Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge – Friend

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The photo below is from Vivike@viviendorkaa.com

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a young girl lying on her back a stone street or walkway and she’s “holding hands” with a chalk drawing of a boy.

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Susan was a lonely child. She didn’t make friends easily and would spend most of her time by herself. One day a family moved next door, who has a boy her age. Slowly and gradually they became friends.
She would play with him, ride the school bus with him, and even went next door to play on their porch. Andy was a lovable child and Susan’s parents also liked him very much.
After a year, Andy’s dad found a job in another city and they moved away. Susan retreated into her old persona. She would sit alone and play by herself. Her mom tried to arrange play dates with kids from her class and neighborhood but she would just shut herself up in her room.
Then Susan’s mom started to see a difference in her daughter. She seemed happier and more outgoing. She asked her about this change in her demeanor, and Susan told her that Andy was back.
She took her mom outside in the patio where she had sketched Andy with chalk on the floor. She laid beside the drawing and started talking to it.
Her mom didn’t know what to do about this imaginary friend!

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Fandango Flash Fiction# 138

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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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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 137

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The image below is from Sarolta Bán Photography.

For the visually challenged writer, the surrealistic image shows a man and a boy walking among large trees that are crowned with paint brushes with bristles covered in white paint dripping from the clouds above.

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Drip drop the clouds bleed

The trees like paintbrushes catch their colors

Father and son marvel at this wondrous sight

Taking heed from this unique spectacle

They decide to paint the canvas of life

With colors of nature, blue grey, and white!”

“Do you think this will inspire people to buy our paints?” Susan asked her friend and colleague as she showed him the new ad for their latest range of paints.

“I like your poetical take Susan”, said Josh “and it sorts of entices the viewer to try the paint at least once”.

That’s all we want. The rest will be easy as the paints are very good quality”, said Susan with a grateful smile.

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge – A tale of two friends

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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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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge – Hard to believe

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The image below is from writerscentre.com.

(For the visually challenged writer, the image shows a man standing alone in a field gazing at number of freestanding doors.)

Fandango Story Starter # 11

Peeking through the window, her surprise turned to horror when…

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Tim was indecisive about his next step. He asked Dora for advice regarding his decision. Dora, practical and pragmatic as ever told him that relocating to another city was not wise. He may be getting a fancy job title, but the pay and benefits weren’t great. And the cost of moving would offset any advantage he might have.

After having a long discussion, Tim agreed with her and decided to reject the new job offer and stick to the one he had for the last 5 years.

So it came as a great shock to her when he came home the next day and informed her that he had resigned from his current job and would be traveling the next day to join the new job.

And what about the discussion we had?” she ask, irritated.

I did a rethink and took advice from a friend, who told me that this offer is too good to miss!” Said, Tim

Well, in that case, you will be responsible for all expenses and botheration of moving. I’ll join you when you have set up the new house” Dora replied and stomped out of the room.

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge – Difficult choice

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For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of woman sitting on a chair in front of a bathroom sink and putting on a head on top of her body.

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Anna 3024 was the perfect humanoid. She looked human, talked like one and could make intelligent conversation as well. The only problem was the facial expressions. She had only one type of expression.

After a lot of failed experiments, the scientists came up with an acceptable solution. They gave her 4-5 heads with different expressions. She would swipe the head which had the most relevant set of expressions.

Today she was in a quandary. It was her mission to appear as a talk show host and convince the audience that she was human. Which expression was best suited? She sat there and was having a hard time deciding!

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 133 – Free

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Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge. The photo below is from sasint at Pixabay.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of three young boys playing in a pond and splashing on each other

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Everything in life comes at a cost

But one can snatch moments of joy for free

Frolicking in clear cold streams these kids

Find happiness in their simple pleasures

No expensive swimming pools for them, clean and hygienic

Yet they derive such happiness from this past time

Joy pure as this is seldom seen on the faces

Of those who grow up in privilege and luxury

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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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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- Out of control

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Welcome to Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.

The photo below is from A_Lesik at Shutterstock. For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a group of firefighters who are attempting to get a wildfire under control.

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Flames climbing higher than high

Inferno raging out of control


Dry grass, devoid of moisture


Catching fire like tinder wood




Humans try to douse the fires


But the damage is done by years of abuse


Some of us are cognizant of the need


To practice environment-friendly ways


But there are others who don’t care at all


They are oblivious to our planet burning


In the wake of abuse and neglect heaped upon it


Wake up and smell the fumes of carbon


That are making life a hell on earth

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