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It is Monday again, and this is the day I devote to the other blog that I write, which is the Mondays Finish the Story flash fiction challenge. This challenge gives an opening line to a story that the writer must use and that they write a story that goes along with the photo. The word limit is 100-150 words, not including the opening line. Here is my contribution to this week’s challenge. The opening sentence is in bold and italicized letters.

The Biosphere - Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

The Biosphere – Photo by Barbara W. Beacham

“At first, it looked like an ordinary marble, but it was far from it.” They saw it from a distance. They continued on heading to the biosphere. It had been there now for 45 years.

“Are those fractures?” asked McClary.

“I don’t know,” replied Smith.

They got to the biosphere and circled it looking for a way in. The surface did look fractured.

“Where is the door?” Smith asked.

“Over here.”

Gaining access, they went through the locks. Not knowing what they would find inside, they left their suits on. As they walked through the last lock, they saw the hydroponic garden. Fish tanks were bubbling, and cows looked up at them.

Heading into the building, they found themselves in the dining hall. The people turned to see who was coming in.

Smith and McClary were surprised to see humans and greys eating pizza, drinking either wine or milk, while a band played music in the background.

“Welcome!” they both heard in their heads.

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Mondays Finish the Story

I hope that you enjoyed my bit of flash. Thanks go out to Eric from Momus News for helping out this week with the opening line for the challenge. If you would like to take part in this fun and unique flash fiction challenge, then just click HERE!

Thanks for dropping by and have a magnificent Monday! Be well… ^..^

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Today we return for another edition of Sunday Photo Fiction hosted by Alastair Forbes. This flash fiction challenge asks us to write a story, using the photo prompt, and keeping the number of words used to about 200. Here is the photo and my story.

Clock Tower - Photo by Alastair Forbes

Clock Tower – Photo by Alastair Forbes

“When the clock strikes three,” so the prophecy said, “on the 14th of June, 2015, the world will come to an end.”

The clock read 2:53 p.m. as I sat on the bench looking over the sand beach. I thought about my life. Did I do everything that I wanted to do? No. I wished that I had had the time to repair the relationship with my parents. I wished that I had found the love of my live. I wished that I could apologize to all those that I have hurt. I wished that I had taken the opportunity to open my own business.

Would haves, could haves. What’s the use? The clock now read 2:56. I watched as the water lapped along the sand. I breathed in deep enjoying the smell of the air. There was nothing like the smell of the air along the coast.

Seagulls flew, and then landed, looking around for food discarded by the people who walked the beach eating the fish tacos sold nearby. Did they know that the end of the world was coming? The clock read 2:59.

I shut my eyes and waited. I took one last breath.

Bong, bong, bong.

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Sunday Photo Fiction

Sunday Photo Fiction

Thank you Al for hosting this fun flash fiction challenge. And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to stop by. Have an amazing day and be well… ^..^

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One day at the winery I had the opportunity to meet author Cindy Sample. She had just published a book called “Dying for a Date.” We spoke at length about writing and getting published. It was a thrill to meet her! I picked up her book and could not put it down!

The story takes place in the Sierra Foothills and is about a gal who finally gets back into the dating scene only to have the men she dates dropping like flies! This book had me hooked and laughing at every turn! It is a quick read and one that was hard to put down. As a matter of fact, one day while waiting for my pizza at Roundtable, I was sitting there when I felt my arm being touched. It was the fellow at the Roundtable wanting to know if I was OK as he had called my name four times to pick up my pizza! That is how engaging this book is!

Well, Cindy has just published her next book, “Dying for a Dance,” and the book is available at the Kindle store. Cindy is also having a launch party. If you are in the area and can make it I urge you to go to the party, meet Cindy and pick up a copy of her book! Info on the party:

Saturday, October 22 at The Marketplace, 11395 Folsom Blvd, in Rancho Cordova (between Sunrise and Hazel) from 1:00 to 4:00. The place is huge and there will be plenty of room for you and your friends to wander about. There will be desserts aplenty, dead body cookies, chocolate candy shoes (in honor of the murder weapon), raffle prizes provided by the Rancho Cordova Soroptimists and…

A ballroom exhibition by Cindy’s professional instructor, Jim Clark, and his partner Tania Chegini. They recently won runner up in the Emerald Ball Rising Star Competition. They are awesome and will be performing at 2:00 and 2:30.

Wishing you the best Cindy on the release of your new book! And I hope to see you on the 22nd!

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