JSW Prompt 10-25-2021

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JSW Prompt 10-11-2021

The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 500 words and post to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.

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Response – JSW Prompt 10-4-2021

The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 500 words and post to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.

“The floor tasted like….. yuck, puke, gag, oh no, I”m not doing that for any love or money!”

“Just lick the floor.”

“No.”

“Why not?”

“Why?”

“It can’t be that bad.”

“It can and will be worse.”

“No, see you’re looking at this the wrong way.”

“Oh, and how is that?”

“You’re looking at this like a challenge, like something you have a choice to do or not to do.

“Don’t I?”

“No, frankly, you don’t, Frederick. You accepted the test as is, with no parameters as to what the test could include nor what you would do or not do. Thus, the test stands and you must fullfill it as stated.”

“I’ll take my chances,” said Frederick, turning his back and pulling out a ball of twine.

“Knitting? Now?”

“Of course not,” he replied. “I’m preparing to go home.”

“What a ball of twine? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!”

“No, you idiot, with a way to remember all the twists and turns of this stinking labyrinth.”

“Speaking of such, I could have said you had to fight the minitour in order to go free.”

Frederick hesitated. “True, you could have, but you didn’t and you can’t change the rules now.” He busied himself tying the twine around a rock.

Nimbus snipped the twine with his scissors.

“See now,” protested Frederick. “That’s just not fair.”

Tie.

Snip.

Tie.

Snip.

Tie. Frederick hid the twine with his body.

Nimbus reached around. Snip.

“Really! Play fair.”

“Fair is as fair does.”

“I’ll fight the minitaur.”

“Sorry, not going to work. The fee for safe escape from the labyrinth is licking the floor.”

“Ah for crying out loud……”

“No crying allowed when heros are involved.”

“No, I meant… oh, never mind.”

“You could have been done and gone by now, Frederick. Now, really, a hero needs to to be willing to do anything.”

Frederick made a face. “Not that.” Looked at Nimbus. “Please?”

“Trial is set and ready, hero. Are you?”

Frederick looked at the floor. Grimanced. Blanched. Made a throwing-up noise.

Nimbus sighed. Heros. They didn’t make them the same any more.

“All right,” Frederick said with a great upheavel of his arms. “Fine. I’ll lick your floor. Gheezs.” He knelt down, hesitated several times and then gave the floor a big lick. Came up spitting and sputtering. “Gross. What do you keep…?” He spit twice, running a hand inside his mouth.

“Well done!” cried Nimbus. “See that wasn’t so bad.”

“Ugg! Horrid! Horrible! Gross! Why couldn’t I have just killed the minitour?”

“We don’t kill the minitour,” Nimbus explained properly. “Way too expensive to keep replacing them. And it puts them in a bad mood.”

Frederick stalked off, still spitting and wiping his mouth.

“Enjoy your freedom! And, oh, good luck with the Golden Fleece. I hear Aeetes is having a bad year.”

JSW Prompt 10-4-2021

The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 500 words and post to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.

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“The floor tasted like…..”

Response – JSW Prompt 9-27-2021

The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 500 words and post to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.

The small white pony slipped just out of range of reaching hands, dipping her head to lip at the hay scattered on the ground.

“Mommy, why doesn’t the white pony want to be touched?”

“”I think she is just hungry, that’s all.”

“I want to pet her.”

“Here, lets give her a little more corn.” There was a scraping noise and then the sound of metal turning. “Hold you hand right under the spout. There, like that.” The sounds clicked to a stop. “Now put that in the feed trough.”

Harriette dumped the corn in the trough, reaching out to touch the pony’s face as it’s head dove down for the food.

“More.”

“I don’t have any more quarters,” her mother said sadly, looking at the gumball machine holding corn. “We’ll come back tomorrow.”

“Now!”

“No, we’ll come back tomorrow.”

Harriette broke into tears, scaring both ponies back away from the fence.

Picking up her daughter, Mother looked over her shoulder. “Nap time,” she told Dad and he nodded gratefully. They walked to their car, strapping in their crying daughter. Mother called bye to the ponies.

