Fandango’s Flashback Friday — October 15th

Wouldn’t you like to expose your newer readers to some of your earlier posts that they might never have seen? Or remind your long term followers of posts that they might not remember? Each Friday I will publish a post I wrote on this exact date in a previous year.

How about you? Why don’t you reach back into your own archives and highlight a post that you wrote on this very date in a previous year? You can repost your Friday Flashback post on your blog and pingback to this post. Or you can just write a comment below with a link to the post you selected.

If you’ve been blogging for less than a year, go ahead and choose a post that you previously published on this day (the 15th) of any month within the past year and link to that post in a comment.

This was originally posted on October 15, 2017.

Sunday Photo Fiction — The Cruise

“I can’t believe we’re finally going on a cruise,” Bertha gushed. “I’ve wanted to go on one of these ever since I can remember.”

“There’s nothing too good for my Bertha,” Benny said. He looked around at the five other people sitting at their table. “It’s our fiftieth anniversary.”

“Oh, that’s wonderful,” Mildred said. “My husband got me this cruise for my 65th birthday, which was last month.” She nudged Charles, who was dozing. “Isn’t that right, Charles?”

“This is my second cruise,” said Murray jumped in. “The last time I was with my wife,” he added.

“Is she not with you this time?” Benny asked.

“No. The last time we hit some rough water and she got severely seasick. And then there was some kind of food poisoning or something and nearly everyone on board, passengers and crew alike, got severe diarrhea.”

“Oh my,” said Henrietta. “No wonder she didn’t want to join you this time.”

“Well,” Murray said, “she passed before the cruise ended. But she wasn’t very good company anyway, so I thought I’d give it another go.”

The conversation stopped. The others all got up and left the table.

“Hey, where’s everyone going?” Murray asked.

(199 words)

Written for this week’s Sunday Photo Fiction prompt.

A Not So Happy Anniversary

It was their tenth anniversary and he had arranged to take her out to her favorite restaurant. Suddenly his cellphone started to vibrate and Jeff pulled it out of his back pocket and started to read his text message. Tina picked up her water glass and tossed its wet contents in his direction.

Jeff ducked to one side so that most of the water missed hitting him in the face. “What the fuck, Tina?” he said, picking up his napkin and drying off his phone.

“It’s our anniversary, Jeff,” Tina said, tears welling up in her eyes. Can’t you even attempt to make me a priority for just one night?”

“Are you serious? Where’s the gratitude for all the years I’ve devoted to you and our family?” Jeff asked his wife. “Why are you always so volatile? You’re embarrassing yourself.”

“Maybe if you experienced a just a little of the emotional abuse you’ve been putting me through for years, you might appreciate the anguish I’m feeling. But go ahead and respond to whatever text message you got. I know where your priorities lie.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (direction), Ragtag Daily Prompt (duck), The Daily Spur (gratitude), Your Daily Word Prompt (volatile), and Word of the Day Challenge (anguish).

MLMM Sunday Writing Prompt — An Annual Event

It was an annual event, but was it to celebrate or commiserate over? Well, I suppose that depended upon who you were asking. If you asked her, it was to celebrate something sublime. But if you asked me, to the extent that what I thought mattered at all, it was traumatic.

Still, every year, on the anniversary of our divorce, my ex-wife insisted on throwing a divorce party and she would invite me to attend. Why she wanted me there, I don’t know, and it was even a riddle to me why I always attended. Each year, her promises to not humiliate me in front of the other guests were broken, and she delighted in doing that to me.

But last year, after speaking with my therapist, who suggested that going to my ex-wife’s sadistic yearly divorce parties would hinder my recovery, I declined her invitation.

I heard that she was outraged when she received my declination, that she was livid, and went stark raving mad. She ultimately took her own life and today is the one year anniversary of her death. I’m not sure if that is something I should celebrate or commiserate over.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt, where the lead off sentence is “It was an annual event, but was it to celebrate or commiserate over?” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sublime), Your Daily Word Prompt (extent) The Daily Spur (riddle), Ragtag Daily Prompt (promises), and Word of the Day Challenge (recovery).

The Road To Hell

Music Challenge Large“Do you know what day yesterday was?” Elizabeth asked her husband.

“Yesterday? Thursday, I think,” David said, chuckling. “It’s hard to know these days, what with the shelter-in-place mandates and with me working from home. The days just seem to blend together, where one day is like the next, you know. So Thursday, right?”

Elizabeth crossed her arms over her chest. “Yes, David,” she said, “technically yesterday was Thursday. But what else was it?”

David got a perplexed look on his face. He started to think and then got a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach. “Oh shit,” he said. “Yesterday was our fourth wedding anniversary.”

“Yes, it was,” Elizabeth said, tears welling up in her eyes.

“I’m so sorry, Lizzy,” David said. “I had intended to do something special for you on our anniversary, but these days it’s really hard to keep track of time, especially since I’ve been inundated with work emails and text messages this week.”

“Well, David,” Elizabeth said, “you know what they say about good intentions, don’t you?”

David sighed. “You mean that old saw about the road to hell is paved with good intentions?”

“Yes, that’s what I mean,” Elizabeth said. “And that’s exactly where you can go!”

Written for Jim Adam’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Music Challenge, where he talks about good intentions. Because it’s a music challenge, I searched for a song about good intentions, and found one I never heard before, but I was — you know — filled with good intentions.

I also managed to sneak into this post today’s Fandango’s One Word Challenge (inundated).