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Mr. not-nice guy

October 16, 2021

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

October 14, 2021, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story embraces the mud. What is the mud, real or metaphor? How does it transform a character or place? What happens? Go where the prompt leads!

Mr. not-nice guy

Craig decided years ago he wouldn’t grow old gracefully.

Daily walks, the gym for cardio and weights, a low-fat diet. Pills and powders, and his treasure: testosterone. His skin care routine set him back nearly $100 a month. He had Just for Men on auto-ship.

Craig left his first wife when she gained weight, his second when she let her hair go gray. He advertised for his third to be 5-10 years younger than himself.

He had no relevant thoughts as he stood in front of the mirror and peeled off the charcoal mud mask and washed his face.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2021 7:39 am

    Sing it, Otis! Oh, Craig…you sorry fool. Like we can’t guess how old you REALLY are??!! you left some mud on your face… Good one, Michael.

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  2. October 16, 2021 9:39 am

    Maybe if he scrubbed a little harder & deeper, he’d discover what really lasts. Yeah, nice one; too many men — and women! — off track, like Craig. IMHO.

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  3. October 19, 2021 9:47 pm

    Nice take on the prompt, Michael B. Mud packs!


  4. October 27, 2021 7:58 pm

    Craig is not in tune! Great line: “He had no relevant thoughts as he stood in front of the mirror …” A bit disconnected. One can hope Craig finds out love and fun and loyalty and other attributes are not reflected in a photo or mirror.


  5. October 28, 2021 9:47 am

    It’s so addictive, the “Testosterone”, being “Young forever”, truth is, Life begins from and Ends as the “Mud”. Smart writeup 🥂

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  6. October 28, 2021 2:46 pm

    Different strokes for different folks. Am I rite?


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