February 5, 2019

A cat’s eye marble, crystal clear with a neatly centered yellow ribbon twist, rolled across the rug and came to a stop next to a short heavy club which leaned against the wall in the corner of the room nearest the fireplace.

“Excuse me, club, are you tall enough to see the clock? I’d like to know what time it is,” said the marble in her small round voice.

“Cudgel,” replied the club shortly.

“Pardon?” said the polite little marble.

“I’m not a club. I’m a cudgel! I smash, bash, and break! I crush! Oh, how I love to shatter things! Shatter, I tell you, shatter!” said the short heavy club with much emotion.

The cat’s eye marble rolled quietly away.

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