Other Fish in the Sea

72C5F241-C822-4995-834F-02DECC658D3E“Dammit,” Jack said. He was visibly upset as he stormed into my dorm room.

“Hey, dude, what’s got you so shaken?” I asked.

“I asked Barbara to the formal,” Jack said. “She’s such a fox, right? But do you know what she said?”

“Did she turn you down, buddy?”

“Oh yeah, she turned me down, all right,” Jack snarled. “She said I was trash. She called me an animal. She said my family had no money to speak of and that I was beneath her. She made me feel like a real piece of shit.”

“Don’t worry about her,” I said. “She thinks, just because her family comes from wealth, that she’s some sort of hot-shit debutante. But she’s just a snooty bitch and is not worth wasting your time and desire on. There are plenty of other fish in the sea.”

“Yeah, well, I suppose that forgetting about her would obviate the need for me to rent a tux for the formal,” Jack joked.

“Oh come on, buddy. You’ll find someone even finer to take to the dance in no time, Jack,” I said.

“That’s true, dude,” Jack said, a confident smile returning to his face. “They don’t call me Jack B. Nimble for nothing.”


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “trash,” “animal,” and “debutante.” Also for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (money), Your Daily Word Prompt (desired), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (obviate), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (nimble). Image credit: Pinterest.

Time To Write — A Satisfying Ending

2C375CD7-8FAF-496D-95DA-8ADAA099962B“What is it that you find so intriguing about the book you’re reading?” Harvey asked his wife. “You haven’t put it down since you opened it up a few hours ago.”

“You know I like suspense stories, right?” Sheri said. “Well, in this book, the villain is one sick dude. He lured this young, innocent women into his home, locks her into his dungeon-like basement, and chains her up like she is some kind of animal.”

“That sounds to me a lot like ‘Silence of the Lambs’ and so many other similar books,” Harvey said. “Seems like an overdone plot.”

“Maybe, but in this case, the sicko is not trying to use her skin to sew his own body suit out of it,” Sheri said.

“So what is he planning to do with her?” Harvey asked.

“I don’t know, yet” Sheri said, “but the only ending that will satisfy me would be for her to prevail and for him to meet a truly gruesome end.”


Written for Rachel Poli’s Time To Write prompt, where the word to base your story on is “animal.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (intriguing), Ragtag Daily Prompt (book), Your Daily Word Prompt (dungeon), and Word of the Day Challenge (satisfy).