Three line Tales — Infectious

The teacher tested positive for the delta variant of COVID-19, but she went to school anyway and refused to wear her mask.

Within a week, most of her students in her class were infected.

Within two weeks, they had to shut down the whole school.

Written for Sonya’s Three Line Tales. Photo credit: Ivan Aleksic via Unsplash.

The Swap

Tim: “So you all consent to the terms of the trade arrangement?”

Ted: “Well, I have to admit that I’m a bit nervous, but in the end, I don’t think I’ll have any regrets.”

Tim: “I just hope it doesn’t create a schism of any significance between our families.”

Ted: “I think it will work out fine. I’ve always wanted to have a buxom, curvy redhead as my partner and you’ve expressed your desire to have a slim, athletic brunette as yours.”

Tim: “Okay, then, it’s a deal. Starting tonight, we’ll swap spouses for three months and we’ll both get what we want.”

Ted: “Right. Now how about you girls?”

Joy and Anita: “We’ll drink to that!”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (consent), The Daily Spur (trade), Ragtag Daily Prompt (nervous), My Vivid Blog (regrets), and Word of the Day Challenge (schism).

Thursday Inspiration — The Curio Shop

“What’s that you’re holding?” Jacob asked.

“It’s mine!” Hanks said, shielding what he had in his hands.

“I didn’t ask who it belongs to,” Jacob said. “I asked what it is.”

“It’s a pendant that was made by an indigenous people probably hundreds of years ago,” Hank responded.

“May I see it?” Jacob asked.

Hank reluctantly handed the pendant to Jacob. “Be careful with it. It’s a priceless artifact.” Hank said.

Jacob examined the pendant when Hank handed it to him. “Where did you get this?” he asked Hank.

“I bought it at a curio shop downtown,” Hank answered. “Why?”

“Did you examine it carefully before you purchased it?”

“Of course I did,” Hank said, somewhat defensively. “The guy said it was genuine.”

“Did you happen to see what was stamped on the back of the pendant?”

“You mean where it says ‘Made in China?’ Yeah, I saw that,” Hank admitted. “But the curio shop owner assured me that the ancient Chinese culture from which the pendant was found was known to engrave their creations in that manner.”

“Hank,” Jacob said. “I have in my pocket the deed to the Brooklyn Bridge that I’d be will to sell to you for a very attractive price.”

Written for Jim Adams Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the word is “mine.” Also for these daily prompts: My Visual Blog (pendant), and Word of the Day Challenge (indigenous).

Fibbing Friday — Casino Life

Frank (aka PCGuy) and Di (aka Pensitivity101) alternate as hosts 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 our responses. Today is Frank’s turn to host and here are his questions.

1. Finish the following idiom: “What happens in Vegas…”

…results in trouble once you get back home.”

2. What device is known as a one-arm bandit?

Frederick Sykes’ prosthetic arm (from TV show and movie “The Fugitive,” in case you don’t get the reference).

3. What is used to play Russian Roulette?

Russian nesting dolls.

4. What is James Bond’s favorite casino game?

Double-Oh-Seven Card Stud.

5. Who was the spokesman for Player’s Club International from the mid 1980s to the early 1990s?

Professional golfer Gary Player.

6. What nickname is given to a poker hand containing a pair of black aces and a pair of black eights?

The Black Panthers.

7. What does it mean to bet on “the hard way” in craps?

It’s when you’re constipated and when trying to take a dump feels like you’re shitting a brick.

8. What is special about aces in blackjack?

They trump kings and queens.

9. What are clams casino?

Casinos where only clams, and not oysters or mussels, are served.

10. What game is played in the World Series of Poker?

Stoking fires in a fireplace with a poker to see who can produce the hottest, largest, longest lasting flames.

MLMM Tale Weaver — The Sound of Silence

For this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver prompt, Stephanie asks us to “write a tale from the perspective of someone who has lost the sense of hearing.” All they hear now, she says, is the sound of silence.

I’m not writing a fictional story today, as the tale I’m weaving is real. It’s personal. And what you’re about to read is a bit of a whine about both what I don’t hear and what I do hear.

You see, I’m deaf in one ear. I had surgery almost two years ago to remove a growth (cholesteatoma) in the middle ear of my left ear. By the time that growth was removed, it had eaten away most of the small bones that connect the eardrum to the inner ear.

In a functioning ear, sound waves, which are really vibrations in the air around us, are collected by the ears and are funnelled into the ear canals to the eardrums. The eardrum vibrations caused by those sound waves move the chain of tiny bones in the middle ear, transferring the sound vibrations into the cochlea of the inner ear. Without those small bones to transmit sound waves (vibrations) from the eardrum to the inner ear, hearing is lost.

I can still adequately hear out of my right ear, so I haven’t lost my hearing altogether. But I can no longer hear in stereo and I can’t hear what people are saying if they are sitting on my left side. It’s annoying.

But the one thing I can hear out of my left ear — out of both ears, actually — is a constant, high pitched ringing sound. It’s a sound that only I can hear, and because it doesn’t come from sound waves, I can “hear” it loud and clear, even in my otherwise deaf left ear.

This sound is tinnitus, a condition I’ve suffered from for more than half of my life. There is nothing that would give me more pleasure than to wake up one morning and not have to deal with the ringing sounds coming from both of my ears. I’d love to experience the sound of silence. At least silence from the ever present ringing of tinnitus.