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(Sammy, the Gat, glossary at end.)
The scarecrow caws as I wing it through the roundabout and take off for Windsor World. Bobble-tops twist and twirl as the ostrich and I swoop in and out of the snarled snails headin’ for Big Ben.
I check the sundial. Straight pins: straight up; I got six numbers ’til the meet-and-greet at 12:30.
I juice up the GPS on Keen Teen’s deceptive dial-file, punch in “23 Hasting”, round the 45-degree and snug the rattrap next to the pedestrian puddle jumper.
I sidestep it into the big box then two-step it up the stairway to heaven.
I bend and dip when I catch a shutter-flick of Johnnie Pickles hide-n’-seekin’ it on the peer-tier.
THE GATIONARY of Sammy Speak
big box: n. a house. bobble-top: n. a head. caw: v. to roar (in bird-speak).
dial-file: n. a dashboard. 45-degree: n. a corner.
Keen Teen: n. owner/builder of car Sammy’s driving. ostrich: n. a fast car.
pedestrian puddle jumper: n. a sidewalk curb. peer-tier: n. the top floor.
rattrap: n. a jalopy. scarecrow: n. a beat-up car. shutter-flick: n. a glimpse.
six numbers: n. a half-hour. snarled snails: n. traffic jam.
straight pins: n. hands of a clock. Windsor World: n. London.
(Click to catch up on the continuing story of Sammy, the Gat.)
(Photo by Jennifer Pendergast. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields, Friday Fictioneers, March 8, 2013.)