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Got Some Cash? – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Willie was driving down the road when he saw a young man with a backpack standing  along the side of the road, holding out his hand with his thumb pointing up.  It was a long way to the next town, and the young man seemed a little worse for wear and probably low on cash, so Willie decided to be nice and pulled over.

“Need a ride?” Willie asked.

“Yes, please,” said the young man.

“Get in, then.”

The young man thanked him and did so.

“Where you headed?” Willie asked as the young man got settled in the passenger seat.

“Nowhere in particular,” he replied as Willie pulled back out onto the road.

“The nearest town is about 20 miles ahead. I’m stopping there for the night. I can drop you off there, if that’s ok?”

“That would be fine, thanks. I’m Waylon, by the way.”

“Nice to meet you. I’m Willie.”

They drove in silence for a few minutes, then Waylon spoke up. “I…I hate to ask this, since you’re being so nice by giving me a ride, but…I need some Cash. Have you got some?”

“Sure do, son,” Willie replied, and he punched a button on his radio.

Johnny Cash started playing through the speakers.

Waylon sighed and settled back in his seat with a smile. “Perfect.”

Willie reached into his pocket and pulled out a $20 bill and handed it to Waylon. “Here. You can have this, too.”

Waylon shook his head. “No, thank you. Johnny’s all the Cash I need.”

 


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

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS August 13/16


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7 Signs You Might Be the Villain of a Story

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Everyone believes they’re the heroes of the story.  Well, almost everyone outside of fiction since there are always the exceptions.  So, how can you tell if you’re really the villain?

  1. You have a lot of expendable minions wandering around your home.  I mean, you adopted them and gave them a job, which is very nice of you.  Still, they are very quick to rush to their demise on your orders.  Not to mention they’re all wearing the same uniforms, which gets confusing even with numbers on their backs.  It’s almost like they’ve been robbed of their individuality.  Is that what the Greeting Machine really does?
  2. People keep getting in the way of your plans.  Go out to dinner with your totally willing date?  A guy with a useless cape shows up to fight you before dessert.  Visit the bank to make a withdrawal?  An entire team of…

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The Unexpected- One-liner Wednesday #1linerWeds

Just a little something I sometimes wonder:

 

If you expect the unexpected, then isn’t the unexpected expected?

 

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This post is part of One-liner Wednesday:

One-Liner Wednesday – An Earworm for You

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Yoke – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

John and Jim were helping their grandfather out on the farm. Young Jim was tending to the chickens and young John was over with the cattle. Chuckling, Jim took one of the chicken eggs and snuck up behind John.

“Hey, John!” he called, and as his brother turned, he tossed the egg at his face, where it cracked. “Ha ha! The yoke’s on you!” Jim said with a laugh as the egg ran down his brother’s face.

John scowled and wiped his face. “That’s ‘yolk’, not ‘yoke’, Jim. Get the joke right, would you?” He sighed. “Come here.”

He led Jim over to the nearby shed and grabbed a wooden crosspiece with two large collars on it. He placed one of the collars over Jim’s head. “There. Now the yoke’s on you.”

 

 

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/tuesdayuseitinasentence-yoke

 


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7 Signs You’re a Destined Hero

Being a destined hero sure isn’t easy, is it?

Legends of Windemere

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The title is pretty self-explanatory.  Still, I should say something . . . Buy Crossing Bedlam for 99 cents because it has NOTHING to do with destiny.

  1. You get the feeling you’re being watched.  Not by anyone around you or anything in the shadows.  The laptop webcam has been covered by duct tape and the shades are drawn too.  Still, you can’t get over the idea that there is a large crowd of people watching your every move.  (If you’re on an HBO show then this includes bathing.)
  2. There is a strange mark on your body that is either easily covered or people ignore it unless it’s the focal point of an event.  You’re not sure where the thing came from or why getting laser surgery always results in the machine exploding.  The mark itches whenever you go near certain areas like libraries, graveyards, warehouses, or…

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Having Many Books – One-liner Wednesday #1linerWeds

 

“The odd thing about people who had many books was how they always wanted more.”- Patricia A. McKillip, The Bell at Sealey Head

 

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This post is part of One-liner Wednesday:

One-Liner Wednesday – It was The Beginning of the End

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Keynote – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Marcia couldn’t believe they had actually chosen her as the keynote speaker for their conference. Her! So what if it was a last-minute request because their orginial choice suddenly couldn’t make it? They had picked her! Now all she had to do was come up with a speech to give. She set the letter aside and wondered aloud, “What can I possibly say in a keynote address to a bunch of Furries?”

 

This post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “keynote”: https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/tuesdayuseitinasentence-keynote/