A Mob Hit

Hand with a gun on grunge background“What do you mean you’re leaving?” Sandra asked. “Where are you going?”

“I don’t know yet,” Barry said as he grabbed his passport, his wallet, and his roll-aboard.

“You don’t know?” Sandra said. “You sound totally incoherent, you know? You’re going off to who knows where, traveling hither and yon for some unknown period of time? What are the kids and I supposed to do?”

Barry felt terrible. The last thing he wanted to do was to abandon his family, but he knew it was for their own good. The mob was after him, not his wife and kids, so they’d be better off if he wasn’t around. All he had to do was to lay low and stay under the radar until the heat died down.

“Once I get to where I’m going,” Barry said, “I’ll send for you and the kids and we’ll figure out where we go from there.”

Barry walked out of the door that night and Sandra never heard from him again. The police  informed her a few weeks later that they had found his body. He was the victim of an apparent mob hit.


Written for these daily prompts: Weekly Prompts (passport), Word of the Day Challenge (incoherent), Your Daily Word Prompt (hither), Ragtag Daily Prompt (abandon), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (radar).

100WW — Reaching the Summit

B7B77D85-EFBE-4851-9617-0BA9F35F5DFFAlthough the day got off to an auspicious start, with John wondering if his son would ever get himself in gear, the two finally headed out of the hotel on Maui to begin their trek to the summit of the dormant volcano. John was assuming that they would at least get close to the peak by the end of the day.

There is no language that John could think of to adequately communicate the sense of accomplishment and pride that he and his son felt as the two of them reached the summit and took in the dramatic views.

(99 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Also for these daily, one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (auspicious), Word of the Day Challenge (wondering), Weekly Prompts (assuming), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (language).

100WW — The Rally

02a53f4a-d4ea-404c-aebe-43268679557fAnita was crafting her intricate sign to bring to the rally. Donna brought her a cup of coffee and set it down on the table. “What are you hoping to accomplish?” Donna asked.

“My quest is to call attention to women’s rights,” Anita said. “Ever since Trump and his criminal associates took over, the rights we fought so hard for are frail. We must take umbrage with what they are doing not just in our words but with our actions.

“Well, it just so happens I read your horoscope today,” Donna said. “It said your endeavors will bear fruit.”

(100 words)


Written for Bikurgurl’s 100 Word Wednesday prompt. Photo by T. Chick McClure.

Also for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (intricate), Nova’s Daily Random Word (coffee), Ragtag Daily Prompt (quest), Your Daily Word Prompt (associate), Daily Addictions (frail), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (umbrage), and Weekly Prompts (horoscope).

In Other Words — If You Will Have Me

85b7634e-edb9-45a2-b48d-886ed897db2a.pngThere is a lightness to your touch that takes my breath away.

You possess a patience I’ve never experienced from any other.

You have a voracious appetite for knowledge and a crystal clarity to your thinking.

You have an ambition for greatness and you will never settle for anything less.

Nor will I if you will have me.


This post was written for the In Other Words prompt from Patricia’s Place. The challenge this week is to write a story or poem of five lines or fewer using the word “lightness.” Also written for these prompts: Weekly Prompts (patience), Word of the Day Challenge (appetite), Your Daily Word Prompt (clarity), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (ambition), and Daily Addictions (settle).

Prom Pictures

A01E52DB-065B-4986-B830-D0861F04ECEBRobert had his camera ready to take a picture of his daughter, Meagan, and her date, Harry. “Daddy, whatever you do, please don’t embarrass me in front of my friends,” Meagan pleaded.

“You’re friends?” Robert said. “I thought it was going to be just you and Harry. You know it’s a long standing tradition to take a prom photo of a daughter and her prom date, not her whole coterie.”

“But Daddy, these are my best peeps,” Meagan said. “I can’t risk offending any of them by not including them in my prom pictures. That would be mega-eerie.”

“Well, I suppose I can take separate pictures of you and Harry, Kate and William, and Charles and Camilla,” Robert said. “And then one of your whole group. Will that work for you, sweetie?”

“Oh yes, Daddy, that would be fleek,” Meagan squealed.

Robert looked over at his wife and said, “Life with a teenage daughter certainly can be stimulating.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (camera), Nova’s Daily Random Word (date), Your Daily Word Prompt (tradition), Ragtag Daily Prompt (coterie), Scotts Daily Prompt (risk), Weekly Prompts (eerie), and Word of the Day Challenge (stimulating).