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September 15, 2019

Eunice

Eunice loved performing at birthday parties for the little kids. They were always delighted with her performance and clapped like little maniacs. She hated the fact that she had only been allowed to perform at adult parties since that incident in 2015 outside of Chicago. 

Since that time, Eunice had made it through her probation, done her community service, and sought medical help. Her psychiatrist and her veterinarian had determined that Eunice could not tolerate the sugar in the cupcake she devoured at the end of her performance. In order for the show to go on, a sugar-free gluten-free recipe had been developed and Eunice was now performing to the high standards of the Association of Hula Hooping Holsteins of America.

Even so, no one had hired her for a child's party until today, and that was only because Paulette had gotten sick. Eunice sat patiently waiting for the excited children to quiet down so the lights could be dimmed and the curtain raised. 

Her candle headband was in place and her special giant cupcake was by her side. She glanced over at the frosting to see if the honoree was a boy or a girl. And she gasped.

Eunice could feel her udders shudder and her heart started banging around in her chest. Her bulging eyes locked on the target. You see, Eunice knew something that none of the specialists had ever suspected. It wasn't the sugar in the cupcake and the frosting that was her trigger, it was the cherry. And a cherry was only added to the top of the cupcake at a child’s party. 

As the curtain started to rise, Eunice's tongue slipped out between her lips.

Darnell J. Knauss, Author 
Cornelia Wenoker, Illustrator

©09/15/2019
Vol. 1 Ep. 12
*Not for publication in any children's book.

46 comments:

Aquarius said...

Another brilliant story - you are so clever to dream them up!

Sandra H said...

Great story Darnell l read it out to my grandchildren and they where mesmerised your so talented just love your card and that adorable image enjoy your day x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Fantastic Darnell, I don't know how you do it. But please don't stop.
I love the gorgeous card too.

Sue xx

Bunny said...

Oh, the desire to do something we know we shouldn't. Temptation. I can feel my own heart pounding just thinking about the frosting. Forget the cake. Poor Eunice. A lot of us can sympathize.

A cute story that most of can relate to! [Bunny]``

Marilyn said...

Cute story! Adorable card also!
Have a great day!
Marilyn❤

Vicky Hayes said...

Oh Eunice, I know exactly how you feel!

Loving your story-telling Darnell :)

scrAPpamondo said...

I can't translate all the story (I haven't time enough), but it seems cute and fun! Love the card!

cuilliesocks said...

What a super story Darnell, you are a natural story teller, and the card is gorgeous, Kate x

Sharyn Polesel said...

I think you missed your calling. You should be writing children's books. Your stories are wonderful. I love to read them! Hope all is well with you. Hugs, Sharyn

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful Darnell next friday I have also a cow on my blog

Gr Karin

Sarah said...

Shuddering udders!! LOL!! Another fabuous piece of storytelling Darnell xx

Brenda in IN said...

I feel bad for Eunice being wrongly diagnosed and having that penalty put on her. But she got through it and now she needs to avoid cherries. Has she learned her lesson? I don't know for sure until the next chapter. I'm worried about her. Great illustration and fun story.

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

oh my! LOL! <3 <3 <3

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the tale of Eunice and her occupation. You and Cornelia have done it again and I sure hope the cheery issue can be resolved for Eunice.

conil said...

It was only a matter of time until one of your "heroines" was named after my mother. Have to say the alliterations are to die for, Hull Hooping Holsteins is fall down funny. I know how Eunice feels...I, too, have had shuddering udders, mine are just higher up.

Loll said...

You left us wanting more Dolly! I want to know what happened! :) Great story and fabulous card by Cornelia! Love, Lolly

Mia said...

I love your stories, Darnell! Beautiful card! Lovely image and a stunning background. Kisses!

Daffodil Cards said...

Oh! I do feel for Eunice, I hope her hula hooping doesn't get stopped because of one of these rogue cherries, that wouldn't be fair to her. I can see Eunice eying that cherry, I wonder if she will have will power next time? Hilarious and just fabulous story, you HAVE to get these printed. Your cards should have them inserted into them. Love the card and the background.
Faith x

Cheryl W. said...

