Toccata Followed by a Fugue

Carson pulled at his neck tie as the air became heavy with organ music and she approached clouded in white.  Carson had just moved to a new town in Northern California, where he was friendless and alone, until he met Veronica and her older sister Monica.  Veronica and Monica lived next door and Veronica was a gymnast and she often had a little cloud of white chalk that puffed from her body, as she used the chalk to keep her hands from sweating too much.  Chalk absorbed the sweat and made it easier and safer for her to do her routines.  When they first met Carson felt butterflies when he was near Veronica, his hands got cold and clammy as this mushy feeling overwhelmed him, rendering him unable to speak.  Carson was able to get over this and he became thankful that he met the two sisters, as they helped him to ramify beyond his normal nerdy interests and this allowed him to become less nervous.

Monica played the organ every night with her hands on a keyboard and her feet on the pedals.  Monica kept practicing her new song ‘Toccata and Fugue in D Minor’, which sounded really spooky and every time she played it, the whole neighborhood became terrified.  They scattered like marbles among the leaves thinking that Lerch or Thing from the Addams Family, or some other bugaboo was making the music.  Monica would always quote Johann Sebastian Bach saying, “It’s easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Ramify, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Night, for the Daily Spur prompt – Thing, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie First Line Friday hosted by Dylan, for FOWC with Fandango – Bugaboo, for October Writing Prompts – They scattered like marbles among the leaves, for Ragtag Community – Thankful, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Cold Mushy Speak and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Nervous.

A Rebel Yell

“I need more.”  In the midnight hour she cried, “More, more, more”.  Janis was not a humble, milquetoast mouse like person, as when there was something on her mind, she would let you know about it.  At times, she could be offensive and she would never let anyone dictate orders to her.  She was not born yesterday being naïve or inexperienced, as she had a college degree from Columbia University, a Master of Arts in Global Thought, the place where silence had a voice.  If she saw anything that she did not agree with, she would speak out against this insanity, and she would never be locked up in a cage, be it pewter, silver, or gold.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Dictate, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Mouse, for the Daily Spur prompt – Offensive, for FOWC with Fandango – Milquetoast, for October Writing Prompts – The place where silence had a voice, for OctPoWriMo 2019 – Cage – Pewter, Silver, or Gold, for Ragtag Community – Insanity, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Thought College Humble, for Rachel Poli I Read I Write I Create – Time To Write Sentence Starter – “I need more.” and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Yesterday.

Deep Space Nine

Constable Odo was a member of a shapeshifting species called the Changelings and he once said, “Laws change depending on who’s making them. Cardassians one day, Federation the next – but justice is justice.”  He was found as an infant in the Denorios belt, near the Bajoran wormhole in his gelatinous state as one member of a group of one hundred newly-formed Changelings that the Founders sent out from the Gama Quadrant to gather information while they explored the Milky Way galaxy.  The Changelings were very different from the Solids because they had the ability to change shape, and many worlds hunted and persecuted them because of this.  They were driven out from many planets, which gave the Changelings a legitimate grievance for holding a grudge against all of the Solids.  They could take any form, ranging from humanoid or other aliens to an insect or an object or fire or fog or even a soap bubble.

Changelings thought that they were superior to Solids, because they were not restricted to one shape and they wanted to be in control, because they felt that whatever they could control wouldn’t be able to hurt them.  The Changelings created the Jem’Hadar, a race of genetically engineered humanoid-reptilians who served as the military arm of the Dominion.  The Jem’Hadar were all addicted to Ketracel-white and they needed frequent doses of the drug to survive.  If they did not get this drug, they would go crazy and start killing everyone.  The Vorta were in charge of distributing the Ketracel-white to the Jem’Hadar as they pledged their allegiance to the Founders.  If a Vorta was killed, they could be replaced with a clone that retained all the memories of their predecessor.

Deep Space Nine functioned as one of the service centers that spaceships engaged in exploration of the farthest reaches of the universe could utilize.  DS9 had a gallery of characters including Captain Benjamin Sisko, Quark, a Trill Jadzia Dax, the Klingon Worf, chief engineer O’Brian, the doctor Julian Bashir, Kira Nerys, the villain Dukat, and a tailor a spy Garak who always had a secret.  Deep Space Nine would often jump into a parallel reality or alternate universe that included the same characters who acted differently.  Quark was a Ferengi who operated a bar on the station and he was motivated only by profit.  He could be described as being unctuous, because he was often a kiss-ass full of praise, but it was obvious that he was insincere.

