Sunday Writing Prompt — Paybacks Are a Bitch

1369DED4-11F8-4620-A1E3-C67A0D958A85Jason was taken by surprise when he heard the landline ringing. He hadn’t used the landline in years and, given that he hadn’t received or paid an invoice from the old phone company, he didn’t think it was even still connected. He hesitantly picked up the old receiver and listened to about five seconds of loud static. He was about to hang up when he heard a familiar voice say, “Jason, it’s Jonathan.”

Breaking out in a cold sweat, Jason slammed down the receiver. The phone immediately starting ringing again. Jason picked it up and held it to his ear. “Don’t hang up, Jason,” he heard the voice say.

“I must be having a nightmare,” Jason said. “There is zero chance that I’m awake.”

“Oh, you’re awake, I can attest to that,” the voice said.

“Impossible!” Jason said. “You’re dead, Jonathan. I know because I killed you.”

“I thought we had a strong bond, Jason,” the voice said. I thought our friendship was real.”

Jason’s voice took on a snide tone. “You call what we had a friendship? We were business partners until that time you talked me into taking that excursion to the Cayman Islands, remember? That’s when you dropped the bomb on me and said you were wresting control of the company we built together from me.”

“Jason,” the voice on the phone said, “you and I both know what you did. You were embezzling money and were bleeding the company dry. You left me no choice but to squeeze you out.”

“There’s always a choice, you bastard,” Jason said.

“You’re right, Jason,” the voice said. “And you made a choice to sabotage my scuba diving tank. Do you have any idea what it feels like to drown?”

“You deserved to die, Jonathan,” Jason said. “You tried to steal my company from me.”

“It was our company, Jason,” the voice said. “But you know what they say about paybacks, right?”

The electric shock that came through the receiver of the old landline phone took about 30 seconds to fry Jason.

“Paybacks are a bitch,” the voice said.


Written for this week’s Sunday Writing Prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. The tale I chose to tell was a slight variation on this theme: Imagine that you receive a call from the other side from a person now deceased but once significant in your life (for better or worse). You now have the chance to tell them whatever you like, including any unfinished business they may have had. It could also fit into this theme: Imagine you receive a call from someone who wishes to connect or reconnect with you. This can be a high school sweetheart, a child placed for adoption, a childhood friend, an estranged relative, etc.

Also written for these daily prompts: Daily Addictions (zero), Your Daily Word Prompt (attest), Word of the Day Challenge (friendship), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (snide), Ragtag Daily Prompt (excursion), and The Daily Spur (control).

Who Won The Week? 8/25/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think won this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My selection for this week is not a “who,” but a “what.” So what won the week is delusions of grandeur.

That’s right, delusions of grandeur as put on display by Donald Trump. He essentially claimed to be king of the Jews and designated himself as “the chosen one.”

In a tweet, Trump, quoting a far-right conspiracy theorist, wrote, “President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world…and the Jewish people in Israel love him.”

On the same day as that tweet, Trump told reporters that the trade war with China should have been started a long time ago under previous presidents, but that “somebody had to do it.” Then he added, “I am the chosen one,” while symbolically looking up at the sky.

Many Trump supporters have claimed that he’s a gift from God and some evangelicals have likened Trump to the second coming of Jesus.

Apparently Donald Trump believes it, too. He’s already declared himself to be the king of Israel and of the Jews. How long before he anoints himself to be the King of America?

So tell us. Who do YOU think won the week?

Weekend Writing Prompt — Aged

C3458EAC-8A05-4888-9E5F-CC89353451FCI’m like a classic automobile,

A wedge of aged cheese,

Or a bottle of vintage wine.

Okay, fine.

I’m an old fart.

(22 words)


BCCA1279-EAB7-473D-AE13-9DB7DFE231B1Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “vintage” in exactly 22 words. Image credit: Pixabay.

Song Lyric Sunday — Sweet Dreams

For this week’s Song Lyric Sunday, Jim Adams has given use the themes Dream/Lullaby/Sleep. There are tons of songs about dreams, lullabies, and sleep, but I’m going with the first one that popped into my head: “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” by the Eurythmics. Hmm. I wonder if that song popped into my head because it was the title of Jim’s post. Oh well, it works.

This song was written and performed by the British new wave music duo of Annie Lennox and David A. Stewart, who performed as the Eurythmics. It was released in early 1983 in the States as the fourth single from the album of the same name and became their breakthrough hit, reaching number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Lennox and Stewart were a couple for about three years while they were members of a band called The Tourists. After that band broke up, the two formed Eurythmics and began writing together. A short time later, Lennox and Stewart broke up as a couple, but continued to write and perform together.

Lennox said the song was written just after she and Stewart had a bitter fight. She thought it was the end of the road for the two of them, but they agreed to power through it. Stewart came up with a beat, Lennox improvised the synthesizer riff, and suddenly they realized they had a potential hit.

They wanted the song to have a positive message, so they added chord changes rising upwards with “Hold your head up, moving on.” Lennox said that the song was about the search for fulfillment, and the “Sweet Dreams” are the desires that motivate us.

Here are the song’s lyrics:

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something.

Some of them want to use you
Some of them want to get used by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them want to be abused.

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something.

Hold your head up–keep your head up–movin’ on
Hold your head up–movin’ on
Keep your head up–movin’ on

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world
And the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something.

FOWC with Fandango — Snide

FOWCWelcome to August 25, 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 “snide.”

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.