#writephoto and 3TC — Pastoral Vista

A22F08CE-D842-4877-A86C-751DDB0B4E26“So where are we exactly?” Dan, looking at the pastoral vista of the valley below them, asked Jim.

Jim pulled out his compass. “This is not normal,” he said, a sense of dread in his voice

“What do you mean by not normal,” Dan asked.

“The bearings are all fucked up,” Jim said. “It’s like there’s some geological phenomenon going on.”

At that moment, the earthquake hit, swallowing up the two hikers.

Written for the Three Things Challenge from Di at Pensitivity101. The three things are “normal,” “exactly,” and “bearings.” And for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

FFfPP/3TC — A Special Project

FEA2633E-A07C-48F5-84B2-485265F58610“I’ve got a special project for you, son,” Billy’s father said.

Billy rolled his eyes. “Oh yeah?” he said. “What thankless task is that you want me to do for you this time?”

“I want to offer you the opportunity to scrape off all of the old paint from the fence in the backyard, sand it down, and put on a fresh coat of stain,” his father responded.

“Wait,” Billy said. “You want me to scrape, sand, and stain the whole fence by the end of the day today? That’s a tall order, Dad.”

“Come on, son,” his father said, “I know you’re up to it. Then you can put the second coat of stain on it tomorrow, which will give it time to dry before the rain comes over the weekend.”

Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner from Roger Shipp. Photo credit: Morguefile.com. Also written for today’s Three Things Challenge from Di over at Pensitivity101. The three things are offer, tall, and special.


“So what do you think of my latest work of art?” Harvey asked his wife. “I used the wood carving kit you gave me last Christmas to make it.

Mary stared at it for a few seconds, shook her head, and said, “It’s interesting.”

“Interesting?” Harvey said. “What exactly does that mean? Don’t you think I did a good job carving it? It was tough to maneuver the tools just the right way on such a small piece.”

“To tell you the truth,” Mary said, “I’m feeling a bit ambivalent about it.”

“Why would you say that?” Harvey asked. “Either you like it or you don’t.”

“It’s actually very good, Harvey,” Mary said. “But why did you decide to carve that image? You know how I feel about him.”

“It was my call, and it’s not my fault that you feel that way about him,” Harvey said. “Besides, I think the carving is a little understated.”

“You’re right, Harvey, it’s not your fault that you carved an image of a man I despise,” Mary said.9219AC2A-BA44-45EB-B143-E41B17B54888“And it won’t be my fault when I take your sledge hammer and smash that abomination you carved to smitherines.”

Written for Pensitivity100’s Three Things Challenge, where the things are tools, wood, and job. Also for these daily prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (maneuver), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ambivalent), Ragtag Daily Prompt (call), The Daily Spur (fault), and Word of the Day Challenge (understated).

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.

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).