No More Popcorn

“This is the second time in three years that you’ve had a diverticulitis attack,” Dr. Levine said. “I’ll give you a prescription for antibiotics today, which will relieve the pain, but I want you to get a CAT scan with contrast so I can assess the situation. In the meantime, avoid eating nuts, anything with seeds, and popcorn.”

I was in a lot of pain and was willing to do whatever the doctor said. But cut out popcorn? It’s my favorite snack. “No popcorn? Seriously?” I said.

“Look, you need to adjust your diet accordingly. If you have another attack like this, the next step is surgery.”

“Fine, just give the antibiotics so this pain will stop before I kill myself,” I said.

The doc reached for his tablet and transmitted an order to my pharmacy for the antibiotics. “The prescription should be waiting for you at the pharmacy in about an hour,” he said. “In the meantime, I’ll have my receptionist schedule the cat scan and ask her to give you a pingback with the date and time. Any questions?”

“Really, no popcorn?” I said. “Where’s the cachet in watching a movie without popcorn?”

Dr. Levine looked at me and shook his head. “Where’s the cachet in being doubled over in agonizing pain or in having surgery to remove a portion of your colon?”

“Point taken, Doc,” I said. “No more popcorn.”


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (diverticulitis), My Vivid Blog (pingback), and Your Daily Word Prompt (cachet).

MLMM Photo Challenge — The Interrogation

“No, no, I didn’t do it! You’ve got the wrong guy!” He shook his head back and forth so hard that it looked like a blur.

“He must be really hopped up on something,” Detective Ron Hayden whispered to his partner, Detective Fred Morrisey.

Morrisey looked at the young man sitting across the table in the small interrogation room. “No one has accused you of anything,” Morrisey said. “Not yet, anyway. Maybe you were just at the wrong place at the wrong time, yeah? Just tell us what you were doing there and what you saw.”

“I didn’t see nothing. I didn’t see no one,” the guy shouted.

Hayden leaned over to Morrisey and whispered, “He was probably so stoned that he was oblivious to what was happening.”

“Don’t be a schmo, kid,” Morrisey said, looking back at the guy on the other side of the table. “Right now you’re just a prospective witness, but if you don’t cooperate, you could become a person of interest in this crime. So start talking.”

The guy started shaking his head vigorously again. “I didn’t see nothing. I didn’t see no one.”

Feeling temporarily defeated, Morrisey threw his hands up in the air. “Take this punk to the drunk tank,” he said to Hayden. “Maybe once he straightens up, we’ll get more out of him.”


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Adrian Swancar on Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (oblivious), Word of the Day Challenge (schmo), and The Daily Spur (defeated).


Fandango’s Story Starter #5

It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. Here’s how it works. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (prose or poetry) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing

This week’s Story Starter teaser is:

Sometimes it hard to know the difference between…

If you care to write and post a story built on this teaser, be sure to link back to this post and to tag your post with #FSS. I would also encourage you to read and enjoy what your fellow bloggers do with this teaser.

And most of all, have fun.

FOWC with Fandango — Oblivious

FOWCWelcome to August 3, 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 “oblivious.”

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.