Oh, I Need To Buy That

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She sat on the floor unwrapping glass candle holders.  Looking up she saw me approaching and got a smile on her face, “Are you here to help me with all this new merchandise?”

I chuckled a little and said, “Yeah, what do you need done?”

She started to get up and I stopped her, “Wait, just tell me where to unload, you don’t have to get up and show me.”

“Okay, the boxes on the rocket cart need to go to the floral aisle.”

“I will go see what I can get done for you.”  I loved helping in crafts.


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

At Rope’s End

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“Are you really feeling that way?  Like you might snap at the next customer?”

“Yes, I am so sick of Covid and their insistence that they are fine without a mask or the fact most of them don’t know how to wear them right.  Then they ask me to wipe down the register… if they were really that concerned about it, they would wear their damn masks.”

“Listen, don’t jeopardize your job over a bunch of idiots.  Just keep wearing your mask and staying as far away as you can.  This can’t last forever.”

“It feels like it already has.”


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Not A Good Start

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The couple walked up to the gate.  Josh stooped down and was messing with the padlock on the gate.  Mary let out a sigh and said, “What are you doing now, it is cold out here?”

“Just be patient.  I have to finagle the lock and then the honeymoon begins.”

“Wait, you don’t have the key? WHAT ARE YOU DOING?  Breaking us into this mountain hideaway?”

Josh flashed her a grin and said, “Only the best for my baby.”

“No way, I am not going to start my marriage with a B and E on my record.  Take me home.”


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The Struggle Is Real

“Oh, I give up!  I will never find a nice dress that will fit this oversized body of mine.”

“Relax mom.  So, you haven’t found it yet.  There is still time to look.  But you have to look and not waste any more time, because you won’t have time to send it back again and get another if it doesn’t fit.”

“You don’t understand Paula, I am not the size I should be, and society looks past those of us larger women and rarely design anything worthwhile for us to wear.  It is infuriating trying to buy clothes.  But I will find something for your wedding.”

“Maybe you can order two sizes and keep the one that fits next time.”

“That might work.  I have one more site I can log onto and check otherwise it is down to the wedding shop and a price three times higher.  But I promise not to embarrass you showing up in jeans.”

“Oh Mom, you are being dramatic.”

“Just keep your fingers crossed for me.”


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

A Perfect 29

“Are you up for a game?” she asked as she held up the cribbage board.

He laughed and said “I could beat you again tonight.”

“Hey, last time I think I won 3 to your 1.”

“True but this rivalry is still fun so deal them and prepare to face your fate!”

She rolled her eyes and laughed a little, “You are so going down!”


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Stick With The Plan

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As her Dad droned on and on about what they were going to go see in the museum Penny just prayed for a break from all the plans and places they had to rush through on this trip to Washington DC.  It was not what she had expected.  And although she was learning things to take back to school with her for the fall, she had heard too much attention to the tiniest detail in planning where to go and what to do, even bathroom breaks.  So, when her Dad stopped talking, she said, “Do we synchronize our watches now?”


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Monday Rewrite

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The teacher stood at the front of the room holding a stack of papers in her hand.  The class had just turned in reports on the animal of their choice.  The teacher told the class, “Now remember you will get these papers back on Monday to write a second draft.  I am not only looking for grammar errors, but for the use of extraneous information that just pads the word count.”

The bell then rang, and she dismissed the class.  Two girls looked at each other with a grin and one said, “Extraneous information, I think we’re in trouble.”


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On Time

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“You need to get into the other lane and turn left up here,” she told the driver.  He kept going straight.  “Where are you going?  You missed the turn.”

The driver took a deep breathe and started to say, “There is less tr…”

“Now we are going to be late if you are taking this long route.  You shouldn’t have deviated from the directions I gave you.”

The driver inwardly rolled his eyes and just said, “Yes, ma’am. But I will have you there in plenty of time.” 

“You better or there will be no tip for you young man!”


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

Don’t Go Shopping With Him

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Janie looked at her husband with disgust.  “Why do you insist on being so obnoxious when we go shopping?  What you said to that poor girl was way out of line.  She was just doing her job.”

“I am so sick of masks and being told I have to wear them when I go out.  It makes me so claustrophobic. The president says it will be over soon and besides, we are not in one of those hot spot states.”

“Do you know why we are not a hot spot?”

“Because the rona doesn’t like us?” Jon said with a smile.

“No, because out community followed the scientist’s recommendations not the president’s.  And we have been wearing masks all along.”

“Fine, I won’t bitch at the person guarding the door anymore.”

“Thank you!”


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At the Bookstore

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Sally picked the book up off the shelf.  It was the latest mystery novel by B. F. Hunter.  She had read many of his books and always found them to be entertaining.  This one however had a twist she was unsure of… it dealt with a bug expert having his victims devoured by swarms.  Sally hated bugs!  But he was one of her favorite authors.  She sighed and tucked the book in the basket with a couple of others she had found.  Making her way to check out she dug her discount card out and prepared to make her purchase.


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