Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt – “shortcut/cut short.”

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It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again. This week’s prompt is “shortcut/cut short.” Linda hill says we can use them anyway we want. If you would like to join in go to Linda’s blog and read how. Here is the link.

Shortcut/cut short by John W. Howell © 2017

“I’m taking a shortcut through the strawberry patch.”

“Why are you doing that?”

“I want to see what it is like to take a strawberry shortcut.”

“Man, you come up with the  dumbest things. Enough of this, I need to cut short the chit-chat.”

“In a rush are we?”

“Yes. I have to go downtown and speak with the tax appraiser.”

“Uh oh. That sounds ominous.”

“Not so bad. I need to ask them for a reappraisal of my house.”

“They will do that?”

“Yes. If you have a change of circumstance they will.”

“So what change of circumstance did you have?”

“You are kidding right?”


“You were the one who decided to cut short your vacation and stay at my house instead.”

“Yes, I did.”

“And you were the one who wanted to take a shortcut and put the roast in the microwave.”

“Well, it was a good idea for reducing cooking time.”

“You also recall that the microwave caught on fire.”

“Well, I didn’t know that was going to happen.”

“What shortcut did you take with the fire?”

“Pan of water.”

“Which caused the grease to spatter and catch the island on fire.”

“Yeah, that water didn’t work too well.”

“The who decided to cut short his visit?”

“Uh. Me.”

“Correct. Meanwhile the kitchen is in flames.”

“I couldn’t do anything anyway.”

“Which spread to the upstairs.”

“That was one shortcut I didn’t expect.”

“Finally to the roof.”

“Time to cut short the description. I get it.”

“Get what?”

“Your house burned down and now you need a reappraisal.”

“Thanks to whom?”

“The change of circumstance.”

“Start running. Now.”

“Time for the shortcut.”


  1. HA! Talk about a bad house guest… But you already had me at strawberry shortcut. 😀 Happy weekend hugs.

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    1. Thanks, Teagan. Hugs on the word count.


  2. A multi-story bad idea. Nicely told, John. This is why I point house guests to a nearby hotel.

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    1. Always a good idea. 😀


  3. Strawberry shortcut . . . Strawberry . . . shortcut . . . Yeah, that one wins.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Charles.


  4. A ‘top ten’ on this one, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie. 😀

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      1. You’re welcome, John. 🙂

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  5. Gwen Plano · ·

    Through the strawberry patch? Definitely a bad house guest, how could he be so cruel? 😀 Have a wonderful weekend, John. I’m thinking, some strawberry shortcake with lots of fresh whipped cream.

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    1. Yes. I was thinking the same about the strawberry shortcake. Yum. 😀


  6. A roast in a microwave…I wonder if a turkey would work better? Happy Saturday!

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    1. Happy Saturday to you *sung to the tune of “To Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul.


  7. Extremely well done, good sir! These would work great as comedy routines!

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    1. I think of them as such, John. Thanks.


  8. Ha, ha, good job!

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    1. Thank you, Sandra.

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  9. Hi John, I agree with John F. that this would be great for a comedy routine. What a fiasco and excellent writing!


  10. LOL! A funny routine indeed! Great story for the writing prompt!


  11. Brilliant use of the words. It made me laugh out loud.


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