She walked into the restaurant looking for her friends; they always met once a month. They had all worked together and had developed a strong bond. Pam glanced left then right, and her eyes caught a glimpse of the dessert case. So many scrumptious desserts waiting to be chosen. There was cheesecake, tiramisu, a decadent looking chocolate cake, scones, pie and crème brulee. It all looked so good. Suddenly there was a tap on her shoulder, turning around she saw Betty and Andrea; she had beat them there. After welcoming hugs, they sat down and studied the dessert menu first.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – scrumptious
It was just a word game. What harm could be had by accepting a game with another player. She started by playing M-O-V-I-E landing the E on a double word square. She waited for him to take his turn. As she began thinking of a word to tie into his V-A-N-E the message bubble came up. She took her turn and responded to his hello.
More games followed and he began to tell her such nice things. He loved her profile picture, she was so sweet, smart, funny… the list seemed to be endless. Needless to say, she kind of liked the attention, but told him it was just friends playing a game.
By day three of playing off and on he wanted to chat outside of the game. She did not but he persuaded her. They used instant messenger and he began to shower her with more compliments asked her all sorts of questions about her day. She believed she was making a friend.
Then one day he said he needed some help. His car was out of commission, and he needed to order a few things online but couldn’t get to the store to pick up an Amazon gift card… would she please send him one for five hundred dollars?
All the bells and whistles went off. She had heard of scams using gift cards and instantly became leery of him. She made excuses for why she couldn’t, and he kept saying how he would pay her back and he would be so grateful. But she was not born yesterday, and she would not be bamboozled. She told him no and then never responded to any additional game requests. Lesson learned.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – bamboozle
Taking the last sip of his energy drink he turned his attention to the work at hand. He had a deadline, and he was determined to meet it. With a frenetic pace he dove into his project of creating a rack for the kitchen to hold spices. It was intended as a surprise for his wife who would be home from a business trip tomorrow. He had the rack all assembled but had to stain the wood still to match the wood in the kitchen. He was on his second coat when his wife surprised him by coming home early.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – frenetic
She put the car into forward and pulled down the street. Turning the corner, she headed for the highway. She was stressed and so frustrated. She hit the city limits and accelerated to 55 MPH. Looking ahead of her there was only one car in the distance and no cars in the rearview mirror. She took a deep breath and let out a blood curdling scream for as loud and as long as she could. Then she smiled.
It wasn’t a big smile, just the smallest hint of one hitting the corner of her mouth. She was finally free. It had been a frustrating day with him moving out, but it was done and over and she had the keys back to her house… she could finally relax and not feel so alone while with people who ignored her. She could find a little peace and solitude in the time she was alone now. Not conflict and frustrations.
She turned the car around at the next turn and drove back into town. She would grab a coffee at the local shop and then go to her home and for the first time in a long time, feel at peace.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – forward
Kim sat down at her desk, another report due by the end of the day and she was just thinking about a quick lunch, but now there would be no time. This was a long report the boss wanted typed up and printed for the shareholders meeting later this week. She had to format a few graphs to enter into the report and make it representative of the company.
As she was finalizing the last pie graph on the report. Someone tapped her shoulder and she jumped in her chair. She quickly swung around preparing to tell that person to announce themselves. “When you come up to…” she didn’t have a chance to finish it when her boss asked her about the report. “I am just about done sir.”
“I need it emailed to me no later than 4:30 so I have time to approve it. If changes are necessary, you will need to update it before you leave unfortunately.”
Kim felt her blood pressure rising and her anger creeping up on her. She took a deep breath and reminded herself that she had not had lunch, so she knew she was just hangry. Nothing to do about it now. She returned to finish her work. She typed on the keys until she finally used the mouse button to send it to her boss. Nothing to do but sit back and wait now.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – hangry
She took the paper and trimmed it with her decorative edge scissors. Grabbing her glue runner, she began to adhere the various levels of embellishments onto her card. After stamping a couple of images on the inside of the card, she colored them in. Now time to go to the other side. She had a special stamp to put on the back of the card. It was her “company” name (if only she had the money and determination to start that business) and she stamped it proudly. Added her initials and today’s date and it was ready to be used.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – adhere
She opened the door to the coffee shop and stepped inside. The welcoming smell of coffee filled the air. She waited behind the man who was in line ahead of her and she couldn’t help but overhear his order. It was one of those five-mile-long orders with half syrup, soy milk, an extra shot, extra foam and extra hot. She felt like rolling her eyes. She couldn’t understand why people got so picky about their drinks. She took hers with the basics. Now it was her turn and she stepped up to the counter and ordered her hot caramel latte.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – foam
He was very timid. This was his first attempt to find a job. Only sixteen years old and out of school for the summer, he really wanted something that was not too intimidating. He was hoping to make enough to finance a used car to drive to school.
He locked his bike and gathered his strength and determination walking to the door. He had rehearsed a few potential questions with his mom who worked in human resources at a retail store. The questions were mostly innocuous, but she warned him there could be some more personal ones asked that would be used to judge his character.
After, what seemed like an agonizingly long, four minutes, he was called into the office for his interview. The woman seated behind the desk was quite pleasant and had the ability to put him a little at ease. They discussed his potential job and his qualifications. Found out what his goals were and then she asked the question he was hoping for. “When can you start?”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – innocuous
She scanned the paperwork. This was important. She had to make sure she had done a thorough job of filling in all the answers; all the dotting her I’s and crossing her t’s. This was a big deal. If she could get this job, it would mean a world of change for her – travel, position, and a lot more cushion for bills and unexpected bills.
She walked through the doors to the receptionist and handed her the completed forms and her resume. The receptionist told her a decision would be made the end of the week. She could hardly wait.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – thorough