Picture Perfect

8F53D112-AB26-4B16-91D3-7A47BA11058A“Just a nip here, a tuck there, perhaps just one more alteration and I think we’ll be done with your prom dress, sweetie,” Janice’s mother said.

“I think something is missing, Mom,” Janice said.

“And I know just what it is,” her mom said. She left her daughter’s room and returned a moment later with the rhinestone necklace her ex-husband gave her for an anniversary present. She place it around Janice’s neck, stepped back, and said, “You look absolutely regal.”

“Jonathan!” her mother called out to Janice’s younger brother. “Come see how pretty your sister looks in her prom dress.”

Jonathan came into the room, moved up close to his big sister, and standing right in front of her, he said, somewhat sarcastically, “Picture perfect.”

Janice took a step back, wiped her cheek with the back of her hand, and said, “Eww, Jonathan, say it, don’t spray it.”


Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (alteration), Word of the Day Challenge (missing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (regal), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (spray).

Urban Living

7C4323DA-5C77-4C5E-8548-F06D2C361FECOur cat is an indoor cat. We rarely let him outside even though our backyard is completely fenced in. And that’s because, on those rare occasions when we do let him out, he somehow manages to find and catch a rat, reminding us that we are urban dwellers. Living in the city means sharing your world with rats, mice, and raccoons. And, where we live, near Golden Gate Park, occasional coyotes.

For some reason that I will never really understand, once our cat has caught and killed his prey, he feels compelled to bring it into our house and present us with his gift, as if to say, “Look at what I brought you. Aren’t you proud of me?”

The first few times it happened, my wife freaked out. However, now that it’s happened a handful of times, she will just nonchalantly call over to me and say, “Honey, look what the cat dragged in.”


Written for Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge #9.47EBAE84-147D-4BC8-8734-BBB9A2E1A498

Share Your World — Heaven Can Wait

Melanie, at Sparks From a Combustible Mind, brings us another episode of Share Your World. Here are her questions and my answers for this week’s sharing.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?  If you don’t think Heaven nor God exists, you might want answer by saying something outrageous, just for fun!

I’m in the heaven and God don’t exist camp. That said, if I did come in contact with God after I died, I’d love to hear him say to me, “Yes, I know I’m supposed to be infallible, but me dammit, I made a mistake. It’s not your time yet, so I’m sending you back.”

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Having Donald Trump as president.

What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?

I’m rarely alone in my car anymore except when I have to run errands where I can’t walk or take a bus. So when I am alone in my car, I’m typically thinking about the fastest or shortest route to get where I’m going.

How would you rate your memory? 

I can’t recall.

And lastly:

What’s one song that always cheers you up, no matter how blue you’re feeling?

I’m going to reach way back into the vault and drift on up to the roof.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #4

FFFCWelcome to week four of “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” 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 definitive style or word limits, I suggest trying to keep your posts to under 300 words.

I want to sincerely thank everyone who has participated in these challenges so far. Your posts have been very creative. I hope this week’s image will also generate some great posts as well.

So now it’s time for my fouth weekly Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The image below is from Roboworks@DeviantArt.com.BAA04C73-F0BA-417C-A325-7C8BE13D4242If this picture inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post.

Please take a few minutes to read some of the other responses to this photo challenge. And most important, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Regal

FOWCWelcome to March 11, 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 “regal.”

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.