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Have You Ever Noticed

Have you ever noticed

That couples who’ve

Been together for years

For their part
Can communicate
On  levels beyond

Those ordinary people use?


In response to 20140820: day 232
Today’s words: communicate, part, level, use, beyond


Renting by the hour
Reading the fine print
So that you can get
From out under the contract.


In response to 20140819: day 231
Today’s words: rent, under, important, easy, hour

Poison Princess

Two vials lay before me, the fate of the Kingdom in my hands. I weighed them against each other, so slender and lethal, filled with potential. One a poison, the other a cure, which future would I choose?

I’d been raised a Princess of the Blood, nurtured on politics and intrigue, schooled in the uses of power and privilege, trained to never let my emotions overrule my head. My aching heart cried out for retribution, my mind saw the ways I might ease the plight of my conquered people. Which duty was greater, the one I owed my subjects or the one I owed myself?

The choice was hard but generations of service to the Throne of Frissia demanded it. I popped the cork on a vial. I tossed the contents down my throat. I grimaced at the sickly sweet aftertaste. I raised the second vial, smashing it against the unyielding marble floor.

Before I could react a grey rat oozed out from the wainscoting and lapped at the puddle. Within moments it lay twitching and writhing on the floor.  I wiped up the remaining droplets, tossing the moisture laden rags and the rat’s body into the fire. Carefully, I waved the fumes away.

I straightened my finery and rang the bell, summoning my attendants. My Ladies in Waiting bustled in. Briskly, they draped me with the Crown Jewels. “It is time Your Highness.” Chancellor Leibensperger announced from the doorway. I laid my hand on his offered arm and swept out of my room for the last time.

The Royal Cathedral was packed with the armed guards of the enemy, and the remains of my Nobility and Gentry, even a few of the peasants had managed to squeeze in to witness the ceremony. Thick clouds of incense wafted over me as the ArchPriest droned his way through the joint rituals of wedding and coronation. “I present to you, Their Imperial Majesties, Ruperto Boisse-kilgo II of Malimar and his wife Princess Melisande.”

My new husband gave me a quick brutal kiss, bruising my lips. I plastered a neutral expression on my face and turned to greet my people. A forced cheer rocked the groined apse. “Now our Kingdoms are one! You made the right choice Princess. I can’t wait to taste your honey, little bee.” He growled coarsely in my ear making a play on the meaning of my name.

“You are my husband, I shall not resist you. Enough of my people have already perished in this fruitless war.” I replied.

He responded by giving me a deeper, longer kiss. I opened my mouth to him meekly, letting him sweep his tongue inside. He stood tall on the daïs while he accepted the pledges of loyalty. The ceremony had just finished when he suddenly began choking, his face turning red. Concerned aides ran to help him to no avail. He managed to gasped out, “wife, what have you done?”

“Me? Why I’ve poisoned you husband. This honey bee has a fatal sting.” I smiled sweetly as he died.


500 Words in response to Finish That Thought #2-7, 500 word limit,  Special Challenge: Include an accidental death.

Successful People

Successful people

Are often backed

By a team

Who develop ideas

On the side lines

Hidden  there

In the shadows.


In response to 20140807: day 219
Today’s words: successful, develop, back, sided, there

Pictures Of UFOs

Pictures of  UFOs


Over the capital

The other day

Caused something of a

Tense situation

No matter how often

We were reassured

That it was all a hoax.


In response to 20140818: day 230
Today’s words: tense, situation, other, over, often

Pizgetti Please, But No Garbage Beans

A misused word, a misremembered song lyric, a cream pie that just happened to be there: tell us about a time you (or someone else) said or did something unintentionally funny.

Almost two years ago I was at my brother’s place for a barbecue. My mom and I spent several hours there. We were just getting ready to leave when my then five-year old niece announced “Daddy I want pizgetti for supper, but I don’t want any garbage beans.” It cracked us all up. After a few questions it was revealed that pizgetti was actually spaghetti and garbage beans were garbanzo beans. We all had a good laugh about it.


In response to Daily Prompt: Uncanned Laughter

Wizard’s First Rule

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Take a look at your bookcase. If you had enough free time, which book would be the first one you’d like to reread? Why?


Twilight has fallen upon the Three Kingdoms: a grey time that could foretell either dawn or descent into bitter night. Richard Cypher, woodsman and warrior, is chosen to bear the powerful Sword of Truth, but his enemy, Darken Rahl, ia a royal mage who commands armies, hideous beasts and-more terrible by far-a twisted magic.

Terry Goodkind tells the compelling story of magical world that mirrors our own, a world in which goodness and honesty are besieged by the forces of darkness and deceit. Richard Cypher’s odyssey is a journey of the utmost risk and uncertain reward for the sake of love. it’s a journey into the utmost darkness of the human soul.

“Wizard’s First Rule: people are stupid.” Richard and Kahlan frowned even more. “People are stupid; given proper motivation, almost anyone will believe almost anything. Because people are stupid, they will believe a lie because they want to believe it’s true, or because they are afraid it might be true. People’s heads are full of knowledge, facts, and beliefs, and most of it is false, yet they think it all true. People are stupid; they can only rarely tell the difference between a lie and the truth, and yet they are confident they can, and so are all the easier to fool.
“Because of Wizards First Rule, the old wizards created Confessors, and Seekers, as a means of helping find the truth, when the truth is important enough. Darken Rahl knows the Wizard’s Rules. He is using the first one. People need an enemy to feel a sense of purpose. It’s easy to lead people when they have a sense of purpose. Sense of purpose is more important by far than the truth. In fact, truth has no bearing in this. Darken Rahl is providing them with an enemy, other than himself, a sense of purpose. People are stupid; they want to believe, so they do.”

—Chapter 36, p.560, U.S. paperback edition

Wizard’s First Rule is the first book in the Sword Of Truth Series, it is a complex fantasy done with a realistic twist. There is no Truth or Lies, no Good or Evil, no Dark or Light, no Black or White, but blurred lines, difficult choices, people who believe that they are doing the right thing, and hundreds of shades of Grey. Heroes can do wicked things in the name of good and villains can perform miracles for the sake of evil. Terry Goodkind is a breath of fresh air to the standard fantasy novel. He creates compelling situations and intriguing characters and proves that true love can conqueror all. It has become one of my all time favorites. I highly recommend this book.

In response to Daily Prompt: Off The Shelf

The Jaded Tabloid Reporter

The jaded tabloid reporter

Traveled the world

Trying to nail

The next big story

Concerning an urban legend

Hoping that tomorrow’s luck

Would be better.


In response to 20140806: day 218
Today’s words: nail, story, traveled, urban, tomorrow

Remain Calm

Remain calm

There’s no sense in


What’s wrong

With all the things that came

With  modern technology

Concentrate instead

On recovery.


In response to 20140805: day 217
Today’s words: recovery, wrong, magnifying, remain, came

Injuries Are Something

Injuries are something
That most of us
Notice and
Simply treat
Then ignore
Healing for granted.


In response to 20140817: day 229
Today’s words: most, injured, notice, something, simply


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