Basic Training

956808C8-3ACE-47E8-89B2-CCCFAA839FFC“More PT, drill sergeant, more PT,” we army grunts, going through basic training, yelled in unison.

“Assume the prone position and give me fifty,” the drill sergeant barked. I groaned. I knew I’d be hard pressed to give him fifty perfect push-ups. My drill sergeant, who was reminiscent of my high school football coach, would not compromise. Fifty perfect push-ups was what was demanded and fifty push-ups was what I would try to deliver.

Fortunately, Mother Nature came to my rescue when the bright sunshine suddenly gave way to a severe thunderstorm. The drill sergeant had no choice but to dismiss us back to the barracks. Gotta love Mother Nature.


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (prone), Word of the Day Challenge (reminiscent), Ragtag Daily Prompt (compromise), and Your Daily Word Prompt (sunshine).

In Other Words — That Cold, Gray, and Rainy Day

026E8F25-0B92-4BDA-A2C6-82F61C0BD8A3I should have known better than to ask you to marry me on that cold, gray, and rainy day.

You said that I was a nice guy, that you really liked me, and that the sex was great.

But you said that you didn’t love me and that I wasn’t “the one.”

Then you looked at me with pity in your eyes and said, “Babe, it’s not you, it’s me.”

You plunged a dagger into my heart on that cold, gray, and rainy day.


In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the words “rainy day.”

There’s Nothing You Can’t Get On Amazon

John, a supervisor for the movie studio’s logistics department, had been extremely busy at work over past few months. He absolutely needed a break in order to maintain his mental health. He decided to go see his boss to ask for some time off.

After he got approval, he went to see his assistant, Mike, to tell him the good news. “Jefferson just approved a two-week vacation for me,” John told Mike.

“Wow,” Mike said, “Jefferson never gives anyone two weeks off at this time of year. How’d you get the old man to agree to do that?

Well, I went to his office and he was on the phone arguing with some buyer about a delayed shipment of gorilla suits for the upcoming “Planet of the Apes” parody,” John explained. “So I was lingering outside of Jefferson’s office waiting for him to get off a call. Finally, he slammed down the phone, walked over to his office door, and started to shut it in my face. But I was able to stick my foot in the door to prevent him from closing it.”

“Good for you,” Mike said. “But how did you get him to give you two weeks off, especially since he was so pissed?”

“I told him,” John said, “that if he gave me the time off, I’d take care of his gorilla suit problem.”

“How are you going to do that?” Mike asked.

“I told him that I’d get my assistant to handle it.”

“But wait!” Mike exclaimed. “I’m your assistant.”

“Yes you are, Mike,” John said, “So you’d best get cracking and begin to examine your options. And I’m sure you’ll have a great anecdote or two to share with me when I’m back in two weeks about how you were able to get it done.”

“John, wait! I don’t even know where to begin,” Mike said.27EFCCD6-E14B-439A-BA40-E7DBCBFFD16C“Try Amazon, Mike,” John said on his way out. “There’s nothing you can’t get on Amazon.”


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the things are “buyer,” “foot,” and “gorilla.” Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (busy), Weekly Prompts (time off), Word of the Day Challenge (lingering), Your Daily Word Prompt (examine), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (anecdote).

#100WW — The Gargoyle on Top of the Cathedral

CF4600CA-AB7B-44AE-8E15-5AE04C043A54I’ve seen it all from up here on my perch high atop this cathedral for the last 850 years. I’ve witnessed the very best of humanity and civilization and I’ve witnessed the very worst of both.

I’ve seen war and revolution. I’ve seen peace and salvation. I’ve seen unfathomable cruelty and incredible kindness. I’ve seen death and destruction and birth and construction.

I’ve seen progress and growth. I’ve seen stagnation and decline. I’ve seen warriors and holy men.

Yes, I’ve seen things come and I’ve seen things go. But I don’t think I, or humanity and civilization, will see another 850 years.

(100 words)


Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt from Bikurgurl. Photo credit: Pedro Lastra.

The Prime Directive

15B1941F-4ADD-4479-9952-ED542AE34B57The small shuttle craft touched down on the planet after having transported the small crew to the planet’s surface from the mothership.

As the team prepared to exit the space ferry, the captain reminded the crew of their prime directive. “If we come across any alien life forms, remember that each sentient species has the right to live in accordance with its normal cultural evolution,” he said. “We must not interfere with the healthy development of alien life and culture.” The crew nodded their consent to abide by the directive.

The astrogeologist on the crew, Dr. Burnside, said, “Our mission is to search for and collect diamond-like minerals that are supposed to be abundant on this planet.”

“And our subsidiary task is to observe any sentient life-forms we might encounter while participating in the primary mission,” the captain said. “But remember, we’ll  be on the surface for just an hour, so finding any living beings is like butterscotch sauce on vanilla ice cream. It’s secondary to collecting the minerals.”

An hour later, the crew was preparing to head back to the space ferry. Each crew member was carrying two containers of minerals when one of them saw something moving out of the corner of his eye. He let his containers drop, pulled out his weapon, and shot the moving target.

The others looked on in horror. “What have you done?” the captain shouted. “You disobeyed the prime directive!”

“Captain,” crew member, Derek Forsyth, said, pointing to the carcass of the giant, lynx-like creature he shot, “that beast was about to pounce on Ensign Smythe. I had no choice.”

“Our body-cams will be submitted for review once we return to the mothership, Forsyth,” the captain said. “The tribunal will then determine if any disciplinary action should be taken.”


Written for today’s Three Things Challenge fro Paula Light, where the three things are sauce, diamond, and lynx. Also for these daily prompts:  Word of the Day Challenge (ferry), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (prime), Your Daily Word Prompt (subsidiary), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (drop).