#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 487

Three Things Challenge 486

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

SLEEP
RETREAT
RIPPLE

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The Birthday Party Part 12 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9Part 10, Part 11)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Mr. and Mrs. Banks always take the children on a retreat every summer. This year they have the twins to add to all the commotion. Plus there was Ginny in the picture now. Thomas didn’t want to leave Ginny for two weeks. So there was a discussion about what to do about Ginny. Her mother still hadn’t been told about the proposed engagement. She knew Thomas, of course, but not as well as the Banks knew Ginny. She was always over there and her mother was sick so it was better to not bother her all the time with having to be presentable for Thomas as she felt so bad to always be in her room when he was over and she didn’t usually get up and get dressed as it was hard on her. Thomas understood and he was fine with them spending most of their time together at his house and of course the kids all loved her, especially little Anthony. Ever since his first birthday party he had been entranced with her.

They always rented a large cabin on a lake and the older children slept in tents on the lakefront beach and the little ones slept in the rooms inside the cabin in bunkbeds. This year the twins would sleep in their playpens in the master bedroom, but that still left Ginny.

They could either get a larger tent and put a few more of the boys outside and then Ginny could have a room to herself or they could get a larger tent that divided into several living spaces and Ginny could camp out with the older kids. They decided to let Ginny decide since they didn’t know if she would like camping out and for that matter if her mother would be ok with her going at all. Even though she was 19 now, she still lived with her mother and she would be gone for 2 weeks. The cabin wasn’t close enough to make trips back and forth all the time. Ginny decided to sleep outside in the tent with the older boys. They found a tent that was large and was divided into a sitting room and several sleeping sections around the outside.

There would be 15 of them this year and so they would need at least four vehicles to carry all the stuff. Mr. and Mrs. Banks each had an SUV, plus so did Thomas and 17 year old Rory. Ginny had a white 2020 Kia Soul. If Ginny came they would need her car as well to haul all their camping equipment.

Mr. and Mrs. Banks went with Roger and Ginny to ask if Ginny could go with them and to let her mother know that she would be well chaperoned. It was a family vacation and Ginny had become a part of their family they felt over the last year or two. They also knew that Ginny was afraid to tell her mother that she wanted to be engaged and since she was afraid she might say no if they told her that now, they were waiting until after the trip to tell her the good news. Mrs. Carpenter agreed that Ginny could go on the family vacation with them. She already knew that Ginny was becoming attached to them and she was glad that she had someone she felt she could trust her daughter to because with her being so sick she wasn’t able to do much with or for Ginny.

***

Thomas and Ginny were at the lake’s edge and they were skipping stones and watching the ripples they made. They stopped to kiss occasionally, but they were both very shy about kissing in public and besides the little brothers would tease them unmercifully about it

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #486

Three Things Challenge #486

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Below are three things that may, or may not, be related. Simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you.
You can use one, two or all three words in your post, there are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.
You can use 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and my logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post, then leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. You might like to check out some of the other contributions while you’re there.

I schedule the challenge to go out around 6.30 am UK time, but pingbacks have to be approved manually so might not show immediately. This could be because I’m late accessing my blog or due to time differences, but I will get there, I promise!
I look forward to reading your responses, and as always thank you all for your continued support.

Your three words are:

PADDING
MAT
TEAPOT

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The Birthday Party Part 11 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8Part 9, Part 10)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Two-year-old Anthony sat down hard on his diapered butt, the padding in the diaper softening his landing. He started to cry a little bit and Ginny reached over and picked him up and put him in her lap to comfort him. She rubbed his hair and kissed his furrowed brow. She used a napkin to soak up his tears and he snuggled closer to her and quieted down.

Mrs. Banks brought the teapot over to the table and asked Ginny if she would like a refill. Ginny agreed even though her arms were filled with Anthony. She asked Thomas to add two spoons of sugar to her tea and stir it for her. He readily agreed.

Next Mrs. Bank brought over the coffee pot and asked her husband if he wanted another cup and after filling it asked Thomas if he would like a cup of coffee or another can of cola. He turned down the coffee and opted for another can of cola. Coffee wasn’t his favorite drink.

Mrs. Banks asked what the other boys were doing and Thomas said they were out tumbling on the mat and wrestling. The huge mat was much easier on the boys knees and elbows so they weren’t always scuffing them up.

