This is not one of my normal blog posts . This is my attempt at the Countdown Word Challenge started by @miblodelcarpio . The object of the game is to write a story or article and include all the words from the days Countdown TV programme at least once . This is my story using all the following words :
Panties ; Hanged ; Sounds ; mouse ; pleating ; wearing ; love ; quotes ; looter ; borders .
Tom looked out of his kitchen window and sighed . He gazed over his herbaceous borders into next doors garden . There was his 15yr old son , Josh , leaning up against his bicycle , laughing and joking with the neighbour and his son . Since the new neighbours had moved in 3 months ago , Josh had become best friends with the boy, Tyson and hero worshipped Tysons father , Wayne . Tom sighed again and went out of the back door to put the rubbish in the dustbin ,
" Hey there mate , hows it hanging ? " Wayne shouted , " Still preaching peace and love , are ya ? " and Josh and Tyson laughed and jeered . Tom smiled a weary smile and went indoors again .He felt he was losing his son as Josh had turned from a kind , thoughtful boy into a carbon copy of Wayne ........ a rough, tough , macho , rascist , homophobic bully . Josh was always coming out with the latest bigotted quotes from Wayne and Tyson . What was the latest comment ? .... Oh yes , " A looter should be hanged ! " Charming ! Tom wondered where he had gone wrong . His job as a Social Worker meant that he came into contact with many different religions , backgrounds , nationalities and " persuasions " and he believed that everyone should be treated with respect . He and his late wife had tried to instill the same values in Josh and the youngster had known nothing but love and comfort . Why on earth was Josh hero worshipping that monster next door , who delighted in telling tales of his exploits in his job as a security guard at the local Mall ? These tales always involved some sort of violence and rascist comments . Tales of beating up anyone who didnt conform . Persecution of anyone that was different . There and then Tom resolved to have it out with Josh , before it was too late .
That evening when Josh came home for his tea , Tom began his lecture . How Wayne was a bad influence , how Waynes ideas were wrong and why he didnt want Josh to hang around next door anymore . Josh reacted furiously ,
" You are trying to ruin my life " he yelled , " I will do what I want ! Wayne is great , hes not a hypocrite like you ! He practises what he preaches , hes tough and wont take shit from anyone ! I want to be just like him ! You say we should be tolerant but then you say I shouldnt go round there ! You are just a bloody hypocrite !! " Then he stamped out of the room , slamming the door behind him .
The rest of the evening was spent in uneasy silence . Tom read the newspaper in the sitting room while Josh stayed up in his bedroom , sulking as only a 15yr old can . They stayed this way till bedtime . They had both been asleep for hours when Tom woke to the sounds of scratching and scrabbling in the hall downstairs , " Bloody cat " he thought and pulled the duvet round his shoulders . Then there was a crash and he knew it was the crystal vase on the hall table . Leaping out of bed , he met Josh on the landing , " Tiddles has a mouse " , Josh said and at that Tiddles pounced on his prey . The two ran downstairs but it was too late for the poor mouse , who lay lifeless on the hall carpet . They both began to pick up the broken glass and Josh fetched a dustpan and brush .
They were both wide awake by now , on their hands and knees in the hallway . Tom stood up and said " How about you put all this in the dustbin and I'll put the kettle on ? " He wandered into the kitchen , the clock said 2am and it was black outside except for the glow of light from nextdoors kichen window and back door . Josh came through with the glass and the dead mouse , all wrapped in newspaper and shoved into a carrier bag and opened the backdoor to go to the dustbin . Tom peered , absentmindedly out of the kitchen window as he filled the kettle ............ And so it was that they were both greeted by the sight of Wayne , standing by his open back door , smoking a cigarette in a long tortoiseshell holder , wearing fishnet stockings , red lacey panties and silk camisole with lace pleating round the neckline .
Josh just stood and stared but Tom walked into the living room , smiling .
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