Lick It And Stick It

The women were standing in a kitchen going through a cupboard and a drawer when Trish said, “Oh my!  That takes me back a few years.”

The younger woman turned and said, “What is it mom?”

“These are Regal trading stamps.  We used to get them every time we went to the grocery store.”

“What for?”

“You took them home and put them into booklets saving them up to get things out of a catalog.  It was a really nice perk for shopping at the store.”

“Why did they stop doing it?”

“It was probably costing the store too much.”

“It sounds kind of fun.”

“It was.  It just took forever to save for the really good stuff.”


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


It’s Alive

Sally put the car in park and ran across the street to meet her daughter for coffee.  The two of them chatted for a while and then the two left to go to the library.  Walking to her car Sally was laughing at a joke her daughter had shared when she stopped in her tracks.  There on her car was a parking ticket.  “Oh no,” she said.  “I forgot to feed the meter.

Her daughter just laughed and said, “The meter got angry and bit back at you.”

“Ha, ha.  I recall you getting one not that long ago.”



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The glass shattered against the wall. She wasn’t aiming at him, but she was imagining she was throwing things at him.  He said, “Baby, it was just once.  I swear she means nothing to me.  I promise it will never happen again.”

She responded with another glass crashing into the wall to his right.  “I don’t even remotely believe that.”  She held her head high and said, “Today is your day of reckoning.  Today the world learns the liar that you are.”

“What are you going to do?”

“You’re ‘sweet thing’ from last week called looking for you and we had a nice long talk.  I know your hangout and, as we speak, my friend the bartender has put up a little flyer about you in the woman’s restroom.  Every woman will know you are just a con man.”

“Baby you don’t have a clue.  I already spent most of your bank account.”

“Yeah, but I will tell you about the account I have at another bank I have been keeping from you.  I knew weeks ago you were fooling around.  I have taken steps to control the situation.”

“You can’t control me, bitch.”

“But I already have.”

She walked out of the room, passing the hired man who was entering the room on cue.


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

Be Prepared

“Please just take the money,” Sharon said.  “You never know what kind of trouble you might run into on your trip.”

“But Mom, we are just headed to Cedar Rapids, not across the country,” Nicole said.

“Please, just in case.”

“Ok Mom, but I don’t think we will need it.”

“You can give it back to me when you get home if you don’t end up using it.”

“Thanks Mom, this is just to go to a concert and then come back home.”

“I still wish you would stay the night in a hotel there, so you don’t have to drive in the dark back.”

“I drive at night all the time here and you never worry.”

“That is wrong. I always worry.”

“Ok, I will give you that.  Now we had better leave.  Thanks again Mom!”

“You’re welcome.  You and Andrea have fun, but be careful”

“We will.  I love you.”

“Love you too.”


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Pink Splashes


She stood in her pink rain coat and matching boots looking at the window.  Making sure her Mom was watching, she ran to the puddle and jumped in with both feet.  The resulting splash reached all the way to her face and she squinted her eyes shut and then let out a huge laugh.  She calmly walked out of the puddle only to turn around and splash again.

After about 15 minutes her hair was drenched and she was soaked but she jumped one last time as her Mom opened the door, “Ashley, it’s time to come in and dry off.”

She laughed and skipped up to the door.  “Mom, did you see me?  I splashed a lot!”

“Yes,” her Mom answered.  “I saw you splash all over.  Did you have fun?”

“Oh yes Mommy, I did.  Can I splash again when Daddy comes home?”  She asked her Mom with a big smile.

“No sweetie, we have to eat dinner and then it is movie night.”

“Can I watch The Little Mermaid tonight?”

“Yes Ashley, you can.  Now let’s get you cleaned up.”

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Another Fight

“Don’t undermine my authority,” she yelled at him.  “You agreed last week she would not get a job and now you took her job hunting all weekend?  Need I remind you I have full custody and can keep her from you.”

“Don’t threaten me.  She made valid points and promised her schooling came first.” He continued, “I tried to call you, but it just went to voicemail.  Were you out with HIM again?”

“Listen, I deserve to finally have a life, since you never took me anywhere.”

“Let’s not go to the past again.  This is about Tina’s future and I know she is a good student and will pull back if work takes too much time.”

“You just want to make me look like the bad guy.”

“You do a good enough job of that yourself.”

The front door slammed and Tina said, “Just let me work, I’m so sick of listening to the two of you fight.  Let me be the adult neither of you is being.”

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


The Report

“This is going to be easy,” Teresa said.  “I can find all the information from Wikipedia and be done with this report in no time.”

“It would be better if you used different sources,” Patty said.

“But Mom, I really want to go to Donna’s tonight since she is going to her Grandma’s house with her parents this weekend.  This will be faster if I just stick with one resource.”

“You have written enough reports already to know you will get a lower grade if you don’t expand your search online for more than one source.” Patty suddenly got an idea and said, “Why not try the Intrepid museum website to reference more about the aircraft carrier?  You know that is a reputable source since you went there last summer.”

“Ok Mom, but that is all I am doing, then can I please go see Donna,” Teresa asked with a smile?

Patty shook her head, “Just remember she leaves in the morning so don’t stay too late.”


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