My Plus-One

You know, of course, how much I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts, particularly when they are fresh and hot out of the oven.

Do you remember a few years back when I looked into buying a Krispy Kreme franchise store? Unfortunately, the upfront cash figure required to buy into one was way beyond my means.

Well guess what? I was jubilant when I learned that a Krispy Kreme doughnut store is going to be opening in our town next year. And best of all, it is scheduled to open its doors on my birthday. What better present can I ask for than to be able to pick up a dozen of my beloved Krispy Kreme doughnuts on my special day?

But I have a big favor to ask of you. The folk at Krispy Kreme sent me a personal invitation to the grand opening because I had been inquiring about buying a franchise a few years back. But you know that I’m kind of a shy guy, so would you go with me to the grand opening as my plus-one. I’d really appreciate that.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (franchise), The Daily Spur (figure), Your Daily Word Prompt (jubilant), MMA Storytime (birthday), Word of the Day Challenge (beloved), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (shy).

Thursday Inspiration — Solitary Man

I’ve always been a bit of a loner
Even as a kid, I preferred to entertain myself
Over playing with friends
I used to invent games
I could play by myself
I thought of myself as an island unto my own
I was alone and wanted it that way
A rock who could feel no emotion
No pain
No joy
No love
No hate
And as I grew older
I became a solitary man
Who enjoys the sound of silence
Right or wrong
Weak or strong
I am what I am
A solitary man
A rock
An island

Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the theme is “rock.”

FFfPP — Neither Here Nor There

Alvin rubbed his eyes with his glove-covered hands, not sure whether what he saw was real or a hallucination. He was tired. He was hungry. And he was chilled to the bone. He shook his head vigorously and blinked, and the small structure a few hundred feet ahead was still there. It must be real.

He started to walk toward the structure and could discern that it wasn’t some ramshackle shack. It seemed to be a small cabin and Alvin was feeling hopeful that his ordeal might finally be over.

Alvin quickened his pace, walking as fast as his nearly frost bitten feet could take him, but he wasn’t making any headway. The cabin was no closer. Exhausted and disheartened, he fell down and into the deep snow and sleep quickly overcame him.

When he awoke, Alvin was lying in a bed. A fire in the fireplace warmed the room and a strange man was sitting on a chair opposite the bed staring at Alvin. “Am I dead? Am I alive?” Alvin asked the man.

The man smiled. “There is no distinction anymore, Alvin.”

Alvin didn’t understand. “Where am I?” he asked.

The man simply said, “You are neither here nor there.”

Written for Roger Shipp’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner. Photo credit:

FOWC with Fandango — Franchise

FOWCWelcome to December 10, 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 “franchise.”

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.