Trifecta-Week One Hundred Nine – Whatever

Monday morning at 10 AM we get another prompt from Trifecta. You don’t know who Trifecta is? It is a group that provides two prompts each week, on Monday and Friday for your fiction writing pleasure. The Monday prompt is geared to fall between 33 and 333 words and based on a one word prompt. Using the third definition from the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary you will put together a fiction masterpiece. Along with the other nearly 100 writers taking the plunge you will create an exciting story for others to read.

It was interesting to look at all the new words that officially came into existence during the last year. Unfortunately, they are so new they haven’t had chance to get a third definition yet. But after delving into a list of new words and meanings which have come into English over the last fifty years, you can see many old words have changed their meaning. There are some crackers. And one of them is your Trifecta 109 prompt. Enjoy!


1.  (pronoun) a: anything or everything that

b: no matter what : regardless of what   Used in questions that express surprise or confusion

2.  (adjective) a: all the

b: any ; any … that       Used to refer to something that is not known

3.   (adverb) Used to show that something is not important – See more at:


The grounds at the Mallory House were immaculate as always. It is the reason Courtney wanted to have her wedding here. It was the place her father used to bring her when they had their “dates”. Not that a day out between a father and daughter really mirrored the usual concept of a date, but that is what they affectionately called them.

She looked at the sweeping lawns where they flew the kites they built together. She saw the pond where they swam and fished for blue gill. This place was chock full of her father and his memories. Since she could not have him she wanted to be sure she had the place that reminded her of him.

Forty-five minutes later, as she sat and allowed her Aunt Kelly to continue working on her hair. Her mother swept in for the fourth time and each time she ratcheted up Courtney’s tension.

“I just talked to the caterer and he says he isn’t sure if he will have enough ice, since the temperature is twenty degrees hotter than forecasted last week.”

“Rhoda, this is not the time,” Kelly warned her sister.

Courtney’s mother acted as if she did not hear the words of her younger sister and continued with her update.

“I did see the cake, though and it is exquisite. It is the best fifteen thousand I have ever spent.”

“You spent fifteen thousand dollars on the cake?” Courtney asked.  

“Cake doesn’t just grow on trees, darling,” her mother replied. “Besides, Chef Renee uses all natural ingredients he gets from his sister in Belize.”

“Rhoda, this is your last warning before I run you out of here,” Kelly said in a calm, but firm tone.

Little sister in case you have forgotten I am the mother of the bride. You will not run me out of anywhere for any reason.”

“You want to bet?” Kelly said, pulling Courtney’s hair tight with the curling iron.

“Ouch, Aunt Kelly!”

“Oh, sorry honey. I wasn’t paying attention,” Kelly said patting her niece on the shoulder.

“Where is Lisbeth?” Rhoda asked. Courtney knew she forgot to do something. She meant to hide Lisbeth’s dress so her mother would not wonder why she was missing.

No one answered immediately, which told Rhoda there was something they hesitated to say.

“She isn’t here yet, is she?”

“No, mother she isn’t,” Courtney said.

“Well where is she!” Rhoda demanded.

“She will be here!” Courtney replied. She could feel her face flush and took deep breaths to control that before her Aunt Kelly would demand the same.

“Is that the depth of your update?”

Rhoda stood with pursed lips and bit her lip to hold in the respo0nse she had ready for her sister. She looked at Courtney, whose eyes were showing the beginning of tears and swallowed her response. After a deep breath in and out she straightened herself, smoothed the top part of her dress and spoke again.

“Oh yes, one last thing I put Ebenezer and Camilla on the side with Phillip’s family.”

“Mother, you know their names are Ellis and Callie,” Courtney huffed.

“Whatever,” her mother said. Doesn’t Camilla or Callie or whatever her name is work with Phillip’s father?”

“She used His father’s firm to redecorate their home in the mountains.”

“Close enough. Well I’ve done all I can to make sure this thing is perfect, so I shall return to oversee the director,” Rhoda said, sweeping out of the room in the same manner she arrived.

Courtney was nearly hyperventilating when the room grew still again.

Maybe you can go off your blood pressure medicine when you move to Aspen with Phillip,” Kelly said, returning to her work on Courtney’s hair.

“One can only hope!”




About Joe Owens

Can you tell from my writing I love God? I hope so because that is what I want you to know most about me. I am also a writer who loves taking on fiction prompts and crafting a story. One day you will read my work in print. Until then enjoy it here! For free!
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11 Responses to Trifecta-Week One Hundred Nine – Whatever

  1. Ahhhh. . .mothers. You can’t live with ’em and you can’t live without ’em. Thanks for linking up with this engaging piece.

  2. Blimey what a Momzilla

    Beautifully conveyed!

  3. There’s so much going on here that I want to know about – Great write. Draws the reader in very well.

  4. Tara R. says:

    I continually promise my 24yo daughter that I won’t be ‘That Mother-of-the-Bride” when she gets married.

  5. Lala Rukh says:

    Lol I can totally understand the situation as I am having a wedding too i the coming month ! But I sure don’t have a mom like that one 😛 Loved the story. Loved the lines where the bride was recalling the beautiful memories.

    • Joe Owens says:

      We always just assume everyone centers on the bride, but there are experiences where someone else feels they are the most important. Thankfully this is from my mind and not anyone’s experiences I know.

  6. nadig7 says:

    Wedding’s huh? Great work!

  7. Kalpana Solsi says:

    The last minute preparations of the wedding leave one worried and a helicopter-like mummy is not required.

  8. Draug419 says:

    Just more reasons not to ever marry!

  9. jannatwrites says:

    Weddings are stressful anyway, but with a mother like that, one word comes to mind: “elope”.

    • Momo says:

      Stressful was exactly the word I was thinking – that Rhoda stressed me the heck out! I also loved the sweet memories of her time with her father.

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