#writephoto — Action!

86A2BB65-75CA-4B6A-BFF5-E4D65D6779F4“Cut!” the director called out. “Janice, come here, my dear,” he said, motioning to the young actress to join him under the stone arch.

“Yes, Hal,” she said in an irritated tone. “What is it now?”

“This is supposed to be a somber moment,” he said. “You’re standing in front of a war memorial to those who died in battle for their country. You lost your fiancé during the war and you’re desolate with grief. This scene, and the soliloquy you deliver in it, is your chance to shine. If you can’t manage that, maybe you don’t belong in this movie, or at least not in the lead role.”

“You’re joking, right?” Janice shot back at Hal. “Isn’t this your first directing job? I’ve been acting since I was a child. I know what I’m doing. You’re job is to orchestrate, to conduct, not to tell the musicians how to play their instruments.”

“Janice,” Hal said, “your ‘instrument’ is seriously out of tune. If you want to keep this role, you need to stop being such a diva and step it up a notch or two. Now get out there in front of the memorial and give it your all or get off the goddam set.”

Janice stomped away and positioned herself in front of the memorial. “Action!” Hal said.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt and for the following one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (soliloquy), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (belong), Ragtag Daily Prompt (orchestrate), and Scotts Daily Prompt (need).

3TC — Be Best

E0353AB1-FDBF-406A-9140-EA90E72EC958Alicia opened the door to her small, one-bedroom apartment. She threw her purse into the front closet and hung up her coat. She sat down on the bench in the entryway and removed her high heeled shoes, replacing them on her feet with comfy slippers.

It was 7:30 in the morning and Alicia was dead tired. She debated whether to head straight to the bedroom and flop down in bed or to go to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. She ultimately decided on the latter, as she had some errands to run. After that, she could come back and go to sleep, as her shift didn’t start until nine that night.

As she walked into the kitchen she saw a flaky pastry in the middle of the small table and a red carnation laid next to it. Then she heard his voice.

“Hey baby,” he said. “I wanted to surprise you this morning. I went to the bakery you love and got you your favorite pastry. And then I picked up a lovely little carnation. You know you’re my best gal.”

“You did surprise me, Darryl,” Alicia said. “but I’m so tired I can hardly function.”

“Don’t worry baby,” Darryl said. “Just give me my money and I’ll be on my way.”

Alicia pulled out a large wad of bills from between her breast in her tight fitting halter top and tossed it to Darryl. He counted it out, got a displeased look on his face, and then threw ten twenties on table. “Here’s your take, bitch,” he said. “You best do better tonight, honey, or this pimp’s gonna cut you up.”

Then he added, “Remember what the First Lady said, ‘Be Best!’ You hear me, bitch?”

That was when Alicia grabbed the knife on the counter and plunged it deep into Darryl’s neck.

Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things  are “bakery,” “surprise,” and “carnation.”

Isn’t It Interesting That…

D09B2DA0-C2F1-4D42-9AAB-6D23AC5D1EAF…for all of the midterm elections that are still too close to call, it’s the Republicans who are trying to stop absentee and mail-in ballots from being counted, or ballot recounts from taking place, while it’s the Democrats who are pushing hard to get every ballot counted.DEBB7BEA-125C-4A94-85A6-AB4E14A31B00

FOWC with Fandango — Belong

FOWCWelcome to November 15, 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 “belong.”

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.