Weekend Writing Prompt — Radioactive

The radioactive element is highly unstable and so you must be sure to contain it in a cylinder constructed of corrosion resistant material. Otherwise, there won’t be clear skies ahead, as the toxicity will pervade the atmosphere and the consequences of a leak will be truly devastating.

(47 words)

Written for Sammi Cox’s Weekend Writing Prompt, where the word is “element.”Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (contain), The Daily Spur (material), Ragtag Daily Prompt (clear skies), and Your Daily Word Prompt (pervade).

Take Charge of Your Life

“So what brought you to me today?” the psychologist asked her new patient, Alan Greer.

“I read a review on Yelp,” Alan answered. “You got four stars.”

“I see,” Dr. Langley said. “But what I meant was why do you feel that you need counseling?”

“Oh right, of course,” Alan said, feeling slightly embarrassed. “I have this recurring dream that I’m in a tunnel and I see a light at the end of the tunnel, but no matter how fast or how long I walk toward the light, I never get any closer to it. That dream is fomenting some very troubling feelings in me.

Dr. Langley smiled. “That’s hilarious,” she said.

“Hilarious?” Alan said, indignantly. “What kind of shrink are you? You find this funny?”

“Alan, this whole light at the end of the tunnel shtick, it’s such a cliché,” Dr. Langley said. “You’re lost and you don’t see a way to find yourself. So what you need to do is change the channel.”

“Change the channel?” Alan said. “What the hell are you talking about?”

“Think of your life as a TV show, Alan,” Dr. Langley said. “You’re sitting on your couch and watching the same show hour after hour, day after day and you can’t change the channel. So you’re stuck in this rut and can’t climb out. Therefore, what you need to do is pick up the damn remote control and change the channel. Find another show to watch. One that inspires you and motivates you take charge of your life. You need to stop being a character in someone else’s screenplay. You need to write your own script. Can you do that, Alan?”

“Yeah, I think I can, Doc,” Alan said. “I’m going change the channel, write my own script, and take charge of my life.”

“Yes, Alan,” Dr. Langley said,” but you do understand, Alan, that I’m speaking metaphorically, don’t you?”

Written for these daily prompts: MMA Storytime (counseling), Ragtag Daily Prompt (tunnel), Your Daily Word Prompt (foment), Word of the Day Challenge (hilarious), The Daily Spur (channel), and Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (therefore).

The Big 7-0

“Can I tell you a secret?” Betsy asked.

“Of course you can,” Andrea responded.

“You have to promise not to tell,” Betsy said.

“Don’t be ridiculous, Betsy. My lips will be sealed,” Andrea assured her friend. “So tell me, what’s your big secret?”

“It’s Fred’s seventieth birthday next month and I’m planning a big surprise party,” Betsy said. “I am going to confer with his poker, bowling, and golfing buddies to set the date and the place.”

“Oh, I’d forgotten that this was his 70th. That’s a biggie,” Andrea said.

“Indeed,” Betsy said. “That’s why I’m being so assiduous in my planning. And you know that Fred has been preoccupied with getting old ever since he retired. So I want this to be a celebration of his birthday, not an event that could cause him any trauma. I’m going to keep it low-key and not brandish any decorations or reminders that he’s reached seventy. It’s just another birthday, right?”

“I get it. But, Betsy,” Andrea said,” “he should be happy to have reached that ripe old age in the era of COVID.”

“You would think so, wouldn’t you?” Betsy said. “But this is Fred we’re talking about.”

Written for Paula Light’s Thursday Inspiration prompt, where the theme is secret.” And for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (birthday), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (confer), The Daily Spur (forgotten), Your Daily Word Prompt (assiduous), MMA Storytime (trauma), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (brandish).

Happy Together

“There’s already a stain on our new carpet,” Diane complained to her boyfriend. “What did you spill on it?”

“It wasn’t me, it was the cat,” Mitch said. “He threw up a hairball this morning, but I cleaned it up, so now it’s virtually invisible.”

“It’s not invisible if I noticed it,” Diane said.

“Well, it blends in with the pattern in the rug,” Mitch said. “You really have to strain to see it.”

“I don’t know why I agreed to let you get a cat,” Diane said. “He’s destroyed our furniture with his claws, he’s throwing up hairballs every other day, and I’m even finding cat fur in my food. I think we should get rid of him.”

“No way, Diane,” Mitch said, “I’d sooner get rid of you than the cat.”

“You can’t be serious,” Diane said. “You’d detonate our relationship over a fucking cat?”

“Well, consider the variables,” Mitch said. “The cat is low maintenance, not demanding, doesn’t hassle me all the time about stupid things like invisible stains on the rug. I’d say, in the scheme of things, the cat’s foibles are easier to deal with than are your idiosyncrasies.”

“Okay, fine, we’ll keep the damn cat,” Diane said.

“Great,” Mitch said. “I’m sure the three of us will be very happy together.”

Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (invisible), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (pattern), MMA Storytime (detonate), The Daily Spur (strain), Word of the Day Challenge (variable), and Your Daily Word Prompt (foible).

He’s Never Going Away

Donald Trump will be making his big return to the national stage this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He will be giving the keynote speech at the conservative conference on Sunday and is expected to declare himself the “presumptive Republican presidential nominee” for 2024.

Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, pictured above with his hero, Donald Trump, is a staunch supporter of the ex-president, and he is very enthusiastic about his former boss’ return to the spotlight. Meadows said that, “You’re going to see a speech on Sunday that talks about not only the beginning, but what the future may look like, and I’m excited about it.”

Unfortunately, Meadows is in the company of many Republican Trump supporters who want to return to what they consider to be America’s halcyon days of 2017, when Trump was in the White House and the GOP controlled both the Senate and the House. They don’t realize that they are like lambs being led to the slaughterhouse, blindly and naively following the ultimate poster boy for autocratic leadership and the demise of democracy in America.

But scariest of all, Meadows added, “What we will see on Sunday is the start of planning for the next administration. And I can tell you, the people that are at the top of that list, all of them have Trump as their last name.”

I’m not a religious person, but all I can say is “God help us.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One- Word Challenge (staunch), Your Daily Word Prompt (enthusiastic), The Daily Spur (company), Word of the Day Challenge (halcyon), Ragtag Daily Prompt (lamb), and MMA Storytime (poster).