Icing on the Cake

Laid off“Well this is the icing on the cake,” Derrick said, tossing his smartphone on the couch.

“What now?” Sally asked.

“That was Dave,” Derrick said. “He works with me in the systems integration division.”

“So what did he say that got you so pissed off?” Sally asked.

“He said that the company is shuttering our division and we’re all getting severance packages,” Derrick said. “Seems that, with this goddam pandemic, the system integration division is not meeting its revenue targets.”

“So does that mean you’re out of a job?”

“Yeah, after twenty years of doing an exemplary job,” Derrick lamented, “and never once delivering a project late, my team and I are being ignobly tossed aside.”

“Well, I guess job security these days is life’s illusion,” Sally said.


Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix — Mad About Metaphors, where the metaphor is “this is the icing on the cake.” Also for Word of the Day Challenge (late), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (illusion).

Weekend Writing Prompt — Rectify

“I want to throw a shoe at the screen every time I see his orange face,” Carl said. “Just seeing him spewing his bullshit upsets my digestive tract.”

“I’ll rectify that.” Helen unplugged the television.

(35 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “rectify.”

Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (shoe), Your Daily Word Prompt (tract), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (television).

SoCS — Role Play

“Hi honey, how was work today?” Mary asked Joe when he walked through the door.

“Same old, same old,” Joe said. “You know how it is when you’re working on the assembly line as a blue collar worker. It’s dreary.”

“Well, sweetie,” Mary said, “you know what’s not dreary? Let’s do one of our role play things this evening, like the one where you’re the detective and you collar me for being a hooker. But before you take me to the station to book me, I persuade you, using all of my feminine charms, to join me in bed and I convince you to drop the charges in exchange for a little nookie.”

“Oh you are such a naughty girl,” Joe said, “with such irresistible feminine charms.” Joe grabbed Mary, lifted her up, and carried her to the bedroom, where they proceeded to play their game.

A few hours later, Joe walked through the front door and heard his wife say, “”Hi honey, how was work today?”

“Oh you know, babe,” Joe said, “same old, same old.”Lipstick collarShe walked over to Joe to give him a hug, when she suddenly stopped short. “Joe,” she said icily, “whose lipstick is that on your collar?


Written for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill. Linda has given us the word “collar” and told us to use it as a verb, a noun, or metaphorically.

FOWC with Fandango — Television

FOWCWelcome to September 12, 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 “television.”

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.