How to begin this week’s post is a conundrum. A start with a cup of coffee is always a smart thing. While waiting for the magic machine to pump out the life-giving elixir, contemplation can occur. Perhaps a mnemonic device is needed. Maybe a nonsensical phrase will work. How now, brown cow comes to mind. A rejection that phrase comes quickly since it provides no stimulus at all.
The coffee is ready, and so is the tone on my cell phone, indicating an incursion into the optical monitoring space on the front porch. The image on the phone is blurred, which then necessitates a physical check at the front door. Throwing back the deadbolt, turning the electronic lock to open, raising the steel bar, disengaging the electrical shock guard, the front door is ready to open.
A final check through the peephole indicates the porch area is vacant. The situation seems safe to open the door. Hand on the knob and a gentle tug inward exposes the inside to the outside. In the brightness of the sunlight, an image stands ready to engage.
“Have you seen that wascally wabbit?”
Yes, how it happened is a mystery, but before stands Elmer Fudd, shotgun and all. My question tumbles out of my mouth. “How did you get here?”
Fudd just stands there and blinks. There is reason to believe he has no idea how he got here either. He finally hands me a note and says, “Tell that wabbit I’m on his twail.” A nod from me, and Elmer turns and walks away.
The note is predictable and still leaves me with the question, How does Linda Hill get these things into these characters’ hands? Here is what it says. Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “how.” Use the word “how” in your post. Bonus points if you start your post with it. Enjoy!
If you want to participate, you can go to Linda’s blog and read how easy it is. Here is the link. https://lindaghill.com/2022/04/08/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-april-9-2022/
How by John W. Howell © 2022
“We have to make this short.”
“Cause you ate up all the time with that stupid Elmer Fudd story.”
“I thought it was cute.”
“Cause you own this dump.”
“What side of the bed did you get up on?”
“How I get out of bed has nothing to do with anything.”
“Your bed is against the wall, right?”
“How did you know?”
“Just a wild guess given your reaction to my get out of bed question.”
“Let’s forget the bed, okay? I can’t believe how you divert the discussion.”
“So, what do you want to talk about?”
“Ever hear of beer.”
“Your one-track obsession, you mean?”
“Better than messing up a perfectly good prompt.”
“How did I mess it up? I started the post with the word “how” and used it.”
“Dragging that poor character in kicking and screaming.”
“He was on the porch.”
“You really believe this stuff don’t you?”
“What choice do I have?”
“Buying me a beer is a great alternative.”
“Okay, but it is just an experiment.”
“To see if beer is a better alternative to fiction.”
“You admit it then?”
“Sure. By the way, can Elmer come too?”
“Gad. You are buying. Bring anyone you want. Let’s just go.”