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 to read it and add a few encouraging words.
This month the words/prompts are supplied by and can be found here
This week's words/prompts are:
1. Cyrillic 2. rogue 3. perish 4. Paris 5. parish
and/or: 1. a foolish waste of time 2. overcome 3. reading secret messages 4. new orders
and/or: a movie clip of musicians playing the theme from Mission Impossible.
Here is my story:
Studying the curriculum for the upcoming year, my father exploded, “what is this?” as he read out loud, “Selective exotic language.” I told him that the new orders for schools wanted each of us to choose an uncommon language and learn it. Since World War Five was imminent (or at least quite possibly going to happen), we might have the chance of being Government spies, sending, reading and decoding secret messages. We could help our country, like Mum did.”
“A foolish waste of time,” he snorted, tossing the paper back at me. “You’d do better to study engineering, learn to build the machines and weapons we’ll need to overcome the enemy!”
“I am already studying engineering,” I told him. “I began two years ago, and the course is ongoing until graduation in three years time.” “I don’t see it on the paper,” he said, taking it back from me. “It’s listed this year as ‘Machinery’, some people feeding information to spies might think it is just woodworking,” I said. “Well alright then,” he said. “What about this ‘exotic’ language, what will you choose?” “Cyrillic,” I told him. This earned me a wide-eyed look of astonishment. “That’s very clever,” he said. “No one has used that since World War Three and even then it was a specialised knowledge. The only spy known to the world who used it back then perished of food poisoning in a tiny parish in Paris. Some say it was deliberate but nothing was ever proven.” “I read about that,” I said, “that’s why I’ve chosen it, also because it looks so pretty.”
“Pretty?” he said. I handed him a printed sheet with the Cyrillic alphabet.
“It is nice to look at,” he said. “But in order to send messages, there needs to be a spy in another country, if you don’t have a counterpart, this whole scheme becomes Mission Impossible.” “I know that Daddy,” I said, “But Roland from our class is originally from Germany and when school is finished he will go back there. He has said he will study the Cyrillic with me and we will keep in touch from the first day he leaves, that way anyone keeping an eye out will think we are just penfriends.”
“That’s excellent thinking Rosa, does your mother know all this?” “I’m going to the hospital later to tell her, but I will have to use her secret code words because this week she is suspicious of all the cleaners as well as the nurses and doctors. Her paranoia grows worse each week.” “She never should have done that rogue mission,” he said. “It was unsanctioned and the capture and torture sent her over the edge.” “At least she still knows who we are,” I said.
Very, very scary and clever.ReplyDelete
One of my former teamleaders once sang the Russian alphabet for me (don´t ask ;-)....)
He was from former GDR and still knew it all.
Oh, let´s hope there won´t be another WW... We´re so close with Putin now...
Iris; thank you. I tried not to make it too real, none of us wants another world war.Delete
Let´s hope for the best, especially today (I could not help it but made another post on International Holocaust Remembrance Day day. People, some, are just... not able to live in peace...Delete
This is clever and simultaneously sad and hopeful. Well done.ReplyDelete
Elephant's Child; thank you. I just let the words go where they wanted this time.Delete
Very good. I enjoyed it all, the girl has ambition while the dad has deep concern.ReplyDelete
Susan Kane; thank you. The dad is concerned because he has seen his wife go off on missions and come back troubled, her last mission has her now in a psychiatric facility. He doesn't want the same for Rosa. but if Rosa can help to save the world...Delete
Great storyline, although i'm sure all of us hope for a better future than this.ReplyDelete
messymimi; thank you. This is 100% fiction and I hope it doesn't happen. A more peaceful future is worth hoping for.Delete
Scary, very scary. But well done!ReplyDelete
Charlotte; thank you. The thought of war is always scary.Delete
My grandfather was called Norman Cyrillic and he was a rogue. Perish the thought of him riding into Paris when the city was liberated in 1944 to root out Nazi sympathisers in the parish of Nanterre. It would have been a foolish waste of time trying to hide from him and his determined team. They seemed to be able to overcome any obstacle and were adept at reading secret messages. Later that summer they received new orders to travel east into Germany itself but that is a different story which often comes to my mind when I am listening to an orchestra playing the "Mission Impossible" theme music.ReplyDelete
Yorkshire Pudding; well done.Delete
A well-thought plan, which can hopefully be adjusted as needed, according to knowledge of what the mother has been through.ReplyDelete
Val; thank you. I hope they plan well for a situation that does not happen, no war, but even then spies are always needed I guess.Delete