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That Smell – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS



Jared stepped up and knocked on the door. While he waited, he breathed into his palm to check his breath one last time and shuffled his feet anxiously.  He’d been friends with her for quite a while, and he’d had a crush on her for a while, and he thought he’d noticed a similar interest in him from her. And now she’d asked him over for dinner. He wasn’t sure what to expect. But he’d finally decided to tell her how he felt, at least, and see how it went from there.

After a few moments, the door finally opened and Bernadette stepped out. “Hi, Jared!” she said with a smile.

“Hi, Bernadette,” he replied nervously. He shoved a bouquet of flowers at her. “Here. I got these for you. I know you haven’t been feeling well lately.”

She took the flowers, and her smile widened. “How sweet! They’re lovely, Jared. Thank you! Well, don’t just stand there. Come on in. Dinner should be ready shortly.”

Bernadette went back inside and Jared followed. As soon as he entered, he was greeted by her two cats, Muffin and Biscuit, who intertwined themselves around his legs and offered up purrs and meows. Jared bent down to pet them. “Hello there, you two,” he said. “I haven’t seen you in while, have I? Did you miss me? How are you guys doing?”

The cats weren’t the only thing that greeted him, though. As he finished saying hello to the cats, he asked, “Bernadette, what’s that smell?”

“Huh?” she asked from where she was putting the flowers in a vase on the coffee table in the sitting room. “What smell?”

“That smell.”

“I don’t know what you mean, Jared.”

“Can’t you smell that smell?”

Bernadette finished arranging the flowers and came over to him and the cats. “I’m sorry, Jared. You’ll have to be more specific. With this stuffy nose from this bad cold I’ve been dealing with, I’ve not been able to smell anything, really, for the last few days.”

“Bernie, when’s the last time you cleaned the litter boxes?”

Bernadette blinked and looked from Jared, to the cats, to the bathroom down the hall. She gasped and her face reddened with embarrassment. “Oh my goodness! I can’t believe it! Jared, I’m so sorry you had to be greeted by that! Muffin, Biscuit, oh, my sweeties, I’m sorry! I wish you could have told me, reminded me. I’ve been feeling so terrible lately things have slipped my mind, and with not being able to smell, I didn’t even notice. I’ll do it right away! Jared, you can wait if you want, but if you want to go, I’ll understand.”

Jared shook his head and rolled up his sleeves. “No, Bernie. I’m staying and I’m going to help you.”

Bernadette gave him a grateful smile and the two set about tackling the litter boxes while Muffin and Biscuit supervised.


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

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Gaze – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Leslie stood in the field and gazed up at the stars, wondering if someone out there on another planet was doing the same, when she suddenly felt an intense pressure as if someone had fixed their gaze on her, but as she looked around, she could see no one watching her.



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Reason – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Marty listened to Allie’s excuse and tried to forgive her, but her wild story claiming alien abduction as the reason for all that had happened, and her expecting him to believe the story, just defied all reason.



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Ash – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Ash watched the photos he tossed into the fire curl up and burn to ash, and hoped his memories of Amber would burn away with them, but the red embers left after the fire burned low only served to remind him of her red hair and fiery personality.



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Intergalactic Nonsense – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS



The intercom buzzed on the bridge. Captain Hastings pressed the button on the arm of his command chair and answered, “Hastings here.”

A frantic voice replied, “Jennings here, sir. We need you come down to the galley right away.”

“What’s wrong?”

“The ambassadors and delegates from Xenos and Alberacht are arguing, and it’s about to break out into an all-out fight. If they do, it’ll become one heck of an intergalactic incident.”

Hastings and his first officer, Evans, exchanged a glance. “We’ll be right there.” He pressed another button. “Security, this is Hastings. Send a team to meet me at the galley, right away.”

Hastings and Evans hurried to from the bridge and took the transport tube to down three levels. They ran down the corridor and met the security team outside the galley. When they entered, they came to an abrupt stop, stunned by the sight that greeted them.

“What in the world?” said Hasting.

“Interesting,” said Evans. “I’ve always heard of this, but never thought I’d see one.”

In the middle of the dining area, the argument between the delegations from the planets Xenos and Alberacht had escalated into a fight, but instead of fists being thrown, it was food being thrown.

“I believe this may well be the first intergalactic food fight in history, Captain,” Evans said, ducking a stray cream pie that came flying towards him. It hit the face of the security team member standing behind him.

“What do you suggest we do, Evans?” Hastings asked. “Should we intervene?”

Evans took a pie from a nearby table. “Intervene if you want. I’m joining in!” He tossed the pie towards the nearest food fighter.

Hastings shook his head. “They never prepared me for something like this at the Academy,” he muttered.


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “inter-“:

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS May 6/17



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Blast – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Little Timmy had a blast during his family’s vacation trip to Florida, the highlight of which was watching the space shuttle blast off from Cape Canaveral.




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Colorful – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Jacob was looking forward to showing off the photos he’d taken with his new 35mm camera of all the colorful flowers he’d seen at the botanical gardens during his trip. He got the film developed when he got home, but when he started to show the pictures to his family and friends, he wound up showing off his colorful language instead when he saw his finger was in the way in all the photos.


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