#FF — What’s Left

PHOTO PROMPT © LIsa Fox

There it sat, unused, isolated; the manifestation of the best efforts of across-the-aisle compromise in both houses. Governor Wilmer had sighed as she scribbled her signature on the bill, a subtle acknowledgment of her complicity, an impotent figurehead of the shambles of a once actualized ideal: representative government.

She left her capitol office that winter afternoon and crunched along the poorly shoveled sidewalk in her Manolos, avoiding snowdrifts and cracks in the concrete.

Big Sal yelled, “Hey Gov!” as her silhouette graced the entryway of the tavern, then reached for the Stoli, her usual.

Wind howled through the shitless crapper.

[100 words]

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is the steadfast host of Friday Fictioneers.  Good to be back after a month-long blogging break.  Honored to have my image chosen today for the prompt also!

38 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Good to see you back Li.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Sadje. Good to be back 🙂

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  2. Good stuff, Lisa: the writing and the image! Hope your holiday was lovely! 🌞

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Lisa. Yes it was 🙂

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  3. This is wonderful, Lisa. Well done.

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  4. Oy vey, as they say …

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  5. pennygadd51 says:

    Excellent writing, Jade. I particularly liked, ‘Governor Wilmer had sighed as she scribbled her signature on the bill, a subtle acknowledgment of her complicity, an impotent figurehead’. And it’s a great take of the prompt.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Penny, thank you very much.

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  6. dorahak says:

    Wow. Back with a bang, aren’t you, Lisa?! Sharply relevant to current times when compromise means everyone wins but the taxpayers.
    Pax,
    Dora

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I love Rochelle’s choosing my pic to write to today. Thanks much, Dora!

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      1. dorahak says:

        Timed perfectly! 💝

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  7. granonine says:

    You’ve done something very few can do–left me with nothing to say!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      LOL! Glad to leave you speechless 🙂

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  8. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Welcome back Lisa…a perfect true picture lol.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Thanks much, Max.

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  9. I was wondering where you were. Neat tale of dirty politics

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks for wondering.

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  10. GHLearner says:

    Compromise is normal and necessary in democracies. Maybe that politician and her colleagues should remember what that word means. Good stuff, Lisa.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Gah, never have I seen branches of government so polarized from each other. Nero fiddled while Rome burned comes to mind… Thank you very much for reading and your comment.

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  11. Dear Lisa,

    Happy to see you back. “Shitless crapper.” Gotta love that. Too bad politics is full of it. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    PS Thank you for the great photo.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Rochelle, thank you for the welcome back. Agreed on the politics part. You’re welcome for the photo!
      Shalom,
      Lisa

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  12. plaridel says:

    does she deserve another term? hope springs enternal. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Our state is in the process of more equitable redistricting, which may end the deadlock between the legislative and executive branches, so yes, hope does 🙂

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  13. Absolutely brilliant Lisa – missed you!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks, Keith, I missed you also!

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  14. Bill says:

    Now you got me thinking that the second level may have a trap door. 🙂
    A very thoughtful piece. “Equitable redistricting?” Interesting term. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks much, Bill 🙂

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  15. Michael says:

    Great picture, it made me smile

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad it made you smile 🙂

      Like

  16. draliman says:

    Yep, that’s politics!
    I wondered who the photo contributor was – I see from the comments it’s you 🙂 This photo was difficult as it almost didn’t need any words to tell the story!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know what you mean about the self-explanatory. Yep, my pic 🙂

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  17. Laurie Bell says:

    Nicely done. Some fabulous descriptions in this one. No one wins it seems.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laurie. The paradox is that most people have no interest in being politicians but are quick to say what a terrible job the ones who do are doing.

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