Minnie draped her neck over the side of the boat and sighed. “Mannie won’t come up. He’s sure you won’t like him.”

“Why not?” Edgar asked. (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 Candidate Fzyzyx and Doodles. 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 previously appeared in Edgar and the Lake Monster, Secret Valentine, I’z Fishing, A Minnie-ature Leak, Minnie-Winterization, A Home for Wally Gator, Minnie-ature Opera, Minnie and the Leaf Peepers, Camera-Shy Minnie, Minnie’s Iceberg, and Minnie Sauna

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“He’s kinda shy,” Minnie said. She looked down at the water, then back up, and whispered. “I think I’m his first girlfriend.”

Carla looked at Edgar. “I was your first.”

Edgar nodded. “I’d almost given up hope.”

“Before or after you met me,” Carla said with a wink.

“Umm…,” Edgar began, and did not finish, because wisdom.

“So how come you didn’t have a girlfriend before Carla?” Minnie asked.

“Well…,” Edgar began, and did not finish, because embarrassment.

“He’s kind of a geek,” Carla said, nudging Edgar with an elbow.

“Really?” Minnie asked. “Mannie is too. He invented–” and uttered a sound like crickets farting in a bathtub. Assuming crickets do that. Maybe if they ate broccoli?

Edgar arched an eyebrow. “What is –” and almost repeated the sound of crickets farting in a bathtub. Maybe these crickets ate chili?

Minnie giggled. “What you said is the word for catfish lasagna.”

“I’m sure that’s appetizing for lake monsters,” Carla said with a groan.

“Not really,” Minnie said. “I prefer it with trout. Anyway, what I said was Mannie’s name for his secret fish finder cell phone app.”

Two eyes breached the surface beside Minnie. Followed by a nose. And then a mouth. “It’s not exactly a secret.”

Carla waved. “Hi Mannie!”

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