Adopt A Demon or Power

Hiya, Welcome back to PEP! I’m trying something new this week. My shift today is another middle of the day shift so I’m actually writing this on Sunday and will post it personally on Monday, early before I head to work. But I’m going to be out of the country not next Monday but the following so I’ll be experimenting with a scheduled post next Monday before I have to depend on it. The following Monday, first in December, I’ll write about where I was and how the trip went. But not yet, I don’t like jinxing a vacation trip before it happens by talking too much about it. It may be superstitious but I’ve noticed that if I talk too much about a trip before it happens, for whatever reason, it then often doesn’t happen. So… shhh…

My baking went well last week. I made a Butterscotch Marble cake with chocolate frosting. Essentially, my own birthday cake as my birthday was last week. And no, I’m not saying which day nor how old I turned. That’s for me to know and you to mind your own beeswax. It’s actually really good. This week I’m going to try something completely new I’ve never done as well as some cookie bars. I’ll let you know how it goes next week. I need a new international recipe. If you’re reading this and you happen to have a recipe you’re willing to share from Europe, please do… I’ll give you credit when I post about it after I’ve baked it.

This week’s question: What magic power would you like?

My answer: This is actually really hard to narrow down to just one. I’m a huge fantasy and superhero fan. This is fairly sacrilege but I actually have my favorites from bot the Marvel universe and the DC universe. More about that at a later time, I think. This is about magic power I’d prefer, not superhero gift. I think I’d prefer Telekinesis and Telepathy. They go hand in hand for me but the possibilities with the power of the mind are endless. Caught somewhere you shouldn’t be, who remembers it? Need something but don’t want to get up to get it, no problem. Nearly crushed by flying debris, easy enough to stop. I could go on but we’d honestly be here a very long time. So…

What’s your answer?

This week’s writing: Adopt A Demon

While waiting for her coffee to be called, Catherine was gazing at the bulletin board that was often used as a advertisement board for this and that. She blinked in shock at a ragged index card and had to pull it off to get a closer look at it.

‘Demon, free to a good home. House broken, pet friendly. Ask for Jill.’

Turning it around, she saw a local number scrawled across the back of it. Jus then, “Catherine.”

She retrieved her coffee from the barista, absently tucking the card in her back pocket, no one noticing.

That night, as she was changing into lounge clothes, it fluttered out of her pocket nad she picked it up, “Oh, yeah…”

Out of curiosity, as she curled up on her loveseat with Princessa, her Persian, she dialed the number on her cell phone.

“Hello.”

“Hi, Is Jill there?”

“Calling about the ad?”

“uh, yeah.”

“K, hold on.”

The guy clearly set the phone down with a thump before Catherine could just hear him yelling, “Jill! Phone’s for you. Please get rid of the thing this time.”

Catherine was baffled, this was actually real…?

“Hello?”

“Hi, is this Jill?”

“Yep, calling about Haz?”

“Uh, Haz? I found your ad on the board at Sleepy Beans.”

“Yep, Haz, short for Hazelethus. I don’t know if it matters but he’s an elemental demon, very affectionate but needs a human that’s willing to put up with mistakes as he is young and very prone to emotional outbursts.”

“I’m sorry, you’re serious? Demons don’t really exist, do they?”

A pause.

Then Jill chuckled, “New to this world, huh? How about we meet tomorrow, your choice of meeting place, and you can meet Haz and we can talk.”

Deciding to go for it despite her doubt, “Sure. How about Green Acres?”

“Sure. About noon?”

“Works. See you there.”

Even though she didn’t have a dog, Catherine was often at Green Acres, the local park that included a skate and dog park, and knew that it would be fairly populated, ensuring her safety. © Paula Crofoot

A writing prompt for any fellow amateur writers: Everyone has a key that fits into their soulmate’s heart. Tell your story.

Monday Motivation: Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. (I’m definitely going to start living for this. It’s so true…)

Music I’m listening to as I post this: I Drove All Night-Cyndi Lauper-Twelve Deadly Cyns… And Then Some

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