Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt “Ask Someone Else = Storage”

Stream of Consciousness


It is Stream of Consciousness Saturday and this weeks prompt is “Ask Someone Else.” Linda Hill says we should ask someone else for a prompt word. I did, and the word came back. It is “storage.” If you would like to run around and chase perfect strangers all the while begging for a prompt word, visit Linda’s blog and find out how you can uplift yourself to this level of social interaction. Here is the link.

Storage by John W. Howell © 2018

“Where have you been?”

“It is a pretty complicated story.”

“Okay, I have the time. What is this all about?”

“You know I participate in a prompt every Saturday right?”

“I’m all too aware.”

“Well, this week the leader directed that we ask someone else for the prompt word.”

“Yeah, so what’s the problem? Ask away.”

“You are pretty critical of this program, so I decided to ask a stranger.”

“I just think you go overboard sometimes. How did asking a stranger work out for you?”

“I asked several.”

“You couldn’t be satisfied with just one answer?”

“I didn’t get an answer.”

“Why not?”

“When I asked for a word the first guy thought I needed money and gave me a fiver.”

“That is a good thing.”

“The next person thought I was hungry and gave me their sandwich.”

“Still not too bad.”

“The third person thought I was being fresh and slapped my face.”

“Now it is starting to go downhill which I suspect is where this thing is headed.”

“The fourth person thought I was demanding their wallet and hit me in the face.”

“So we are slowly headed to the bottom of a giant mess. Go on.”

“The fifth person was a cop.”

“This is where it will end I’m sure.”

“I asked him for a prompt word, and he said ‘storage.”‘

“Okay, so you got your word. This still doesn’t let me know where you have been.”

“I found out what he meant by ‘storage.”‘

“Don’t tell me.”

“A euphemism for jail. Lucky for me the charges were dropped after I explained what I was doing to the judge.”

“You were lucky.”

“Not really luck.”

“How so?”

“The judge does the same prompt. he asked me for a word.”

“Let me guess the word you gave him.”

“You won’t get it ever.”


“How did you know?”

“Just lucky I guess.”




  1. I told Dan, as you two always out-do anything I can come up with, I’ll ask someone else to take the challenge!!


  2. Snap – that was a perfect twist, John! Nice job with the crazy prompt.


  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Good one, John. I love the exchange between the characters. What a hoot! 😀


  4. Excellent, John! Happy Saturday!


  5. I like the way you walked us in to this one.


  6. Even on a prompt, you throw in a great twist. 🙂


  7. It’s official: You’re a genius, John.


  8. Ha ha, John. All the holidaying and eating has not dimmed your fine mind I am happy to see. Sharp as a tack.

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    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks,


  9. I love how your mind works! This was so much fun!

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    1. Thank you, Dale.

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      1. You rock, Boss (using Marc’s name for you… am I overstepping?)

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      2. You could never overstep. Thanks, Dale.

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      3. You are most kind and accepting, John

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      4. Naw. I just like you is all.

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  10. Good one John, I’m glad freedom won out.

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    1. Thank you, Michael


  11. Lol! Fantastic! I could just picture you chasing around perfect strangers begging for a prompt. Happy Saturday John!!

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    1. Thank you, Jill. Lucky I wasn’t shot.

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  12. John,

    Nice twist, buahahaha!

    I think it would’ve been a better idea for the participant if he would’ve called in sick on this one!

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    1. I think so too, Marc. Thanks

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  13. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    I liked how you brought the search for the word into the story. This was fun:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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  14. Good zenny and funny story


  15. Nice John. Working in the correctional landscape, I got a great chuckle from your post.

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    1. Thank you, Mary.


  16. Too funny!! As always, this prompt it entertaining with a twist!

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  17. Now that was really good, John. I love how you always build up to the ending, and freedom was definitely a great ending.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.


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