Wednesday, February 28, 2007

3 Word Wednesday XXV

Welcome to Three Word Wednesday.

Each week, I will post three (or more) random words. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something using all of those words. It can be a few lines, a story, a poem, anything. This is a writing exercise. It doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is to let your mind wander and write what it will. I'll also attempt to write something using the same three words.

Leave a comment if you participate.

This week's words are:
Tile
Scarce
Lieu


By no one's definition would Philip be considered "typical." In thirty-one years, he had been on exactly three dates, only one of which his mother had not chauffeured. Women have a way of making themselves scarce when you are a Scrabble aficionado.

In lieu of a social life, Philip read the dictionary. And recently, using money he had saved working at Radio Shack and despite his mother's best objections, he had his bathroom redone in custom-made Scrabble tile.

But none of that mattered now. And yet, all of it did. Everything he had worked for, the thousands of hours spent playing Scrabble online, came down to the next five minutes. Here he was, one on one, for the Greater Ridgefield Scrabble Championship, sponsored by the West Jefferson Convalescent Center.

"Seventeen," his opponent announced his score from across the table and started Philip's timer.

With only three tiles left in the bag, Philip now trailed by eight points. As he looked up to examine this most recent play, he saw a glaring, fatal mistake. His opponent had left an S open in the bottom left corner of the board!

Philip scanned the letters in his rack. A-O-U-C-T-T-S. Skilled fingers deftly and continually rearranged the tiles, as he spelled out possible combinations in his head. C-U-T... A-C-T-S... C-O-A-T-S... O-U-T.. And then, he had it! OUTCASTS! He played the word down the left side of the board. A bingo and triple word score! Eighty-nine points!

Game over. Suck on that, beyotch!

"Down the aisle with someone else you're walking. Those wedding bells will never ring for me..."

22 comments:

  1. Holy crap, I'm first, and I played!!

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  2. I saw this and couldn't resist playing! Very fun! :)

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  3. I, um, played...kind of... I guess.

    And didn't think it was fair to leave a message at the top of my post saying no men allowed today, considering it's your game.

    But I'd be perfectly content if no one read it. So really, feel free to save yourself some time and stay away. :)

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  4. Arlene: Thanks for playing. I'll be over in a sec to read.

    Barnmouse: Thanks for stopping by and participating. We do it every week :)

    Tag Along: Um, does that mean you played? :) Guess I'll check.

    TC: Thanks for participating again.

    And by the way, thanks for that "no men" warning yesterday. I took it to heart :)

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  5. i'm jonesing for some scrabble now.

    good use of the words!

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  6. haha...yes that means I posted...Scrabble...that was great! that quote at the bottom...is it from something?

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  7. This may be your funniest fiction!
    A perfect break from your serious fiction of late.

    And, may I say, I think I know that guy. There's a friend of my boyfriends who comes achingly close to that guy - - only he's almost 40 instead of 31. Remind me to ask him if he likes Scrabble. :) I'm a horrible, terrible, awful person.

    I could just see your character in a Members Only jacket and tapered legged jeans screaming at his mom to make him some blueberry pancakes. He probably wears his Izod shirt with the collar popped up. Oh yeah. I'm seeing it.

    Fantastic storytelling, Bone. I swear I was in the room.

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  8. Mine will be up shortly. Great story!

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  9. I love your little story!!! Very good use of your words :-)

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  10. Great story! I love the Scrabble touch:)

    (My husband got a bingo on his very first turn last time we played. That's when I'm discouraged enough to make myself scarce and do something else in lieu of playing with Scrabble tiles. geez)

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  11. Big changes. Bone that was hysterical

    Three dates at 30--the chauffeured by the mother part, too too funny

    The rest was great also, but I almost choked at that part

    I will do my 3WW when you have buttons. No later tonight or Friday

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  12. Sizzle: Look for me under the name ny0153 at scrabulous.com... I mean, not that I play online. But if I did, I think that'd be a good name.

    ATag: Thanks. Yes, that's from an old, old song :)

    Avery Laine: Thanks. Although, I hear Izod's are coming back. They did have a commercial on during the Super Bowl, after all ;)

    Judy: Thank you. And thanks for participating.

    Arlene: Thanks, Brizzle.

    Actonbell: Haha. Those bingos can be deflating for the opponent :)

    Pia: Thank you. I did try making a button online a couple of weeks ago, but... that's as far as I've gotten :)

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  13. LOL!

    suck on that, beyotch!

    You have such a way with words. :)

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  14. It's even funnier the third time I read it :) Yes, that last sentence

    I posted on a Wednesday night just to throw people off

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  15. And recently, using money he had saved working at Radio Shack and despite his mother's best objections, he had his bathroom redone in custom-made Scrabble tile.

    Is this what's coming next in your life, Bone??? ;)

    And btw, big *hugs* for getting rid of comment verification! It (might) not take me five times to get a comment to go through! :-)

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  16. makes me miss playing Scrabble with my Mom. We used to play for hours... although we didn't play defensivly (trying to block the other's score) we just played to get the best words possible.

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  17. I played!

    Mine is here.

    Thanks for sharing the game.

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  18. I don't know if I'll get around to write a story, but I enjoyed the character you developed in your story! Good writing.

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  19. Funny story. Are you like the character, Bone?

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  20. ok so that is one of the most depressing songs I have yet to hear!!!! wow!

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  21. Blondie: Don't I though? :) If it made you laugh, then mission accomplished.

    Pia: Well, you're unpredictable, that's for sure. I'll make a special button for you: "3 Word ___day" :)

    TC: Haha. I doubt I would spend my money on something like that. But the Radio Shack job doesn't sound bad some days :)

    Hopefully, no word ver will make commenting much easier. And hopefully, I won't have a problem with spam.

    Renee: I enjoy Scrabble, too. It's timeless.

    Gay: Thanks for participating. I'll be over to read yours shortly.

    Sage: Thanks. I just had fun with this one.

    Genie: Not so much. Although if I keep spending a couple of hours every night at scrabulous.com, who knows :)

    ATag: Yeah, it's an old, old country song.

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