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valkricry (47 stories) (3163 posts) mod
4 years ago (2017-09-20)
BGP, the stove part, I can help with. Now days even gas stoves have an electric 'starter'. If there's no power, no 'electric' spark to light the gas. You have to manually light the gas to have a flame.
The stick part threw me too, until I remembered my mom use to keep a few long straw like sticks to use to light the oven pilot with. Maybe this is what the OP was referring to?
babygoatpuller (4 stories) (432 posts)
4 years ago (2017-09-20)
Confusion doesn't begin to cover this Rook. Usually when I have to re-read the first paragraph 2 or 3 times to get a handle on what's to come, I pretty much don't want to continue. But... I did. 😕

I should have stopped after "It was a dark stormy night". But... I didn't. 🤔

I don't get how you can have a gas/electric stove with a stick on it to light candles with but it wasn't working. Wouldn't the "gas" part of it still work? And how does one tell if a "shadow" is "old"? 😕

I agree with you Augusta about the mobility part for Mrs. Linda but as for the rest of it... I have no more words and I used all my "skeptical" emoticons.
AugustaM (7 stories) (996 posts)
4 years ago (2017-09-20)
I second Rook and Lady Glow's concerns though I may be able to explain the bit with the wheel chair. My mother is a geriatric nurse and many of her patients are perfectly capable of walking but they always take a wheelchair with them because they can't walk for distances and/or stand for long periods of time as is often necessary - there are several things that can cause this but circulatory difficulties are a very common cause. If this was the case for Mrs. Linda, then she wouldn't have any trouble sleep walking or walking from the house to the car or driving (as she did in the previous story) but would still require a wheel chair for excursions.

In terms of why Marlena wasn't Mrs. Linda's regular assistant -
she may have just been visiting not actually living with Mrs. Linda

Anyway, just a couple thoughts - I have no answers for dad sitting in the dark or the candle in the wind but you know there's bound to be trouble when little old men (ghostly or otherwise) start running about in bed sheets.
rookdygin (24 stories) (4458 posts)
4 years ago (2017-09-20)

I second lady-glow's question and raise these 'points'.

"It was a dark stormy night I was home when the power went out."

Two things here...

You could not find a way to light your candle so:

("So I told my dad I was going over to Linda's house to get my candle lit and then come home.")

Because it's so easy to carry a lit candle between houses in a storm?


Dad was home but it seems he did not have a way to light the candle...

Then there is this:

"So I decided to text my friend Marlena, who was at the time living at my neighbor, Mrs. Linda."

Ummm how far apart did these 'experiences' occur?

Who is 'Marlena' and if this individual is your age do/did they also 'Help' Mrs. Linda?

Methinks this 'experience' has created some 'confusion' (read 'concern') about your original submission 'Uneventful Days'.

Could you please explain just what is going on?

("It was a dark and stormy night..." hummm for some reason all I can picture in my mind is Snoopy on top of his dog house using the old typewriter to start his noval... Or is that just me?)


lady-glow (13 stories) (2834 posts)
4 years ago (2017-09-20)

From your previous story:

"...And then go to her trunk and get her wheelchair out for her because Mrs. Linda has limited mobility..."

So... Does her mobility improve/disappear during her sleep?... Cool!

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