He had been at odds with his companion for some time now.  After all, here she sits; eating his food, drinking his wine and watching his TV.  Isn’t she the one hired to take care of him? Not being able to speak has hampered his ability to express his concern.  When family visits, he tries to convey his dismay with his eyes, like they do in the movies, but to no avail. They just don’t get it.  What’s worse, they think she is doing this wonderful job tending to his needs.  The accident had left him in such sorry state.  He guessed he should feel lucky, since without her he would die.  Actually, death might be preferable to another episode of Jerry or Maury.  He had forgotten about Judge Judy, but at 4 o’clock he will be reminded.


The editor’s prompt for this week…COMPANION (noun)
:  one that accompanies another :  comrade, associate; also:  one that keeps company with another
obsolete :  rascal
• Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
• You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
• The word itself needs to be included in your response.

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12 responses

  1. I think I might actually choose death over Judge Judy;) Hey, Ted-two posts for one prompt! I could get used to that:)

  2. Oh, I think I’d rather die than be subjected to daytime TV day after day! Poor guy, not being able to communicate his dissatisfaction.

  3. I used to work with a guy that faithfully watched Jerry every day at noon. Ugh, I don’t think I ever made it through an episode before I decided actual work was better. I hope his family makes a surprise inspection and catches her lollygagging around.

  4. You’ve definitely captured my idea of hell, Ted!

  5. That poor guy, it’s so sad when we assume everything is okay just because someone doesn’t(or in this case can’t) say otherwise.

  6. Very vivid……..helpless and bad TV, and nobody knows. Not a good trio.
    Good read of the prompt.

  7. Ugh! I’d rather die, I think, too! My version of he’ll for sure!

  8. No worse fate than daytime television!

  9. Ouch – I thought TV like this was against the Geneva convention

  10. So sad. I knew someone in this situation who, aside from being unable to speak, could not read or write. She was truly trapped. Well written.

  11. Yikes. A fate worse than death.

  12. Be merciful!!! Just put a bullet in his head! Well done Ted! Thank you

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