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Flop – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

The dog’s long ears flopped in the breeze from the window as the car drove down the road. He panted in delight, enjoying the feel of the wind with his head stuck out the window. His excitement grew as he recognized where they were going. When the car finally parked and the dog was let out, he ran straight for the nearby lake and jumped in with a tremendous belly flop.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/05/04/tuesdayuseitinasentence-flop/


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Entice – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

Determined to capture the notoriously elusive jewel thief, they devised an elaborate trap using a famous gem as bait to entice him. Once it was set, they hid and waited anxiously for him to arrive.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/04/27/tuesdayuseitinasentence-entice/


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Depressed – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He came home from a rough day at work and curled up on the couch in a depressed funk. Within moments, his Pomeranian dog jumped up next to him, licked his face, and curled up next to him. Then his tabby cat curled up next to him as well and began purring. Slowly, his funk dissipated.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/04/20/tuesdayuseitinasentence-depressed/


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Captive – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

She stepped out on the stage, nervous to be in front of such a large crowd. She was determined to do her best, though, and took a deep breath as she faced the audience. Then she sang, putting all she could into the song. The audience watched raptly, held captive by her voice and her poignant song. As she finished, the audience rose to their feet and gave her a standing ovation.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/04/13/tuesdayuseitinasentence-captive/


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What a Difference A Day Makes – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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“What a day,” Jimmy grumbled as he plopped down on his couch and leaned back.

Nothing had seemed to go right all day. He was late getting to work, thanks to horrible traffic. Things just seemed to go wrong at work, too, and he wound up getting in trouble with the boss, even though it wasn’t his fault. Then he wound up arguing with his girlfriend after work and he’d just stormed off. To top it off, he got a speeding ticket on his way home. As he sat there on the couch, reliving all the bad things that’d happened, he didn’t think it could get any worse. Then a thunderstorm started up outside and his power went out, and he thought it was just the perfect way to end his day.

He was in such a bad mood, he didn’t even feel like eating dinner. Instead, Jimmy just decided to go to bed early. Even then, he was afraid he wouldn’t sleep good, that he’d be plagued by nightmares. As the thunderstorm continued outside, mirroring the turmoil he felt from his bad day, Jimmy managed to drift off to sleep.

He woke up the next morning, feeling refreshed. He was also surprised to realize he hadn’t had any nightmares. He was still a little hesitant to get up, though, afraid of having another bad day. But as he looked out the window, he saw it was a bright, shiny day. He smiled and found himself in a better mood already. He checked his phone, and found a message from his girlfriend apologizing for the fight they’d had an offering to make it up to him. He also found messages of apology from his work, and a message from an old friend he hadn’t seen in a long time who wanted to meet up.

Jimmy got up from bed and got ready for work, humming a happy little tune as he did so. He felt so much better than he had he day before. “What a difference a day makes,” he thought.


And in case anyone got an earworm from the title, here’s the song:

This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “difference”:

https://lindaghill.com/2021/04/09/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-10-2021/


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Banish – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

The king stared down at the traitorous young prince kneeling before him in chains as he debated what punishment to give. Death would be appropriate, but he just couldn’t bring himself to do that to his own son. He decided to banish him from the kingdom instead and hoped he wasn’t making a mistake.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/04/06/tuesdayuseitinasentence-banish/


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The Future – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Who says the future

Is predetermined

And can’t be changed?

The future is not

Carved in stone.

It is something

That is ever-changing,

And is something

You make for yourself.

Don’t be held back

By fatalist thoughts.

Dream your dreams.

Set your goals.

Reach for the stars.

Make your future

What you want.

It is yours, after all.


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “start with who/whom”:

https://lindaghill.com/2021/04/02/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-3-2021/


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Assuage – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence

Staring up at the stars, he wiped a tear from his face and wondered if there was anything that could help him assuage the guilt that was eating him up inside.

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

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/03/30/tuesdayuseitinasentence-assuage/


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On The Run – Stream of Consciousness Saturday #SoCS

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Mitch was in the middle of his daily run, jogging along a path bounded by a creek on one side and trees and shrubbery on the other. It was a peaceful natural area, and he loved to jog there in the mornings because he felt more energized after being out in nature. In the evenings, he usually would come there to walk with his dog, Riley, to relax after a long day at work.

Mitch was approaching a large clump of shrubbery when he heard a small noise coming from the bushes. He stopped running and listened, not sure of what he’d heard. Then he heard it again – a short, high-pitched meow. Intrigued, he slowly approached and looked into the nearest bush. Peering at him from inside the bush was a pair of yellow cat eyes. As he watched, a small pink mouth opened and meowed again. Then a small, black kitten timidly crawled out, sat in front of him, and meowed up at him with its tiny voice.

Mitch stared at the kitten in surprise. He had certainly not expected to come across something like this on his daily run. The kitten wound itself around his legs and continued to let out tiny meows as he tried to decide what to do. The kitten didn’t look very old. It had probably been weened not long ago. But it was kind of dirty and looked slightly underweight. He didn’t think it belonged to anyone. He considered taking it home, but he wasn’t sure how Riley would react to it or how the kitten would react to the dog.

The kitten began climbing his leg, then made its way all the way up to his shoulder, where it crouched and began purring. Mitch instinctively reached up and petted it, and that was it. He was going take the kitten home.

Cutting his run short, Mitch returned to his car and headed home. When he opened front door, Riley greeted him enthusiastically, jumping at him and trying to lick his face. Mitch had to hold the kitten out to the way as he tried to calm the yellow Labrador down. 

Mitch ordered the dog to sit, then took the kitten into the living room. He put the kitten on the floor then called for Riley. The dog ran into the living room and stopped instantly when he saw the kitten. Mitch watched anxiously to see how the two would react. 

Riley crept up on the kitten slowly, curious to investigate the newcomer. The kitten hunched down and gave a short hiss, but didn’t attack immediately. Mitch took it as a good sign. 

Riley sniffed the kitten, and the kitten leaned back as the dog invaded its personal space, but it still didn’t attack. 

Riley finished sniffing, took a step back, and sat down. He panted and his tail wagged. Then he dropped to all fours and let out a short yip, wanting to the play with the kitten. The kitten stared at it with narrowed eyes, as if it considered the dog and its request beneath him. But Riley continued yipping, and the kitten finally gave in. It lunged at Riley with its claws sheathed, and the dog jumped and ran off. Riley paused at the entrance to the living room and looked back. The kitten was standing where Riley had been. It stared at the dog a moment, then ran after Riley. 

The two continued like that for a few minutes, with the kitten keeping Riley on the run throughout the house, playing chase. Mitch settled down on the couch with a sigh of relief. He would still keep an eye on the two for a few days, but he thought that them not immediately fighting and playing instead was a good sign and that they would become good friends.

 


This post is part of the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, “run”:

https://lindaghill.com/2021/03/26/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-27-2021/


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Zero – Tuesday Use It In A Sentence #tuesdayuseitinasentence

He watched from the sidelines as his two business rivals tried to outdo each other in what amounted to a zero sum game, and relished in both the entertainment and extra business that cost him zero.

This day-late post is part of the Tuesday Use It In A Sentence prompt, “zero”:

https://stephaniecolpron.wordpress.com/2021/03/24/tuesdayuseitinasentence-zero/