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Meanwhile, Somewhere In Finland…

Welcome to Day 5 of 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing, the creative writing challenge that 4 out of 5 pharmacists agree is the reason for your side-effects. Today’s prompt is You Better Put Out, and you can thank Ziva for this one. Or you can just let me thank her. Often. Don’t forget to link up at the end of this post if you participated in today’s challenge before experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, insomnia, impotence, 4-hour erections…

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Meanwhile, Somewhere in Finland…

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Have you ever been to a warmer, more inviting place? And can you let me know where it is?

It was my first time. I was excited and nervous, but she promised me that I would love it. And she was right, of course. She was always right. Especially about the sharks. In my defense, there really was no way for me to know. But forgive me, I’ve skipped ahead.

Let me start by saying that I wasn’t completely inexperienced. I’d been around; America, Germany, Greece, Denmark… but nothing had ever prepared me for Finland.

She’d met me at the dock and I was immediately struck by the glow of her green skin in the morning sun. I felt a primal, tingly sensation watching how skillfully she guided the dogsled, each of her three arms masterfully working the guides and switch.

As I snuggled beneath the furs she had thoughtfully provided, I remarked that Finland wasn’t nearly as cold and snowy as everyone always joked. She laughed that marvelous laugh of hers and agreed that they were, indeed, enjoying a mild summer.

We reached the cave around lunchtime, and the mouthwatering smell of kalops greeted us. I inhaled deeply and exhaled a sigh of utter contentment. That smells heavenly. She smiled at me. Wait until you try the rönttönen… or I’ve got salmiakki, if you prefer.

The minx!

Later, much later, our appetites completely sated, we spoke softly of the things we would do, places we would go, adventures we would have. It wasn’t long before the light in the cave began to fade, the darkness creeping stealthily closer. She sighed lightly. I had better put out the fire.

This completely baffled me, as the fire was the only heat source available in the cave. Mild July or not, it would get cold very quickly once the flames were extinguished.

You better put out the fire? Why on earth would you want to do that? She turned to me then, looking deep into my eyes. Because of the sharks, of course.

Oh, of course. The sharks. Lemmikki, what are you talking about?

She laughed her marvelous laugh again. Oh, my lovely Canadian. You have a lot to learn about Finland.

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  • Hey Nicky, this is so pretty, whimsical, and gently suggestive that… well, I think I might be starting to like you. Strong words for a reserved Brit, I know, but I’m a man of passion. Please don’t report me, I mean it with great respect. Yours, Indigo

  • Oh my gorgeous, amazing, wonderful, funny and talented Canadian, have I ever told you how much I love you? This was absolutely brilliant! And you have to admit, we found some very nice ways of keeping warm after we put out the fire….

  • So that’s what we can expect when we go visit Ziva? Or is she saving all her charms just for you?

  • A little early in the going for the “and that’s when I started drinking” prompt isn’t it?

  • And what the hell are all these people doing up at 7:30 in the morning?

  • I’m glad I had my coffee before reading this. It hyped me up enough to laugh out loud. Ah, Finland during summer. Hilarious.

  • “Gently suggestive” is a great way to describe it. I was trying to think of how to describe it. That about hits it, Indigo. You too, Nicky. 🙂

  • 7:30 Canada time is like 14:30 Finland time, it’s a perfectly reasonable time to be up.

  • As attractive as three arms sound…If I am in Finland and it is cold like Finland is…and if someone says to put out the fire….I am willing to take my chances on the sharks.

  • Is this one of those posts where you’re supposed to want a smoke after reading it??

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    This is perverse.

    I like it. A lot.

    Part 2, please.

  • What a creative tale you weave, although I’m not sure I would want to live in a cave in Finland – and sharks. I watched a bad sci-fi movie about sand sharks that would pop up out of the sand.

  • Very well composed – delightful and enticing. x

  • I might think that with the lack of sunlight, all Finns have a greenish hint to their complexion.

  • MalisaHargrove

    Sexy and funny. A hard combination to beat. Nicky, this was a totally entertaining read. I’m impressed. Damned impressed.

    “This completely baffled me, as the fire was the only heat source available in the cave. Mild July or not…” I laughed my fat ass off!

  • Malisa, your ass is positively svelte! And thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • You would think that, but it turns out that it’s just Ziva. Very strange. 🙂

  • Thank you Jessie! Much appreciated 🙂

  • That’s only because you’ve never tasted kalops, Linda. Kalops makes it all worth it! 🙂

  • Perv. 🙂

  • Well, I wanted one after writing it, so yeah. I think so. 🙂

  • But you’ve never seen Finnish sharks, Cheryl. *shudders* 🙂

  • Glad you got a chuckle out of it Lauren. And yes, Finnish summer. An oxymoron if ever there was one!

  • It’s never too early, Dufus. 🙂

  • Well, Ziva never does what’s expected, Boom Boom. But she’s always charming. 🙂

  • What can I say, you are my inspiration! Love you too, Lemmikki. 🙂

  • Like? Well. Indigo. I don’t know what to say. I’m overwhelmed by the magnitude of such strong emotion. I’m very happy that you enjoyed the story. 🙂

  • Thank you, UP!

  • mikewjattoomanymornings

    You say perv like it’s a bad thing, but I see you haven’t banned me from commenting yet.

  • I say Perv like it’s a bad thing? There’s a smiley face after the word Perv, man! Oh, wait. A face. I see. Never mind. I take it back.

  • Nicky, this sounds like the start to a marvelous romance! She may be green and have 3 arms, but she is indeed queen, isn’t she?

  • What a GREAT take on the subject! I enjoyed reading all the comments as much as reading the post!

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  • KZ

    Indigo nailed it: Whimsical and suggestive. I enjoyed it, but I do have to admit I’m a little puzzled by the meaning behind the subtext. I guess it’s up to my suggestive imagination to fill in those dirty, dirty blanks.

  • Cadeaux

    I’d like to see how they hug with three arms. I’d also like to see part 2. 🙂

  • KZ, it’s two women in a cave. What subtext?!?! 🙂

  • I’m trying to visualise where the third arm would be. Two right hander’s and one left may be very useful 😉

    You always leave me wanting more……Not arms. I want more of the story!

  • This post is totally-super-awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! You rule!! And now I am picturing you and Ziva together REALLY doing this!!

  • I don’t know what you and Ziva were up to, but I love this writing of yours, Nicky! And I’m sorry I haven’t started participating yet, Nicky, but I’m buried – buried I say! And no need to slather on the guilt, I’ve been doing lots of it on my own for the both of us.

  • Hah! I was giving you one week, Margaret, then I was all set to hound you! 🙂 No worries, my friend. Jump in if you can.

  • Babs! I’ve been missing that curly head of yours! 🙂

    Hope you’re doing well!

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