David looked at his watch. Ten past the hour. This was so unlike Marc to be late. You could literally set your watch by his punctuality.
A quarter after the hour and Marc was still a no show. David’s annoyance was turning into worry. He began to pace back and fourth outside his office. He went inside the building and asked his receptionist if she’d heard from Marc. “No,” she said. “Why do you ask?”
“He arrives every day at nine like clockwork,” David said. “It’s almost ten.”
“You forgot he’s on vacation this week, didn’t you?” she said.
(Exactly 99 words)
Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt is “clockwork” in exactly 99 words. Photo credit: Getty Images.
It was beauty and light. It burned bright and fast. And then it was gone, leaving nothing behind but a vivid memory. Like the smoke from your cigarette, our love was ephemeral, so fleeting that I wonder, was it love or just lust?
(Exactly 43 words)
Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt word is “ephemeral” in exactly 43 words. Image from Bing Image Creator.
The WordPress daily writing prompt today asks what public figure I disagree with the most. I’m responding to this prompt by also responding to Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the prompt word is “absolute” and we have 80 words at our disposal. My response to Sami’s prompt is the answer to the WordPress prompt, as well,
Weekend Writing Prompt — Absolute Evil
“I am so scared that that egomaniacal, misogynistic, racist, antisemitic, white nationalist, dictator wannabe will win the Republican nomination and, ultimately, be re-elected President in 2024,” Sandy said.
“I am in absolute agreement,” Larry said. “Our American democracy is under a threat it hasn’t faced since the Civil War, yet these GOP lawmakers are behaving as if they have no knowledge of the history of our country or the world. How anyone can’t see what could happen is beyond me.”
When I bought my house it needed landscaping I went about that task and it was painstaking Unfortunately it wasn’t cheap Below the surface did critters creep Filling my yard with lots of holes Created by a bunch of gophers and moles I contacted a company to eradicate the pests And let them do what they do best
Before you nature lovers out there jump all over me for cruelty to God’s creatures, specifically gophers and moles, let me remind you that I live in a semi-rural suburb where there are plenty of open spaces for gophers, moles, deer, foxes, raccoons, and other critters to live, eat, and frolic.
I did try using non-lethal means, as I wrote about here last year, to repel these critters “humanely,” but it didn’t work at all.
I feel I have little choice now. In addition to having gophers feasting on our plants, and their underground tunnels, along with mole tunnels, destroying the stability of the ground in our yard, the mole holes, such as those shown in the photo below, are a hazard to our dog as she runs around the backyard. Should she get a paw stuck in one of those holes, she could break a leg. So the cost of keeping my pet safe is getting rid of the pests.