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#MondayMixer is a flash-fiction event hosted by Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi) .  Jeffrey provides three groups of three prompts (three locations, three things and three adjectives)  and participants post 150-word stories – using at least one word from each group – on their blogs.  This week’s prompts are:

Locations:  1) boudoir        2) foundry    3) nebula
 Things:       1)thumbtack    2) piton         3) kingfisher
 Adjectives: 1) inveterate   2) vindictive  3) frenetic

Here is my story:

“This is where Emily and I first met,” Frank said as he and Steve walked across the factory floor, inspecting the production run.  “She came here to have me cast a special line of climbing equipment designed just for you to promote, but I found out she had something else in mind, too.”

“You did make some good gear, but you had the ability to choose.  She didn’t force herself on you.  You knew she was my wife.”

“And I feel really bad about that.  I sincerely apologise.  It will never happen again.”

“Even though it’s been going on for two years?”

“Yes.  Friday, I told her it was over and I invited you here to come clean.  I hope you will forgive me.”

“Why, I don’t have a vindictive bone in my body,” Steve replied.  Then he drove a piton through Frank’s forehead and pushed him into the foundry.

 

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Business-Card Fiction (#BCF)  has moved onto its second live prompt.   This time, the prompt is a photo with no prompt word:

Bcf Prompt #2

In this challenge, entrants use graphic-editing software (e.g. the GIMP, etc.) to simulate printing the story on the back of a business card.  Here is my “card” with my story:

Shanghaied

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#MondayMixer is a flash-fiction event hosted by Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi) .  Jeffrey provides three groups of three prompts (three locations, three things and three adjectives)  and participants post 150-word stories – using at least one word from each group – on their blogs.  This week’s prompts are:

Locations:  1) mineshaft  2) biodome     3) campus
Things:      1) coconut    2) tulwar        3) balalaika
Adjectives: 1) intrinsic     2) licentious   3) evanescent

Here is my story:

After the soldiers had secured the area, the workers began moving the biodome into place.  It was not an easy task and it required all the help they had available, but they had to do it.  Slowly, slowly, they inched it forward.  When they had finally positioned it as accurately as they could, they lowered it carefully, carefully to the ground.  They didn’t want to have to move it again and they wouldn’t: it was perfect.  Now they only needed to fasten it into place.  Their planning and hard work was beginning to pay off.

In a time when everything seemed so evanescent, this was an important project that would provide an immediate food supply for the growing settlement.  The rigid structure would also act as a long-term shelter from both the hot sun and the destructive rain.

What more could a colony of ants expect from a coconut shell?

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Business-Card Fiction (#BCF)  has begun with its first live prompt.   This time, the prompt is a photo with no prompt word:

Bcf Prompt #1

In this challenge, entrants use graphic-editing software (e.g. the GIMP, etc.) to simulate printing the story on the back of a business card.  Here is my “card” with my story:

She Left Her Heart in San Francisco

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#MondayMixer is a flash-fiction event hosted by Jeffrey Hollar (@Klingorengi) .  Jeffrey provides three groups of three prompts (three locations, three things and three adjectives)  and participants post 150-word stories – using at least one word from each group – on their blogs.  This week’s prompts are:

Locations:  1) spaceport  2) chasm                 3) laundromat
Things:         1) ocarina      2) ravioli                 3) veranda
Adjectives: 1) fatuous      2) indiscriminate 3) regressive

In addition to entering this for #MondayMixer, I am also entering this for #MotivationMonday which, this week, has the prompt “Why bother bringing logic into this now?” to be used as the opening of the story.

Here is my story:

Why bother bringing logic into this now?  It couldn’t be of any further use to him.

He sat on the veranda of his spaceport retreat, mindlessly consuming the ravioli prepared for him by a fatuous chef with regressive taste and indiscriminate plating.  Other times, he’d venture down to the Laundromat and play the ocarina to the rhythm of the clothes’ tumbling in the dryers.  Still others, he’d sit next to a vine-covered tree in the park and bellow out Tarzan yells for hours while passersby just shook their heads.

There was no telling which days would be spaceport days, which would be Laundromat days, which would be park days or where (or, for that matter, who) he might be in between.

No.  Logic wasn’t going to help – not any more.  His mind had long since departed and the chasm between what he saw and reality was just too great.

NOTE: My entry qualifies for the #MondayMixer “Over-Achiever Award,” since I used all of the prompt words and not just three.

P.S.: Since MS-Word improperly counts hyphenated combinations of words (e.g. the compound adjective “vine-covered”) as single words, the word count may appear to be 149, rather than 150 if tested in MS-Word without putting a space after the hyphen.

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