Cry me a River, a Sketch


Cry me a River, a Sketch


“I knew I made a bad decision.”

Her mascara formed dark rivulets at flood stage racing down her sullen face, “Well, damn, just damn.”

My heart wanted to turn back but my brain said, “Step on it!”

“Stupid brain.”

“Wait, what?”

It’s a bum ticker but I like tossing it a curve every once in a while.

“Courage, mate. Simple courage ain’t that what we learned?”

© Lemuel

29 April, 2018

Daily Prompt: Rivulet

With apologies to Oz


Notable, a Logical Encounter


Notable, a Logical Encounter

A tourist walked into a nice restaurant and was escorted immediately back to the door.

“We’re full up.”

“Can I get something to go?”

“What? See, we’re a restaurant. No fast food joint. Didn’t you see the sign?”


“The sign in the window.  The maître d’ almost smiled, “You must be new on the street.”

“There’s a sign?”

“Yeah, right, now it’s for sure, you’re a noob.”

They go out to the sidewalk and there in the window is a well made, hand-lettered sign, Notable.

“There’s no space.”


“You need to insert a space.”

“You kidding me? Then we’d have to buy more tables.”


© Lemuel

27 April, 2018

Daily prompt




Elaborate the Elaborate, a Conversation


“Right, let me elaborate. I need your 3-D design in my hands by 7:45 AM local time.”

“I see. I think my team and I can make your new cordial deadline.”

“You think? I need certainty.”

“You and the whole world sister.”

“You will forfeit your bonus if I do not receive your design on time.”

“It is an elaborate project full of complexity but production is our forte.”

“I require delivery by 7:45 AM local time. Excuses do not receive payment.”

“You get someone to your location and you can have our design by 7:15 AM local time.”

“You are bluffing.”

“Nope. Let me elaborate. We are dedicated and can do the ordinary or the elaborate, without belaboring it.”

“See your work at 7:15. Cheers!”

“You’re bluffing.”

“Nope. I always get what I want.”

© Lemuel

Daily prompt: Elaborate


Bestow: Mirror, Mirror, a Story


“Mirror, Mirror…why do people smile?”

“Ah, a smile is a facial contortion mortals are endowed with that looks good in the Mirror but is über potent magic when they bestow it to others.”

“Then it is truly powerful?”

“It’s a super power.”

She smiled. Satisfaction complete.

© Lemuel

24 April, 2018

Daily prompt: Bestow


No Fooling Around, the Dentist



“Good morning Bob. Hey, was my dentist everything I promised?”

“Hello, John, and  a lot more. You know she used a chisel and a mallet for my molar extraction.”

“What did I tell you no fooling around. Boom! And that bothersome tooth ache is gone.”

“Her people scheduled me next Thursday. Going to put in forms and pour concrete.”

“You’ll be a new person, dentally speaking.”

“Funny you mentioned, ‘Boom!”. I heard an explosion in the next dental theater.”

“Probably bridge work.”

© Lemuel

21 April, 2018

Daily Prompt Mallet


Deplete, Alchemical Rose



The mage unveiled the Truth Rose, alchemical perfection.

“How’s it work?”

“Remove each petal as you ask a question.

Deplete them all your answer is sure.”


“What is magic for?”

She hesitated, “What should I ask?”

“How about love, it is an ages old question.”

“I know, I’ll ask for the combination to the vault.”

“Ah, riches.”

“No, solitude.”


© Lemuel

20 April, 2018


Deplete, Second-helping

Frigid, a Second-helping



“That’s fifteen points, Frigid, F-R-I-G-I-D; righty.” Louise was way too perky a winner.

The other players shivered with cold blank stares.

Strip Scrabble, whose idea was that?

Louise needed to lose her fuzzy hat and her Simpsons mittens.



11 April, 2018


Frigid, a Second-helping

Froth, a Missed Opportunity


Eleanor stopped at her favorite diner for coffee, no cream, no sugar. Maybe a slice of cherry pie tonight, it was fabulous.

She didn’t get her dream part, yet again and the big party at the director’s home was celebrating the cast, the brand new cast, not her.

She imagined telegrams arriving in Ottumwa, Iowa, and Kyoto, Japan, with the good news.

No one in Indianapolis, Indiana would remember her name.

There was that one time when she was crowned “Froth Queen” at Mo’s Drive-In but she never let that go to her head.


11 April, 2018


Memories for Sale

The farm sign read: “FOR SALE–Lot, Stock, & Mortgage.”

Ada bought three stools and a churn.

Madge snapped up half-a-dozen blue jars.

The real estate agent took down the company sign and replaced it with a ‘SOLD’ sign.

“Hard to leave?” Ada was sensitive like that.

The farm lady seemed to daydream, “Not so much.”


“We were young, then we raised a family, and worked this farm.”

“Surely, the memories?”

“My man and I are going to sleep in till 6:00 most mornings; knock off work early around 7:00 PM; hire someone to mow the grass, we’re making us some new memories.”


10 April, 2018


Daily prompt, “Churn”, Second-helping