Saturday, 13 April 2013

An A-Z Story - L


Hope everyone has a lovely weekend as we approach the end of Week 2 of the Challenge!

My theme is as follows: each day I will ask for words beginning with that day's letter, which I will randomly select five from to use in a sentence in an ongoing story. That sentence will be posted the next day when I'll ask for words for the next letter. So my Z sentence will appear on May 1st.

164 luscious words were lodged on my blog yesterday and random.org has lifted the following five for use:

Kryptonite (suggested by Dee, also by Julia Chiang and Lynda R. Young)
Keel (suggested by Christine Rains)
Kitsch (suggested by loverofwords)
Kindness (suggested by Cynthia)
Kate (suggested by Angela Brown)

So let's see what we have now...


Angels had always had a certain ambiguity, being both human and divine, reflected Acatour with an acute sense of malaise as he looked down on the arable fields of medieval England. A bird flew past making a belligerent shriek, unnerved it seemed by a boggart; Acatour descended, thinking it would take a brainiac like him to unravel the poor soul’s beginnings and why it had not reached Heaven.
     York Cathedral hove into view, shrouded in wooden scaffold as part of the local bishop’s campaign of restoration; but before he could challenge a carpenter over whether any of his colleagues had fallen to their doom, his presence was announced by the crawdad he’d eaten back in 20th century New Orleans repeating on him. He wiped dribble from his chin as the remains of the crustacean narrowly missed the workmen to land in the dew of the graveyard, berating himself for his debauched and unangelic behaviour the previous night; why did that dame have to desert him? The effervescent Ella had always been eager for exciting adventures, but when he’d asked her to accompany him on this esoteric time travel mission, she’d called him a crazy drunk and left.
     It did sound rather fabulous, in the true sense of the word, he thought to himself as he descended further before landing on an empty area of scaffold, all the better for making himself visible; next to him was some viscous fluid, making him think that any fall from this precarious structure would surely be a fluke. Stepping away from the gel-like substance, he felt something watching him and turned to see a Gardengoyle on the wall next to a carved bunch of grapes, which caused the gregarious sounds of the workmen to die away as two thoughts rang clearly in his head: what was it doing here, and did he detect guilt in the creature’s eyes?
     That horrendous stare was starting to give Acatour a headache when a workman with a harried expression shimmied up onto the platform via a hemp rope, his arrival causing an apparently hilarious reaction in the Gardengoyle. “Hey, you!” said the workman, stomping towards Acatour, but something seemed to interrupt his progress, drawing him inexorably towards the island of iridescent liquid, which seemed entirely illogical to the angel until he sensed the impish carving’s illicit intentions.
     The workman slipped on the puddle and waved his arms frantically like a jester, trying not to fall over the edge; in that moment Acatour sensed the wickedly joyful mirth of the Gardengoyle and grabbed the man’s arm, saving him from jeopardy and causing the creature’s joy to dissipate as it contemplated a future in Paranormal Jail.
     “Thank you,” said the man, “my darling Kate is too young to become a widow,” but upon saying this he started to keel over as if affected by his own version of Kryptonite; Acatour had been ready to show kindness to the grotesquely kitsch Gardengoyle, but now saw the only solution was to destroy it.

Please lend me your L words to make my next line! You can offer as many as you like, and they can be as obscure and outlandish as you like (feel free to use a dictionary for inspiration). The more words you suggest, the more chance you have of one being picked. It doesn't matter if you suggest the same word as someone else (as I know not everyone always has time to read all the comments); each will count as its own entry.

41 comments:

S.P. Bowers said...

Love
Lachrymose
Longitude

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Gardengoyle has to go!
Labyrinth, liquid, luminous.

Dee said...

Yay I won again! :)

My L words:

Love
Lust
Listless
Leverage
Litmus
Lethargy
Loss

Afshan said...

This sounds interesting

My words for L

Luck

Laugh

Love

Limelight

Lost

Try them :)
loved ur theme

Rhonda said...

Lanky
Lurid
lemmings
laughter
languid
luscious
lemons

Rhonda @Laugh-Quotes.com
Visiting from AtoZ #41

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Okay, so I'll bet he can destroy that Gardengoyle with LEMONS or LIMES or maybe a dash of LOGANBERRY JUICE.

Sally said...

Here are some more contributions:

Licking
lethargy
lemon
litter
luscious

michelle said...

