Daily Prompt: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry…

…for tomorrow we die. The world is ending tomorrow! Tell us about your last dinner — the food, your dining companions, the setting, the conversation.

 

“An asteroid is heading for Earth.  It is predicted that no one will survive the disaster.  There is mayhem in the streets.  Looters are destroying all the stores.  Chaos is all around us.”  ~Click~  Katherine turned off the tv.

“I can’t watch the news anymore.  It’s all doom and gloom,” she said as she tossed the remote onto the coffee table and plopped her little body down on the couch.  She began twirling her long brown hair with her fingers.  “We should throw a party!” she exclaimed.  “A huge blowout!  An End of the World party!  What do you think?”

Russell considered the idea for a moment.  “I guess we might as well.  We have nothing to lose at this point.  Who should we invite?”

“Everyone!  Your family, my family, all of our friends.  Hell, we can even invite strangers in the street.  If they can fit in the building, they can come to the party.  We should hurry to the stores before all the looters take everything.”  She jumped up and grabbed her jacket to protect herself from the chill air on this cloudy November day.

 

They made their way through the crowded streets to the grocery store.  Nobody noticed them and left them alone since they were too busy doing property damage or stealing electronics on the off chance the end of the world really didn’t happen.  The grocery store owner simply opened his doors and let them in.  He told them to take whatever they wanted and he stood guard at the door with his shotgun in hand.  He just didn’t want any trouble.

They loaded up bags with steaks and ground beef.  They continued with vegetables and condiments of all kinds.  Then they hit the liquor section, filling bags with all kinds of hard liquor and wines.  They decided to leave what money they had with the owner and they made their way back to their house.

 

Katherine started making the phone calls to invite everyone while Russell began putting away the groceries and preparing the food.  He was the cook among them.  Katherine somehow managed to burn water, so Russell wouldn’t let her near a stove.

Oddly enough, Katherine managed to reach everybody on their list and they were all more than happy to come spend the evening with them.  Everyone said that they were going to bring whatever food and alcohol they had left in their house, so it was going to be a potluck event.  Katherine was kind of excited about that because her mother made the best stuffed shells she had ever tasted.

While they waited for people to begin showing up and Russell continued to work on the menu, Katherine began compiling a playlist of music that included such songs as “1999” by Prince and “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve.  She also began setting up a bar with all the liquor and wine that they had gotten from the store.  At the last moment, she decided to invite the store owner to their party.  It turned out that he was a widow and didn’t have any children, so he was very happy to be invited to their party.

Everyone started to arrive and the first thing everyone went for was the alcohol.  Nobody apparently wanted to face the end of the world sober.  Music played in the background while they all gorged themselves on the food and told funny stories about their lives.  Nobody cried or expressed sorrow.  It was as if they were afraid to express those emotions in the last moments of their lives.

One moment they were all laughing over some story and in the next there was a large flash and a boom and then nothing.  The world ended with a whimper and a sigh.

 

622 WORDS

 

Inspired by:  Daily Prompt: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry… and 3 words

Wedding Nightmares

“With this hand,
I will lift your sorrows.
Your cup will never empty,
for I will be your wine.
With this candle,
I will light your way in darkness.
With this ring,
I ask you to be mine”
– The Corpse Bride, Tim Burton

Patrick Singer & Susan Lund

would like you to join them
as they exchange vows.
Six o’clock in the evening on October 31, 2013

St. Ignatius Church, Halloweentown, PA

Smart, casual dress is preferred.

 

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Susan was getting excited as she got ready for her wedding.  She had waited so many years to finally meet the man that she was going to spend the rest of her life with and finally the day had come.  They were both nerds to an extreme degree, so it was only fitting that they would join together in holy matrimony on Halloween.  Tonight she would become Mrs. Patrick Singer.  Susan Singer.  She loved the sound.

Everything seemed perfect so far.  Wedding gifts began to fill the tables outside the reception area.  She was certain there were blenders and crockpots and other things she would most likely have to return, but she didn’t care.  It was always the thought that counted.  Granular details didn’t really bother her.  What was important was her membership in the Singer Clan.  That was all that mattered to her now.

