Page 238, Line 1

Here’s another one of The Haunted Wordsmith’s page and line number prompts. The way it works is that we’re supposed to grab a book…any kind of book…and flip to the designated page and then to the specified line — in this case, page 238, line 1 — and take the quoted line and use it in a story.

caf3afc4-42af-4d06-9282-5c9dee4b7349The book I chose for this exercise is “Murder on the Mind” by L.L. Bartlett. Line 1 on page 238 reads, “and I found the second victim. While I spoke.” So given that, here’s my story.


Detective Rob Hayden stepped into the living room where his partner, Detective Jim Morrisey was examining the corpse of the first victim. “I just came up from the basement and I found the second victim. While I spoke to the officer who was looking around down there,” Hayden said, “I felt a drop of liquid fall on my hand, looked up, and saw blood stains on the dropped ceiling panels.”

“Is it….”

“Yeah, it’s Samantha.”

Morrisey shook his head. “This is going to be surfacing some bad memories in this town, Ron.”

“Tell me about it,” Hayden acknowledged.

“There are more victims to be found, I’m sure of it,” Morrisey said. “This guy turned into a real sicko ever since he joined that radical, political splinter group. I’ll head up to the attic. Take Flynn and check out the storage shed out back by the river bank.”

“Will do, Jim,” Hayden said.

“And watch out for booby traps,” Morrisey warned. “This lunatic’s greatest ambition is to create as much terror as possible. Nothing would surprise me when it comes to this perp’s sadistic nature.”


In addition to Teresa’s Page/line number prompt, this post was written for the following one-word prompts: Michael’s Writing Prompts (Samantha), Your Daily Word Prompt (memories), Word of the Day Challenge (splinter), Ragtag Daily Prompt (river), and Daily Addictions (ambition).

MLMM Tale Weaver — Be Careful What You Wish For

5e7192d9-6efa-47e0-97b9-c5a625aead0c“If I were you, I’d stay away from her. She’s trouble,” Chris advised his friend.

“But, dude, she’s gorgeous and she’s available,” Andrew said. “Look at this photograph of her on Instagram.”

“Yeah, I know she’s hot,” Chris admitted, “but I know a guy who went out with her for a while. You’ll be working overtime to try to keep her happy.”

“Why would you say that?”

“Just look at her Facebook page,” Chris said. “She’s been zigzaging all over the freakin’ globe for the past two years.”

“So what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?” Andrew asked. “What are you hoping to accomplish by telling me this?”

“Oh jeez, man,” Chris said. “Do I need to spell it out for you. Do I need to write you a letter?”

“No, but I just want to know why you are so down on this girl, dude,” Andrew said.

“I’m just saying, Andrew, that you need to be careful what you wish for.” Chris said. “That chick is ultra high maintenance.”


Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’s Tale Weaver prompt where the topic is “maintenance.” Also for these one-word prompts: Your Daily Word Prompt (photograph),  Michael’s Writing Prompts (overtime), Daily Addictions (zigzag), Nova’s Daily Random Word (globe), Word of the Day Challenge (accomplish), and Ragtag Daily Prompt (letter.)

What Will It Take?

32654DAC-CA88-4674-9F3F-3373A7640313.jpegI wonder how many Trump voters are feeling remorse for having put their hopes and faith in Donald Trump. Are they experiencing any sense of frustration for having fallen for his con?

And what about the feckless, unscrupulous Republicans in Congress who, knowing that he’s a liar and a con artist who is a danger to our country and to society, continue to partner with him and give him cover? Do they seriously believe, all evidence to the contrary, that he did not conspire with the Russians in order to steal the election?

In what alternative universe do these lemmings reside? Are they blind to the narcissism of the forlorn old man who sits alone at his empty desk in the Oval Office? When will they get up off their fat, complacent asses and on their feet and say “enough is enough”? When will his next set of irrational executive orders be his last orders?

What will it take to end this chaos? What will it take to remove this menace, who prefers dealing with the Kremlin and with China than with the US Congress, from office? What will it take to restore sanity to our nation. What will it take to make America great again?


Written for these one word prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (remorse), Your Daily Word Prompt (frustration), Ragtag Daily Prompt (partner), Daily Addictions (universe), Word of the Day Challenge (forlorn), Nova’s Daily Random Word (feet), and Michael’s Writing Prompts (last orders).

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).

All in the Family

382fabbe-624f-49ef-afef-8d5ff3cdefc4“Well, Becky,” the man said to Rebecca, “you’ve certainly changed since the last time I saw you. You were, I think, maybe ten of eleven at the time and a spoiled, immature girl who I thought would surely end up sad and alone. But look at you now. You’ve gone through quite a metamorphosis from an ugly caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly.”

“It’s Rebecca,” she said, a bitter coldness in her voice. “I remember you. Your unwanted and inappropriate advances toward me, ugly caterpillar that you claim I was, created a lot of turbulence in my young life. You almost broke me and I still hold a lot of resentment directed toward you for what you did to me.”

“Becky,” he said, “I gave you attention when no one else would. I touched you in a way no other man would. You should be thanking me for what I did for you.”

“I will thank you to lumber your fat, old, ugly ass to your car and to motor you way back to whatever hole you live in and to stay out of my life forever,” Rebecca said. “If I ever see you again, I promise I will tell the police, the newspapers, and anyone who will listen exactly what you did to me when I was not even 12 years old. I will totally ruin your sad and depraved life just as you almost ruined mine.”

“Fine,” he said. “Just promise you won’t ever tell your mother.”

“My mother knows. Why did you think she hasn’t spoken to you in two decades, Uncle Bob?”


Written for these one-word prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (immature), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (metamorphosis), Michael’s Writing Prompt (turbulence), Your Daily Word Prompt (resentment), Ragtag Daily Prompt (lumber), and Daily Addictions (motor).