Ronald Edgewater, Junior tended to ramble a lot when he talked. It could be quite tedious if you happened to be locked in a small, enclosed space, as he and Vernon Lumsden had been since this past Monday. “I’m going to go crazy if I have to stay here much longer. I can’t believe we ended up in this small cell,” Roland complained.

“That’s the risk you face,” Vernon said, “when you choose to live you life as a mercenary.”

“Well,” Roland said, “the reason we’re here in this godforsaken cell is because you took some unnecessary risks. Otherwise we wouldn’t have gotten caught. I’m tired, I’m thirsty, I’m angry, and I’m hungry, and I don’t know if we’ll ever get out of here.”

“Roland,” Vernon said, “we need to turn our anger and our hunger into something that we can leverage to get us the hell out. When they come next time to give us some food, we’re going to show them what being hangry really mean.”

“Right,” Roland said. “Or die trying.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (Junior), Your Daily Word prompt (tend), Ragtag Daily Prompt ramble), Word of the Day Challenge (enclosed), My Vivid Blog (Monday), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (hangry).

TMP — I Can’t Remember

Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off.

What pisses me off today is that last night I had just turned off the light on my bedroom nightstand and my mind was wandering, as it is wont to do right before I fall asleep. For some reason, I remembered that Paula would be posting her Monday Peeve post the next morning and, out of the blue, a great idea for my Monday peeve occurred to me. I thought I’d better jot it down to make sure I remembered it when I woke up.

But I’d already shut off my iPhone, where I would have tapped out what my peeve would be in my Notes app. And I didn’t want to turn my phone back on and disturb my wife. So I went over my peeve in my mind and figured I’d surely remember it when I woke up.

Of course, when I woke up this morning and saw Paula’s Monday Peeve prompt in my Reader, I remembered that I had come up with a really good peeve last night. Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember what it was.

I figured that, as the day progressed, it would eventually come back to me. But I’m still drawing a blank. And it was such a great idea for my Monday Peeve, too!

And that’s what’s pissing me off today.

Share Your World — 8-23-21

Melanie has graced us with another installment of Share Your World. Here we go.

Can you parallel park (if you drive)? If you don’t drive, can you still skip?

I’ve always been pretty good at parallel parking, but with my brand new EV, when I shift into reverse, a rear camera comes on, displaying a color image of what’s behind my car on my “infotainment center.” So now, parallel parking is a cinch.

Do you prefer early morning or late evening? Or something in between?

I’m usually up between 6 and 7 every morning. But by around 10 at night I’m starting to crash. So I prefer early mornings to late evenings.

Do you like avocados?

I can take ‘em or leave ‘em.

Is mind or matter more real?

Everything that exists in the world and that we can see and touch is made of matter. How we perceive and feel about this matter comes from our mind. As to which is more real, without the mind, does it really matter? Does anything really matter if the mind is not there to perceive it? To see it? To feel it?

Bonus Question

Are people in this current generation less or more sensitive than people from past generations?

What is considered to be the current generation? My wife and I are Baby Boomers. My daughter is supposedly a late Gen Xer and my son is an early Millennial, although I consider them to be pretty much from the same generation. So which one of us, who is still living, is from the current or past generation?

My short answer to this question is that I have no idea. I think all generations are sensitive, but probably not to the same things or to the same extent. In the end, though, does it matter?

Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #132

Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photo below is from Kate Trifo at Pexels.com.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man and a woman jogging on a pier along side a lake.

If this week’s image inspires you and you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FFFC, and link back to this post. I hope it will generate some great posts.

Thanks to all of you who have participated in these challenges. Your posts have been very creative. Please take a few minutes to read the other responses to this photo challenge.

Please create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Hangry

FOWCWelcome to August 23, 2021 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (U.S.).

Today’s word is “hangry.”

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.