Neil the Gnome was on pins and needles wondering if his first ever gnome cookout was going to happen or not. Morning showers went on for an hour and left the picnic tables and patio chairs drenched. The guests were going to start arriving at 3 and here it was already 1pm. Neil called his rabbits and hitched them to the cart. He had to get to the deli quickly to pick up the crab meat for the rangoons and get cooking or they would never be ready on time.
Dasher and Dancer got Neil to the deli quick as the rabbits they were. Neil peered into the seafood case but did not see any crab in its usual place.
Morey, the deli clerk, said, “Sorry, Neil, someone bought every last bit of it this morning, and our next shipment doesn’t come in for three days.”
Desperate for something to fill them with, Neil asked Morey, “What do you think would be a good substitute for crab in rangoons that you have in the deli?”
Morey said, “What about ground bologna? It would take just a minute to grind up a couple of pounds for you.”
Morey had his misgivings but he bought the bologna.
The rangoons were still cooking when the guests began to arrive. Every single person who walked into the back yard said, “What’s cooking? I don’t know what it is, but it sure smells good.”
The skies remained clear and a warm, sunny breeze came. Needless to say, not only was Neil’s first ever gnome cookout a success, his Mystery Rangoons made it doubly so.
Fandango’s FOWC is double, the Word of the Day Challenge is substitute, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are shower, crab, bologna , and Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Daily Prompts are gnome as a character and the sentence, “I don’t know what it is, but it sure smells good.”