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A Peculiar Party ~ Part Nine March 30, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Humor, Magick & Mystery, Word Play.

IMGP3551bI found The Wind in the Willows with no difficulty.

Al, my wide-mouthed waiter, suggested the Anything Goes appetizer to me ~ Chef’s Choice.

Intrigued, I agreed.

When it arrived, I eyed the hummus, kalamata olives, spinach-artichoke dip, pita, cheese and crusty bread with approval.

And then I saw the shrimp . . .

IMGP3546b“Al, someone’s eaten the shrimp and left the tails.”

He flashed a toothy grin. “I’m not surprised.  The shrimp are always the first to go.”

Too hungry to care, I shoved the tails to one side and dug in.  Cole Porter washed over me.

Anything Goes.

While I ate, I pondered the possibilities.  Who or what had enticed Freddie and Betty into the alley?  If the spell-weaver could conjure up an entire alleyway complete with totem pole, why couldn’t it go to the beach and get its own sand?

Freddie’s words drifted in:  “Why involve a couple of middle-aged frogs . . . and run the risk of them croaking?”

A disembodied voice interrupted my musings.  “Excuse me . . . I couldn’t help but overhear your thoughts.  Perhaps I might be of assistance.”

I whipped around, certain I had NOT been talking out loud.  No one there.

“Who are you?  WHERE are you?”

“Up here.”

I looked up and saw a red-eyed tree frog peering over the garden wall.  An eavesdropper.  Who and Where answered, I turned my attention to What.

IMGP2753c“What did you say?”

“I heard you thinking and suggested I might be of assistance.”

“How did you hear what I was thinking . . . was I thinking out loud?”

“No.  I’m telepathic.  A mind-reader.  Some see dead people.  I hear people’s thoughts.”

“Oh, you poor dear.  It’s bad enough hearing my own thoughts.  I can’t imagine the cacophony of hearing other people’s thoughts as well.”

“It’s not so bad.  My mind tunes out pointless droning.  Most folk’s thoughts are just white noise playing in the background.  Like the hum of an air conditioner. It tuned in your thoughts when it heard spell-weaver, alleyway, and totem pole in close proximity to one another.”

IMGP3164b“What do you know about spells, totem poles, and alleyways?”

“Next to nothing.  But I heard Madame Frieda thinking about a spell-weaver last week.”

“Do tell.”  I leaned forward to ensure I caught every word.  “By the way, what’s your name, Mr. Telepathic Tree Frog?”


“Of course.  And I’ll wager odds your siblings are Hettie, Lettie, and . . .”

“No.  Just one brother.  Daryl.”

To be continued . . . 

If you missed any installments, the entire story can be found at the Short Stories tab . . . or just click HERE!


1. Pix Under the Oaks - March 30, 2013

I’m loving Eddie! I wasn’t expecting a little tree frog.. 🙂

nrhatch - March 30, 2013

Nothing like a telepathic tree frog to kick this story into high gear as we approach the finish line.

2. nrhatch - March 30, 2013

Several readers requested that I post A Peculiar Party Under The Palms as a single page.

Just click HERE and you’ll be whisked through cyber space to join the party. Wheeee . . .

3. Don - March 30, 2013

With red eyes like those you can’t be anything but telepathic.

nrhatch - March 30, 2013

Good point, Don . . . that might be the secret.

4. diannegray - March 30, 2013

Now I feel like hummus, kalamata olives, spinach-artichoke dip, pita, cheese and crusty bread! YUM!

And you know I love frogs – telepathic tree frogs are the best! 😀

nrhatch - March 30, 2013

Let’s PAR-TAY! Here . . . have some hummus.

diannegray - March 31, 2013

Nom nom nom – hmmm – nice – thank you! 😉

5. Grannymar - March 30, 2013

Almost my bedtime and I am hungry for that feast. I wonder if they do delivery…. with some clues in the box as well as the food?

nrhatch - March 30, 2013

Yes! Instead of Jack in the Box, it could be Clues in the Box! 😀

6. Perfecting Motherhood - March 31, 2013

Oh, that sneaky tree frog! Was it at the Rainforest Cafe? And I’m sorry, but I got distracted from the story by that delicious plate of food at the top of your post.

nrhatch - March 31, 2013

We did bump into that frog at Rainforest Cafe. And I completely understand . . . food does that to me too. 😀

7. sufilight - March 31, 2013

That lunch is a perfect meal for me as I love hummus, olives and pita bread. I usually keep them handy in my fridge. I am wondering what thoughts Eddie read that will help solve the mystery ….

nrhatch - March 31, 2013

I love being able to pull together lunch from delicious nibbles in the fridge. 😀

Eddie has a great spot from which to eavesdrop.

8. colonialist - March 31, 2013

Loving this, but OH! what a missed opportunity to have your tree frog branch out as an eavesdropper by dropping from under the edge of the roof onto a twig!

nrhatch - March 31, 2013

Thanks, Col. We are closing in on the finish line.

Yes, Eddie could have emulated Kate’s Super Hero amphibian by diving off the wall to land on a twig . . . or *splash* in someone’s bowl of soup!

colonialist - April 1, 2013

NONONONONONONONONONO! I mean he missed the opportunity to be an eavesdropper AND drop from eaves! With branching out as a bonus.

nrhatch - April 1, 2013

Your “eavesdropper” was a great idea! 😀
Eddie could drop from the eaves and land in “hot water.”

9. Three Well Beings - April 1, 2013

A telepathic tree frog! What a clever little amphibian. I wonder what else he heard in Madame Frieda’s thoughts? And the Chef’s Choice sounded really delicious to me! 🙂 We’re still moving on, aren’t we Nancy!

nrhatch - April 1, 2013

We are! When I started this tale, I had no idea it would take this long to tell. We shall resume regularly scheduled programming in short order. 😉

10. viviankirkfield - April 1, 2013

I love your photos, Nancy…they add so much to this toady tale.:)

nrhatch - April 1, 2013

Thanks, Vivian. The story grew out of a desire to share a few photos from a recent trip to Naples . . . but it kept growing!

viviankirkfield - April 2, 2013

I’m glad I noticed that the photos were such an integral part of the story.:)

nrhatch - April 2, 2013

I’m glad you did! One of my favorite things about blogging is the ease of illustrating what we write (and the ease of sharing photos without much elaboration).

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