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RIP Gene Wilder – One-liner Wednesday #1linerWeds

 

“We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.” – from the poem “Ode” by Arthur O’Shaunessy and spoken by Gene Wilder in “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory”

 

 

(quote image found on Pinterest)

 

This post is part of One-Liner Wednesday:

One-Liner Wednesday – My Favourite Movie


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Void – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

When Abby’s fiance died suddenly in a car accident just days before the wedding, she didn’t think she’d ever be able to fill the void left in her heart from losing the man she thought was her soul mate. But then, one day, a few months after the accident, she just happened to meet Jackson, and the emptiness slowly began to fill.

 

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “void”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2016/08/30/tuesdayuseitinasentence-void/

 


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Days Of Yore – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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“Long ago in days of yore,” said the old man sitting in the chair at the front of the room, “there was a beautiful princess.”

He held up a knobbly  finger to the crowd of children sitting in front of him on the library room floor. Atop the finger was a finger puppet dressed up like a princess.

“One day, the princess went out for a walk in the woods,” the old man continued, moving the finger puppet to simulate walking. “Everything was fine until suddenly, a dragon appeared!”

He held up another finger, this one with a finger puppet of a green dragon on it.

The library door opened and a couple of men in business suits came in, followed by a camera man.

“What is going on in here?” tersely asked the older of the two men in business suits. “When you said you’d tell your story to the kids, this isn’t the story I thought you meant!”

The old man looked at him. “I agreed to tell my story to the children, yes. But your letter asking me to do this didn’t specify which story you wanted.”

“But my audience doesn’t want to see someone like you telling such a childish story! They expect a better story from you!”

“Well, I’m afraid you’re just out of luck, then. If I’m telling stories to five-year-old children like this, they’re getting childish stories. That’s how things were done in days of yore, after all. Besides which, my stories aren’t fit for children their age!”

“But…”

“Sorry. That’s all I have to say. I’m not reading a horror book to five-year-olds. If you want to do it, why don’t you publish a book and read it to them yourself.”

The old man went back to telling his finger puppet story to the children. The other man in the business suit told his partner, “You know, filming him telling a story like this to children might actually be better for us. I bet more people would watch it. It’d probably go viral.”

The man with the camera voiced his agreement.

The first man considered it for a moment, then nodded. “You have a point. Ok. Start filming.”


This story is part of the Stream of Consciousness prompt, “your/you’re/yore”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS August 27/16


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Elephant Silliness – One-liner Wednesday #1linerWeds

Feeling in the mood for a little silliness today, so:

 

Actually, the full quote is:
“One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas; how he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” – Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

 

 

(quote image from my Pinterest)

This post is part of One-liner Wednesday:

One-Liner Wednesday – Ask Not

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Opening – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

“Honey, I can’t find Hex or Jinx anywhere! If we don’t find the cats soon, we’ll be late for the v-e-t!”

Jessica chuckled at Harold’s frantic voice. “Don’t worry, dear. Let me show you a trick.”

She went into the kitchen,  and Harold stood in the doorway, watching her. She took a can of tuna out of the pantry and plugged in the can opener. “I’d stand out of the way if I were you,” she warned him.

She attached the can of tuna to the can opener and pressed the button. The can had barely started turning when the sound of paws thumping on the hardwood floor sounded outside the kitchen. Startled, Harold quickly stepped out of the way before he got knocked down by two black cats that suddenly came running into in the kitchen, seeming to have appeared out of nowhere.

“What the -” he said, staring at them.

Jessica chuckled. “No matter where they are, they always come running the instant they hear me opening a can of food. Let me take care of them. You get the carriers.”


This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “opening”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/tuesdayuseitinasentence-opening/

 

(note: the cats’ names come from a dream I once had where I had two black cats named Hex and Jinx)

(pictures found on Pinterest)


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It’s A Date – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Delilah was sitting on the couch, snacking and watching TV when the phone rang. She answered it.

“Hello?”

“Hey there, Delilah,” said Tony’s voice, causing a shocked Lyla to drop the date she was about to bite into.

“Tony, hi!” she said, trying to hide her surprise. She’d never expected him to call her after their brief meeting at the gym the other day, though she’d continually hoped he would. She had completely embarrassed herself then, after all, and she wouldn’t have blamed him if he’d conveniently lost her number. “What’s up?”

“I was just wondering if you’d like to go to dinner Friday night? That is, if you’re not busy or anything.”

“Oh, no, I’m not busy. Dinner on Friday sounds great!”

“Awesome! It’s a date, then. See you at 8p.m.?”

“Perfect! See you at 8p.m.!”

Tony hung up and Delilah quickly marked the date of the date on her calendar so she wouldn’t forget – as if she could ever forget it! Then she called her best friend, Janie.

“Janie, guess what? Tony just called!”

“Who?” Janie asked, slightly confused.

“Tony! You know, the guy I met at the gym!”

“Oh, yeah! He’s really cute. So he finally called you? Even after…what happened?”

“Yes! He wants to take me to dinner on Friday!”

“Well, you’d better quit stuffing your face with dates if you want to look good for your big date!”

“I know. I will. And I also plan to start using the treadmill again – once I figure out how to work it correctly so I don’t slip on it again!”

“Want me to go to the gym with you and show you?”

“Please? Maybe this evening? I only have a few days until Friday.”

“Ok. Sure. It’s a date.”


This silly short story is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “date”:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Aug. 20/16