MLMM First Line Friday — Stand Up

d53f765b-e2f1-430e-880d-825f69dcbc78“Well I think it’s funny!” Sharon said. “And it’s not a mean funny, it’s, you know, an affable funny.”

“Thank you so much for letting me run my routine by you,” Joel said. “I’m so glad you liked it. You know, it’s always been my dream to do stand up.”

“Well, as long as it’s not a chore, you should continue to pursue it,” Sharon said.

“A chore?” Joel said. “Not at all. I love it. And I have a method to my madness. I’m adamant that I have the power to be a successful stand up comedian.”

“I have confidence that you’ll make it, Joel,” Sharon said. “By the way, I saw a female comedian the other night at a local club. She was marvelous, so funny. Maybe you know her, Joel. Her name is Mrs. Maisel, the same last name you have.”


Written for this week’s Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s First Line Friday. Also for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (affable), Nova’s Daily Random Word  (dream), Ragtag Daily Prompt (chore), Daily Addictions (method), Your Daily Word Prompt (adamant), and Word of the Day Challenge (power).

Insider Information

3d014dea-3277-47de-b800-d26271ec024f“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Darren said. If we dont jump on this, we’ll be frozen out of the deal.”

“You know, Darren, if you had a shard of integrity, you’d want us to walk away from this deal,” Henry said. “It’s an onerous path that the team would have to follow in order for us to see any kind of decent return on our investment.”

“Listen, I’ve got sound information from a source on the inside that the company is on the cusp of being awarded a big government contract from the EPA,” Darren said.

“Who’s your source?” Henry asked.

I can’t give you his name, but believe me, he’s an individual who can be trusted,” Darren said. Trust me, Henry, this deal will make us a bundle.”

*****Three weeks later*****

Henry ran into Darren’s office holding the newspaper. “Did you see this? The government is on shutdown. All contracting processes, including those at the EPA, have been suspended indefinitely.”

“Yeah, my source called me about an hour ago,” Darren said. “He told me that all bets are off.”

“Great, just great,” Henry said. “Do you know what this does to our bottom line? It’s like taking an uppercut to our financial chin from Floyd Mayweather. Do me a favor, Darren. The next time you get some insider information from a so-called reliable source, don’t come to me with it.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (opportunity), Nova’s Daily Random Word (frozen), Ragtag Daily Prompt (shard), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (onerous), Daily Addictions (individual), and Word of the Day Challenge (uppercut).

100WW — The Rally

02a53f4a-d4ea-404c-aebe-43268679557fAnita was crafting her intricate sign to bring to the rally. Donna brought her a cup of coffee and set it down on the table. “What are you hoping to accomplish?” Donna asked.

“My quest is to call attention to women’s rights,” Anita said. “Ever since Trump and his criminal associates took over, the rights we fought so hard for are frail. We must take umbrage with what they are doing not just in our words but with our actions.

“Well, it just so happens I read your horoscope today,” Donna said. “It said your endeavors will bear fruit.”

(100 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo by T. Chick McClure.

Also for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (intricate), Nova’s Daily Random Word (coffee), Ragtag Daily Prompt (quest), Your Daily Word Prompt (associate), Daily Addictions (frail), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (umbrage), and Weekly Prompts (horoscope).

The Collection

afa6f2fd-a690-4593-8898-e559ee1b1cb1“Okay, so what’s the plan?” Eric asked.

“I think the first thing we should do is take up a collection at the church service this coming Sunday,” Don said. “We should hit up those who are his avid supporters, those who share his ideology, as they’re leaving the evangelical church.

“Well,” Eric said, “we’d better do it sooner rather than later. His support is starting to decay somewhat.

Don laughed. “You’re watching too much fake news, Eric. Dad still has plenty of support on the Christian Right. We’ll take in a boatload of money from those zealots as they are exiting the building.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (plan), Ragtag Daily Prompt (collection), Nova’s Daily Random Word (service), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (avid), Your Daily word Prompt (ideology), and Daily Addictions (decay).

Give Me Some Space

3e013d37-d459-40b7-86e3-787d06265fc3“You need to give me some space,” Ned snapped at his wife.

Nancy was shocked by her husband’s rebuke. “I just can’t imagine your going to the coast alone, without me and the children.”

“Look,” Ned said, “the cardiologist said that it’s vital for my health to reduce my stress level. I think going to the beach house by myself will do me a world of good. I can spend a week or so just chilling out.”

“But if the kids and I go there with you, I’ll stay out of your way and keep the kids out of your hair. You’ll be able to take the time to wind down and relax,” Nancy said.

“Nancy,” Ned said sternly,” If I don’t get my blood pressure down, I won’t have many tomorrows left. I need this.”

Tears started streaming down Nancy’s cheeks. “Ned, I’m just so afraid that if you go there alone, it will mean that tomorrow’s forever.


Wriitdn fof these daily prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (space), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rebuke), Word of the Day Challenge (imagine), Daily Addictions (coast), Ragtag Daily Prompt (vital), and Michael’s Writing Prompts (tomorrow’s forever).