“Kelp,” Minnie said.

“What do you need help with?” Edgar asked.

“No, kelp,” Minnie said. “Add it to your shopping list please.” (More)

Midday Matinee is our people watching, people doing and people being feature. Join the Woodland Creatures for an afternoon break.

Welcome back to Tuesday’s Tale, a weekly feature where we collaborate to write a story. Previous Tuesday’s Tales include The Tech Geek Cometh and Squatching It. We follow the basic rules of the “Yes, And” improvisational game – accept everything written so far as part of the story, and add your own paragraph (or so) where the last addition left off – except you needn’t begin your addition with “Yes, and.” I’ll start the story….

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Note: Today’s characters originally appeared in Edgar and the Lake Monster, Secret Valentine, and I’z Fishing.

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“And I’m making this shopping list … why?” Edgar asked, ignoring the blast of Ride of the Valkyries from his cell phone that signaled his still-not-sure-why girlfriend Carla was calling again.

“He’s busy,” Minnie said, having picked up the phone. “He’ll call you back when he has time. And no, that won’t be for awhile.”

She passed the phone back to Edgar, who eyed it as one might a serpent of unknown species or disposition. Which almost described Minnie, although she was not a serpent and her disposition was predictably cheerful. Still, her species appeared in no official taxonomy.

“Thank you,” he said. “So, back to this shopping list.”

“Yes,” Minnie said. “Kelp. That’s a kind of seaweed.”

“I know what it is,” Edgar replied. “I’m just not sure why I’m making a shopping list.”

“We’re winterizing,” Minnie said. “Stocking up.”

That made a kind of sense. Lake Madeline, for which Minnie’s mother Maddie was named, would soon start to freeze over. Indeed he’d first met Minnie when she retrieved the cell phone he thrown out onto the ice. He’d returned the favor by helping her with a Valentine’s Day poem for another lake monster, from another lake, who alas had spurned her interest. Then Minnie and her mom had rescued Edgar when his fishing boat began to leak. So it was his turn to return a favor, though he didn’t see it exactly that way.

“How much kelp will you need?” he asked. “I mean, I don’t know how much you and Maddie eat.”

“Ten pounds should do,” Minnie said. “I don’t eat much and mom’s dieting again. Oh, and she wanted some of those breaded fish sticks.”

“Fish sticks?” Edgar asked. “I’d have thought she preferred her fish … fresh.”

“Oh, we do,” Minnie said. “But those fish sticks make good bait.”

“Ahh,” Edgar said, adding fish sticks to the list. “Anything else?”

“Emory boards,” Minnie said. Seeing his look of confusion, she continued. “To keep our nails sharp, so we can dig through the ice when we need to.”

Edgar nodded. “Uh huh. Kelp. Fish sticks. Emory boards. Is that it?”

“I don’t know,” Minnie said. “Mom said to see what else looks interesting while we’re at the store.”

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