“Hurry up,” Mother added, sliding into her seat. “She’ll be asleep before we’re out of the parking lot.”

JSW Prompt 9-27-2021

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Response – JSW Prompt 9-20-2021

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“She said she’d do it, but it hasn’t happened yet.”

“Give her a chance.”

“How many chances does she need?”

“Things are messed up in her world right now.”

“So, let them be messed up. It shouldn’t affect me.”

“Talk about selfish.”

“Why shouldn’t I be selfish? Some of her characters get anything they want. Why not me?”

“”Because you aren’t them for one thing. And for another, you’re just a spacekeeper.”

“I am not!”

“Am!”

“Am not!”

“You only last through the first book because you aren’t the Big Bad.”

“I am so the Big Bad. I controlled everything about your life in the first book.”

“Maybe in the first, but then you’re dead and out of the picture.”

“I’m not dead. I’m just biding my time.”

“Until?”

“Until the time is right.”

“No, you are just the Little Bad in the first book. You are easy compared to what I have to deal with afterwards.”

“You are just saying that to be cruel.”

“I’m just saying it because it is the truth.”

Silence for a moment.

“Give her a break.”

“So not happening.”

“Selfish.”

“Idiot.”

“Loser.”

Antagonist rose and stormed away.

Protagonist just rolled his eyes and sighed.

Response – JSW Prompt 9-13-2021

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“She loved black-eyed Susans,” he said, smiling at the tangled flowers which had come up spontaneously by her front door.

“She was a flower child,” she agreed, walking up the steps and unlocking the door.

No, she wasn’t, he thought, but he didn’t say anything. Words didn’t always mean the same things in his family and he just wanted the day done and over.

“The realtor is coming on Thursday.”

“You’ll have to handle it. I can’t get off that day.”

“Of course, I’ll handle it,” she said, walking through the room towards the bedrooms.

He went to the kitchen. He’d loved coming to stay with her when he was child, sitting on a stool in the corner of the kitchen while she baked; elbow-deep in flour when she taught him how to bake. Out back was the empty birdfeeder and the chain where she would tie Trix, her dog.

Both of them were gone now. Trix a year ago, buried in the back bushes, and his Aunt a week ago.

“We’d get a better price if we fixed the floors,” she said, walking in behind him.

“Too much trouble,” he said.

He liked the floors. He stood at the back door, staring out a the blankness where the patio furniture had stood.

“I want the place,” he said to himself.

“What?” his sister called from the dining room.

Had he said the words aloud?

“I want the place.”

Bustling, his sister came back into the kitchen. “What did you say?”

“I want this place,” he said to her, words sounding alien in his own ears.

“Really?”

“Really.”

“No you don’t. You can get something so much better and larger with a little more money.”

“I don’t want someplace better or larger. I want this house,” he said firmly.

His sister stopped and looked at him. “Don’t waste your money on memories, Billy. She’s gone. This house isn’t for you.”

“Yes, it is,” he agrued, growing bolder by the moment. “I’ll pay you your share of the price and keep the house.”

“Really?”

‘Really.”

“Well, if you really want to,” she said, looking around at emptiness. “I guess you could fix it up and sell it.”

He shook his head. He didn’t want to fix it up and sell it. He wanted it. The house. He wanted to live there and have a dog and maybe a cat and feed the birds and….. grow old there. Like she had. He wanted that more than he had ever wanted anything in his life.

His sister looked at him for a moment and then shrugged. “I’ll call the Realtor and the lawyer.” Paused. “If you are sure.”

“I’m sure,” he said, touching the back window with one finger. “I’m sure.”


JSW Prompt 9-20-2021

The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 500 words and post to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.

JSW Prompt 9-13-2021

The JSW Challenge is open to anybody who wishes to participate. Using the writing prompt, write a flash fiction no longer than 500 words and post to your page. The Challenge starts on Monday and runs through Sunday each week. Please remember to link your story back to this post so everyone can read your entry.