OLWG #89- Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One

 This week’s prompts are at the bottom. I wrote this little tongue-in-cheek piece for practice.  Practice makes perfect. Let me know what you think.

Here’s how to play along, if you are unsure.



Bertram (my friends call me Bert), was on holiday at the beach when he happened across a bottle tangled up in some kelp and sitting just above the high water line. He had snuck out early from the timeshare he was sharing with his wife and 2.5 kids. He’d gone for a walk. All by himself. It was good to get away from the clamour of his family. I mean, he loved them, and all, but it sometimes seemed that they just never stopped talking. Wouldn’t shut up.

The bottle looked pretty old, not just a Coke bottle or something like that; it looked special. It was tall and slender. Dark blue glass with a heavy round stopper in the top. He picked it up and was cleaning it off with his shirttail when guess what?

Yeah, a genie, bet you didn’t see that coming.

I know? Right?

Anyway, the genie says to Bertram, “Dude, thanks for letting me out of that bottle. I’ve been trapped inside for centuries. How can I repay you?”

Bert stares at the genie, afraid to blink, “Aren’t you supposed to grant me a couple of wishes?” he asks.

“I s’pose I can do that,” genie replies, “I’ll grant you two wishes. How’s that work for you?”

Bert, “That’s cool.”

“OK, what’s your first wish, Dude?” Genie.

Bertram closes his eyes and thinks for a couple of seconds before blurting out, “I wish I was rich.”

“All right,” says the genie, “What’s your second wish, Rich?”


This week’s prompts are:

  1. he leaned back and lit a cigarette
  2. Window to the stars
  3. ulterior altruism

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need and, have fun!

 

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