Thursday, September 15, 2016

Six Sentence Story: Rational Reasons

"My wife couldn't know -- what was the rationale behind that?"

The Djinn's look became very serious as he answered, "Your Grandmother was afraid if your wife ever found out that I had even the smallest hand in you two getting together, she would second guess herself, wonder if she had married you of her own volition -- your Grandmother was afraid her knowing would ruin everything, and she was right.  

"When people find out a Djinn has been involved in any transaction in life, they wonder how much was their own idea, and how much they were forced into.  You, of course, were not forced, you really wanted to ask her out, all I had to do was get you to open your mouth, and she wasn't forced, she had secretly admired how gentlemanly you were, how studious, and how kindly you dealt with your grandparents, but if she finds out about me, she might begin to wonder and second guess." 

He heard the back screen door bang open and his children burst into the back yard with shouts, accompanied by the dog they had recently adopted who was barking and jumping around them with abject delight.

"I'll have to get downstairs now or she will start to suspect some thing is up, but I'll come back as soon as the coast is clear," he told the Djinn, which nodded and went silently back into the bottle.

Linking up with Uncharted Blog and Six Sentence Stories, where the cue is bark.

Today is:

Battle of Britain Day -- UK

Dia de Nuestra Senora de la Bien Aparecida -- Santander, Spain

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 5, Health (sponsored by We, the World

Engineer's Day -- India

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) related observance
     Grito de Dolores -- Mexico (Cry of Dolores,a/k/a Father Hidalgo's Cry for Freedom Day, the evening before Independence Day)
     Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows Day -- Slovakia

Feast of San Gennaro -- New York, NY, US (an 11 day street fair centered around Little Italy and its Patron Saint, Gennaro, whose feast day is the 19th; includes a Mass and parading of the Saint's statue on the final Saturday of the celebrations)

Felt Hat Day (Traditional day upon which men started to wear their winter felt hats, similar to women beginning to wear white shoes on Memorial Day)

Hummer/Bird Celebration -- Rockport and Fulton, TX, US (ruby-throated hummingbirds and other avians are the stars of this show; through Sunday)

Independence Day -- Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua (all in 1821)

Indra Jatra -- Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (the biggest religious street festival in Kathmandu, celebrating of the founding of Kathmandu, with several days of chariot processions, masked dances, and tableau; today is the municipal day off for the festival)

International Day of Democracy -- UN

Make a Hat Day -- just for fun (and if you are a guy, make a felt hat)

National Creme de Menthe Day

National Day of the Working Parent -- US (can't find a sponsor, but it's listed on several sites as the 2nd Thursday of September)

National Hispanic Heritage Month -- US, through Oct. 15

National Linguine Day

Newport International Boat Show -- Newport, RI, US (through Sunday)

Osage River Mountain Man Festival and Black Powder Shoot -- Lake Ozark, MO, US (reenactment of a pre-1840s wilderness rendezvous; through Sunday)

RAINN Day -- The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network encourages all of us to get involved in stoping sexual violence 

Really Bad Ideas Exhibition -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins celebration)

Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day -- Slovenia

Silpa Bhirasri Day -- Thailand

St. Catherine of Genoa's Day (Patron of brides, childless people, people in difficult marriages, people ridiculed for their piety, victims of adultery and unfaithfulness, widows; against adultery and temptation)

World Lymphoma Day

Anniversaries Today:

Greenpeace is founded, 1971

Birthdays Today:

Heidi Montag, 1986
Prince Harry, 1984
Dave Annable, 1979
Josh Charles, 1971
Dan Marino, Jr., 1961
Tommy Lee Jones, 1946
Oliver Stone, 1946
Carmen Maura, 1945
Jessye Norman, 1945
Merlin Olsen, 1940
Gaylord Jackson Perry, 1938
Norm Crosby, 1927
Jackie Cooper, 1922
Fay Wray, 1907
Roy Acuff, 1903
Agatha Christie, 1890
Robert Benchley, 1889
William H. Taft, 1857
James Fenimore Cooper, 1789
François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613
Marco Polo, 1254

Debuting/Premiering Today:

USA Today(Newspaper first issue), 1982
"CHIPs"(TV), 1977
"Columbo"(TV), 1971
"I Spy"(TV), 1965
"Lost in Space"(TV), 1965
"Bachelor Father"(TV), 1957
"The Lone Ranger"(TV), 1949

Today in History:

The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy, 1616
The French army under Napoleon reaches the Kremlin in Moscow, 1812
The first Negro National Convention begins in Philadelphia, 1830
The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, 1831*
HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands, 1835
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell becomes the first woman in the US to be ordained a minister (Congregationalist), 1853
Timothy Alder patents the typesetting machine, 1857
RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube, 1947
United Nations gives Eritrea to Ethiopia, 1952
The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
*The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C., 1981
Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations, 1981
Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, 2008
In Australia, "Indeterminate" can now be listed on a passport as a gender, 2011
A previously unknown species of bottlenose dolphin is found by Australian researchers, and named Tursiops australis, 2011 


  1. Nice integration of the clue into the story. I was so intent on the story, I forgot about the cue until you snuck it in there.

  2. Great story. Smart man! :)

  3. Oh I'm loving this story. You write so very well.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  4. I am totally enjoying this ongoing tale! Yes, the Djinn is right of course, better for it to be a secret reason to smile. It sounds like a little help is just what this relationship needed.

  5. interesting angle (which I agree with) the fragility of our faith in our own free will.
    quite a excellent story you have here!

  6. He's a smart supernatural being, isn't he?

  7. If love gets a helping hand, is it still love? Nice flash!

  8. Excellent, I hate waiting a week for more,

  9. I think quite often love needs a helping hand, probably more particularly men who weigh need against freedom!

  10. Perhaps events in life and love get a little push more often than we know! Nice subtle use of the cue.


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