The usual Saturday ritual of watching
paint dry coffee brew has been completed. A sip of the restorative elixir assures one that life is indeed worth living. A stroll past the windows reinforces the fact that the entire world seems to share the same thought.
A second sip and deep sigh proceed, looking forward to a relaxing time spent with my dear friend caffeine. As the scent of the roasted beans threatens to overtake my consciousness, the doorbell rings. Twiggy and Lucy erupt like the mad dogs of Cerberus, and with the baying hounds behind me, a question is sent out over the Ring camera app. “What the hell do you want.?”
The shivering soul on the porch apologizes for missing the flashing sign and klaxon horn warning about not ringing the doorbell and informs me he was sent by Dan Antion with a message. Dan Antion? is the thought running concurrently through my brain. The other thought is seriously considering murdering the messenger. My opinion of him is not worth a red cent. I finally go through the disarm and unlock process to face the man. He is covered in a curious scent but choosing to ignore it; the inquiry as to the nature of the visit is repeated. He explains that Linda Hill has a temporary electrical problem, and Dan Antion is filling in for her on the prompt delivery.
He hands me an envelope and then asks what spray I was using at the driveway’s entrance. I took the envelope and told him it was the essence of skunk, which helps keep the werewolves away. After that, he spent no more time standing and invested several minutes in running.
After relocking and arming the automatic machine guns, I opened the envelope. Here is the message.
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “cent/scent/sent.” Use them in any form you like. Use one, use two or use them all. Bonus points if you use all three, and Cheryl will put your next drink on David’s tab. I know, you used to get bonus points for two, but inflation… Enjoy! It came to me quickly that David owes me a drink. If you would like to join in go to this link and read how easy it is.
Cent/Scent/Sent by John W. Howell © 2022
“Well, that was something.”
“What do you mean?”
“Skunk? Werewolves? Automatic machine guns?”
“People are going to think you are nuts.”
“Naw, just fiction.”
“If you say so.”
“So, did you enjoy the story?”
“I think you handled the prompt. However, your scent example was sketchy.”
“Well, it was a tough one.”
“I liked red cent.”
“Last minute thought.”
“And, of course sent was a no-brainer.”
“Yeah, Dan was a perfect tool for that one.”
“So, how are you going to work in the pub.”
“Easy. Let’s go.”
“That’s too easy.”
“Better. Good job.”