The Japes of Graft

As Monty Python used to say, “And now for something completely different … “

Firstly, my apologies to John Steinbeck, but I really couldn’t help myself.

Secondly, this title (and post) is in honour of Brian Lageose, who in particular does a terrific job of twisting well-known tales into Gumby dolls, and who in general is a terrifically funny writer. You can visit his site at Please do and take a stroll through his many wonderful posts. 🙂

A pretty sunrise, just for fun.

So, without further ado, a warped excerpt from the fictional “The Japes of Graft:”

“In the cold half-morning light, Rod stumbled across the dusty street, chasing a ten dollar bill that rustled and shimmied through the grime, a snake-like, reptilian escapee. Somewhere off to his left, a boy named Sue was snoring loudly and muttering about eyelash curlers. Rod stopped his chasing and listened intently, his heart pounding and jumping at the unexpected exercise. Would Sue awaken and steal his ten?”

Rod’s road?

Will Rod overcome his tendency to graft?

Will Sue awaken in time to enjoy her jape?

Will Rod realise that the ten is tied to string before it’s too late?

Will Rod and Sue become partners and keep the ten?

Personally, I think this book is about politicians. 😉

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to add a line or two to “The Japes of Graft” that honours Brian’s sense of humour and maybe twangs a funny bone or two.

I hope you choose to participate. 🙂

15 thoughts on “The Japes of Graft”

  1. OF COURSE I’ll participate!! I almost had a wee problem (literally) when I read that title too. Because I LOVE Steinbeck and Johnny Cash was always a favorite of mine. I’ll hoist my effort tomorrow faithfully. Promise! (I’m going to have adjust the settings on my Reader again. Your stuff doesn’t show up NEAR enough..)

    1. Oh, sorry about that. No offence intended (I like Steinbeck too), but that title twigged me so much of some twisting Brian might do. 🙂
      Looking forward to your response! 🙂
      Thanks so much for the compliment. 🙂

  2. Aww, you touched my tarnished heart, you did. What a pleasant surprise to stumble across as I clicked my way through the seemingly endless email stream. This was clever and fun and I hope you wander down this road many more times, even if there might be shifty characters lurking about… 😉

    1. Thank you for that lovely compliment. I may do just that. 🙂
      I doubt it’s tarnished – well, maybe a little. Shiny is not all it’s cracked up to be. Or maybe it’s just cracked. Cracked can be a lot more fun. 😉
      Stop by at Melanie’s to see her response. I think you might be proud. 🙂

  3. I thought Brian’s sir name was Cohen, never-mind, blessed are the cheese makers 😉 I love your sunrise image, it looks like it’s thawing out the grass!

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