Muse on Monday – August 9, 2021, Featuring “Friday Night in the Box”

I hope everyone is having a good week so far. Are you feeling creative? Is your muse active? Scroll down to read Friday Night in the Box or read below for this week’s writing prompt.

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Story Prompt: August 9, 2021


CHARACTERS: a lazy cowboy


GENRE: comedy

TONE: dark


And now, a story based on last week’s prompt:

  • Setting: inside a box
  • Genre: romance
  • Other Elements: pineapple, a couch

Friday Night in the Box

The work is finished for the day, the scientific instruments shut down and stored. The Box, as we call it, feels relaxed as the hum of machines and computers fade.

The weekend is here, but we never go out. We can’t.

The kitchen is only two steps from the couch, so I hot-finger carry a bowl of microwaved chili to the small table in front of the couch and put a plate of dried pineapple next to it. Our supply is almost gone, but it’s Friday. We deserve a treat.

You walk over, sock feet echoing a little on the metal floor. You sit down and lean against me and we just sit for a moment. We’ve worked hard this week and for a moment, we just be and enjoy sitting together at rest. Then you take a deep breath and pull the table towards us. I hand you a spoon, then reach over and with a remote, dim the lights.

“So, what should we watch?” you ask.

Outside the window in front of us, the darkness glows with the pulsing phantoms of hundreds of jellyfish continuing their eternal dance two miles below the surface of the ocean.

I grin. “Whatever’s on, I guess.”

Good luck and happy writing! Come back next Monday for another story prompt.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Favorite line…
    You walk over, sock feet echoing a little on the metal floor. That’s pretty swell David since, as the reader, I can hear that. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I always appreciate your comments.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Yeah well, that’s such a great sentence that has legs, if you will. It reminds me of a Hemingway line, one that you could almost feel if you ran your finger along the page. 🙂

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