Odo did not know his past and he had trouble with social integration which resulted in him having a grumpy personality, not being able to make friends and hating parties.  He built up a reputation as being an honorable man and a neutral arbiter by settling many squabbles on Deep Space Nine.  Odo found the face, the hardest shape to conquer, but he chose to retain solid form most of the time, however he was required to return to his gelatinous state every 16 hours to regenerate. Along the weathered, winding trail, he eventually became more human and he eventually developed a personal relationship with Kira Nerys.

Written for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Jump, for the Daily Spur prompt – Ability, for FOWC with Fandango – Grumpy, for October Writing Prompts – Along the weathered, winding trail, for OctPoWriMo 2019 – Changeling, for Ragtag Community – Unctuous, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Secret Face Soap, for GC and Susan’s Weekly Word Prompt – Service centers and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Gallery.

Living Will

A Living Will is a document that you use to indicate your medical wishes in the event you are incapacitated or cannot consent to your health care treatment.  Generally, a Living Will and a Health Care Directive both dictate your health care preferences in the event of a medical emergency or incapacitation, but a Health Care Directive may also be used to refer to a document that contains a Living Will and a Medical Power of Attorney.  The Living Will is a legal document that spells out the medical treatments you would and would not want to be used to keep you alive, as well as your preferences for other medical decisions, such as pain management or organ donation.  A Last Will and Testament is a document used to indicate how you would like to leave your property or have your assets divided, or how your children will be cared for after your death, or what will happen to your dogs.

Every state has its own limits as to what you are legally permitted to include in your Health Care Directive.  While you may specify instructions for a variety of medical situations and describe your feelings towards quality of life, keep in mind health care providers will only be allowed to carry out certain procedures according to your state laws.  This process involves selecting a Health Care Advocate, someone that will be responsible for you if you are no longer to make decisions concerning your health.  Living wills are often used with a document called a durable power of attorney (DPOA) for healthcare.  A DPOA appoints someone to carry out the wishes about end-of-life treatment that are written down in a living will or medical directive.

The medical decisions which you should consider involve things that determine your outcome, like Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to restart your heart if it has stopped beating.  Would you like mechanical ventilation to takes over your breathing if you’re unable to breathe on your own?  Would you want tube feeding to supply your body with nutrients and fluids?  Will you consider dialysis to remove the waste from your blood and manage fluid levels if your kidneys stop functioning?

Other considerations include antibiotics or antiviral medications that can be used to treat many infections, or even a bee sting.  Comfort care (palliative care) includes any number of interventions that may be used to keep you comfortable and manage pain depending on what you are accustomed to.  Organ and tissue donations and donating your body for scientific study also can be specified.  These things should be carefully considered, as you don’t want to make an error that will jeopardize your last days on Earth, in case the tide turns.  It is not a breeze making these decisions and your Living Will can be adjusted any time for any reason, like if a new medication, or procedure makes its debut.

RIP Robert Hunter Grateful Dead lyricist, as I just read that he died on Monday at his Northern California home.  On a more upbeat note, this is my first post using my new computer.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Accustomed, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Bee, for the Daily Spur prompt – Outcome, for FOWC with Fandango – Debut, for Ragtag Community – Error, for Di’s Three Things Challenge – Breeze Dogs Tide, and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Jeopardize.

Official Debriefing

A debriefing has nothing to do with removing your pants, it is a report of a mission or project that concerns the information that was obtained in order to access the results of the operation.  It is a structured process and it had become routine for me.  I was never one to jubilate over this process, but I understood that it was necessary, as there is always that subtle knowledge that could only be obtained through this type of interrogation.  I just got back into town yesterday and since today is a Sunday, I was going to watch some football, something I was not able to do overseas.  My debriefing was set for Monday morning at 8 AM in the Sanctuary, a place inside of headquarters, sort of like the Cone Of Silence that Maxwell Smart used for all of his secret conversations.