Here we go:

Lilt
Lofty
Luscious
Lapsed
Lurched

Good Luck!

Writer In Transit

Leslie said...

ludicrous
have a lively weekend

:)

Julia King said...

Destroy Gardengoyle! I dare, ya!

Liability
Land
Labored
Light Bulb
Lallygag
Limits

Carol Kilgore said...

lemon
lime
luck
lance
love
Lucy
Llano
London
lost
loose
lunch

loverofwords said...

leonine
levitate
lucid
libido
ludicrous

This is too much fun. I love the first one describing a conductor's hair, but I've never been able to use it.

KRITI said...

Length, Luminous...last, low, lament, leave, love, loose, life, lemon, lost, listen, lest, leave, lot, lesson....

Lexicon just getting better :D

Regards

Gwen Gardner said...

Nooooo, don't destroy the gardengoyle!

Litigation
Lover
Livingston
Loyal
Lush

Mama J said...

Lamb
Lament
Leaves
Luminous
Laughing

Mark Means said...

Things aren't looking good for the gardengargoyle!

My "L" words

Liberty
Legion
Layer
Languid
Luster

Silvia Villalobos said...

Gardengargoyle is a goner as far as I can tell.
L words:
Lovely
Lost
lambada
Luminous
limitless
Latvia
Had fun visiting your blog.
Silvia @ Silvia Writes

Tyrean Martinson said...

Light, lightsabre, lunge, ligament, life, love, lark.

Jean Davis said...

Lucky
Loser
Larry
Likes
Lollipops

Patricia Stoltey said...

I need to start visiting your blog in the morning instead of evening. After the day I've had, "l" words are not the kind that come to mind. :D

Carrie Butler said...

Onward! :)

Lyrical
Lively
Love
Lucid
Lithe

Kimberly Gabriel said...

Lover
Lacquer
Liar
Lemming

Enjoy your day off tomorrow! ;)

Empty Nest Insider said...

You really have a knack for this Nick!

Loquacious
Laborious
Laundry

Julie

J.L. Murphey said...

lady
lackluster
lenient
learn
lesson
like
lucky

Fe said...

Fun blog. Thanks...

Rachna Chhabria said...

Leprachaun
Leggings
Lumbar
Lotion
Landslide

Carol Z said...

This is fun. Lurid, lazy, loopy and lisle. Always need a pair of socks!

Rebecca Douglass said...

lascivious
latchkey
locker
lanky
linguistic
lark
lazy

Kerri Cuevas said...

What a brilliant idea foe the A-Z! Great use of words.

Melanie Schulz said...

Great story. I am still amazed that you are writing this each night.. and visiting other blogs. You amaze me.

lobster
lava
listerine

Julie Flanders said...

I hate to see the Gardengoyle go! :(

Lollipop
Listless
Lackadaisical
Larynx
Lynx

Bish Denham said...

Lancelot
Little
Lingering
Lambent
Lama
Loquacious
Luna

cbwentworth said...

legendary
legitimate
languid
longitude
luster

:-)

Clare said...

Oh no, the poor workman! That Gardengoyle is evil! Loved how you worked in the K words.

For L I offer:

larvae
lantern
loiter
lemonade

Shell Flower said...

Down with the Gardengoyle!

Leery
Loquacious
Limpet
Luxurious
Lamppost

Melissa Sugar said...

Fun, fun. Sorry, I haven't been around in a while.

Lace
laparoscope
lapidate
legist
legal
lentor
lentigo
lour
loopy
loquacious
lather
lyrics
larceny
lawsuit
lobster
lackaday
levitate
loan-shark
leveraged
libel
lavatory
leadership
limelight
liverwurst
legislative
livelihood
longshoreman
linguistically
legitimazing

Juliet Bond said...

Lyrical?

Just stopping by for the A-Z Challenge. Please check us out and sign up to follow if you like what you see. Juliet atCity Muse Country Muse

Gina Gao said...

This is a really interesting story!

www.modernworld4.blogspot.com

Nick Wilford said...

Thank you all for this epic list! Not running late today, my new sentence will be up soon. :)

Lynda R Young said...

woo! I got a word in!!! And you used it so well!

That's... mega-awesome (I'm getting ahead for M since I suspect I'm late for L)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick .. this is becoming a lovely story .. I shall enjoy the whole ..

Cheers Hilary