Falling

He stood at the bar, handsome and with an undeniable confidence that was intoxicating me from across the room.  I had to meet him even if I had no chance.  I had to say hello or forever regret my decision.

I stood up and took my drink walking towards the bar.  Soon we made eye contact.  I came to within a couple of steps away and I tripped over the bottom of someone’s coat that had slid off their seat.  I tripped right into his arms.  I guess you could say that was the day I fell for my husband.


(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s Dog Days of August #1 (FDDA)

Badly Bronzed

The pergola was covered with climbing roses and the air smelled so sweet.  He walked over to where she lay in the hot sun and said, “Why don’t you come onto the shaded patio now.  You know you burn so easily.”

She rolled over and sat up saying, “I suppose I have cooked enough on both sides.”

He softly touched her shoulder and said, “It may already be too late.  You look a little pink babe.”

Year after year she strived for the perfect tan.  Now as she sat in the waiting room of oncology, she regretted it all.


(100 words)

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

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What’s Up Doc

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Lyle went to check the sink for any dishes left to wash and made contact with a knife, “Damn it!” he exclaimed.  His mom came into the kitchen to see his son running his finger under cold water.  He turned as far as he could and asked, “Can you get me the first aid kit?”

“What happened?”

“Oh, I forgot there was a knife in the sink and I cut my finger.”

His mom got a bandage out of the kit and handed a towel to her son.  Then she carefully placed the bandage around his finger.  “Thanks doctor mom!”


(100 words)

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

Her Shot At Victory

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Tom came into the kitchen where Mary was fixing dinner.  “Big new at work.  JoAnn is up for the vice presidency.  There have been whispers about it all day.”

“Why is that?  Do they think a woman can’t handle it?  Or is it more of she doesn’t have a fair chance at it?”

“No this is monumental for us.  This is not some arbitrary shot at victory, if she gets this promotion it will mean big changes in the company.  And I’d venture to say it is about time for most of them.”

“Well then I hope she gets it.”


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

You Did What

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“Grandma did you go to work when you were younger?”

“I did before I met your Grandfather.”

“Why did you quit?”

“It was a different time and I had to make the tough decision.  I vacillated between being a stay at home mom or working while your mom and aunt were in school.”

“You did what between staying home and working?”

“Vacillated… it means went back and forth between two thoughts.”

“Oh, okay.  When you worked, what did you do?”

“I worked at a grocery store, a dry cleaner’s and I was like a babysitter for a family for a while.  Why are you asking sweetheart?”

“We have to do a paper on working women of the 50’s and Mom said you were born that long ago.”


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

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Please Wait Until Next Week To Have Your Breakdown

“Well if that will work for you I will pencil you in for a tentative spot next Wednesday at ten o’clock.  And you will be on my wait list in case we have a cancellation before that.  Take it easy Julie.”  The receptionist hung up the phone and entered something into her computer.  After she was done with that she picked the phone up again to ring Dr. Tenner’s office.  “Yes Ken, I just got off the phone with Julie Miller and she was having a little trouble today.  She said if you had any time to call today, she would appreciate it.  Okay, she is down for next Wednesday unless we get a cancellation.   Okay, thank you.”

The receptionist turned to the woman seated beside her and said, “I feel so bad when someone calls in and needs help right away and we have to make them wait a week for an appointment.  It just doesn’t seem right.”

“If there wasn’t a shortage on therapists we wouldn’t have as bad of a problem.  It is basic supply and demand.  And with the corona virus, the economy and the state of world affairs we are just over booked.  It does feel wrong… but what can we do.  There are only so many hours in a day.”


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

Move On Gently

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“I said, ‘what about our past’ and he didn’t miss a beat saying, ‘I have moved forward.’  Can you believe that he was so callous?”  Beth said as she reached for her coffee cup.  “Is he so conceited to sit around and think I am pining over what could have been?  I mean I know I had the hots for him in my younger days, but I have moved on in a lot of ways too.  I just don’t blab it out to him so callously.”

Hannah set her cup down and said, “My brother has no tact.  He never has and never will.  I am sorry he was such a jerk to you.  Want me to beat him up for you like in the old days?”

“Hannah, I think the days of you kicking his but ended after he hit puberty in high school.  He has always been a bit on the buff side.  But I do appreciate the effort.”

The two women sipped their coffee in silence until Beth began to chuckle.  Hannah asked, “what is so funny?”

“Oh, I just thought about the days I would have killed for a kiss from him.  So glad I grew up and over that.”


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

Break The Habit

“Where did Alan go?” Betty asked as she came into the office.  John looked up from his computer screen and said, “I hadn’t even noticed he was gone.”

Betty rolled her eyes and said, “He is probably on one of his smoke breaks.  His penchant for smoking is going to catch up to him one of these days.”

Just then Alan came up behind Betty and said. “I’m back.”

Betty turned slowly and said, “Oh man, I could smell you were back.  You reek of cigarettes.”

Alan turned a little pink in the cheeks and said, “That is harsh.”

“No, just truthful.  The boss wants to see you as soon as possible.  Which means you should have been there 10 minutes ago.” Betty informed Alan and then left the office.

John looked up at Alan and said,” Former smokers are always so nasty about smoking once they have quit.  Don’t mind her.”

“I just ignore it, like water off a duck’s back.” Alan turned and went to see the boss.


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – penchant https://fivedotoh.com/2020/07/04/fowc-with-fandango-penchant/

Tinker Toy

As Shelly walked into the living room, she saw Fred in his chair fooling with something in his hands.  “What is that you’ve got?”

Holding it up proudly Fred said, “It’s a Creston 285.”

“A what?”

“A Creston 285… it is a tool for – “

“A tool?  You mean another gadget.”

“Maybe.”

“Well just don’t use it on any of the appliances ‘Tim Taylor.’  They are all working fine, and I would like to keep it that way.”

“You have so little faith in me and my repair skills?”

“No, I know how you tinker with things that already work!”


(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – gadget https://fivedotoh.com/2020/07/03/fowc-with-fandango-gadget/

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City On The Edge

“I don’t begrudge you and your line of work Paul.  This has got to be a tough time to be a cop.” Mark said as he and Paul stood up to leave the coffee shop.

“It just irritates me that most people only see the idiot cops that ruin the job for the rest of us who do serve the public well.”  Paul held the door open for a couple coming into the shop. 

“Just ride the tide out.  Things are definitely going to change, but I think your job is still safe.”

“Yeah, I just worry about my city.”


(100 words)

Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – begrudge https://fivedotoh.com/2020/06/28/fowc-with-fandango-begrudge/

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