Thomas looked at Ginny and she smiled at him. He cleared his throat and said, “Mom and Dad, Ginny and I would like to talk to you. We have both been thinking. We are both almost 20 years old and have been talking about our future. Our future together. We know we are still young and have schooling to finish, but we would like to get engaged with the understanding that we wouldn’t get married until we have both finished school and Ginny here wants to be a nurse so she will be in school for 4 years to get her BSN degree. I am going to technical school to become a mechanic and then work for dad. So I will be working and saving up the few years she will be in school longer than I will be. I am also hoping that you will be okay with me living at home until we get married. I will pay you rent, of course, and still help out with all the kids, but that way I can save for when we get married and look for a house or apartment of our own. Ginny still has to talk to her mother, but she doesn’t think she will object since we won’t get married for almost 5 years from now. Ginny hopes her mother won’t object to her living at home during that time and hopefully she won’t have to pay rent so she doesn’t have to work a full time job as well as going to school. She has a scholarship to pay for her schooling so that part is taken care of. I will have a student loan to pay for my technical school. We have tried to figure all the details out and think we have a pretty good grasp on them. Before I put the ring on her finger we are hoping for your blessing.”

His parents looked at each other and smiled. They had a feeling this was coming and couldn’t be happier. They loved Ginny and all their children did too.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Take Seven: January 22nd

Take Seven: January 22nd

Pensitivity101 Rules:

It’s Friday!

Welcome to my Take Seven compilation which incorporates all 21 words (or derivatives) from the Three Things Challenge for the past week.
You are most welcome to join in using as many or all of the words too. Just pingback to this post and then leave a link to your post in the comments so that I can see it and respond directly.
As always, have fun, and I hope you enjoy this week’s effort.

Our words were:
comedy, daily, decided, easy, flat, girl, high, lady, mat, padding, perfect, picture, push, resolve, sideways, slim, stuffed, teapot, ten, tone, tossed.

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The Birthday Party Part 10 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7Part 8, Part 9)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Today was the twins’ Baptism. The whole family gathered at the church. Everyone was dressed up in their Sunday best. The gang was picture perfect and they had several friends snapping pictures of the group.

“Boys, quit pushing each other so we can get a nice family shot for over the fireplace,” James said to his family.

“Dad, he pushed me first so I had to push him back,” said 5-year-old Billy.

“Did, not,” said 7-year-old Jason pushing him sideways.

“Did too.”

“Boys,” James said. “Enough already, stand still for a few minutes please.”

***

Thomas turned to Ginny who was beautiful in a pink polka-dotted dress and matching pink high heels which emphasized how slim she was. She usually wore flat shoes since she was so tall. She was almost as tall as Thomas in high heels. “That could be us in 20 years.”

Ginny tossed her long hair over shoulder and said in a serious tone, “Thomas, although I love children and especially your brothers and sister, I decided that I only want two children. I want a boy and a girl, what they call a perfect family.”

“I am a little disappointed. I was hoping for a large family. I grew up in one and just figured I would have one when I grew up.”

“Thomas, raising a family that large is not easy. Just ask your mom and dad. Sure they love all of you kids, but ask them if it is easy or hard. I am sure most of the time it is hard. Especially now with the twins and Anthony is only two still so they have their hands full with three kids under three still in diapers and perhaps Roger is still in diapers at three, I am not sure I can remember or not. I am sorry, but I am going to keep my resolve on the matter of not having 12 kids.”

“How about ten then? That is not quite as large.”

“Look Thomas, don’t start an argument here of all places. I am a lady and I will not resort to cursing, but you don’t want to see me angry, believe me.”

***

After church there was a reception. Everyone ate till they were stuffed. A waitress came around with a teapot and refilled Ginny’s cup. Ginny leaned back on the chair’s padding-covered back and closed her eyes. She was still mad at Thomas and didn’t feel like talking to him at the moment. She knew he was watching her, she could feel his eyes on her.

Everyone was watching the daily comedy show. Sherry and James each had a child and were changing their diapers on the mat that came in the diaper bag. They had to buy an extra setup since they had the two babies now. Anthony and Jacob shared one diaper bag and Mary had her own pink one. They always kept a couple of the larger diapers and pants in Mary’s diaper bag just in case Roger needed to be changed. He was potty-training, but still had an occasional mishap.

Ginny sighed and opened her eyes and looked over at Thomas. “Look, I am sorry about earlier, but we are going to have to compromise somehow on the subject of kids. We are talking marriage in about five years from now, but I don’t want this hanging between us. If we compromised in the middle that is six kids. That is still four more than I want, but I will consider six for the sake of compromise. Do you think you can live with us just having six kids?”

Thomas looked at her steadily. He thought for a bit, then said, “Ginny I love you and I would do whatever I can for you. If you are willing to compromise at six kids I could live with that. I don’t want to fight about this either.”

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 485

Three Things Challenge 485

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll list three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you, using one, two or all three words in your post. There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.


You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post and don’t forget to leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

PICTURE
SLIM
TEN

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The Birthday Party Part 9 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7, Part 8)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Thomas, Ginny and his brothers all gathered around to see the pictures of the two new babies. His father had dropped the pictures off so they could all see before they brought them home. Thomas looked around as this would be the last time there was just ten kids. They were about to become a dozen.

