October 13 Prompt – Yesterday

My apologies. There was a typo in the original post. The prompt is for  “yesterday” Here is the revised:

It’s Sunday, and time once again for the Weekly Prompt at The Community Storyboard.

This week I’d like to see what everyone can do with the word “Yesterday …”

Interpret it as you will, but the word yesterday must appear somewhere in your work, be it the title or in the middle of a sentence. Write poetry, prose, fiction, or memoir it is yours to create.

Here is mine:


Yesterday by John W. Howell ©2013

“Yes sir. Can I help you?”

“I’m not sure. I think I have lost my way. Is this a hotel?”

“No sir. This is not a hotel it is a reception area.”

“Well it looks like a hotel. You actually look the  front desk clerk.”

“I can assure you sir this is no hotel and I’m not a clerk.”

“Then where am I?”

“Do you remember anything about yesterday?”

“Yesterday? Let me think.”

“Weren’t you driving your car? Going to San Francisco wasn’t it?”

“Yeah. I was driving. Wait a minute. I was driving down US One and there was a dog or goat or something in the road.”

“And the ocean was to your left.”

“Yes the ocean was─ wait, how did you know?”

“Don’t worry about that. The ocean was on the left and there was a huge cliff down to the water right?”

“Yeah there was.”

“Go on.”

“I swerved to avoid hitting the animal.”

“To the left or right?”


“Did you swerve to the left or right?”

“Let me see. To the left I think.”

“And if you swerved to the left there was nowhere to go but over the cliff.”

“But if I went over the cliff, I would have fallen hundreds of feet to the water.”

“Um. Remember anything?

“Shit. I’m dead, right?”

“You said it not me.”

“Who are you anyway?”

“I’ll give you three guesses.”

Good luck to you all.


About John W. Howell

I have been working in business for over forty years and now have the time to work in special areas of interest. My passion has always been to create compelling stories of fiction. I have authored two novels and am working on my third. The first novel is still in manuscript form and being utilized as a door stop in the laundry room. The second is a contemporary fiction novel of 89,000 words and is complete and I am currently seeking a publisher. I also write poetry but have not had the guts to share any with anyone. The one time I read a piece to a person their only comment was, “it doesn’t rhyme.” I will continue to write and hopefully my blog, Fiction Favorites at www.johnwhowell.com will provide some entertainment and an interesting thought or two. I live by the Gulf of Mexico with my wife Molly and an assortment of loving pets.

23 comments on “October 13 Prompt – Yesterday

  1. Haha. I thought you wanted both words. See my haiku on my poetry blog. Do I get extra points?

  2. Reblogged this on Year 'Round Thanksgiving Project and commented:

    This week’s prompt. Please contribute

  3. Reblogged this on Green Embers and commented:

    Be sure to join in the fun of this weeks prompt! 😀

  4. Reblogged this on Julian Froment's Blog and commented:

    Community Storyboard Prompt for this week. Have a go, I might even try something myself.

  5. Reblogged this on The D/A Dialogues and commented:

    Here it is, the prompt for the Week of October 13 – Yesterday.

  6. […] little something for this weeks prompt – ‘Yesterday‘ – from the Community Storyboard. Have a go yourself. This is about what was, what is […]

  7. Entertaining as always, John 🙂

  8. Reblogged this on 1WriteWay and commented:

    The Community Storyboard is looking for contributors for this week’s writing prompt. Click and submit!

  9. […] Written for the latest CSB Weekly Prompt. […]

  10. The Checkout Boy and The Witch

    One day Jill went to the grocery store to pick up half n’ half, potato chips and bats’ lips. After she’d found all the things she needed, Jill stood on line at the register as other customers lined up behind her. It was a very busy day. As she got closer and closer to the checkout boy, he became excited in a very happy way and kept looking away from his other customers over at Jill. She was confused.
    When it was her turn at the counter, the checkout boy couldn’t contain himself, “I know who you are.” She said, “Me?” He said, “Yes! You were in that movie.” She wondered, “Movie?” She asked him, “What movie?” “That one with the witch”, he said, “I can’t believe you’re standing right here right now. I have it on VHS and just watched it yesterday, you’re that witch!” “That witch”, Jill thought disregarding the fact he still owned a VCR, “Not a princess or a handmaiden, but a witch.” She wasn’t hurt by his remark but wondered why he thought she was a witch. He told her the name of the movie and she knew what he was talking about. “Latriana”, Jill said, her voice dropping, “you think I’m Latriana.” She turned her head toward the two people standing behind her shaking it. They tried not to laugh. “Your hair”, he said, “yes, it’s you!”
    She said to him, “the actress who plays Latriana has to have her hair fixed to look like this. It might even be a wig. My hair grows this way. The actress’s name is Tabitha Morgan. I’m not Latriana.”
    The checkout boy tried to look serious as he nodded at Jill in acknowledgement, but had a smirk on his face as he rang up her order like he knew a big secret he was more than happy to keep for her. He just knew she would want him to keep it quiet so no one else would know who she was so she could shop without having to sign lots of autographs. Jill took her things and went home. Later he told all his friends he’d met Latriana, which kept him happy for a very long time.
    At home Jill took the bats’ lips and put them in the food processor. As they were being chopped fine, she heated up half n’ half in the microwave and added espresso she’d made earlier. As she sipped her coffee leche, Jill mixed the ground lips with cream cheese and onion soup mix for dip. She put chips and dip on a zodiac tray, told the broom, dustpan, mop and bucket to take care of the kitchen and keep it quiet while she watched a Kung Fu Theatre movie marathon on TV.
    “Imagine him thinking I was that witch” Jill thought to herself. “Why on earth? I’m no actress that’s for sure. People think the strangest things.”

  11. […] For the October 13 Prompt, Yesterday […]

  12. […] Previously published on my fiction blog and recycled for the October 13th weekly prompt. […]

  13. […] Fine. Fong away. Meanwhile, at the Community Storyboard, the prompt of the week is Yesterday. Check out the offerings, including mine, and submit your […]

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