I saw the silver lining in the cumulus clouds, as my Giants came back from an 18 point deficit against the Buccaneers and held on to a one point lead to get their first win of the season and that put a glimmer in my eye and a giggle in my heart.  I had been stationed in the Ukraine for the last five years and I knew that the Senate Intelligence Committee wanted information on the whistleblower, but I didn’t know anything, however that would not stop them from questioning me.  I hung out with Hunter Biden, but I didn’t know anything about his business dealings, or if he was able to squirrel away any cash.

I met Hunter in a night club and we bumped into each other, as this guy told us to make way so he could sweep up the broken glass after somebody smashed an ash tray.  He seemed like a swell guy and I did not think that he had any tricks up his sleeve.  There was no harmony left in Washington, as it had become a dog eat dog world and every Senator wanted to show off his bark, but that was no skin off of my back.  They turned up the heat on me and I was beginning to bake under all these questions, but since I didn’t know anything, I was not able to provide them with any useful information.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Jubilate, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Bake, for the Daily Spur prompt – Town, for FOWC with Fandango – Cash, for Ragtag Community – Subtle, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Stop Sunday Squirrel, for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Knowledge and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #151, hosted by Yves where the prompts are Broken Glass Ash Glimmer Swell Sleeve Sanctuary Bark Giggle Skin Cumulus Clouds Harmony Sweep.

Seasonal Katabatic Winds

They blow down the slopes of mountains, plateaus, and hills at this time of year and by happenstance, I was in the middle of this.  This seasonal weather pattern containing the katabatic winds occurs mostly at night, when the highlands radiate heat and are cooled.  I was lucky to be alerted that the Santa Ana winds were coming again, but nobody had to notify me about the danger of these hot, dry winds, contributing to wildfires.  I remained aloof to all the political news, but when it came to weather, I always paid attention, so I could evaluate if I needed to evacuate.

I was out in the woods with the new drummer and we were eating spicy tapioca pearls which my grandmother made for our breakfast.  The drummer just moved to California and his greed to perform in front of an audience made him great, but his incessant drumming was turning me into a basket case.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Notify, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Basket, for the Daily Spur prompt – Audience, for FOWC with Fandango – Aloof, for Melodye Shore September show-and-tell – Seasonal, for September Monthly Writing Prompts – Katabatic winds, for Ragtag Community – Happenstance, for Sara’s Closet Full Of Notebooks Prompt – Lucky, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Drummer Tapioca Greed, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompt – Evaluate and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Spicy.

Desire To Be Outdoors

Nature had always been a big part of his life, ever since he read the book Walden by the American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau.  Rick was not able to elide his thoughts about camping out in some green fields and picking some fall fruit, while spending his aurora nights in the land of the midnight sun.  He was fervid about the upcoming trip and he was not about to let anything spoil his decision to go, no matter what the overtones would be made by his younger brother.  This time he had to bring Jack along, who just became a teenager, and he knew that Jack would try to banalize the significance of communing with nature.

Youthful Jack was a sweet boy, as long as he was home playing his computer games, but he was not built for the rough outdoors.  Shakespeare said, “The earth has music for those who listen” and Rick enjoyed the listening every time he was able to make it back to nature.  Rick was a real outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, climbing, hiking and his passion drove him to rise before the sun and catch his own breakfast.  Rick had eaten many different types of prey and he was not one to flinch if he saw a cougar or a snake coming after him.  Rick might remain motionless, or he could wave his arms around if he saw a giant bear.

Jack was not a fussy eater, as long as he had some zucchini as a side dish, he would basically eat anything.  Rick woke his younger brother up and told him they were having rabbit for breakfast.  Jack sighed and said, “How could you kill that poor defenseless animal?”, and Rick responded by telling Jack that the rabbit accidently committed suicide.  He said that when the rabbit saw him, it went into reverse and ended up falling off a granite cliff trying to get away from him.  Jack told his brother that he knew he made up that royal lie just to make him feel better.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Giant, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Camping, for the Daily Spur prompt – Royal, for FOWC with Fandango – Reverse, for Melodye Shore September show-and-tell – Fall Fruit, for September Monthly Writing Prompts – Aurora nights, for Ragtag Community – Fervid, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Granite Zucchini Lie, for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Youthful and for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Wordle #149, hosted by Yves where the prompts are Elide Green Spoil Decision Banalize Rough Flinch Overtones Back Sweet Motionless Prey.