This week’s prompts are at the bottom. Practice makes perfect. Let me know what you think.
I glanced at the screen and saw that it was my brother calling.
“Hey, Simon ’sup?”
“Robbie, Francine told me I should call you,” he answered.
This was a little puzzling, but Francine was our sister so I figured I should roll with it, “Well, you’ve called me, did she mention what you should say? Why you were calling?”
“She said I should tell you that I found almost ten thousand dollars in Pop’s toolbox.”
“Oh, no; Simon. What have you done.”
“It wasn’t my fault, Robbie. Pop never goes into his toolbox anymore. I can’t remember the last time he fixed or built anything. I figured he must have forgotten that he had stashed money in there. I figured he would never miss it, but I left the money alone anyway and walked away. Stayed away for almost an hour, too before I went back.” He stopped talking and I let the silence linger on the line waiting for him to continue. He didn’t though. He outwaited me.
Finally, I broke the quiet, “Did you take the money, Sime? If you did you need to put it back. Francine and I have been socking that money away for years. Next month is Mom and Pop’s fiftieth anniversary. That money’s going to help them take that trip to Paris that Mom’s always wanted. It’s a gift from all three of us to them for their anniversary.”
“You never told me about that,” Simon said. “You never asked me to contribute any money. How was I supposed to know?”
I tried to explain, “Simon, we never asked you for any money because you never have any money to spare. Francine and I were kicking in for you as well. You’re right though we should have told you. We were going to tell you before we gave it to them. Just put it all back in the toolbox and no harm’s done.”
“Can’t do that, Robbie, it’s gone. It wouldn’t have been enough for a good trip to Paris anyway. It only lasted one night in Vegas.”
“What! One night. Jeeze, Sime, how could you spend all that in one night?”
“Well, I had to buy gas to drive there.”
“Doesn’t take that much gas to drive to Vegas, Sime.”
“Well, I got a really nice hotel room, and had a great dinner.” He went quiet again.
“What else, Simon?” I finally asked.
“I met some really nice girls,” he said.
“That’s enough, man. I don’t want to know anymore. We’re gonna need some money from you now. If we each pitch in twenty bucks we can get them a gift certificate at The Golden Corral. It’s not a trip to Paris, but it’s an all you can eat buffet. Pop oughta be able to get his money’s worth.”
“You’re not mad at me are you, Robbie?”
“I’m furious with you, Sime. What the hell were you thinking?”
“I guess, I wasn’t thinking. I just saw all that money and… well, I don’t know.”
“Shit, just give your twenty to Francine for now.”
“Uhm, Robbie? I don’t have twenty bucks. I spent all I had in Vegas.”
This week’s prompts are:
- my outfit is entirely vegan
- it had to come to this
- unique isn’t always useful
Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need and, have fun!