Kreative Kue 262

Kreative Kue 261 asked for submissions based on this photograph:

John W Howell is the author of the John Cannon trilogy of My GRL, His Revenge, Our Justice and Circumstances of Childhood, co-author of The Contract, and blogs at Fiction Favorites.

Cowabunga by John W. Howell © 2020

Rishika Jain who blogs at The Ethereal Unicorn,  offered a selection of captions:

1. “It’s the electrifying onerous adventures that prevent life from becoming a humdrum of routine affairs.“

2.And this one is a quote from Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix.Not sure if this is acceptable but in my opinion, it suites the image well. “What’s life without a little risk?”

3. This is another quote I read long back.”The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.”

4. Life is an exam where the syllabus is untold. It’s up to you, whether you be fearful or faithful.”

Gwen Plano blogs at Blog reflections on life and amongst other things, co-authored The Contract with John Howell offered this Haiku:

Still your heart by Gwendolyn M Plano.

Listen. Still your heart.
The rushing waters claimed me.
Find me in the mist.


My effort was


Ambrose Brown guided his blindfolded wife Muriel through their house and into the garden. Muriel had just returned from a three-month project that had her teaching street kids, so-called ‘graffiti artists’, how to put their developing talents to good use. Muriel was locally famous for her eponymous wall-paintings and wanted nothing more than to inspire those who had the undoubted underlying ability but not the means or connections to realise their full potential or to put their talents to good use. Yes, she was something of a do-gooder.

“What’s that noise I can hear?” she asked her husband.

“You’ll see in a second, my love,” Ambrose replied.

“Did you sort out our back garden, like you promised?”

“Be patient. You’ll see in a second.”

He walked her to the patio and had her sit in the swinging sofa.

“Ooh,” she said, “have we got people coming around?”

“No, darling, it’s just the two of us.”

“Oh, okay,” she said, hiding her disappointment, “can you take the blindfold off now? I want to see what you did whilst I was away.”

Not wanting her to be blinded by the sudden light, Ambrose covered his wife’s eyes with his hand and lifted the material that he had previously wrapped around her head. He slowly parted his fingers until Muriel had full vision then moved his hand away.

Muriel Brown rose to her feet, looked her husband in the eye and said, “Ambrose Brown, what the hell do you call that?”

Coyly and tremulously, for he was secretly afraid of his wife, described by some as a ‘formidable woman’, he said, “It’s a – a w-water feature, dear.”

“A water feature? A water feature? When you said you were going to design a rockery with flowing water, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had a clear idea of what I didn’t expect.”

“And what did you not expect, my angel?”

“I didn’t expect a nearly-life-sized tribute to Niagara Falls, that’s what I didn’t expect. But it looks, and sounds, like that’s what I got.”

“But you said I should think big.”

“What’s your name?”

“My name is Ambrose, you know it is.”

“Yes. Ambrose. Not Lancelot. What’s the opposite of capability?”

“I don’t know – ineptitude?”

“Yes, I like that. I can see the sign now – landscaped by Ambrose Ineptitude Brown!”


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 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.

Go on. You know you want to. Let your creativity and imagination soar. I shall display the entries next Monday.

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