T.S. Eliot was sadly mistaken. April is not the cruelest month.
February had been brutal. I spent the entire month trying to outrun Nicky Eff, perpetrator of the most heinous crime to hit the internet this decade.
In the end, to resist had been futile. Nicky had me dead to rights, right there in the hydrangeas. There was nothing for it... I had to write something for her 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing challenge. That was the only way to get her to leave me in peace. (And get my clothes back.)
But wait... from out of the shadows stepped another figure, this one in a trench coat and fedora. Yes, it was Jack Gouda. Ever the gentleman, he took off his trench coat and handed it to me, saying, "Here, toots, put this on. Don't embarrass yourself any further, eh?" (I noted that he didn't think that Katherine and Reffie should be at all embarrassed.)
"Please," I said. "Put me out of my misery! You're the only one who can."
With that, Gouda drew his .44 Magnum from his holster and leveled it at me.
And then my brain exploded.
Out spewed every single one of the prompts Nicky had listed for the 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing challenge. And each one plastered itself onto the laptop Nicky was so conveniently holding.
Not only that... Henry, Max, Dufus, Maryse, Bud, Linda, Jayne, Margaret, Ramon, Reffie, Cooter and the gang, Katherine... they were all there.
Yes, Nicky finally succeeded in having her way with me and it would be a long time before I recovered from the trauma.
So take it from me, dear readers... the next time someone invites you to participate in a writing challenge, be afraid. Be very afraid!
And don't say I didn't warn you.
Never to be continued.... I hope.
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Now, get yourself over to the Cheese Shack one last time to see who else participated in the 2nd/3rd Annual 30 Minus 2 Days of Writing extravaganza. (And while you're there, order up a commemorative t-shirt from P.J.!)