#writephoto/3TC — The Beginning or The End

170EAE13-38F3-4AED-B0E5-D1CCD192B525The past six months had been brutal. Carolyn lost her parents and her grandmother to the virus. She was laid off from her job when her employer closed its doors due to the pandemic. And she just got the results back from her own COVID-19 test and it was positive. Her life, she felt, had hit a metaphysical wall.

As she stared out at the glistening water, she thought about her options. One would be to slowly walk into the surf and literally drown her troubles. Having lost almost everything of meaning in her life, she felt there was nothing left to lose, and nothing left to live for.

On the other hand, she could turn around and give herself a clean break from the past and start her life anew. She was young and, aside from testing positive for the virus, she was healthy. It wasn’t necessarily a death sentence as it had been for her parents and grandmother.

Carolyn was at the crossroads between an end and a new beginning. She looked, once again toward the sea. Then back behind her toward the dry land. It was time for her to decide, and with her usual resolve, she made her choice. She chose her option. And she walked slowly in that direction.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt and for Di’s Three Things Challenge (been, wall, clean). Photo credit: Sue Vincent.

He’s Bad News

AB559B83-A9D0-4A0C-910D-4AEB6CA8043F“Well, I don’t care what you say. I think he’s kinda dreamy,” Donna said in a song-song voice.

“OMG, Donna, he’s such bad news. He’s a sexist, racist, boorish, egotistical jerk,” Tina said.

“I don’t know why you always get so damned incensed whenever I mention his name, Tina,” Donna said. “I see a quality in him that you’re missing.”

“On that we’re united,” Tina said. “If there’s one thing he’s missing, it’s quality.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (dreamy), The Daily Spur (song), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (boorish), Your Daily World Prompt (incensed), Jibber Jabber (quality), and Word of the Day Challenge (united). Photo credit: Vectorstock. Note, any relation to any person living or dead is purely coincidental. 🤨

MLMM Photo Challenge — Gummies

F0E150E0-0929-4114-8AFC-6F907E67F3D7Jerry finally found Gabe sitting in a recliner in the media room. Gabe was staring off into space and holding a bowl of sugar-coated sour gummies. “Hey, dude,” Jerry said, “we’ve been wondering where you went off to. “How many of those gummies have you eaten? You know they are pot-infused edibles, right?”

“Oh man, no wonder I’m feeling so weird,” Gabe said. “I’ve been munching on these things like they’re candy.”

“They are candy, dude, but with pot in them,” Jerry said. “When you first arrived, you pointed at the bowl and asked what they were and I told you they were edible gummies. I thought you knew.”

Gabe started to laugh. “Oh right. I thought you were just letting me know that these gummies are edible, and everyone knows that gummies are edible. I thought it was strange for you to point out that they were edible or that you thought I wouldn’t know that,” Gabe explained.

“Well, it seems that you didn’t know they were pot-infused! So are you going to be okay, dude?” Jerry asked. “It usually only takes one or two of these gummies to get you stoned and you’ve had quite a few.”

“I feel like I’m kinda floating right now,” Gabe admitted. “And everything feels really intense and I’m having trouble concentrating and you’ve got the biggest damn TV I’ve ever seen. Can we watch something?”

“I guess. Anything in particular?”

“How about one of those nature shows? I love those.”

Jerry turned on the TV and switched to the National Geographic channel. “How’s this?” he asked Gabe.

Gabe sat back in the recliner and started gazing, wide-eyed, at the TV. “That’s great,” he said. Then he reached into the bowl of gummies to take another.

“Nah, dude, I think you’ve had enough,” Jerry said, grabbing the bowl of gummies. “Just sit back and enjoy your nature show. I’ve got other guests to attend to. I’ll check in on you later.”

“Cool,” Gabe said.

About half an hour later Jerry went back to the media room to check on Gabe. Gabe was fast asleep and snoring loudly. “Sweet dreams, dude,” Jerry said, as he covered Gabe with a knitted afghan.

Written for the Photo Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Photo credit: NEKNEERAJ.

FOWC with Fandango — Boorish

FOWCWelcome to July 21, 2020 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 “boorish.”

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. Please 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.