#WDYS — Love Lost

He stood there in the shadows of her building, watching the woman of his dreams and his former rival, the winner of her heart, walking hand in hand into her apartment. A forlorn look appeared on his face as he realized that he had lost in his rivalry to win her heart. He had it all — looks, charm, money — and he had never previously failed to excel when it came to being able to woo a prospective lover. This was not anything he’d ever dealt with before and he was having a hard time trying to handle this crushing defeat. He was having trouble catching his breath. He moved his hat over his chest so that no one would be able to detect the rapid pounding of his heart beneath his breast.

Hours went by and he continued to wait and watch until, in the late afternoon, he saw the two of them emerge from her apartment. They were holding hands, smiling, chatting as new lovers do. He could not accept this humiliation. He couldn’t allow this to happen. He walked over to them as they walked toward the street. He reached out for her, but her look told him she wanted no part of him. His rival pulled his shoulders back and puffed out his chest in an almost comical effort to seem intimidating.

“What has he got that I haven’t?” he asked her. “What can he give you that I can’t? You’ve made a huge mistake that you will regret.” He pulled out a small pistol he had tucked in his pants behind his back and beneath his t-shirt. “This cannot be,” he said. “You were meant to be mine.” And with that, he fired two shots point blank at the hearts of his victims. “God forgive me,” he said, as he pressed the gun to his temple and fired again.

I’m sorry that this story, written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt, turned out to be so dark. I hadn’t intended it to be that way when I first started writing it, but the words took the tale where they wanted it to go. Also written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rivalry), Your Daily Word Prompt (excel), Ragtag Daily Prompt (handle), and Word of the Day Challenge (catching). Photo credit: Sean Lee at Unsplash.

The Monday Peeve — The Media

Through her The Monday Peeve prompt, Paula Light invites us to vent on Mondays, to let off some stream, to get something off our chests. This week, my peeve is with the mainstream media. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. Let me tell you.You’d think that, after four years of Trump’s lying, misleading, diverting, and distracting, the mainstream media would get it. But yet the media carries on as if everything that comes from Trump, the White House, and the lackeys in his administration is the gospel truth.

Did Trump really test positive for coronavirus, or is this just another way to distract us from his taxes, his efforts to cast doubts upon the election which, if everything was fair and above board, he’d be likely to lose, and all of the other underhanded, unethical, and probably criminal things he’s done?

The media’s tendency is to continue to amplify, rather than analyze, his lies. They’re buying all of his bullshit hook, line, and sinker. They’re covering this coronavirus “thing” under the assumption that it is what they’re told by Trump and his cronies it is. But is it? Could it simply be yet another distraction designed to garner sympathy, good wishes for a speedy recovery, and to bolster his support among his base right before the election?

Trump is like a pickpocket who distracts your attention with one hand while he grabs your with the other hand. He intentionally tries to keep reporters busy fact-checking and debunking all of his lies, but the media shouldn’t fall for it. The media must evolve in order to protect and safeguard the truth. It must refuse to fall for Trump’s continuous onslaught of lies. We know we can’t trust Trump to speak the truth, but I don’t think, after four years, we can yet trust the mainstream media to cut through the bullshit and tell it like it is, either.

I’m sorry, mainstream media, but you need to do your job, which is to see him for what he is, an authoritarian leader who uses lies as a weapon against us; against the truth. Unlike any other president before him, everything he says needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Everything he does is for the ratings or to boost his fragile ego and feed his extreme narcissistic personality disorder.

So yeah, I’m pissed at the mainstream media. Really, really pissed.

Share Your World — Mostly Sensible Questions

Share Your World

It’s Monday and that means that it’s time for Melanie to ask us to answer this week’s Share Your World questions. Here we go.

When was the last time you tried something new? How did that go for you?

I’m going to use the phrase “tried something new” in the loosest sense. Last night, after having just completed almost a week of binge-watching four seasons of “Mozart in the Jungle,” we started watching a new show (well, new for us, anyway) called “The Break.” It’s another foreign detective drama series — this one take place in Belgium — and is in French with subtitles. We watched the first three episodes of season one. How did that go for us? Well, so far so good — good enough, anyway, that we’ll continue watching it.

What’s the most sensible thing you’ve ever heard someone say?

Don’t believe anything that comes out of the White House as long as Trump is president.

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?

As old as I am. You can’t fool Mother Nature!

Lastly, I’ll be doing one “Halloween” themed question per week during October. Those who don’t observe the holiday are welcome to answer or to ignore it as they wish.

Fun CREEPY Halloween Question:

Have you ever seen a ‘fresh’ corpse (aka dead body)?

Sure, plenty of times — on TV detective shows or in movies. As to real life, I don’t think so. Or if I did, I blocked it out of my memory.

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #86

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenge bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The image below is from the Google Hub Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the image is of a row of attached homes above a stone embankment along a river bed.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Rivalry

FOWCWelcome to October 5, 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 “rivalry.”

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.