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Legend Has It…

Short Story #31

“So,” Jack Payet turns around and places his hands flat on the desk. “You’re telling me that three stupid girls went into the woods in search of some legendary monster and got kidnapped?”

She nods.

“And I should report it?”

She nods again.

“Give me one good reason why.”

“Because one of the girls is the mayor’s daughter.”

“Whoop de doo!” Jack mocks. “The mayor has done nothing good for this city and want my byline in the press about his daughter? What about the other girls? Don’t they get some sympathy for being stupid, too?”

She sighs and lets this one slides. When her boss was in one of his so-call righteous mood swings, there was no reaching him. All there was left to do was let him finish his sanctimonious rant and when he was satisfied, he’ll set out to write the article he was viciously ranting about anyway.

“Didn’t Criminal Minds teach them anything?”

“Not everyone watches TV, sir.”

“That one shouldn’t go into the woods alone?”

“Technically, there were three girls an…”

“How could they be so stupid, Lois?” 

“Actually, my name is Janice.”

Criminal Minds is like the best lesson in how not to get murder 101.”

“Again, not everyone watches TV!”

“I’m going into that woods tonight.”

“Good luck, sir.”

“And you’re coming with me.”

“Why?”

“To prove there is no such thing as the Laughing Man and the girls just wanted attention.”

Janice shakes her head. Sometimes, she didn’t get how Jack Payet was an award-winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times.

Jack grinned at the satire draft and shaking his head, discarded it to get down to the real article. He had an hour and a half to prepare for his trek into the woods, and he didn’t want to waste any more time. 

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When I was younger, I wanted to be a journalist (thanks to Clark Kent), a lawyer, or a librarian. God has blessed me with a wonderful library career, and I am utmost grateful for this was definitely the best route for me. However, from time to time, I do enjoy writing about lawyers and journalists. I enjoyed writing Jack Payet, but with this short (it’s actually part of a series that my youngest sister is currently encouraging me to write), I wanted to work on dialogue setting.

Also, the mention of the name ‘Lois’ is a nod to Clark Kent’s partner although Payet ain’t no Kent. I included the LA Times draft “article” to give an insight into the articles that Payet would’ve truly liked to have published.

All grammatical errors are mine.

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Thursday Ten

Thursday Ten: top 10 destinations

My travel plans always seem to fall through at the last minute, and I am beginning to dislike making them, but I wanted to do something fun today. 😄

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I love exploring my country, reading about travel adventures, and watching astonishing videos/pictures of many countries. Sadly, I am yet to fulfill my travel dreams. 😞 But that doesn’t mean that I can’t share my top 10 travel destinations at the moment! 

1. France

I’ve been wanting to visit France ever since I was a child when I discovered The Three Musketeers and became an immediate Francophile. With 89 million visitors (how do they even count these things?) in 2017, France retains its crown as the world’s most visited country. Paris alone sees more than 30 million visitors a year making it the most visited city in the world. France has everything and something for everyone. 

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2. Iceland

This travel destination became quite popular over the last two years thanks to Iceland’s participation in Euro 2016, but I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time. I’ll love to experience the Northern Lights during full dark nights (September to mid-April are said to be the best season) and to visit the Crystal Ice Cave in Vatnajökull. Iceland is magnificently beautiful and it’s like an ode to nature.

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3. Los Angeles

This place is more than just glitz and glam. There’s the Santa Monica Pier, Grand Central Market, Griffith Observatory, OUE Skyspace LA etc. Angelenos will delightfully tell you that their city twinkles brightly when night falls. 

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4. Nantucket

This isolated island off Cape Cod will be my perfect getaway! Just think about the lighthouses, the beaches, the museums, the mill, and not to mention, the bike paths! This is island living at its best! I also enjoy reading books that feature this beautiful escape. 

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5. India

Beauty at its best. She is rich in culture and sits upon layers of history, and she fascinates me. She is the land of spices, a land of rich culture and one of heritage. And her attractions are top class: Morning boat rides in Varanasi, Dhuandhar Falls, the Himalayas, the wildlife etc. She is also home to Darjeeling, the world’s best tea. 

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6. Peru

I’m not going to lie, whenever someone says ‘Peru’ I think of the cute alpacas! 😄 Anyway, Peru is home to Cusco which was once the capital of the Inca Empire, the beautiful Lake Titicaca and of course, Machu Picchu.

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7. Mexico

Whenever I think of Mexico, I think of civilizations of thousands of years! There is so much to see and do in this gorgeous place! I’ll love to visit the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and see Puuc architecture up close. Cancun is always a good idea, too. 

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8. French Polynesia

PARADISE! Consisting of beautiful islands such as Tahiti, Papeete, Bora Bora, and 115 more dispersed islands, I can live out the rest of my life here. 

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9. Greece

Opa! Greece has more than 1400 islands and perfect climate conditions. It is completely surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and so much history! Delphi off the coast of Mykonos is covered with Ancient Greek ruins so you know where you’ll find me.

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10. Romania

Home to the world’s heaviest building (Palace of the Parliament) and the world’s most beautiful road (the Transfagarasan highway), Romania is rich in history and beautiful sights. Everything about Romania is spectacular!

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Over to you now: Where was your favorite destination to visit? If you’re yet to travel like me, where would you like to go?

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Day 13: Where would you like to live/visit one day?

With this question, I always say the same thing, so I’ll switch it up a bit. I’ll love to visit the Stade de France and watch Les Bleus play a game there, the temple ruins in Karnak, Egypt and magnificent Jökulsárlón!

If I have to live somewhere that is not my country, it’ll be France, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. 

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Day 2: 20 Facts About You

20 facts? I don’t know if I can get up to 20, but let’s try.

1. I dislike talking about myself.

2. I love God so much that words can’t describe the feeling.

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3. I write. A lot. Hence the reason why I have a lot of incomplete stories as far back as 2009. Or maybe it was from 2007? Eh, who’s counting anyway!

4. My favorite number is 4.

5. I’ve never worn make-up and don’t intend to start anytime soon or later.

6. I am a child of the Most High.

7. I love cheese pizza… topped with pineapple, green peppers, and onions!

8. I have a little reminder (a bump) on my right leg from when I fell off the bunk bed ladder. I was about ten or less. Eh, stuff happens when you play too much. But it was worth it!

9. I’m a nerd. 

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10. I am in love with languages! 

11. My favorite song of all time is ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’ by Ben E. King.

12. My favorite sport to watch is football. Go Les Bleus!

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13. I’m mixed, but for the most part, I’m Indian.

14. I like Shah Rukh Khan, Mattew Gray Gubler, and Will Yun Lee, but my all-time favorite actor is Tom Cruise… even when he’s throwing things in anger.

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15. Tyler is a pseudonym.

16. I don’t have a dream car.

17. I once wanted to be a lawyer.

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18. I like ice cream, just not Häagen-Dazs.

19. I love blue eyes.

20. I want to live in France one day. If that does not work out, Los Angeles can call my name on her lips.

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And that’s it. Nothing tabloid juicy. 😆 I scheduled some posts for this weekend and for the rest of the month. I also scheduled the rest of this challenge. I’ll see you guys sometime next week God’s willing. Take care and God bless. 💙

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Share your world for week of January 22nd

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 Cee’s Share Your World Challenge continues now!

List 2 things you have to be happy about?

Life in general. To wake up and see another day is something that I am always happy about. I am happy when I get my cup of coffee on mornings so I can sit down and enjoy the sunrise. 

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Have you ever owned a rock, pet rock, or gem that is not jewelry?

No, but this question reminded me of when I used to collect pretty stones and shells on the beach. 😊

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Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?

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What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

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