MLMM Tale Weaver — Open and Shut Case

00D21256-CC14-4A76-B0B7-D5B82BA7D37D“This is an open and shut case,” Detective Ron Hayden said.

“What are you talking about?” his partner, Detective Jim Morrisey asked. “We just got here. We haven’t even begun to investigate.”

“Yeah, I know,” admitted Hayden, a chagrined look on his face. “I just always wanted to say that.” Then he asked, “Why is it so cold in here?”

“Because it’s frigid outside and you left the damn door open,” Morrisey said. As Hayden went to shut the door, Morrisey started to look around the bungalow. “This is kind of mysterious,” he said, pointing to the desk in the corner of the living room.

Hayden looked over and saw a clean spot on the desk, free of any accumulated dust. “Looks like there was something here, maybe a laptop computer,” he said. “I see some cables that might have been connected to it.”

Just as he bent down to look under the desk to see where the cables came from, Hayden felt an acute pain from a blow to the head. He lost consciousness for a few seconds and when he came to, he saw his partner putting handcuffs on a guy he was sitting on. “What the hell happened?” he asked Morrisey.

“The perp was hiding in the closet,” Morrisey said. “When you were fishing around under the desk, he ran out of the closet carrying the laptop, hit you on the head with a bat, and tried to run by me. But I tackled him and here we are.”

Hayden stood up, rubbed his head where the bat hit him, and got a big, shit-eating grin on his face.

“What’s with that exulted expression on your face?” Morrisey asked.

“Oh, I’m just so happy,” Hayden said. “This really is an open and shut case!”

Written for this week’s Tale Weaver prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, where the prompt is “open or shut.” And for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (chagrin), Your Daily Word Prompt (frigid), Weekly Prompts (mysterious), Scotts Daily Prompt (acute), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (exult).

White Elephant Challenge

I gotta give Teresa credit for coming up with weird creative prompts. She calls this one the White Elephant challenge. The idea, she says, is to “exchange ‘gifts’ that are meant to be funny.” We are to “pick three bloggers and give them gifts,” and they, in turn, will do the same. We’ll see.

I was lucky enough to be one of Teresa’s first recipients. Here’s what she gifted me:BCDEB918-6DE8-430C-B3B5-E83AD39731DB.jpegOkay, now it’s my turn.

My first White Elephant “gift” goes to my naughty buddy Jim over at A Unique Title for Me. I hope you like it, Jim.90BD4536-0041-4E3A-B7FA-60B2C328593DMy second “gift” goes to Sadje at Keep It Alive for always bringing sunshine and flowers into our lives with her posts.B9B31EB3-6B9F-49B6-A5F5-456903793CFDAnd finally, “gift” number three goes to Rory at A Guy Called Bloke, who is always coming up with weird stuff to get us inspired.F8E19A67-EBEE-4EFE-B495-42647053C606So let’s see what happens now.

SoCS — MAGA Mania

9EC04BB3-DC3C-4C15-BD8D-E85809524C43Man oh man. Linda G. Hill has given us an interesting Stream of Consciousness Saturday challenge today. She’s asked us to use “ma” as a word or find a word with “ma” in it.

I was going to try to manage this challenge without making mention of the MAGA man himself, Donald Trump, but he’s like a maniacal magnet and I can’t resist his pull. He makes me so mad when I see, hear, or read about him. I honestly believe he is abnormal. You know how he always brags about how smart he his, right? Well, I think he’s an egomaniac who has been so easily manipulated by Vladimir Putin. Trump has managed to seriously damage the stature of our country around the globe.

Okay, before you start to grimace and demand that I stop this dismal declamation, I will cease and desist. I won’t talk about his climate change denial or about his inhumane treatment of migrants at the border. I won’t be discussing this madness being perpetrated by our Commander-in-Chief and how his actions smack of treason.

Maybe I’ll go fix myself a margarita or eat some marijuana-infused gummies in order to maintain my sanity before I become a madman myself.

Enough. I’m finished ranting about Trump. For now, anyway.

FOWC with Fandango — Credit

FOWCWelcome to December 1, 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 “credit.”

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.