WDYS — The Sinkhole

“I told you that you shouldn’t build your house on this particular site,” the architect told Frank as the two of them were assessing the damage to the partially sunken house. “This area is known to be a liquefaction zone.”

“I don’t know what that means,” Frank’s said, “but I have a feeling you’re going to tell me and I’m not going to like it.”

“Liquefaction occurs when saturated or partially saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress, such as shaking during an earthquake. When that happens, the soil, which ordinarily is a solid, behaves more like a liquid,” the architect explained. “Because this area is prone to earthquakes, which cause the ground to oscillate, the land is unstable.”

“You never told me that my house would fall into what amounts to a giant sinkhole in the ground,” Frank. “I’m going to sue the shit out of you.”

“Good luck with that Frank,” the architect said. “I sent you a written report in which I did warn you that this property was in a liquefaction zone and I recommended months before you started to break ground on your house that you needed to find a different piece of property, one that was not in a liquefaction zone,” the architect said, “but you rebuffed my recommendation and insisted on building here on this site because you liked the view. How do you like it now, Frank?”

“So what am I going to do?” Frank asked. “My beautiful new home is ruined.”

“I think you need to call your homeowners insurance company, Frank,” the architect said. “Good luck with that.”


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: Lance Anderson @ Unsplash. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (particular), The Daily Spur (feeling), Ragtag Daily Prompt (oscillate), Word of the Day Challenge (month), and Your Daily Word Prompt (rebuff).

The House Hunt

92191E54-4EAE-4690-BCF5-918D8E4B5517“This house is in a shambles,” Sandra said. “I’m ready to march outta here right now. I just don’t see how we can take this on.”

“But wait, honey” Josh said, “Didn’t you see that beautiful waterfall and how the water cascades down and flows under the bridge?” It’s a real treasure.”

“Yes, I admit that the property’s setting is idyllic,” Sandra said, “but the house itself, no way. I just don’t want to go through the grind of major another renovation project.”

“Fine,” Josh said. He whipped out his iPhone and started looking at other listings in the area on Realtor.com.

“Put that away,” Sandra said. “I want us to go through a human real estate agent. Clearly finding suitable properties on the internet just isn’t working out.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (shambles), Scott’s Daily Prompt (march), Your Daily Word Promot (cascade), Ragtag Daily Prompt (bridge), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (treasure), HW Daily Word Prompt (grind), and Nova’s Daily Random Word (Internet).

FOWC with Fandango — Property

FOWCWelcome to November 16, 2018 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “property.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.