The Armadillo Files, Episode 33, How much is that? — Featuring Roberta Cheadle

Saturday, July 30, 2022

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Most of you are familiar with multi-talented author, Roberta Eaton Cheadle.  She was inspired by the previous set of things when she left these.  So, I held them in the wings until I could use the two sets consecutively.  Robbie’s things are: wine glass, silk rose, and chocolate cake.

Previously in The Armadillo Files

Last time Ali Baba and Dilly found Fang.  We assumed he went to rescue the Calutron Girls. However, it seems he disguised himself as a woman, in attempt to get into the place where the kidnapped young women were held.  They found him on stage, at the auction block, in deep trouble of his own.  Meanwhile Dilly has gotten “jumpy” in a very literal sense.

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33 — How much is that?

Dilly

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Ali Baba groaned at the antics on the stage.  So did I.  We looked at each other and shook our heads at the inevitability of the situation. 

Fang must have sneaked into the place where the Calutron Girls were held.  He probably tried to disguise himself as a woman to avoid notice.  Then again, he was so fond of costumes that he may very well have simply tried on the outfit and got caught.

The auctioneer turned worriedly to the commotion on his stage.  Sweat beaded his brow.  I got the feeling it had been going on for some time.  The man put shaking hands on a decanter and poured.  He lifted a wine glass to his mouth and downed the contents.

The man holding Fang was as big as an ox.  He had hauled the resisting Tatu Pinkerton over his shoulder to carry him.  Although once at the auction block, his burden refused to be set down.

He repeatedly struggled to extract Fang from his shoulder.  The man turned in circles with Fang clinging to his neck.  I wasn’t quite sure how it happened, but suddenly Fang was upside down holding the brute’s ample waste.  At one point, the smaller man rode on his back.  The crowd of prospective buyers laughed uproariously.  Finally, with one ham-handed grab, the man pulled the erstwhile pink fairy armadillo free and dropped him to the stage.

“As you see, we have a lively one,” the auctioneer began in a tone that suggested he was putting the most positive spin on things that he could.  “Not so shapely, but to each his own.  Am I right?”

Fang made an indignant noise at that insult to his pretend femininity.  When the auctioneer motioned for the big man to turn Fang around so everyone could have a good look, Fang slapped his hand away and pulled free.

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Fang strutted up to the end of the stage.  He wriggled his bottom with such enthusiasm that I was afraid his armadillo tail would pop out.  A veil covered his face.  He had stuck a silk rose over one ear.  When he made to remove his veil, the auctioneer suddenly stopped him, muttering about some things being best left to the imagination.

That elicited a “How rude!” from Fang.  He sashayed away.  Back at center stage, he propped one hand on a hip and gave a prissy giggle.  However, the burly man turned him back when he tried to leave the stage.  Fang almost got away with openly “sneaking” off that way.

“What is the first bid?” the auctioneer cried out over the sound of the crowd.  “How much for this one?”

A roar like a raging bull split the air.  The stage shook.  It nearly collapsed when Sesame leapt onto it.

“You dare steal my habibi and try to make coin from your crime?  My bid is that I do not break off your arm and beat you to death with it!” Sesame bellowed with contempt.

Startled by how loud her voice was, I sprang at least three feet straight into the air.  Ali put a hand on my arm.  She looked concerned… about me, not Fang.

“Try not to get emotional.  It will speed up… um… things,” she told me, but I wasn’t paying attention.

The auctioneer hid behind a row of baskets.  The burly assistant cringed.  Bowing repeatedly, he crept backward.

Sesame scooped Fang up into her arms and strode away.  No one dared interfere.  Fang went limp.  I thought he might have fainted.

“My poor dear one!” I heard Sesame coo just before she pounced from the stage.  “I have chocolate cake.  That will make you feel better.”

Feeling slightly off balance, I stumbled backward against a cart.  I didn’t hit it very hard, but I muttered about the sharp pain.  There was a sore spot at the base of my spine.  The impact hurt.

