MLMM Photo Challenge — Hurt Pride

“Just what do you think you’re doing, young lady?”

Elizabeth heard her father’s voice and it scared the shit out of her. “Oh my God, Dad,” she said. “You almost made me fall out of this window.”

“Your mother and I grounded you, Lizzie,” her father said. “And yet here you are, attempting to sneak out of the house through your bedroom window. You just can’t be trusted, can you? For this, I’m adding two more weeks to your being grounded.”

“That’s not fair, Dad,” Elizabeth said. Then she started to lose her grip on the window sill and pleaded with her father, “Dad, speaking about being grounded, please come to my room and pull me in before I fall to the ground and become permanently grounded.”

“Lizzie, you got yourself into this situation, so now you can get yourself out,” her father said, “Besides, your bedroom window is only about six feet above the ground, so the only thing that you’ll hurt if you fall is your pride.”

Written for the Photo Challenge from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie. Photo credit: Brook DiDonato.

Friday Fictioneers — This Doesn’t Cut It

FDDB97D1-00E0-4140-BFCF-912C56A57D78Jessica unwrapped the gift from her husband. “What’s this?” she asked.

“It’s a stained glass rendering of a dolphin frolicking in the surf,” Hank said.

“And why did you get me this?” Jessica asked.

“You love dolphins,” Hank said. “You always said that your dream would be to look out of our window and watch dolphins frolicking in the surf.”

“Hank,” Jessica said, mustering as much patience as she could, “you promised me that once you retired we could buy a place near the ocean so we could watch the dolphins frolicking in the surf. This just doesn’t cut it.”

(100 words)

Written for this week’s Friday Fictioneers prompt from Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Photo credit: Jean L. Hays.

One-Liner Wednesday — Windows and Mirrors


“I feel that it is healthier to look out at the world through a window than through a mirror, where all you see is yourself and whatever is behind you.”

American singer-songwriter and musician Bill Withers

Last month we lost Bill Withers. He was a three-time Grammy Award winner, was nominated for six more, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Withers was known for such popular hit songs as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Grandma’s Hands,” “Use Me,” “Lean on Me,” “Lovely Day,” and “Just the Two of Us.”

His quote resonated with me, especially in these dark times. Many of us are looking out at the world through our windows because we are under stay-at-home orders due to the pandemic. At the same time, some of our world leaders — I won’t name names, but one in particular acts like a total rump — seem to be so narcissistic that all they see of the world is their own reflection, as if they are looking in a mirror.

Written for the One-Liner Wednesday prompt from Linda G. Hill.

FOWC with Fandango — Window

FOWCWelcome to November 11, 2019 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “window.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Razing The Majestic

0FA7C205-B34D-443B-A7E9-5C288AA8FCA0Georgia turned away from the window, tears welling up in her eyes. “I can’t believe that the city is razing the old Majestic Theater in order to build luxury condominiums. It makes me feel so tristful.”

“Tristful? What the hell does that mean, Georgia?” Edgar asked.

“Oh, you’re so pathetic,” Georgia said. “It means sad or sorrowful. And that’s how I feel about what they’re doing to the old Majestic.”

You, my dear, are such a drama queen, Edgar said. “And when did you start speaking in such a highfalutin manner? Why not just say it makes you sad. Tristful? Really?”

“Do you realize, Edgar, that the building that houses the Majestic is nearly a century old?” Georgia said. “I think we need to march on City Hall tomorrow to repudiate the actions of the mayor and the city council. They are not being consistent in their designation of historical sites, and the Majestic certainly qualifies as one.”

“Well, I can’t go tomorrow, Georgia,” Edgar said. “I have an appointment with my urologist about how best to treat my kidney stones.”

Written for Paula Light’s Three Things Challenge prompt, where the three things are “kidney,” “window,” and “drama.” Also for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (tristful), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (highfalutin, The Daily Spur (manner), Word of the Day Challenge (nearly), Your Daily Word Prompt (repudiate), and Daily Addictions (consistent).