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OLWG #33 – Boom

 Written for OLWG #33

Mike and I looked across at one another. He grinned and I shrugged my shoulders as if saying, “What could possibly go wrong?”

I reached out with the wire cutters and studied the device. The numbers on the timer were counting down slowly.

“The red one,” Mike whispered, “red.”

I nodded my head and moved the tool toward the red wire.

“No, no, no… no,” Mike almost shouted this time, “blue do the blue.”

I looked over at him, raised my eyebrows, “You sure?” I asked.

“It’s either that or the green one,” he whispered like he was talking to himself. “Blue is one of my favourites and, the green is not very likely.”

I nodded and positioned the cutters to clip the blue wire. My hands were steady, my mouth was dry and something the size of a cat was doing somersaults in my stomach. Mike put his head down and covered it with his hands to instill confidence.

I snipped the blue wire.

Under my breath I shouted very softly, “boom.” I exhaled as if I had only just then remembered I needed to breathe. There was no explosion.

I looked at Mike to smile and noticed the alarm in his eyes. He pointed at the timer and when I looked I saw that the numbers were counting backwards twice as fast as they had been.

“Red or green?” I asked urgently, “red or green?”

Michael stumbled over his words, “I think red, man. I think red.” He put his head back down on the deck like he had before.

I clipped the green wire and the counter stopped, went black. I watched for awhile; then I stood up and held the wire cutters at about shoulder height. I dropped ‘em, “boom.” I said.


This week’s prompts are:

  1. One of my favourites
  2. What could go wrong
  3. bandleader

Don’t think! Write!
You have 25 minutes but if it takes longer – just don’t tell anyone.

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The Missing Daily Prompt: “BOOM”

The Missing Daily Prompt


“I was good tonight,” I thought to myself as I settled back into the seat of my custom made luxury coach.  I nodded my head to Hiram and he pulled the door shut.  He put her in gear and pulled away from the curb in front of the auditorium.  The rest of the band was in the other bus.  Really an insufferable lot they were, I was glad to have my own coach – with a picture of me on the side, larger than life. “BOOM – World Tour” it said.

“All the way to Natchez, Hiram,” I shouted to the front of the bus.

“Yes sir, Mr. Bum” he responded.

“It’s BOOM, Hiram.  BOOM, with all capital letters, it’s not Bum.  How many times do I have to tell you!  All the real stars have one name, Sting, Madonna, Sade, Moby and me.  But I’m the only one who spells it in all caps.  It makes me stand out.  It sets me apart. It defines me. It lets the world know just how cool I really am.”

“Sorry, Mr. Bum” Hiram says, the cords on my neck begin to stand out as my face contorts, “My accent, ya know.  Bum is just the way I pronounce Bum.  No disrespect sir.”

“Work on it Hiram.” I say and slip the headphones on.  What an ingrate, what a Maroon.


For reasons unknown I can’t see the daily prompt today.  I made up my own.  I will set all the appropriate links, pingbacks, and other assorted stuff that I need to do later, I hope, but I had the Jones to write something.

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  2. Pipework | Perspectives on life, universe and everything
  3. The Travels of Zack | The Jittery Goat
  4. Daily Prompt: Those Dishes Won’t Do Themselves (Unfortunately) | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  5. Daily Prompt: Those Clotheses Won’t Fold Themselves | Under the Monkey Tree
  6. Home | My Little Avalon
  7. Daily Prompt: Those Clothes Won’t Fold Themselves | Under the Monkey Tree
  8. Hoover Wizard | Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  9. Daily Prompt: Those Dishes Won’t Do Themselves (Unfortunately) | Awl and Scribe
  10. Just a dustrag | marjanitalarosa
  11. Home – Daily Post | Linda Long Writes!
  12. A Hero’s Home | L5GN
  13. Home is where love lives – Daily Prompt | alienorajt
  14. Lime kilns and float homes | Exploratorius
  15. Household Tasks
  16. Don’t make me do the cooking! | A mom’s blog
  17. I Do Not Do Anything Anyways | Lisa’s Kansa Muse
  18. Chore Lists, Unmatched Socks and One Medieval Monk | meanderedwanderings
  19. The Damned Vacuum- I say that lovingly | The Shotgun Girls
  20. The Superstitions attached with Putting the Silverware Away « psychologistmimi
  21. Chores… | Kate Murray
  22. Daily Prompt: Home | Tommia’s Tablet
  23. Daily Prompt: Those Dishes Won’t Do Themselves (Unfortunately) | Being a Huntress
  24. Folding | Active Army Wife
  25. The Toddler Chore Challenge | The Pinterested Parent
  26. Ironing | Life is great
  27. Ugh, dishes.. | Relax
  28. It’s a Chore | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  30. Dishes! | Wanderlein
  31. Dark Night of the Sink / Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  32. Daily Prompt: Those Dishes Won’t Do Themselves (Unfortunately) | Sued51’s Blog
  33. Why Can’t The Dishes | Flowers and Breezes
  34. Daily Prompt: These Clothes Won’t Arrange Themselves | Thoughtless Prattler
  35. Daily Prompt: Home | The Wandering Poet
  36. The Bearded Infant | thejimmieG
  37. Daily Post: Home | Destino
  38. Those Dishes Won’t Do Themselves (Unfortunately) | The Nameless One

Sorry, Michelle W.  my schedule today dictates I move forward.  I will try to make up for it tomorrow.