3TC — Be Best

E0353AB1-FDBF-406A-9140-EA90E72EC958Alicia opened the door to her small, one-bedroom apartment. She threw her purse into the front closet and hung up her coat. She sat down on the bench in the entryway and removed her high heeled shoes, replacing them on her feet with comfy slippers.

It was 7:30 in the morning and Alicia was dead tired. She debated whether to head straight to the bedroom and flop down in bed or to go to the kitchen for a cup of coffee. She ultimately decided on the latter, as she had some errands to run. After that, she could come back and go to sleep, as her shift didn’t start until nine that night.

As she walked into the kitchen she saw a flaky pastry in the middle of the small table and a red carnation laid next to it. Then she heard his voice.

“Hey baby,” he said. “I wanted to surprise you this morning. I went to the bakery you love and got you your favorite pastry. And then I picked up a lovely little carnation. You know you’re my best gal.”

“You did surprise me, Darryl,” Alicia said. “but I’m so tired I can hardly function.”

“Don’t worry baby,” Darryl said. “Just give me my money and I’ll be on my way.”

Alicia pulled out a large wad of bills from between her breast in her tight fitting halter top and tossed it to Darryl. He counted it out, got a displeased look on his face, and then threw ten twenties on table. “Here’s your take, bitch,” he said. “You best do better tonight, honey, or this pimp’s gonna cut you up.”

Then he added, “Remember what the First Lady said, ‘Be Best!’ You hear me, bitch?”

That was when Alicia grabbed the knife on the counter and plunged it deep into Darryl’s neck.


Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things  are “bakery,” “surprise,” and “carnation.”

Three Things Challenge — If Dreams Came True

MEGA MILLIONS LOTTERY FEVER“I’ve always dreamed of taking a train ride on the Orient Express,” Sally said. “It would be so exotic.”

“My dream is to take a cruise to the Far East,” Amy weighed in. “Can you image how romantic such a voyage would be?”

“What about you, Charles?” Sally asked. “What do you dream about?”

“Yes, Charles,” Amy said. “Tell us what you would do if your dreams came true?”

“That’s an easy one,” Charles said. “My dream is simple. I want just one thing.”

“Do tell, Charles,” Sally implored.

“My dream is that I score a one billion dollar Mega Millions ticket,” he said. “And if you share my dream, Sally, I’ll buy you a train ticket for the Orient Express. And Amy, I’ll pay for your voyage to the Far East. Are you with me?”

“May all of our dreams come true,” Sally said.

“Hear, Hear,” said Amy.


Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge, where the things are train, voyage, and dream.

3TC — Witness for the Prosecution

0E6FF6D8-274D-46C0-A515-D86DF37A7855I received a summons to appear in court today as a witness for the prosecution in a breaking and entering trial. I didn’t see much of what happened, but I did hear the glass break and my neighbor’s home alarm go off, and I saw some guy wearing a hoodie running from the scene. But it was dark and I couldn’t see his face, so I’m not sure can offer much of value.

Still, I’m very excited about this. I’ve been summoned for jury duty three times in my life, but I’ve never been summoned to appear as a witness. I want to make sure I present myself well, so I spent a lot of time in the bathroom this morning. I showered, shaved, trimmed my mustache, brushed and flossed my teeth, and combed my hair.

I’m ready to leave my townhouse, but I need to check the mirror one last time. After all, I want to make a good impression in court today.


Written for Teresa’s Three Things Challenge. The three things are three, mirror, and summons.

Reclaiming Love Lost

53BA3DDE-80D3-4854-9295-5746F372391EHe somehow needed to persuade her to come back to him. She was his lost love, a vibrant woman whose best feature was her extraordinarily mind. He just needed to find a way to unlock her heart.

He decided his best chance was to buy her an engagement ring, with the hope that his shot at reclaimed love wouldn’t ricochet back at him.

(Exactly 63 words)


Written for Teresa’s Daily Writing Challenge, which includes exploring lost love, the Three Things Challenge using “hope,” “Love,” and “lost,” and Worth a Thousand Words using the picture at the top of this post.

Also written for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (vibrant), Scotts Daily Prompt (feature), Ragtag Daily Prompt (ring), and Word of the Day Challenge (ricochet).

B9884F64-E91A-4712-8341-56E7D2D1DBFFAnd also written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we need to use the word “unlock” and write a post with exactly 63 words, no more, no less.

3TC — Put Out To Pasture

1E920CF7-01AD-4C2A-B810-3B706A500F52My boss called me into his office. “Have a seat, Matt,” he said, pointing to the chair opposite his desk. “Matt, we need to discuss your retirement.”

I was shocked. Sure, I was probably the oldest guy on the sales team, but I still had plenty of good years ahead of me. “Are you serious, Al? I asked. “Are you putting me out to pasture?”

“Face it, Matt,” he said. “This is a hard, thankless job. We need young, aggressive go-getters. You, my friend, are a dinosaur.”

“A dinosaur?” I said indignantly. “Al, my numbers are always near the top. I’m consistently one of your top performers.”

“The world is shifting rapidly, Matt,” he said. “The old ways just don’t cut it anymore. We have to come up with radical changes to the way we do things. We need to leverage the latest, greatest technologies to give us the edge.”

“So you’re firing me?” I said.

“No, Matt,” he said. “I’m retiring you. But don’t worry, my friend. We’re going to throw you one hell of a farewell party and you’ll get some great parting gifts.”


Written for Teresa’s final Three Things Challenge, where the three things are farewell, retirement, and pasture. Teresa is retiring her Three Things Challenge prompt after today. Farewell 3TC! And for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (radical).