He Was Good at His Job

0E96A2B2-54C0-4E65-A8F5-7743E703209DHe knew the neighborhood well. He studied the comings and goings of the people who lived in the houses in a four square block area. He observed their habits, memorized their routines. He was aware of the working couples who were gone during the day. He knew when the mothers took their kids to school in the mornings and picked them up in the afternoons. He knew when the old retired couples would be out taking their dogs for walks. He was a patient man. He watched and waited.

And then he’d see the USPS trucks, the UPS trucks, the FedEx trucks, and the Amazon trucks pull up in front of the houses in the neighborhood. He’d watch the drivers hop out of their trucks, go to the front doors, ring the doorbells, and when no one answered, leave the packages on the front porches or just outside of the doors.

And when the delivery trucks pulled away, he would casually walk up to the houses, looking as if he belonged. He would step up to the front door or onto the porch. He would pick up and walk off with the just delivered packages, the new arrivals.

He was the porch pirate. He was good at his job.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where the assignment is to write a post about New Arrivals.

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).

Friday Fictioneers — Crystal Bowl

9F78C329-0553-4A93-8271-56EA98754BAA“What is that plant doing in my crystal bowl?” Joanna screamed. “Remove it from that bowl immediately!”

“Jeez, Joanna, relax,” Frank said. “I need something to put the plant in for a few days until the planter I ordered from Amazon arrives.”

“That crystal bowl has been in my family for three generation,” Joanna said. “It’s not for plants.”

“Well, what’s it for, then?” Frank asked. “I’ve never seen anything in this bowl other than an accumulation of dust.”

“It’s for show,” Joanna said.

“Great,” Frank said. “Then let it show my plant some love for a few days.”

(99 words)


Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

Can I Get Some More Moxie?

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I’m old enough to remember that Moxie was a soda brand. It was, back in the day, a very popular brand, even more popular at one point than Coca-Cola.

Moxie was introduced in 1876 and was one of the first mass produced carbonated beverages.

Since I’ve never come across Moxie beverages in any store that sells soda, I was wondering if it’s possible buy it anymore or if the brand is now defunct. So I went somewhere where you can buy virtually anything: Amazon. Sure enough, you can buy your very own six-pack of Moxie and have it shipped right to your door.

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These days, though, for many, the word “moxie” conjures up attributes such courage, determination, nerve, and force of character. It’s similar to another recent WordPress one-word prompt, “pluck” and its synonym “spunk.”

And then, while searching for an image of Moxie to use for this post, I came across this:

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I agree that what our country needs is more moxie and it has to start with the Republicans in Congress. They need to demonstrate courage, determination, and nerve. They need to stand together in a force of character. They need to stand up to Donald Trump in order to save our republic.

They need to show some moxie.


This post is for today’s one word prompt: Moxie.