Fandango’s Provocative Question #27

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

We all get older, and as we age, we tend to experience an increase in health issues and/or physical deterioration. So my provocative question this week is a hypothetical one. Let’s say that medical science came up with a miracle drug or treatment that would be guaranteed to permanently cure one specific disease or condition — or at least relieve all of the symptoms with no harmful side effects.

You can consider your answer from a personal perspective or from a broader, more altruistic perspective in terms of society in general.

Given that, here’s this week’s provocative question:

“If you could choose one — and only one — particular malady, condition, or disease for which a safe and effective treatment was available, what one condition would you choose to treat and why is that your choice?”

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ 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 most important, have fun.

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Run Away

C108B371-E106-45E2-AB9C-6D6529C8AB05Okay, yes, I was in a jealous rage when I hit him with my putter, but I only meant to hurt him, for crissake, not to kill him. Oh how I wish I could go back in time and return to those more innocent times. I’m feeling so nostalgic for those wonderful days when we were young newlyweds. We were oh so happy. But now, I see my reality and realize that I can’t escape the present. I look down and see the blood oozing from the wound on his head, a wound I put there. I am going to have to run away, to take flight. I’m going to have to disappear from this world and go someplace where I will be forever safe, where I’ll be alone, and where nobody knows my name.

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (jealous), Ragtag Daily Prompt (putter), Swimmers (kill), Word of the Day Challenge (return), Your Daily Word Prompt (nostalgic), and The Daily Spur (flight).

Twittering Tales — The Space Walk

18649ca4-f5b3-40e3-9c57-59a93da02e07.jpegIt seems so real. Like I’m actually floating weightlessly outside of the ship. This virtual reality experience is amazing.

Wait. It’s getting cold. I’m having trouble breathing. Is this VR thing safe? Vision’s getting blurry. My lungs! The pressure! Can’t breathe! TURN IT OFF!

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Written for this week’s Twittering Tales prompt from Kat Myrman. Photo credit: WikiImages at

100WW — Sorry About That

img_2714“We’ll be safe here,” Dan said.

“Right,” Donna said, unable to keep the skepticism out of her voice. “For how long?”

“I don’t know,” Dan admitted. “We made it through the night, didn’t we?”

“What’s up with the flare?” Donna asked. “Are you trying to lead them here?”

Dan put down the flare and walked up behind Donna, putting a hand on her shoulder. She looked up at him, comforted by his touch.

“I won’t let them hurt you.” Then ripping off his mask, he said, “But they found me last night, Donna. Now you’re all mine. Sorry about that.”

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Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo credit: Jenni Jones.

SoCS — Marathon Man

What immediately came to mind when I read today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt from Linda G. Hill and Joey at Joeyfully Stated, was the line, “Is it safe?” from the 1976 suspense thriller “Marathon Man” starring Dustin Hoffman and Laurence Olivier.

Why? Well, this week’s SoCS prompt is “save/safe.”

The aging Nazi war criminal, Christian Szell, played by Laurence Olivier, has Thomas “Babe” Levy, a Columbia graduate student and long-distance runner, played by Dustin Hoffman, strapped into a dentist’s chair.

Olivier’s character is torturing Hoffman’s character by drilling into a tooth nerve as he tries to find out if it’s safe for him to retrieve his contraband stash of stolen diamonds.

This is just one scene from “Marathon Man,” which is one of my all-time favorite movies of that suspense thriller genre. Whenever it’s playing on TV, I either watch it or record it on my DVR for watching when it’s more convenient.

If you haven’t seen “Marathon Man,” you should make a point of watching or recording it. It would be a great movie to save for a rainy day.