Thursday, April 13, 2017

K for Key; Six Sentences and Good Fences

He fumbled with the bag in his hand, dropping one of the shirts from it as he pulled out the hidden Djinn bottle, then felt around for the spot on the secret door that exactly matched the indentation on the bottle's side.  Pressing the bottle against the spot brought the desired result; the stone gently and silently moved inward, revealing a narrow passageway.

Ducking inside, he was careful not to push the stone door all the way shut behind him, and he nervously padded down the corridor.  As he reached the end, it opened out to reveal the temple he was searching for, the one that Djinn magic made sure no person without a bottle would ever find.

Barely looking around at the cavernous temple, he fixed his gaze on the obelisk on the dais at the front; it was taller than he was, and appeared to be made of solid crystal, clear and sparkling as a diamond.

Taking his place behind one of the columns that held up the ceiling, he remembered the Djinn saying, "The whole key is you getting into position behind the column closest to the obelisk, making sure he doesn't see you until the right moment."

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


Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.

Keeping the gate open makes it look friendlier!

Today is:

Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis -- Holy See (Vatican City)

Day to Give Thanks for Fish/Seafood -- anniversary of the US Fishery Conservation and Management Act 1976

Environmental Protection Day -- anniversary of the 1962 publication of Silent Spring

Feast of Rotten Endings -- because some stories just don't end well

Huguenot Day -- Huguenot Society of the US (anniversary of the 1598 Edict of Nantes, in which King Henry IV promoted peace between Catholics and Protestants)

Ides of April -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
     Festival of Libertas -- personification of freedom and political liberty
     Festival of Jupiter Libertas
     Festival of Jupiter Victor

International Plant Appreciation Day -- unsponsored by any but those who love plants

Laotian New Year's Eve -- Laos (celebrations last through the 15th and sometimes beyond; at the start of the monsoon season)

Maundy Thursday -- Christian (a/k/a Holy, Green, Chare, Sheer, or Shere Thursday; commemoration of the Last Supper)
     Procession of the Addolorata -- Taranto, Italy

National Alcohol Screening Day® 2017 -- US (find a way to get screened) 

National Peach Cobbler Day

New Year -- Myanmar (celebrated through the 16th)

Poshui Jie -- Jinghong, China (Water Splashing Festival; a 3 to four day festival around this time)

Scrabble Day -- anniversary of the 1899 birth of its inventor, Alfred Mosher Butts

Songkran Festival / Chiang Mai Songkran / Tamil New Year / Bangla New Year / Bisket Jatra -- Bangladesh; Cambodia; India; Laos; Myanmar; Nepal; Singapore; Sri Lanka; Thailand (New Year festivals, celebrated over the next few days, as the sun enters the zodiac sign of Aries)

Squashing of Moonhopper Day -- Fairy Calendar

St. Hermengild's Day (Patron of converts; against drought, flood, and thunderstorms)

Support Teen Literature Day -- US (on the Thursday of National Library Week)

Thingyan -- Myanmar (Water Festival; through the 16th)

Thomas Jefferson Day -- US

U.S. Elephant Day -- marking the arrival of the first elephant in the US in 1796

Yayoi Matsuri -- Nikko, Japan (five day spring festival)

Birthdays Today:

Jonathan Brandis, 1976
Rick Schroder, 1970
Garry Kasparov, 1963
Saundra Santiago, 1957
Max Weinberg, 1951
Peabo Bryson, 1951
Ron Pearlman, 1950
Al Green, 1946
Tony Dow, 1945
Lowell George, 1945
Jack Casady, 1944
Bill Conti, 1942
Paul Sorvino, 1939
Lyle Waggoner, 1935
Don Adams, 1926
Howard Keel, 1919
Eudora Welty, 1909
Samuel Beckett, 1906
Butch Cassidy, 1866
F.W. Woolworth, 1852
Thomas Jefferson, 1743
Guy Fawkes, 1570

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Arcadia"(Play), 1993
Casino Royale(Film), 1967
Silent Spring(Publication date), 1962
"El Capitan"(Operetta), 1896
"Messiah"(Oratorio, HWV 56), 1742

