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Today is the day devoted to Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction! This flash fiction challenge provides you with a photo prompt and asks that you create a short story using somewhere around 200 words. Today’s story is exactly 200 words! I hope that you enjoy it!

One Dark Cloudy Night…

One Dark Cloudy Night - Photo by Alastair Forbes

One Dark Cloudy Night – Photo by Alastair Forbes

It was a dark cloudy night. The bright lights from the roadway, and the red beacon of the radio tower stood as sentinels in the night. Beyond the row of homes, the lights on the department store glowed. Smoke wafted from a single chimney. The night was silent. As he sat on the rooftop eating a gingerbread cookie, he delighted in the scene before him.

He was enjoying the night, and got a good feeling that the rest of the night would go well. It had been good so far. It was not easy getting into some of the homes yet he managed. As the cookie crumbled, he caught the falling bits with his gloved hand. Now he was thirsty!

Getting up slowly, he decided that he needed to get back to it, and looked over towards the row of homes. While it was a short block, a number of folks lived in those homes, which the chimneys indicated. There was one for each residence.

Grabbing his bag, he jumped over to the next house. He smiled at the carrots on the rooftop. The boys will enjoy these he thought as he slid down the chimney to deliver the presents.

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Thank you Al for the inspiring photo, and to you dear reader for taking the time to stop by!  Today we celebrate the first day of winter!  Time moves too fast, doesn’t it?  I wish you happy holidays!  Be well!      ^..^

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Griff - Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

Griff – Photo by Douglas M. MacIlroy

“You are not listening,” said Gwen.

“I am! I truly am!” replied Melanie. “What you are telling me doesn’t make sense!”

“What don’t you get? I am breaking up with Griff.”

“Why would you want to break up with Griff? He’s a great guy! You are perfect together! He is sweet, kind, attentive, handsome, intelligent, and he loves you!”

“He might be all that but you just don’t understand Melanie. He snores. He flosses his teeth at the table. He farts and talks about barking spiders.”

“What am I missing?”

“What you don’t get is that he bugs me!”

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Thanks to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Doug MacIlroy for the inspiring photo!

Thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop on by today! Have a terrific Thursday! Be well! ^..^

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I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words, not including the opening line….Ready?

2014-12-15 - BW Beacham
“They say that life is a game of chess…” Gary had counted on winning the next and biggest game he had ever played. Here’s how it went down.

Richard and his wife Sonja meet their new neighbors Gary and Sammy. They became fast friends. One day, after playing a game of softball, Gary suggests to Richard that he sleep with his wife Sammy, which Richard does, while Gary sits in a bar in town.

Hearing sirens the following morning, Richard looks out the window and sees the emergency vehicles stop at Gary and Sammy’s house. Something bad has gone down. They remove Sammy’s body, and the following day Richard is arrested for murder.  She had been bludgeoned to death with a bat. His fingerprints were on the bat by the body, and they had semen.

They took Richard away, and Gary smiled. Wearing gloves and using that bat was one way to get out of a bad marriage.

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I hope that you have enjoyed today’s bit of flash!  You too can take part by clicking HERE!  Thank you for stopping by today, and have a magnificent Monday!

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The days move so fast these days, and here it is Sunday once again! I am taking part in Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction! This is a challenge that asks that you to write a story using about 200 words that goes along with the photo provided. Here is my story:

The Room with a View

The Room with a View - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Room with a View – Photo by Alastair Forbes

He sat in the window of the tower, a bird’s eye view of the world. The room was warm because of the fire burning in the hearth. He stood and stretched, then sat back down watching as the woodpeckers flew to the roof above.

He was lucky. Very lucky, some would say. He had been alone in the world trying to fend for himself and doing just OK. Others in his world did not care for him, and he had the scars to prove it. He was homeless. His daily amusements were chasing the birds in the park, and sometimes the deer too.

It was a cool spring day when he came upon the castle. Two people were sitting outside and he went to them begging for a bite to eat. He was so hungry. The woman disappeared into the castle and came back out with goodies for him. He was so happy, and so he said to her. She examined him, noting his limp and recent injuries.

Lifting him up in her arms, she carried him inside, gave him a warm bed, water, food, even a name. He looked back out the window knowing he was one lucky cat!

My name is Scrappy!

My name is Scrappy!


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Thank you Al for the great photo and to Scrappy, who inspired this story as I looked at him staring out the window!

