Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Psst”

Stream of Consciousness


AAAAOOOOOGGGGAAA. It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday time again. I have to quote Linda Hill to explain this week’s prompt. Here is what Linda says, “Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “psst, or any other attention-getting noise or word.” Find a word or noise that you’d use to get someone’s attention, and start your post off with it. Enjoy!” So, now you know why I hit the ooga horn up front. If you would like to join in this fun go to Linda’s site and read how. Here is the link.

Psst by John W. Howell © 2017

“Hey, you.”

“Who are you yelling at.”

“Not the guy behind you I can assure you.”

“Alright. What do you want?”

“I need to ask you a favor.”

“A favor? What kind of favor?”

“Oh, its nothing that is illegal for you.”

“That never occurred to me. So why would you mention illegal?”

“I just meant it is nothing that will get you into trouble.”

“Trouble? What kind of trouble?”

“I mean there will be no trouble.”

“You said trouble first.”

“For heaven’s sake. Will you do me a favor or not?”

“Depends on what it is.”

“That’s reasonable.”

“Thank you. As long as it doesn’t cost me anything I’ll do it.”

“Yeah, well it might cost a little.”

“Well then count me out. What’s that?”

“Oh, this? It is my gun and I want your wallet.”

“You said it was not illegal.”

“For you, it’s not. For me big time. Hand it over.”

“I don”t have a wallet.”

“Where do you keep your money?”

“In a paper sack.”

“Let me see it.”


“It’s all pennies.”

“A penny saved is a penny earned.”

“Of all the patsies in this world, I gotta pick Scrooge McDuck.”

“I resemble that.”

“Get off my foot. Take your bag of pennies.”

“You are so nice.”

“Beat it.”



  1. […] boys, here’s a splash of Willet, sorry, ‘John Howell’s Bourbon’, some new ice, a Yuengling and a fresh glass. Wings will be right […]

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  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Ahh, the Christmas spirit is upon us, and through Scrooge McDuck, you definitely had my attention. 😀 Have a great weekend, John.

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    1. Thank you, Gwen. Have a great weekend as well. 🙂


  3. Least it wasn’t a sick full of quarters. That would hurt if wielded like a club.

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  4. I like that “not for you, for me, big time.”

    This is why I wouldn’t consider a life of crime. This would be my luck.

    Nicely done John.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I have the same opinion about crime. Be my luck to drop the gun.

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  5. Ha ha! Good one, John.

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    1. Glad you like it Jennie. Thanks for letting me know. 😀

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      1. You’re welcome. 🙂

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  6. This would be me if I turned to a life of crime. 😦 Happy Saturday, John!

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks Jill. Happy Saturday to you *Sung to the tune of “Only the Lonely,” by Roy Orbison. 😀


  7. Yep, it certainly got my attention. Good one, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jan.


  8. John! 😛 I’m getting seriously concerned about how your mind embraces the criminal world! 😀 God help that insurance company now! 😉

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    1. I’m a thriller writer don’t forget. You have every right to be concerned. Thanks, Jan.


  9. John Fioravanti · ·

    PSST! Great story, John – the bag of pennies would be worthless up here since our beloved government phased them out a short while ago. Was that a bag man or a bag lady?

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  10. “Of all the patsies in the world,” great line, John. Enjoy this beautiful day!

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    1. Thanks, Jo 🙂


  11. My question is where was he carrying this bag of pennies? Gave me cause to smile this Sunday morning John.

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    1. A very small bag that used to hold popcorn at the last movie.

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  12. Clever and fun!
    Drop by and visit me in Caneyhead!

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  13. This reminded me of your short story series on those goofball bank robbers. I liked it. 🙂


  14. A polite burglar. He still deserved a bag of pennies. 🙂

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    1. I think so too. Thanks, Deborah.

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