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cover of a Victorian book: The Language of Flowers. Text reads: CABB's Summer challenge 2024. Say It With Flowers.

CABB’S Summer Challenge, 2024

“SAY IT WITH FLOWERS”

 

Did you know that flowers are not just pretty faces or fragrant decorations in our gardens? They actually have a language all their own. Well, perhaps not a language, but they definitely have symbolic meanings that have been explored for centuries in ancient folklore, myths, and even  the works of Shakespeare.

The tradition of conveying secret messages by sending flowers to a loved one, friend, or enemy became very popular in Victorian times. There were even dictionary-style books written so that people could decipher the messages they received from a bouquet of flowers. This was especially helpful if the sender wished to be discreet. A written note would shout, while a selection of flowers would whisper.

For example, if you received a bouquet of baby’s breath (everlasting love), pink camellias (longing) and gardenia (secrets), you would know the sender secretly adored and desired you. If you were given an arrangement of snapdragons (distrust) and rhododendron (danger), you would realize you were given a sinister warning. A gift of hydrangeas would express someone’s gratitude. And these are only a very few of the possibilities to say it with flowers!

Our beloved tunnel dwellers have long relied on pipe-tappings to send messages of all sorts. We think it’s time to give them an alternate method of communication.

For our summer challenge, we are offering a delightful, flower-filled idea from JoAnn Baca.

The world Below has some special celebrations all their own, including “Say it With Flowers Day”. On August 1 (“coincidentally” the posting date for the upcoming Challenge), everyone gifts someone with flowers. Since it would be extremely difficult to obtain actual flowers, the gifts could be drawings, paintings, poems, stories, stitchery, or other symbolic offerings. Then, it is up to the recipients to decipher the meanings of the gifts they receive – and to reciprocate if so desired.

Here are some examples to inspire you:

~ Brooke might give a drawing of forget-me-nots or rosemary (remember me) to Michael.

~ Catherine could present Olivia with a poem about red poppies (consolation).

~ William might put together a blending of savory (spiciness, interest) and sorrel (affection) for his secret crush.

~ The children might receive stories about daisies (innocence, loyalty) from Father.

~ And wouldn’t we all love to see Vincent hand over a mural to Catherine – valerian (readiness), red orchids (desire), yellow iris (passion), and red roses (true love)?

 

Your stories (or poems or song lyrics) can be any length from 100-word drabbles to full-length tales. They can be romantic, humorous, bittersweet (which symbolizes truth, by the way), mysterious, or all of the above and more – the choice is yours! Please do make the meanings of your flowers obvious, though, in some way.

All the usual CABB Challenge guidelines apply for this collection. For more information on the meanings of flowers, just Google the topic. A good place to start is:

https://www.almanac.com/flower-meanings-language-flowers

 

CABB Challenge Guidelines for Submission:

1. Please submit only fully edited pieces. If you need help finding an editor, please let us know and we will connect you with someone who will be glad to help out.

2. Your submissions will be edited at CABB only for mechanics (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling, format, etc.).

3. Since CABB is a Classic organization, your work must include only Classic content and themes. No Third Season topics, characters, or references will be accepted unless the genre chosen is SND.

4. Any BatB fanfic sub-genre is fine, including but not limited to Classic Canon, Continued Classic, Alternate Universe, SND, Cross-over, etc.

5. Any questions and all submissions should be sent to Linda SB (Barth) at cabbchallenges@gmail.com

6. Have fun!!

 

Deadline for submission is July 25, 2024.

This eloquently fragrant project is certain to yield a garden of delights for everyone to enjoy, tunnel folk and readers alike. As always, we can’t wait to see what you dream up!

CABB’S CHALLENGE LIBRARY

(More past Challenges posting soon!)

APRIL 12th, 2024

ANNIVERSARY GIFTS

WFOL 2024

 

WINTERFEST GUESTS

SEPT. 25th 2023

 

ANNIVERSARY DRABBLES

SUMMER 2023

 

NEW VOICES

April 12th, 2023

ANNIVERSARIES

WFOL 2023

20th ANNIVERSARY

ALPHABET STORIES

CHALLENGE

SUMMER HEAT
2018

CHALLENGE

CHALLENGE AUTHOR INDEX

(Links will take you to the Main Page of each Challenge)

Crowmama

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

A Year
(Anniversaries, April 2023)

Heat
(Summer Heat 2018)

J.L. Rowan

A Gift Very Grateful
(New Voices, Summer 2023)

A Gathering of Family
(Anniversaries, April 2023)

 

JoAnn Baca

Anniversary Gifts Drabble Challenge (April 2024)

A Winterfest Tail…Er…Tale
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

Like A Circle
(New Voices , Summer 2023)

A Mighty Stranger
(Anniversaries, April 2023)

An Appropriate Gift
(Winterfest 20th Anniversary, 2023)

Steam Heat
(Summer Heat 2018)

 

JoAnn Baca and
Jo Fredericks

Change Begins Part One and Two
(Alphabet Stories, June 2021)

JRo

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

Sweeter Than Honey
(Winterfest Guests, 2024)

Dancing with the Past
(Winterfest Guests, 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

One Rainy Day
(New Voices, Summer 2023)

The History Project
(Anniversaries, April 2023)

Winter Gifts
(Winterfest 20th Anniversary, 2023)

