A Visit Full of Troubles

I have another flash fiction, this one with a historic bend that I hope you will like. Personally, I don’t think it is my best. I hope I can now do better. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this blast from the past, in more ways than one. ^_^

 

She walked into the parlor, her dark silk dress rustling about her in waves of lace and ribbon. Fury radiated from her. She walked to her chair and flung herself down. A young woman looked up from the low chair near the fire with an encouraging smile and a worried look in her brown eyes. The clock had just finished chiming the hour.

“Did it go as bad as that? Didn’t Miss. Amare like the cake?”

“Don’t talk to me about cakes! The whole call was a mess.”

“Oh dear, and after all that work too.”

“Yes, but that Jenny is a haughty, hateful thing and there is no rest with her!”

“I’m sorry.”

“I don’t need your pity, either!”

“Mary!”

“Don’t look at me like that. I can’t deal with you too.”

“Well, can you deal with yourself?” Alice snapped.

“Myself? Oh, don’t get all huffy, but get me some coffee, there’s a dear. My nose is practically blue from the cold outside.” Mary said, starting out sharp, and ending up sounding contrite and wheedling.

“Get your own coffee.” Alice returned, going back to her book. “I don’t have time for crosspatches!”

“I suppose I am being cross today.”

“Yes, you are.”

“But that girl is such a bear, nothing makes her happy.”

“I know, and I am sorry. But I’ll go apologize.”

“Me? Why should I?”

“Because you might have made her crosser if you were this cross there.”

“I….maybe you are right. Will you come with me?”

Alice put the book down and nodded. Together the two linked arms and headed back to the entry where their wraps were. Mary sighed. “You’re a good girl you know that?”
Alice smiled her mischievous smile. “You didn’t say that yesterday.”

“Because putting snow in my bedding was nasty!”

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A Snowy Evening

Originally for a contest from Writing.com. I liked it and wanted to save it as a winter surprise. So, surprise! An early attempt at romantic writing just for you!

 

The snow fell outside in a thick curtain of white. The thickening dusk and the rising winds were not encouraging anyone to linger outside long. The crunch of boots on snow and the jingle of bells filled the air. Two dark shadows made their way through the thinning crowds. Pausing at a dully glowing frosted glass door, the taller silhouette paused, and grasping the handle, let his companion enter. She rushed in and stood nearby as he walked in and closed the door behind. She took off her hood, showing a pretty face with the rosiest cheeks and reddest nose one had yet to see. Her rosy mouth grinned.

“I didn’t think we could make it!” She giggled.

“I’m still not sure.” He said, tartly as he blew on his fingers. “Blasted gloves. I was certain they were in my pockets.”

“Aww, I’m sorry. I do wish mine would fit.” She said, taking one of his red chapped hands and rubbing it between hers.

“I’ll be lucky to get a thumb in one.” He agreed. “Don’t worry about it, Lizzie.”
“I can’t help it when I see you suffer.”

“I don’t. All of them are still there.” He grinned, waving his other hand and waggling the five fingers there. “See? No harm was done. But I could kill for a good meal.”

“That is what we are here for,” Lizzie answered, with mock primness. Then she giggled again. “And I can’t think of anywhere I would rather be to appease it that Red Fern Café. They got the best soups here!”

George grinned at her exuberance and followed her to a booth near the back. He wasn’t so sure about the soup, but he loved the fireplace right now. He was much colder than he let on and when they sat down, he sank next to the warmth with a grateful sigh that was impossible to repress. He felt her eyes on him but didn’t meet her gaze.

After a moment, she sighed and pulled off her gloves with a resigned air. He closed his eyes and rested for a moment. The murmur of patrons around them and the click of cutlery filled the air. A delightful aroma of sage and savory enlivened it, and nearer came the smell of wood smoke, the sound of a cheerful crackle of wood and flame.

He didn’t open them again until a pert, high voice asked “Good day, welcome to Red Fern Café. I’m your waiter for today. Do you know what you would like to drink?”

“I’ll like tea, please,” Lizzie said her voice more subdued than earlier.

He glanced at her in worry and was relieved to see she was distracted as she was looking over the menu. “And I’ll have a hot chocolate.” He added.

“We are out.” The waitress said, apologetically. “Sorry, with the snow, we were out almost an hour after we opened.

He frowned disappointed, then shrugged. “Coffee then, is that out?” he asked offhandedly.

“No, we usually keep too much, to be honest!”

“Well, that’s good to hear.” He said, not quite able to keep his voice free from the sarcasm he felt. He felt his companion’s hand touch his arm and bit his tongue. He didn’t want to make the waitresses’ life any more difficult. He felt rather than saw her leave. Then he glanced over at Lizzie. Her big blue eyes were on him, looking worried. He smiled at her. She smiled back.

“I’m glad we are here.” She said, giving his hand a tender squeeze.

He took hers in his own and nodded. Putting it to her lips, she gave it a soft kiss.
“Not so glad about any hot chocolate.” He sighed, pouting.

