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Summary: Response to "The Three in One Challenge" at ATSB.
Thanks to PK who does so much – so often. My gratitude.
The usual disclaimer that I know I'm infringing on someone else's copy right, but I mean no harm.
The Challenge: use these three lines in a story.
"It was just here, and now I can't find it."
"I told you we should have. . ."
One look and he knew. .
One look and he knew this wasn't an ordinary party. He slipped inside the door and stood next to the wall, just watching the assembled crowd. He'd never seen anything like it before. He stood, shaking his head, as if that would clear his vision of the dozens, maybe hundreds, of clowns milling about the elegant convention room.
"I told you we should have found out what the "Charlie Awards" were," he hissed to his companion who had just joined him.
"How the devil are we going to mingle here?"
his head and took a deep breath. With a
quick look to be sure he wasn't observed, he snatched two napkins off a nearby
table and draped one over his forearm.
"Where there's a will, there's a way." Handing the second one to
here for a reason, a reason which seemed vaguely silly in light of the
convention, but they were on the trail of a man who was supposed to be using
his company "Calliope Enterprises"
as a front to launder money. Face
had had his suspicions up front, and now
The two men
separated and did what they were hired to do,
eavesdropping on conversations, and at one point,
Tired of listening in on conversations that involved juggling, balloon animals, and squeaky toys, the Colonel went in search of his Lieutenant. He found his second in close proximity to a pair of twins in red curly wigs, tutus, and red high-top sneakers. Their black and white checked ties did nothing to hide their well-endowed chests. "Quit clowning around, let's get out of here."
Face nodded, but gave a quick Groucho Marx eyebrow waggle to the girls. "Why don't we come up and see you some time – we can bring our own etchings."
The wit was lost on the girls, but the charm wasn't. "Let me give you my phone number. Let me get a pen," the girl on the left said.
She reached into her pocket and began to empty the contents into Face's waiting hands. Scarves, paper flowers, balloons, socks, keys, bottle tops, the pocket seemed to be endless. "It was just here, and now I can't find it." She started to search another pocket. This one held stuffed animals, cotton balls, rubber bands, and a harmonica. Face put the contents on a table, as she started on the next pocket.
She blinked up at him, and
"Sure." Face gave her a smile and kissed the back of her hot pink glove.
"Groovy – I've never dated a waiter before."
"Me neither," her gum-chewing twin said with a giggle.
"I'll call you tomorrow." Face felt a nudge in the elbow. Not sure if it was meant to hurry him along, or to remind him of the other man's presence, he hastily added, "We'll make it a double. My friend's never dated a clown."
giggled and waved as the two men left through the kitchen. They stopped just
outside the kitchen door so
Face gave a grin. "Yeah, I got the girls' phone number, and I bet they won't mind fooling around in the back seat of a car."
the best part,"
The Three in One Challenge at ATSB
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