FFfAW — No One Will Get Hurt

1975E33D-C414-4DF2-9658-8A5D0FE80F6E“You will be outfitted as a janitor and will have access to the building on Saturday as part of the normal weekend cleaning crew,” the chief said. “Once you’re inside, all you need to do is to make your way to the main lab and place the milk carton on the table and the envelope on the floor outside the lab door. Then just continue to be unobtrusive and leave with the rest of the cleaning crew. Understand?”

“I get it,” Michael said. “But you’re sure no one will get hurt?”

“The building will be empty. It’s locked tight after the cleaning crew leaves on Saturday afternoon until 6 am Monday morning,” the chief explained. “The timer is set to activate the antenna at noon on Sunday. That will direct the drones to a surgical strike on the lab. The letter you leave behind will point back to the Chinese as the perpetrators of the attack.”

“And if I get made?”

“You’ll be on your own, Michael. The agency will disavow any knowledge of you.”

(175 words)

Written for Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Photo credit: Yinglan.

How To Use Your Hardware

3619523E-9D12-48CD-9806-1746C562F486“Where are you going, Floyd?” Andrea asked.

“I’m heading over to the hardware store.”

“What do you need at the hardware store?”

“I totally forgot that it was Andy’s birthday on Sunday, so I’m going to see if I can find something to get for him as a belated birthday present,” Floyd explained.

“But why the hardware store?”

“You know Andy,” Floyd said. “He likes to putter around in his basement. He’s actually a pretty good woodworker and he’s always fine-tuning his craft. So I’ll go to the hardware store to see if there’s something I can muster up in order to atone for not remembering his birthday.”

“That’s sweet of you, Floyd,” Andrea said. “And maybe, when you give him his present, you can ask him to teach you a few things about woodworking, since, in contrast to you, he’s quite handy around the house.”

Well, Andrea, we all have our special talents,” Floyd said, giving his wife a wink. “Andy’s in the basement playing with his hardware. I prefer to use my hardware in the bedroom.”

Andrea smiled. “Perhaps when you get back from the hardware store, we can go to the bedroom and fine-tune your craft.”

“You know, Andrea,” Floyd said, “I think the hardware store can wait until tomorrow.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hardware), Your Daily Word Prompt (belated),Scotts Daily Prompt (craft), Daily Addictions (muster), Word of the Day Challenge (atone), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (contrast).

No Regrets


Right before I went to bed last night I read a post in my Reader by a blogger named Tim Willow who posts on a blog called The Rebel Fish. The post to which I am referring is a witty little yarn that asks the age-old question, “You Sold Your Soul Yet?” Of course, I was in bed, barely able to keep my eyes open, when I read it. So who knows how witty it really was?

Anyway, there was one line in Tim’s post that I thought expressed incredibly profundity. In fact, I thought his line was so profound that I’m going to steal it and post it right here, right now.

“Apart from the things I have done and haven’t done — I have no regrets.”

By the way, I did tell Tim in a comment I left on his post that I was going to steal that line from him. I’m telling you this so that you know that, despite my stealing his very profound line, it’s Tim, not me, who has sold his soul to the devil. Or so he claims, anyway. Thus, my conscience is clear. I have no regrets.

Twittering Tales — At the Zoo

50474750-943F-4EB2-A505-4FF91684FB36“What does it say?” the boy asked.

“It’s about how the ancient Egyptians built a zoo using crude tools,” the man said. “And all of the birds, animals, and snakes they kept at the zoo.”

“Wow,” the boy said, “really?”

“I don’t know, kid,” the man grinned. “I can’t read hieroglyphics.”

(280 characters)

Written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales prompt. Photo credit: fotoerich at Pixabay.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Hardware

FOWCWelcome to October 2, 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 “hardware.”

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.