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).

MLMM Tale Weaver — Open and Shut Case

00D21256-CC14-4A76-B0B7-D5B82BA7D37D“This is an open and shut case,” Detective Ron Hayden said.

“What are you talking about?” his partner, Detective Jim Morrisey asked. “We just got here. We haven’t even begun to investigate.”

“Yeah, I know,” admitted Hayden, a chagrined look on his face. “I just always wanted to say that.” Then he asked, “Why is it so cold in here?”

“Because it’s frigid outside and you left the damn door open,” Morrisey said. As Hayden went to shut the door, Morrisey started to look around the bungalow. “This is kind of mysterious,” he said, pointing to the desk in the corner of the living room.

Hayden looked over and saw a clean spot on the desk, free of any accumulated dust. “Looks like there was something here, maybe a laptop computer,” he said. “I see some cables that might have been connected to it.”

Just as he bent down to look under the desk to see where the cables came from, Hayden felt an acute pain from a blow to the head. He lost consciousness for a few seconds and when he came to, he saw his partner putting handcuffs on a guy he was sitting on. “What the hell happened?” he asked Morrisey.

“The perp was hiding in the closet,” Morrisey said. “When you were fishing around under the desk, he ran out of the closet carrying the laptop, hit you on the head with a bat, and tried to run by me. But I tackled him and here we are.”

Hayden stood up, rubbed his head where the bat hit him, and got a big, shit-eating grin on his face.

“What’s with that exulted expression on your face?” Morrisey asked.

“Oh, I’m just so happy,” Hayden said. “This really is an open and shut case!”


Written for this week’s Tale Weaver prompt from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie, where the prompt is “open or shut.” And for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (chagrin), Your Daily Word Prompt (frigid), Weekly Prompts (mysterious), Scotts Daily Prompt (acute), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (exult).

Linear Thinking

0C8DBED3-C2C3-4BA2-8A82-D76E5702E8FD“I don’t recommend that you carry that large of a load this coming semester,” the guidance counselor said.

“Listen,” Aaron said, “I’ve given this whole curriculum a lot of thought. As they say, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. My plan is to graduate in three years instead of four and to do that I need to take all of my classes in a very deliberate, sequential manner. I’m simply applying the concept of linear thinking to my decision.”

“But college is not only about going to classes and academic achievement,” the guidance counselor said. “Don’t you want to participate in any extracurricular activities? And what about a social life?”

“I have neither the time nor the interest in wasting my time with trash talk,” Aaron said. “It’s my conviction that my focus has to be on academics and my goal of graduating in three years.”

The guidance counselor sighed. “Well, Aaron,” she said, “I can tell that you process a great intelligence, but I fear that you’re demonstrating a serious lack of wisdom.”


Written for these one-word prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (recommend), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (carry), Scotts Daily Prompt (linear), Weekly Prompts (trash talk), and Word of the Day (conviction). I also snuck in a not so provocative response for my Fandango’s Provocative Question Prompt (intelligence or wisdom).