MLMM Photo Challenge — The Jack of Spades

The queen was having an affair with the jack
All the while behind the king’s back
When the king finally found out
The jack had stolen his queen’s heart
He shot the jack with a poisoned dart
Then buried the scoundrel in the castle glade
Digging the grave using the jack’s own spade

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Mahdie Farhadkiaei.

Stand Your Ground

715A117A-49EC-4C13-B505-181C9787996F“I say, old chap, aren’t you overreacting a bit?” Graham asked as Peter shoved his shotgun into Graham’s chest.

“I think not, you scoundrel” Peter responded. “You have invaded my domain, abused the sanctity of my home, and had your way with my darling Beatrice. A man’s home is his castle and you have dared to breach the castle’s keep. I have no choice but to stand my ground.”

“You are an old fool, Peter,” Graham said, swatting away the shotgun. “I didn’t invade your castle, I was invited here by the lady of the manor. She has grown tired of you, bored by you, and has been seeking the thrill of an elicit relationship with a man of adventure such as myself.”

“You are a liar!” Peter exclaimed, lunging at Graham, placing his two hands around Graham’s neck, and squeezing.

“Stop it!” Beatrice screamed as she entered the room. “Let’s sit down and talk about this like civilized people.” She picked up a small bell from the coffee table and shook it. When the housekeeper responded, Beatrice instructed her to fetch some tea for the three of them. Then Beatrice motioned for the two men to sit down on the sofa and she took a chair opposite them. They sat in silence until the housekeeper served the tea.

When the housekeeper left the room, Peter broke the silence. “Beatrice, is it true? Did you invite this cad into our home?”

“Yes, Peter, I did,” Beatrice admitted. “Graham and I have establish a bond and while I will always love you, sweet Peter, there’s no passion, and passion is what I need and passion is what Graham is all about.”

“But my darling Beatrice,” Peter said, “this is our castle and I am the king and you are my queen.”

“Well, old chap,” Graham said, a triumphant smile gracing his face, “it looks like I am the new king of the castle having, ascended to the throne.”

Peter picked up his shotgun and fired two shots point blank at Graham and Beatrice, instantly killing them both. “The king is dead,” Peter said. “Long live the king.”

Written for Sandman Jazz’s Writing Challenge, where the starting point is the picture at the top of this post, and for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration, where the theme is “castle” and includes the image below.6C326E12-EBC1-4E46-806D-FA2888A74221

The Death of Democracy

15BECABE-C7F4-4FFD-863E-663978375770Wait!” Josh exclaimed. “Are you serious?”

“Unfortunately, I am,” Lauren said. “The Justice Department is dropping the charges against Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts during the presidential transition. It’s a stunning reversal by the DOJ in its case against Flynn, even though he was convicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller had put together a detailed outline of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and Flynn’s role in it.”

Josh shook his head and sighed. “It’s all politics, these days,” he said. “Trump, thanks to Barr, McConnell, and all of the Republican ass-lickers in Congress, is getting away with anything and everything.”

“What else is new?” Lauren asked. “Democracy in America died in November 2016 and Trump is now acting like he’s the king.”

Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration (wait), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (outline), The Daily Spur (politics), and Word of the Day Challenge (new).

Who Won The Week? 02/16/2020

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 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, or in today’s case, Sunday afternoon (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 reluctantly choosing Donald Trump.

66378E30-8936-461F-B9DF-D26FEC72902FEmboldened by his acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate on February 5th, the “Real Donald Trump” has been unleashed. Asked what he learned from impeachment, Trump told reporters that his biggest takeaway was that “the Democrats are crooked. … That they’re vicious. That they shouldn’t have brought impeachment.”

And then, in a tweet, he literally referred to himself as “the King.”A7AB14EC-9DDF-4A06-AF68-266308714E1EAnd now, in a move seen as unabashed political retaliation, he’s ousting individuals that he believes crossed him during impeachment from his White House and administration.

And this past week Trump inserted himself into the fight over a sentencing recommendation for his longtime associate, Roger Stone. Trump criticized the career Justice Department prosecutors who worked on the case and the judge assigned to the trial. Of course, William Barr is doing exactly what Trump wanted him to do.

Some Republicans had hoped that Trump would be chastened by the impeachment proceedings. But the exact opposite has proven to be true. He has expressed no remorse over his actions, and instead is doing everything he can to strengthen his hold over the executive branch. He now feels totally unrestrained and is behaving more like an autocratic dictator than the leader of a democratic republic.

And so, while it pains me to do so, I declare that Donald Trump has won the week.

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

The Man Who Would Be King

King Donald“This whole mess gives me pause,” Michael said.

“Well, it makes me feel jittery,” Michele admitted.

“The whole damn system is broken, as far as I’m concerned,” Chris added.

“I know,” agreed Peter, “The president is acting like a goddam king, a despotic ruler who is out only to enrich himself and his family at the expense of the American people.”

“I wish Congress would do its job and move more briskly to impeach the man before it’s too late,” Michael said.

“Hear, hear,” the others chimed in, clinking their beer steins together in a toast to a better future.

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (pause), Word of the Day (jittery), Ragtag Daily Prompt (broken), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ruler), Daily Addictions (family), and Your Daily Word Prompt (brisk).