Friday, April 20, 2012

r is for revel

A-Z CHALLENGE (hosted by a variety of writers) : April's task is to write something, anything using the letters of the alphabet as an inspiration for each post. In honor of one of my favorite authors, I will use Sue Grafton's title set-up: R is for... S is for... T is for... (and so on.).

The two young kids looked out the window at the pouring rain. An unexpected occurrence. Joe and Judy watched the downfall with amusement; they were not to be deterred. Not today. Today, their parents told them to go ahead, explore the wet world outside for a bit! 

In the garage, they found several pieces of plywood. Small rectangles that they were able to hammer a nail or two into and tie on some triangle shaped paper. A simple sailboat. After making a small cargo of boats they each grabbed one and ran out into the rain.

Down one street, they noticed a flood of water traveling dead center, trapped in a groove in the road. A perfect gush to toss their boats into and watch them glide along. Joe stepped into the flooded water leveling his boat on one side, while Judy did the same on the other side. "On the count of three, let's drop them in and see whose boat makes it to the end first," Joe said with authority. Judy simply nodded.

From waist high, they each dropped their wooden boat into the streaming flood of rain water and watched as the pieces of wood took off, coasting along. Joe and Judy began running after them. Yelling. Urging them to go! go! go! Both kids had to run at top speed to stay with the boats. Then suddenly, all at once, both boats fell down a waterfall, into the cement trench meant to capture the overflow of water. Both kids stopped and starred, dropping their chins inches from their chests. And, just as quickly, they laughed while Judy said "I won! My boat fell over first!"

The two young kids sprinted back up the street, to their garage; grabbed another boat, and started all over again.

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