Kreative Kue 160

Kreative Kue 159 asked for submissions based on this photograph:

My thanks to John W Howell, author of the John Cannon trilogy of My GRL, His Revenge, Our Justice and Circumstances of Childhood, and who blogs at Fiction Favorites, who sent:

The Trip by John W. Howell © 2018

“Will you stop giggling. I’m trying to hear.”

“I can’t help it. That last Jal-jeera went to my head.”

“I guess the fact that it is only spices and no alcohol is lost on you.”

“Say what you want, but that cumin packs a punch. Where are we anyway?”

“If you’ll stop babbling maybe I can find out.”

“Hey look. There are crowds of people along the highway.”

“It appears we’re in some kind of parade. What are you doing?”

“I’m going to wave my hat. They’re waving at us.”

“Yeah, I see that. Notice no one is smiling though.”

“Oh, that’s a little creepy isn’t it.”

“I would say. Hold on. I’m getting a signal. Yes, this is Channing. Who’s this? Uh huh. So how did we get here? We are in a damn parade. We are on a float. It’s not a float? Okay, roger that, Channing out.”

“Who was that?”

“Believe it or not that was Century Base One.”

“What’d he say.”

“For some reason, we took a wrong turn at Waypoint Beta and are now on our way to a sacrifice.”

“A sacrifice. I’ve never been to a sacrifice.”

“You idiot. Of course, you’ve never been. We are the sacrifice.”

“Why can’t I remember?”

“Remember what?”

“The trip from the Jal-jeera joint to here.”

“Don’t feel alone. I can’t either.”

“What do we do now?”

“I’ve set your transponder to section four. Now let’s get out of here.”

“I think I gave my transponder to that pretty girl.”

“What pretty girl?”

“The one in the Jal-jeera joint.”

“The one with the blond hair?”

“Yes.”

“Well, I guess she and I will be in section four.”

“Where will I be?”

“My guess is hot water. See ya,”


My effort was:

The News

“Yes, Nigel. I know. I can see he is, but how do you suggest I deal with him?”

“Of course I have to. How on earth am I supposed to do a piece to camera with this… fellow standing beside me acting the goat?”

“No, I can’t push him off.”

“Because there’s a two metre drop and I’d be likely to injure him.”

“That’s as maybe, Nigel, but try telling that to the insurance company, or to the lawyers he’s guaranteed to engage if I do.”

“No, I’m not being chicken, as you call it. I’m being practical.”

“Nigel, Nigel. Listen. What if I move to another alcove? There are plenty of them, and laughing boy is only in this one.”

“Yes, he might, but if he does, we can have Wayne and Bruce ask him politely to move.”

“Yes, I could. But it isn’t really my job, is it?”

“Why not? Because I’m an award-winning reporter and presenter, not a bloody bouncer!”

“Yes, I suppose it is, if you’re not going to allow me to move. What’s so special about this alcove, anyway?”

“You’re joking!”

“I don’t care. What happened to integrity? What became of editorial independence and the devotion to news that won us all those awards?”

“How can you say that, when you’re telling me to stay here beside this fool simply because the programme sponsor’s logo is in camera?”

“I suppose so, if you insist. Ahem. Three. Two. One. Good evening, this is Barry Oldman reporting for World News from India, where this afternoon, a new law comes into force, the so-called Eric’s Law. With me to explain the thinking behind it is the leader of Silvers, the anti-ageism party, Eric Horne. Mr Horne; what is it about this law that your party thinks will engender more respect for your members? Mr Horne? Please stand still, Mr Horne, our viewers are keen to hear your opinion. Mr Horne…”


On to this week’s challenge: Using this photo as inspiration, write a short story, flash fiction, scene, poem; anything, really; even just a caption for the photograph. Either put it (or a link to it) in a comment or email it to me at keithchanning@gmail.com before 6pm next Sunday (if you aren’t sure what the time is where I live, this link will tell you). If you post it on your own blog or site, a link to this page would be appreciated, but please do also mention it in a comment here – pingbacks don’t often work.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries, with links to your own blog or web site, next Monday.

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