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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) moraine         2) tumulus            3) bazaar
Things:         1) canard            2) settee                3) stiletto
Adjectives: 1) obsequious   2) audacious       3) penetrating

Here is my story:

Her penetrating, stiletto gaze laid open his heart the instant he met her in the bazaar.  She seemed to show interest, as well, so he moved along, a little bit, and glanced back.  She was still watching.

Encouraged, he began to approach her – indirectly, at first, so as not to appear threatening.  Her eyes definitely stayed with him.

She took a few steps toward him then nodded away from the bazaar to the alleyway that led to private residences.

Seeing the signal from her eyes, he continued toward her as she turned and slowly walked in the indicated direction.

He followed and she made sure that he didn’t lose sight of her through the maze of intricate turns.  Finally, they met.

It was then that she drew out her real stiletto and plunged it deep into his chest.  Thus, she stole his heart, his life, and finally, his wallet.

 

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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) brasserie        2) caldera                 3) hummock
Things:         1) keloid              2) demesne              3) capsule
Adjectives: 1) esoteric          2) disingenuous     3) truculent

Here is my story:

It would be disingenuous of me to say I had planned what happened, but his mistake – not my planning – saved us.  Of course, timing also played an important role.

He was carrying enough of the virus to wipe out the entire colony – a disaster that would have brought an end to any further exploration of this planet.  By then, my only hope was to vaporise his ship in a way that would burn up not only its pilot, but also its deadly cargo

Up to that point, he had evaded every move and weapon I had tried and it looked like he would make it safely to the ground.

The volcano had been dormant for centuries and he probably figured it would be a good hiding place after he touched down.  Who could have known that landing his capsule in the caldera would actually trigger the eruption?

 

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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) cavern     2) plantation   3) grassland
Things:        1) dogcart   2) samovar     3) harmonium
Adjectives: 1) vengeful  2) gustatory   3) acerbic

Here is my story:

The way he ran the estate, it may as well have been a plantation and his household servants may as well have been slaves.  His valet was no exception and was probably the most maltreated of all.

In particular, the afternoon tea was never right.  The water was too hot or cold.  The tea didn’t taste right.  Something was ALWAYS wrong, even if the tea had been prepared perfectly.

The valet had done everything perfectly, today.  He had made sure that nobody else had interfered in any way.  Of course, the old man still cast a wary eye upon the samovar and complained.

“When was the last time that thing was cleaned?”

“Why, just this morning, sir.”

“Are you certain it was thoroughly rinsed, afterwards?”

“Absolutely, sir: I attended to it myself.”

“Well, the tea is off.”

“How so, sir?”

“It’s rather… acerbic.”

“Bitter?  That would be the cyanide, sir.”

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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) moor           2) oasis            3) mortuary
 Things:       1) bandana      2) cloche         3) overshoe
 Adjectives: 1) loquacious 2) egalitarian  3) sedulous

Here is my story:

Hunter, Chef and …

Sedulous in his pursuit of the perfect dish, the chef roasted the bones, added the mirepoix and sachet d’épices and prepared the stock.  From this, he created a sauce espagnole that he turned into a sauce chasseur.

Such a “hunter’s sauce,” he reasoned, would be ideal for his catch.  The shallots and mushrooms would complement the meat well.

He chose to roast this cut slowly, on low heat, so as to make it as tender as possible while keeping it moist and flavourful.  He also roasted the side-dish vegetables, since he couldn’t bear losing their flavours or nutrients to boiling.

Before sitting down to enjoy his private feast, he placed everything onto the table, removed the cloche from the platter and carved the roast.  Then, as the room became redolent with the heady aromas, he seated himself at the table and supped heartily upon his latest quarry from the mortuary.

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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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#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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#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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