#WDYS — Tiptoe Through the Tulips

Zach could no longer hide his frustration with living in a public housing project. He would miss his friends, but he also knew that his life up to that point was not beyond reproach. So Zach decided to make a concerted effort to winnow out all of his negativity and to take action to better himself and his situation.

It was time to for a reboot, time to reinstall Zach, but version 2.0. He believed that if he closed the door on his past, another door would open up to a better future. It was a good plan and Zach was ready to move on.

But as fate would have it, Zach’s new friends were into drugs and the occult. Without being conscious of it, his Zach 2.0 friends were leading him down a very dark path. Much darker than the one Zach 1.0 was on. And soon word circulated back to the housing project that Zach, who sought only to live a better life, had succumbed to an overdose of street fentanyl.

To honor their old friend, the people of the housing project placed a jug of beautiful red tulips on the steps outside of Zach’s old unit, while several of his pals sang a rendition nod “Tiptoe Through the Tulips,” which as stupid as it sounds, was one of Zach’s favorite old songs.

Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Yana Hurskaya @ Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (frustration), The Daily Spur (housing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (reproach), Your Daily Word Prompt (winnow), Ragtag Daily Prompt (reinstall), My Vivid Blog (door), and E.M.’s Random Daily Prompt (occult).

20 thoughts on “#WDYS — Tiptoe Through the Tulips

  1. Paula Light March 29, 2022 / 7:01 pm

    This is so weird and dark and hilarious! You’ve outdone yourself 🙂


    • Fandango March 29, 2022 / 8:07 pm

      Yeah, some mixed up words and that photo of tulips in a vase had me coming us with some strange visions.

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  2. Sadje March 29, 2022 / 9:03 pm

    I’m so sorry that Zach wasn’t able to have a second chance. Great use of all the prompts Fandango. Thanks for joining in

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    • Fandango March 29, 2022 / 10:45 pm

      Very unfortunate. And sadly, far too many deaths are the result of fentanyl these days.

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  3. bushboy March 29, 2022 / 11:32 pm

    I have actually met Tiny Tim and have his autograph on a beer coaster 🙂

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    • Marleen March 30, 2022 / 11:21 am

      That is cool.

      How/where did you meet him? I’m figuring at a bar where he was performing, in the seventies?

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      • bushboy March 30, 2022 / 1:03 pm

        Yeah, he was performing in a club and my brother in law was the manager

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        • Marleen March 30, 2022 / 1:08 pm


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  4. Nope, Not Pam March 30, 2022 / 3:23 am

    A bit sad 😕

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  5. ben Alexander March 30, 2022 / 4:28 am

    How do you do this? I struggle with just two prompts at a time!



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    • Fandango March 30, 2022 / 1:04 pm

      It’s a challenge and it’s fun. I strive to not make it sound too contrived. Sometime it works and sometimes not so much.

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