Friday, July 16, 2021

Speculation: Use Your Words


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Today’s post is a monthly writing challenge. If you’re new here, this is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once. All of the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s  participating knows who got their words and in what direction the recipient will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them.

I'm using: clandestineshowcase ~ prices ~ pride ~ solvent ~ language 
They were submitted by Jenniy of Climaxed.
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The meeting was clandestine, as these things tend to be. We all have talents, many people flaunt theirs with pride, and she supposed she'd get more business that way, but the nature of her chosen profession was such that it was best if she just not showcase her skills publicly, build her business by word of mouth.
We each do what we have to do to stay solvent, and without a doubt there were parts of her job that she found distasteful, but she's honed her skills over time, she was more than solvent. Not rich but comfortable, making it from one assignment to the next without financial concern. There were times when she'd have to tighten her belt a bit, but there was a need for her services and there were those who knew she performed to satisfaction, so the next inquiry always seemed to come.
A downside, of course, was the concern for her safety. She had learned to be careful, only meet with people who she'd assessed could "speak her language," that of secrecy and discretion. Well, that and her practice of ensuring full agreement up front, no last minute negotiations or misunderstandings. After all, there were things that she would do, and things that she would not. Period. Prices, parameters, time constraints, all were spelled out in full ahead of time. Before that first clandestine meeting.
Any guesses?
Have a piece of cake (sorry, wasn't able to work the recipe seamlessly into this post), decide what you think her profession is, let me know in the comments. 


Strawberry Lime Marble Cake, refreshing summer flavors swirled together in one cake. | recipe developed by | #recipe #cake

Strawberry Lime Marble Cake

Here are links to all the other Use Your Words posts:
7 –19-2021 UPDATE
Thank you for playing along and making this post even more fun than I'd imagined.

A synopsis of the guesses at this point:
4 votes for escort and, although this is not the profession I chose, I admit to writing the post skewed towards sending you in that direction.

1 vote for: hit man, spy, abortion doctor, bookie, bounty hunter, and repossessor. Not what I had in mind but I was impressed with the thought that went into these guesses.
1 vote for seamstress, simple nanny, personal shopper, and baker (love this one). Although fun guesses, I don't think these choices fit with all of the clues (like the safety aspect, for example) but then I can see how, with a little more back story, maybe they could.
What I had in mind:
Many of you know I'm a mystery lover, in TV shows, books, and movies, it's my genre of choice.
There were 2 votes for Private Investigator (one as the 5th guess, but it counts).
Congratulations, you both got it.
Too bad I didn't offer a prize. Maybe next time . . .

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Strawberry Lime Marble Cake

6 strawberries
1 box (15.25 oz) white cake mix
1/2 cup milk, divided
1/2 cup oil, divided
4 eggs
1/4 cup strawberry yogurt
OPT: 1 drop red food coloring 
1/4 cup key lime yogurt
1/4 cup lime juice
1 tsp lime zest
OPT: 2 drops green food coloring
OPT: powdered sugar and/or sliced strawberries to serve
*Puree the strawberries and set aside. 
*Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Divide the cake mix into 2 bowls, you'll have about 1 1/2 cups mix per bowl.
*To the first bowl, add 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup oil, pureed strawberries, strawberry yogurt, and 1 drop of red food coloring, if adding. Beat for 2 minutes.
*To the second bowl, add 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup oil, the key lime yogurt, lime juice, lime zest, and the green food coloring, if adding. Beat for 2 minutes.
*Dollop the batters, alternating between them, into the prepared pan. Swirl them together in spots using a knife. Be sure not to completely incorporate them into each other.
*Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes, until the cake is set and the center springs back to the touch. Cool completely. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar, dolloped with whipped cream, and/or topped with sliced strawberries.  


  1. That cake looks delicious! A few summers ago Starbucks had a strawberry / lime lemonade / iced tea variety that I loved!
    As for your person's job. You want us to say she's an escort, but it has to be something entirely different, just what?

    1. Oooh, strawberry limeade iced tea sounds so refreshing! As for the profession, it could be escort, that does fit . . .

    2. Is it maybe a seamstress? (Tightening belts...)

    3. That's a good guess, and one even I hadn't thought of.

    4. A spy? An abortion doctor?

    5. Wow, you've thought of a lot more options than I even thought possible.

    6. How about a private investigator? Or maybe just a "simple" nanny?

    7. You keep coming up with great guesses.

  2. My mind went straight to 'escort' as well. Maybe the word 'clandestine' sent me there? I'm SO intrigued! She could also be a hit man. Hmmm . . .

    1. That's another guess that would work and both of your thoughts were directions where I thought people might end up.

  3. Escort now that is a polite word. Hit man, now that is a thought. My mind went straight to dirty, but that’s not you. Hit man it is.

    1. Both good options, and both were places I thought people might go (and yes, thinking dirty can be me, but wasn't in this case).

  4. Pinned the cake for later (not baking in this kind of weather)but it sure sounds good. Anything with yogurt - yum! My guess is private eye - perhaps the type that follows cheating spouses or similar to get the evidence for a divorce case. Alana

  5. I don't have an idea that hasn't already been presented, but knowing your the answer will be creative. When will the big reveal be?

    1. Sunday or Monday. I have to figure out how to do it, I was going to do it on my FB page, but now I'm thinking I should do something here on the blog.

  6. Maybe someone who helps husbands shop for gifts for their wives? She'd have to meet with them secretly, get details on what their wives like and don't like, and set a fee for her time as well as get the spending limit for the gifts. Then she could also negotiate whether she does the wrapping, and how much extra that costs.

    Looking forward to the answer!

    1. I love all of these creative guesses. Some, like yours, I hadn't even thought of myself.

  7. Like a few of the others...escort but that being said already...I thought maybe she is in the "repo" business. Not making payments on that car and someone needs to get it back.

  8. I know you won't be surprised that I'm literally clueless as to what it could be and can't wait to find out! I'll just take the cake hahahaha!

  9. Guessing again...she's a baker!

    1. I don't think I can adequately express how much I LOVE this guess!!!
      Answer will be an update to this blog post tomorrow morning.


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