This challenge is produced by GirlieOnTheEdge with the following simple rules:
Write 6 Sentences. No more. No less.
Use the current week’s prompt word – PLAY
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Shawls and Dolls
So, my friend J tells me, I gave Sheila this beautiful shawl, created in Russia back in the time of the Tsars, which I inherited from my grandmother (it might have been great- or great-great-grandmother, I don’t know, because I had, to be honest, stopped listening after the mention of Sheila) and you’ll never guess her reaction!
Well, she continues with scarcely a breath-length pause to allow any guess (not that I was about to offer one, but still), she leapt about twenty feet into the air (a pretty unlikely scenario if you happen to know Sheila) and shrilled that she couldn’t possibly accept anything from that inhumane regime.
And so, J goes on, I pointed out to her that not only does she still play, albeit appallingly badly, the works of Mr Tchaikovsky on her painfully out-of-tune piano, but that the current ‘inhumane regime’ comprises the descendants of those who executed the previous ‘inhumane regime’ for being, as you might say, a bit inhumane.
Furthermore, (J is still spluttering indignantly), I reminded her that the current victims of the aggression have a less than spotless record on the old human rights front, and just because a nasty wee bully gets his face punched by a nasty bigger bully doesn’t automatically make the nasty wee bully a good person.
So (and her tale is, I sense with considerable relief, now approaching some semblance of a finale) Sheila eventually accepted my argument and my gift, laying it (the gift, not the argument) on the table-top and turning over its beautiful folds one by one.
Finally I speak, a significant feat when J is in full flow, asking ‘And did she find within it a set of successively smaller shawls?’