100WW — We Have Each Other

9CDC17CA-5D80-417C-AB13-C45EAF900045“Your mother was unhappy, Clair, but it had nothing to do with you,” her father said. “Sometimes people, even those who love each other, drift apart. They develop new interests, have different needs.”

“Will she ever be coming back?” Clair asked.

“I don’t know, honey, but I wouldn’t count on it,” he said. “She found another man who made her feel better about herself and decided that she’d rather be with him than with me.”

“And she’d rather be with him than with me, too,” Clair said.

“We’ll be okay, honey,” he said. “We have each other and this place.”

(100 Words)

Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Her photo this week has the same scene as last week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt, but with two different people in the scene. She wanted to see, if given the same scene but with different people, we would find provocation for a different story. My two stories certainly are different. If you’re interested, HERE is the post I wrote last week.

FOWC with Fandango — Symptom

FOWCWelcome to March 21, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “symptom.”

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. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

A Mob Hit

Hand with a gun on grunge background“What do you mean you’re leaving?” Sandra asked. “Where are you going?”

“I don’t know yet,” Barry said as he grabbed his passport, his wallet, and his roll-aboard.

“You don’t know?” Sandra said. “You sound totally incoherent, you know? You’re going off to who knows where, traveling hither and yon for some unknown period of time? What are the kids and I supposed to do?”

Barry felt terrible. The last thing he wanted to do was to abandon his family, but he knew it was for their own good. The mob was after him, not his wife and kids, so they’d be better off if he wasn’t around. All he had to do was to lay low and stay under the radar until the heat died down.

“Once I get to where I’m going,” Barry said, “I’ll send for you and the kids and we’ll figure out where we go from there.”

Barry walked out of the door that night and Sandra never heard from him again. The police  informed her a few weeks later that they had found his body. He was the victim of an apparent mob hit.

Written for these daily prompts: Weekly Prompts (passport), Word of the Day Challenge (incoherent), Your Daily Word Prompt (hither), Ragtag Daily Prompt (abandon), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (radar).

Weekly Song Challenge

7FF6A456-E868-456B-B057-7CA9B679D4F6Li, over at Tao Talk, tagged me for the Weekly Song Challenge, a prompt that was created by Laura Venturini. Thanks, Li, for tagging me. I’ll try to do it justice.

The challenge is to post three song videos:

  • A song by a band you think is underrated.
  • A song that gets on your nerves.
  • A song by a Solo Artist who’s first name begins with a K.

And then I’m supposed to tag two other people to participate!

So first, a song by an underrated band.

Mike Rutherford, one of the founding members of the band Genesis, formed the English rock band Mike & the Mechanics. The band is known for its hit singles “Silent Running,” “All I Need Is a Miracle,” and this song, “The Living Years.”

Next, a song that gets on my nerves.

I’ve never been much of a Ke$ha fan, but this song really grated at me when I first heard it and every time thereafter.

And finally a song by an artist with a first name that begins with a K.

Hmm, I could have used Ke$ha for this one, too. But instead, I’m going to do a double-K with Kris Kristofferson. How about this one out of his many songs?

Now to tag two bloggers. I choose:

More Rory’s Provocative Questions

2B695433-9259-4F0D-AC22-7B219D236533I’m not the only blogger who asks provocative questions. Rory, aka, A Guy Called Bloke, has his own set of thought provoking questions.

At what point in our lives do you think we think we are good enough?

The point at which we think we are good enough.


In life, what do you consider beautiful?

The point in life at which we consider life to be beautiful.


Do you think that when we dream, we can dream within a dream? But if you don’t dream, why do you think that is?

I know that there have been times within a dream when I said to myself, “this is just a dream,” but I don’t know if you can actually have a dream within a dream. Then again, I usually can’t remember most of my dreams within a few minutes after waking up.


How do you manage your stress or do you not suffer from stress?

There’s nothing like a little Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream to relieve the stress.


Are there things or maybe just one thing you wish to achieve before you die?

Reaching the point at which I feel I’m good enough and that life is beautiful.


Some experience many things during their lifetimes, but do you think there is something that everyone should experience at least once?

Yes. Eating a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream in one sitting.


Are you afriad to be different? To stand out from the crowd, to push away your peers if needs be and say “I am ME!”

No, I’m not afraid to be different as long as I blend in and remain unnoticed.


Which do you think is easier ‘to hate or to love?’

When I was a young buck, one of my favorite songs was Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With,” where part of the lyrics include the line, “If you can’t be with the one you love honey, love the one you’re with.” My girlfriend at the time hated that that song was my favorite when I was dating her. And that’s all I have to say about love and hate.