SoCS — Opposing Forces

“What difference does it make?” he asked her.

“Are you kidding me?” she said. “It makes a world of difference. It’s as if you want to imprison me when all I want is to be free.”

“But if you leave me, it will break my heart,” he said.

“Oh, I’m sure that tart of a receptionist you’ve been running around with behind my back will help mend your broken heart quite nicely.”


Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the the word is “difference.” Also for the the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Saturday Mix prompt, where the opposing forces are “imprison/free” and “break/mend.”

Opposing Forces — Memories

I used to live on the east coast.

Now I live on the west coast.

But I still have many photographs from my time living back east.

And while some of them are faded, as are a few of the memories behind them, looking at them still brightens my day.


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Opposing Forces prompt, where the paired words are “east/west” and “fade/brighten.”

SoCS/Opposing Forces

Well this is special. Linda G. Hill gave us “above/below” for her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. And weejars gave us “giant/tiny” and “heavy/light” for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Opposing Forces Prompt. Three sets of opposites.

So I thought it might be fun to come up with one stream of consciousness post that combines the three pairs of opposites. Let’s see how I do.


“I promise you, Marianne,” Josh said as he sat across the kitchen table from his wife, “this is not one of my hairbrained schemes. Everything is above board. And if it all goes as planned, the payoff in the end will be nothing short of giant.”

“Yeah, right, Josh,” Marianne said. “What kind of con is your tiny little brain cooking up now?”

Josh reached over and grabbed Marianne’s hands. “You used to believe in me, Marianne,” he said. “Now you sling insults at me.” Josh got a hurt look on his face. “I ain’t no lightweight, you know. You’re hitting me below the belt with comments like that.”

Marianne pulled her hands away from Josh’s. “You have a history, Josh. You always end up screwing your scams up and I wind up stuck having to bail you out of a jam.”

“This time it’s going to different, Marianne, I swear to you,” Josh said. “I’ve got it all worked out, so you can leave the heavy lifting to me.”

“Yeah, yeah, yeah,” Marianne said. “That’s what you say and then the burden falls upon me to clean up your mess.”

“Have faith in me, Marianne,” Josh said. “I’m going to score big time on this one and then we’ll have enough to get out of this shithole apartment and live the good life together.”

Marianne looked sympathetically at Josh. “Okay, fine,” she said. “One last con. Just promise me, Josh, that you won’t get yourself killed.”

“Aw, see, you do love me,” Josh said as he stood up, moved over to where Marianne was sitting, and gave her a kiss.

Weekend Writing Prompt — Tenacious

Tina was an investigative reporter for the local newspaper. Her job was to ask probing questions and to get answers from local officials in her dogged pursuit of corruption.

Together with her assigned photographer, she would conduct interviews with council members and was known to occasionally tear one apart with her relentless questioning.

It wasn’t log before Tina’s reputation for rooting out corruption in her home town earned her the nickname, “Tenacious Tina.”

(73 words)


Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “tenacious” in exactly 73 words.Also for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Opposing Forces Saturday Mix, where the words are “answer/question” and “together/apart.”

MLMM/Weekend Writing Prompt — it’s Not the Heat, It’s the Humidity

“It’s so damn humid,” Daniel complained. “I’m feeling so languid. I don’t mind the heat, but this mugginess is killing me. I’m literally doing nothing and yet I’m sweating like a pig. I’m more accustomed to dry heat.”

“Well, you’ll just have to export yourself back to Phoenix,” Jimmy said.

“Or import the dry air from Phoenix.”

(57 words)


Written for the Weekend Writing Prompt from Sammi Cox, where the word is “languid” in 57 Words.Also for the Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, where the word pairs are humid and dry and import and export.