Star of the Circuit

Her stage name was Bubbles and she was a veteran of the strip club circuit. As was her tradition, she would perform her famous bubble dance, and it was uncanny how the audience would respond to her moves. With the huge, shimmering bubble seemingly floating above her, her very exotic, erotic, and rather explicit act catapulted her to top billing wherever she appeared. She was a warrior.

But as happens to all of us, Bubbles’ age was starting to show. Her hair was turning grayish. Gravity was taking its toll on some of her more ample assets. And her once limber, flexible body began to falter.

Bubbles had carved out a highly successful career for herself, but she could no longer purport to be the rockstar she had once been. So, with a consciousness that many in her profession lacked, Bubbles gave away her bubble machine, retired from the circuit, and returned to being a housewife and mother — soon to be a grandmother — named Greta Shapiro.

But to this day, her husband, Harry, still calls her Bubbles, and reassures her that no one will ever burst her bubble in his eyes.

Written for these prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (bubbles/carved), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (tradition/explicit), My Vivid Blog (uncanny/warrior), The Daily Spur (audience/veteran), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (floating/consciousness), Word of the Day Challenge (catapult), Weekly Prompts Color Challenge (grayish), and Your Daily Word Prompt (purport).

Weekly Writing Prompt — Jamboree

As a reviewer for The Village Voice, I had to go to the music jamboree in Central Park last night. The crowd was vast, barely fitting within the stanchions placed around the field. I watched as people applauded in unison, caught up in the festivities, the music, and the mood.

But I’m an agoraphobic, you follow me? I can’t deal with large crowds. What is scintillating for others, would be a blunder for me. I automatically keep my distance, like the proverbial fly on the wall.

(Exactly 86 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “jamboree” in exactly 86 words. Also for Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge (review). And for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (vast/fly), Ragtag Daily Prompt (night), Your Daily Word Prompt (stanchion/scintillating), Word of the Day Challenge (unison), My Vivid Blog (follow), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (blunder), and The Daily Spur (automatic).

My Way or the Highway

“Okay guys, listen up,” Stan said to the assembled group. “I’ve stitched together a plan in which John’s team and Arlene’s team will pool their staffs and, using our combined resources, we will hit the market by storm.”

Stan’s announcement was met with dead silence and, as he looked around the room, he saw a bunch of blank faces staring back and glaring at him. “What’s wrong with you people?” he asked. “This plan is a win-win. This is something you should all be excited about.”

“Stan, can John and I talk with you in your office for a moment? Arlene asked. Stan nodded and the three of them left the large conferences room and walked to his office. Stan sat down in his leather chair behind his large, mahogany desk. “Stan, you know that John and I have always been your ardent supporters, but in this case, we think you should have run this by us, as team leaders, before announcing it to the whole group,” Arlene said. “That way, we might have been able to reach an accord on how to make this work. But blindsiding us like this, Stan, is unacceptable.”

“I get it, Arlene,” Stan said, “but I’m the boss. I’m the decision maker, and in this outfit, it’s my way or the highway.”

Arlene stood up and said, “Alrighty then, Stan, I’m hitting the road.” Then she turned around and walked out of Stan’s office.

Written for these prompts from yesterday: The Daily Spur (stitch), Word of the Day Challenge (glare), Ragtag Daily Prompt (excited), My Vivid Blog (ardent), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (accord). Also for Weekly Prompts Wednesday (pool).

Thumbs Up

“Do you know who I am?” the woman screamed. “I am the heir to the Wintworth fortune and your attitude, young man, is felonious. You’re lucky I’m not going to report you to your superior, although I’ve got a hankering to do so, let me tell you.”

“Ma’am, I’ve checked the status of your shipment and I can assure you it will arrive on time for the symphony orchestra’s concert this weekend,” the logistics manager said.

“It had better, young man,” the woman said, “or I’ll have your head on a platter. And I can assure you that this is not an idle or harmless threat.”

“Listen you shriveled up old bitch,” the logistics manager snapped, “I don’t care who you are or how much money you’ve got, your threats do not intimidate me. I know what I’m doing and when all is said and done, despite your extremely obnoxious behavior, all you’ll have to say is all’s well that ends well.”

Written for these daily prompts: The Daily Spur (heir), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (felonious), Ragtag Daily Prompt (lucky/head), Your Daily Word Prompt (hankering/shrivel), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (shipment), Word of the Day Challenge (orchestra), My Vivid Blog (harmless), Weekly Prompts (extreme), and Wednesday Thoughts (all’s well that ends well(.

Focus on Return

I really need to focus
I’ve wasted enough time already
I can’t procrastinate any longer
I need to get my ducks in a row
I need to finish my tax return

(Exactly 31 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “return” in exactly 31 words. And for Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge, where the word is “focus.”