Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 128

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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 a complex of on and off ramps at a multitiered highway interchange.

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Multiple lanes on multiple levels

People rushing to and fro

In a hurry to reach their destinations

We spend our lives in this frenzy

Rushing from point A to point B

Traveling from home to work, work to home

Some people traveling east, some traveling west

I wonder if we all stayed where we are


Will this pace ever slow down?

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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 # 126

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

For the visually challenged writer, the image is of small group of people marching in a desolate, wintry, mountainous area between two tall stone towers

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Home was not that far now! Trudging in freshly fallen snow was hard work and they had to keep both their morale and energy up if they wanted to make it back home alive.

Their mission was a failure, and they had nothing to show for their adventure. So many days spend looking for food and they found none. It was as if all the animals had left the forest and had migrated to warmer weather.

Olga, their leader was depressed. Defeat was not a thing she liked to admit. Her sister came up to her and patted her back. “You are a good leader my sister. You bright us all back to safely. We love to hunt another day for food. Meanwhile, there’s always fruit and stored wheat”

“Yes, you’re right sis, we should learn to rely less on meat and more on nature’s bounty to sustain life. Thanks!”

Surprisingly, they were accorded a warm welcome back home.

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 125 – Time

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

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of four clocks on a wall showing current times in four different cities

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Tic-tock tic-tock

Time passes us by in a hurry

It’s night on one side of the globe

And day on the other side

The world has shrunk to a global village

And everyone you need is just a call or text away

But we still don’t find the time to connect

Being busy with day to day busy-ness

We realize it too late how little time we’ve left

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 124

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Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” The photo below is from Adrien Olichon at Pexels.com.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a man driving a convertible on what may be an entrance ramp to a freeway

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How I wish that I was the owner of this car, instead of just being the valet! But I can pretend can’t I?

I will take this baby for a spin, maybe impress a few ladies with my style. It is a very swell car……

Oh no…..

I didn’t mean to hit the sidewall. Now I will lose my job and will have to pay for the repairs too.

What bad luck!

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 123 – Summer rain

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Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” The painting below is by artist Chin H. Shin.

For the visually challenged writer, the painting is of three women walking on an urban street holding umbrellas on a rainy night.

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Summer rain

Drizzling jewels from the sky


Glittering in the neon lights


Inviting us out for a stroll




Grab your umbrella and let’s go

See the world cleansed of all the grime

That accumulated in the days of summer heat



Walk about


And smell the wet earth


Fill your lungs with the sweet aroma of Petrichor

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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 Flash Fiction Challenge # 121

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Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The photo below is from Reddit.For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a group of people visiting an aquarium looking into a huge tank filled with fish of various sizes.

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Hey, Alfie, look at these hoards of humans! They are taking our pictures! How cool, I’ll be famous now!”

“They are taking their selfies with us, and that’s because they want to feel important. I’m afraid it won’t earn you any fame”, Alfie replied dourly. He had been here longer than his new friend Maxi.

In that case, I’ll give them something that will make me famous, or should I say, infamous!” Said Maxine as she rammed the acrylic wall of the water tank with a loud bang. All the humans instantly started taking pictures of the impact.

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Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge # 120

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Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.”The photo below is from Antenna at Unsplash.

For the visually challenged writer, the photo shows a group of people in a meeting room participating in a discussion of some sort

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Any questions? Asked Mr Wilson as he finished his talk.

The participants all started asking questions at the same time.

One by one, if you may!” Mr Wilson said with a smile.

Sir I am a bit confused”, said Barbara. “You said that the climate change is just a fraudulent theory propagated by pseudo-scientists, but not only very credible names in environmental science have spoken about it but we have seen the effects with our own eyes in the recent years. How do you explain that?“

“Look here miss, I have researched and have not found any evidence of climate change. This is my experience. I’ve published a research paper on it too!”

“And who is funding your research?”, Miller asked in a strident voice for all to hear.

“Not that it’s any of your business, but an oil company is backing my project and research” Me Wilson replied in a defensive tone.

Many faces in the audience showed their disgust as they walked away.

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Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #119

Fandango is the host of Fandango Flash Fiction Challenge

Welcome to “Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge.” Each week I will be posting a photo I grab off the internet and challenging bloggers to write a flash fiction piece or a poem inspired by the photo. There are no style or word limits.

The painting below is from British artist David Hockney.For the visually challenged writer, the painting shows a gray haired woman wearing a blue dress sitting in a chair. To her left, on the opposite side of a green credenza on wheels is a man in a suit reading a book

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Frozen in time
Trapped in their bubble
Doing the same things over and over again
Is this growing old?


Or
learn a new thing everyday
Beat the boredom and blues with innovation
Smile at the vagaries of time
Laugh at the world
Enjoy the bonus time!






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