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30DW2-2 - Day 28: Is That All?

Ziva and Nicky in happier times.

She stumbled out of the door into the darkness. The sun had been shining when she'd arrived, alone and sober at Cheesy Mike's Bar and Baguettery. Her friend and room mate Ziva had told her to hold on that she'd come with her. But she couldn't wait. And the next thing Ziva knew she was gone. "Damn" said Ziva, "This certainly puts a strain on our friendship. I hope it wasn't something I said. However, when Nicky said 'You better put out some hors d'oeuvres' for our little soiree this evening' I just felt she was ordering me around."

And so Nicky retreated to her favourite little haven, the CMB&B where she and Zee would often meet after work to down a few cold ones. But it wasn't long before she felt remorseful at how she had acted and began texting her pal in French. Of course, she'd had a few Molson X's by now and forgot Ziva didn't understand the language of love. After 15 minutes poor Ziva couldn't make head nor tail of the message and in a fit of pique called M, who would be the mayor of Turku Finland if only Turku had a mayor, to see if he might know what dear Nicky was attempting to say.

M recommended Ziva take a road trip to CMB&Bs and try to patch things up. "After all" he said "You don't want this to end up as if it's the day you met Abraham Lincoln who invites you to sit next to him at a play."

So Ziva hopped in a cab and in an unintended manner spoke aloud to the cabbie "Do you know where I can get a good blintz or else some music from the 80s? Nicky loves music from the 80s." To which the cabbie replied "Whatever, dude" and started humming Bye Bye Mon Cowboy by that little honey who was so popular in the 80s, Mitsou.

"Thank God" thought Ziva, as the cab pulled up to CMB&B "We're finally at Nicky's home away from home and I don't have to listen to that infernal humming."

As she exited the cab Ziva in her haste lost a shoe. "Oh they're just little things" she said as she removed the other shoe.

But Nicky was gone. According to Cheesy Mike, the bartender of the establishment which coincidentally bore his name, she'd staggered the few blocks to the railway station - "Which was a sight to see in those stilettos of hers" commented Mike without being asked - where she'd caught the last train to Laval-ville.

Compulsively, as she returned to her waiting cab, Ziva did what some might consider an absurd thing. She asked the cabbie what his name was. "Je suis Confucius" said the French-speaking Asian immigrant who had been a Chinese philosopher before arriving in Canada but took a job driving a cab because it was what he lived for not because it was the only job available to him.

"Ha" retorted Ziva. "I don't know if that's fact or fiction?" and gave him a huge tip: "Ecoute, la. Don't invest in Blackberry. It sucks." More importantly, however, Ziva realized she should be more concerned about the future of her relationship with Nicky. "You have to deal with it" said Confucius philosophically.

So Zee stumbled across the threshold and into Cheesy Mike's Bar and Baguettery. "Fill 'em up Joe" she said to Cheesy Mike, who's name coincidentally adorned the sign outside. "And that's why I got drunk" she said to me in the retelling of the story.

"Is that all?" I inquired, even though she had not indicated whether or not she and Nicky were back together, maybe working out at a Las Vegas gym in stilettos.

A look passed between us and we said simultaneously: "Oh, good God in heaven I certainly hope so!"

To really determine if that is all, pick up your bottle and stumble over to We Work at Cheesy Mike's Bar and Baguettery where the drinks are on Ziva and Nicky, literally if we go by that picture above. And, yes, I did use all 28 prompts - count 'em, in this story. If I'd known it could be this easy I would have done this on day one.


Nicky said…
I was thinking the same thing, Dufus. You could have written this on day 1 and reposted it 28 times! But I'm glad you didn't. As much as I love this story, I've loved reading your posts over the past month. You never disappoint. Thank you, mon ami, for playing along and for being such a good sport about it! :-)
nonamedufus said…
It was great fun, Nicky. As much as we bitch and whine about it I think we all actually rather enjoyed this. Some of those prompts were a little out there but really tested our creativity. I thought the quality of people's writing was very impressive.
Cheryl P. said…
Now aren't you just so very clever?? That was a great ending to the challenge!
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, Cheryl. It was either this or a video of Peggy Lee singing "Is That All There Is?" Before your time I think. (heh, heh)
Laughing Mom said…
I was hoping that somebody would do this! Thanks for all of the great posts over the past 28 days - it has made for great reading. And a special thanks for all of my song lyric comments! They made me laugh!
nonamedufus said…
It' been a lot of fun despite all our whining. Kudos to you for carrying through that Prine tune for 28 days. Amazing.
mikewjattoomanymornings said…
Ah, NoName -- may I call you NoName even though everybody else calls you Dufus? -- it's been a joy to read your posts this month, including this one. Ziva and Nicky do attract our attention a bit, don't they? I think it's the heels and the hair and the shiny body lotion they rub on one another.

