Zebulon Sisselthacket removed his scarf with a flamboyant gesture of defiance, looking around first to make certain he was alone in the cloakroom. Then he flung the shoddy rag to the floor, stifling a sob.
‘What’s going on in there, Sisslethacket? Come out at once and take what’s coming to you,’ boomed the voice of Headmaster Clanders.
‘Sorry, sir. Sorry, sir. Ever so sorry,’ whined Zebulon, emerging from the cloakroom and bowing back and forth like a zombie on a spring.
‘Here then. Take this and get out,’ said the headmaster.
Forced to accept the new green and red plaid scarf, Zebulon Sisselthacket shuffled from the room, already in mourning for the precious dirty gray, formerly bright yellow, scarf he had worn for years and years and years.
oboes and ducks
a stunning achievement, I suppose
characters true to life, if you like that sort of thing
intricate plot unspools with effervescent clarity, although eliciting the occasional nap
It made her wake with a jolt and she saw that a wand of afternoon sun had squeezed through the curtains and warmed her neck.
I really like that ‘wand of afternoon sun’ from Boyd’s Restless.
Advice from a choirmaster often lauded for his merry disposition –
‘One should start each day with a short burst of random obscenities to cleanse the palate.’
Mildred, the Information Gathering Platypus, waddled into the swamp, gathering information as she went. Water density, insect count, and slop distribution were among the items she tallied and tucked away into the folds of her efficient mind. She paused in alarm when she noticed a cream colored 1948 Studebaker automobile hovering nearby.
‘Here now,’ she said.
‘That’s right,’ said the Studebaker. ‘And not only am I here now, but I’m here then, and I’ve been authorized to offer you a ride to Serendipity. Care to accept?’
Mildred weighed a life in the swamp gathering information against a ride in a shiny new talking car. Without a look back, she rode off in the Studebaker and was soon known as Mildred, the Platypus With The Nifty Flying Studebaker.