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From [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's prompt/invitation: you are cordially invited to play with either of my urban fantasy poetic series, Monster House or the Psychic Photographer:
http://penultimateproductions.weebly.com/serial-poetry.html
This is a riff off of her Monster House series, which you should really, really read.



It was Melody’s idea to leave cream out.

We were living in one of those broken-down used-to-be-nice old houses in CollegeTown, sharing a three-bedroom place with four other people, and our stuff was vanishing. We confronted the worst of the roommates, but his beer-sodden answer was to blame “that freaking fraggle.” We chalked that up as Worse Excuse Ever, until a late-night return caught the little imp (the so-called fraggle, not Joe) in Melody’s underwear drawer. A little internet searching and some library time later, and we’d invested in a little cream and set a flea-market saucer in the coolest windowsill.

Our stuff stopped disappearing overnight, and the cream was gone every morning. What’s more, stuff started coming back; Melody’s underwear, my signed guitar picks, the goblet from our first year together; when we saw the imp – boggart, our studies suggested – it looked fat and happy. When we moved, amongst our stuff was enough of our roommates’ trinkets to make up the back rent they all owed us.

We keep putting out cream. It was another small and harmless eccentricity in our collection of such oddities we treasured, souvenirs of our life together. With the new place, we’ve taken to leaving out oatmeal and honey for the brownie in the kitchen, too.

Hey, some people collect shot glasses.

*laugh*

Date: 2011-02-25 09:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I just LOVE this. I will now go point everyone here, and add it to the "Serial Poetry" page under Monster House. Thank you so much!

Re: *Dance*

Date: 2011-02-25 09:52 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
Yes, it can be tense, but it's so much fun with it works. I have the pimp posts up, and the website updated to show the guest appearance link.

LOVE THIS!

Date: 2014-06-17 12:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dialecticdreamer
I love, love, love this different view, and the vaguely defensive last line is something I could hear /myself/ saying (quite loudly) in the same circumstances.

But the implication is that they're just BEGINNING to "collect" strange roommates... GRIN.

Date: 2018-05-02 06:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fayanora
Boggarts are interesting. Basically, from what I read, they're hobs (The basis for house elves in Harry Potter) that were disrespected or offended and started making trouble. Very useful if you keep them happy, but if you ever anger them... Hoo boy.
Edited Date: 2018-05-02 06:10 am (UTC)

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