#FF — Once Mrs. Cleaver

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Mom was a Mrs. Cleaver parent until I was five, making time to show me I was loved. But mom’s priorities changed to going out and sleeping in late. By my teens, we were mutually antagonistic strangers. When she drank and I mouthed off, she ripped my hair out, slapped…

#FF — Voila!

PHOTO PROMPT © Brenda Cox A Frenchman, Scooby-Doo, and a Clown walk into a bar. The bartender asks, “What’ll you have?” The Frenchman says, “I will have some simple joy, escape from the ever-worsening gloom that has infected the city.” Scooby-Doo says, [translated] “I’ll have some Scooby Snacks, but what I really want is a…

#FF — Through the Portal

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot Silver-for-Gold helped me with my dating profile as all of my pictures were of Herbert and I. They edited him out. The metaphor hurt. I got a “wink” from Haruki, who listed his hobbies as reading and writing. We became correspondents over the next year.  Post-pandemic, I was on a…

#FF — Wolf God

PHOTO PROMPT © Dale Rogerson Stardate: September 29, 2049Galaxy: Red Dwarf, Wolf A sanitation truck is crawling along Mills Street. Its beep…beep…beep is irritating yet strangely soothing. The sound crawls into my subconscious and wakes me from cyber-sleep. I hold still while tubes recede from my ports; the pod door whooshes open. I find Daisy,…

#FF — The Ultimate AI

PHOTO PROMPT© Liz Young Model XLR7000 promised to be the ultimate AI. Marty, mesmerized by youtube promotional videos, secured a second mortgage on her house. She drank a shot of tequila the day the email arrived confirming she would be one of the first thousand customers to receive a unit in January. Affectionately known as…

#FF (2) — Untethered

PHOTO PROMPT © Krista Strutz It had been a year since Martha passed. That Monday, Jerry felt ready to paddleboard again. He and Martha had circumnavigated the forty-acre lake they lived on every weekday morning like clockwork up until then. Public access weekenders with their Evinrudes, jet-skis, and bass boats left an ugly taste in…

#FF — That Magic Moment

PHOTO PROMPT © Krista Strutz Jill and I took paddleboarding lessons from our neighbor, Jack, who led small groups on weekend excursions. After three seasons of local trips, we felt ready to embark on the big Alaska adventure. It would be just us three. We flew into Cordova airport and stayed at Jack’s cabin on…