Man vs Snow Pile

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The all-day snowfall finally seemed to be tapering off.  He surveyed the neighborhood, it looked rather pretty with the pristine fallen snow.  He was just about to go outside to clear a path on the sidewalk and driveway when Mrs. Davis from next door called his house.  He answered the phone and listened intently on what she had to say.  She had a proposition for him, and it could be beneficial to his needs right now.  At seventy-two she was well past her prime in snow-shoveling years and had a doctor’s appointment in the morning she could not miss.  She wanted to know if he would clear her driveway for her.  She would pay him handsomely and he was desperate for money since he had been laid off.

He agreed to her deal and suited up for the cold weather.  Just as he approached the door, he knew things had just gotten worse.  The snowplow went down the road piling up a large bundle of snow at the end of the driveways. He went after the pile of snow with a dogged persistence.  He was going to earn that money if it killed him and with his bad heart it just might.

Just as he threw the last shovelful of snow up onto the yard, he suddenly clutched his chest and collapsed.  Thankfully Mrs. Davis was walking by the window at that moment and saw him fall.  She immediately called 911 and waited for the ambulance.

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

Let’s Go

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Hurry up Mom.  The movie is gonna start soon.

Relax Monica, we will have plenty of time to get there.

But this is the premiere and I have waited years for this book to become a movie.  There will be a ton of people there.

Ok, but remember we have tickets already, so it is not like we are not going to get in to see it.  And if the snack bar line is too long, you can go ahead into the theater without me. I am ready though, so we can go now.

Thanks Mom, I just can’t wait!

(100 words)

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

Power Play

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When the woman walked into the room, conversations were suddenly quieter, and people turned to stare, but the woman coming into the room didn’t seem to notice, or maybe she just soaked in the attention.  The woman who turned heads was Annie and she was on a mission.

Annie instantly scanned the room and was zeroed in on the company vice president.  She looked the type who didn’t waste time with small potatoes.  She could smell the money.

In no time at all there were seven men around Annie, and not all of them were single.  You could hear her laughter followed by theirs all across the apartment.  Within a short half an hour Annie was practically draped across the company president.  She began to weave her web and lure him further in towards her lair.

That night set in motion an unstoppable force.  Annie’s wanton ways and thirst for power had her seated on the board of directors and a major shareholder in just months.  And she had only just begun.

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

Her Night Out

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She walks into the bar and seems out of place.  She has a designer bag strapped across her shoulder and matching shoes.  Her clothing did not come from any discount store and maybe were custom made.  But all this wealth is not something she flaunts.  She has an amazing natural beauty that outshines any label she could wear.

She smiles at the bartender and goes to a booth near the back.  All she is there for is a beer and a chance to sing some karaoke.  This is her once a month drug.  The music, the beer and the audience all fuel the memories of lost chances.  She gave it all up when he asker her to marry him.  In return she has gotten so much, but still longs for things she used to have.

She takes the last drink of her beer setting a tip on the table and starts to head for home.  Another night of downhome fun sure beats the solitude she lives every day up on the hill.

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

Living the Teenage Dream

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*** Hey Paula, wanna go see the guys?  They are both working today.

  • I don’t know.  Barry was kind of indifferent the last time we talked.  I really thought we were headed somewhere too.

*** Don’t get discouraged.  Barry can be a snob when he wants to be and a pussycat the next.  I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you.

  • But Kim, I really like him, and I don’t want to screw up my chances with him.

*** I get that, but I really want to see Jay and I can “control” him better if there are others around.

  • Ok, but only for about an hour.  I still have homework to do before school tomorrow.  And if we are gone longer Mom wont buy that we are actually studying.

*** I don’t understand why your mom is so against you seeing college guys they are only two or three years older than us.

  • She just doesn’t understand the youth of today.  We mature a lot faster than she did in her day.

*** Well grab your purse we are going to campus!

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

It’s A Date

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He invited me to dinner, and I was over the moon.  He said he would take me to the new restaurant by the lake, The Blue Yonder.  I had heard many great recommendations for the place from several friends but was not able to make it there with the busy holiday season and so much going on.

It seemed like it must have been fate.  I had only thirty minutes ago learned the Christmas party I was supposed to go to that night had been postponed due to Covid.  His timing to ask me out was perfect and since he had started working at the company, I had been drawn in by his smile and kind ways.  He was always trying to help others out.

When the night to go out came up I was both nervous and excited.  He was right on time and when I went to open the door, I discovered what he had done was truly magical and gorgeous.  I was at a loss for words and all I could do was throw my arms around him and give him a big hug!

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

Worth The Risk

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The treatment was experimental, but his last hope.  They would fly to England and be there before the end of the year.  Oh, what a wonderful New Year it would be if this were to stop his cancer.

They had heard about the treatment through a group of other cancer patients on Facebook.  Someone from France had traveled there to try it and initial testing showed he was having success.  But others have not, and many have had severe side effects.  They knew it would never be approved in the United States at this rate, so they cashed in their life savings to try to save a life.

Six months later, he was not better, but the progress had stopped.  It proved to be sustaining, but had they started treatments too late?  He was already weak and could only do a fraction of what he used to be able to do.  But he was still alive and able to love his family; that to him was worth it all.

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

It Never Hurts To Ask

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The song ended and there was a tumultuous roar from the crowd.  The band had performed a final encore and the crowd was still hungry for more.  There was applause and stomping, yelling and screaming for more.  But the band had already spent all their energy after a two-and-a-half-hour concert.

The crowd slowly began to quiet, realizing the band would not return again, and Donna picked up her purse and made her way to the stage.  She had a friend who had done this and had to try.  She saw one of the stagehands unplugging wires and asked, “Excuse me, is it possible to get a set list from the show?”

He turned to her and smiled.  “Sure, do you have a preference as to who’s list it is?”

She thought for a moment, “I would like Joe’s if I could.”

“No problem, miss.”  He went towards the keyboards where Joe had just performed and grabbed a sheet of paper taking it to Donna.

“Oh, thank you so much, sir.”  She was in heaven from the live music and the unbelievable bit of memorabilia she had just scored.  This was one of her best concerts ever.  Now, if there was just a way to meet Joe, she thought.

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

Take Your Shot

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She slowly walked towards the pool table.  He had his back to her.  She stood behind him and said, “Stripes or solids sir?”

Surprised he turned around quickly.  When he saw it was her he threw his arms around her and said, “Welcome home stranger!”

“Well you know, it doesn’t get any stranger than me.”

“You always had a way with words.  Are you back for good?”

“Yeah, just had to get away for a little you know.  It was a little intense here.”

“I am so glad you are back.  Did you shake what was gnawing at you?”

From the other side of the table a man spoke up, “Are you going to take your shot today?”

He turned to the voice, put his arm around her and said, “for this, I will forfeit the game.”  And he laid his pool cue down on the table and walked to the bar with her, smiling the whole way.

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

Smile For The Camera

Jane sat waiting for her daughter.  She was in getting her picture taken and then they would see how the day played out.

“All done now,” a voice rang out breaking Jane’s concentration.  Her daughter stood in front of her with her arm in a sling.  The woman next to her looked toward Jane and said, “Now the doctor will read the x-ray and send results to your primary care doctor.”

Jane smiled and thanked the woman.  Looking to her daughter Jane said, “Let go back to the doctor and see if you can get rid of that sling today!”

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

(100 words)