Friday Fictioneers — Empty Shelves

D29E0192-D8FD-420D-9A63-2D4A058F0B0A“Mr. Kim, what’s happening?” Mrs. Klein asked. “Your shelves are almost empty. Where are all of the exotic fruits and vegetable that usually fill your shelves?”

“In a word, Mrs. Klein, it’s coronavirus,” Mr. Kim said. “Many of my exotic fruits and vegetables come from China and other parts of Asia and I can’t get them anymore due to this health crisis.”

“Don’t you see what’s happening?” Mrs. Klein said. “The coronavirus is a Democratic hoax designed to undercut our president. It’s all made it up just to make Trump look bad.”

Mr. Kim shook his head and walked away.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle-Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Roger Bultot.

Who Won The Week? 03/01/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week I am choosing a word: hoax.E92375B0-487A-4CE3-A4CE-97B53EA72DDBWhat is a hoax? It’s a deception, a lie, or a trick that is designed to appear true and fool others into believing in its truth.

So why am I choosing “hoax”? Well, that seems to be one of Donald Trump’s favorite words. Especially when it comes to anything he doesn’t like or that casts him in a negative light. And, sadly, his supporters tend to be buying into it.

Rejecting the findings of nearly all scientists, Trump has referred to climate change a hoax. He claimed that Russian interference with the 2016 elections was a hoax. He called the Mueller investigation into his potential collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice a hoax.

He called the charges against his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, as well as contentious hearings on his appointment to the High Court, hoaxes.

The impeachment hearings by the House of Representatives was a hoax. The impeachment trial in the Senate was a hoax. And his latest hoax claim is that Democratic complaints about his handling of the coronavirus threat is “their new hoax.”

It seems “hoax” has replaced “fake news” and “witch hunt” as Donald’s favorite words. So that is why I chose “hoax” as the word that won the week this week.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

Weekend Writing Prompt/JusJoJan —Climate Change

7A3FC3C3-ED57-4D20-BD77-3F87CE8C4178“What is it about the gravity of the situation that you can’t seem to grasp?” Janice asked. “Don’t brush me off with your usual argument that climate change is just a hoax.”

“I don’t believe climate change is a hoax,” Richard said. “I just don’t think it’s going to devour all life as we know it on our planet by, what’s the date, 2030 or something?”

“So you don’t believe 97% of climate scientists who are saying we’ve got only about a decade before there is irrevocable damage to the planet?” Janet asked.

“I just have an easygoing temperament,” Richard said. “I don’t go crazy over things I can’t control.”

(108 words)

68F3F1B9-0E27-4B85-A534-73734CB5DDCEWritten for Linda G. Hill’s JusJoJan prompt word, “gravity,” and for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “devour” in exactly 108 words. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (brush), Daily Addictions (date), and Your Daily Word Prompt (temperament).

And for what it’s worth, I personally don’t agree with Richard on this topic.

50 Word Thursday — Drowning

F869B00A-0209-4DF2-9749-C6A399548055I should have paid attention when he said, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Instead I sit high atop a hill on my favorite park bench knee deep in water. But he persuaded me that he was right. He denied that climate change was real. He said it was all a hoax from those lefty socialist and the Chinese. He told me not to believe what I saw with my own eyes or heard with my own ears. He said to listen only to him, that he alone could fix it. Now our planet is drowning.

(100 words)

Written for this week’s 50 Word Thursday prompt from Teresa (aka The Haunted Wordsmith). The idea is to use the image above (credit: janrye from Pixabay), along with the lines, “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good,” from J.K. Rowling’s, The Prisoner of Azkaban, and to write a post that must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments.

FFfAW — So Much For Global Warming


“It freaking snowed last night,” Jonathan said as he looked out of the kitchen window.

“Get out!” Jeanine, exclaimed. “It never snows around here.” She came over to the window. “Will you look at that? That’s got to be a couple of inches, right?”

“See, Jeanine,” Jonathan said, “the President is right. This whole global warming thing. It’s just a big hoax. How can the the planet be getting hotter if it got cold enough to snow in LA last night?”

Jeanine looked at her husband. “I think you’re confusing weather and climate. Climate change is not just about warming temperatures. It alters weather patterns, which can result in extreme weather events. Heat waves and large storms will become more frequent and more intense. There will be more precipitation, storms, floods, and droughts due to climate change.”

“Woman,” Jonathan said. “You’ve been drinking too much of that liberal Kool Aid lately.”

“Well, Jonathan, maybe you should ask Trump why it snowed here last night. He undoubtably knows more than the climatologists.”

(171 words)

Written for Priceless Joy’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers. Photo credit: Yinglan.