MLMM Photo Challenge — The Demon Within

6E25D9AD-DF6B-4690-8C58-70E81FB2ECBCHeather stood up after tightening the shoelace on one of her sneakers when Bill walked into the room. She smiled at him and started to walked up to him to give him a kiss. “Sweetie,” Bill said, “is that a cold sore or a bug bite you have there on your lips? They look a little swollen.”

frown appeared on Heather’s face. She reached up with her right hand and touched her upper and lower lips on the left side of her mouth. “Oh my God, it’s a rough patch and it almost feels like it’s undulating beneath my fingertips.” She beckoned Bill over to her. “Take a closer look and tell me what it is.”

Bill moved in close to get a better look at Heather’s lips. An icicle ran down his spine as he tried to fathom what he was seeing. “Jesus Christ!” he shouted. He looked up into his girlfriend’s eyes, which had suddenly changed from beautiful brown to cat-like green.988ac3fe-93a6-4d5c-9a6d-4345c935d854.pngBill jumped back and started to scream, but before he could get a sound out, a long, serpent-like tongue shot out of Heather’s mouth, and numbed his cheek, essentially causing Bill’s body to become paralyzed.

A deep, masculine voice came out of what was once Heather’s mouth. “Welcome to Hell, mortal,” the voice said just before the hingeless, fanged mouth of the demon engulfed Bill’s head.

Written for this week’s Photo Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Photo credit: Christo Dagorov.

Also for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “frown,” “shoelace,” and “icicle.”

Keeper of the Bloom

F1481FBF-F860-468E-9F2C-46A6F7F62B33How many years had it been since she, as a young child, had been plucked from what was a serene and unassuming life down in the valley? It seemed like it was forever ago that she had been chosen as the keeper of the bloom at the top of the tower.

“Even in your youth, child, you have demonstrated the right amount of courage to take on this challenge,” the elders told her when she was a little girl decades ago. “You must be diligent in your duties to care for and water our sacred flowering plant,” they told her. “It was placed there by God for us to demonstrate our love and devotion to Him. Should the bloom fade and the plant die, so, too, will the people of this valley, for we will have betrayed His love and will no longer receive His protection. Do your bidding, child, and all will be well. Do you understand?”

“Yes,” the little girl responded demurely.

“At the end of each day, upon your return from the tower, you will report to a designated member of the Council of Elders to let him know that you’ve completed your daily task,” the elders instructed.

An old lady now, it took her all day to reach the top of the tower, water the plant, and return to the valley far below. But there was no Council of Elders to report to anymore. No elders at all, in fact. Despite keeping the plant at the top of the tower alive, she must somehow have failed. Despite dutifully carrying out her charge over the decades, God had forsaken the people of the valley, and only she, now a gnarled, hunched over old lady, yet survived.

And on this day, as she completed her task and made her way down the steep, winding tower steps, the old lady stepped on the valley floor, looked around at the empty, barren landscape and uttered her last words. “Fuck this shit. I’m done.”

Written for Hélène Vaillant’s What Do You See? photo prompt. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (serene), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (chosen), Word of the Day Challenge (keeper), Ragtag Daily Prompt (courage), and The Daily Spur (report).

Rory’s Funny Food Questions

E1B57335-D837-43EF-ABCB-786CB533985BRory, A Guy Called Bloke, is now switching from fashion to food and is posing a bunch of questions about food, glorious food.

Just as I’m not a fashionista, neither am I a gourmet. But when has not being an aficionado on any particular topic stopped me from pretending to be one? So here goes.

What is the best recipe containing whipped cream, strawberries, and lashings of chocolate?

It’s called “Strawberry Delight.” You take a handful of fresh, organic strawberries, drop them into a large bowl of freshly whipped heavy cream, top it all with a generous amount of chocolate sprinkles, and then spread it all over your naked lover’s body and have at it.

How many different colors of food can you think of on the top of your head without Googling the answers?

Red, yellow, green, orange, purple, brown, tan, pink, and white.

I am [a/an] ____________Chef?

  • Really bad, practically hopeless
  • Not Bad, but awfully clumsy
  • About average ‘toast is a meal, right’
  • Above average, at least I don’t burn toast
  • Pretty damn good if I say so myself
  • Hot Kitchen Supremo and can master any dish blinfolded, with both arms tied behind my back and my feet in concrete boots

What is the one dish that no matter how hard you try you simply cannot master?

Omelettes. They always break on me when I go to flip them and end up like poorly made scrambled eggs.

In your wise opinion, what are five main ingredients that could feed a family for a week with an assortments of recipes?

Rice, pasta, chicken, ground meat, and ice cream.

Wine only meant for the drinking or the cooking?

Either and both.

What are three brilliant food quotes?


Have you eaten any of the following?

Snails, frogs legs, fugu, eyeballs, crispy tarantulas, squid, chocolate covered ants, jellied moose nose, huitlacoche, airag, Casu marzu, Century egg, Stargazey Pie, ostrich egg, alligator, locusts, and if none of those what then is the weirdest food you have ever consumed and lived to write about it now?

What is umami?

An Islamic religious leader.

What color is the French wine Beaujolais?


What is a great musical track that always makes you think of food?

From which cactus is tequila made?

This is a trick question. Tequila comes from blue agave, which is not a cacti.1276ABB7-1348-41AE-A818-FE965A32AE6C

Why on earth is blue cheese blue and red cheese red, how so?

Blue cheese ripens from mold and as the mold spores are introduced into milk at the beginning stages of cheesemaking, it is blue. As far as red cheese, I’ve never seen or even heard of red cheese, so I have no clue.

What is a pisang when it is at home with the family?

I don’t know what “pisang” is, but I hope that when at home with the family, whatever it is, it’s only done in the bathroom.

What is it about baked beans, why do they make you fart and why does asparagus make your pee smell, well…odd?

Because they’re hard to digest? Or maybe just to irritate your friends and family at a weekend cookout.

Okay, Pita, when not meaning ‘Pain in the ass,’ what does this Greek word really mean?

It’s the name of a type of wheat-based flatbread.

Who loves Ben & Jerry ice cream? I am pretty sure I know of at least three of my readership who love this brand, so there should be no reason not to know the answer to this question? Which one of the following is NOT one of their recipes?

Birthday Cake/BM’s One Love/Civet Coffeecrumbles/Half Baked/Caramel Chew Chew

I loves me my Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream. Now as to those flavors you listed, I think the ONLY one that is actually a Ben & Jerry’s favor is Half Baked.

What is Seitan when it is not terrorizing the neighborhood and what is Lupin if not a cousin of the werewolf?

No idea on either.

Of the following which is are the fermented food stuffs?


I think they all are.

Why does fish smell so fishy and so very fishy at that?

Because it’s fish. Duh! What else is it supposed to smell like?

Twittering Tales — Did Not

8E4F9DE7-A730-4EF4-8E41-0027715FF303Sue woke up in the middle of the night, went downstairs to the kitchen, and found the refrigerator door wide open. She ran upstairs, woke up her husband, and said, “You left the fridge door open again.”

Dan looked at her and said, “Did not,” and rolled over and went back to sleep.

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: NRD at Unsplash.

FOWC with Fandango — Chosen

FOWCWelcome to May 14, 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 “chosen.”

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.

Note: some bloggers have had issues with pingbacks showing up lately, so if you don’t see it shortly after you published your post, you might want manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.