#FridayFictioneers – The Champ

PHOTO PROMPT © J Hardy Carroll

Roberto slapped the buzzing clock into silence.  Could it really be 4:00 am already?

He hurt.  All over.  Last night’s fight had been a rough one, and he bore the cuts and bruises to prove it.

Groaning, he rolled from the bed and grinned.  Yes, it had been rough, but also glorious.  He could feel the belt hanging heavy about his waist.  The best feeling in the world.  He was the champ.

That wasn’t permission to rest though.  He hadn’t become the champ by resting.  The gym waited.

Pulling on sweats, he stepped into the cold.  It was time to train.

WC:  100

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Off to Bed

cappuccino on tableIf we were having coffee, I’d be having hot apple cider instead.  It is quite nice and feels quite good on a sore throat, which I happen to be nursing.  Would you like a cup?  It’s just a couple minutes of microwave time from steaming hot.  Or, if you would prefer, I have some coffee that is ready to brew.  Will just take a sec.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in on my way to bed.  That’s where I’m heading in just a few.  Feeling bad gets me like that, and I don’t do much else that I don’t absolutely have to do.  I regret that, and since I haven’t been active much, or at all, lately and just wanted to say hi.

I do hope that you are all doing well.  I still have projects that I’m working on (or will be).  Hopefully the next couple of days will yield hours of writing/editing time.  Y’all have a great week!  See you soon.

#WeekendCoffeeShare is an informal weekly link-up that is now hosted by Eclectic Alli. Check out her post for the week and maybe post a share of your own!

#FridayFictioneers – Early Spring?

PHOTO PROMPT © Marie Gail Stratford

“It’s not my fault,” Pops said looking out the kitchen window at the garden.

The sun shone bright on a clear, cold morning. Coffee brewed on the counter. Its aromatic smell wafted through the kitchen.

“Not your fault?” mom questioned. “I think that it was you who put them out.”

“It was warm,” Pops offered with a shrug. “I can’t control the weather.”

“A few seventy degree days in February doesn’t mean winter is over.” Mom pointed a sideways glare at dad.

He shrugged again and poured two cups full of freshly brewed coffee. “Well, you never know.”

WC: 98

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Winterfest 2018

If we were having coffee, I’m not sure where you’d be sitting. The car is pretty cramped, but I’m sure we can make some room. As for coffee, we’ll be stopping for some soon. I know where the Starbucks is a little farther down the road, so we’ll stop there.

We’ve spent the weekend in Tennessee, at the Gatlinburg Winterfest. It was a good, good time spent with thousands of fellow Christians, praising our Father in Heaven.

Winterfest is always fun, and we look forward to doing it again! At the same time however, it does mess with the routine. Not that that’s a bad thing. I feel that we can use a little shaking up from time to time.

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Friday Night, Staying In

cappuccino on tableIf we were having coffee, I’d offer you up a nice cup of Seattle’s Best that I just brewed up.  Since I’m up getting you a cup, I think I’ll get a refill for myself.  This is good stuff!  Coffee not your thing?  I’ve got some green tea, oh and some apple cider that is really good heated.  It’ll just take a minute or two.

So, we stayed in tonight.  The original plan was to ride over to dinner and a movie after work.  We thought we’d see “The 15:17 to Paris,” but that didn’t happen.  I discovered on the way home that our route to the theater had been blocked by a head on collision.  It would be four to five hours before the road opened said the nice State Trooper that detoured my drive home.

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#FridayFictioneers – Location, Location, Location


With effort, Carlos relaxed a white knuckled grip on the railing and debarked on shaky legs.  He resisted the urge to kiss the solid deck-boards beneath his feet.

One look around, and his nausea doubled.  He had bought this.  This?  “Location, location, location,” he heard his agent chirp in the back of his mind.

Easing down to sit on the dock, he breathed.  Breathed in clean ocean air.  Waves sang in the distance among a chorus of birds that soared high overhead.  Mountains framed the distant horizon.

Things began to take shape in his mind.  Location, location, location.

WC: 98

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#WeekendCoffeeShare – Venting

cappuccino on table

If we were having coffee, I’d offer you a nice cup, freshly brewed of course, or maybe a tea bag to dob in a cup of steaming hot water (if that’s what your into). I’ve had several cups of tea already today, so I think I’ll switch it up and go with the coffee for now.

Another week down and here we are in February. Though it’s too early in the year to say it, it’s true. This year is flying by. Why just yesterday, it was New Year’s. The plans for 2018 are piling up fast with travel and races and all manner of things, and I know already that we’ll be standing on 2019’s doorstep before we even realize it. Such is life.

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