The Annual Scurveyshire Fete (‘Oy, Rodney’)

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In Chapter CCXXII of her epic romance, Oy, Rodney, Violet Crepuscular treats us to the annual Scurveyshire Fete, which has been held every year since 742 A.D., when a Saxon lord named Fulda Basket had to sell off the contents of his castle and made festival of it.

Ancient games, whose meaning has been lost in the flow of centuries, abound: Hit My Hand, Throwing the Titmouse Nest, Dig That Hole, Stone-Swallowing, and many others. Colorful tents spring up everywhere. Booths sell old-time Scurveyshire snacks like grass, cricket pie, and incredibly foul-smelling foot cheese. A festive time is had by all.

Right up until the moment the local folk-singing group, The Five Churls, is sucked under the wading pool in the vicar’s back yard. This puts a damper on the occasion.

“I thought I told the constable to get rid of that pool!” Lord Jeremy Coldsore cries. He has been trying all day to romance his bride-to-be, Lady Margo Cargo, but she has been distracted by the disappearance of the Churls.

“I haven’t finished paying for it yet,” explains the vicar.

“Then we must skip the rest of this chapter,” decides Lord Jeremy.

In Chapter CCXXIII, villagers have begun to complain that the Old Bathhouse catty-corner from the pub, The Lying Tart, has become haunted. As Justice of the Peace, Lord Jeremy is expected to do something about it. Before he can, a mob of sulky peasants burns it down. Only the bathtubs are saved.

“What else can happen to our shire?” wails Lady Margo. She has all The Five Churls’ albums and was looking forward to purchasing the next one.

4 comments on “The Annual Scurveyshire Fete (‘Oy, Rodney’)

  1. I wonder if the Five Churls are actually Fleetwood Mac. 🙂 That wading pool respects no one.

    1. Buckingham and Nicks brought in a lot of material, that might have been one of them. 🙂

  2. By the way, for those so fortunate as to not know much about Fleetwood Mac, it was a band that included two couples, both of whom split up about the time the band broke through to unimaginable success. So it became a band and a living Soap Opera at the same time. They were forced to stay together, because breaking up the band would have been tantamount to walking away from untold riches. When the Five Churls were lost to the Vicar’s wading pool, it sounded like something that would have happened to Fleetwood Mac. 🙂

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