The Swap

Tim: “So you all consent to the terms of the trade arrangement?”

Ted: “Well, I have to admit that I’m a bit nervous, but in the end, I don’t think I’ll have any regrets.”

Tim: “I just hope it doesn’t create a schism of any significance between our families.”

Ted: “I think it will work out fine. I’ve always wanted to have a buxom, curvy redhead as my partner and you’ve expressed your desire to have a slim, athletic brunette as yours.”

Tim: “Okay, then, it’s a deal. Starting tonight, we’ll swap spouses for three months and we’ll both get what we want.”

Ted: “Right. Now how about you girls?”

Joy and Anita: “We’ll drink to that!”


Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (consent), The Daily Spur (trade), Ragtag Daily Prompt (nervous), My Vivid Blog (regrets), and Word of the Day Challenge (schism).

#WDYS — Cousins

They were cousins, born just four months apart. They were closer than any two sisters you could imagine, but yet they were about as different as two little girls could possibly be. Maybe that was why they were close to inseparable and played so well together.

Their mothers were sisters and didn’t get along as well as their two daughters did. But the sisters had agreed to an arrangement where one of the sisters would watch the two little cousins on alternating weekends. That way, each of the sisters would get alone time with her respective spouse for an entire weekend every other weekend. This arrangement worked well for everyone — the mothers, the fathers, and the two little cousins.

Until that one weekend when the two little cousins, hand-in-hand, wandered off. The sister who had them for the weekend realized that she hadn’t seen or heard the girls for more than an hour. She called out their names, but there was no response. She went through every room in her house hoping to find them. But they were nowhere to be found.

She ran outside to the front yard to see if they were outside playing there. They weren’t. Then she ran to the back of the house. They were not there, either. She began screaming their names at the top of her lungs, but heard only silence in return.

She called her husband, who had gone to the hardware store, and told him the cousins were missing. He quickly drove home and joined his wife as they fanned out into the neighborhood to see if they could find the little girls. But they didn’t find them. Anywhere.

The mother of one of the little cousins reluctantly picked up the phone and called the mother of the other little cousin. “They’re missing,” she said, crying almost hysterically.


Written for the What Do You See? prompt from Sadje at Keep it Alive. Photo credit: Cheryl Holt at Pixabay.

#FOWC — To the Moon, Alice

“What is the possibility that we can reach an arrangement?” Alice asked her husband.

“By ‘arrangement,’ you mean that you want me to do something to placate you, don’t you, Alice?” Ralph said.

“Well, Ralph,” Alice said, “a little give and take is what is required in order to have a successful marriage.”

“I’m out driving a city bus twelve hours a day, Alice,” Ralph said, “and you’re talking about give and take? Sounds like you want me to do all the giving with you doing all the taking.”

“Well, Ralph,” Alice said, “happy wife, happy life.”

DAFEF382-1C32-4A72-89DF-1495B71A389FRalph looked straight at his wife, raised a clenched fist, and said, “One of these days, straight to the moon, Alice.”

“Oh Ralph,” Alice said, “you’re the greatest.”


Written for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (arrangement), the Word of the Day Challenge (placate), the Ragtag Daily Prompt (moon), and Your Daily Word Prompt (possibility).

FOWC with Fandango — Arrangement

FOWCWelcome to July 27, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “arrangement.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.