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#JusJoJan prompt the 17th – “Check!”

#JusJoJan prompt the 17th – “Check!”


I was trying to think of ways to use the word “check.” My friends gave me quite a few options luckily. I mean what are friends for?

Fiction: April 1st

Jo-ellen and her friends Carol, Frank, Nancy, Randy and her boyfriend Charles were at dinner in a fancy restaurant. They were sitting at a huge round table and it was near the wall and the doorway to the restrooms, which also led to the outer hall so waiting customers could use the restrooms while waiting.

They ordered a fancy and very expensive meal and started with appetizers. After the shrimp cocktails, the entrée was served. Jo-ellen dug in, greatly enjoying the meal.

Carol needed to use the restroom and headed out to the hallway, Nancy was next and then Frank, Randy and Charles all went to the restroom. Jo-ellen was so hungry, having not eaten all day she was simply involved with her food and was looking forward to her dessert. She never noticed that everyone had gone to the restroom and not come back.

“Ma’am,” the head waiter said. “Here is your check.”

“Oh we’re not done yet. We still have to order dessert.”

“Ma’am,” your friends are all gone. The hostess noticed a couple of them leaving after coming out of the restroom. She and a waiter checked the restrooms and there is no one in there. Your friends are gone and you have this very large check you have to take care of before you leave and I wouldn’t suggest adding dessert to it if I were you.”

Jo-ellen glanced around, noticing she was all alone for the first time. What had her friends done to her? This was supposed to be a couples date with each couple taking care of their own bill. To top it off, her own boyfriend had deserted her. She didn’t have $600 plus a tip to pay this bill.

She started crying and put her head on the table.

“Ma’am?” the owner of the restaurant said, forcing her to raise her head and look at him. “What do you plan to do about this bill?”

She frantically tried texting all of her friends and asked them what was going on? Where were they? No one replied.

“Ma’am,” the owner spoke again, forcing her to look at him. “I must ask for payment or I will call the police and let them handle it. I am sorry about your friends, but you are responsible for this bill now.”

“Oh my God!” she couldn’t decide whether to stamp her feet in anger or cry. Neither of which would fix her current predicament. Some friends she had. Her mom and dad were going to kill her for sure. Should she wait for the police or just call mom and tell her what happened and ask her if she could possibly come down here with her credit card and pay this bill? Either way she was dead meat. It would take her forever to pay her mom back. If they called the police she would still have to make restitution and she would have a police record to boot. And most likely she would be forbidden to ever enter this restaurant again.

She didn’t want her parents to have to go to the police station to pick her up and then have to make restitution anyhow. Everyone was staring at her.

“Give me a minute to see if I can get my mom to come down here and take care of this. I am so sorry. I didn’t even see them leave the table I was so intent on my food which was delicious by the way.”

She called her mom and explained the situation, trying to hold back the tears. “Mom, they will take me to the police station if I don’t pay this. I could kill my friends right now.”

Mrs. Johnson tried to sound strict and mad, but she was having a hard time not laughing. She looked at Jo-ellen’s friends and smiled. “I will be right down there Jo-ellen, just calm down and wait. Tell them I am on my way to take care of this.”

Jo-ellen explained to the owner what her mother said and that she would be right there to pay the bill. They left her alone to wait. She was crying and feeling sorry for herself. How could they do this to her?

They made her wait 30 minutes. Her head was on the table and she wasn’t looking at the door. “Ma’am,” the owner said again. “Your mom is here.”

Jo-ellen lifted her head and looked at the door to see her mom smiling and laughing at her. What the heck she thought. She expected her to be screaming at her. Her mom gestured at the doorway and in walked all five of her friends, also smiling and laughing. “April Fool!” they shouted.

Jo-ellen looked at the owner and he had a smile on his face as well, so did the waiter. It seemed that this whole thing was played out to teach her that playing April Fool’s jokes on someone can hurt them. She never realized and she was always pranking her friends. They decided to get her back. Her mom and the restaurant played along.

“Would you like your dessert now young lady?” Everyone joined her for dessert including her dad who had come down with her mom. The bill was taken care of and Jo-ellen learned a lesson that day.


Linda G Hill’s Rules:

Hey there! Welcome to the 8th annual Just Jot it January challenge! This year is going to be far simpler than the last couple of years. One prompt per day, link to that post, that’s it. Details below.

But why should you participate in this challenge? To keep the ol’ fingers warm and meet up with an awesome blogging community, that’s why! Just Jot it January, AKA JusJoJan, is a challenge to write a post every day of the month of January. We’ve grown from a handful of participants in 2014 to close to fifty for the past couple of years. Let’s see if we can make it to sixty this year!

Here are the JusJoJan Rules:

1. Just Jot It January starts January 1st, but it’s never too late to join in! Here, we run on the honour system; the “jot it” part of JusJoJan means that anything you jot down, anywhere (it doesn’t have to be a post, it can even be a grocery list), counts as a “jot.” If it makes it to your blog that day, great! If it waits a week to get from a sticky note to your screen, no problem!

2. I’ll post prompts at 2am my time (GMT -5). The prompt will be the word in quotation marks in the title of my 2am post. You don’t have to follow the prompt every day, but that will be where you leave your link for others to see. You’ll get a prompt for every day except Wednesday, when the prompt is simply my One-Liner Wednesday and on Saturday, when your prompt will be the Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS, which will appear at about 9:30am Friday. Each prompt post will include the rules.

3. Please ping back or link to the daily prompt. To ping back, just copy the URL from the daily prompt post, and paste it anywhere in your post. Check to make sure your link shows up where you want it to, and go back occasionally to see other bloggers’ entries – the more you visit others, the more they’ll visit you! Note: A) The newest pingbacks will be at the top of the comments section. B) Ping backs only work if you’re blogging on WordPress. Everyone else must paste a link manually.

4. Tag your post JusJoJan and/or #JusJoJan.

5. Write anything! Any length will do! It can even be a photo or a drawing – you’re going to title it, right? There’s your jot!

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