And, thank you dear reader for stopping by today! Have a special Sunday and be well! ^..^

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I am taking part in Mondays Finish the Story, which is a challenge that provides a photo prompt and the opening sentence to your story. The rules indicate that the story you come up with must be between 100-150 words….Ready?

2014-12-08 - BW Beacham

“Donning her fins and snorkel, she headed out into the deep water.” She carried her special underwater camera. Her last project was in Loch Ness. Using infrared, she captured a photo of Nessie. She was optimistic that in the coastal waters of San Diego she would capture her next!

The chop on the water was actually calm; the water clear. Her target sometimes would reportedly be deep, and sometimes close to the surface. It made an unusual sound, kind of a deep “thrum.”

Having swum a good distance away from the boat, she let herself sink and listen. Pulling out a special underwater sonar device set specifically for this sound, she turned it on. It was heading towards her!

The sound came closer. With the camera ready, she could finally see it coming her way. Raising her camera, she smiled and so did Mr. Limpet, Ladyfish, and Crusty.

They posed and she took the historic shot! Silently, she thanked George Stickle!
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I sincerely hope that you enjoyed today’s story! This story is based upon characters from the 1964 movie starring Don Knotts, Carole Cook and Jack Weston.

I laugh because I met Don Knotts back in the mid-1970’s. It was a meeting I am sure that I will never forget, and he probably didn’t either. On being introduced to this talented man, who was known for his parts in The Andy Griffith Show, and, at the time, the upcoming Three’s Company, I stammered! He graciously shook my hand and I said, “I loved you in the Incredible Mr. Limpet.” His face seemed to freeze, he dropped my hand and walked away. I could have kicked myself! There you have it!

Warner Brothers - Don Knotts as Mr. Limpet

Warner Brothers – Don Knotts as Mr. Limpet

Have a wonderful Monday! Thanks for dropping in and be well! ^..^

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Sunday! Today is the day of the week that I take part in Alastair Forbes’ Sunday Photo Fiction! This is a flash fiction challenge where Al provides a photo prompt and you, the writer, have to come up with a story that has a beginning, middle and end using 200 words or less. Here is my story…

From Inside the Cave

The Dragon - Photo by Alastair Forbes

The Dragon – Photo by Alastair Forbes


The castle was cold. The walls of stone closed in on me. I had to get out. I dressed quickly. I left the castle and headed out through the manicured gardens, ignoring the beauty that lie around me. I moved past them quickly heading into the forest.

I followed a little used path, winding up and down, around and through the trees to a clearing of mostly moss covered granite rock. From a slight crevice, I noticed what appeared to be smoke slowly drifting out and upwards. It was worth investigating.

It took a bit of climbing to get to where I saw the smoke emerging. There was a bit of debris around the opening, which reaching out I was able to clear. I peered into the opening and was startled when a set of glowing yellow eyes looked back at me. It blinked. I gasped and sat back on my heels, my hand clutching my throat.

A slight noise drew me in for a closer look. A tiny dragon emerged from the cave. “I knew you would come for me one day,” it said. “You and I are destined to have many, many adventures. Are you ready?”

“Yes.”
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Thank you Al for the inspiring photo that aided me in coming up with this bit of flash! And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by to read my little story! I hope that you enjoyed it!

Have a spectacular Sunday and be well! ^..^

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Today, again, I am taking part in Rochelle Wisoff-Fields flash fiction challenge: Friday Fictioneers! This challenge asks that you write a story to go with the photo provided, using 100 words or less, and that the story has a beginning, middle and end…

Frozen in Time

Frozen - Photo by Janet Webb

Frozen – Photo by Janet Webb


She woke up thinking that she had been dreaming. The world around her seemed brighter, sharper, and more colorful. She looked around realizing her date Jeremy was still there. Had she blacked out?

“What happened?” she asked.

Jeremy looked at her, smiled, and did not answer her question. Something was off. There was a mirror behind where they were sitting and she turned looking at herself. She looked good, younger even. She smiled noting that her teeth seemed a bit sharper than normal.

Today, her first day of life as a vampire, she would forever be frozen in time.
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If you wish to see what others have written, then click on the little blue guy below!

Thank you Rochelle for hosting this flash fiction challenge, and to Janet Webb for the inspiring photo! I hope that you enjoyed today’s story! Thanks for dropping by! Be well and have a terrific Thursday! ^..^

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