3TC — If the Key Fits

key, bent, RAF (F.C. Harrold)Honey, this is the place,” James said. “Isn’t it great?”

Doris looked at the rustic cabin and gave an unenthusiastic grunt. “You know, James, I’m not a big fan of roughing it. Is this place even air conditioned?”

“No way,” James said. “This place is totally off-grid. No electricity, no gas, no internet. You cool the place by opening the windows, you heat the place by burning logs in the fireplace, and you light the place with oil lamps.”

Doris frowned. “There better not be any bugs or spiders in there,” she said.

James chuckled. “Don’t fret, Doris, I’ll protect you.” He reached into his pocket and pulled out a key to open the cabin’s front and only door. “That’s strange,” he said, jiggling the key in the lock. “The key doesn’t seem to be working.” He pulled it out of the lock and looked at it. “Shit, the damn thing is bent.”

“Oh, sweetie,” Doris said. “Did you bend the key? That’s such a shame. Didn’t we pass a casino on the way here? It looked like a really nice place. We could head back there until you can get a new key.”


Written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Di at Pensitivity101, where the three things are “honey,” “key,” and “place.” Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (bend).

Page & Line Challenge — Going Dark

Teresa Grabs has issued her first Page & Line Challenge since returning to WordPress. For this challenge, Teresa asks us to “grab the book you’re reading or a random book off your shelf and turn to page 182 (or location if you’re using an ebook). Scroll down to line 16 and write a story using that line somewhere in it. Be sure to share the original line along with the book and author.” I love this challenge, so I have to play along.

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The book I chose is an ebook in my iPhone’s Kindle library, Going Dark, by none other than fellow blogger Paula Light. I went to location 182, scrolled down to line 16, and this is the line I found: “You knew just where to touch me.” Oh Paula, you’re making me blush!

Okay, then. Here’s my tale built around that line.

“It’s beautiful,” she said, looking at the canvas on which he had completed painting her portrait. “You captured all of the details perfectly.”

“Thank you,” he said, as he put his arm around her waist and pulled her toward him. “It’s funny, Diane, but when your husband commissioned me to paint this portrait of you, I figured you were going to be another snooty rich bitch. Instead, you turned out to be a warm, genuine, down to earth woman and I’ve fallen for you big time.” He bent, pulled her even closer, and kissed her passionately.

She broke off the kiss and pushed him away. “Oh Peter, you’re such good sport,” she said. “And I have to admit, you knew just where to touch me. But now that you’ve completed this work of art, I’m going to do you a big favor. I’m going to let you off the hook.”

“Diane, what are you saying? Can’t you see that I love you?” Peter said. “And I know you love me, too.”

“Peter, don’t be silly,” Diane said. “My husband is extremely wealthy. Why would I jeopardize my marriage and my station for a starving artist like you? And for what it’s worth, Peter, your first impression of me was right. I am a snooty rich bitch.”


In addition to being written for Teresa’s prompt, this post includes today’s Three Things Challenge prompt from Di at Pensitivity101, where the three things are “sport,” “hook,” and “canvas.” Also for today’s Word of the Day Challenge (details) and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (snooty).

Some Tough Guy

E18DB560-571A-49EF-AB4F-6F905CE9CBF6“Some people just rub me the wrong way,” Detective Ron Hayden said to his partner.

“Some people?” Detective Fred Morrisey asked. “Can you be more specific?”

“You know how, when you collar some real low-life and this supposedly tough guy starts to howl and cry?” Hayden said. “Well, these guys behave like such wimps once they get caught and that kinda pisses me off.

“So are you saying you want these perps to fight back harder and to make our lives as cops more difficult?” Morrisey asked.

“Nah,” said Hayden. “But there’s a certain mythology around being able to nab the bad guys and it seems these so called hardened criminals just don’t live up to the myth” anymore.


Written for Today’s Three Things Challenge prompt from Di over at Pensitivity101, where the three things are “rub,” “howl,” and “collar.”  Also for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (myth).

Damn Slice of Pizza

727BD4D7-2DBE-49C2-9DF7-B21314C2C91CI was hungry, so I stopped by a pizza place near my office and bought a slice to tide me over until I could get home and fix myself a real dinner. I was in a rush, though, so I figured I’d eat the slice during my drive home from work.

Unfortunately, I dropped a piece of crust on my lap and when I went to pick it up, I momentarily lost control of the car, drove over the curb, and got a flat tire.


Written for today’s Three Things Challenge prompt from Di at Pensitivity101. The three things are “crust,” “curb/kerb,” and “flat.” Note that in the U.S., the word is “curb,” not “kerb.”

The New Year’s Resolution

CB0CE3FA-92E8-4334-8DB8-17D952BF46B5“You know you shouldn’t smoke, don’t you? It’s not good for you,” Martin said.

“Yeah, that’s easy for you to say,” Mary responded. “Last time I quit I got really chubby.”

“Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a full-figured woman with curves in all the right places,” Martin said. “Besides, it makes you more buoyant in the hot tub.”

“Okay, mister, settle down.” Mary said, smiling at her husband.

“I’m serious though, Mary,” Martin said, “those cigarettes will kill you. You need to stop.”

“Sheesh, you’re always singing the same old tune, aren’t you?” Mary groused. “Fine, given your state of mind, I’ll consider making a new year’s resolution to give up the filthy habit. But I’ll need your support and guidance, do you understand?”

“I do,” Martin said, knowing that he was going to find that carton of cigarettes she kept hidden behind the canister of flour in the pantry and throw them out after she fell asleep tonight. “I’ll be with you every step of the way.”


Written for the Three Things Challenge from Di, over at Pensitivity101. The three things are “smoke,” “asleep,” and “chubby.” Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (buoyant), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (settle), Daily Addictions (tune), The Daily Spur (state), and Word of the Day Challenge (guidance).