Month: September 2016

From Aardvarc To Zucchini: All The Errors You Can Get In Destiny

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Rabbit
Chokeberry
Breadfruit
Raptor
Bird
Bassoon
Clarinet
Cowbell
Drum
Budgie
Weasel
Banjo
Accordion
Beagle
Whale
Wolf
Wombat
Worm
Woodpecker
Yak
Blackcurrant
Jasmine
Snail
Urchin
Catfish
Carp
Pelican
Cat
Pear
Penguin
Canary
Buffalo
Banana
Vulture
Buzzard
Oyster
Bull
Ostrich
Bordercollie
Caribou
Lychee
Chimpanzee
Mulberry
Lime
Blackbird
Bison
Bonobo
Camel
Buck
Artichoke
Walrus
Boar
Monkey
Nightingale
Lynx
Chipmunk
Manatee
Wasp
Stingray
Squirrel
Caterpillar
Centipede
Cattle
Marionberry
Newt
Mosquito
Magpie
Chicken
Olive
Orange
Cranberry
Bramble
Blackberry
Blueberry
Apricot
Porpoise
Porcupine
Pony
Pigeon
Pig
Dragonfruit
Coffee
Coconut
Cacao
Cashew
Cherry
Clementine
Currant
Crowberry
Eggplant
Elderberry
Jackfruit
Opossum
Octopus
Owl
Fig
Gooseberry
Grapefruit
Grape
Honeydew
Kiwi
Peanut
Persimmon
Pomegranate
Pumpkin
Oxen
Papaya
Prune
Pineapple
Lemon
Raisin
Raspberry
Plantain
Tangelo
Tamarind
Tomato
Tangerine
Satsuma
Strawberry
Rhubarb
Zucchini
Wolfberry
Watermelon
Vanilla
Ant
Anaconda
Alpaca
Alligator
Albatross
Aardvarc
Baboon
Anteater
Basilisk
Barracuda
Bat
Bass
Otter
Badger
Armadillo
Antelope
Bee
Beaver
Beetle
Crab
Coyote
Cow
Cougar
Cobbler
Cockroach
Cockatiel
Dalmation
Crow
Crocodile
Cricket
Cray
Crawfish
Crane
Dingo
Dog
Deer
Elephant
Egret
Eel
Earwig
Earthworm
Dragonfly
Dove
Donkey
Dolphin
Dinosaur
Fly
Flatworm
Elk
Ferret
Finch
Falcon
Emu
Flamingo
Firefly
Fish
Groundhog
Grasshopper
Gorilla
Gopher
Goose
Goat
Gnat
Giraffe
Frog
Fox
Hawk
Impala
Iguana
Heron
Hedgehog
Hare
Hyena
Horse
Hippo
Herring
Kingfisher
Krill
Koala
Kangaroo
Jaguar
Jackrabbit
Jackal
Jellyfish
Insect
Inchworm
Lion
Leopard
Mole
Lemur
Lionfish
Lemming
Leech
Lamb
Mink
Mandrill
Panther
Apple
Mongoose
Chinchilla
Chihuahua
Peach
Mantaray
Mango
Avocado
Loganberry
Quail
Mallard
Mantis
Gazelle
Eagle
Duck
Cockatoo
Cobra
Chupacabra
Clam
Shark
Viper
Scorpion
Salmon
Sardine
Salamander
Rhinoceros
Raven
Rat
Raccoon
Sheep
Zebra
Stork
Stinkbug
Skunk
Squid
Seal
Spider
Lobster
Llama
Turtle
Tapir
Toad
Turkey
Termite
Swan

The Greyness

Once upon a time there was a woman. The woman lived in a house surrounded by smoke. Every morning she would wake up, push back the coverlet and rush to the window. But there was nothing to see, only the great greyness pressing back against the window pane.

Gradually the woman stopped throwing back the covers with such delight. She stopped rushing to the window. Sometimes she didn’t even get out of her bed. The greyness seemed to ooze through the window and wrap its tentacles around her heart.

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She tried to get rid of it, knowing it was making her breathless and sad.

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First she went to the seaside and let the wind whistle through her bones and the sea pepper her hair and face with salt. But the greyness was afraid of the wind and clung tighter, squeezing her heart to the size of a walnut.

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She returned home anxious and tired.

Perhaps I can find someone who knows about the greyness, she thought. Perhaps they will know how to make it go away or how I can find a new home for it.

The woman did all the visiting she could think of and drank more cups of tea and coffee than she had ever done in her life. But everyone seemed to have brought their own greyness. Some greynesses even had a smaller greyness in tow.

The woman ate a slice of Bakewell tart left over from one of the teas and pondered her problem.

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There was one person left to visit but he lived so very far away.

She travelled for a very long time, over fields and mud and hills. Her little walnut heart made the journey a tiring one. Every sunset made the greyness squeeze tighter until she felt she might start crying and never stop.

Eventually she reached the bottom of the mountain where the man lived. She called up to him but the greyness in her chest was so tight she could only manage a whisper.

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But the man had been waiting for her arrival. He saw her small and scrunched up at the foot of his mountain and hurried down to her.

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Together they climbed, one step at a time, until at last she was sitting in his kitchen listening to him telling her all the stories he could think of. The words felt like a blanket he was weaving just for her and she and the greyness snuggled into them for warmth.

The woman and the man stayed together for many days, knitting word blankets and word cosies and word forts for each other.

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Then one day the man beckoned the woman to the window.

The woman was nervous. The man lived so far up the mountain that his house was often inside a cloud. She was afraid that the cloud would bring more greyness into their lives.

Look, he said. You can see the trees through the mist.

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She looked. He was right. Little shapes peered back at her, stretching and shining and waving.

The greyness was interested too. It had come to the woman to explore a world outside the grey soup but here was a whole world inside the soup, just waiting to be discovered.

Excitedly it uncoiled itself from the woman’s heart and flowed towards the window, oozing out through a tiny crack near the fastening and off into the new world.

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The woman’s breathing deepened and she smiled warmly for the first time in months. The man smiled too, then he wrapped a cape of words around them both.