I Had To

Man with cat

“This has got to stop. You know this has to stop! I’ve been waiting for you for an hour.”

I stood as close to him as I could. “I’m sorry, it’s just that they look so lonely.”

He held me close, kissed my hair. “Yeah, I know, but they’re not your responsibility. And to be completely honest, you look like a lunatic standing there talking to them through the fence every day.”

I opened my mouth to respond just as I heard a meow from the cat carrier I’d hidden on my way in.

“No, you didn’t!”

“I had to!”

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Today’s prompt from The Daily Post is about Hand-me-downs.

Clothes and toys, recipes and jokes, advice and prejudice: we all have to handle all sorts of hand-me-downs every day. Tell us about some of the meaningful hand-me-downs in your life.


Man in chainsI was staring at my sister. Normally I’d refer to her as my evil stepsister—mostly because she was  cruel, and I sincerely wished we weren’t related. “What?”

“I think I’ve outgrown him, little brother. It’s time he becomes a hand-me-down.” My breath caught. There was nothing I’d rather have than her boyfriend, but I didn’t dare hope she meant it, much less that Joel actually would want to be with me.

“Are you serious?”

She glared. “Of course I’m serious! He’s been begging me to give him away for a while now. It’s getting tedious.”

“To me?”

“Who else?”

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The Mirror Crack’d

Today’s inspiration came from The Daily Post’s daily prompt:

The Mirror Crack’d
You wake up one morning to a world without mirrors. How does your life—from your everyday routines to your perception of yourself—change? 


Man in mirror
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Victor stopped dead in front of the hallway mirror. It was gone! Not the entire mirror, the frame was still there, but the glass was missing. He ran into the bathroom. That mirror was also gone. What the hell! He ran down the stairs, jogged the short way to work, and rushed into the staff changing room. All the mirrors were missing! Victor hardly ever looked at his own reflection, so for that sake it didn’t matter, but how would he now sneak a peek of all the lovely men in the shower while he pretended to wipe the floors?