I adjusted my veil and tucked my hair behind my ears.  Both of my ears were extremely tender as well.  Conversely, my legs felt quite strong.

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Holy Hannah!  What a mess Fang has gotten into.  And why is Dilly so jumpy… literally?  Well, I think we know why, so I guess we should ask what she’s going to be… 

Episode 34 — “Why do you have that?” features three things from Resa McConaghy at Graffiti Lux Art & More: Purple Heart, aerosol hairspray, 45 RPM record.  Tune in next weekend to see where those things take the story.  Will the things lead to a rescue?  Hugs on the wing!

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61 thoughts on “The Armadillo Files, Episode 33, How much is that? — Featuring Roberta Cheadle

  1. HI Teagan, my apologies for being late to this party, work has been insane and I am behind. This is a fantastic episode, so exciting and I just do not know how you wind your story around these items. It is so impressive. Thanks for featuring my three things and have a wonderful day.

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    1. *Pshaw*, Robbie — there’s no such thing as late here. It’s good to see you whenever you can spare the time. I’m happy you enjoyed this episode. Your silk rose helped inspire Fang’s wriggly antics. Although for a moment, I wasn’t sure what to do with the cake! 😀 I appreciate you spending part of your day here. Hugs on the wing.

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  2. I’m a very visual thinker and you had me picturing every aspect of this installment. I couldn’t help but laugh at all the prancing and posturing!! having said that you left us hanging with a transformation coming….stay tuned….!! Great work as always!!

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  3. Ahhh! Another interesting episode, where do you get your ideas! ! I was glad to see Fang rescued, I am partial to this character! But, it was good to see and hear from the others. I admire your gift for story, keep it up. I guess there is only two chapters left? ! I hope you are staying cool in this hot weather. Take care! !

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    1. Thanks so very much, Ms. Frances.
      My ideas? Ha! Sometimes I’m afraid to ask. Although some vintage Bob Hope may have inspired Fang’s antics here. That’s right, only two more episodes. Then I’m taking a break from writing spontaneous serials. Instead (for a few weeks) I’ll write and post some short stories (inspired by photos or art from any readers who want to send them).
      Yes, indeed, it’s very hot. You be careful too. Hugs on the wing.

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  4. Pretty good! Pretty, pretty, pretty good!
    Fortunately, theres no chocolate cake in the house. ( you set up a craving)
    Okay…. what’s next? Will Fang become an armadillo wearing pink sunglasses?
    I’ll be back to find out! {{{hugs}}}

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  5. Fang’s antics cracked me up! And yes, it was miracle his armadillo tail didn’t pop out amid it all. But I’m worried about Dilly. She is shifting, but to what? Guess I’ll just have to wait to find out. Brilliant, Teagan!

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  6. Your imagination must be about worn out, Teagan. Great episode. I had to go back and re-read last week’s episode since I had not absorbed much of it. Will Dilly be a kangaroo, frog, or bunny (with those ears)? Hoppy Hugs hopskipping your way.

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  7. I’m always glad to hear that my pink armadillo is safe once again, but now he’d better get to work on Dilly who appears to becoming a kangaroo (or at the very least, a frog).

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  8. Oh Teagan. I am so glad Sesame rescued Fang, but I have to say, I was enjoying his situation. What delightful images came to mind. I think you must have had fun writing this episode.

    I hope they manage to find those girls. I also hop you have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Leave it to Fang to make the most of being on a stage! Hooray for Sesame!

    Dilly seems to be very jumpy lately! Lol! I hope she can hop right back into her old self quickly. The Calutron Girls need to be rescued.

    Happy weekend Teagan.
    Ginger

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  10. Sesame came through, although it sounds as if Fang was having fun! I can’t wait to see what Dilly is transforming into. Thanks for another fabulously fun episode. Enjoy your weekend!

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