Once again I prepared another challenge before taking into account what day Thursday's challenge fell on. February 14th is of course Valentine's Day. Talk about an easy subject for a challenge.....................nah too easy. Wait a minute why not an easy challenge for a change? There are a ton of Valentine's Day poems and stories already written and tons more yet to be written. The problem is that there are too many poems and stories that are if not a like are pretty close to being a like. What is needed is some sort of Valentines day poem, photo essay or writing that is different than all of the rest, someting with pizzazz, something with a twist.
Your challenge for Thursday February 14, 2013 is to create a Valentine's Day Post with a twist.
Tales of a little not very bright or even stupid cupid has been around for centuries. This little fellow we learned blew love darts at people who immediately fell in love with who ever cutie cupid wanted them to. When I think of such stories and get to the part where someone gets hit by one of those darts they remind me of something Bill Cosby said, "What was that, a mosquita?" Getting hit by a dart would be hardly worth noticing unless of course it was a posionous one but that would defeat the purpose of the love dart I suppose. I can just picture it,. I am walking down the street minding my own business and I get hit by a posionous dart. The last thing I notice before I float off in to tomorrow is the most beautiful girl who I have ever seen and I say, "Hey you I think I love......................ack..............and I fall down grave yard dead. Now that is a valentine's Day story with a twist.
Later versions of Cupid has him bigger, stronger, with bigger wings, as well as armed with a bow and arrow. In this version he has a better chance of achieving his goals but how accurate can his aim be when his wings are having him hover like a helicopter? The odds of hitting a bulls eye with those kind of conditions just aren't that good. Picture a poor girl walking down a busy side walk, minding her own business probably thinking of some mathematical formual that will prove the existance of Dog. Behind her is a guy who has fallen hopelessly in love with her just by gazing at her. Cupid sees his opportunity. He just wants to to get an arrow into the fleshy part of her arm gently so as not to do real damage but his aim is off because of the problem with hovering. Instead of the fleshy part of her arm he really wings her. The arrow gets her between the shoulde blades. This really hurts and she reaches back to try and figure out where the sudden pain came from and feels a dadgum arrow. She looks back and sees the poor goof who is so in love with her that he is now drooling. She runs to the nearest police officer and reports him for assault. He gets 5-7 in the county pen while the police officer who thinks she's pretty cute gets the girl. How is that for a twist?
Now what I would like to see is for Cupid to be 6'7" tall and weighing 235 lbs. He doesn't carry a bow and arrow. He carries a cross bow with a scope. It has a pinpoint accuracy. His wings are Kevlar coated and can wrap around him if neccessry. His arrows are kept razor sharp and always in individual cases to keep them that way. He takes target practice 2x per week every week. He never uses his cross bow. Instead he sneaks up on his victim like a good hunter should, points the crossbow and threatens to use it if they don't fall in love with whoever. He doesn't say he will shoot them, just that he could. They get the message and do what they are told but for the rest of their lives always seem to be looking over their shoulder for some wacko with a crossbow. Now this is a story that will stand up to any other old Valentines story and really has a corkscrew twist.
I got all y'all started now you can take it from here.......................please.
This is truly a challenge that is wide open but there are still a few guidelines that we need to follow. They are the usual one that we ask you to follow each Thursday.One guideline to remember is to include the words Valentine's Day Posts 2/14/2013 somewhere in the title.
Another guideline is to be sure to tag it with Thurs or Thursday Writing Essentials, Thursday Gather Writing Essential, Valentine's Day Posts Don't forget to Post your post to Gather Writing Essential.
Another guideline is to not forget that there is a limit of three submissions from each member per day. If you’re extremely prolific, spread out your work and post only three submissions per day.
One last guideline is to please remember not to submit any response until Thursday actually happens (No earlier than 12:01 AM).
** Again I still have not reached a point where my plate is clear enough to be able to post a list of the responses to Thursday's Challenge. It is still my intent to to finally do that ASAP but it won't be this week either. I am very sorry.
***Any post submitted after Thursday will be accepted throughout the week as usual.