Last week, Broadway and television veteran Sherman Hemsley joined his television wife Isabel Sanford on the other side of the Twilight Zone.
Sherman was best known for his role as the crotchety middle-aged dry-cleaner, George Jefferson, trying to make his way in a predominately white business world.
The comedic duo made a cameo in the movie Mafia! as "The Jefferson's who moved up from the east-side to get a piece of the pie"
This week's theme was chosen in their honor.
And now a message from our judge:
"Great things happen when you least expect it and I am honored to be this week's judge-master. It's that time again. To brew some strong coffee, to dust off your keyboards, and to embrace your inner crazy. That's right let the muse speak to you without fear of being shackled, bound and thrown into a padded room. On with the TALES!"
- The story must start from the prompt. This means the prompt must be the
first words in the story.
- No more than 500 words (not including the
prompt). No less than 100 words.
- Any genre (in fact an
unexpected genre will get you more points.)
- Entries must be submitted
by Tuesday Noon EST
- The winner of each week's competition will be
invited to judge the following week and post the winner's badge similar to the
one on the right.
- Have fun!
By Wakefield Mahon
He finally moved to that deluxe apartment in the sky. Gary Alan Jackson had hit the big time and his old co-workers were greener than pine tree with envy when he called them.
“Chip, I’ve got some great news!”
“I know I heard. Gary, dude, you are so lucky!”
“Yeah, Chip, you are right about that much. I am the luckiest man alive.”
“You moved from this dump to top job with FarTech Industries, got you an apartment in the sky…”
“It’s not in the sky it’s on the ground.”
“It’s on the ground on MARS, which relative to us puny earthlings is in the sky.”
“Fine, your point is taken, Chip. But that’s not…”
“I heard from Jay that you’re banging a hot stewardess.”
“I just started dating Maria, yes she’s a flight attendant but I’m not ‘banging’ anybody. I called to…”
“Dude, why are you always trying to play everything down? Do you know how much I wish I were you? You should be ecstatic!”
“I am ecstatic, but I would give all of that fluff away in a heartbeat.”
“Why? What are you talking about? You’ve lost it bro.”
“Actually, I’ve finally found it. The only reason any of that matters is because I get to see my daughter’s first dance recital. When her mother moved to Mars, I never thought I’d see Tommy or Lizzy again. Now I can and THAT is what makes me the luckiest guy in the solar system!”
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