Monday, June 10, 2013

The Cubic Prism (WOE week 24)

Write At The Merge challenge this week is to use the word tesseract along with an image of a cluttered table.

It's been a while since I've been there, and it's been even longer since I've worked with my Gibson Girls. I'm hoping I'm not too rusty.

I give you the following in response: Speaking in the Fourth Dimension

Penny rejoined her sister in the living room armed with pumpkin pie. "Ams, look what I found."

“Are you sure about that last word? Prestidigitator doesn’t seem to fit.” Amber looked up from her crossword puzzle, frowning. "Where was that hiding?"

Penny glanced over her twin’s shoulder at the scribble in the column, "It wasn’t hiding. Grams left it out on the counter. That a is supposed to be an i.” She pointed at the wrong letter before she plopped down in the worn armchair, dislodging throw cushions in the process. "I wish she had cream cheese."

“You know I’ve changed that a hundred times,” Amber flipped her pencil about to use the eraser again. "On sweet potato pie?"

“It’s pumpkin, Silly. Although, why not? Some would argue that they taste similar.”

“Yuck,” Done with her latest correction, Amber tapped her pencil to her chin. “Good Earth author, four letters.”

“Buck.” She paused before giggling, “That rhymed.”

“You sure that’s pumpkin pie?” Amber cocked an eyebrow before applying her pencil to her puzzle. “Grams can’t have pumpkin with her renal diet you know.”

“She’s not supposed to have sweet potatoes either.” Penny squished a bite of pie around her teeth, savoring the memories. Grams always kept a can of pumpkin in case Grandda did something to earn a pie. “Wonder if he misses this.”

“Who? Buck?”

“Pearl Buck, dingaling. As in girl.”

“Why’d you call her a dude? Fourth Dimension Cube.”

“And now you’re rhyming Ams. I was talking about Dad. Being in the military. I wondered if he misses the pies.”

“Penns, they have pie in the military.  Maybe even sweet potato pie. There’s entirely too many ehssez.”

Penny swallowed and, refusing to leave any scrumptious morsel behind, scraped her plate with her fork for the last bits. “I said it was pumpkin. What do you mean ehssez?”

“Not ehssez. Blank, blank, s, s, blank, s…”

“What’s the clue again?”

“Fourth dimension cube. It isn’t a reference to that stupid space odyssey you’re always talking about, is it?”

“The Next Generation isn’t…” Penny bit her tongue. “OW!”

“That doesn’t have any s…what’d you do this time?”

“I think that last s gave me a toothache.” Penny set her dish on the footstool and crossed the floor to the card table. Cluttered with correspondence and advertisements, the table was the catch-all for the last few days. “I’ll find it someday.”


“My brain.” Penny shuffled some papers around and spied toothpicks next to the sugar cubes. “That’s logical.”

Amber snorted. “Okay, Dr. Spock.”

“Mr. Spock, oh never mind. You said blank, blank, s, s, blank, s…are you sure that last s isn’t an r?”

“Yeah. Bisdhouse…oops, you’re right an r.”

“Tesseract.” Penny returned with a handful of toothpicks and the sugar cubes.

“What’s a tesseract?”

“The 4D thingy. I’m going to build you one.”

Amber snatched the sugar bowl away. “Oh no you don’t. You promised me Disneyland, not a science project.”


  1. Blast it all, why can't anyone ever come into my living room armed with pumpkin pie? Although with my luck, it would be a Killer Klown armed with said pie.

    1. Thanks! Well, if it comes to pie making time, my mom's as like to make a pumpkin pie if she's making any, and I'll share. Fighting my dad for a slice might get a little scary though... ;)

      I hope you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  2. Mmmm. Pumpkin pie. Between this post and reading all of the meme responses for a link up I did with a friend last week (one of the questions was cake or pie), I'm really craving pumpkin pie. And I think I have canned pumpkin at home. And cool whip. Hmmmm....

    1. Thanks! I'm under the impression that the world would be a better place if only everyone could have pumpkin pie for dinner.

      I'm just saying.

      I hope you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  3. So glad to see you're back. These girls are favorites of mine. Y'all are sunshine in my life. JAKS

    1. Thanks! I'm happy to be back. And I've left the Gibson Girls too neglected, so I'm glad they wanted a turn.

      I'm pleased you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  4. This was my first time to your blog I think so I didn't know anything about the characters but I was drawn in by their dialog anyway, and that was great dialog! It sounded so natural, it was like hearing it instead of reading words on a screen. Also I love what you did with the tesseract word use - love crosswords!

    1. Thanks! I'm happy that this worked well enough on it's own that you weren't too lost. If you get the chance, the other pieces are under the "Gibson Girls" tab.

      I hope you enjoyed your stay. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  5. This is fantastic dialogue. Just brilliantly done. So casual and natural that it flows perfectly.

    1. Thanks! I've always enjoyed the challenge of writing dialogue between sisters or close, close friends. So often we're able to carry on two completely different conversations simultaneously and still manage to follow scattered trains of thought. I'm happy I was able to keep this natural and flowing.

      I hope you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

  6. Anyone is welcome to come to my living room with pumpkin pie anytime. Too bad it's June and pumpkin pie isn't super prevalent right now. Love this piece.

    *Stopping by from Write on Edge*

    1. Thanks! I keep a couple cans of pumpkin for the summer months. I'm weird like that. This year, I'm growing pumpkins and will can my own meat. Talk about a perfect food...

      I'm glad you loved your visit. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!