On the forum there has been a discussion of prequels, showing the backstory of characters, so I thought I would post a couple of tales of Philip Marlowe and Agatha Christie as children. So here goes:

Agatha Christie - Ten Little Exam Cheats:

Jane Marple pursed her lips as she read the school noticeboard. The exam results for her class had been posted and there was something decidedly strange about them. How had Arthur Creep managed to get an A in Woodwork when the boy obviously did not know his Ash from his Elbow? Young Arthur reminded her of the Vicar's brother's cook's niece's son who was once arrested by PC Evans for scrumping apples from Lord Stuffingley's orchard. They both had that sly sideways look, and one long eyebrow instead of the usual two, and this, in Jane's 12 year old experience, signified the criminal intent of the lower classes. And then there was Primula Hedge's B+ in Cookery. Why, Primmy could not boil water without burning it. Something very odd was going on at St Mary Mead Girls Academy, and Jane Marple was going to get to the bottom of it.

At that moment, Wilhelmina Shufflebottom tapped her on the shoulder. "Jane, do be a jolly good sport and make up a team for lacrosse with us will you? Geranium House are falling behind Lavendar House in points and we're abso-posi-lutely desp to win the tournament. DO say yes old gel. That would be spiffing. And remember, the winning House gets to go to tea with the Rugger team from the Boys Grammar and I have SUCH a pash on Lancelot Smythe."

Jane pursed her lips. "Oh, I don't think so, thank you dear. I have some knitting to finish. And really, you ought not set any store in young Smythe. He reminds me of the grocer's nephew, who behaved so oddly during the Crimean War when he dressed as a nurse and disappeared with all that silk underwear."

Wilhelmina pouted "Oh really Jane. You're such an old stick in the mud. If you're not careful, you're going to end up an old maid and spend the rest of your life in St Mary Mead sticking your nose into everyone else's business." She turned on her heel and stormed off, swatting the air with her lacrosse stick, imagining she had Jane Marple's neat bun in her sights.

Jane simply nodded tightly and set off for the Common Room. As she entered, Arthur Creep, Primula Hedge and eight other pupils guiltily stopped talking and turned round to face her.

"Just as I thought," said Jane. "I'd like to see you all, in the library, at 11am."

Raymond Chandler - Big Sleep-Over:

She was a strawberry blonde, and I knew she was trouble. When she walked into my room that day, she had a bottle in her hand and mischief in her eye.

"Hey sister," I said, opening my desk drawer. I pulled out my own bottle from the drawer and took a thirsty swig. I was like a dying man in the desert. The soda pop hit my throat and went down with a burn. I looked at the dimpled knees of the babe in front of me. "What's new sister?"

"Goo," she said, smacking her building block down on my desk without a by-your-leave.

My Mom walked in at that precise moment. "Philip dear", she said "I do wish you wouldn't call your sister 'sister'. She DOES have a name you know. And will you get a glass. I HATE to see you drinking soda from a bottle - it's so uncouth. And I just don't know WHERE yoiu got that American accent from. We live in Sheffield."

I looked at my Mickey Mouse watch. "Sorry to love you and leave you like this ladies. I gotta hit the streets. There's a hot lead I gotta follow and I may not be in for tea." I shrugged into the raincoat hanging on the back of my bedroom door.

"Philip - you're not wearing that old thing. I've thrown it away twice. There's that lovely anorak that Grandma bought you for Christmas in the hall cupboard."

I narrowed my eyes. "The raincoat suits my mood lady. Now where's my fedora?"

Mom sighed. "For God's sake Philip. You don't HAVE a fedora. You don't even know what a damn fedora IS. And don't squint like that. The wind will change and your face will stay like that. And if you're not in by 4pm for your tea there will be trouble young man."

I opened the door. "Mom, down these mean streets a boy must go."

"And stay away from that Moose Malloy at number 73. Your father and I don't like you playing with him!"

I turned up my collar and walked out into the rain. I was neat, clean shaved and sober. And I didn't care who knew it.

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Comment by LC Fraser on April 20, 2007 at 12:13am
Hum -- guess I am really old as I don't even know who The Cramps are. I do however have all the stuff they list in the lyrics.

I am too short to be Wonder Woman too. But hey! we could just use higher heels. That might work (for you)(not sure 8 inch heels are even viable but six inch ones might get by)
Comment by Donna Moore on April 19, 2007 at 6:49pm
Just six inches less, yes :o) And the lyrics are from The Cramps' 'What's Inside A Girl' "You got a pointy bra, a ten inch waist. Long black stockings all over the place. Boots...buckles...belts outside. Whatcha got in there you're tryin' to hide? Hmmm? What's inside a girl? Ain't no hotter question in the so-called civilized world."
Comment by LC Fraser on April 19, 2007 at 4:26am
If I remember correctly you are slightly less than six feet tall too but I am sure you could over come these minor set backs. (this is with tongue in cheek now)

I fail sadly at song questions unless you go all the way back to Bobby Sherman (oh crap! am I old!!!)
Comment by Donna Moore on April 18, 2007 at 6:14pm
Well, I have the pointy bra, but sadly not the 10 inch waist (and extra points for knowing from what song that's a rephrasing of the lyrics comes!)
Comment by LC Fraser on April 18, 2007 at 6:58am
Of course you could Donna. Aren't you WonderWoman in secret? I have total confidence in you.
Comment by Donna Moore on April 18, 2007 at 5:07am
Lynne - maybe I could finish it off with a paintbrush in one hand :o)

Evelyn - thank you for your kind words! And he cheated :o)
Comment by Evelyn David on April 18, 2007 at 1:37am
These are DELIGHTFUL!! I'd love to see the "mystery" solved of how Arthur Creep got the "A" in woodworking!

Comment by LC Fraser on April 17, 2007 at 5:15am
Damn. Maybe just a short one? In all that spare time you have between job and writing and fence painting (yup, I read that one too). I should just go to the files at 4MA and read the stuff hidden there from before I joined but somehow that is more like work. Time to do my exercise routine. Sigh.
Comment by Donna Moore on April 17, 2007 at 4:58am
Lynne, thank you, as ever for your nice comments on my nonsense :o) No - no next chapter!
Comment by LC Fraser on April 17, 2007 at 4:34am
Well done. Are you going to add the next chapter? I could enjoy more stories of Miss Marple, Philip or even of Sam Spayed.

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