Five Word Weekly Challenge — The Skydive

“The fog is coming in heavy,” the flight controller in the tower said to the pilot. “It’s a barrier to safe jumps, even if you have them wearing orange jumpsuits for visibility. I think you should, for various reasons, over and above the fog, cancel the skydiving run and return to the airfield while you still can.”

Written for Greg’s Five Word Weekly Challenge, where the words are: various | tower | barrier | jumpsuit | fog

The Passenger

Detective Fred Morrisey handed a photograph to the flight attendant. “Do you recall seeing this passenger on the plane?” he asked her.

“Yes, I do,” she answered. “He qualified for an upgrade to first class based upon his frequent flier miles. I noticed that he had a flower in the lapel of his sport jacket. It was yellow and looked almost like a dandelion.”

“Do you have the passenger manifest for this flight?” Morrisey asked. She handed the passenger list to Morrisey and he scanned it, looking for the name Alan Draeger. It was not there. “You said he was upgraded to first class?”

The flight attendant nodded affirmatively. “Yes, he was seated in 5B. According to the passenger manifest, the man in that seat was Sean O’Conner. I remember that he had a slight accent, but it was kind of spooky because it sounded more Middle-eastern than Irish.”

“Did his appearance change at all before he deplaned?” Detective Ron Handley, Morrisey’s partner asked. “A change of clothing, perhaps.”

“Sorry, nothing that registered with me,” the flight attendant said.

“How did we miss him?” Handley asked his partner. “We were here before any of the passengers deplaned. He would have had to walk right by us.”

The flight attendant looked at the two detectives. “We haven’t yet cleared the lavatories,” she said.

Morrisey drew his service revolver and said, “Let’s do that now.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One Word Challenge (qualified), My Vivid Blog (dandelion), Your Daily Word Prompt (manifest), Ragtag Daily Prompt (spooky), and Word of the Day Challenge (register).

Fandango’s Provocative Question #190


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.

Last week, someone in California won the $2 billion Powerball jackpot. This person was the lone winner, so he or she gets it all.

Can you imagine winning a $2 billion dollar jackpot? Well, that’s exactly what I’m going to ask you to do. I know you have thought about what you might do with the money if you were to win a huge lottery jackpot. So now’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak.

Here is my provocative question for this week. And please be honest in your answer.

You just won a giant lottery jackpot. What are the first three things you’re going to do with the money you won?

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 — Qualified


It’s November 16, 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 “qualified.”

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. Show them some love.