the facility see something they might be familiar with, mostly he makes notes on their behaviour as they come and go from the common room.

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  5. What a great twist ending! Hope she regains her equilibrium of mind soon.

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    1. messymimi; sadly, no. Molly has been there for a couple of decades now with no improvement.

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  6. Good story..the typewriter, nearly forgot about those.

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    1. Margaret D; thank you. Probably only we oldies remember typewriters and maybe a few slightly younger people who prefer to go "old school", but are the ribbons still available?

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  7. Oh, a typewriter, looong time ago. It must be sad to not be sane and not know it. I hope I can go before that happens...

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    1. Iris Flavia; I think Molly had some trauma in her past that brought this on, probably you won't have the same happen.

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    2. Let´s hope for the best - at least I had no big trauma, just the small ones. And dito, too!

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  8. You got me! I was sure she was actually his boss. Nice twist. The purse-string mouth was a great detail. I could actually see her bearing down on him, displeased.

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    1. Val; I did start out with her being his boss, then the words went in a different direction and I think it turned out better.

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  9. In my head, I could hear the paper being ripped out of the typewriter. I love written stuff like that, that makes me hear it as I read.

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