The Band-legged Splocket

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Friday Fictioneers
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Copyright - Douglas M. MacIlroy

Jordie’s uncle told him years ago that the only way to catch a band-legged Splocket was a bright pink cookie with blue sprangles. And here was his chance. Her cave had collapsed. Thank goodness he’d made the cookie five years ago and kept it in the freezer. Donning his protective helmet he moved forward, step by achingly slow step. The sides of the cave moved. A growl. Jordie dangled the cookie. Silence. He slid forward. A yelp. The uppermost slab lifted . . . lifted, a pink banded leg emerged, then another. What the hell? His brother already clutched the Splocket in a leg-lock!

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  1. It’s a nice trip through a kid’s world. The reference to the scary creature was quite realistic. Creatures that scare kids are slightly different from the ones that scare adults

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  2. elmowrites says:

    haha. I was wondering what he was holding and now it’s clear to me. Five years is a long time to wait, especially only to discover your brother’s got there before you!

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  3. We can only do what we can do. Cheers!

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  4. pinchmuhbutt says:

    Good thing he had the helmet on. No telling what that thing is capable of! :-p

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  5. Sandra says:

    I didn’t realise he was holding something. Full marks for taking the prompt literally, it was a very amusing story too.

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    • After the prompt with the light above the stage and realizing that so many people noticed the fixture resembled a flying dragon-monster, I’ve taken more time to really study the contents of the pictures. Thanks for reading my piece and finding humor in it. Always appreciate your input, Sandra. Alicia

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  6. This is a delightful story. Like Sandra, I didn’t even realize he was holding the “pink cookie.” Observation clearly isn’t my forte. Anyway, this was a joy to read, as it brought me back to the fun of child’s play. Well done!

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  7. Thanks! Being a child is fun. (Even though it’s been almost forever since I really was one.)

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  8. You had me at the title; I love that name.

    janet

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  9. This is a delightful story, Alicia. I had a smile on my face from beginning to end.

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  10. I like it. I’ll bet splockets are cute too!

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  11. Horus says:

    Yoo-hooo! another adventure story.. always love this genre.. loved this one too Alicia !

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  12. draliman says:

    After all this time and beaten to the punch! And he had the cookie ready too.
    A lovely look into kids’ imaginations (and yours too of course!).

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  13. Poor Jordie must be feeling a little hard done by πŸ˜‰

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  14. Dear Alicia,

    Fun and imaginative use of the prompt.

    For any who might read, I have it on good authority he’s holding a mini-frisbee.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  15. What a disappointment after all that work! At least he still has the cookie. He can eat that for consolation since the Splocket won’t be getting it. Humorous take on the prompt. Well written. πŸ™‚

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  16. faithsfire says:

    Love it! Happy Easter!

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  17. Shandra says:

    So enjoy the child’s view here. Perseverance, faithful hope and belief in all things extraordinary…why else keep a cookie prepared 5 years. Darn those siblings anyway!

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  18. Judah First says:

    Nice! I love the suspense of a childhood adventure. πŸ™‚

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  19. Like so many others here, I never saw the pink thing in his hand! Good eye, and great job finding the less obvious item in the photo. Such a sweet kid-centered story, Alicia! I’m wondering: last word in the first sentence, did you mean “sprinkles,” or is sprangles a clever creation? Just curious… Sweet story!

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  20. K.Z. says:

    a playful take on the prompt. delightful πŸ™‚

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  21. Such fun! Loved reading this. I hope he doesn’t have to wait another five years to catch a Splocket πŸ™‚

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  22. plaridel says:

    i think your interpretation of the prompt fit it to a tee. well done.

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  23. tedstrutz says:

    A bit of Alice in Wonderland Vibe going on in here!

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  24. LOL, cute story and very well-written πŸ™‚

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  25. subroto says:

    O brother where art thou? Catching Splockets apparently. Nicely done.

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  26. elappleby says:

    Very funny! Love the band-legged splockett πŸ˜€

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  27. rgayer55 says:

    I didn’t notice the pink 5 yr. old cookie until you mentioned it. What a fun piece. I enjoyed this very much. πŸ™‚

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  28. Brothers, eh! Always spoiling things. Fun little story from the child’s pov.

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  29. Very good take on the photo prompt.

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  30. Sun says:

    such a cute story. now i’m wondering who got the prize cookie. πŸ™‚

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  31. Sarah Ann says:

    I love how you’ve incorporated so much of the prompt in your story. Fancy having kept that cookie for five years! Lovely story.

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  32. brainsnorts says:

    the “splocket” reminds me of when i was in boy scouts, when we were sent on a scavenger hunt to another campsite and were told to ask for a “lefthanded sky hook.” took a few years before we understood why the other scoutmasters were laughing and then handed us a random chunk of metal. well done.

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  33. Alas that his hard work went in vain! Siblings can be quite the nuisance sometimes- but hey, hopefully these two will share,or something. And I want a band-legged splocket!

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