Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #113

Fandango is the host of Fandango Flash Fiction

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The painting below is by Edward Hopper.For the visually challenged writer, the painting shows a woman sitting at a table in a restaurant or diner. A man is sitting at an adjacent table and seems to be staring at her.

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He thought he knew her, she seemed familiar. But he couldn’t remember if he had actually met her or had seen her somewhere before.

As the waiter served her afternoon tea, he caught his eye. “Do you know who this lady is? ” He asked in an undertone.

“No sir, she is new here”, replied the man as he hurried away.

Meanwhile, the woman was joined by someone. And Jarred immediately knew him.

He quickly left some money on the table and walked away. It wasn’t safe for him to be seen by this man.

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #112

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The image below is from the Google Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows two sets of parallel railroad tracks heading toward a pedestrian walkway that crosses over the tracks.

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Staying on track was very important for Mark. All eyes were on him and how he performed.

He had with great effort taken control of his life, which was previously getting away from him like a runaway train. No more drugs, no more wild parties, he had sworn off them and had cleaned up his act. He had to show his father that he was the responsible adult that he proclaimed.

After all, he had no desire to lose the family millions to strangers, which his father had threatened him of doing! In fact, he was enjoying the new lifestyle so much that it had become real for him, instead of the show that he had been putting on for his father.

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #111

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The image below is from Celine Ylmz at Unsplash.For the visually challenged writer, the image shows a man with longish, gray hair wearing a brown trench coat standing in a bookstore.

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Books held a very strong attraction for him. The fact that new books were now too expensive for him, made buying many out of the question. But he still saved some money every week from his pension and would browse in the old book store near his home.

Cathy owned the store and noticed him standing by the display many times, only to go out without buying any books. She guessed that the price of even the used books may be out of his reach. She thought of a clever way of helping him.

“Hi!

Can I help you with anything”, she asked.

“No thanks I am just looking around”, replied the gentleman.

“You do know we have a lending system here as well. You can pay security of $5 and take two books home for reading, just like a library. When you are done, you can exchange them for more”

The light of happiness in his eyes made telling the fib worthwhile.

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #107

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Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The image below is from Pixabay.com.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a human skull placed on top of an old book. To the left is an hourglass and to the right is a single smoldering candle in a glass candleholder.

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Studying human anatomy was taxing. There were 206 bones in the human body and they were not only required to learn their names but also their position in the body.

Mostly they used plastic models to study the bones but James had gotten hold of real bones from an unknown source and though it was more interesting to study from them, they all felt a bit discomforted when touching them. They all had tried to get James to spill the secret but he would just say that someone had given them to him.

The most intriguing was the skull. It rested on the thick anatomy book and appeared to stare at them from its empty sockets.

Years later they learned the secret of those bones when James was arrested and convicted of multiple murders.

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50 Words Thursday # 111

Kristian is the host of 50 Words Thursday

So its time for the latest 50 Word Thursday challenge. 

So Today’s challenge:

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50 word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

Here’s the picture: 

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And the words: “Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule.”
― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

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Jason wasn’t a patient man. He had read somewhere that Vengeance and retribution require a long time; it is the rule, but he wanted his vengeance now, as soon as possible.

Hiding behind the wall of one of the waterfront houses, he kept an eye on Pat’s movements. She was leaning lovingly on the arm of her boyfriend and was whispering something in his ear. His blood boiled. How dare she dump him and take up this Romeo, he thought. He could feel the bulge of his gun in his waistband. He will show them both who had the last laugh.

He silently withdrew his gun, checked that it was loaded, and aimed. He felt there was someone behind him and was poking him with a blunt object in his kidney area.

Jason hastily dropped the gun and turned around.

He was staring into the steely eyes of Pat’s boyfriend!

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #106

Fiction

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The image below is from the Google Home Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a grassy plain of grazing bisons in the foreground with soaring, snow-covered mountain peaks in the distance.

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But nothing reached the dry parched Mother Earth

It was the fault of these interfering humans

Who had raised the temperature of the atmosphere

To a point that weather all over the planet had turned topsy turvy

One never could predict what revenge mother was planning

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One Minute Fiction- January 27 2021

Cranny is hosting this challenge

What’s the ”One Minute Fiction” challenge about?

Easy. Each week I’ll provide a prompt to inspire you to write a very short story. The idea is to manage to type your whole story in a minute or less. Of course, you can think about it before hitting the keyboard, and you can take all your time to edit it afterward…

Just make sure to tag your story with #1MinFiction, and create a pingback to my week’s challenge post, so I can easily find it!

So, here is this week’s picture;

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He picked up the lunch from her favorite bistro and waited by the bridge where they often met.

She came but there was someone else with her and she didn’t even noticed him sitting there with lunch for two in front of him

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #74

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FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The image below is from Google Hub Photo Frame.77166850-13AB-49F8-B9C9-28FD591962CF(For the visually challenged writer, the image shows large rocks and a single tree extending out from the shore, with the moon hanging low in the evening sky reflected in the calm sea waters)

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It was a test!

I was sure that I would drown once I stepped off the rocks as I was no swimmer. But to save myself from certain death I was going to risk it.

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50 Words Thursday # 80

Deb Whitman is the host of 50 Words Thursday this week

The Rules:

  • Find the muse within the photo or line provided and follow where it leads. It can be a story, anecdote, poem. Anything!
  • The Story must be between 50 and 250 words, in 50-word increments. (so 50, 100, 150, 200 or 250 words)
  • Link back to this post with the tag 50WordThurs so that everyone can find it, or post your response in the comments below.

I’m looking forward to what these prompts inspire, so here’s the picture:

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And the words:

You don’t need to know what you’re escaping from to become a fugitive.” ― Bella Pollen, Midnight Cactus

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Day: 1014

He looked longingly at the view through the skylight. He kept the count of days he had been here. But why he was here, it was a vague memory. The fact that he had chosen his own prison was a thing of the past now. He was here and he was safe that was all that mattered. Sometimes you don’t need to know what you’re escaping from to become a fugitive!

Suddenly he heard the door open and a vaguely familiar man entered.

“Congratulations Howard you have achieved your goal. It is time for you to go home”

“Home?

Isn’t this my home?”

Howard asked the familiar stranger.

“Oh no, this is the rehab facility that you booked yourself in to get over your addiction issues. Our medical team has confirmed that you’re finally over the addictive behavior that brought you here”

Howard just looked at him, confused.

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #72

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FFFCWelcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The image below is from Davidoasa at Pixabay.com.F3D75BFB-5037-4AFF-A897-E9EC9D1A82F9(For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows an interior corner with light shining through columns)

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He just stood at the corner stunned. Was this it?

Was this the sign he was asking for, waiting for?

Unable to believe his eyes, he turned towards his companion, “are you seeing this Walter?”

“What’s this, exactly? ” Walt said a bit cautiously.

“This holy light coming through the columns,” Jeremy said excitedly.

“Sorry to disillusion you but this is not “holy” light. The church had installed modern lights because this part of the corridor was too dark. But don’t feel bad my friend, many people have mistaken it for a sign from above as well!”

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