“Don’t think of it.” She answered, just as playful, as she slid out of her seat and taking a new one in his lap. “We just have to make you warmer in…other ways.”

He wrapped his arm around her as the young lovers stared dreamily into each other’s eyes. The snow fell outside in thick waves, as the wind picked up. Later, walking back would be impossibly difficult. But for now, there is no outside world, just the one they see in each other’s eyes. The fire filled the background with a cheerful crackle, and soft music drifted through the air like a tuneful fairy. Lizzie blushed and lowered her head on his strong shoulder. “Did you know you’re pretty when you’re embarrassed?” he teased.

She wrinkled up her nose at that, and laughed, her blush deepening. “Oh, you’re just a big flirt!” She teased back. “What will I do with you?”
“I have a few good ideas.”

“They are good ideas to you, maybe. But I’m going to behave myself, thank you just the same.”

“Ouch! You don’t even know what they are.”

Lizzie frowned. “Your right, I’m sorry.”

George shook his head and gave her another gentle squeeze. “I was only joking. Don’t get all shy on me.”

“I can’t tell sometimes.”

He opened his mouth to say something. Then his ears perked up. “Listen, a new song is playing.”

“Oh, I live this song!”

“Yeah, me too.” He paused for a moment, then asked hesitantly. “Wouldn’t it be great if it was our song?”

“What do you mean our song?” She asked wonderingly. “Why would it be our song?”

He silenced her by leaning over and kissing her. That was how the waitress found them, as she brought the drinks over. She saw two lovebirds sitting in one chair, kissing passionately, lost to the world outside.

Apple Whine-written by Ringcaat

 

“But surely, darling, you realize that at least the pursuit of fairness must be at the heart of any just society!”

“Mah granny used to tell me that if life were fair, the skeeters’d sit still so as we could take a turn bitin’ them.”

“Goodness! A.J., who in Equestria would want to bite a mosquito?!””Mah point exactly. You don’t wanna live in a fair world, Rarity. It’d be disgusting.”

 

 

 

Yes, I am reviewing fanfiction.

This is a pretty crazy story, all about whether or not the others should let Pinkie Pie drink whiskey or not. Rarity comes up with a pretty noble idea, insisting that she be included in the ban if Pinkie is not allowed to drink alcohol. But then she makes it hilarious when Pinkie said that it won’t be the same if she only said she won’t drink, but had to ask for it and be denied. This led to some of the funniest lines from Rarity I had ever had the pleasure of reading. The standoff between Rarity and Twilight Sparkle was funny. But it was the standoff between Rarity and Applejack that made it truly unforgettable. The twist at the end was pretty chuckle-worthy too.

This story is more adult than I expected, but it was nowhere as creepy as some fans take it and the whole story itself was hilarious. Even Big Mac shows up and has some wonderful lines and characterization. I might go back just to read his stuff again. All in all, I give it a worth reading and hope you give it a quick glance.

A Brony Confession

I honestly didn’t think I could fall so hard, so fast in love with something like this. I watched My Little Pony as a kid. The second generation, I think. And hated hated HATED it!! So when I dared myself to watch a reaction video of the pilot episode of the first season of MLP Friendship is Magic, I was really planning to watch to see the reactor tear it to itty bitty pieces. I can be a little mean that way sometimes. Imagine my shocked amazement when I fell in love with it by episode 3!!! LOVE IT!!!! And what is even more amazing? I am finding all kinds of spiritual insights in it!!
Take the following about what you might be able to learn from the struggles of the Mane Six. (Yes, I found out that is a common term for the main characters that the fanbase gave them)
 
Need to learn to be brave and stand up for your beliefs and maybe stop being a people-pleasing doormat, or to be kinder and more forgiving? Pay serious attention to Fluttershy!!
 
Need to learn to think before you speak, to perhaps rein in a brash impulsive, self-serving nature, or maybe learn to dive headfirst into adventure, and take pride in what you are good at Rainbow Dash is your guide.
 
Or…perhaps your self-serving in another way? Using gifts to buy your way to people loving you, or obsess about your problems, needs, looks or popularity, or maybe you need to learn how to give generously of your time, money, and maybe even hair to make another’s life better. Maybe even more beautiful? Or learn that you can be strong, while still being beautiful, lady-like…..or gentlemanly as you lean, and still be a strong light for Christ, that would be pointed out by Rarity.
 
Maybe you don’t see any value in friends, think you can be happily buried in your work, books or hobbies, and don’t need people to make your life complete? Or conversely, you need to learn about the value of study, introspection and the value of an organized life, let Twilight Sparkle be your guiding star.
 
Maybe you are a workaholic, too stubborn to take advice or help? Honest almost to a fault? Overprotective, even a touch smothering at times? Or need to see the value of hard work, honesty, and being reliable? Or maybe need to remember why family is important? Make Applejack the apple of your eye.
 
