K is for Friends and Enemies

A2Z2020For this year’s A to Z Challenge I’m going to attempt to post an old saying or adage each day of the month of April (except for Sundays). I’m going through the alphabet, with the first letter of the adage beginning with the first letter of the alphabet (A) and continuing for 26 adages in alphabetical order until I get through the entire alphabet by April 30 — from A to Z.

I don’t know if it can be done, but I’m going to give it the old college try. Here’s my April 13th adage and it starts with the letter K.

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

What Do You See? — He’s My Brother

He Ain’t HeavyMany thought the two were brothers, although they shared no blood between them. They grew up in the same village, went to the same school, became the best of friends, and when they were old enough, they became soldiers together.

They trained hard, egged each other on, and ultimately grew into great and fierce warriors, fighting side-by-side against their common enemies, always victorious in battle. They were almost inseparable.

But despite their strong bond — as strong as any between brothers — they hailed from different clans. As fate would have it, a huge rift between the clans, each powerful and influential, emerged. And each man was expected to support and, if necessary, fight for his clan.

The rift grew greater over time and the clans went to war with each other. Because of their education, training, and skills, each of the two men were highly regarded within their own clan while widely feared by the other clan.

As the fiercest of warriors for each clan, it was almost inevitable that they would one day meet on the battlefield, and that only one would be left standing. When that day came, the two men, in earlier times, the closest of friends, entered the killing field as mortal enemies.

The battle between these two men lasted for three days, until, exhausted, one finally succumbed to his wounds and to fatigue, and perished. The victor lifted his victim into his arms and carried his former best friend and now vanquished enemy, across the countryside until he reach the home village of the other man’s clan.

There he stood, himself exhausted from his trek, holding the body of the other man. One of the clan elders came out to where the victorious warrior was standing. “Thank you for returning our son to us,” the elder said. “We will unburden you now. You may hand his body over to us.”

With tears in his eyes, the victor from the other clan, looked at the elder and quietly said, “He ain’t heavy. He’s my brother.

Written for this week’s What Do You See? prompt from Sadje at Keep It Alive. Photo credit: Irishamericanmom.

In Other Words — Upside Down and Backwards

EAFE9919-CEF8-4687-8586-85899927811EEverything is upside down and backwards.

Lies are truth, facts are fake, and down is up.

Wrong is right, guilty is innocent, and bad is good.

Friends are enemies and enemies are friends.

Reality is surreal; topsy-turvy.

In other wordsWritten for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the picture above and/or the word “topsy-turvy.” Photo credit: Garak01 from Pixabay.

Prom Pictures

A01E52DB-065B-4986-B830-D0861F04ECEBRobert had his camera ready to take a picture of his daughter, Meagan, and her date, Harry. “Daddy, whatever you do, please don’t embarrass me in front of my friends,” Meagan pleaded.

“You’re friends?” Robert said. “I thought it was going to be just you and Harry. You know it’s a long standing tradition to take a prom photo of a daughter and her prom date, not her whole coterie.”

“But Daddy, these are my best peeps,” Meagan said. “I can’t risk offending any of them by not including them in my prom pictures. That would be mega-eerie.”

“Well, I suppose I can take separate pictures of you and Harry, Kate and William, and Charles and Camilla,” Robert said. “And then one of your whole group. Will that work for you, sweetie?”

“Oh yes, Daddy, that would be fleek,” Meagan squealed.

Robert looked over at his wife and said, “Life with a teenage daughter certainly can be stimulating.”

Written for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (camera), Nova’s Daily Random Word (date), Your Daily Word Prompt (tradition), Ragtag Daily Prompt (coterie), Scotts Daily Prompt (risk), Weekly Prompts (eerie), and Word of the Day Challenge (stimulating).

Questionable Friends

5210CE76-CF13-4E02-B937-D8816236DDCDSo Nova, at My Namaste 365 Online, found this thing on Facebook where there are games you can play “with friends.” Then she wrote,” I thought I’d write up some interesting questions and see if my friends would like to play? I’m hoping so anyway.”

She then tagged ten of us “friends” to pose her questions to. So here are her questions.

Finish the Thought:

  1. Those words I couldn’t say… It’s my fault.
  2. It’s quite simple really… Turn it off and then turn it back on again.
  3. Sometimes I forget… to stop and smell the roses.
  4. I can sum that up easily… In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.
  5. A famous person born on my birthday is… Hayley Mills


  1. Job? Paperboy
  2. Thought in the morning? Gotta pee
  3. Car? 1961 Corvair Monza
  4. Decision you made as an adult? I have no idea
  5. Concert? Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

This or That?

  1. Hamburger or hot dog? Cheeseburger cheeseburger; Coke no Pepsi.
  2. Mountains or beach? Either/both
  3. Electric or standard tooth brush? Standard
  4. Call or text conversations? Text
  5. City life or country life? City

Would You Rather?

  1. WOULD YOU RATHER BECOME A CREATIVE PERSON OR A TECHNICAL PERSON? At my age I’m not “becoming” anything. I am what I am, which is not really a technical person (anymore).
  3. WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE TWO PERMANENT LAZY EYES OR ALWAYS GET NOSE BLEEDS AT EXTREMELY EMBARRASSING MOMENTS? “Are you looking at me?” I guess, lazy eyes. But maybe not. I rarely get extremely embarrassed, you know.
  5. WOULD YOU RATHER ALWAYS GET STUCK IN TRAFFIC OR ALWAYS HAVE A REALLY SLOW INTERNET CONNECTION? Since I hardly ever drive anymore, I’ll go with stuck in traffic. No one has time for a slow internet connection.

Okay, friends. Your turn.