Weekend Writing Prompt — Delicate

72924BC3-E99A-4333-9F93-FF7BBAD1E46E“I can’t help it that I’m high strung. What can I say? I’m an emotional and caring person,” Charlotte said.

First, Charlotte, you don’t have to be defensive about being a caring person,” Alice said. “There’s nothing wrong with wanting to take care of your yard.”

“To me, the simplicity of yard work is very fulfilling,” Charlotte said. “Listening to the radio, tending to the flowers, the bushes, and the lemon and orange trees brings me so much pleasure. And it’s not something just anyone can do, you know. It’s delicate work. It take a special skill, a green thumb.”

“Whatever floats your boat,” Alice said.

(106 words)

B495597C-AB51-420C-A191-7ECE6044F5D0Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where we are challenged to write a poem or piece of prose using the word “delicate” in exactly 106 words. Because Sammi was generous with the word count for this prompt, I’ve included these daily prompts from yesterday: Word of the Day Challenge (emotional), Daily Addictions (caring), Ragtag Daily Prompt (simplicity), The Daily Spur (radio), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (anyone).

Also written for yesterday’s inaugural edition of Di’s Three Things Challenge, where the words were “first,” “orange, and “yard.”

Nightmare Neighbors

FB79CDD0-5261-45CF-A2EA-7D34D834257A“My neighbors are a nightmare,” Elizabeth said.

“They seem like very nice people to me,” Jessie observed.

“Oh yes,” Elizabeth admitted. “That’s what I thought at first, too.”

“What did they do to change your mind?” Jessie asked.

“The wife is always coming over and borrowing things and never returning them,” Elizabeth said. “A cup of sugar, coffee beans, butter.”

“Well,” Jessie said, “have you talked with her about your concerns?”

“I tried,” Elizabeth said, “But every time she comes over her breath smells like she’s been hitting the gin bottle. Even first thing in the morning.”

“So you think she’s an alcoholic,” Jessie asked.

“I think she’s a serial killer,” Elizabeth whispered.

“Oh my God!” Jessie exclaimed. “Why would you think that?”

“Because,” Elizabeth said, “she came over today and asked to borrow the last of my oatmeal cereal. She’s killing me.”

Jessie burst out laughing. “Oh, you mean she’s a cereal killer.”

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “nightmare,” “oatmeal,” and “gin.” Also for Weekly Prompts topic, “neighbors.”

Office Decorum

7AD06333-3AC4-42D4-AD42-901B062FCDE1“Thank you for coming, Alan,” Mike said. “Have a seat. I promise this won’t take long.”

“You’re very welcome,”Alan said. “This is my first performance review and I hope you think I’m doing a good job. By the way,” he said, placing a cardboard tray on Mike’s desk, “I picked up a couple of blueberry muffins and some coffee at the bakery around the corner. They’re delicious, in case you haven’t already tried them.”

“I appreciate that, Alan, but I’m on a gluten-free diet,” Mike said. “Now let’s discuss your strong points. You’ve shown that you’re quite nimble and have demonstrated incredible tenacity when it comes to attacking your work assignment. In that respect, you leave many of your coworkers in the dust.”

“Thank you, Mike,” Alan said. “I love my job and I’m really trying to stand out.”

“There are a few things that we need to discuss, though,” Mike said. “We try to maintain a certain decorum at our firm, and you have shown a bit of a lack in that area.”

“Oh, I’m so sorry,” Alan said. “Can you give me an example?”

“Well, as you know, we have a dress code here Alan,” Mike said, “and those Izod knit shirts with the alligator symbol sewn on them is not really appropriate for the office.”

“I didn’t realize there was an official office uniform,” Alan said. “But if you need me to, I can start wearing dress shirts to the office. Anything else?”

Mike got a serious look on his face. “Yes, the other matter is a little more delicate, Alan,” he said. “Our IT group monitors internal web browsing histories of company-provided computers and they’ve reported to me that you’re spending an average of an hour and a half a day visiting porn sites.”

Alan turned red and stated to sweat a little. “I didn’t realize that my browsing history was monitored.”

“You should have read the employment agreement when you started, Alan,” Mike said. “The company reserves the right to monitor the use of company-issued equipment. I’m afraid that this breach of decorum is quite serious and we’re going to have to let you go.”

“Even if I cut it back to half hour a day?” Alan asked.

Mike just shook his head.

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “dust,” “uniform,” and “alligator.” Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (welcome), Daily Addictions (delicious), Your Daily Word Prompt (nimble), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tenacity), The Daily Spur (lack), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (web).

Razing The Majestic

0FA7C205-B34D-443B-A7E9-5C288AA8FCA0Georgia turned away from the window, tears welling up in her eyes. “I can’t believe that the city is razing the old Majestic Theater in order to build luxury condominiums. It makes me feel so tristful.”

“Tristful? What the hell does that mean, Georgia?” Edgar asked.

“Oh, you’re so pathetic,” Georgia said. “It means sad or sorrowful. And that’s how I feel about what they’re doing to the old Majestic.”

You, my dear, are such a drama queen, Edgar said. “And when did you start speaking in such a highfalutin manner? Why not just say it makes you sad. Tristful? Really?”

“Do you realize, Edgar, that the building that houses the Majestic is nearly a century old?” Georgia said. “I think we need to march on City Hall tomorrow to repudiate the actions of the mayor and the city council. They are not being consistent in their designation of historical sites, and the Majestic certainly qualifies as one.”

“Well, I can’t go tomorrow, Georgia,” Edgar said. “I have an appointment with my urologist about how best to treat my kidney stones.”

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge prompt, where the three things are “kidney,” “window,” and “drama.” Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (tristful), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (highfalutin, The Daily Spur (manner), Word of the Day Challenge (nearly), Your Daily Word Prompt (repudiate), and Daily Addictions (consistent).

50 Word Thursday — The Head Coach

F064BAEE-7417-46A0-A039-542887A06974“What had happened to him at that moment was what happens to people when they are unexpectedly caught in something very shameful,” the headmaster said.

“Are you talking about that incident when the former head coach of the school’s soccer team was in Cairo?” the recently hired head coach asked. “That time when he was allegedly caught having a sexual encounter with some overrated soccer jock?”

“Well, I’m not one to dish dirt,” the headmaster said, “but, yes, that time. He was in Cairo at the invitation of the national soccer team of Egypt,” the headmaster eagerly explained. He tried to duck out of the hotel so that the authorities wouldn’t catch the two of them together.”

“It seems he made one bad choice after another,” the new head coach said. “He clearly has an insipid character and lacks even a modicum common sense.”

“It’s a shame,” the headmaster said.

(150 words)

Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Kristian at Tales From the Mind of Kristian. The idea is to use the image above (unattributed), along with the line, “What had happened to him at that moment was what happens to people when they are unexpectedly caught in something very shameful,” from   Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy, and to write a post that must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.

Also for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “Cairo,” “duck,” and “invitation.” And for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (overrated), Word of the Day Challenge (jock), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (dirt), The Daily Spur (catch), Daily Addictions (choice), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (insipid).