FFfPP/Music Challenge — The One-Night Stand

Scott found himself walking along a wide, fallen leaf-covered path under a canopy of trees as the sun was starting to set. He knew it would be dark soon, but his mind was preoccupied. His longtime girlfriend, Adele, had just dumped him when she found him in the arms of another woman. He would never forget her words. “We could’ve had it all, you asshole. You had my heart inside your hand, but you played it with a beating. I promise that you will reap the pain you have sown,” she added.

Scott tried to defend himself to Adele, explaining that the woman he had that one-night-stand with meant nothing to him. But she told him that he had scarred her heart and left her breathless. She said that now that it was crystal clear the kind of man he was, she was going to make him burn.

The sun began to disappear and the path was darkening quickly. Scott collapsed down onto the ground and started sobbing and rolling around in the deep leaf bed. As night fell and an eerie darkness enveloped the woods, Scott began to fall into a deep despair, just as Adele had said he would.

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit: Morguefile. Also written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge from Jim Adams, where he featured Adele’s song, “Rolling in the Deep.” Here’s his prompt’s brand new logo.

#WDYS — Spokesperson

“Are you sure?” Brian asked. “I’ve participated in other Ironman competitions, but never with components like this.”

Roger tried, but couldn’t control his eyerolling. “We do things differently here in northern Alaska. It’s true that we diverge somewhat from what other competitions do, but we are targeting activities that reflect the Alaskan environment and culture.”

“So I’m supposed to remain balanced on that log as I walk to its end, swim in freezing waters to the other side of the lake, and finally scamper up that rocky hill to the top of the mountain?” Brian asked.

“Exactly,” Roger said.

“I don’t know,” Brian said. “Are you sure that completing this competition is a prerequisite for having the outdoor clothing company manufacture endorse me as their spokesperson? It just seems so odd.”

“Well,” Roger said, “we want our clothing line spokespeople to show how tough they are.”

“Okay,” Brian said, and he started walking slowly on the log out into the lake.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (eyerolling), Your Daily Word Prompt (diverge), The Daily Spur (target), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (endorse). Photo credit: Evan Clark at Unsplash.

You’re Only As Beautiful As Your Blog

Sara, who blogs at Relax, It’s All Write, nominated me for the esteemed Beautiful Blogger Award. Thank you so much, Sara. Mine is an award-free blog, but who doesn’t like being told they’re beautiful?

Sara asks us to write seven random facts about us and to then nominate seven other bloggers for the award. I’m happy to do the former, but I think all bloggers are beautiful, so I’m going to skip the part about nominating just seven others.

Anyway, here are seven random facts about beautiful me.

  1. I voted for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the presidential election.
  2. I have worn a full, albeit neatly trimmed, beard uninterrupted for the past 46 years. My wife and kids have never seen me without my beard.
  3. When I was a freshman in college I briefly held the world’s record for continuous time in a shower — 102 hours. It was for charity.
  4. Over my lifetime I have lived in nine states plus the District of Columbia. My wife likes to say that we don’t take vacations, we relocate.
  5. I retired at the end of 2016.
  6. At no time in my life have I not had a pet. Mostly dogs, but I’ve also had a cat, tropical fish, two rabbits, a snake, a chameleon, a hamster, and an ant farm.
  7. I used to be 6’1″ tall, but due to aging — and gravity — I’ve shrunk about two inches from my peak height.

Now, if any of you wish to share seven random facts about yourself, consider yourself to have been nominated for the Beautiful Blogger Award.

Fibbing Friday — Americana

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as host for Fibbing Friday, a silly little exercise where we are to write a post with our answers to the ten questions below. But as the title suggests, truth is not an option. The idea is to fib a little, a lot, tell whoppers, be inventive, silly, or even outrageous, in your responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1 – What is the Battle of Little Big Horn better known as?

It was remembered as the night that Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie competed at a jazz club in New Orleans to determine the winner of the Best Trumpeter of All Time honors.

2 – Who wrote the Gettysburg Address?

John Paul Getty recited it, but it was actually written by Getty’s publicist, Alan Burg.

3 – Who said, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country?”

Donald Trump. He originally wrote it as, “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what I can do for you, ask what you can do for me.” However, his teleprompter shut off after the first few words so he had to wing it.

4 – What happened at the Bay of Pigs in April of 1961?

It was a giant babyback ribs cookoff at a Chili’s restaurant in Kansas City.

5 – What does the Cold-War acronym, SALT stand for?

It was the other half of the famous cold war acronym, PEPPER.

6 – What was Abraham Lincoln’s profession before entering into politics?

He was a Canadian lumberjack.

7 – Why did George Washington refuse to run for a third term as President of the United States?

His father found out that he actually did lie about chopping down the cherry tree and he grounded George for a year.

8 – What are the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution better known as?

The Bill of Oops, We Forgot These.

9 – Who has the largest signature on the Declaration of Independence?

Andre the Giant.

10 – What is the significance of Plymouth Rock?

It was in 2001 when someone threw a large rock through the windshield of a Plymouth at a new car showroom in Detroit. As a result, Chrysler Corporation, the manufacturer of Plymouths, decided to withdraw the Plymouth brand from the marketplace.

Friday Fictioneers — ‘Tis the Season

Jeremy and Alice sat together on the lobby bench quietly admiring the holiday lights embedded in the wreath-like greenery hung around the inside of the inn’s main entrance. “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” Alice sang so softly that only Jeremy could hear her. She looked lovingly at Jeremy, squeezed his arm, and said, “Don’t you love this time of year with the lights, decorations, snow falling outside in the cold crisp air, and the sounds of Christmas music everywhere?”

“Bah humbug,” Jeremy said. “Thanksgiving is still two weeks away. It’s too damn early for Christmas decorations.

(100 words)

Written for the Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Dale Rogerson.