What next?

Will it work?
Marla wondered

She had put so much effort into the presentation and hoped that she would get the job.

She wondered why she felt so gloomy and shouldn’t she be happy that she had done all the hard work and now the ball is out of her court.

She decided to call her friend Sheron and go out for a meal and chat.

There is just that much planning one can do. Now it’s time to relax.

She dialed Sheron’s number.

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The photo below is from Natalya Vaitkevich @ Pexels.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a woman in what might be a gallery or an artist’s studio staring forlornly out of a window.

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Fandango Flash Fiction# 138

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Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

The photo below is from donmatthewspoetry.com and is used with permission.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a young man in a tuxedo in the foreground. He’s carrying a small, white sewing machine in one hand and has a big smile on his face. Meanwhile, behind him is a brown UPS truck askew on a hill with three policemen and possibly the truck’s driver talking.

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The UPS truck wavered and climbed up the grassy hill before coming to a halt. Peter was aghast at the accident and the heated arguments that were taking place behind him.

Luckily the photographer had taken the shot before he became aware of the drama behind him. He turned around and handed the sowing machine to an assistant and asked the photographer if they had to do the shoot again. The photographer was happy with the results and said that he could photoshop the extra people out of the shoot and Peter was free to go.

Peter turned towards the arguing parties and added his penny’s worth of opinion to the whole cacophony. He enjoyed arguments and this seemed a very interesting one.

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Three Line Tales # 296

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photo by Nathan Dumlao via Unsplash 

You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

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They looked everywhere for her, all the search parties came back without any news or clue about her.

It was Sam, her German Sheppard who finally discovered something that would give a hint of her whereabouts.

Deep in the forest, in an abandoned cottage, they found her handbag and phone and in the backyard, there was a freshly dug piece of land.

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge – A tale of two friends

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Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

The photo below is from Sebastian Czubachowski at ephotozine.com

For the visually challenged writer, the black and white photo shows a dog and a young boy expectantly looking out of windows.

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Has she gone?

I think so, I can’t see her anywhere.

Should we, then go out?

No no, not yet. Let’s wait a little bit. I don’t want her to find me and take me to the bus stop. Let’s wait till the school bus has gone.

Jimmy, where are you?” mom said as she opened the garage door. “Why are you here when you know it’s time for school?”

“I was looking for my school books mom. Can Charlie come with us to the bus stop? He says he wants to see the school bus too!”

Mom gave a resigned look and agree that the two friends can go to the bus stop together.

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One Minute Fiction

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 afterwards…

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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Whenever I passed by this little house on the hill, I wondered who lived there. The house seemed empty and I never saw anyone coming or going, yet it appeared well looked after.

One day I ventured to the front door to satisfy my curiosity. As I knocked, no one answered. I opened the door and there I saw myself sitting at the table, reading newspaper……..,

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 132 – Lucky escape

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Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.The photo below is from Kate Trifo at Pexels.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man and a woman jogging on a pier along side a lake.

Fandango Story Starter # 8

He could feel the beads of perspiration forming on his forehead as he slowly…

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He could feel the beads of perspiration forming on his forehead as he slowly and gradually caught up with Jane. He was sure that she didn’t suspect anything. He needed to take her unawares otherwise his plan will fail.

As she heard the sound of an approaching runner, Jane moved to the side of the pier to give way to the runner behind her.

“Hi!” Said Jack as he prepared to overtake her.

She looked sideways and on recognizing him, gave him a big smile with her hi!

“Fancy meeting you here. What are you doing so far from home?”

Oh, I am on a special mission”, he said in a joking tone.

Jane gave him a quizzical look but didn’t say anything more. He overtook her and was soon out of sight where the pier took a sharp turn.

As Jane neared the turn, her instincts warned her of danger. She had learned to trust her instincts as they had saved her from many situations before.

She stopped and made a quick dash towards her car. As she got in and started the car, she saw an incoming text on her phone; “Your cover is blown, get out of there ASAP. A colleague named Jack has been recruited to end your life”

She reversed out of the car park and was soon driving towards the safe house her handler had intimidated her about.

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 131 + Fandango Story Starter # 7 -The last straw

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Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

The painting below is from Leonid Afremov at DeviantArt.

For the visually challenged writer, the painting is of a woman walking her dog in the park on a rainy autumn day.

