Twilight Island

0476323D-9F27-45B5-AEEF-F47CD6A645E4It’s just slime,” Derek said. “Go down to the water and wash it all off.”

“No,” Ted objected. “It’s not slime.” He held up his hands and looked at his palms. “It’s a fucking map of the goddam world.”

“Let me see,” Ted said, running over to Derek. “Holy crap!” He exclaimed.

“There’s been some weird shit going on ever since we landed on this island,” Derek said. “I don’t know why I ever let you talk me into this.”

“I thought it would be an adventure for the two of us to head to a deserted island and camp out under the stars for a week,” Ted said. “Unplug, relax, commune with nature, you know what I mean?”

“Shh, did you hear that?” Derek asked. “I swear I hear voices. I thought you said this island was deserted.”

Ted frantically looked around. He blinked a few times to clear his vision. “It’s supposed to be deserted,” he said, a bit of panic creeping into his voice.

“Quick, let’s head over to those trees and take cover until we can figure out who’s out there,” Derek said.

Both men ran into the woods and hid behind some trees, peeking around them to see if they could see anyone. “Do you see what I see?” Ted asked.

“I see them but I am having a hard time believing what I’m seeing,” Derek said. “I see what looks like a vampire and a werewolf sitting on the beach smoking cigarettes and talking amicably. My God, are we in the Twilight Zone?”

“Either that, Ted said, “Or we’ve become characters in one of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight books.”


A0B429F9-3D06-45E0-AB99-14D386AF1A7EWritten for The Haunted Wordsmith’s June 12 Daily Prompts, where Prompt A is to grab a book, any book, and turn to page 317 and use line 16 as a prompt, Prompt B is to use “It’s just slime” as a sentence starter, and Prompt C is to use the photo at the top from stokpic at Pixabay. The book I used for this prompt was the Kindle version of No Good Deed by M.P. McDonald. The 16th line on page 317 is “…blinked a few times to clear his vision.”

Also written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “cover,” “island,” and “vampire.”

 

#100WW — No Sense of Humor

54BD527A-59ED-4DDE-8A29-67044F40DDF6Steve walked into the small, eclectic eatery to escape a light, spring drizzle. He found a table, opened his bag, and spread the items, including his laptop, out on the table.

A waitress walked up to Steve. “Can I get you something?” she asked.

“A small coffee,” Steve said.

“Can I tempt you with a house-made pastry?” the smiling waitress asked.

With a sarcastic tone in his voice, Steve said, “You have quite a sense of humor.”

“Thank you,” she said, beaming.

“I was being facetious,” Steve said. “Reflect on that, young lady.”

“You’re mean.” she said, and walked away.

(100 words)


Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (eclectic), Ragtag Daily Prompt (drizzle), The Daily Spur (spread), Word of the Day Challenge (tempt), Weekly Prompts (humor), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reflect).

One-Liner Wednesday — Talking To Myself

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“The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

Comedian George Carlin

Who among us doesn’t feel that way at times?

By the way, congratulations to Laura at Riddle from the Middle for her winning entry into the 2019 One-Liner Wednesday badge contest. Here’s the new badge.B84EED60-20FC-47DF-8DA2-B0B1A93AC858My entry finished in a four way tie for fifth. Oh well, there’s always next year.


Written for today’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #27

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

We all get older, and as we age, we tend to experience an increase in health issues and/or physical deterioration. So my provocative question this week is a hypothetical one. Let’s say that medical science came up with a miracle drug or treatment that would be guaranteed to permanently cure one specific disease or condition — or at least relieve all of the symptoms with no harmful side effects.

You can consider your answer from a personal perspective or from a broader, more altruistic perspective in terms of society in general.

Given that, here’s this week’s provocative question:

“If you could choose one — and only one — particular malady, condition, or disease for which a safe and effective treatment was available, what one condition would you choose to treat and why is that your choice?”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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 most important, have fun.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Reflect

FOWCWelcome to June 12, 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 “reflect.”

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.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please 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.