Weekend Writing Prompt — Bite Me

The detective thrust a photo of the girl in Tony’s face. “Do you know her? And don’t you dare have the temerity to lie to me. Take stock of your life, Tony. Your answer could be pivotal in this case. If you cooperate, I’ll offer you a clean slate. My philosophy is you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. So?”

Tony looked at the detective and said, “Bite me.”

(Exactly 69 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “temerity.”

Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (thrust), My Vivid Blog (girl), Weekly Prompts (stock), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (answer), Your Daily Word Prompt (pivotal), The Daily Spur (cooperate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (clean slate), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (philosophy).

MLMM Photo Challenge — The Origin Story

I never realized that’s how he got his name. When he was born to Agnes Dover, he was in a breech position. Unlike most babies who are positioned in the uterus so that the head is delivered first during a vaginal birth, his legs were in place to come out first during delivery.

The doctor told Agnes and her husband, Mick, that he’d have perform a c-section in order to safely remove the baby from Agnes’ womb, but Agnes insisted that she wanted a natural childbirth, which meant that the doctor would have to attempt to turn the baby around by applying pressure on Agnes’ abdomen.

It took a while, and it was painful for Agnes, but the doctor finally turned the baby so it could be delivered head first. However, apparently in his attempt to reposition the baby, something happened and when the baby was delivered, it came out of the womb bent in a weird position.

Everyone in the delivery room was silent as the baby emerged, but Agnes wanted to hold the baby. When she first saw him, she started to cry, but despite his extreme deformity, she promised that if God let her baby live, she would love him unconditionally.

Because of the way he was, Agnes and Mick decided to name their new son Ben. Ben Dover. When the news spread about Ben, he became an item of curiosity and interest. Articles in newspapers and magazines were written about Ben. Local, national, and even international TV news outlets covered his birth, and the public’s fascination with Ben Dover continued throughout his early childhood, into his teen years, and even into young adulthood.

Because of his unique physical deformity, Ben required special care, which was very costly. Fortunately, big-hearted people generously donated money to help Agnes and Mick pay for Ben’s needs.

And despite his auspicious start, Ben accepted his uniqueness and notoriety graciously. He would bend over backwards to make observers feel comfortable in his presence and would speak freely and forthrightly about his disability and the special challenges he faced

Sadly, Ben was not long for this world, and at the young age of 32, his twisted body betrayed him and he passed away. But in tribute to this unique boy who tried to make everyone he met happier for having met him, the small town in which he was born, raised, and lived until his early death, erected a statue of Ben Dover in his honor.

The plaque on the ground in front of the stature read…

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge prompt. Photo credit: Sarah Whiley.

FOWC with Fandango — Answer


Welcome to January 8, 2022 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 “answer.”

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.