Wait, I might have added that last myself. I do dream a bit sometimes. I'm sure you can relate.

Anyway, you're a great writer and, dare I say, friend.
Ziva said…
I think I'm in love with you, my little dufus. I can't believe you used every single prompt! I've been struggling to just use one a day.. You make it look so easy.

And you know, Nicky and I did kiss and make up.. I'll tell you all about it sometime. ;)
nonamedufus said…
Well at least you call me by my first name, or noname, or whatever. Everyone else seems to be rude and call me by my last name. It has been a fun month, hasn't it. I've enjoyed hopping over to your place and reading your stuff every day. You're such a great and inventive writer, my friend. Say, what did you think of Nicky's Knockers?
nonamedufus said…
Oh, goodness, I'm blushing now. Thanks but it is easy when I have such great subjects to work with. Oh, and did that rapprochement between you two involve whips and stilettos by any chance?
Laughing Mom said…
That wasn't much of an accomplishment, really. Today i'm going to try to get it all out of me in my comments.
P.J. said…
This was an awesome wrap. Nicely done. I just need to know how you were traipsing these people around Montreal and there's no POUTINE??
Linda R. said…
We were of like mind, although you outshine me by far. That was a very fun, creative story. I wrote mine far faster using all the prompts than one at a time. I guess it was sort of like fill in the blank.

Anyway, it was fun despite being exhausting. It stretched us mentally and creatively, and that's a good thing.
nonamedufus said…
Are you kidding? I was in awe that you came up with a verse every day.
nonamedufus said…
Well, I'd already started to get drunk and was passed out. The rest didn't know a good poutine place. But I've recovered now and I know just where to take them.
nonamedufus said…
Yes we were. I loved your story today. And I've enjoyed visiting you for the last 28 days, Linda. It's been a lot of fun.
Ziva said…
As a matter of fact.... ;)
MikeWJ said…
I really like them a lot, actually. Ziva's, too, although they're more in the shadows. I think it's the oily look that really makes them stand out, so to speak.

MikeWJ said…
Video, please.
Cesar Cruz said…
So really... you could've done this on day 1 and then taken a long vacation OR just dropped a sentence or two at a time and let the thing unfold over the month... or just do what you did. I enjoy concept posts when they're well done like this one was. Nice work.
Boom Boom Larew said…
Damn... why did you bother to post every day if you were going to wrap it all up into such a clever little package on Day 28?
nonamedufus said…
Oh, hey, I wasn't talking about that picture, oh no, I was talking about Nicky's post from Day 16. Yeah, that's it. No, really.
nonamedufus said…
Oh my! There's a video?
nonamedufus said…
Thanks, there, God guy. Too bad I only thought of this n Day 28.
nonamedufus said…
I know, I know. You see I actually got drunk on Day 1, not Day 27, and only now just sobered up. Did I miss anything?
P.J. said…
Pouting is even better after a night of getting sauced. Especially at 4 a.m. at some dive diner in a part of Montreal I had never seen. Oh wait... I mean... shit. Never mind.
nonamedufus said…
You bet I'd be pouting if I couldn't find some great poutine. ( heh, heh)
mikewjattoomanymornings said…
God, I hope so. I've got the check made out to Nicky & Ziva Enterprises. It's blank. They can have however much they want for it.
mikewjattoomanymornings said…
*runs to check Nicky's Day 16 post*
meleahrebeccah said…
Brilliant! Fabulous! And congrats on completing the challenge!
mike said…
A fine way to end the challenge, Dufus. Also, that's got to be my favorite photo of Nicky and Ziva.
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Indigo Roth said…
Dufus, I bow to you. Now, pack it in. Roth
nonamedufus said…
I'm happy to chip in, there, Mike.
nonamedufus said…
Don't stop there. I'm sure there are a few more adjectives you could throw at me.
nonamedufus said…
It's nice to see a couple of friends get along so well, isn't it?
nonamedufus said…
I have to pack it in. It was the last day, Roth. *sniff*
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KZ said…
This was an epic finish, Dufus. I'm sorry it's taken me a while to make my rounds, but I'm finally here, and I'm enjoying it. It's been a pleasure suffering alongside you during this February challenge. I'll be dropping in on you from time to time to say hello.
nonamedufus said…
It was quite a ride wasn't it? Looking forward to your visits.

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