For the visually challenged writer, the photo is of a small, remote, costal village at the foot of a mountain. It’s nighttime and the street lights are on and the Northern Lights illuminate the night sky.
Sometimes it hard to know the difference between reality and imagination! When I looked at this picture perfect image from a travel brochure, I was instantly excited to go there. In my imagination, it was like a dream came to life. The aurora borealis tinting the sky in beautiful shades of green and blue, and the village itself illuminated in gorgeous colors beckoned me to visit.
The reality, however turned out to be quite different. The accommodation was very basic, heating was almost non-existent and there was no internet, no WiFi. Even the cell phones weren’t working all the time, the signal strength was very iffy! For people like me who were used to the amenities of modern living, it came as a huge disappointment. Instead of staying the planned ten days, I packed my bags after the second day and left for a more civilized holiday destination.
One good thing did happen though, I took a lot of pictures of the village and bragged about it on all my social media accounts!
It’s time for my weekly Story Starter prompt. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing
This week’s Story Starter teaser is:
I’d been planning the perfect vacation for months, but then…
I’d been planning the perfect vacation for months, but then something fantastic happened!
I won a free cruise in a draw and I could take a companion along with me. Now the question arose, who should I ask? My best friend, my cousin who was so found of adventure or my wife who wasn’t keen on traveling at all but was insanely jealous when I went away and had a good time.
Time was short so I played it safe. I asked my wife if she wanted to go on a vacation to the Maldives with me. I was super clever and made it sound like more of a drudgery than a luxury vacation. Sadly she is a very intelligent woman and caught on to me from the start.
We were due to travel on there 28th of February, 2020. But fate intervened and all traveling by sea was suspended because of the covid-19 epidemic breakout. I was promised that they would give me another chance as soon as the company started sea cruises again.
I’m still waiting. And this time my wife has categorically told me that she isn’t willing to expose herself to the risk of getting sick so I can take anyone with me. I can’t wait……..
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.
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.
“To be clear, What you’re saying is that…..”Josh just couldn’t go ahead with it. It was appalling. They were telling him that they had made such an important decision on his behalf and he was just being told about it.
His dad put a reassuring hand on his shoulder and gave a slight squeeze. “Don’t worry champ, it’s all under control. If you don’t like it, we can look at other options. But you must promise us to at least give it a try!”
“But dad… mom… I want to make my own choices! I am thirteen, not a baby anymore. I want to go to the school all my friends are going to. Why this private school?” he stopped, tears glistening in his eyes. But he wouldn’t cry, he was a big boy!
Mom came and sat beside him on the couch. “You’re such a brilliant student Josh that your teachers have suggested that going to this school will help you with advanced learning and courses. They feel that you can become an extraordinary pupil there. We are doing what we think is best for you”
Taking a look at his son’s miserable face, Peter turned towards his wife and said,“you’re right Josh, we should have consulted you before making this decision. We will leave the final decision to you. Choose your future school. You’re old enough to do it”
Here’s how it’s going to work. Every Tuesday morning (my time), I’m going to give you an incomplete “teaser” sentence and your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to build a story (poetry or prose) around that partial sentence. It doesn’t have to be the first sentence in your story, and you don’t even have to use it in your post at all if you don’t want to. The purpose of the teaser is simply to spark your imagination and to get your storytelling juices flowing
This week’s teaser is:
Don’t you dare come any closer…
Big bro, Charlie was such a naughty boy. He would invent new ways to tease and make life difficult for his little sister, Jane. Today he thought of a hilarious way to tease her.
He knew that Jane loves chocolates. He bought her the ones she liked best and left them in a place where the bright sunlight melted them to a liquid consistency. Then he left the super melted chocolates where she could find them easily.
When Jane saw the chocolate bars, she immediately grabbed them, and without noticing that they were literally in a liquid state she opened one up. The oozy chocolate started dripping out of the wrapper. She, nonetheless, sucked it out of the partially opened wrapper, and knew instantly that it was her brother’s doing.
Now an ingenious plan came to her mind. After she had finished sucking out most of the chocolate, she smeared the rest onto her hands.
When Charlie saw her he ran away from her saying, don’t you dare come any closer!