An Impossible, Endless Struggle

2F73AAA9-06BC-4D27-B9B4-B86553C1B241“You have been promising to renovate our dingy kitchen for years,” Donna complained to her husband.

“Yeah, yeah, I know,” David said. “I’ll get around to it.”

“When?” Donna asked. “I swear, David, you’re impossible. Getting you to do anything around here is an endless struggle.”

“Well, Donna, your ‘honey-do’ list is so damn long, I have to be efficient when it comes how to parcel out my time,” David said. “But I assure you, when the time is right, I’ll glide right into the task. It’ll be so smooth, like butter. I promise.”

“Yeah,” Donna said sarcastically, “but will you glide into it before you die? Because if you don’t get to it soon, I’m going to kill you.”

Written for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (renovate), Word of the Day (dingy), Ragtag Daily Prompt (parcel), Daily Addictions (glide), Scotts Daily Prompt (die), and for Teresa’s Daily Writing Challenge using the words “impossible,” “endless,” and “struggle.

Page 62, Line 6

Teresa, aka, The Haunted Wordsmith, challenged us to “open a book — any book — to page 62 (physical or ebook) and copy line 6. Then use it in a short post.”

44B91B58-0610-4FBE-A37A-3F7F8D94541FThe book I chose is The Neon Lawyer by Victor Methos. I read this book, a free Kindle download, about three years ago and, to be honest, I barely remember it. But following Teresa’s instructions, I opened the book to page 62 and copied line six below:

“We just wanted to talk to you about a case you did the prep work on.”

So here’s my short post. Ready?

Barry was nervous when he was told to report to the senior partner’s office at 1:00 sharp. It was rarely a good sign to be what was commonly referred to around the law firm as being “called on the carpet.” But Barry knew he had to repress his anxiety and deal with whatever consequences faced him.

At precisely 1:00, Barry approached the senior partner’s office. He was surprised to see two other senior lawyers, along with the senior partner, awaiting him. He knocked on the glass door and the senior partner motioned for Barry to enter the office. Pointing to a chair opposite his desk, the senior partner said, “Have a seat, Barry.”

Doing as he was told, Barry sat down in the chair, and despite his efforts to maintain his composure, he could feel the beads of perspiration forming on his forehead.

“Thank you for your promptness, Barry,” the senior partner said. “We just wanted to talk to you about a case you did the prep work on.”

“Are you referring to the McDaniels case?” Barry asked. “Let me explain….”

“No need to explain,” one of the other lawyers said. “Your work speaks for itself.”

“Yes,” the other lawyer said. “The entire McDaniels case hinged on your prep work.”

Barry felt like he was about to pass out. “Is there a ‘but’ coming?” he asked.

“There is, indeed, Barry,” the senior partner said. 9181FAA8-21FC-4AF5-88C8-A3A24819262CHe reached his hand across his large desk. “But for your prep work, we might have lost the case.”

Did you see how I also snuck my one-word prompt, “repress,” into this post?

Twittering Tales — Hell Hath No Fury

A07845B1-46A4-464B-8EFC-B56E0AE26763“What happened to the picture of you and Dad in that silver frame on the side table?” Ann asked her mother.

“Sweetie, I found out that your dad’s been cheating on me, so I threw out the photo and when that bastard comes home from work I’m gonna smash his head in with the frame.”

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Written for Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales prompt. Photo credit: Glamazon at

FOWC with Fandango — Repress

FOWCWelcome to November 6, 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 “repress.”

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.