She began to don the black wedding dress that she had picked out.  It was very similar to the one that Avril Lavigne had worn at her wedding.  Susan didn’t care if Avril had been picked on for choosing that dress.  Susan loved it and used it as inspiration for her own wedding.  She added some extra details, such as leather straps to her bouquet of black roses.  It was perfect.

Patrick was going to be opposite her in the color spectrum, wearing white full-length tails with a black bow tie and cummerbund. Susan imagined that they would have stunning pictures together.

She was a little surprised that the church didn’t give her a hard time about a Halloween-themed wedding.  In fact, the priest was really getting into the mood of everything and decided it would be fun to dress up as a vampire for the services.  Susan smiled at that.  Things were working out perfectly.

Her father came to let her know that it was time.  Susan stood looking in the mirror and suddenly couldn’t move.  The mirror reflected, not the person she was, but an old woman, wrinkled and worn.  She heard a voice cackling and turned to see her father pointing at her with a look of horror on his face.

Her world changed in that instant.  Nothing was ever the same again.  An endless nightmare of torment.

Be careful what you wish for, it may just come true.

 

467 WORDS

Inspired by:  3 words and 31 Days of Halloween Contest

Age

 

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The number of photos in the album

Is a testament to my age.

The sides are bent and marred

But they inevitably set the stage.

I’ve lived a life full of regulations

It is time to relax and unwind.

The laws of youth have been good to me

But now is the time to be less confined.

 

Inspired by:  3 Words

Sneak Peek Trouble

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It was obvious from the audience

During the sneak peek

That the cast was having trouble

With the rundown of the facts

 

Inspired by:  3 Words

Bad Habits

She had many faults, many bad habits.  An exploration of Angelique’s nature made James realize she was far from perfect.  She kept him on a tether leash of sorts.  She wouldn’t let them out of her sight if they were out of the condo.  He knew she worried about him, but it was rather stifling.

He was pretty certain she didn’t even realize that she was doing it half the time.  It was almost as if there was a magnetic pull that automatically drew her to him if he so much as made a single step of departure from her.

But, God, he had to admit that he loved her anyway.  He loved the way she would just stop mid-sentence at times and stare out the window.  He loved the way she would dance around the living room while he was trying to read a book.  He loved the way she would demand to go out even when all he wanted to do was stay at home.

She was beautiful and annoying and wonderfully imperfect in so many ways.  She would bite her nails when she was nervous.  She would leave the front door open without even thinking about it.  And her driving!  Getting in a car with her behind the wheel was like asking for a death sentence.  Of course, things like that didn’t matter to them.  If they were in an accident, they could simply walk away.  But it was still completely unnerving.

But he loved her.  When he realized this, he walked up to her, took her in his arms and kissed her lips for the very first time.  Angelique was shocked at first, but she soon responded in kind.

 

Inspired by:  3 Words and 30 Days of Character Building

 

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Children’s Viewpoint

The greatest thing off the top of my head is having a frank discussion with my children about the existence of Heaven and Hell.  Children are very open and honest about such things and they will surprise you with the depth of their ability to grasp complicated things and make them seem so simple and effortless.  Never underestimate the power of a child’s way of thinking.  They often have the answers that we as adults lack.

 

Inspired by:  3 Words

 

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Bold Fear

Calmly saying goodbye to the light
Only to welcome the wary stranger
Nestled alone like a mystery
Darkness hides the danger
Instead you face your adversary
Thirsty for the knowledge they hold
Instinct tells you to run
Obstinacy makes you bold
Never fearing the things in the dark
Elm trees hide the evil figure
Daring you this Halloween night

Inspired by: 3 Words

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Gentle Weather

The alarm clock blares and I place my bare feet on the frozen tiled floor. The temperature has dropped outside by a good 20 degrees since yesterday. I dislike cold weather with a passion. I prefer gentler temperatures that aren’t as harsh. No frozen winters for me. No blazing hot summers either. Give me a gentle spring rain or the crispy colored leaves of autumn.

Inspired by: 3 Words and Daily Prompt

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