What Lever?

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Shelia got out of the car and stood in front of it.  She unsuccessfully looked for the hood latch to open it up.  A truck slowed beside her and pulled off the road in front of her.  “Please don’t let it be a killer,” she said to herself.

A man in his 40s stepped out of the truck and came over to Shelia and asked, “Do you need some help?”

“Yeah, it just started smoking and I don’t know much about cars.”

“Well let me take a look.  Did you pop the hood?”

“I looked for the latch but it wouldn’t work.”

The man held back a laugh and said, “you have to pop the latch with the lever in the car.”

“Oh, where’s that?”

The man said, “I’ll show you, just follow me.”

After the latch was found and the hood opened, it only took a short time for the man to find it was just an over heated radiator.  “Should be good once it cools and we add a little water to it.”

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Sheila thanked the man and went back to her car.  The man returned to his truck and told his passenger, “She really needed a lot of help.  She didn’t even know to pop the hood.  Good thing I am adept at car repairs.”  They both laughed and drove off, the side of the truck showing Wilson’s Automotive Repairs.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – adept

It’s Time

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“Well it’s obvious who they voted for.  Why don’t they take those signs down?  Strung all across the yard like that it is just an eyesore.” Bonnie was complaining to Doug as they drove through their old neighborhood.

“Yeah, I knew Don and Karen would endorse the Democrats, but I agree that the signs have been up for too long after the voting is done.  I think the parties are supposed to come collect them after Election Day.”

“Maybe they won’t pull them until the dust has settled.”

“The way things are going, that may not be until Inauguration Day.”


(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – endorse

Daddy’s Little Girl

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“Dad, can’t you do something?  Mom wants to put me under house arrest for the rest of my senior year!  I am going to miss the homecoming dance with Rob, Kevin and Stephanie.  PLEASE, can you talk to her.  She just won’t see reason.”

“Laura, you were caught drinking, that is a pretty serious thing.  Your lucky it was your mom and not the cops that found out because then Rob would have been in even bigger trouble for the false ID.  You have to understand we could also get in trouble since you were drinking here.  And think about what would have happened if Rob drove home and caused an accident.  This is serious honey, and you need to realize that.  But I will talk to your mom about the dance.”

“Oh, thank you Dad!  You are the best.  And I know it was stupid of me, but I swear I have learned my lesson.”

“We’ll see.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – arrest

Mumbles … Scalawag

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I learned a couple of things today.  First of all, Scalawag is not just a term pirates used.  It was also a derogatory term used after the Civil War by Southerners towards those in the South that were working with the Northerners trying to reunite the country.  I always just thought it was a term for someone like a scoundrel or rascal.

But that is not all I learned.  I learned that Kirk Douglas wrote (along with Robert Louis Stevenson and two others), directed and starred in the 1973 movie Scalawag.  Never heard of it?  Neither had I, but I see according to IMDB it was made in Yugoslavia and only got a 5.1 out of 10 rating.

And I did a search for a quote with the word in it.  Leave it to George Carlin to come up with something, “I went through the usual stages: imp, rascal, scalawag, whippersnapper.  And, of course, after than it’s just a small step to full blown sociopath.”

I hope you learned a little something today too.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – scalawag

Long Live Rock and Roll

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Four kids surrounded their grandfather as he began to speak from behind his mask.  “Back when I was a kid we used to go to something called a concert.  The singer wouldn’t be on a screen somewhere, they would be on a stage in front of thousands of fans that were all packed tightly in the same building.   And nobody wore masks.”

The children seemed appalled and hands went up to their masks and the younger girl said, “But what about the epidemic?”

“This was back before all the deadly viruses had been exposed to the public.   We would yell and scream and sing along with the music.  There was sometimes even dancing going on.  The lights would flash bright colors and the sound would echo through the auditorium.  Each new song would whip the fans into a hysterical frenzy of more screaming and clapping and stomping their feet.  It was a rush like no other.”

“Grandpa,” the oldest boy said.  “Would that ever happen now?”

“No John, there are just too many deadly diseases being spread around.  It all started with Covid-19 and we have been masked and mostly isolated ever since.”


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hysterical

Walking On Egg Shells

There is no reason to stay in an abusive relationship no matter how much you love the person, abuse is wrong and it is NOT your fault… if you need help go to The National Domestic Violence Hotline or call the hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE(7233)

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You did the best you could

But it never seems to be enough

Another night with heated words

He continues to berate you

Just for being behind on housework

He condemns you for being lazy

When inside you just feel pain

One day soon you’ll reach your limit

And no matter how hard it may be

It will be better to be alone and struggling

Then being his verbal punching bag

For another tormented day


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – berate

At Her Side

She had a troubled life

Was traumatized by

Those she trusted

The way she coped at first

Was to write out

Her fears and pain

She was very prolific

With her words of despair

Then one day

The words no longer worked

She was trouble by things

We see everyday

A phone ringing

A mailman at the door

And she became afraid

To step outside her home

Friends rallied around her

And her life miraculously changed

With a four-legged friend

To help her through

Her anxiety and PTSD

He saved her life

And brought her

Some security and love

A companion with a purpose

Who gave her hope again


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – prolific

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Missing Something

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Molly came in with both hands full of groceries and set them on the kitchen counter.  Phil walked into the kitchen and said, “Man, it looks like you bought out the whole store!  Did you remember to get all the ingredients for the soup we are making tonight?”

There was a look of panic on Molly’s face as she said, “What all did we need again?”

Phil said all the ingredients and then added, “By the look on your face right now I will surmise you forgot at least one thing.”

Molly tried to smile and said, “Guilty as charged.”


(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – surmise

Dark Clouds In The Sky

The streets are not paved in gold

Diamonds don’t fall from above

Peace does not leave everyone smiling

This is no utopia

This is real life

And it hurts

It angers

It hates

It discriminates

It drives out happiness

It has left me in the shadows

Alone and filled with depression

I feel I will never be able to defeat


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – utopia