“What’s their names Dad?” Thomas tried to quiet them all down so they could hear the names of their new brother and sister.

“Mary Elizabeth and Jacob John,” their father, James Banks, answered them. “Your sister is named after your mother’s two sisters and your brother is named after my brothers. Naming all of you kids has been quite difficult. It is hard getting two people to agree to a name and we had to do twelve of you.”

A slim woman came into the yard and the children ran to her, except Anthony who clung to Ginny’s skirt. Ginny whispered, “Is that the other aunt? Anthony isn’t letting go of my skirt. I remember what your Aunt Mary said the other night.”

“Yes that is my Aunt, Elizabeth Armstrong. She is the baby of the family.”

“Hi all! I am so excited to see my new niece and nephew. I am especially happy about my niece. You guys are going to have to take care of her. Keep her safe. She has 11 big brothers. She even happened to fall into the last in line when it came to her birth ranking.”

“Aunt Elizabeth, this is Ginny Carpenter, my girlfriend.”

“Nice to meet you Ginny. I see Anthony loves you too.”

“Ok, let’s go Beth and pick up Sherry and the twins,” James said. Excitement was gleaming in his eyes.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge 484

Three Things Challenge 484

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll list three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you, using one, two or all three words in your post. There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.


You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post and don’t forget to leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

LADY
PERFECT
HIGH

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The Birthday Party Part 8 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6, Part 7)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Thomas and Ginny were sitting in their favorite place the hammock. Little Anthony was playing on the ground in front of them. He was trying to throw his ball higher and higher. His chubby little legs taking him after it each time it went a lit bit further away.

Ginny asked, “Who’s that lady coming into the yard?”

Thomas glanced over and said, “That is my Aunt Mary. She is supposed to come help watch the kids when Mom goes to the hospital to have the baby. “I wonder what she is doing here now, unless Mom is ready to go to the hospital.” Thomas got up and headed over to his Aunt.

“Is it time now Aunt Mary?” He asked with panic in his voice. As many times as he has gone through this he still got nervous.

“Thomas, you need to relax. You know your Mom knows what she is doing. She could do this with out a doctor she’s done it so many times.” Aunt Mary pointedly looks at Ginny with a questioning look. “Who do we have here, Thomas?”

“Oh, sorry, Aunt Mary, this is Ginny Carpenter, my girlfriend.”

“Well, Thomas it looks like you have the perfect young lady here. Little Anthony seems quite taken with her. He’s clinging to her as if she’s going to leave him.”

“Anthony has fallen in love with her, just like I have. He always wants to sit with her and have her snuggle with him when it is nap time. He’s become quite attached to her.”

“Well, young lady, if Anthony thinks you are a keeper, than you must be. Thomas is a lucky young man. And Anthony doesn’t just like everyone. He doesn’t like my other sister. She’s the baby of our family, but Anthony doesn’t want anything to do with her. Well, let me go get your mother and father so we can get these two little ones out of their nice safe cocoon and into the craziness of this family.”

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#writephoto, Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

Thursday photo prompt: Returning #writephoto

Click here for Sue’s rules:

Prompt word: Returning

Prompt Photo:

Every morning Jane watched her children as they trekked off down the mountain side to the small school at the base of the mountain where their small house was perched. She was always afraid that one of the small ones would fall and get hurt so she always made sure they made it down the side safely to the small school that served for all 12 grades and kindergarten for this region.

Every afternoon she was there waiting for them to return home and watched as they made the dangerous trek back up again. If her health had been better she would walk down with them and make the trip twice a day, but she had to be content that her oldest children would look after the younger ones.

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Fiction, Haiku, Poetry, Prompt

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 341 FROST and Glint.

Ronovan Writes #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge 341 FROST and Glint.

Frost

By Tessa Dean January 2021

frost covers window

glinting brightly from the sun

shimmering rainbows


The Guidelines:

Take the two words and write a Haiku. I use Haiku in English (the link shows you how) as my style, which is 5 syllables for the first line, 7 for the second, and 5 for the third, but you can use what you like.



The Challenge Words!

FROST and Glint

SEASONAL BADGE


Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

Fiction, Photo Prompt, Prompt

22 JANUARY 2021 Friday Fictioneers and FFFTPP 2021: WEEK #03

FLASH FICTION FOR THE PURPOSEFUL PRACTITIONER: 2021: WEEK #03

FFFTPP 2021: WEEK #02

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
MorgueFIle ed56e352cc0508f99ee0176c136d58bd

Combination of two photo prompts above. Check out the link to each one to see the rules for the prompts.

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Non-Professional Behavior

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Laurel was miffed that her coworker, Janet, got the promotion to head newscaster instead of her. She spoke loudly to everyone about how she was better than Janet and deserved that promotion.

