Time To Write — Trial and Error

1018822723Look at that!” William said. “I can’t believe how full the courtroom is.”

“I know,” Jason, who was sitting in the first row of seats directly behind William, acknowledged. There’s a real flurry of activity here.”

“That’s good news,” William’s lawyer said. “We’ll have plenty of character witness to testify on your behalf in this lawsuit.”

The judge asked the attorneys if they were ready to proceed with their opening remarks. The defense attorney started first. “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,” he said. “This case may be an emotional one for you to hear, but your job is weigh the evidence in a cool, dispassionate manner. You will see that the accident that injured the plaintiff was caused by his own willful negligence and irrational behavior.”

The lawyer pointed to a police officer in the courtroom. “You’ll also hear from the officer who attempted to collar the plaintiff, only to have the plaintiff, despite having just broken his leg, attempt to flee the scene. There is simply no way anyone in his or her right mind could condone what the plaintiff did or that it was in any way the fault of my client, the defendant.”

Then it was the William’s attorney with the opportunity to address the jury. “My client, this poor, now crippled young man, was simply doing his laundry at the laundromat. He put his clothing in a basket and brought it to the establishment, where he loaded it into the washing machine. As he was waiting for his wash to complete, he climbed into the industrial-sized dryer and asked his friend, Jason, to turn it on. It was at that point that my client sustained the severe fracture to his right femur, rendering him unable to walk without crutches.”

The lawyer moved closer to the jury box, used his finger and thumb to sarcastically mimic playing a tiny violin, and in a stage whisper, said, “The opposing side would have you believe that my client’s actions were reckless and that the owner of the laundromat should not be responsible for my client’s medical expenses plus compensation for pain and suffering. But let me inform that there are no signs or warning labels anywhere in the establishment indicating that patrons should not climb into the machines. So how was poor William to know that doing so would result in personal injury. Thank you.”

The judge shook his head and said, “I’m sorry, but this case is an insult to my court.” He looked directly at William and said, “Son, you’re a jackass and the injuries you sustained were due to your own stupidity. Case dismissed.”

Written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write Sentence Starter prompt, where the starter is “Look at that!” Also for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are basket, violin, and lawsuit. And for Teresa’s Opposites Attract prompt, where the opposites are emotional, cool, and dispassionate. And finally, for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (flurry, plenty), Word of the Day Challenge (collar), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (condone), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (laundry).

E is for Egomaniac

15740423-3A5A-4483-99F8-2AB490780F84Yes, I know. Another A to Z Challenge rant about Donald Trump. I promise you that tomorrow my F-word post won’t be a rant about Trump. In the meantime, though, let’s talk about what an egomaniac Donald Trump is.

Egomania is a preoccupation with one’s self and applies to anyone who follows one’s own ungoverned impulses and is possessed by delusions of personal greatness and feels a lack of appreciation.

So, what about someone who puts his name on everything he owns? And who tells you how rich he is all the time? And who tells you how great he is, that he knows the best words, makes the best deals, has a big brain, is really smart, is a genius, but not just a genius, a “stable genius”?

How about a man who claims that he has accomplished more than any other president in history, knows more than the generals, knows more about taxes than anybody else in the history of the world?

A man who says he is the least racist person you’ll ever meet, who respects women more than anyone else, who claims that nobody knows the system better than he does, that nobody knows politicians better than he does, that nobody builds better walls than he does?

A man who would give himself an A-plus and who’s ego is so fragile that he must hit back at anyone who criticizes and admonishes him?

A man who needs everything to be about him.dc250a21-5782-45d4-80f6-d5df4a6668a3.jpegIs this Donald Trump or what?

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Three Line Tales — The Ouija Board

9AE3CB23-2284-48AE-85DB-055693B40966Winona was more than a little reluctant when her best friend, Anita, invited her to come over to her house to “play” with the Ouija board, but after much cajoling and teasing, she finally acquiesced.

Winona didn’t believe in spirits or ghosts or séances or that it was possible to communicate with the dead, and despite feeling it would be a waste of a good Saturday night, she knew how much her BFF was into that sort of nonsense.

Winona was sure that too many glasses of wine, coupled with that giant doobie she shared with Anita, caused the hallucinations that made her feel as if she was in the company of what appeared to be wispy, ghost-like figures standing around the rectangular table on which the Ouija board had been placed.

(132 words)

Written for this week’s Three Line Tales from Sonya. Photo credit: Ahmed Odeh at Unsplash.com.

FOWC with Fandango — Condone

FOWCWelcome to April 5, 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 “condone.”

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.