Thursday, March 17, 2011

Luck of the Irish Blogfest

Today is the Luck of the Irish Blogfest, because today is, after all, St. Patrick's Day. The blogfest is hosted by the ever lovely Colene Murphy, a truly Irish name if I ever heard one.

So my submission to this blogfest is, of course, another episode of Happy Acres. A couple days ago I participated in the Delusional Doom Blogfest, wherein some of the crew's most prized possessions were confiscated by the nursing staff and they vowed to take back their stuff. 

Today's entry is a continuation of that story (if you need to catch up, find links to the rest of the episodes at the Happy Acres Episodes page above). Happy Acres is an ongoing story, after all!

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“We’ll be lucky if we can pull this off,” Artie said. I didn’t appreciate his doubt.

“Luck has nothing to do with it,” I said, incensed. “You have to stop thinking like you’re on the outside. The laws of physics and normal human behavior are suspended here on the inside.”

We had gathered in the day room for one last review of our plan to liberate our confiscated personal effects.

“Maybe Simon could bless the mission, just in case.” Tessa said. “It is St. Patrick’s Day, after all.”

“Be happy to,” Simon said, a smug grin on his lips.

I shot Tessa a nasty glare, “What are you talking about? Simon’s Scottish, not Irish.”

Tessa shrugged, looking a little put out that I’d snap at her. “Close enough,” she said.

I rolled my eyes and sighed. We could use a little luck, but asking Simon for a blessing was like throwing gas on his megalomaniacal fire.

“Okay, fine, whatever, just make it quick,” I grumbled, folding my arms over my chest and tapping my impatient foot.

Simon cleared his throat and drew himself taller. “May the path rise to meet you, may your team always have your back, may the darkness always shroud you, may your mission meet with success, and until we meet again, may Nurse Cratchit remain entirely unawares.”

Mia giggled and clapped, “perfect!”

Tessa tossed a handful of sparkly glitter, which floated and drifted in the re-circulated institutional air almost like a magical leprechaun glimmer.

I blinked and found myself speechless. To my grudging surprise, I was touched. “Thanks, Simon,” I said. But since I considered him my nemesis, offering him thanks was just a little painful. I cleared my throat. “Okay, remember, you’re on guard duty. If Nurse Cratchit starts in our direction, your job is to distract her.”

Touching his brow he flicked me a quick salute. “Will do. Good luck.”

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Stay tuned for the foray into Nurse Cratchit's office to retrieve their stuff!

Now, go read the rest of the submissions to the Luck of the Irish Blogfest, and have an awesome St. Paddy's Day!

18 comments:

Colene Murphy said...

Hahahaha! I think I love these guys already! What a perfect incorp. into an already going story! I loved it! Thanks so much for participating! You have been counted. Happy SPD!

Tracy said...

I haven't read the rest of the series before this...but it made me smile that a Scot is giving the Irish blessing!!

N. R. Williams said...

Nice, I never thought to do a continuing story. I look forward to reading more.
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium, Special .99 through April 30

Debra Ann Elliott said...

Left me wanting to read more...

Hart Johnson said...

*snicker* Go go go! I want to see them get their stuff!

Tessa Conte said...

Well with glitter AND Simon's blessing surely nothing can go wrong!

YAY us!

Tessa.xx

*surreptiously throws some more glitter*

M Pax said...

Leprechaun glitter has to be good luck :)

Susan Kane said...

What are they after? Will they succeed? Will Nurse Cratchet catch them? The story must continue...Thanks for a good read.

Mary Vaughn said...

I'm hooked. Hope this keeps running.

Laura said...

I'm officially hooked- look forward to reading more...

Dawn Embers said...

Maybe this will let me comment.

Oh Mia and her glitter. lol. Fun story as usual. *stares at the shiny stuff* Is it Leprechaun glitter or just the stuff she uses to distract her zombies? Is there a difference? What about faery glitter? x.X

I wish I could be part of this. It sounds like a good time. Simon a nemesis... hehehe.

Pk Hrezo said...

Aw, very nice! I'm hopping over from the blogfest and enjoyed your entry.
Nice to meet you and Happy St. Pattys! :)

alexia said...

Great story! Awesome dialogue, and so much color and tension in the characters.

Thanks for participating!

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, Mara,

Cool excerpt. Terrific and believable dialogue!

Donna Hole said...

How nice of you; you let Tessa bring her glitter. Loved the blessing :)

.......dhole

Jennie Bailey said...

I want more!! I want to know what happens. I really loved your wording here "Tessa tossed a handful of sparkly glitter, which floated and drifted in the re-circulated institutional air almost like a magical leprechaun glimmer." You paint such a pretty picture!!

mybluescreen said...

Wow, nice scene! Love your characterization. :)

Mia Hayson said...

Glitter! And a blessing! I actually cannot wait until we take her down. Tres exciting!!