You’re Just a Mean Person

“I’ll have a mocha frappuccino,” Gloria said to the barista.

“I’ll have a mocha frappuccino,” the man standing in line behind Gloria said.

Gloria rapidly turned around. “Are you really trying to mimic me?” she said, a nasty tone in her voice.

The man smiled at Gloria. “You don’t recognize me, do you?” he asked.

She looked at him for a second and said, “Oh, right. You’re the guy who teased me when I couldn’t figure out how to get the copy machine to work.”

“Guilty as charged,” he said, a smile on his face. “Oh, my name is Alex, by the way,” he said, holding out his hand for Gloria to shake.

The barista called out, “Mocha frappuccino for Gloria.”

Gloria ignored Alex’s hand, turned around, took out her credit card, and started to hand it to the barista. But before she could, Alex handed the barista his credit card and told her to make another one for him and to charge them both to his card.

“No thank you, Alex,” Gloria said in an insouciant manner. “You’re just a mean person who likes to make fun of people, mimicking them, teasing them. You think paying for my frappuccino today is going to make that okay?”

“You’re right,” Alex admitted. “I’ve always been a bit of a smart aleck, but I only tend to be that way to impress people I like.”

“Well, Alex, most grown men outgrew that kind of behavior in grade school,” Gloria said. “So why don’t you just totter off for now and maybe next time we cross paths you can demonstrate to me that you’re capable of being an adult.” Gloria grabbed her drink and left the coffee shop. But before she went out the door, she turned, smiled, and winked at Alex. She had to admit that he was kind of cute.

Written for these daily prompts from yesterday: E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (mocha), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (mimic), The Daily Spur (tease), My Vivid Blog (machine), Word of the Day Challenge (insouciant), and Your Daily Word Prompt (totter).

One-Liner Wednesday — Thoughts and Opinions

“Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants.”

Frederick Douglass, social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday Prompt.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #158


Welcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

The other day I overheard a discussion in which one person said that they do their best thinking on the toilet. Another said that they do their best thinking while driving their car. A third person said it was while in the shower.

I thought this might be an interest question to ask you, my fellow members of the blogging community. So this week’s provocative question is simply…

When and where do you do your best thinking? Why is that?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

FOWC with Fandango — Robust


It’s February 23, 2022. Welcome 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 “robust.”

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.