your mallets lay. Disperse from the darkening field.
In the dimming daylight they will approach, one creature at a time,
and take their places. With no fanfare, but much at stake,
the Second Annual After Dark Lawn Games are hereby announced.
of 1993 touts new challenger Roquet Raccoon, the After Dark Garden
Club's most entertaining member. It was the dashing poses
that drew him to the sport, but standing a mere 14", he relies
more on attitude than physique, often diverting an opponent's attention
with his mock heroics an then winking from dark glass eyes when
the shot is a success. Playful but no clown, Roquet is nimble
with the foot shot, which he has been practicing on dusty croquet
set in neighborhood garages throughout the spring, stumbling only
occasionally. His slender, leather-padded fingers and toes
and bushy tail give him the dual advantages of grip and balance,
and even Swooning Ginny Opossum is said to be dismayed at the prospects
of facing this unflappable player.
Raccoon takes him name from a refined version of croquet, in which
the court is octagonal, the mallets heavier. In this game
each creature plays two balls instead of one, a modification of
his own game the eccentric Roquet is contemplating even now.