People were getting tired of the constant tirades. Janet was well-liked, and Laurel was just unpleasant. Someone finally thought of a way to shut her up for a while, at least.

Everyone was hanging around, watching as Janet entered the locker room to change for her stint on camera. There was a scream, and then the aroma preceded Laurel and the small skunk out of the locker room.

**********100 words**********

Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#threethingschallenge, Fiction, Prompt

Three Things Challenge #482

Three Things Challenge #482

Pensitivity101 Rules:

Welcome to The Three Things Challenge.
Every day I’ll list three things that may, or may not, be related. The challenge is to simply read the prompt and see where your creativity takes you, using one, two or all three words in your post. There are no restrictions regarding length, style, or genre apart from keeping it family friendly.


You can use the 3TC, #threethingschallenge or TTC as a tag and the logo if you wish.
Invite us along by creating a pingback to this post and don’t forget to leave your link in the comments so that other people can read your writings and I’ll see it to respond to you directly. While you’re there, why not check out some of the other posts too!

Have fun and these are your three things today are:

EASY
TOSSED
GIRL

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The Birthday Party Part 6 (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4, Part 5)

By Tessa Dean January 2021

Thomas watched as 1-year-old Anthony tossed the ball to Ginny. She slowly rolled it back to him and he would toss it again. He was happy Ginny was playing with him. His brothers tended to either ignore him or be too rough. Anthony was giggling with joy each time he tossed the ball and she had to get up and go get it.

Finally she told Anthony that it was time to stop playing because Mommy was coming to take him in for his nap. He climbed into Ginny’s lap and curled up to sleep. He yawned and Ginny looked at Thomas. What do I do she mouthed at him?

His mother came out and leaned over to pick him up and take him in for his nap. He protested, but she told him he had to sleep in his crib right now. He could play with Ginny later.

Ginny got up and came over to where Thomas was sitting in the shade. She curled up next to him on the hammock.

“Is your mom pregnant again? I was afraid to say congratulations if it was just baby fat. I did that once to this lady and she got really mad at me and said no it was just fat.”

“Mom is pregnant again. She has one about every 1 and a half to two years. Anthony was to be the last one. He makes 10, but something went wrong and she’s pregnant again. Her and Dad are happy about it though. The more the merrier is their motto. She hopes this one is a girl though since she’s had 10 boys so far.”

“Oh cool, I bet she would love to have a girl this time. When will she know?”

“She had the ultrasound and will have to wait just like we will. They are having a gender reveal party Saturday and you are invited. Hope you can make it. It will be for dinner so dessert is cake, but the gender will be revealed with balloons. It will be either pink or blue balloons in a huge box.

“Oh I would love to come.” Just then his Mom came back out and Ginny congratulated her on the pregnancy and said she hoped it was a girl too.

“This last one isn’t going to be easy. I am getting older and I am so tired and I have all these other children wanting their time with mom. This is definitely the last one. I told your dad they are going to have to do a tubal ligation after this one. I am done having children. We planned on ten and I know that another one isn’t an even number even, not that that really matters when it comes to children.”

***

The huge box of balloons was sitting in the backyard waiting to be opened by the unsuspecting parents-to-be. Thomas and Ginny were sitting on the hammock again and the rest of the family was gathered around on plastic yard chairs waiting for the big moment. Everyone knew she wanted a girl this time so they were all concentrating on pink balloons coming out of the box.

The box was opened slowly and the first balloon was pink and mom was getting excited, but then she frowned because she caught a glimpse of a blue balloon as well. What was going on? They pulled the box open and 5 pink and 5 blue balloons rose swiftly into the air and everyone watched them til they were out of sight. The parents were mystified. Mom looked at the box and saw an envelope. She pulled it out and it said Congratulations on the future births of your twins. One boy and one girl.

Twins? Everyone was excited now. Voices were raised while congratulations were delivered to the stunned parents. Not only would Mom get her girl, but their bunch would be even at a dozen children.

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Tessa – 

Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses

New Author’s Website –http://www.tessadeanauthor.com

Author – Old Writing –  http://www.finallyawriter.com

About my life –  http://www.tessacandoit.com

Author of a book, a work in progress on the blog, https://tessacandoit.com/government-property-a-memoir-as-a-military-wife/

Highlighted chapters are done and ready to be read.

I am also a youtuber in the authortube section on writing. See my videos here:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSpNS-6gfJ0s8eD1berLwQg

#JusJoJan, Fiction, Prompt

#JusJoJan prompt the 17th – “Check!”

#JusJoJan prompt the 17th – “Check!”

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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.

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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!

6. If your post is NSFW, do not ping back. Please leave your link in the comments with a warning.

7. If you’d like to, use the JusJoJan badge so that others can find your post more easily.

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