Your mind is a virtual Pandora's box, filled to the brim with a treasure trove of stories. I love them! Your card is the perfect accompaniment, too.

Redanne said...

Another fabulous story from the Mistress of Storytelling! I especially love the ending but I am dying to know what naughtiness Eunice got up to the last time! Hugs, Annie xxx

Redanne said...

P.S. the image is adorable too! xx

Kathleen said...

OMG, gives a new meaning to the phrase "with a cherry on top" A brilliant image, card and story line.

I think I will get you to wright my funeral, life and such like stuff.

Kath x

Carol L said...

Bwahaha, good old Eunice - she's always good for a chuckle or a smile. Love the stenciling on this fun card too! Gosh golly be gees, I'd forgotten all about the Twofer challenge this month! Derrrrrrr. Gotta get my critters in order soon!!

Pat said...

What a great story to go with Cornelia's wonderful card with this fun cow and the stencilling works beautifully in the background, and a fun sentiment too. I love the cliffhanger at the end leaving us to wonder what exactly Eunice did to misbehave when she'd eaten a cherry. Perhaps that will be in the next chapter. x

Nan G said...

😂😂😂😂 Well done Darnell and Cornelia.

Fikreta said...

its so great!
Wonderful card!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, THAT incident. I swear, I was on pins and needles to the very end. Poor Eunice. A cherry is like a drug that makes her do weird things and she simply can't help herself. However, I am wondering exactly what... Cornelia has the most fun stamps and she uses them beautifully. And your storytelling! I can see Eunice eyeing that cherry. It's not the cupcake... it's the cherry!

Cat Craig said...

Oh and mayhem ensues...love the story and Cornelia's card. You two are a fabulous team.

Lisa Elton said...

Eunice could feel her udders shudder ~ HAHA!! You need to write a book Darnell, it would be a best seller!

TK said...

I know you're sharing your mind with us when your write such fantabulous fantasies, but really, could you are a little of your mind?! I rather need your perspective - heehee

Julia Aston said...

I was in suspense right down to the curtain rising Sis! what an awesome image to go with your story - I especially love the candle headband!! xx

Neet said...

Love the card, that image is great and I have just seen someone else using it - but using it as a double figure. Not content with treating us to such a lovely card you introduce us to another of your stories. Loved it, I had a great big smile on my face all the way through - the last line had me laughing out loud. Keep the stories going Darnell, you are a treasure.
hugs, Neet xx

Linda said...

LOL! The best way to start my Monday morning xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Darnell your stories are genius - love this one, and the mind boggles at what may happen.....
I do hope Hammy is not offended by your stories of other animals....
Blessings
Maxine

papierelle said...

Great card of Cornelia. It was certainly very easy for you to tell the story of Eunice !!

Gerrina said...

A so "catchy" story and I love the end! Thank you both for giving my break today a smile! Hugs, Gerrina

Em Louise Fairley said...

Another fab story. Love Eunice's AHH, HA moment at the end which you alluded to with the Association acronym. Grin xoxo

frommycraftroom said...

Fabulous!! Udders shuddering!! :)

Rosmarie said...

You both are @n udderly fantastic team!

nancy littrell said...

Uh Oh..Eunice is about to get in Big Trouble..unless...

Your stories and Cornelia's illustrations are Amazing!!

TFS Dolly...Hugs..Nancy

nwilliams6 said...

Such a fun story! Love the bg and that image. Sooooo fun, Darnell. Your posts are such a delight!

Sharron said...

Another fabulous story, what a treat! I always love your stories and Cornelia's wonderful illustrations.

Celeste Goff said...

I love these fun stories you create Darnell! This one is too funny!

Robyn Oliver said...

Your two artists are a riot ... your cards and accompanying story are so wildly imaginative and hold you chuckling to the last line... go Eunice - for the cherry on top. Again and again I love reading your stories Darnell and Cornelia's artwork brilliant, Robyn

BożenA said...

Another funny story with a shower of emotions :-) A great illustration for your story. Cornelia is very capable
hugs,
BożenA

Anita in France said...

Shuddering udders, Darnell ... you've left us all on tenterhooks!! Hope Eunice came out of it all unscathed! LYAMYBLMA! Big hugs and bisous, Anita :)