The Show Must Go On

“Do you have a qualm about your role in the play?” the director asked James.

James was slow to respond to the director’s question, and the others in the cast thought they could actually see the wheels turning inside of James’ head. “May I have some water?” James asked. “Suddenly I’m very thirsty.”

“Sure,” the director said, motioning to another cast member to fetch a bottle of water and hand it to James. “So, are you okay with this role, James?”

“Well, yes,” James said, “but I don’t understand why I have to be….”

“James,” the director said, “your role is that of a sea creature that has just emerged from the ocean and is experiencing human sentience for the first time in its life.”

“Yes, I understand that,” James said, “but is it really necessary for me to perform this scene….”

“Yes, James,” The director said. “You are a primitive creature stepping out from the depths of the sea as you evolve into human form, so for the sake of authenticity, you must be naked, totally naked, in this scene.”

“Yes, I get it,” James said. “But….”
EFBFF48D-5985-4819-8167-FD232656745D“James, I am confident that once you’ve rehearsed this scene enough times, and when we’re ready for opening night,” the director said, “you won’t have to be concerned about the erection you are now, um, displaying.”

“I understand,” James said. “No matter how hard, the show must go on.”


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (qualm), Ragtag Daily Prompt (slow), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cast), The Daily Spur (thirsty), Daily Addictions (sea), and Your Daily Word Prompt (sentience).

Share Your World — Mind Your Manners

SYWEvery Monday morning, Melanie, Sparks From a Combustible Mind, gives us an opportunity to share a little bit of ourselves with everyone else. Here is today’s Share Your World from Melanie.

Would (or do) you stop to help (presumably) stranded folks by the side of the road?

Yes I would, and yes I have. I would hope others would do the same for me.

Do you think the world is less mannerly today than in past times OR are we just more touchy and manners are as they’ve always been?

“Past times” could include some pretty “stuffy” and/or rigid times, so, yes, people don’t practice the same manners or social etiquette as the did in, say, Victorian times. I think we are much more relaxed today than in the past, and while I support being respectful and courteous, some so-called “manners” from yesteryear were sexist or stupid. I mean should a man be expected to put his coat over a puddle to allow a woman to walk over it so as not to get her shoes wet anymore?2B9BA211-C4F2-422D-8595-23A6A2008A4C

What happens if you’re scared half to death, TWICE?

Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

If ALL the world’s a stage, where does the audience sit?

If all the world is a stage, then we are all actors and we are on the stage with everyone else. It’s a bit crowded and it smells bad.

100 Word Wednesday — The Encore

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The lead singer came back onto the stage and held up both of his hands to quiet the excited audience down after a few minutes of wild cheering and calls for an encore.

He kept both hands up until it became silent enough in the large arena that you could hear that proverbial pin drop.

The silence lasted for around thirty seconds before he grabbed the neck of his guitar with his left hand and brought his right hand down to the body and across the strings as he began the riff to the song everyone had been waiting for.


Written for this week’s 100 Word Wednesday challenge from Bikurgurl.

Photo credit: Don Naman Photography 2017