A serial writer’s notebook ~ from the pen behind Lore of the Underlings, an episodic epic…
Here’s a little game of puns. In the following passage from this week’s work on the next Lore episode, I’ve included a half dozen pop culture references for your entertainment. Use these clues to find them (in order):
- A classic “holiday” phrase from the sitcom Seinfeld
- The name of an American courtroom reality show
- A Woody Allen film title
- A couple of nods to the British TV and book series Rumpole
- A lyric from the musical The Sound of Music
- A book title from The Hunger Games series (a little trickier)
Bonus! For ten extra points: A character named after a Lynyrd Skynyrd song.
“Harken lawful citizens and loyal children of the crown. The state submits this slate of complaints here today in the sixty-eighth year of our lore. Prepare for the airing of grievances and judgment by the people’s court.
“In the case of the Keep versus male teen, leaver…” Ho-man snuck a peek at the youth who was standing there still in his ironwood chains. “Treygyn of the folk clan Yin, a minor allegedly age sixteen, is accused of multiple felonies all stemming from a spree last night. Numerous crimes and misdemeanors…”
There was a murmur among the elders. Madam Pum nodded while Minyon prayed.
Homeboy of the Bailey went on. “By order of He Who Must Be Obeyed, charges are the following:
“One count of premeditated leaving.
“Two counts of stepping beyond the Keep.
“Three counts of flight without a license.
“Four counts of fording every stream…”
Treygyn’s mother, Hoona Yin, moaned from the row of standing room.
“Resisting the Finder’s arrest is worth six.
“Evading his henchmen, another dozen.”
Treygyn hung his head in shame.
And yet Ho-man wasn’t done.
“Not to mention a trio of crimes among the gravest of infractions — law mocking, jay walking, breaking and exiting.”
“Awk! That’s a rap sheet!” Freebird cracked.
[Photo: Parc Omega – Montebello, Quebec, Canada]