Perks of the Job

4990BB1A-637F-4D17-A671-19E965FDB437“You mystify me,” she said to her boss, a perplexed look on her face. “You asked me to scout around to find the most luxurious accommodations possible for a cruise through the Northwest Passage from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to Nome, Alaska. I was going round and round with all of cruise lines in search of the best deals.”

“Yes, I appreciate your efforts,” he said, “but sometimes plans change.”

“I understand that, sir,” she said. “The issue is that I made the reservations for the dates you gave me, but if you want to switch the dates in order to combine your vacation with a business meeting, you’ll have to pay a huge penalty for making the changes you want.”

“Sally,” he said. “it’s not your money and by tacking that business meeting onto the end of my vacation, I can have the government and the gullible taxpayers pay for my entire vacation cruise.”

“But, sir, that’s unethical,” she said. “It may also be illegal.”

Sally, Sally, Sally,” he said. “Don’t you know by now that being in the Trump administration means that I can do whatever I want. And if anybody levies accusations of unethical or illegal behavior, Trump will simply call it fake news. So stop bitching and get it done, dammit.”

Written for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (mystify), Word of the Day Challenge (scout), Nova’s Daily Random Word (luxurious), Ragtag Daily Prompt (passage), Daily Addictions (round), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (switch), and The Daily Spur (combine).

Twittering Tales — The Zoo

6DB25E6B-2588-42E4-9EAA-2A80BD62B159“There are so many, Mommy,” Sara said as she and her mother looked down at the tropical pond from the catwalk high above.

“It’s hard to believe there were only a dozen when we brought them here before their planet became uninhabitable,” her mother said. “All they do is procreate.”

(280 characters)

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

The Waiting

1255E320-EC1C-4860-8072-D4ACC23737ACMark looked at his watch. It had been more than four hours and he was the last remaining person of the eight in the room. None of them knew any of the others or why they had been summoned. Four males, four females, ranging in age from late teens to middle aged. Mark couldn’t figure out the common denominator.

They each had been given orders to show up at eight that morning and to bring their papers. Upon arrival, they handed over their papers and communicators and were escorted into the spartan waiting room.

Eight chairs, three on one side of the narrow room and five on the other. A small round table at one end of the room beneath, but not centered, under a light that was shaped like a large airplane window. Mark found the asymmetry of the room off-putting.

They were told to sit in silence until their names were called. If anyone tried to talk, a voice came from an overhead speaker reminding them to be silent. There was nothing to eat or drink; nothing to read.

When Mark finally heard his name called over the speaker, he stood up and slowly walked to the door.

(200 words)

Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt from Donna McNichol. Photo credit: Arun Sharma on Unsplash.

FOWC with Fandango — Switch

FOWCWelcome to July 23, 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 “switch.”

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.