Three Line Tales — Nailed It

He father told her she was a treasure and that she looked gorgeous in her cap and gown and that she should be so proud of herself.

Yet here she was, the school’s valedictorian, so nervous about the speech she was about to give in front of her fellow students, their parents, and the school’s faculty and staff, that she downed almost a whole bottle of water to keep her throat from closing up on her.

Praying that there would be no snafu, she walked up to the podium trying to appear as lackadaisical as she could, as if her commencement speech was no big deal, and when she was done giving her speech, she was thrilled by the standing ovation she received.


Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales. Photo credit: MD Duran. Also for these daily prompts; MMA Storytime (treasure), Word of the Day Challenge (gorgeous), The Daily Spur (water), Your Daily Word Prompt (snafu), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (lackadaisical).

Ancient Artifacts

On a pleasant spring day at the county fair, a man was standing on a platform behind a table upon which were placed a number of items purported to be ancient artifacts. There were maybe a dozen people standing in front of the platform attentively listening to the man’s spiel. “I have in my possession,” the man said, “a very special, extremely rare bottle that was found at an archeological dig in the Upper Nile region of Egypt beneath the site of the great Sphinx of Giza. As were the habits of the ancient Egyptian deities, they would fill bottles such as this with the mystical nectars of the gods and bury them deep within the ground at holy sites.

The man paused, held out the bottle in his hand, and looked around at the people standing before him. “Today, my friends, I am willing to part with this valuable bottle to the highest bidder. I am prepared to offer the powerful potion contained in this ancient artifact to the one among you who is ready to partake of its magic with just a twist of its cap. Who will offer one-hundred dollars to experience something truly meant for the gods?”

Jack and his best buddy Sam were among those in the audience. Sam poked Jack and said, “Hey, Jack, should we bid on that bottle?”

Jack leaned over and whispered to Sam, “No way, Sam. This guy is a total charlatan.”

“How do you know that, Jack?” Sam asked.

“Simple, Sam,” Jack said. “They didn’t have bottles with twist-off caps in ancient Egypt.”


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (possession), Ragtag Daily Prompt (bottle), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (upper), Your Daily Word Prompt (beneath), MMA Storytime (habits), and Word of the Day Challenge (twist).

FOWC with Fandango — Lackadaisical

FOWCWelcome to May 20, 2021 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 “lackadaisical.”

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.