Mission Impossible

As Jimmy passed through the gate, he had this disconcerting thought that he might never return. He was warned that this mission would be a delicate one, but he was assured that they were confident, as they waved goodbye, that he had the capacity to pull it off.

Jimmy was having second thoughts as he cautiously proceeded. Did they gaslight him into believing that he had the goods to succeed? Or was their intent to humiliate him if he failed? Clearly they were a bunch of barracudas gleefully sending him on a mission impossible.

After all, Jimmy had never before played the Nest of Vipers video game.5E912056-E1E3-429E-9813-568961EFF142


Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge, where the three things are “wave,” “gaslight,” and “barracuda.” Also for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (gate), Ragtag Daily Prompt (return), Word of the Day Challenge (delicate), Daily Addictions (capacity), Your Daily Word Prompt (humiliate), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (nest).

#writephoto — The Calming Clouds

339D1947-3C7F-4C84-B11E-DDE647BE625BDarren stormed out of the house, slamming the door behind him. Concerned, his wife ran outside after him and found him standing there, hands on his hips, staring off into the sky.

“Darren, what’s wrong? she asked when she got to his side. She reached down and grabbed his hand. “What’s got you so upset?”

Darren continued to stare at the sky. He saw the sun shining through the gray clouds, illuminating the bare branches of the winter trees. After a moment he sighed and said, “I’m sorry, Liz, but I just get so damn angry every time I watch the news. The man took an oath of office in which he swore to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States. But everything he does, ever word he utters, is detrimental to the country and its citizens and violates the oath he took when he became president. I find it relaxing to watch the slow movements of the clouds across the sky. I brings me peace.”

“Well, you deserve some peace and relaxation, that’s for sure,” Liz said. “And as to Trump and all of his rich, corpulent political sycophants, and corporate fat cats, their corrupt and despicable manifestations of amoral behavior will be judged appropriately by the court of history.”

“I hope you’re right, honey,” Darren said, “but in the meantime, I’m at peace just watching the clouds float by.


This political fantasy was written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt. I also fit in these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (oath), Fandago’s One-Word Challenge (detrimental), Your Daily Word Prompt (relaxation), Ragtag Daily Prompt (corpulent), and Nova’s Daily Random Word (manifestation).

The Holiday Fair

69FC55F6-E31F-4737-B6FE-947369D47BDAWe have this annual tradition in our family. I’ll admit that it’s a bit of an indulgence, but our town holds a holiday fair each year, and on the day after Christmas, we all go there, let loose, and have so much fun.

They have amateur boxing matches. There are caricature artists sketching imaginatively drawn portraits of all of us. All kinds of craft booths dot the fairgrounds, and there’s plenty of great food, fun rides, and games of skill. And so much beer!

Of course, once we come home after a day of revelry, we realize that some of us may have gone a little overboard, eating, drinking, and playing to excess. And then we must confront our stuffed bellies, sore muscles, aches and pains, and the inevitable hangover we’ll have tomorrow.

But it’s all worth it.


Written for these one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (tradition), Your Daily Word Prompt (indulgence), Word of the Day Challenge (boxing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (caricature), Nova’s Daily Random Word (imaginatively), and Scott’s Daily Prompt (confront).

Anything But That

D4E7EC5B-99A2-4D97-A539-466EC0ABC94BEveryone in the family was gathered together for Christmas Eve and Day. It was a formidable gathering and the holiday decorations, both inside the house and outside, were resplendent.

The children had been waiting in anticipation to open up their Christmas gifts under the large tree early on Christmas morning.

One of the older, more rebellious of the children, a rather cynical teenager, was making a bunch of snide comments on Christmas morning. His father, tired of his son’s impertinence, pulled him aside and asked him to cease his divisive behavior.

“Look around you, Pop,” the boy said. “What you see here is the epitome of blatant consumerism, a society showing all the symptoms of decadence and decline. I can’t be a part of this.”

“Oh my God,” said the father, “please don’t tell me you’ve become a liberal!”


This silliness was written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (family), Fandago’s One-Word Challenge (formidable), Ragtag Daily Prompt (resplendent), Your Daily Word Prompt (anticipate), Nova’s Daily Random Word (gift),  and Scotts Daily Prompt (symptom).

Merry Christmas everyone.

The Wise Old Owl

344B4E22-A228-4B11-9D63-4216F3DEB756.jpegA wise, old owl was sitting on a frost-covered branch high on a tree.

His perch enabled him to survey all that was around him.

The ground beneath the tree was covered by a snowy white, fluffy blanket.

The owl seemed to be intrigued by what he saw.

He pooped.

It splatted on the top of the snow below.

A yellow, green, and white spot on its surface.

He was an owl contented.

The world was in harmony.


Written for these one-word prompts: Nova’s Daily Random Word (owl), Word of the Day Challenge (frost), Your Daily Word Prompt (snowy), Scotts Daily Prompt, (spot), Fandago’s One-Word Challenge (intrigue), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (harmony).