Butterfly Kisses
(Alphabet Stories, 2021)

Katie A

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

Laura Hoyle

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

 

Laurie Burger

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

Linda S Barth

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

Candles and Mirrors
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

When I Grow Up
(New Voices, Summer 2023)

Unlikely Places
(Anniversaries, 2023) 

Dancing in the Rain
(Winterfest 20th Anniversary, 2023) 

In Sunlight
(Alphabet Stories, June 2021)

Lindariel

A Late Harvest
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

Nancy

Thanks for the Angels
(New Voices, Summer 2023)

No Wedding
(Anniversaries, 2023)

Nelly

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

Ancient Souls
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(Sept. 2023)

Back In Time
(New Voices, Summer 2023)

An Unforgettable Anniversary
(Anniversaries, 2023) 

Letter to Catherine and Vincent
(Anniversaries, 2023) 

A BatB Essay
(Winterfest 20th Anniversary, 2023) 

Paula

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

Altered Fate
(Winterfest Guests, 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September. 2023)

Paulette

Photo Collages
(Summer heat 2018)

PearlAnn SnowStar

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

Heaven is Winterfest
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

Khy and the Fairy Prince
(New Voices, Summer 2023)

It’s Friendly Tea-Time Day (Anniversaries, April 2023)

Psychic Anniversary
(Anniversaries, April 2023)

Girlfriends
(Winterfest 20th Anniversary, 2023)

Where No Tunnel Dweller Has Gone …
(Alphabet Stories, June 2021)

 

Ruby

Obligations
(Alphabet Stories, June 2021)

Rebecca Gibson

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

Tasha Lawson

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

No Longer Alone
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(Sept. 2023)

Tee Hoagland

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

Tunnel Belle

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

Tunnel Muse

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

Winterfest Guest
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

Tunnel Writer

Pipe Dreams 1 – Bruce’s Story
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

Pipe Dreams 2 -Stacey’s Story
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

Pipe Dreams 3 -The Next Generation
(Winterfest Guests 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

Vincent C. Peters

Anniversary Gifts Drabbles
(April 2024)

September 25th Drabbles Challenge
(September 2023)

 

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WATER FUN

by AM

“Local temperature is 89 degrees with a heat index of 102. Stay inside if you can. Drink plenty of water and remember, don’t overdo it. It’s a scorcher out there today, folks”.

Catherine cursed the weatherman as she wiped the sweat off her forehead.  “Great. What a perfect time for the air to go out.”

The thought of going outside made her cringe. It was Sunday, so her office would be locked.

“I need to get out of this heat. I’ve got it!” Catherine giggled as she had a wonderful idea.

She went through recycling looking for something she could use.

“Nothing,” she said, frustrated.

She hurriedly changed into a comfortable t-shirt and jeans and hurried to the nearest store. She would’ve run if it hadn’t been so hot.

She sighed with relief when she stepped foot into the cool store.

She picked up some water guns.

No, too violent, and would be frowned upon, she thought as she put the guns down.

She went searching for safer things.

Balloons? No, leaves a mess to clean up.

Her eyes lit up when she saw them. “Spray bottles!!! Perfect!! Hmmm. There’s 50. That should be plenty.”

She grabbed up all the bottles and headed to pay.

It seemed like forever before she headed back to her apartment with her treasures. Instead of going directly to her apartment, she headed to the tunnels. It wasn’t long before she ran into Eric.

“What’s in the bags?” he asked

“It’s a surprise, and I need you to do me a favor. Could you gather all the kids and bring them here?”

“Okay.”

“Oh, and Eric?”

Eric turned to look at her.

“Bring as many buckets of water as you can.” She winked at him.

He returned in record time with all the tunnel kids, each carrying two buckets full of water. Catherine passed out the spray bottles and helped fill them up. Once all the bottles were filled, boundary lines were drawn, and safe places declared, they were ready.

“On your mark, get set, GO!” Catherine yelled.

The fight began in full force. Laughter, shrieks, and happy screams echoed through the tunnels as the children chased and sprayed each other. Catherine found herself in the crossfire several times, but laughed as hard as the children. When bottles emptied they were quickly refilled, and the fun continued. Soon adults came to find out where the happy noises were coming from. Some smiled, shook their heads and went back to their previous activity. Some helped by refilling empty buckets. Others just couldn’t help joining in the fun. Catherine noticed Vincent walking towards them.

“I need to borrow that,” she said to Kipper.

He smiled and handed her his full bottle. She placed the bottle behind her back, walked calmly up to Vincent, and sprayed him in the face.

His look of shock made Catherine laugh. Vincent calmly watched the children play for a few minutes before casually picking up a bucket that was a quarter full. He turned to Catherine.

“Vincent, you wouldn’t dare.”

“Perhaps, but then how would I return the favor?”

With that, he dumped the bucket over her head. The children erupted with laughter to see Catherine soaked.

A tapping on the pipes made them all stop. Dinner.

Groans quickly spread among the children. They reluctantly started handing the bottles to Catherine.

“Vincent, why don’t you keep them for the next time?”

The children’s eyes danced with glee. Vincent put the bottles in the buckets and handed them to the children to carry.

“Would you join us, Catherine?” Vincent asked.

“I would love to.”

Vincent took her hand and they followed the children to dinner.