Today in History:

The Seventh Crusade is defeated in Egypt with the capture of Louis IX of France, 1250
Henry IV of France signs the Edict of Nantes, granting freedom of religion and political rights to Huguenots (French Protestants), 1598
John Dryden, age 36, becomes the first English Poet Laureate, 1668
George Frideric Handel's oratorio Messiah makes its world-premiere in Dublin, Ireland, 1742
The first elephant seen in the Western Hemisphere arrives from India, 1796
The British Parliament grants religious freedom to Roman Catholics, 1829
Hungary becomes a republic, 1849
The first US Pony Express run is completed, 1860
George Westinghouse patents a steam powered brake, 1869
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is founded, 1870
J.C. (James Cash) Penney opens his first store, 1902
British troops fire on unarmed demonstrators in Amritsar, India, killing at least 379 and wounding over 1,200 more, 1919
Helen Hamilton becomes the first woman US Civil Service Commissioner, 1920
Lord Clydesdale makes the first flight over Mt. Everest, 1933
The Jefferson Memorial is dedicated on the 200th anniversary of his birth, in Washington, D.C., 1943
Van Cliburn becomes the first American to win the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, 1958 
Sidney Poitier becomes the first African-American male to win the Best Actor Oscar for Lilies of the Field, 1963
An oxygen tank aboard Apollo 13 explodes, putting the crew in great danger and causing major damage to the spacecraft while en route to the Moon, 1970
The Universal Postal Union decides to recognize the People's Republic of China as the only legitimate Chinese representative, effectively expelling the Republic of China administering Taiwan, 1972
Western Union (in cooperation with NASA and Hughes Aircraft) launches the United States' first commercial geosynchronous communications satellite, Westar 1, 1974
Portugal and the People's Republic of China sign an agreement in which Macau would be returned to China in 1999, 1987
Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters Tournament, 1997
Former President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak and sons, Alaa and Gamal, are detained for 15 days of questioning regarding charges of corruption and abuse of power, 2011

The People's Republic of China and the U.S. agree to work towards eliminating nuclear weapons in the Korean Peninsula, 2013


Paul Brads said...

Ducking inside, he was careful not to push the stone door all the way shut behind him,- the key is to have a way out... good line

Gosia said...

Love and thank you for nice photos

Beth Lapin said...

Wow, lost of info and creativity!

Affirmations for a Good Life

Anonymous said...

Who doesn't see him? Amazing. This was fast-paced and exciting, full of great description.

clark said...

total edge of seat, very well done! ...'til next week

Lea said...

Happy Easter!

Sandee said...

Oh this story is getting very exciting. Very exciting.

Have a fabulous day and a blessed Easter. ☺

Josie Two Shoes said...

Tension is mounting in this story, you have done it so very well! Now I want to see him get that bottle back where it belongs and the Djinn set free, so he can return to his own life of normal routine and be forever free of this blessing turned curse!

Nancy Chan said...

So excited to read the continuation of the story. Have a blessed Easter!

Ida said...

Nice looking gate, I like seeing them open and closed for that matter. - Such an exciting story...looking forward to the next installment. - Happy Easter.

pilch92 said...

I am sad because it almost seems like the end of the story and I want it to go on and on.Great job though!

stephen Hayes said...

Now you've got me even more hooked than before. Can't wait to learn what happens next.

cube said...

It's easy to hate the Djinn, but he's as much a prisoner of his fate as the man in the story. I can't wait to see how this story end.

What good is a fence that's left open all the time?
I don't mean to sound unfriendly, but I like the idea of keeping strangers out until I'm ready to receive them. I grew up in NYC and I'm still very wary.

Anonymous said...

This is a great little tale. I really do want to know more. Perhaps you could add chapters? Hugs!

Anonymous said...

Staying unseen until it is time...wise advice for many.

Pat B said...

This SSS had me reading quicker to get to the next line. The suspense and anticipation is really captivating.