3TC — The Keepsake

5FB55454-D49E-4248-AF52-A81D74FC2FA8“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury,” the defense attorney said, “the matter before you is a simple case of he said/she said. The prosecutor will stand before you spewing a nonsensical word salad in which he will muddy the fundamental issue before this court. He will claim that my client, Miss Meadows, stole the jewel-encrusted, iridescent brooch from her former fiancé, Mr. Donnelly. But we will demonstrate that the relationship between Miss Meadows and my client was, for a time, nothing if not magic.”

The attorney walked over to the table where his client was seated. “In celebration of the one year anniversary of their engagement, Mr. Donnelly presented a beautiful brooch, appraised at $10,000, to Miss Meadows at a party he threw to celebrate the occasion, as a keepsake,” he said. “But after she found about his infidelities, Miss Meadows broke off their engagement and is simply trying to seek possession of the gift Mr. Donnelly gave her.”

The attorney stepped up to the jury box and in a quiet, confident voice said, “What you will be learning through the testimony of eye witnesses who attended the anniversary party will be the unfiltered truth. I have no doubt that, at the end of this trial, you will do the right and just thing and will find in favor of my client.”


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “salad,” “keepsake,” and “filter.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (case), Ragtag Daily Prompt (iridescence), Your Daily Word Prompt (magic), and Word of the Day Challenge (learning).

Father Outlaw

BF6A98C8-7823-4480-829A-A6E54B1E14E2“Damn,” Dan said after hanging up the phone. “Hon, I gotta go. I should be back in a few hours.”

“What’s up, Dan?” Judy asked.

“That was Ted, my father outlaw,” Dan explained to his new fiancé. “He wants to talk about something.”

“Your father outlaw? What’s that?”

“Ted is Elaine’s father,” Dan said. “When she and I were still married, he was my father-in-law, but now that she and I are divorced, he’s my father outlaw. Get it?”

(79 words, exactly)


Written for this week’s Weekend Writing Prompt from Sammi Cox. The prompt is “outlaw,” and the post must be exactly 79 words.

50 Word Thursday — The Ring

DC722FF8-487C-4F60-BF89-E9686866E692If I’d stopped to think I might not have done it, but fury is a great disregarder of caution. I jumped into the murky water from the houseboat we’d rented to try to retrieve the diamond engagement ring my fiancé, in a fit of rage, threw overboard.

I decided to confess that I’d had sex with her sister, but tried to explain that I, in a moment of weakness, was seduced by her sister. That was no reason for her to toss that expensive ring into the water. 

Now my whole body is covered with welts from jellyfish stings.

(100 words)


Written for Deb Whitman’s 50 Word Thursday prompt. The idea is to respond to the prompt in multiples of 50 words – maximum of 250 words. Deb provides a photo and a random phrase from a book she is reading. We can use either or both. This week’s phrase is, “If I’d stopped to think I might not have done it, but fury is a great disregarder of caution.”