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.”