Out of Sight, Out of Mind

4A2BDE5B-2961-45FE-B987-76F75CA18BDBThe mayor was under a lot of pressure to reverse the growth of the homeless population in her city. “Tent cities” were popping up all over town and the citizens were concerned about all of the used syringes and needles on the streets and the growing crime rate in those areas.

With a tremendous amount of pressure to act to resolve the homelessness issue in her city, the mayor agreed to commit to coming up with an effective solution. She had been reading about steps taken by an old city in Europe that had successfully addressed homelessness, and so she took a trip abroad to study what they did.

Upon her return, the mayor proposed that the town move all of the homeless people to the other side of the river. The city would cover the cost of their relocation and would even provide tents for the homeless to live in. Unfortunately, the town council rejected her proposal, with many on the council objecting to how close the new tent city would be to the main part of town. Using an “out of sight, out of mind” approach, they wanted more distance between the homeless and the rest of the city.

The frustrated mayor reached out to her counterpart in the old European town she’d visited. That mayor suggested a rather controversial solution. After thinking about it, and the threat to her re-election bid if she failed to address the homeless problem, the hometown mayor agreed to the unconventional approach. When she told the rest of the town council what her new proposal was, they greedily agreed to proceed.

The next day, demons from the underworld came to the surface at the behest of the mayor and the town council. The demons physically moved the riverbank a mile to the east, almost tripling the width of the river.

The townsfolk were thrilled to have the homeless people moved further away from the city. And the popular mayor, having delivered on her promise to rid the city of its homeless, won her re-election bid by an overwhelming margin.

But there was an unanticipated price the city had to pay for calling up the underworld demons. The demons demanded property rights to much of the new development in the parts of towns from which the homeless had been relocated.

Soon the former tent city sites were replaced with glitzy casinos, fancy massage parlors, and gaudy brothels. The town became known as “Sin City” and the more upstanding residents fled to the east side of the river, where the homeless people had been relocated, and started to buy up land and build sumptuous homes.

At the next town council meeting, the new, well-to-do residents of recently built homes on the regentrified east bank of river demanded that the new mayor commit to taking action to remove the homeless from their community.

Written for Kira’s Sunday Scribbles (sketch at the top of the post), plus for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reverse), Ragtag Daily Prompt (needle), Word of the Day Prompt (act & commit), and Your Daily Word Prompt (abroad).

Share Your World —What’s the Point?

Monday has once agained rolled around, and you know what that means, boys and girls. It’s Melanie’s Share Your World time. Those of you who know Melanie know that she’s had a rough go of it, and I’m glad that, with all she’s had to deal with, she is still able to do her Share Your World prompt. Hopefully our answers to her questions will bring a smile to her heart.

What, in your opinion, is the point to life?

I’ve been hanging out around this place for seven decades and I still have yet to figure that out — at least not what the point of my life is. But if someday I have an epiphany and discover what it is, I’ll be sure to let you know.

What was your most recent lie?  You don’t have to get really specific obviously.

“This homemade kale soup you made, sweetheart, is delicious.”

What country do you consider the strangest? (it’s all In fun folks, ALL countries may seem strange to outsiders)

Greenland. It’s a large country mostly covered with ice and snow and yet some optimistic soul named it Greenland. It has a total population of only around 56,000 human inhabitants even though, in terms of land mass, it’s the 12th largest country in the world. And no one from Greenland has ever visited my blog.

What’s your funniest story involving a car?

Just for shits and giggles, I bought a used, 1959 Jaguar XK150. It was drivable, but just barely. In the 3 years I owned it, it spent about 2 3/4 years in the shop of a self-proclaimed Jaguar mechanic who called himself “Jaguar Joe.” I paid Jaguar Joe more than I paid for the car in the first place, and he was never able to get it to run for more than a week or two at a time. I finally ended up just letting him keep the damn thing.4C909071-5C08-4C7D-9367-E43895AA1AF1

Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed immense kindness toward yourself or someone?

Not really. Tune in again next week for the next installment of As the World Turns, I mean Share Your World.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #2

FFFCLast week I posted my very first “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge,” and it was a big success. I want to sincerely thank everyone who participated and I urge you to read all the links (here) to the very creative and imaginative tales people posted in response to the photo prompt.

Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a relatively short flash fiction piece inspired by the photo. While there are no style or definitive word limits, I suggest trying to keep your stories to under 300 words.

So now it’s time for my second weekly Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from ColiN00B@Pixabay.com.7C70F45B-804D-4D2B-95E6-4110AA3ECED6If this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Reverse

FOWCWelcome to February 25, 2019 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 “reverse.”

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.