What Do You See? — Tea Time

AF6253A1-D098-47E2-96FC-BB67104F3FE5“I don’t like this. I don’t like this one bit. Let’s get outta here now,” Brian said.

“Oh stop being such a wuss,” Ed said.

“But something is not kosher here,” Brian said. “This old place has been vacant for years, so how do you explain that?” Brian pointed to what looked like a new tea set neatly arranged on the table top.

“I don’t know,” Ed admitted. “Did you tell anyone that we were coming to this old place today, that we were going to be hunting for ghosts?”

“I might have told Carolyn something,” Brian confessed.

“Well, there you go,” Ed said. “You know how Carolyn is. She’s a practical joker. I bet she’s pranking us.”

“No, I don’t think Carolyn would do that,” Brian said. “No way she’d step foot inside this place, much less set up tea service for six. I’m not buying it.”

“Well, I’m going to take a picture of this and we’ll get to the bottom of it later when we see Carolyn. I’m sure it was her.” Ed said. He took out his iPhone and snapped a picture, but when he looked at it in his photo file, he let out a gasp.

“What’s the matter?” Brian asked.

Ed held up his iPhone so Brian could see the picture he had just taken. There was no tea service set up on the table. “What the fuck?” Brian said.

Suddenly the room got chillingly cold. A sound from the opposite side of the table caught their attention. The two teenagers looked up from Ed’s iPhone to see a nearly transparent figure sitting in the chair, a sardonic smile on its face. In a ghostly voice, the apparition said, “It’s tea time, boys. Care to join me?”

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: 五玄土 ORIENTO at Unsplash.

#100WW — First Love

24F06438-B7E6-4240-B792-BCFAB0E3505A“Quite an adventure, right?” Richard said.

Darlene was getting tired. “How long before we get there?” she asked.

Richard said. “It should be in sight just up ahead,” Richard said.

“Who was Barbara, anyway, Grandpa?” Darlene asked.

“She was my first love, Dar,” Richard said. “We were totally simpatico.”

“I don’t know what that means.”

“It means we got along really well together. We’re here. Our initials are still visible. Take a deep breath, Dar. The redolence takes me back.”

“I don’t know what that means, either,” Darlene said.

“It’s a fragrance that evokes memories, sweetie.”

“Can we go now?”

(100 words)

Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Bikurgurl. Also written for these daily prompts: Jibber Jabber (adventure), The Daily Spur (long), Word of the Day Challenge (sight), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (simpatico), Ragtag Daily Prompt (breath), and Your Daily Word Prompt (redolence).

One-Liner Wednesday — Meetings

business meeting

“Meetings are indispensable when you don’t want to do anything.”

John Kenneth Galbraith, Canadian-American economist

Based upon my experience, this quote from John Kenneth Galbraith speaks for itself. I rarely attended a business meeting that wasn’t a waste of time.

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

Fandango’s Provocative Question #80

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.

I saw this question on a site that offers up a bunch of “deep, philosophical” questions and this one intrigued me. It’s about evolution, but not in the context of Darwin’s evolution of the species. It’s more about evolution of the individual and about who you are and how you change over time. Here’s this week’s question, which is essentially about you. I hope you’ll have fun with it.

Is the concept of “you” continuous or does the past “you” continually fade into the present and future “you”? Considering that your body, your mind, and your memories are changing over time, what part of “you” sticks around?

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. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Simpatico

FOWCWelcome to July 29, 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 “simpatico.”

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.