A quiet Saturday morning with the sounds of birds adding to the peaceful feeling. Inhaling the aroma of freshly brewed coffee as it is being made adds to the overall feeling of contentment. The temperature is below the blast furnace level, so an excellent opportunity exists to sit on the patio and enjoy the morning.
Twiggy and Lucy decide to come with me to the outside. They are busy reading their nose e-mails, and I’m occupied with mine. A fairly loud noise interrupts us all. Lucy and Twiggy do the instinctual reaction to warn the noise that the suburbs of St Louis are closer than they think. To be barked to St. Louis is a treat no intruder should miss.
The noise repeats, and this time the location is determined to be from the front yard. If this is another Warner Brothers character, I’m going to demand a royalty, I think, as I amble to the front door. After the disarm and unlock process, I’m standing on the front porch face to face with a mule.
Not knowing how the thing got there, I look around for a note. I’m assuming this is another delivery of the prompt from Linda Hill. I go around the back of the mule, and for whatever reason, I lift its tale. “Watch it, buster.” The words seem to come from a loudspeaker somewhere. Moving around to the front, I say maybe the dumbest thing that has ever been said under the circumstances. “Who said that?” Were the words.
“You must have seen movies in your day and know you are in the presence of Francis the Talking Mule.” I look around, thinking that maybe there is a camera somewhere. “Just pay attention, buster.” I look the mule in the eye and puff my cheeks. “Who you calling, buster?”
“The one who needs a prompt I have in my pocket.” The mule drops an envelope on the walk and ambles down the driveway. Not knowing where the envelope came from, I was reluctant to pick it up. Finally gathering the courage, I did a two-finger pick up and opened it. Of course, there was a note from Linda Hill which said:
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “—amble.” Add letters to the beginning of “-amble” to make another word or use it as is in your post. Enjoy!
If you want to enjoy, visit Linda’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link.
Amble by John W.Howell © 2022
“Francis the flipping Talking Mule?”
“Yes. A problem?”
“How many years back was Francis the Talking Mule?”
“You getting senile in your old age?”
“To bring up that character. Must have been popular when you were a kid.”
“In fact, Francis was popular when I was a kid.”
“I knew it. Senile.”
“Quit that. Just a memory is all.”
“It is a break from those Warner Brothers characters.”
“So, what do you think?”
“Francis the Talking Mule.”
“You better clean your driveway.”
“That was a preamble to the advice to forget about Francis.”
“Fine, done. Any more advice.”
“Need to sit with a cold one and think.”
“You are buying, so let’s go.”
“My car is in the shop. Can you drive?”
“Better yet, let’s catch Francis the Talking Über.”
“Very funny. Just call the real one. I think I’m going to be overserved.”