Fandango story starter # 7;

As soon as she stepped into the room she realized that…

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Lindsey opened the front door folded and hanged her dripping pink umbrella and led Izzy in the living room. As soon as she stepped into the room she realized that she had forgotten to buy what she had gone out in the rain for in the first place.

Now What? She thought. It was essential to entertain the guests they were having that evening well, but she was in no mood to venture out again in the rain. Hmmm…… let’s see we don’t have any wine to serve with dinner, but most people do bring wine as a hostess gift, so that is taken care of. Now for dinner itself….. she had makings of a salad and there were the steaks that were thawing in the kitchen counter. I think a steak and salad were enough, whatever her husband may think. Satisfying herself with these thoughts, she relaxed in the living room, Izzy by her feet.

But the evening didn’t go as planned. The guests, a couple of Barry’s older colleagues came with flowers, not wine, and the steaks were not cooked the way she wanted…. They were a bit too rare. While the salad was gone past its use-by date. She could feel hostile vibes from her husband but she wasn’t even looking his way.

After the uncomfortable meal was over and the guests had departed, Barry turned to Linsey with an angry scowl. “You have served the worst meal ever to our guests. I was banking on them to support my move for promotion in the next meeting and now I’m so embarrassed that I won’t even ask for their vote. What were you thinking?”

Lindsey who was fed up with her husband and his emotional abuse just gave him a blank look and calling Izzy she stepped out of the house. The rain had stopped and the trees looked lovely in their autumn colors.

Tomorrow she will find a divorce lawyer.

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge & Fandango Story Starter # 3 – Mars Landing

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Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

The photo below is from the Google Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of barren and weathered rocky landscape featuring a large stone arch.

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Alan took a deep breath and opened the hatch. It opened with a loud whoosh. He checked his instruments. The gravity was the same as on earth. The readings were showing air as breathable but of poor quality.

He decided to keep his oxygen gear on. He hesitantly step on the red soil. It felt firm under his feet. Suddenly he felt jubilant! He was standing on Mars. The first human to do so.

He thought, I’d imagined this moment so many times, but I never expected to feel like this.

Something felt off. The gravity should have been lesser than earth. The atmosphere should have been scarce. What has happened? Did the navigation system malfunctioned?

He looked around at the eerily red rocky landscape. It surely looked like Mars.

There was a vibration in his pocket. He felt and brought out his cell phone. It was showing full signal strength. That was very odd. The number displayed was unknown. He clicked to answer the call…..

It was a wrong number.

Alan was confused. He went back inside the shuttle. And re-checked the position of his craft.

The map showed his location in the gobi desert.

He had landed back on earth. Never made it to the Mars!

Honey! Time to get up, our you’ll be late for office!”

Oh thank God, it was just a dream. He thought. Time to get ready for his first solo flight.

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge-

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Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”

The photo below is from Nicolae_Balt at Pixabay.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows two men in a field on a windy day attempting to inflate a hot air balloon.

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“Hurry up, will you. All the balloons are already up in the air”

“It’s not up to me, this blasted gas cylinder is broken. The flame goes sideways and the air is not heating up to rise the balloon”

I want to win this race, whatever the cost!

You don’t mean to…….. I don’t think that’s a good idea!”

I have no choice, do I?”

Merlin waved his wand clandestinely and the balloon was up right and ready to rise. What he failed to realize that these weren’t the medieval times. It was the 21st century.

There were several clicks of mobile phone around them. Within moments, the pictures were all over the internet. Merlin had to forge his own death. And he was put on probation from the wizarding council for public display of magic!

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #113 – The masterpiece

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The image below is from the Google Photo Frame.For the visually challenged writer, the image shows two women on a small rocky island in calm waters at early sunset with tall mountains in the background.

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“This is beautiful Sheri”

“I had no idea that you are so good!”

Sheri smiled with pleasure. It was a joy to hear such praise from her fellow art student.

“Thank you, Jim, the scene was inspiring and I chose the right medium. I think this new technique is wonderful, layering the image with painting” She said with a question in her tone.

Jim nodded in agreement. “This looks like a painting, yet you didn’t have to spend hours or days working at it”

“I think you have a talent for this technique and can make a career out of it”

“By the way, who were your models?” He asked casually.

Oh, there were a couple of women, exploring the island. I asked if I could take a picture and they agreed, why?

“Oh nothing, just asking”, said Jim

Leaving Sheri’s studio, Jim calls Rob, his best friend.

“I found your wife Rob. I can help you locate her!”

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