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Prompt 354

PLANES, TRAINS, AUTOMOBILES
- WHAT MODE OF TRANSPORT DO YOU PREFER AND WHY?
Automobile. Nothing beats taking a cross country road trip with a group of friends. Plane travel is a lot faster, but it’s also a lot more expensive for a round trip flight. Not to mention there’s less room to move around in and you’re in a small compact area with dozens of strangers who can easily pass one cold to the next. Plus, some of my buddies might be afraid of being 30,000 feet in the air.

Thus is why I prefer my van over anything. It’s big enough to carry all my equipment, all my friends, and I don’t need to stop at a motel room for the night. We just park it over on the side of the road and sleep. Granted, I really only do that when I’m strapped for cash, I know the dangers of being out in the vast spaces of America without a building over our heads, that’s why we find a nice shopping center and park there until security comes and kicks us out.

WORD COUNT: 170

Prompt 350

WHAT SHOULD YOU JUST SAY NO TO?
As McGruff would say: “Say no to drugs kids.”

Whatever you don’t feel comfortable doing, you’re free to say no to. Admittedly, there are lots of things I should’ve said no to, but didn’t. Have I regretted it? Yes. Well, most of the time. Not because I was pressured into trying something or anything, just that my curiosity got the better of me. My conscious would always say otherwise, warning me not to do what it knew I was planning, and nine times out of ten I ignored the smarter option.

And got into a lot of trouble because of it.

As many times as I’ve put my friends in danger, we’ve come out alive; bleeding and scared a lot of the time, but no ones died. Er, well, I did once. It’s a long story that ended in a tragic result that still bothers me.

I keep asking Chloe to help us in our group’s expeditions and she always turns me down. I’m not asking her to do field work—the few times she has gone out have ended in several broken bones—just wish she’d be more willing to contribute to the team because she’s been a big help in the research department.

I’m bummed about it, but it’s her choice and I’m not going to force her to do something she doesn’t want.

WORD COUNT: 222

Prompt 343

TALK ABOUT SOMETHING CHEERFUL
Overall I'd say I'm a pretty cheerful person. Sure, I have a lot of dark things happening in my life, but I try to keep a positive attitude. Sounds corny, really corny, like I'm trying to sell you something, "Try this emotional stimulant 30 days free. Money back garuantee," but its the truth.

It's my friends that really keep me happy though. Without them I'd be lost. Jason, Lan, Chloe. They really are a great trio. Whenever I need someone to help with the dirty work, or go to a game (when I can afford it), there's Jason. My computer crashes or I need some whacky online story, I call Lan. Some psychological discomfort arises, there's Chloe.

Certain traits put aside, all three are just generally great buddies to hang with. It also makes for some fun and very interesting times when we travel together.

WORD COUNT: 152

Prompt 336

WHAT'S THE WORST COMPLIMENT YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED?
“You’ve got nice hair.”

Uh thanks. I guess. Have to give that great hairline to the family genetics. If not for my father, his father, and his father’s father, then we wouldn’t be loosing our hair once we reached our early twenties. Thanks to the family, the men achieve Mr. Clean status by the time we hit fifty. And if we’re really lucky, the women get the privilege of thinning locks.

Really though? I can’t believe someone actually told me that. Maybe they were really drunk, but I didn’t see any indication of inebriation. Same with their compliment actually being an insult, that girl was completely serious. Alright then, I guess I have to just theorize that she didn’t have contacts in at the time. She was blind and couldn’t see the thinning of my hair. That has to be it, otherwise, I don’t understand what that girl was thinking.

WORD COUNT: 159

Prompt 329

GET OUT!
He remembers going out to a secluded house in the woods with Jason to obtain information on a supposed witch that resided there. Stories of her spirit still lingered and anyone trespassing would soon hear her disembodied voice. There were even rumors of people coming back cursed; one or two supposedly died a week later after entering that house. Either way, Derek was determined to catch her presence one way or another.

When Derek and Jason found the house, it had been sometime after midnight, but the weather would’ve told you otherwise. The humid temperature left the both of them sweating by the time they stepped onto the porch and went inside. Ironically, the house was a very stereotypical display of every haunted house you’d see on film. There were cobwebs in every corner, broken furniture rotting away and even uneaten food on the table. But let’s not forget the alcohol bottles and trash scattered around from trespassers looking for a good time.

They weren’t here to party, but even so, Derek and Jason couldn’t help cracking jokes and goofing around on and off camera. Their obnoxious behavior seemed like a good source to bring forth the witch’s ghost, because shortly after their laughing fit, a loud ominous voice screamed “GET OUT!” and every window in the place seemed to shatter instantly.

With Derek and Jason yelling obscenities on film, they hightailed out of the room and made a mad dash to the exit where the light fixtures on the ceiling began to fall from above. More yelling and the video caught Jason exiting the door, but the camera suddenly jolted up and a loud thump from the carrier was heard. In that moment, the camera caught a quick flash of something that would later reveal the witch herself, but Jason’s concerned yell is heard off camera as the device quickly shuts off.

WORD COUNT: 320

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