3TC — The Keepsake

5FB55454-D49E-4248-AF52-A81D74FC2FA8“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,” the defense attorney said, “the matter before you is a simple case of he said/she said. The prosecutor will stand before you spewing a nonsensical word salad in which he will muddy the fundamental issue before this court. He will claim that my client, Miss Meadows, stole the jewel-encrusted, iridescent brooch from her former fiancé, Mr. Donnelly. But we will demonstrate that the relationship between Miss Meadows and my client was, for a time, nothing if not magic.”

The attorney walked over to the table where his client was seated. “In celebration of the one year anniversary of their engagement, Mr. Donnelly presented a beautiful brooch, appraised at $10,000, to Miss Meadows at a party he threw to celebrate the occasion, as a keepsake,” he said. “But after she found about his infidelities, Miss Meadows broke off their engagement and is simply trying to seek possession of the gift Mr. Donnelly gave her.”

The attorney stepped up to the jury box and in a quiet, confident voice said, “What you will be learning through the testimony of eye witnesses who attended the anniversary party will be the unfiltered truth. I have no doubt that, at the end of this trial, you will do the right and just thing and will find in favor of my client.”

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “salad,” “keepsake,” and “filter.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (case), Ragtag Daily Prompt (iridescence), Your Daily Word Prompt (magic), and Word of the Day Challenge (learning).

SoCS — Celestial Bodies

B3D8B508-D52F-4963-A5C7-FBDC12F277E7Celeste. What are you doing here tonight?” Hal asked when he opened his door to find Celeste standing there in his hallway holding a tray.

“I came over to celebrate our one month anniversary,” Celeste said. “I brought some healthy veggies — broccoli, cauliflower, celery, carrots — plus some ranch dressing for dipping.”

“Well, that’s nice, Celeste, but I have other plans tonight,” Hal said.

“I know, but I canceled them,” Celeste said.

“You did what?” Hal said. “What the fuck, Celeste! Donna and I were going to a celebrity auction at the museum.”

“My horoscope told me that you and I were meant to be together tonight,” Celeste explained. “So when I saw on your Facebook page that you were going to the auction with Donna, I called her and told her you were too sick to go.”

“Your horoscope?”

“Yes, silly,” Celeste said. “By studying the movements and relative positions of celestial objects, you can learn all about human nature and affairs. I’ve studied our astrological charts and we are meant for each other.”

Celeste,” Hal said, “we went on one date a month ago. It was a disaster and I had no plans to go out with you again. You had no right to cancel my plans with another woman. You need to leave.”

“But Hal,” Celeste said, “I brought you a one-month anniversary gift. It’s an engraved heart charm for your charm bracelet.”

“First of all, Celeste, we don’t have any kind of anniversary to celebrate,” Hal said. “And second of all, I don’t have a charm bracelet.”

“I know, so I got you bracelet to go with the charm I got you.”

“You need to leave, Celeste,” Hal said as he grabbed her arm and literally pulled her out into the hallway outside of his apartment. “Don’t come back here, don’t call me, and for crissake, don’t call Donna again. You’re a freak.” With that, he went back into his apartment and slammed the door shut.

He picked up the phone and called Donna. “Hi Donna, no, I’m fine. Yeah, there was a bit of confusion earlier. Do you wanna here something priceless?”

Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Today’s challenge is to “find a word that starts with or contains ‘cele’ and use it any way you’d like.”

FOWC with Fandango — Case

FOWCWelcome to March 2, 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 “case.”

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.