Going By the Book

“I feel totally humiliated,” Ellen said. “Richard said last night that I lack imagination. What an awful thing for him to have said. You know, there ought to be a handbook that explains the best techniques.”

“There is,” Arlene said. “It’s even illustrated.”

“Really?” Ellen said. “With sketches? Unbelievable. How did I not know about this?”

“I don’t know,” Arlene said. “It’s not as if it’s a well kept secret. I’m sure we can find one at the bookstore. We can head over and get one whenever you’re ready.”

Ready, set, go,” Ellen enthusiastically said.

About twenty minutes later, the two young women arrived at the bookstore and Arlene went up to the guy behind the counter and whispered something in his ear. He looked at Arlene and at the other girl she was with. He got a knowing smile on his face and then pointed to a corner of the bookstore.

The two women headed where the guy pointed. When they got there, Arlene started looking at the books on the shelf. Suddenly she yelled, “Cha-ching, here’s what I’m looking for,” and pulled out a large, heavy book. She handed it to Ellen and said, “This should spark your imagination. I’m sure Richard will be very pleased.

Ellen took the book from Arlene and started leafing through it. “Oh my gawd,” she exclaimed. “This is a feast for the eyes! So erotically ethereal. I have to buy this. Richard is not going to know what hit him!”

Both girls started giggling.

Written for these daily prompts: My Vivid Blog (humiliated), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (handbook), Word of the Day Challenge (sketches), JusJoJan (unbelievable), Scott’s Daily Prompt (ready, set, go), Ragtag Daily Prompt (cha-ching), the Daily Spur (feast), and E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (ethereal).

24 thoughts on “Going By the Book

  1. J-Dub January 24, 2022 / 4:45 pm

    WoW, you’re the master getting all those prompts into a single post.

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    • Fandango January 24, 2022 / 10:08 pm

      I try, but it can be a challenge to tell a story that doesn’t sound forced or too contrived. Sometimes it works; sometimes it doesn’t.

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  2. donmatthewspoetry January 24, 2022 / 5:50 pm

    Can’t figure out how that configuration on the cover works Fan?….Maybe I’m too old…..

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    • Fandango January 24, 2022 / 10:12 pm

      Richard might say that you lack imagination! 😂


      • donmatthewspoetry January 24, 2022 / 11:51 pm

        Gawd, you need to be contortionist in the lower region to make this work…….

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        • Marleen January 25, 2022 / 9:09 am

          Where there’s a will there’s a way.

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  3. bushboy January 24, 2022 / 5:54 pm

    I think he’ll get more than a hit 😂

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  4. Nope, Not Pam January 25, 2022 / 1:52 am

    Great idea, but he’ll probably be too tired 🙄

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  5. Christine Bolton, Poetry for Healing January 25, 2022 / 7:09 am

    I went to India some years ago and brought back a copy of the Karma Sutra as a wedding gift for a guy I worked with. Neither he nor his new wife had aver heard of it before! They asked me what it was all about. It’s hard to explain to the clueless I suppose 🤣 LOL

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  6. Liz H January 26, 2022 / 3:00 pm

    You know there’s a “Kama Sutra for Dummies” out there, too. I kid you not!

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