MLMM First Line Friday — The Effete Snob

“Leave me alone,” she snapped, juking around him on the sidewalk and hurrying away with a quick clack of heels.

This used to be such a jolly place, she thought as she picked up her pace heading toward her car. Now I’m being accosted by these self-righteous people who try to tell me that I need to find Jesus or be prepared to spend eternity in hell. Who the hell do they think they are? Just look at what has become of our beautiful city. It’s swarming with filth and populated by ugly, smelly, low-life, homeless people who mooch off of society. They shuck and jive their way through life with no accountability whatsoever for their actions.

She picked up her pace and reached her Porsche, got in, and started the powerful engine. That does it, she thought. I’m going to leave the city, drive home, take off my heels, change into my bikini, and walk to my private beach where I don’t have to deal with the riff-raff, the dregs of society, or the hoi-polloi for one-minute more.


Written for today’s First Line Friday prompt from Mindlovemisery Menagerie. The first line is: “Leave me alone,” she snapped, juking around him on the sidewalk and hurrying away with a quick clack of heels. Also written for these Daily Prompts: The Daily Spur (jolly), MMA Storytime (righteous), Word of the Day Challenge (mooch), Your Daily Word Prompt (jive), Ragtag Daily Prompt (accountability), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (drive), and Just Jot it January (beach).

Note from Fandango: I have neither sympathy nor empathy for the protagonist in this post. Her thoughts, words, and actions in no way reflect my personal perspectives. But as I looked at the prompt words and the opening line presented today, this is what came to mind.

Thursday Inspiration — Go With the Flow

“Did you hear that they’re forecasting a category four hurricane for this weekend? It’s supposed to pummel the coastline with heavy rains and strong, gusty winds,” Ricky told his mother.

“Yes sweetie, I heard,” Anita said. “I hope it’s not as bad as the one we had three years ago. So much damage. It was so sad.

“I worry that, with climate change and all, that the storm three years ago won’t hold a candle to this upcoming hurricane,” Ricky said. “This time they’re predicting flash floods in low lying areas. Mom, do we live in a low lying area?”

“We do, hon, but they’re also warning of potential landslides and mudslides in the hilly parts of town,” Anita said.

“Mom, I’m scared, Ricky said. “Are we going to die?”

Anita walked over to where Ricky was standing and gave him a hug. “We’ll be fine, sweetie, I promise. You remember what your dad always used to say, right?”

“Yeah, Mom,” Ricky said, “he’d say to just go with the flow. But what if the flash floods or landslide flow in this direction?”

“Don’t worry, Ricky,” Anita reassured her son. “We’ll be fine.” She wished she believed what she was saying.


Written Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, were the theme is “flow.” Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (category), MMA Storytime (pummel), Word of the Day Challenge (sad), Just Jot it January (storm), and The Daily Spur (candle).

Vampires On Air

“This a joke, right?” Brad asked his best friend Tony.

“No, I’m very serious,” Tony said. “Do you have an issue with it?”

“Look, I know you yearn to have your podcast go viral, but are you sure you want to focus it on vampires?” Brad asked. “That seems to be a rather obscure niche.”

“Are you kidding me, Brad?” Tony said. “Vampires are lightning hot these days. Books, movies, TV shows. This is going to be a rocket to stardom for us.”


Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (joke), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (issue), Your Daily Word Prompt (yearn), MMA Storytime (podcast), Just Jot it January (vampires), Word of the Day Challenge (obscure), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (lightning). Illustration crédit: The Daily Beast

Modern Art

“Did you make your reservation yet, Jerry?” Annie asked.

“What reservation?”

“Joseph is putting his unique abstract paintings on display at the Museum of Modern Art,” Annie said. “Did you forget?”

“Well,” Jerry responded, “I thought they had shuttered the museum due to the statewide stay-at-home order.”

“Actually, the governor has opened up some businesses and services across the state, including museums, as long as proper protocols are observed,” Annie said. “So they’ve moved forward the date of the museum’s reopening.”

“That’s great, Annie,” Jerry said. “I bet Joseph must be thrilled.”

“Yes, he’s thrilled,” Annie said, “although he’s still having trouble getting his head around it. It’s all a bit of an abstraction to him.”


Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (reservation), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (unique), The Daily Spur (display), Just Jot it January (shutter), Ragtag Daily Prompt (forward), and Your Daily Word Prompt (abstraction). Image credit: Tom Fedro.

Trouble in Camelot

“Dammit, Tom, where are the specifications I asked for?” Reggie asked. “I told you I needed them by Friday so that I could work on them over the weekend.

“Boss,” Tom said, “I emailed you all of the specs on Thursday morning.” Tom pulled out his iPad, tapped the screen a few times, and showed Reggie the email with the attachments.

Reggie shook his head. “I think my internet service was down because I never got them,” he said.

“But, boss,” Tom said, “I sent the email with a read receipt and it said that you opened the email at 6:18 Thursday evening.”

“Oh, right,” Reggie admitted. “You know, Tom, there’s trouble here in Camelot and I’m under intense pressure to deliver this project on time and on budget. I’m feeling somewhat muddled of late. If we fail, we’re in danger that the mucky-mucks at Camelot will pull the plug and we’ll all be out of our jobs.”

“Don’t worry, boss,” Tom said. “We can pull the team together and get this done. Those heartless bastards at HQ will get their comeuppance.”


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Just Jot it January prompt (specs), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (service), The Daily Spur (Camelot), Ragtag Daily Prompt (muddle), MMA Storytime (danger), and Word of the Day Challenge (comeuppance).