MLMM Tale Weaver — The Dapper Stranger

The townsfolks were generally chary of strangers who suddenly showed up in their tiny hamlet. So when the well-dressed stranger walked down the main street in the center of town, the people were curious.

The mayor ran out into the street. “You appear to be a man of dignity,” the mayor said. “What brings you to our little village?”

The stranger let out a hardy howl. “Ah, Mr. Mayor,” the stranger said, “allow me to introduce myself. My name is Mr. Showman and I understand that your town is about to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. Well, my specialty is fireworks and what, I ask you, could be a more fitting way to celebrate that special event than an extravagant fireworks display?”

The mayor raised his eyebrows. “You have piqued my interests,” the mayor said. “Please tell me more, Mr. Showman.”

“Well,” the stranger said, “for a mere one-thousand dollars paid in advance, I will come to your delightful town on the day of your centennial celebration and dazzle you and your townfolks with a light show the likes of which you’ve never seen. It’s something you will never forget.”

The mayor beamed and invited the stranger into his office. The mayor opened up the safe, withdrew a thousand dollars and handed it over to Mr. Showman.

“I’m so looking forward to be bringing such joy to your hamlet,” Mr. Showman said. “I’ll see you two weeks from tomorrow.”

The two men shook hands and then the stranger left the mayor’s office, walked down the town’s Main Street, and was never seen or heard from again.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, where the topic is “stranger.” Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (chary), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (dignity), Ragtag Daily Prompt (howl), and Word of the Day Challenge (firework).

Thursday Inspiration — Only the Lonely

For this week’s Thursday Inspiration prompt from Paula Light, the theme is “lonely.”

Many people associate the word “lonely” as being synonymous with the word “alone.” But I believe these words have very different meanings. Being alone is being by one’s self. Being lonely is feeling abandoned or sad due to isolation. So “alone” refers to a state of solitude, whereas “lonely” refers to an emotion.

With that out of the way, I present you with the classic “lonely” song by the late, great Roy Orbison.

FOWC with Fandango — Dignity

FOWCWelcome to October 8, 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 “dignity.”

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.