“Uggh,” said Ugg.

Ogga looked up from arranging nuts and berries. “Long day, dear?” (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 Genius Office and The Stop-the-Rain Dance. 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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“You have no idea,” Ugg said as he sat on his favorite rock. “Akk said he saw a mammoth on this side of the river. On this side.”

“Yes, dear,” Ogga replied, nodding patiently.

“But we get to the river,” Ugg continued, “and the mammoth is on the other side. And had Akk brought vines for a bridge? Of course not! Meanwhile, he won’t shut up about Gakk and how her new spear head is too heavy and it messes up his aim and blah, blah, blah. Some days, I wish we’d never learned to speak.”

Ogga arranged a few leaves around the nuts and berries. “What do you think, dear?”

“I think the Gakk’s new spear head is just fine,” Ugg said. “If the mammoth is on the right side of the river.”

“I meant about dinner, sweetheart,” Ogga said, pointing to her creation. “I’m going to call it a salad.”

Ugg shrugged, then looked at Ogga, then nodded. “It looks delicious, honey. But why does it need a name? Why not ‘leaves and nuts and berries?'”

“I like naming things,” Ogga said. “Since we learned to speak, and all. I mean, why do you call it a mammoth instead of ‘giant, furry, tusked, long-snouted beast?'”

“Too many commas,” Ugg said, picking up a berry.

“Hi mom, hi dad!” Igga said as she skipped in.

Ogga smiled. “Welcome home, sweetie. How was school?”

“It was cool,” Igga replied. “Miss Oof showed us a wheel!”

Ugg swallowed the berry and shook his head. “I don’t know why they fill kids’ heads with these radical ideas.”

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