The Letter Z

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week, where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter Z.

Here are Deb’s Z-words:

Place – Zanzibar
Emotion – zest
Adjective – zazzy
Verb – zoned
Animal – zebra

If you’re the type of person who has a zest for a truly unique and exciting experience, I urge you to visit the Zebra Park in Zanzibar. The place has been zoned as a sanctuary for those handsome animals and you will no doubt find some very zazzy zebras there.

The Letter Y

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week, where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter Y.

Here are Deb’s Y-words:

Place – yard
Emotion – yearn
Adjective – yummy
Verb – yawn
Animal – yuhina

“What were you doing with your binoculars looking into our neighbor’s yard?” Karen asked her husband. “Were you gawking at Donna? I know you yearn for her, don’t you? And don’t you dare lie to me, either.”

Bill yawned, as if emphasizing a sign of boredom. “Well, Donna is rather yummy looking, isn’t she?”

Donna gasped. “I knew it!” she said, trying hard not to cry.

Bill walked over and put his arms around his wife. “But she’s not nearly as yummy as you are, Karen. You’re the yummiest woman I know.”

Karen looked up at her husband and said, “So what were you doing looking into her yard, then?”

“I heard a bird singing and I was unfamiliar with its sound and I wondered what kind of bird it was. So I grabbed my binoculars and found a nest of the unusual, for these parts, anyway, yahina bird in a tree in her backyard,” Bill explained. “Here,” he said, handing his binoculars to Karen.

Karen put the binoculars up to her eyes, looked into their neighbor’s yard, and said, “I see it. It’s a very unusual bird.”

“Yes it is,” Bill said, quickly taking back the binoculars before Karen could spot Donna, who was sunbathing in the nude on the other side of the wooden fence that separated their yards.

The Letter X

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week, where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter X.

Here are Deb’s X-words:

Place – Xenia
Emotion – xany
Adjective – xenial
Verb – xylophone
Animal – Xerus

“X” is a tough letter. So before I begin, let me point out that Deb said that Xenia is an unincorporated community in the state of Kansas. She also noted that xenial is a friendly relationship between host and ghost. Finally, xany doesn’t seem to exist as a word in American English. So, for the sake of my story for the letter X, I’m going to use the definition of “zany” for the word “xany.”

“Toto, we’re not in Xenia anymore,” Tom said.

“What?” Carl responded.

“Don’t you see it over there?”

“See what?”

There’s some xany animal, I think it’s a xerus, wearing a top hat and it’s playing the xylophone.”

“I knew coming to a haunted house was a bad idea.” Carl said. “You’re seeing things.”

“Oh, you mean like that xenial ghost over there,” Tom said. “Don’t worry, he’s friendly.”

“Dude, have you been smoking dope?” Carl asked.

“No, but I did take some Ecstasy,” Tom admitted.

“That explains a lot,” Carl said.

“Exactly,” Tom said, laughing.

The Letter W

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week, where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter W.

Here are Deb’s W-words:

Place – whirlpool
Emotion – willful
Adjective – worldly
Verb – warp
Animal – weaver

I have to admit that I had a crush on him. He was so worldly, so wise, and oh so handsome.

My friends tried to warn me about him, but I was a willful young woman who was caught up in a whirlpool of emotions.

As I look back now after all these years, I realize that my perspectives about him were a little warped.

All he wanted from me was a piece of ass. All I wanted from him was for us to build a nest together. A modest nest for him and me and our family. A cozy nest like that of the little weaver bird in the tree that I can see just outside of my room window in the nursing home.

Weaver bird and its nest

The Letter V

Deb, over at Nope, Not Pam, has this weekly challenge called A Letter a Week where she gives us a place, an emotion, an adjective, a verb, and an animal all starting with the same letter. Then she asks us to write a post using those items and the letter she has given us, which this week is the letter V.

Here are Deb’s V-words:

Place – Vanuatu
Emotion – Vigor
Adjective – Vast
Verb – Vocalize
Animal – Vicuña

Victor decided he needed to slow things down in his hectic life and maybe even go off grid. He put on a blindfold, gave his globe a spin, and then placed his finger on it to stop the spinning. Victor pulled off his blindfold and examined the spot on the globe upon which his finger had landed. It happened to be pointing to a small group of islands in the vast South Pacific called Vanuatu about 1,000 miles east of Australia.

Victor Googled Vanuatu to learn everything he could about it, and after just a few hours of research, he decided that he would be make Vanuatu his new home.

After finally arriving at the island nation, Victor set about to vigorously explore the place to see where he wanted to settle down. One day, with a local guide he’d hired, he came across a compound that housed an animal he’d never seen before. He asked his guide, “Is that a type of llama or alpaca?” pointing to one that was staring back at him.

“No, sir,” the guide said. “That’s a vicuña.”

“What’s that strange sound it’s making?” Victor asked.

The guide laughed. “That’s the ogling sound vicuñas vocalize when they are looking for a mate during breeding season,” he said. “I think this one has taken quite fancy toward you.”