Lastly, are you unfocused, spastic, seek fun at the cost of more important things, obsess over how people see you, and avoid ‘bad’ feelings and serious situations like an icky mess on the road, or perversely you need to learn how to see the bright side of life, the value of friends and joy, and selflessly seek to make others, especially your friends, happy and smiling? Maybe learn how to laugh at yourself or something that scares you? Then bounce along with Pinkie Pie!!!
 
I hope this gives you food for thought from an unlikely source and inspire you. In truth, the biggest lesson of this show is that friendship really is magical. Alone, we will most-likely drown in our character weakness, and never even know it is happening. But “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17.
Which is why we need our friends. To guide us toward godliness, lift us up from our stinky thinking, and even discipline each other to drive sin away.
 
Lastly, I love all of you. And hope my “Pinkie Pie-Applejack nature” can make you smile!!! Let me know which one or ones you relate with best! Or point out what pony reminds you most of a friend of yours!! Anything goes!
 
Yikes, this is way too long! Still, if you read to the end, bless you for it! And if you like what I was written, let me know! If you think it needs work, again let me know! I want to perfect my writing skills after all!!! And if you just want to share a thought, please do!! Comments make me smile!!!!!!! And Have a SUPER DUPER AWESOME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rejoice In Repentence Sermon

This is the first sermon archived in my church’s homepage, Blue Ridge Church of Christ. It is the introduction of How We Mature featuring James. Enjoy. Even as I am writing this, I am re-listening to the sermon. And I like it. I like reviewing what was taught before and refreshing my memory of what was taught in this or that sermon.

 

On a personal note, I am sorry for the lack of substance in my posts today. I am not feeling my best, and work is such that I can’t call in sick. So I’ll probably be even more tired and blah tomorrow. But hopefully, I will have something interesting for Brony Week at least! Maybe something else. And I found out that smiling even when you absolutely don’t feel like it, make you feel a little happier despite yourself.

So, have an AWESOME DAY!!

What happens when you isolate yourself from the Church? It doesn’t end well….Sin and strange ideas thrive with too much isolation and resentment….🤪 Sometimes the craziest ideas take root when you think you are your best spiritual self, and you have no idea. And sometimes that little bit of resentment you have against a brother or sister turns into something huge and monstrous.
Or if you visit a friend who been missing from Church for a while and see them…..well, struggling. The reaction…it is so real!😱
Have the courage to confront sin head on. And the one that is being disciplined🤔, have the humility to listen and take the advice…and sometimes the shove back to sanity…..to heart!💖

 

Or am I the only one that thinks this?

 

A Head’s Up

Well, I was going to watch My Little Pony The Movie today, and start Sunday with a review! Well, waking up with a migraine put that to bed, both literally and figuratively. So I would have to postpone the plan. But I will watch it by Wednesday at the very latest and will write a review no later than Thursday.

On a personal note, I am really glad right now that I said I would start tomorrow and not today. I will try to write something today to post tomorrow. But with this migraine…well, I’ll see what I can do.

Announcement!!

I am happy to announce that next week, starting Sunday, there is going to be a theme to my posts!! That’s right, I am taking a chapter from the Nostalgia Critic here.

Next week will be…….:: Drum roll::

BRONY WEEK!!!!

 

What is a Brony? Well, it is one of the two names for fans of MY Little Pony Friendship is Magic, of which I recently became a member. So expect video posts, essays, reviews and character profiles all week long!! Ooh, I am so excited!!

Remember, Sun-Sat is officially Brony WEEK!!!!!! Heh. Your welcome.

 

Let me know what you think about themed weeks and this themed week in particular. Do you have any theme ideas for next time? Would you like them to continue at all? Let me know on facebook, youtube, twitter or e-mail me at greymountain37@gmail.com

a few Youtube selections

Here is a new (to me) Vlogger who is now participating in VEDS. That is vlogging, or videos every day in September. And here he is talking about a topic near and dear to my heart. Jeffery Guion with the channel, Jeffery Guion. ^_^

 

 

Another VEDS vlogger, and in fact the only one that did VEDS every year since its beginning, posted about the podcast he and Mat Guion make. Check it out. It is fun.

 

Lastly, I put up a song that really resonated with me. Yeah, I had to deal with this kind of thing. And being this random. Also, it is a fun song, that ends on a surprisingly triumphant not. Oh, and I love those deep notes. 😛

 

An Awkward Post

Well, I had obviously not been following my schedule like I planned. I am sorry. I had a lot of things going wrong this summer, including a heat wave! Heat waves are evil. I found out that when temperatures go past a certain point, my brain goes into hibernation. This made me sad. Nothing creative came out of my brain in the last two month. But on the up side, I been reading on a fairly steady clip, so as soon as I settle down to the task, I should have plenty of reviews, and finished the first season to a theme I wanted to review for this month! YAY!!! So…kinda productive??

Anyway, I will most likely get back in gear this Thursday/Wednesday. Expect a post no later than then, and have an awesome day!