I stumbled through a busy June. Here we are, three weeks since the last #Haikai challenge. July is nearly upon us–the last traditional summer month. The solstice came and went, along with the Strawberry Supermoon. My central air runs continuously as heat and humidity build—even with intermittent showers!
Therefore, today is a good day for a Trifecta of summer kigo!
As with multiple challenges before, the choice of the following is up to you:
midsummer rain (samidare)
summer moon (natsu no tsuki) / Strawberry Supermoon
smoldering hot (moyuru)
Write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to any one, combination, or all of the kigo listed above.
Here’s how the challenge works:
1. write the haikai poem of your choice. 2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky. 3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site. 4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.
Welcome to The Three Things Challenge. Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you. You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly. You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish. Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.
I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise! I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.
Eileen dragged Kyle into the coffee shop and they found a table that was vacant. She didn’t want to sit with their friends right now. She was hopping mad and had things on her mind. She wanted to slap that professor, but that just might turn him on more. She had to dampen his interest in her. She had a diary full of things he has done to her ever since she started his class this semester. Now it was time for a little payback. He didn’t have a spouse so she couldn’t go that route and try to break up his marriage. She would love to make his home life miserable, but she didn’t see how to do that without a spouse in the picture. But wait a minute. She assumed there was no spouse as the stories around campus said he was an eligible bachelor, but was he? Did he have a spouse hidden away somewhere back home, wherever that was. She knew he wasn’t local because she had lived in this university town all her life. She knew he came from somewhere else. Maybe it was time to do some sleuthing and see what she could find before putting a plan in place.
Eileen pulled her lap top out of her bag and opened it up. She found a plug near her seat and plugged it in. This might take a while and she had used it all day in classes. Kyle sat watching her with a quizzical look on his face. She had a serious look on her face and he could tell she meant business.
She started searching for a website that would give her all the background on this professor “up to no good.” She found one and started to fill in all the information she knew about him. She had pulled her diary out where she had recorded information about him and his life style that she knew about. His car and license plate would be a big help. She knew where he lived near the campus. She knew his first and last name, but didn’t have a middle name, but hopefully his name wasn’t too common that she would need it.
“Well Kyle, let’s see what our nice little professor is up to and has been up to and maybe he has himself a wife stashed away somewhere. Ooops I need my credit card to pay for this information, but I feel it is worth it. I should have done this sooner.” She found the card and plugged in her credit card number, expiration date and the 3 little numbers on the back of the card. She hesitated briefly before hitting enter.
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Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week. You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly. As always, have fun, and I hope you enjoy this week’s effort.
Eileen stared at her grade, scrawled across her paper in red ink, ZERO. Tears began to fall as Kyle hugged her gently.
**********22 words for the weekend prompt**********
Kyle didn’t know exactly what to do for Eileen. He gently rubbed his fingertips across the tears. Neither of them had ever had a zero for a grade. They were both straight-A students. She wiped the tears off of her face and anger replaced the tears along with a wisp of a smile. How dare he, how dare he give her a zero for a grade? She knew this paper was worth an A and she had worked hard on it as usual. She didn’t produce bad papers and she wasn’t about to start now. She turned to Kyle and said, “He isn’t going to get away with this. I don’t know why he gave me a zero, but this paper is definitely not a zero and I am going to find out what his thoughts were on this. Maybe he got my paper mixed up with someone else’s by mistake. That had better be his reason or else. I see the way his creepy eyes are always staring at me, especially at my legs or boobs as if he’s caressing them. He rarely looks at my face. Some days I swear he is staring up my skirt.”
“Eileen, are you sure about this? He is always teasing you, I know, but I thought he was just doing it in fun, but you sound as if he is doing something that needs to be reported to the school authorities.”
“Kyle, he is not just having some fun at my expense. He has been doing some serious stalking moves. I am not a fragile, delicate young girl. He thinks I haven’t noticed, but now that we are engaged you need to know what is going on. I don’t want you thinking I am fooling around with him. This is all on his side and I haven’t said anything, but this grade, is going too far. Watch your back. He is obviously angry over the fact that we are now engaged. I saw him the day you proposed to me, lurking in the bushes behind the sculpture. I suppose he thought I didn’t see him back there. He wasn’t gazing at butterflies or feeling the breeze on his face. He was keeping an eye on us. When you went down on one knee to propose I saw him try to hide his dismay and anger, but it was there. I also saw his disbelief. He thinks of you as just a goofball and that you are poaching on his territory. I have known men like him. He thinks I am mesmerized by his smile and his whimsical jokes, but he disgusts me.”
“Oh my God, Eileen. Are you sure about this? Should we report him for conduct unbecoming a university professor?”
“Not yet, I want to see what else he is up to. He won’t get away with this I promise you that, but I want to see just how far he will go.”
Kyle looked like he had seen a ghost. He face had gone white as she described what he had already done and he was worried that things were about to get worse. The clouds were drifting across the sky as he pondered what she had just told him. He hadn’t noticed anything, but as she pointed things out he began to see the big picture. This professor wasn’t going to take his fiancé away from him. He loved Eileen and she had agreed to marry him.
“Come on,” Eileen said to Kyle, grabbing his hand. She pulled him down the airy passage between the dorm buildings and headed away from the campus towards the coffee shop. She was almost dancing with excitement and he wondered what she was up to.
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