#FOWC — Control Freak

8F422D1E-6B5A-41B3-BAFD-0C8C3D8158CC“It’s freezing in here,” Deirdre complained. “No way I’m taking off my clothes and hopping into bed with you. Don’t you have a heater for this room?”

“I’ll turn up the heat on the furnace,” Sammy said. “It will warm up the room in a few minutes. So why don’t you get in bed and make yourself comfortable, if you know what I mean.”

Deirdre smiled, did a little sensuous striptease, and slipped under the covers. Sammy left to turn the furnace up and when he came back into the room, he peeled off his close and joined Deirdre under the covers. He began caressing her body when he heard her scream. “Jesus Christ! You just scratched the hell outta my tit with that goddam fingernail of yours. You need to clip that thing.”

“You know I can’t do that, babe,” Sammy said. That’s my guitar plucking finger. I need to keep that fingernail long.”

“Can’t you use a pick instead of having that freakishly long nail?”

“No, I can’t,” Sammy responded. “You need to stop being such a snowflake.”

“And you need to stop being such a control freak,” Deirdre said as she got out of bed, got dressed, and left Sammy’s apartment.


Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge, where the words are “snowflake,” “heater,” and “fingernail.” Also written for my very own One-Word Challenge where the word is “control.”

FFfAW — Piece of Cake

img_1556“You boys sit on the side of the bench and be still,” their father instructed. “I’m standing here right behind you to take your picture.”

Brian turned around and asked, “Can I see?”

“I haven’t taken it yet,” Ben said. “I’ll show it to you after I take it.”

Danny then turned, stood up, and looked back. “I wanna see it, too,” he said.

“You both need to turn around, sit still, and look at the fountain in the pond,” Ben said. “Then I’ll take the picture and show it to both of you.”

“Okay, Daddy,” Danny said, sitting back down, until he got up and, with tears streaming down his cheeks, went running back to his father. “Brian punched my arm.”

“He farted and it was stinky,” Brian called back.

It took a while, but after about an hour of trying, Ben finally got the boys to settle down and to get his picture. When he got home and showed his wife, she said. “Oh that’s an adorable picture.”

“Piece of cake,” Ben said.

(175 words)


Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: wildverbs.

MLMM Photo Challenge — The Dark Side Of The Moon

img_1557“Oh my God,” Justin said, pointing toward the moon. “Do you see that?”

“See what, dude?” Aaron asked.

“The moon!”

“Yeah,” Aaron said. “What about it?”

“Don’t you see it? Look carefully at the top of the moon.”

“I am,” Aaron said. “What are you talking about?”

“Are you blind?” Justin asked. “The top of the moon is an upside down and backwards image of the tree line.”

“You’re trippin’, dude,” Aaron said.

“No, seriously. Look at the cloudy area where the birds are and look above them,” Justin insisted.

“I see that the top of the moon is darker than usual and the rest of it is hidddn by the fog,” Aaron said. “So, yeah, it’s a bit unusual and kind of eerie, but what’s that upside down and backwards nonsense you’re talking about?”

“The top of the moon, man,” Justin said. “The trees are upside down!”

“There are no trees on the moon, dude,” Aaron said. “I think you’ve been listening to too much Pink Floyd and dropping too much acid. Now pass me the bong, will ya’?”


Written for today’s Photo Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie.

Twittering Tales — The Dream Catcher

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“What is that thing?” she asked.

“It’s a dream catcher. It protects you from bad dreams and nightmares. It catches all sorts of dreams and thoughts into its webs. The good ones pass through and gently slide down the feathers to comfort you. The bad ones are caught and destroyed.”

(279 characters)


Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: Free-Photos at Pixabay.

FOWC with Fandango — Control

FOWCWelcome to June 12, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “control.” Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.